The good news was that upsides outweighed the downsides, particularly when seen through the lenses of operating income and cash flow.
The consumer segment, which includes provision of mobile and broadband services, saw Q1 operating income decline 8%, year-on-year, to 189.4 billion Japanese yen (US$1.8 billion).
Consumer turnover fell 5%, to JPY625.4 billion ($5.9 billion). The company pinned some of the downturn blame on discount offers, and a decrease in mobile device sales.
There was much better new news at the Enterprise and Yahoo segments. Buoyed by an increase in smartphone subscribers, and more demand for business solutions – particularly teleworking-related products as more people work from home because of COVID-19 – enterprise saw a 11.1% jump in operating income, to JPY31.3 billion ($314 million).
Revenue here was up 5.2%, to JPY162.5 billion ($1.5 billion).
The Yahoo segment, which provides e-commerce services, put in a solid Q2 shift. Operating income, year-on-year, leapt 40%, to JPY50.6 billion ($480 million). Revenue shot up nearly 15%, to JPY273.9 billion ($2.6 billion).
The upshot, with everything tallied up, was that SoftBank Corp. operating income was up 4.1%, to JPY280 billion ($2.7 billion). The performance was enough to beat analyst estimates. Revenues was fairly flat, up 0.7%, to JPY1.73 trillion ($16.4 billion).
Mainly through what it called “securitization of instalment sales receivables”, adjusted free cash flow was a positive JPY179.2 billion ($1.7 billion), an increase of JPY52.7 billion ($500 million) year-on-year.
CEO Ken Miyauchi, as reported by Reuters, said the operator was on a mission to cut costs and reduce debt.
Parent SoftBank Group reports earnings on August 11.
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— Ken Wieland, contributing editor, special to Light Reading