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Turkcell margins finally turn the corner

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We have been big fans of Turkcell for ages. This is one of the great emerging markets phone companies, but its margins are only nowshowing concrete signs of improvement.

TKC earned a 12% fatter profit in the third quarter, handily beating analyst consensus across the board.

The company attributes part of its improved performance to a substantial campaign of cost cutting: lower sales and marketing costs, as well as transmission fees, added 2% to its margins last quarter.

On the other hand, revenue dipped a bit on a year-over-year basis, largely due to lower subscriber price caps and sharply lower interconnection fees. Still, revenue from wireless data -- a key metric for emerging phone companies -- is up 28% on a year-over-year basis.

From here, Turkey watchers will be glued to Vodafone's (VOD ) earnings on Monday. The company is a global behemoth, but its business in Turkey in particular is eagerly anticipated.

Meanwhile, TKC is a key component of Turkish ETF TUR (quote). At a 7% weighting, the company's recent underperformance has dragged on TUR, so any rebound could give the already-booming ETF an added boost.

Turkey, notably, is growing as fast as China right now, with GDP surging ahead at around 10%. The country is exposed to the euro zone and is a key supplier of several niche commodities as well as manufactured products.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.