Lumos Networks Corp. Reports Operating Results For The Fourth Quarter And Year 2011

Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of voice, data and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced operating results for its fourth quarter and year 2011. Lumos Networks was separated from NTELOS Holdings Corp. through a spin-off effective after the close of business on October 31, 2011.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter 2011 was $51.1 million, compared to $41.0 million for fourth quarter 2010. For the year 2011, total revenue was $207.4 million, compared to $146.0 for 2010. Total adjusted EBITDA was $23.0 million for the fourth quarter 2011, compared to $21.1 million in fourth quarter 2010, and $96.9 million for the year 2011 compared to $77.1 million for 2010. These reported results reflect the operations of FiberNet, which was acquired December 1, 2010. Proforma revenue for the year 2010 was $213.1 million.

“The year 2011 marked several milestones for Lumos Networks,” said Michael B. Moneymaker, president. “We completed the separation from NTELOS and the integration of the FiberNet and Alleghany fiber acquisitions. During the year, we enabled Metro Ethernet or IP voice services in 30 new markets. We are positioned to increase data sales in 2012 as we now focus our resources on the data growth opportunities ahead of us.”

Highlights
  • In support of the company’s strategy to expand Enterprise Data sales in existing and newly-enabled markets, on-net buildings reached 1,051 during fourth quarter, driving a 16% increase in this revenue over fourth quarter 2010 (pro forma) and a 4% increase sequentially over third quarter 2011.
  • Fiber connections to wireless cell sites were increased 12% in fourth quarter, as the company pursues new wholesale opportunities presented by growing data capacity demand of carriers. Fiber connections to cell sites totaled 148 at year-end, with an additional 150 sites now contracted to be built in 2012. Wholesale data revenue for the quarter was up 24% (pro forma) over fourth quarter 2010, and up 10% over the previous quarter.
  • A 30% year over year increase of account executives selling flagship data products to businesses and wireless carriers is planned for 2012 to support the projected Competitive data revenue growth in the expanded seven-state market area served by the Company’s 5,800 route-mile fiber network .
  • The transition of revenue composition to data products continues. The Competitive segment, comprised of approximately two-thirds data revenue, accounted for 77% of consolidated revenue in fourth quarter 2011.
  • On February 23, 2012, the Board of Directors of Lumos Networks Corp. declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.14 per share to be paid on April 12, 2012 to stockholders of record on March 14, 2012.

“We continue to see strong growth in revenue from enterprise data and wholesale products, both year over year and sequentially,” said Moneymaker. “While we believe the timing has accelerated the majority of the impact into 2012, the level of decline of RLEC access revenue from carrier network grooming and access reform was expected over time and was anticipated by the capital structure we put in place upon the separation.” He continued, “Our current and projected future growth in data revenues remains the catalyst for long-term revenue growth and it is expected this will drive annual year over year growth in total revenue in 2013.”

Business Outlook

The Company expects 2012 total revenue to be between $200 million and $205 million. Total revenue for first quarter 2012 is expected to be between $50 million and $51 million.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $85 million and $90 million for the year 2012 and to be between $21 million and $22 million for first quarter 2012.

Capital expenditures are expected to be between $52 million and $60 million for the year 2012.

Please see the schedule accompanying this release for additional financial guidance, including projected 2012 cash flows and non-GAAP reconciliations.

Statements made are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see “Special Note from the Company Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”

RLEC Asset Impairment

A required asset impairment test measurement date of October 31, 2011 was triggered upon the separation of Lumos Networks from NTELOS Holdings Corp. The Company concluded that its Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) indefinite-lived intangible assets, including goodwill, were impaired and a decrease in the carrying value of other RLEC assets was required. As such, the Company recorded a pre-tax non-cash intangible asset impairment charge of $65.4 million and reduced the carrying value of other assets by $20.9 million, for a total charge of $86.3 million ($65.7 million, net of tax) in fourth quarter 2011. The primary factor contributing to the impairment charge is the expectation of lower revenue in the future from other telecommunication carriers for originating and terminating interstate and intrastate long distance calls due to the FCC’s November 2011 Order comprehensively reforming its Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation systems, together with carrier network grooming efforts.

Conference Call

A conference call and simultaneous webcast, hosted by James A. Hyde, Lumos Networks CEO, Michael B. Moneymaker, president and Hal Covert, CFO, to review these financial and operational results and financial guidance will be held today at 10:00 A.M. (ET).

The webcast may be accessed via the Internet at http://ir.lumosnetworks.com/ and the live call (“Lumos Networks Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call”) may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-877-317-6789International: 1-412-317-6789Canada: 1-866-605-3852

The conference call will be archived and available for replay through March 13, 2012 and may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-877-344-7529International: 1-412-317-0088Replay pass codes: Conference ID: 10010603

The webcast will also be archived and the replay may be accessed at http://ir.lumosnetworks.com/.

About Lumos Networks

Lumos Networks is a fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving carrier, business and residential customers over a dense fiber network offering data, voice and IP services. With headquarters in Waynesboro, VA, Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland over a 5,800 route-mile fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at www.lumosnetworks.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Lumos Networks before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other expenses/income, equity based compensation charges, acquisition related charges, and costs related to the separation of the company from NTELOS.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial performance measure. It should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the exhibits and materials posted on the Lumos Networks website for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial performance measures to the most comparable measures reported in accordance with GAAP and for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial performance measures.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE COMPANY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Any statements contained in this presentation that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “targets,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will” and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, our current expectations, plans and strategies, and anticipated financial results, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many of these risks are beyond our ability to control or predict. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors with respect to any such forward-looking statements, including certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to: rapid development and intense competition in the telecommunications industry; our ability to achieve benefits from our separation from NTELOS Holdings Corp; our ability to successfully increase revenues and manage churn in the recently acquired FiberNet business; our ability to offset expected revenue declines in our RLEC business related to the recent regulatory developments and carriers grooming their networks; adverse economic conditions; operating and financial restrictions imposed by our senior credit facility; our cash and capital requirements; declining prices for our services; the potential to experience a high rate of customer turnover; federal and state regulatory fees, requirements and developments; our reliance on certain suppliers and vendors; and other unforeseen difficulties that may occur. These risks and uncertainties are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our SEC filings, including our Annual Reports filed on Forms 10-K.

Exhibits:

  • Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
  • Summary of Operating Results
  • Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income (Loss)
  • Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
  • Customers and Network Statistics
       
Lumos Networks Corp.            
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
          December 31, 2011     December 31, 2010
(in thousands)
   
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash $ 10,547 $ 489
Restricted cash 1 7,554 8,062
Accounts receivable, net 23,555 20,785
Other receivables 2,390 1,238
  Prepaid expenses and other       2,278       2,020
          46,324       32,594
 
Securities and investments 128 71
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 299,958 273,856
 
Other Assets
Goodwill 100,297 134,579
Franchise rights - 32,000
Other intangibles, net 45,696 65,904
  Deferred charges and other assets       6,197       2,196
          152,190       234,679
 
  Total Assets     $ 498,600     $ 541,200
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current portion of long term debt $ 2,679 $ 688
Accounts payable 12,432 12,599
Dividends payable 2,980 -
Advance billings and customer deposits 12,623 11,653
Accrued compensation 2,832 930
Accrued operating taxes 2,624 844
  Other accrued liabilities       3,243       1,428
          39,413       28,142
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Long-term debt 323,897 1,417
Obligation to NTELOS Inc. - 178,616
Retirement benefits 35,655 -
Deferred Income taxes 41,296 61,217
Other long-term liabilities 5,028 5,122
  Income tax payable       484       500
          406,360       246,872
 
Stockholders' Equity       52,827       266,186
 
  Total Liabilities and Equity     $ 498,600     $ 541,200

1
  During 2010, the Company received a Federal stimulus award providing 50% funding to bring broadband services and infrastructure to Alleghany County, Virginia. The Company was required to deposit 100% of its grant ($8.1 million) into pledged accounts in advance of any reimbursements, to be drawn down ratably following reimbursement approvals.
 
                   
Lumos Networks Corp.                            
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations     Three months ended:         Year ended:
 
(in thousands, except per share amounts)     December 31, 2011     December 31, 2010         December 31, 2011     December 31, 2010
 
Operating Revenues $ 51,107 $ 41,013 $ 207,414 $ 145,964
 
Operating Expenses 1
Cost of sales and services (exclusive of items shown separately below) 19,583 13,967 78,484 46,407
Customer operations 4,773 3,652 19,551 13,243
Corporate operations 2 5,343 4,909 16,251 13,809
Depreciation and amortization 10,186 9,037 43,090 31,365
Asset impairment charge 3 86,295 - 86,295 -
  Accretion of asset retirement obligations       31         36             116         11  
          126,211         31,601             243,787         104,835  
Operating Income (Loss) (75,104 ) 9,412 (36,373 ) 41,129
 
Other Income (Expenses)
Interest expense (3,153 ) (1,931 ) (11,993 ) (5,752 )
  Other income, net       32         18             105         43  
 
(78,225 ) 7,499 (48,261 ) 35,420
 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)       (16,527 )       3,175             (4,383 )       14,477  
Net Income (Loss) (61,698 ) 4,324 (43,878 ) 20,943
 
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 35 (28 ) (52 ) (119 )
                               
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp.     $ (61,663 )     $ 4,296           $ (43,930 )     $ 20,824  
 
 
Basic and Diluted (Loss) per Common Share Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. Stockholders:
 
Income (loss) per share - basic $ (2.96 ) N/A $ (2.11 ) N/A
Income (loss) per share - diluted $ (2.90 ) N/A $ (2.07 ) N/A
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 20,815 20,815
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 21,231 21,231
 
Cash Dividends Declared per Share - Common Stock $ 0.14 $ 0.14
 

 

Note: The operating results of FiberNet are included beginning on the acquisition date, December 1, 2010.
 
1 Includes equity based compensation charges related to all of the Company’s share-based awards and the Company’s 401(k) matching contributions of $0.2 million and $0.4 million for the fourth quarters of 2011 and 2010, respectively; and $2.4 million and $1.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.
 
2 Includes charges of $1.4 million in connection with the separation from NTELOS Holdings Corp. for the post-separation months of November and December 2011. Also included are acquisition related charges related to the acquisition of FiberNet that closed on December 1, 2010.
 
3 A required asset impairment test measurement date of October 31, 2011 was triggered upon the separation of Lumos Networks from NTELOS Holdings Corp. The Company concluded that its Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) indefinite-lived intangible assets, including goodwill, were impaired and a decrease in the carrying value of other RLEC assets was required. As such, the Company recorded a pre-tax non-cash intangible asset impairment charge of $65.4 million and reduced the carrying value of other assets by $20.9 million, for a total charge of $86.3 million ($65.7 million, net of tax) in fourth quarter 2011. The primary factor contributing to the impairment charge is the expectation of lower revenue in the future from other telecommunication carriers for originating and terminating interstate and intrastate long distance calls due to the FCC’s November 2011 Order comprehensively reforming its Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation systems, together with carrier network grooming efforts.
 
         
Lumos Networks Corp.                  
Summary of Operating Results                
(in thousands) Three months ended: Year ended:
    December 31, 2010   December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010   December 31, 2011
Operating Revenues
  Competitive $ 27,071 $ 39,401 $ 88,471 $ 154,757
Enterprise Data 6,231 8,945 19,442 33,897
SMB/Residential Data 3,904 4,515 14,772 17,401
Wholesale 6,378 10,248 24,714 36,883
Voice and Long Distance 8,004 12,989 22,148 54,414
Other 2,554 2,704 7,395 12,162
 
RLEC $ 13,942 $ 11,706 $ 57,493 $ 52,657
Local 2,844 3,056 11,780 11,625
Access 8,611 6,846 35,586 31,827
  Other   2,487     1,804   10,127     9,205
    $ 41,013   $ 51,107 $ 145,964   $ 207,414
Operating Expenses
(before depreciation & amortization, asset impairment charges, accretion of asset retirement obligations, equity based compensation, acquisition related charges and costs related to the separation of the company from NTELOS, a non-GAAP Measure of operating expenses)
 
Competitive $ 15,678 $ 24,367 $ 51,155 $ 94,045
  RLEC   4,257     3,736   17,755     16,429
    $ 19,935   $ 28,103 $ 68,910   $ 110,474
Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP Measure)
Competitive $ 11,393 $ 15,034 $ 37,316 $ 60,712
  RLEC   9,685     7,970   39,738     36,228
    $ 21,078   $ 23,004 $ 77,054   $ 96,940
Capital Expenditures
Competitive $ 5,802 $ 7,332 $ 27,950 $ 45,720
  RLEC   4,622     5,390   12,304     15,816
    $ 10,424   $ 12,722 $ 40,254   $ 61,536
Adjusted EBITDA less Capital Expenditures (a non-GAAP measure)
Competitive $ 5,591 $ 7,702 $ 9,366 $ 14,992
  RLEC   5,063     2,580   27,434     20,412
    $ 10,654   $ 10,282 $ 36,800   $ 35,404
 
Note: The operating results of FiberNet are included beginning on the acquisition date, December 1, 2010.
 
             
Lumos Networks Corp.                            
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income
(in thousands)                            
  Three months ended: Year ended:
      December 31, 2010     December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010     December 31, 2011
Net income (loss) attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ 4,296 $ (61,663 ) $ 20,824 $ (43,930 )
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests     28           (35 )     119           52  
Net Income (Loss) 4,324 (61,698 ) 20,943 (43,878 )
 
Interest expense 1,931 3,153 5,752 11,993
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,175 (16,527 ) 14,477 (4,383 )
Other income     (18 )         (32 )     (43 )         (105 )
Operating income (loss)   $ 9,412         $ (75,104 )   $ 41,129         $ (36,373 )
 
Competitive 3,472 6,678 16,208 28,569
RLEC     5,940           (81,782 )     24,921           (64,942 )
Operating income (loss)   $ 9,412         $ (75,104 )   $ 41,129         $ (36,373 )
 
             
Lumos Networks Corp.                              
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(dollars in thousands)   2010 2011
    Competitive RLEC   Total Competitive RLEC   Total
For The Three Months Ended December 31
Operating Income (Loss) $ 3,472 $ 5,940 $ 9,412 $ 6,678 $ (81,782 ) $ (75,104 )
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations     5,520       3,553       9,073     7,196       3,021       10,217  
Sub-total:     8,992       9,493       18,485     13,874       (78,761 )     (64,887 )
Asset impairment charge 1 - - - - 86,295 86,295
Equity based compensation 230 192 422 140 97 237
Acquisition related charges 2 2,171 - 2,171 1 - 1
Business separation charges 3     -       -       -     1,019       339       1,358  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 11,393     $ 9,685     $ 21,078   $ 15,034     $ 7,970     $ 23,004  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 42.1 % 69.5 % 51.4 % 38.2 % 68.1 % 45.0 %
 
For The Year Ended December 31
Operating Income (Loss) $ 16,208 $ 24,921 $ 41,129 $ 28,569 $ (64,942 ) $ (36,373 )
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations     17,272       14,104       31,376     29,579       13,627       43,206  
Sub-total:     33,480       39,025       72,505     58,148       (51,315 )     6,833  
Asset impairment charge 1 - - - - 86,295 86,295
Equity based compensation 816 713 1,529 1,474 909 2,383
Acquisition related charges 2 3,020 - 3,020 71 - 71
Business separation charges 3     -       -       -     1,019       339       1,358  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 37,316     $ 39,738     $ 77,054   $ 60,712     $ 36,228     $ 96,940  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 42.2 % 69.1 % 52.8 % 39.2 % 68.8 % 46.7 %
1   A required asset impairment test measurement date of October 31, 2011 was triggered upon the separation of Lumos Networks from NTELOS Holdings Corp. The Company concluded that its Rural Local Exchange Carrier (RLEC) indefinite-lived intangible assets, including goodwill, were impaired and a decrease in the carrying value of other RLEC assets was required. As such, the Company recorded a pre-tax non-cash intangible asset impairment charge of $65.4 million and reduced the carrying value of other assets by $20.9 million, for a total charge of $86.3 million ($65.7 million, net of tax) in fourth quarter 2011. The primary factor contributing to the impairment charge is the expectation of lower revenue in the future from other telecommunication carriers for originating and terminating interstate and intrastate long distance calls due to the FCC’s November 2011 Order comprehensively reforming its Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation systems, together with carrier network grooming efforts.
 
2 Acquisition related charges related to the acquisition of FiberNet that closed on December 1, 2010.
 
3 Charges in connection with the separation from NTELOS Holdings Corp.
 
                   
Lumos Networks Corp.                              
Customers and Network Statistics                        
 
  Three months ended:     December 31, 2010     March 31, 2011     June 30, 2011     September 30, 2011     December 31, 2011
Competitive voice connections 1 134,071 129,734 127,561 125,500 122,046
RLEC Broadband Customers 2 14,706 14,643 14,542 14,947 14,916
Total Broadband Connections 2 32,994 33,453 33,774 34,747 35,707
Video Subscribers 2,849 2,997 3,152 3,439 3,734
RLEC Total Access Lines 35,422 34,920 34,489 33,840 33,193
 
On-Network Buildings 3 752 830 903 949 1,051
Fiber-Fed Cell Sites 3 71 91 109 132 148
Co-Locations 143 144 146 147 149
Long-Haul Fiber Miles 4,941 5,767 5,788 5,801 5,801
1   Includes customer Primary Rate Interface (PRI) line equivalents at 23 lines per PRI. Excludes intercompany PRI lines.
 
2 Includes customers or customer equivalents for DSL, dedicated Internet access, wireless portable broadband, broadband over fiber and metro Ethernet. All revenues from broadband products, including RLEC broadband, are recorded in the operating revenues of the Competitive segment.
 
3 Includes statistics for legacy markets only, excluding FiberNet, through September 30, 2011.
 
     
Lumos Networks Corp.                    
Business Outlook 1 (as of February 27, 2012)                    
(dollars in millions) 2012 Guidance 1
    First Quarter 2012 2012 Annual
Operating Revenues $ 50 to $ 51 $ 200 to $ 205
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21 to $ 22 $ 85 to $ 90
 
Capital Expenditures $ 52 to $ 60
 
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
Operating Income $ 11 to $ 12 $ 44 to $ 46
Depreciation and amortization 9 38 to 40
Equity based compensation charges   1       3 to   4
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21 to $ 22   $ 85 to $ 90
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.      
Projected Cash Flows for the Year 2012 1      
(dollars in millions)
   
Adjusted EBITDA 2 $ 88
Less: Capital expenditures 2   (56 )
32
Less:
Cash interest, net of interest income (14 )
Cash taxes   (1 )
Cash flows, net, before dividends and debt payments 17
Less:
Cash dividends: $0.14 per share per quarter 3 (12 )
Scheduled 2012 debt payments (2 )
Plus:
Other, net 4   7  
Projected Cash Flows, net 5 $ 10
  1   These estimates are based on management’s current expectations. These estimates are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see “Special Note from the Company Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in the Lumos Networks Corp. fourth quarter 2011 earnings release dated February 27, 2012.
 
2 Based on the mid-points of the above guidance ranges.
 
3 Represents the most recent cash dividend paid, annualized. Dividend payments are reviewed quarterly by the board of directors and are subject to change.
 
4 Primarily cash reimbursements received from Federal stimulus awards, which provide 50% funding to bring broadband services and infrastructure to Alleghany County, Virginia.
 
5 Before discretionary payments to the credit facility Revolver loan and changes to working capital.
 

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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