OTE Telecom quarterly profit inches up, cost savings offset COVID-19 hit

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ATHENS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - OTE Telecom OTEr.AT, Greece's biggest telecoms operator, reported a 0.8% rise in second-quarter core profit on Thursday as cost saving measures offset the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on revenue from mobile services.

OTE Telecom, which is 46% owned and managed by Deutsche Telecom DTEGn.DE, said core earnings (EBITDA) reached 321.3 million euros ($381.5 million) in the second quarter, up from 318.8 million in the same period last year.

Group sales fell 3% to 918 million euros. A two-month lockdown that Greece imposed in March to stem the spread of COVID-19 has hurt revenue from mobile services, roaming and handsets sales.

The impact will stretch through the second half of the year, OTE said, adding it would stick to "stringent" cost cutting to maintain its profitability and cash flow generation this year.

OTE reiterated its 2020 outlook for free cash flow of 350 million euros. It plans to spend 400 million euros on dividends for shareholders, significant rise from last year.

($1 = 0.8423 euros)

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou Editing by David Holmes)

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