(Bloomberg) -- Rogers Communications Inc. said second-quarter revenue rose 14% to C$3.58 billion ($2.8 billion) compared with a year earlier, close to analysts’ average estimates of C$3.56 billion.

  • The result comes as governments across Canada have eased Covid-19 restrictions, with vaccinations accelerating. Rogers, as the country’s largest wireless company by subscribers, is more exposed to the loss of roaming revenue caused by travel restrictions.

Key Insights

  • The Toronto-based company added 99,000 postpaid wireless subscribers. Average revenue per user rose 7 Canadian cents to C$49.16 as a result of higher roaming revenue
  • Rogers’ profitability met expectations. Adjusted diluted earnings were 76 cents per share, which was in line with the average analyst estimate.
  • “Our solid performance in the second quarter is a result of strong execution across each of our business units as the economy continues to recover from pandemic lockdowns,” Chief Executive Officer Joe Natale said in the release.
    • “As Canada emerges from the pandemic, our financial position and increased regulatory certainty for facilities-based providers enables us to continue enhancing connectivity,” he added.
  • “The stock has outperformed its peers since the end of the 1Q reporting season, which we believe was due to the reopening trade,” Desjardins analyst Jerome Dubreuil wrote in a July 12 note to investors.
  • The report comes as the federal government nears an announcement on the results of the 3,500 MHz spectrum auction on July 23. It was previously reported that Canada raised about C$8 billion, a “shockingly high” figure according to one analyst.

Market Reaction

  • Rogers shares were up 13% this year as of Tuesday’s close, slightly behind the 14.4% gain of the S&P/TSX Composite Index.

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