LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream (Nasdaq:WIN) grew strategic revenues 2 percent in 2013 as the company continued to execute on its strategy to become the nation's premier enterprise communications and services provider.
"2013 was a solid year for Windstream. Our business team finished the year strong, generating sequential revenue growth again, and our consumer team continued to grow broadband revenue and deliver steady results, all of which better position us to achieve our goals and deliver value to shareholders," said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO.
2013 HighlightsGrowing Strategic Revenue Windstream grew strategic revenue 2 percent year-over-year in 2013. Total business and consumer broadband revenues represented 73 percent of the company's total revenues at the end of the fourth quarter. Maintaining Healthy Margins Through disciplined expense management, Windstream delivered $2.32 billion in Adjusted OIBDA and maintained stable margins of 39 percent for 2013, while continuing to reposition the business in growth areas and navigating regulatory reform. Investing Capital for Growth Windstream continued to invest in its network to provide a platform for continued success. The company deployed fiber to approximately 2,000 wireless towers, opened three data centers and expanded and enhanced its broadband network throughout the year. Improving the Balance Sheet During the year, Windstream reduced its debt by more than $200 million. The company also refinanced almost $4 billion in debt in 2013, which extended debt maturities and lowered cash interest expense. Returning Capital to Shareholders Windstream generated strong adjusted free cash flow of $891 million for the year and paid $594 million in dividends to shareholders, representing a dividend payout ratio of 67 percent of adjusted free cash flow. Pro Forma Financial Results Total revenues and sales were $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter, a decline of 3 percent from the same period a year ago, and $6.0 billion for the year, a decline of 2 percent year-over-year. Strategic revenue was $4.3 billion for the year, an increase of 2 percent year-over-year.