Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Tun Zaki Azmi, Chairman of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad said, “The Company is committed to delivering total returns to shareholders, combining a progressive dividend policy with disciplined investments in the business to generate capital appreciation. For the financial year ending 31st January 2013 (FY13), a total dividend of 4.0 sen per share was declared, translating to an approximate 100% payout ratio on an annualised basis. For the first quarter of the current financial year, an interim dividend of 2.0 sen per share has been declared, a 33% increase from interim dividend of 1.5 sen per share paid in the last 2 quarters.”

Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, Chief Executive Officer of Astro commented, “Our focus remains to strongly execute on our strategic imperatives of achieving growth in customers, ARPU and Adex by providing more choices, compelling content, convenience and value for consumers. Astro now provides a comprehensive suite of value-added products and services across all platforms; ranging from pay-TV to prepaid and free multi-channel TV, as well as Over-The-Top and broadband. We are tailoring our offerings to cater for our customers’ preferences, budgets and increasingly digital lifestyle.”

Dato’ Rohana said, “This is our peak reinvestment and opex year as we focus on migrating our customer base onto the Astro B.yond platform. We are encouraged by the sustained demand for our value-added products and services and expect growth momentum to accelerate going forward, underpinned by recent platform and product launches gaining market traction. This positions us well for meaningful returns from our reinvestment initiatives and to further strengthen our market leadership.”