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Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Stocks in this article: ATNI

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

“As expected, first quarter operating results continued to be impacted by transition initiatives and overlapping expenses related to our acquisition of certain former Alltel wireless assets. However, we were pleased that certain metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA and operating income, showed sequential improvement over fourth quarter 2010 levels. This reflected reductions in several expense categories related to our U.S. wireless business and resulted in the expansion of our Adjusted EBITDA margin for this segment from 16% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 18% this quarter,” said Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive Officer. “Looking ahead, we believe that second quarter 2011 results are likely to be our most challenging of the year, as we absorb the full expense of the final stage of our transition efforts, continue to experience customer attrition, and we work through any short-term difficulties that may arise during the systems conversion which is scheduled to be completed in the middle of this year. By contrast, second half 2011 operating results are expected to show marked improvement, demonstrating our ability to generate significantly improved EBITDA margins once the transition is completed.”

Total revenues for the first quarter were $188.2 million, compared to $54.8 million for the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 243%. Total wireless service revenues represented $159.3 million, or 85% of total revenue. This significant increase over last year’s first quarter total revenues was primarily a result of the Company’s acquisition of certain former Alltel wireless assets, which was completed on April 26, 2010. U.S. Wireless service revenues were $144.4 million, or 77% of total revenues, for the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA 1 for the 2011 first quarter was $35.4 million compared to $22.3 million in the 2010 first quarter and $31.3 million in the 2010 fourth quarter. Consistent with the past several quarters, first quarter 2011 U.S. Wireless segment results were impacted by significant costs associated with the transition of the recently acquired Alltel wireless assets. We estimate that duplicate transition-related expenses and the net impact of other one-time items were approximately $9.3 million this quarter.

Total operating income for the first quarter of 2011 was $10.4 million compared to $7.4 million in last year’s first quarter and $9.3 million in the 2010 fourth quarter. First quarter 2011 operating income included a $14.7 million increase in depreciation and amortization expenses over the prior year’s first quarter and $0.3 million in acquisition-related charges. Last year’s first quarter operating income included $4.8 million in acquisition-related charges. Net income attributable to ATN’s stockholders was $4.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to $4.0 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010 and $3.3 million, or $0.21 per share in the 2010 fourth quarter.

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