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Bharti Airtel Ltd.

Company Background

Bharti Airtel is India's largest cellphone carrier. It serves more than 200 million subscribers in the country. The company is expanding its business in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and African countries as well.


Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal founded the company. It started out as a manufacturer of bicycle parts in the 1970s and began making push-button phones in an alliance with Siemens in the 1980s. The company in 1995 became the first in India to offer a mobile phone service.


In the 2000s, Bharti Airtel forged a capital tie-up with Singapore Telecommunications, or Singtel, and boosted its operations by acquiring domestic phone companies. It stepped up its expansion abroad as it took over a telecommunications company in Bangladesh in 2010 and bought 15 African businesses from Kuwait's Zain group.


The Bharti group is overseen by Bharti Enterprises. The leading shareholder of Bharti Airtel is Bharti Telecom, which owns an interest of more than 40% in the company. Singtel, which has bought into Bharti Telecom and Bharti Airtel via group companies, owns a stake of about 30% in Bharti Airtel.


Business Summary

Bharti Airtel Ltd. engages in the provision of telecommunication, tower infrastructure, and direct-to-home digital television services. It operates through the following segments: Mobile Services India, Mobile Services South Asia, Mobile Services Africa, Airtel Business, Tower Infrastructure Services, Homes Services, Digital TV Services, and Others. The Mobile Services India segment covers voice and data telecom services provided through wireless technology in India. The Mobile Services South Asia segment covers operations in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Mobile Services Africa handles the company's operations in Africa. The Airtel Business segment offers end-to-end telecom solutions being provided to large Indian and global corporations by serving as a single point of contact for all telecommunication needs across data and voice, network integration, and managed services. The Tower Infrastructure Services segment includes setting up, operating, and maintaining wireless communication towers in India. The Homes Services segment refers to services that cover voice and data communications through fixed-line network and broadband technology. The Digital TV Services segment consists of digital broadcasting services provided under the direct-to-home platform. The Others segment comprises of administrative and support services provided to other segments and also include Airtel payment bank operations. The company was founded by Sunil Bharti Mittal on July 7, 1995 and is headquartered in New Delhi, India.

Financial Highlights

Mar 2022 INRUSD
Gross Profit323,827M4,346.10M
Operating income242,881M3,259.72M
Income before tax100,599M1,350.14M
Net income42,549M571.05M
Diluted EPS7.620.10
Dividends Per Share30.04
Total Assets3,636.56B47,991.55M
Total liabilities2,717.21B35,858.92M
Total equity665,543M8,783.14M
Operating cash flow422,630M5,672.15M
Currency in INRCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Mar 2018Mar 2019Mar 2020Mar 2021Mar 2022
Revenue 826,388M 807,802M 846,765M 1,006.15B 1,165.46B
Gross Profit 183,283M 125,102M 134,302M 223,715M 323,827M
Operating income 108,470M 45,997M 72,705M 128,337M 242,881M
Income before tax 22,061M -20,874M -454,677M -143,954M 100,599M
Net income 10,990M 4,095M -351,370M -261,402M 42,549M
EBITDA 300,901M 259,472M 343,649M 422,381M 573,788M
Diluted EPS 2.47 0.86 -62.23 -44.15 7.62
Dividends Per Share 4.81 2.25 1.96 0 3
Total Assets 2,505.81B 2,751.56B 3,607.79B 3,460.27B 3,636.56B
Total liabilities 1,722.33B 1,902.08B 2,586.49B 2,648.01B 2,717.21B
Total equity 695,344M 714,222M 771,448M 589,527M 665,543M
Operating cash flow 270,536M 140,817M 76,042M 438,126M 422,630M
 Mar 2018Mar 2019Mar 2020Mar 2021Mar 2022
Revenue 12,818.96M 11,549.48M 11,942.07M 13,553.68M 15,641.85M
Gross Profit 2,843.09M 1,788.63M 1,894.08M 3,013.60M 4,346.10M
Operating income 1,682.59M 657.63M 1,025.37M 1,728.79M 3,259.72M
Income before tax 342.21M -298.44M -6,412.39M -1,939.16M 1,350.14M
Net income 170.47M 58.54M -4,955.43M -3,521.27M 571.05M
EBITDA 4,667.58M 3,709.77M 4,846.54M 5,689.78M 7,700.85M
Diluted EPS 0.03 0.01 -0.87 -0.59 0.10
Dividends Per Share 0.07 0.03 0.02 0 0.04
Total Assets 38,419.97M 39,719.37M 47,689.75M 47,327.32M 47,991.55M
Total liabilities 26,407.36M 27,456.94M 34,189.71M 36,217.70M 35,858.92M
Total equity 10,661.23M 10,309.95M 10,197.42M 8,063.14M 8,783.14M
Operating cash flow 4,196.56M 2,013.31M 1,072.43M 5,901.87M 5,672.15M

Valuation Measures

Mar 2022
Operating margin20.83%
Profit margin3.65%

Key executives

  • CEO, Managing Director & Executive Director: Gopal Vittal
  • Chief Operating Officer: Sunil Kumar Taldar
  • Chief Financial Officer-India & South Asia Region: Soumen Ray
  • Chief Technical Officer & Network Director: Randeep Singh Sekhon
  • Chief Information Officer: Pradipt Kapoor


  • Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (47.7%)
  • Bharti Overseas Pvt Ltd. (6.3%)
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India (Investment Portfolio) (3.9%)
  • SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd. (2.9%)
  • ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Ltd. (2.7%)
  • Capital Research & Management Co. (World Investors) (2.1%)
  • Government of Singapore (1.4%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.3%)
  • HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd. (Invt Mgmt) (1.1%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (0.9%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: Bharti Crescent, 1, Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi, 110070, India
  • Phone: +91.12.44222222

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Last Updated on 30 Jan, 2023

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