JOHANNESBURG May 15 Mobile operator Vodacom
Group's full-year earnings rose 4.5 percent, driven by
strong customer growth in its local market, the South African
company said on Monday.
Vodacom, which is 65 percent owned by Vodafone, said
subscribers increased by 8.6 percent to 37.1 million in South
Africa, while customers in its international markets rose by 2.5
million for the year ended March 31.
Headline earnings per share - the main profit measure in
South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - came in at
923 cents in the year ended March, compared with 883 cents a
Vodacom declared a final dividend per share of 435 cents,
same as the previous year.
(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)