PETALING JAYA: In a strategic evaluation of its enterprise to strengthen its place out there, Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd shall be enterprise a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) for its workers, supplied purely on a voluntary foundation.
In line with a supply, Astro is anticipating to save lots of 15% or an estimated RM80mil in employees value because of the VSS in future monetary years.
For the monetary yr ended Jan 31, 2018, Astro’s employees value amounted to RM590mil.
In an announcement, Astro CEO designate Henry Tan stated the VSS would enable the group to additional simplify the organisation, improve operational effectivity and scale back annual working bills.
“In an more and more borderless and digital world, competitors is relentless.
“Astro continues to be proactive to reinvigorate the group with a view to strengthen its place out there and to stay related within the years forward,” he stated.
The corporate has additionally outlined a transition programme that can present the appropriate assist to workers who go for the VSS. This programme consists of teaching and skill-upgrading coaching.
Moreover, Astro will put in place measures to make sure that buyer expertise won’t be impacted by this train.
The media and leisure trade is at the moment working in an atmosphere that’s experiencing an unprecedented charge of disruption.
Trade gamers are required to reinvent and adapt swiftly to stay related on this new actuality.
Astro’s VSS mirrors Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd . Classed as a PN17 firm in August, Utusan is predicted to supply VSS to 800 of its 1,500 workers as a part of its restructuring train.
For the third quarter of economic yr ending Jan 31, 2019, Astro registered a 4.5% web revenue enhance to RM153.2mil, pushed by a rebound in promoting expenditure supported by different income contributors, together with e-Commerce and theatrical gross sales.
The group noticed the next earnings earlier than curiosity, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) margin for the third quarter, because of decrease content material prices, licence, copyright and loyalty charges and impairment of receivables, regardless of being offset by greater prices of merchandise gross sales.
In the course of the previous second quarter, Astro posted a 94% slide in web revenue to RM16.58mil for the Could-to-July quarter in comparison with the RM246.3mil web revenue final yr, on account of greater content material prices from FIFA World Cup and better value of merchandise gross sales, whereas web finance prices rose on account of unfavourable unrealised foreign exchange motion.
On a cumulative nine-month foundation, Astro’s web revenue was 41.5% decrease at RM344.5mil, in comparison with RM588.8mil for the 9 months ended October 2017.
This was primarily on account of a lower in EBITDA and enhance in web finance prices, offset by decrease tax bills.
The rise in web finance prices was on account of unfavourable foreign exchange motion arising from unhedged finance lease liabilities and better curiosity bills for borrowings and finance lease liabilities.
Astro closed 1.4% decrease at RM1.36, traded on a quantity of 6.86 million shares.