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Frontier Communications Reports 2013 Second Quarter Results

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to (i) assist in analyzing the Company’s underlying financial performance from period to period, (ii) evaluate the financial performance of its business units, (iii) analyze and evaluate strategic and operational decisions, (iv) establish criteria for compensation decisions, and (v) assist management in understanding the Company’s ability to generate cash flow and, as a result, to plan for future capital and operational decisions. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures.

These non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings. In particular, free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, since items such as debt repayments and dividends are not deducted in determining such measure. Operating cash flow has similar shortcomings as interest, income taxes, capital expenditures, debt repayments and dividends are not deducted in determining this measure. Management compensates for the shortcomings of these measures by utilizing them in conjunction with their comparable GAAP financial measures. The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in our documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 P.M. Eastern time. In connection with the conference call and as a convenience to investors, the Company furnished today on a Current Report on Form 8-K certain materials regarding second quarter 2013 results. The conference call will be webcast and may be accessed at:

http://investor.frontier.com/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=131577

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern time, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 via dial-in at 888-203-1112 for U.S. and Canadian callers or, outside the U.S. and Canada, at 719-457-0820, passcode 1585765. A webcast replay of the call will be available at www.frontier.com/ir.

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier’s approximately 14,100 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: the effects of greater than anticipated competition which could require us to implement new pricing, marketing strategies or new product or service offerings and the risk that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; reductions in the number of our voice customers that we cannot offset with increases in broadband subscribers and sales of other products and services; the effects of competition from cable, wireless and other wireline carriers; our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry as a result of federal and state legislation and regulation, or changes in the enforcement or interpretation of such legislation and regulation; the effects of any unfavorable outcome with respect to any current or future legal, governmental or regulatory proceedings, audits or disputes; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to us and our competitors; our ability to adjust successfully to changes in the communications industry and to implement strategies for growth; continued reductions in switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; our ability to effectively manage service quality in our territories and meet mandated service quality metrics; our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings, including our ability to offer bundled service packages on terms that are both profitable to us and attractive to customers; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices adopted voluntarily or as required by generally accepted accounting principles or regulations; our ability to effectively manage our operations, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and to repay, reduce or refinance our debt; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions on the markets that we serve, which can affect demand for our products and services, customer purchasing decisions, collectability of revenues and required levels of capital expenditures related to new construction of residences and businesses; the effects of technological changes and competition on our capital expenditures, products and service offerings, including the lack of assurance that our network improvements in speed and capacity will be sufficient to meet or exceed the capabilities and quality of competing networks; the effects of increased medical, pension and postemployment expenses, such as retiree medical and severance costs, and related funding requirements; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments; our ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts in 2013 and thereafter; changes in pension plan assumptions and/or the value of our pension plan assets, which could require us to make increased contributions to the pension plan in 2014 and beyond; the effects of economic downturns, including customer bankruptcies and home foreclosures, which could result in difficulty in collection of revenues and loss of customers; adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or restrict the availability, or increase the cost, of financing; our cash flow from operations, amount of capital expenditures, debt service requirements, cash paid for income taxes and liquidity may affect our payment of dividends on our common shares; the effects of state regulatory cash management practices that could limit our ability to transfer cash among our subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; and the effects of severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms or other natural or man-made disasters. These and other uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and the foregoing information should be read in conjunction with these filings. We do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.

Frontier Communications Corporation
Consolidated Financial Data
 
  For the quarter ended   For the six months ended
June 30,   March 31,   June 30, June 30,
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts) 2013 2013 2012 2013   2012
 
Income Statement Data
Revenue $ 1,190,533   $ 1,205,396   $ 1,258,777   $ 2,395,929   $ 2,526,831  
 
Network access expenses 107,114 109,398 115,433 216,512 231,002
Other operating expenses (1) 534,015 541,499 539,911 1,075,514 1,091,494
Depreciation and amortization 297,849 303,675 307,047 601,524 664,347
Integration costs (2)   -     -     28,602     -     63,746  
Total operating expenses   938,978     954,572     990,993     1,893,550     2,050,589  
 
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   14,601     -     -     14,601     -  
 
Operating income 266,156 250,824 267,784 516,980 476,242
 
Losses on early extinguishment of debt (159,780 ) - (70,818 ) (159,780 ) (70,818 )
Investment and other income, net 2,956 4,654 8,804 7,610 14,392
Interest expense   166,547     171,420     172,054     337,967     336,916  
Income (loss) before income taxes (57,215 ) 84,058 33,716 26,843 82,900
Income tax expense (benefit)   (18,755 )   33,275     11,717     14,520     30,411  

Net income (loss) (2)

(38,460 ) 50,783 21,999 12,323 52,489

Less: Income attributable to the noncontrolling interest in a partnership

  -     2,643     4,010     2,643     7,732  
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders of Frontier $ (38,460 ) $ 48,140   $ 17,989   $ 9,680   $ 44,757  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 992,611 991,873 991,183 992,164 989,869
 

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders of Frontier (3)

$ (0.04 ) $ 0.05 $ 0.02 $ 0.01 $ 0.04
 

Non-GAAP adjusted net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders of Frontier (3) (4)

$ 0.06 $ 0.05 $ 0.08 $ 0.11 $ 0.13
 
Other Financial Data
Capital expenditures - Business operations $ 137,513 $ 189,009 $ 167,551 $ 326,522 $ 376,073
Capital expenditures - Integration activities - - 12,209 - 27,940
Operating cash flow, as adjusted (4) 557,286 561,932 620,363 1,119,218 1,240,197
Free cash flow (4) 175,873 206,207 284,867 382,080 538,027
Dividends paid 100,054 99,812 99,851 199,866 199,702
Dividend payout ratio (5) 57 % 48 % 35 % 52 % 37 %
(1)   Includes severance costs of $4.3 million, $2.4 million and $1.5 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2013, March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively, and $6.7 million and $8.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(2) Reflects integration costs of $28.6 million ($17.7 million or $0.02 per share after tax) for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $63.7 million ($39.6 million or $0.04 per share after tax) for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
(3) Calculated based on weighted average shares outstanding.
(4) Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are presented in Schedules A and B at the end of these tables.
(5) Represents dividends paid divided by free cash flow, as defined in Schedule A.
 
Frontier Communications Corporation
Consolidated Financial and Operating Data
 
  For the quarter ended   For the six months ended
June 30,   March 31,   June 30, June 30,
(Amounts in thousands, except operating data) 2013 2013 2012 2013   2012
 
Selected Income Statement Data
Revenue:
Local and long distance services $ 513,800 $ 525,944 $ 562,900 $ 1,039,744 $ 1,139,142
Data and internet services 467,428 454,836 452,168 922,264 896,051
Other   70,622     82,358     88,051     152,980     178,911  
Customer revenue 1,051,850 1,063,138 1,103,119 2,114,988 2,214,104
Switched access and subsidy   138,683     142,258     155,658     280,941     312,727  
Total revenue $ 1,190,533   $ 1,205,396   $ 1,258,777   $ 2,395,929   $ 2,526,831  
 
Other Financial and Operating Data
 
Revenue:
Business $ 546,367 $ 548,340 $ 569,086 $ 1,094,707 $ 1,138,174
Residential   505,483     514,798     534,033     1,020,281     1,075,930  
Customer revenue 1,051,850 1,063,138 1,103,119 2,114,988 2,214,104
Switched access and subsidy   138,683     142,258     155,658     280,941     312,727  
Total revenue $ 1,190,533   $ 1,205,396   $ 1,258,777   $ 2,395,929   $ 2,526,831  
Customers 3,121,014 3,140,281 3,275,354 3,121,014 3,275,354
Business customer metrics:
Customers 278,131 281,052 296,458 278,131 296,458
Revenue $ 546,367 $ 548,340 $ 569,086 $ 1,094,707 $ 1,138,174
Average monthly business revenue per customer $ 651.39 $ 644.55 $ 633.80 $ 647.68 $ 626.97
 
Residential customer metrics:
Customers 2,842,883 2,859,229 2,978,896 2,842,883 2,978,896
Revenue $ 505,483 $ 514,798 $ 534,033 $ 1,020,281 $ 1,075,930
Average monthly residential revenue per customer (1) $ 59.10 $ 58.82 $ 58.07 $ 58.98 $ 57.98
Customer monthly churn 1.64 % 1.64 % 1.64 % 1.64 % 1.61 %
 
 
Employees 14,069 14,363 15,332 14,069 15,332
Broadband subscribers 1,812,110 1,782,599 1,748,156 1,812,110 1,748,156
Video subscribers (2) 380,180 364,961 317,494 380,180 317,494
Switched access minutes of use (in millions) 4,109 4,290 4,771 8,399 9,288
(1)   Calculation excludes the Mohave Cellular Limited Partnership.
(2) Video subscribers as of June 30, 2012 excludes the loss of 203,100 DirecTV subscribers in the third quarter of 2012 as Frontier no longer provides DirecTV as part of its bundled packages.

Note: As stated in our quarterly report for the period ended March 31, 2013, prior period revenue and certain operating statistics have been revised from the previously disclosed amounts to reflect the immaterial reclassification of certain revenues and the related impact on average monthly revenue per customer amounts.

 
Frontier Communications Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data
 
(Amounts in thousands)
  June 30, 2013   December 31, 2012

ASSETS

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 548,630 $ 1,326,532
Accounts receivable, net 486,495 533,704
Restricted cash 9,260 15,408
Other current assets   232,556     211,559  
Total current assets 1,276,941 2,087,203
 
Restricted cash 11,611 27,252
Property, plant and equipment, net 7,361,756 7,504,896
Other assets - principally goodwill   7,949,758     8,114,280  
Total assets $ 16,600,066   $ 17,733,631  
 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:
Long-term debt due within one year $ 257,905 $ 560,550
Accounts payable and other current liabilities   890,255     992,970  
Total current liabilities 1,148,160 1,553,520
 
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 3,615,979 3,678,893
Long-term debt 7,900,922 8,381,947
Equity   3,935,005     4,119,271  
Total liabilities and equity $ 16,600,066   $ 17,733,631  
 
Frontier Communications Corporation
Consolidated Cash Flow Data
 
(Amounts in thousands)
  For the six months ended June 30,
2013   2012
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
Net income $ 12,323 $ 52,489

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization expense 601,524 664,347
Losses on early extinguishment of debt 159,780 70,818
Stock based compensation expense 8,927 7,775
Pension/OPEB costs 8,608 27,853
Gain on sale of assets (14,601 ) -
Other non-cash adjustments 5,568 8,386
Deferred income taxes (19,148 ) 27,158
Change in accounts receivable 43,202 31,696
Change in accounts payable and other liabilities (75,159 ) (136,003 )
Change in other current assets   (50,317 )   3,274  
Net cash provided by operating activities 680,707 757,793
 
Cash flows provided from (used by) investing activities:
Capital expenditures - Business operations (326,522 ) (376,073 )
Capital expenditures - Integration activities - (27,940 )
Network expansion funded by Connect America Fund (9,233 ) -

Grant funds received for network expansion from Connect America Fund

5,998 -
Proceeds on sale of Mohave partnership interest 17,755 -
Cash transferred from escrow 21,790 39,089
Other assets purchased and distributions received, net   1,721     (12,085 )
Net cash used by investing activities (288,491 ) (377,009 )
 
Cash flows provided from (used by) financing activities:
Long-term debt borrowings 750,000 500,000
Financing costs paid (19,360 ) (10,288 )
Long-term debt payments (1,534,074 ) (536,968 )
Premium paid to retire debt (159,429 ) (52,078 )
Dividends paid (199,866 ) (199,702 )

Repayment of customer advances for construction, distributions to noncontrolling interests and other

  (7,389 )   2,172  
Net cash used by financing activities (1,170,118 ) (296,864 )
 
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (777,902 ) 83,920
Cash and cash equivalents at January 1,   1,326,532     326,094  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, $ 548,630   $ 410,014  
 
Cash paid (received) during the period for:
Interest $ 348,459 $ 328,771
Income taxes (refunds) $ 83,462 $ (208 )
 
Schedule A
Frontier Communications Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
  For the quarter ended   For the six months ended
June 30,   March 31,   June 30, June 30,
(Amounts in thousands) 2013 2013 2012 2013   2012
 

Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow

 
Revenue $ 1,190,533 $ 1,205,396 $ 1,258,777 $ 2,395,929 $ 2,526,831
Less: Total operating expenses 938,978 954,572 990,993 1,893,550 2,050,589
Add: Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   14,601     -     -     14,601     -  
Operating income 266,156 250,824 267,784 516,980 476,242
 
Depreciation and amortization   297,849     303,675     307,047     601,524     664,347  
Operating cash flow 564,005 554,499 574,831 1,118,504 1,140,589
 
Add back:
Integration costs - - 28,602 - 63,746
Pension/OPEB costs (non-cash) (1) 3,590 5,018 15,450 8,608 27,853
Severance costs 4,292 2,415 1,480 6,707 8,009
 
Subtract:
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   14,601     -     -     14,601     -  
Adjusted operating cash flow 557,286 561,932 620,363 1,119,218 1,240,197
 
Add back:
Interest and dividend income 120 1,766 213 1,886 2,836
Stock based compensation 5,042 3,885 4,057 8,927 7,775
 
Subtract:
Cash paid (refunded) for income taxes 82,515 947 161 83,462 (208 )
Capital expenditures - Business operations (2) 137,513 189,009 167,551 326,522 376,073
Interest expense   166,547     171,420     172,054     337,967     336,916  
Free cash flow $ 175,873   $ 206,207   $ 284,867   $ 382,080   $ 538,027  
 
Operating income margin (Operating income divided by revenue)
As Reported 22.4 % 20.8 % 21.3 % 21.6 % 18.8 %
As Adjusted (3) 21.8 % 21.4 % 24.9 % 21.6 % 22.8 %
 
Operating cash flow margin (Operating cash flow divided by revenue)
As Reported 47.4 % 46.0 % 45.7 % 46.7 % 45.1 %
As Adjusted 46.8 % 46.6 % 49.3 % 46.7 % 49.1 %
(1)   Reflects pension and other postretirement benefit (OPEB) expense, net of capitalized amounts, of $20.5 million, $20.5 million and $16.5 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2013, March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively, less cash pension contributions and certain OPEB costs/payments of $16.9 million, $15.5 million and $1.0 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2013, March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2012, respectively. Reflects pension and OPEB expense, net of capitalized amounts, of $41.0 million and $32.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, less cash pension contributions and certain OPEB costs/payments of $32.4 million and $4.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(2) Excludes capital expenditures for integration activities.
(3) Excludes integration costs, pension and OPEB costs (non-cash), severance costs and gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest.
 
Schedule B
Frontier Communications Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

  For the quarter ended
June 30, 2013   March 31, 2013   June 30, 2012
     

 

Net Income Earnings (Loss) Earnings Earnings

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders of Frontier

(Loss) Per Share Net Income Per Share Net Income Per Share
 
GAAP, as reported $ (38,460 ) $ (0.04 ) $ 48,140 $ 0.05 $ 17,989 $ 0.02
Losses on early extinguishment of debt 98,888 0.10 - - 44,474 0.04
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest (8,591 ) (0.01 ) - - - -
Gain on investment in Adelphia (94 ) - (795 ) - (6,081 ) (0.01 )
Integration costs - - - - 17,728 0.02
Severance costs 2,756 - 1,482 - 910 -
Discrete tax items (1)   6,800     0.01     -     -   -     -  
Non-GAAP, as adjusted (2) $ 61,299   $ 0.06   $ 48,827   $ 0.05 $ 75,020   $ 0.08  
 
 
For the six months ended
June 30, 2013 June 30, 2012
 

 

Earnings Earnings

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders of Frontier

Net Income Per Share Net Income Per Share
 
GAAP, as reported $ 9,680 $ 0.01 $ 44,757 $ 0.04
Losses on early extinguishment of debt 98,888 0.10 44,474 0.04
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest (8,591 ) (0.01 ) - -
Gain on investment in Adelphia (889 ) - (6,081 ) (0.01 )
Integration costs - - 39,637 0.04
Severance costs 4,238 - 4,980 0.01
Discrete tax items (1)   6,800     0.01     -     -  
Non-GAAP, as adjusted (2) $ 110,126   $ 0.11   $ 127,767   $ 0.13  

(1) Includes the reversal of uncertain tax positions, changes in certain deferred tax balances and the settlement of IRS audit.

(2) Non-GAAP, as adjusted may not sum due to rounding.

Copyright Business Wire 2010
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