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AT&T Reports Solid Revenue Growth On Strong Wireless Gains Driven By Quality Network Performance And Continued U-verse Growth

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today reported continued earnings gains for the second quarter with increasing revenue growth driven by strong mobile data growth, solid postpaid net adds and continued strong gains in wireline consumer and U-verse services.

“This was a solid quarter for revenue and customer additions across our key growth platforms,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Our 4G LTE network is the fastest and the most reliable in the nation, and deployment is ahead of schedule. That contributed to a step-up in postpaid subscriber gains, and strong mobile data revenue growth of nearly 20 percent. Growth in U-verse and strategic business services also continued to be strong — adding to our momentum.”

Second-Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.1 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and up 2.6 percent when excluding revenues from the divested Advertising Solutions business unit.

Compared with results for the second quarter of 2012, operating expenses were $26.0 billion versus $24.8 billion; operating income was $6.1 billion versus $6.8 billion; and operating income margin was 19.1 percent, compared to 21.6 percent.

Second-quarter 2013 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.8 billion, or $0.71 per diluted share, compared to $3.9 billion, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter, up 7.6 percent. Adjusted for a gain of 4 cents on sales of América Móvil shares, earnings per diluted share was $0.67.

Second-quarter 2013 cash from operating activities totaled $9.5 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $5.5 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — totaled $4.0 billion.

As part of its Project VIP-related LTE deployment, the company now covers more than 225 million POPs with the nation’s fastest, and now most reliable, 4G LTE network, according to independent third-party data. The company’s LTE network is expected to cover nearly 270 million POPs in 400 markets by year-end 2013, and its LTE deployment is expected to be substantially complete by the summer of 2014. During the quarter, both PCWorld and PC Magazine named AT&T’s 4G LTE network the nation’s fastest.

Share Repurchases

During the second quarter, the company completed its second 300 million share repurchase authorization and began buying back shares under its third 300 million share authorization. The company repurchased 89 million shares for $3.3 billion in the second quarter. At the end of the quarter, 272 million shares remained on the current authorization. The company expects to make future repurchases opportunistically.

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