Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported a net loss of $1.4 billion and a diluted net loss of $.46 per share for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $847 million and a diluted net loss of $.28 per share in the second quarter of 2011. Sprint’s second quarter 2012 results include accelerated depreciation of $782 million, or negative $.26 per share (pre-tax), primarily related to Network Vision, including the expected shutdown of the Nextel platform; $184 million, or negative $.06 per share (pre-tax), for the recognition of lease exit costs for the remaining lease obligations associated with certain Nextel sites shut down; and an impairment of $204 million, or negative $.07 per share (pre-tax), related to Sprint’s investment in Clearwire.
The company reported wireless service revenues of $7.3 billion during the quarter, an increase of more than 8 percent year-over-year, driven primarily by Sprint platform postpaid ARPU growth of $4.31 – the largest quarterly year-over-year increase on record for the U.S. wireless industry.
Sprint platform postpaid net additions of 442,000 improved by 68 percent sequentially driven by best ever quarterly churn performance of 1.69 percent, a Nextel postpaid recapture rate of 60 percent and the continued strength of iPhone ® sales. Sprint recorded nearly 1.5 million iPhone sales in the second quarter with 40 percent going to new postpaid customers.
“The Sprint platform achieved best ever postpaid ARPU and customer churn that, combined with disciplined customer acquisition and cost management, contributed to our Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.45 billion,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Based on this performance, we are raising the 2012 Adjusted OIBDA* forecast to between $4.5 billion and $4.6 billion.”NETWORK VISION HIGHLIGHTS Sprint’s Network Vision initiative remains on track. The company has taken 9,600 Nextel sites off air to date – earlier than previous guidance. To date, the company has completed leasing agreements for more than 12,700 Network Vision sites and zoning requirements are completed for nearly 13,900 sites. In addition, nearly 6,300 sites are either ready for construction or already underway and more than 2,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Sprint expects to bring 12,000 sites on air by the end of 2012 and to complete the majority of its Network Vision roll-out by the end of 2013.