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Consolidated Communications CEO Discusses Q3 2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

In addition, during this call, we will discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures. Our earnings release for this quarter's results, which has been posted to the Investor Relations section of our website, contains reconciliations of these measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent.

I will now turn the call over to Bob, who will provide an overview of our financial and operating results. Steve Childers will then provide a more detailed review of the financials. Bob?

Robert Currey

Thanks Matt, and good morning everyone. We appreciate you joining us today as we review our results for the quarter. And is our normal practice, I will start with high-level financial and operating highlights, and then Steve will provide a detailed review of those financials.

The third quarter was another solid one for us. Revenue and adjusted EBITDA were $95.6 million and $45.2 million respectively. We delivered another solid and secure return to our shareholders with a 73.1% payout ratio for the quarter and 69% year-to-date. With respect to our operating performance, I am pleased to report our total connections grew by 600 in the period, led by a record IPTV subscriber growth and industry-leading access line performance. We grew IPTV subscribers by 1,900 in the quarter and now serve 28,000. They are increasingly choosing our full suite of digital TV offerings. Our HD and DVR penetrations also increased in the quarter to 22% and 24% respectively. These additional services are becoming very popular and along with increased video on demand consumption, have helped drive our video ARPU to near $60 per sub.

Finally, with respect to IPTV, we hit a milestone this quarter by passing over 200,000 homes, and we currently penetrate 14% of these. We increased our total broadband connections by 3,400 in the quarter. This is the fourth consecutive quarter we have increased our broadband connections by more than our access line declines. This highlights our success in the multi-year transition from being a traditional voice telephone company to a leading provider of broadband services.

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