Furthermore, the Company launched the "Orange One" customer program, which addresses the need for a unique personal customer service in all the service channels and provides a variety of benefits.
The Company's subscriber base declined this quarter by 11,000 compared to the previous quarter, a decline entirely due to a decrease in the Pre-paid subscriber base, while the Post-paid subscriber base increased this quarter, for the first time in eight quarters. We also witnessed this quarter a decline in churn rates compared to the previous quarter, and there was no ARPU erosion compared to the previous quarter."
Mr. Haim Romano further added: "In June 2013, "Standard & Poor's Maalot" reaffirmed the Company's 'iIAA-' credit rating and revised the outlook from "negative" to "stable", mainly due to the expected leverage reduction in 2014."
In conclusion, Mr. Haim Romano emphasized: "We will continue to invest in the Company's assets - an advanced network, quality customer service and advanced technology - and to strive to create significant differentiation for the benefit of our customers and employees."
Mr. Ziv Leitman, Partner's Chief Financial Officer
commented on the quarterly results:
“The financial results of the second quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter, reflect the impact of continued competition in the telecommunications market, seasonality and the ongoing efficiency measures that the Company continues to implement also during this quarter.
During the second quarter of 2013, the Company continued to adjust its cost structure and reported a decrease in operating expenses (excluding cost of equipment sold and depreciation & amortization expenses) of approximately NIS 20 million compared to the first quarter of 2013. The Company plans to continue to implement additional operational efficiency measures in the coming quarters, in order to further reduce operating expenses
The churn rate in the second quarter of 2013 decreased to 9.4% compared with 10.4% in the first quarter of 2013. The churn rate of Post-paid subscribers continued to decline for the third consecutive quarter. The Company's cellular subscriber base at the end of the second quarter of 2013 totaled 2.92 million subscribers, and the number of our Post-paid subscribers increased compared to the previous quarter, for the first time in eight quarters, as opposed to the continued decline in the Pre-Paid subscribers.