“Our positive outlook also stems from our recent announcement of the pending acquisition of Virgin Media, 6 a financially and strategically accretive combination that reinforces our position as Europe’s largest and most advanced broadband communications company. We expect to close the acquisition in the second quarter following regulatory and shareholder approvals.”
“From a balance sheet perspective, we finished the fourth quarter with cash and equivalents in excess of $3 billion 7 and total liquidity 8 of more than $5 billion. In addition, we continued to opportunistically refinance our debt and take advantage of strong capital markets, further extending our maturity profile and lowering our fully-swapped borrowing cost, 9 which is down 80 basis points to 7.2% compared to a year ago. We remain committed to our levered equity strategy for value creation, as we repurchased approximately $1 billion of stock in 2012, bringing our cumulative total to over $9 billion since we formed LGI back in 2005.”
At December 31, 2012, we provided our 19.8 million unique customers with 34.8 million services, consisting of 18.3 million video, 9.2 million broadband internet and 7.3 million telephony subscriptions. As compared to year-end 2011, we increased our RGU base by 6% or over 2.0 million RGUs. This growth was largely attributable to our 1.6 million organic RGU additions and the Puerto Rican OneLink acquisition in Q4. During 2012, we increased our combined double- and triple-play customers by nearly 1.0 million or 12% (inclusive of acquisitions) to over 9.0 million bundled customers or 46% of our customer base. As a result, our bundling ratio increased from 1.68x RGUs per customer at the end of 2011 to 1.76x RGUs per customer at the end of 2012.We added 465,000 RGUs in the fourth quarter and 1.6 million RGUs for full-year 2012. Both results represent record activity levels, reflecting year-over-year growth of 22% and 34%, respectively. Our RGU additions for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2012 include 28,000 and 89,000 RGUs, respectively, relating to small office home office (“SOHO”) RGUs. 10 Geographically, our European operations accounted for 92% of our total RGU additions in 2012. Of particular note, our German operation (Unitymedia KabelBW) delivered a record 768,000 net additions in 2012, which comprised nearly half of our subscriber growth, as we successfully implemented our “Go-for-Growth” strategy. As compared to our 2011 results, our German business increased its RGU additions by 69% and by 4% if adjusted to include a full year of Kabel BW results in 2011, as opposed to the two weeks that were included in our actual 2011 results.