Zain Saudi Arabia's net income for the first nine months of 2019 reaches a record SAR 380 million (USD 102 million)

Bader Al-Kharafi: "Impressive operational performance and stronger financial position clearly demonstrates the success of company's digital growth strategy."

Zain Saudi Arabia's net income for the first nine months of 2019 reaches a record SAR 380 million (USD 102 million)

Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA), announces impressive financial results for key indicators for the nine months and third quarter ended 30 September 2019, where the company served 7.7 million customers.

Zain KSA Key Performance Indicators (SAR) for the first nine months of 2019


SAR 6.16 billion         USD 1.64 billion


SAR 2.85 billion         USD 761 million



Net Income

SAR 380 million         USD 102 million

For the first nine months of 2019, Zain KSA generated revenues of SAR 6.16 billion (USD 1.64 billion), up 12.3% compared to the same period in 2018, while EBITDA for the period increased by 49% to SAR 2.85 billion (USD 761 million), reflecting an EBITDA margin of 46%. Net income for the nine months soared to reach an unprecedented SAR 380 million (USD 102 million), reflecting a significant improvement on the net loss of SAR 67 million (USD 18 million) reported in the same period of 2018, highlighting an improvement of circa SAR 447 million (USD 119 million).

Zain KSA Key Performance Indicators (SAR) for third-quarter of 2019


SAR 2 billion        (USD 536 million)    


SAR 949 million    (USD 253 million)



Net Income

SAR 121 million    (USD 32 million)

For the three months to 30 Sep 2019 (Q3), Zain KSA recorded revenues of SAR 2 billion (USD 536 million), a 3% increase on Q3 2018. EBITDA for the period reached SAR 949 million (USD 253 million), reflecting a 47% EBITDA margin, up 31% on Q3 2018. Net income for Q3 2019 amounted to SAR 121 million (USD 32 million), reflecting a significant improvement on the net income of SAR 48 million (USD 13 million) reported for Q3 2018.  

Key Operational and Financial notes for the three months ended 30 September, 2019:

  • During Q3 2019, the company paid off the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China facility in full from the proceeds of the SAR 2.25 billion Murabaha Junior Credit facility that was agreed in June 2019 with a syndicate of five core Saudi Arabia and regional banks
  • Total capex (tangible and intangible) for the nine months totaled SAR 1.2 billion (USD 324 million)
  • On October 5, 2019 Zain KSA launched 5G commercial services, with the first phase of the rollout being implemented through a network of 2,000 towers covering an area of more than 20 cities in the Kingdom. It was the region’s largest 5G network deployment
  • Zain KSA launched many appealing B2B services targeting government and enterprise customers as well as individual data monetization initiatives exploiting its superior 4G and 5G network

Commenting on Q3 2019 results, Bader Al-Kharafi, Zain Vice-Chairman and Group CEO, and Zain KSA Vice-Chairman said, “The impressive operational performance in reporting five consecutive quarters of profit clearly demonstrates the success of the company's digital growth strategy that has placed the company in a much stronger financial position and also seen its market capitalization more than double over the last 12 months."  

“Zain KSA’s success and continued financial growth was due to the increased demand for the company's innovative digital products and services offered to B2B and individual customers; a direct result of the operator’s superior network quality. Additionally, the reduction in the tariff of the annual royalty fees for commercial service from 15% to 10% of net revenues has contributed to the company’s financial performance,” Al-Kharafi added.

Al-Kharafi expressed optimism over the continuation of this upward trend in Zain KSA’s financial results, supported by the company's continued investment in new services and technologies, the latest of which was the launch of the first phase of commercial 5G services, which has now been extended to 23 cities in the Kingdom through 2200 towers. The initial launch will be followed by a gradual expansion of the network to cover a total of 26 Saudi cities utilizing 2,600 towers by the end of 2019. 

"Zain KSA will also rely on 5G technology to enhance IoT, smart city and digital payment services in the near future. This reflects the company's commitment to encourage innovation and stimulate the development of new sectors in the Kingdom that open the door to a new era of economic growth and enhance job creation opportunities for Saudi youth," Al-Kharafi said.

Al-Kharafi concluded by expressing his sincere gratitude to the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for creating an environment in which companies such as Zain KSA can thrive. “The Board and executive management teams of Zain Group and Zain KSA are committed to playing a key role in the Kingdom’s ICT sector and offering customers quality and life empowering telecommunications services in line with Vision 2030. It is gratifying to have authorities at all levels of government support and commit to our presence in the Kingdom in such a positive manner.Such support further increases the attractiveness of the Kingdom's economy, contributing to its ongoing prosperity.”

Zain KSA benefits greatly from the expertise and resources of its parent Zain Group, which supports Zain KSA in being a leader in the sector and driving technology innovation in the Kingdom forward.

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