Information about Bharti Airtel:

Bharti Airtel Ltd is a global telecommunications company based in Delhi and provides 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, fixed line services, mobile commerce, DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers.

Company's History:

Founded in 1995, Bharti Airtel Ltd. was incorporated under the name Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd. The company received the license for the commencement of business in January 1996. In 1997, British Telecom acquired a 21.05% equity interest in Bharti Cellular. The Bharti Tele-Ventures was changed to Bharti Airtel Ltd. in April 2006. During the year 1995-96, the brand 'Airtel' was first incorporated in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for the mobile services of the company. During the year 2002-03, Airtel launched cellular mobile services in the circle of Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh (West) Haryana and Gujarat. In 2009, Airtel launched its first international mobile network in Sri Lanka. Airtel crossed 300 million mobile customer mark in India n 2014.

Management of Airtel Ltd:

Sunil Bharti Mittal - Founder and Executive Chairman

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Enterprises Limited. From October 2001 to February 2013, he has served as the MD of Bharti Airtel Limited. Since February 2013, Mr. Mittal has been an Executive Chairman of Bharti Airtel Limited and worked as its CEO of International Operations. He has been conferred with one of the highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan. Besides, he has also been awarded as the INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award in 2011. He has a Doctorate in Law from the University of Leeds.

Gopal Vittal - MD and CEO

Since April 1, 2014, Mr. Gopal Vittal has been associated with Bharti Enterprises Limited, as Managing Director and CEO of India & South Asia. From September 28, 2006, to 2008, he has served as Director of Marketing and Communications at Bharti Airtel Ltd. Having an experience of more than 16 years across various functions of marketing and sales; he had started his career with Unilever India and worked across different locations in India and Asia. Mr. Vittal is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta and served as a member of the Board of Governors at Advertising Standards Council of India(ASCI).

Listing of Bharti Airtel:

The stocks of Bharti Airtel can be traded on the two famous stock exchanges of India - National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange. The codes for the transactions are mentioned below.

BSE - 532454

NSE - BHARTIARTL

ISIN - INE397D01024

Telecommunications Sector

Bharti Airtel also shows up on different other Indices:

1. Nifty

2. BSE-100

3. BSE-200

4. S&P CNX 500

Market Capitalization:

As of March 2018, the market capitalization of Bharti Airtel is around Rs.161,974 crore.

Wealth and Recent Performance of Bharti Airtel:

Bharti Airtel reported more than 39% fall in its consolidated net profit for the third quarter Fiscal Year 18 to about Rs.306 crore. The overall revenue of the company declined to Rs. 20,319 crore (around 13%) while revenue in India declined at Rs.15,294 crore by 11.3% .

Across 16 countries, the overall customer base of Airtel was 394.2 million, as on December 31, 2017. The data traffic of mobile grew at 446% to 1,178.1 billion MBs.

In India during the quarter, the number of minutes spent on calls on Bharti Airtel's network grew by 49.8 %.

The company's consolidated net debt increased to Rs 91,714 crore from Rs 91,480 crore in the previous quarter. Besides mobile, Airtel performed well in other business in India. The Airtel Digital TV recorded a growth of 10.4% YoY.

In February 2018, Bharti Airtel entered into a strategic partnership with Indian digital and mobile entertainment Hotstar. Under the collaboration with HotStar, Hot star's digital content will be made available to Airtel customers.

Bharti Airtel launched India's first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Community Lab in November 2017. The state-of-the-art facility will create innovative solutions for telecom networks used by TIP project group members.

In September 2017, the company had adopted first Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology of India which is a sign for 5G networks. The MIMO technology was firstly launched in Bangalore and Kolkata followed by other cities.

Bharti Airtel Stock Trends in 2018:

The opening price of the stock on January 1, 2018, was Rs.531 on both NSE and BSE. By the end of the month, the rate had fallen to Rs.442. The company's Q3 net profit was down 84.76% to Rs.64.30 crore.

At the beginning of February, the stock price was Rs.440 while at the end of the month it was down to Rs.430.

Should You Consider Investing in Bharti Airtel?

Airtel has been facing fierce competition from Reliance Jio that has resulted in lower profits in the latest quarterly results. However, the telecom company's stock price has seen a gradual increase from 2016- 2018. Bharti Airtel has been making new investments and continuing to expand in India as well as international markets. It is advised to take help of your financial planner before investing in the share.

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Indexes and Exchages

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)

The Bombay Stock Exchange, popularly called BSE, is Asia's first and oldest stock exchange. Located at Dalal Street in Mumbai, the BSE was formally established in 1875 by an influential stockbroker and businessman called Premchand Roychand. In the initial days, the BSE had its meetings under several Banyan trees in Mumbai before finding a permanent place, which is very appropriately named Dalal Street or Broker Street. After functioning as a floor trading exchange for more than a century, BSE ascended the digital ladder in 1995 by implementing a new screen-based automated trading platform with a capacity of 8 million orders in a day. In 2012, the BSE went global by becoming a Partner Exchange of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchange. Subsequently, BSE established India's first international exchange, called INX, in 2016.

National Stock Exchange (NSE)

NSE was set up in 1992 by a group of leading Indian financial institutions, following the Indian Government's directives. It aimed to bring transparency to the Indian capital market. It was India's first demutualized electronic exchange which operated on a completely automated screen-based electronic trading system, offering an easy trading facility to all Indian investors. NSE began its operations in the Wholesale Debt Market segment in 1994. NSE was the first company in India to offer a digital platform that connected the investor base of the entire country. NSE offers services in various segments, such as trading, equity derivatives, clearing and settlement services in equity, debt and currency derivatives, etc.

NIFTY Index

The NIFTY is NSE's flagship index that tracks the behavior of a portfolio of blue-chip companies that have the largest and most liquid Indian securities. It is owned as well as managed by IISL (India Index Services and Products Ltd), which is India's first specialized company to focus on an index as a core product. Nifty indexes 50 of the 1600 companies on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and is thus popularly referred to as 'Nifty 50'. It captures approximately 65% of its float-adjusted market capitalization and is a true reflection of the Indian stock market. The Nifty 50 includes the major sectors of the Indian economy. It offers the exposure to the Indian market in one efficient portfolio. The Nifty index has been trading since April 1996. It is ideally suited for index funds, benchmarking and index-based derivatives.

SENSEX Index

Sensex is BSE's stock market index. It consists of 30 well-established and financially flourishing companies listed on BSE. It was established in 1986. These 30 component companies are known for being the largest and most actively traded stocks. They represent various industrial sectors of the Indian economy. Sensex is also known as BSE 30 and S&P BSE SENSEX. The word 'Sensex' is a portmanteau of the words 'Sensitive' and 'Index.' SENSEX is widely reported in domestic and international markets through print and electronic media. The indexing system is scientifically designed, based on globally accepted construction and review methodology. Since September 2003, S&P BSE Sensex is being determined on a free-float market capitalization methodology.