Lumos Networks Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced financial results for its third quarter of 2013.

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $51.6 million, compared to $52.0 million for the third quarter of 2012 and $52.3 million in the second quarter of 2013. Total Adjusted EBITDA was $23.0 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared to $22.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 and $24.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.

“While our results in the third quarter of 2013 were below our expectations, we are maintaining our 2013 financial guidance of $208 million for revenue and $97 million for Adjusted EBITDA,” said Tim Biltz, CEO of Lumos Networks. “In the third quarter of 2013, Lumos Networks delivered total Strategic Data revenue of $30.4 million, equal to nearly 59% of total revenue and representing a year-over-year increase of over 11%. The percentage of total revenue derived from Strategic Data increased by over 6% from the prior year period.”

Mr. Biltz continued, “We are beginning to see positive results from our plans to accelerate Strategic Data revenue growth and we project that sequential revenue in this segment will increase from 1.4% in the third quarter to over 2% in the fourth quarter. Additionally, we estimate that our operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2013 will be lower than the third quarter.”

“Therefore, we expect our Adjusted EBITDA to improve on a sequential basis in the fourth quarter,” Mr. Biltz said. “For the full year 2013, we are on track to post overall revenue growth, Strategic Data revenue growth of nearly 12% and Adjusted EBITDA growth of over 9%.”

Highlights
  • The Company ended the quarter with 540 fiber to the cell (“FTTC”) site installations, up 75 sequentially, which represents a year-over-year increase in total FTTC sites of 107%. Lumos Networks expects to end 2013 with over 600 installed sites and maintains its target for 1,500 sites within the next few years.
  • The Company’s project to upgrade its internal systems is off to a good start and is expected to drive operating efficiencies, improve customer facing capabilities and streamline business processes as we progress through 2014.
  • At the end of the third quarter, Lumos Networks officially “lit up” its metro fiber network in Richmond, Virginia and has pre-sold approximately $1.4 million in annualized revenue in that market, with the vast majority being strategic data.
  • On October 30, 2013, the Board of Directors of Lumos Networks declared a dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.14 per share to be paid on January 9, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 12, 2013.

Business Outlook

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company expects revenue to be $51 to $52 million and Adjusted EBITDA $24 to $25 million. For the full year 2013, the Company is maintaining its guidance of $208 million for revenue and $97 million for Adjusted EBITDA.

Please see the schedules accompanying this release for additional financial guidance, including reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to GAAP results.

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.”

Conference Call

A conference call and simultaneous webcast, hosted by Timothy G. Biltz, CEO, Harold L. Covert, CFO, and Will Davis, Director of Investor Relations, to review these financial and operational results and financial guidance will be held at 8:30 A.M. (ET) on October 31, 2013.

The webcast may be accessed via the Internet at http://ir.lumosnetworks.com/ and the live call (“Lumos Networks Third Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call”) may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-888-317-6016International: 1-412-317-6016Canada: 1-855-669-9657

The conference call will be archived and available for replay through November 11, 2013 before 9:00 A.M. (ET) and may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-877-344-7529International: 1-412-317-0088Replay pass codes: Conference ID: 10030620

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 fiber network of approximately 5,800 long haul miles. 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 or loss attributable to noncontrolling interests, other expenses/income, equity based compensation charges, acquisition related charges, amortization of actuarial losses on retirement plans, employee separation charges, restructuring related charges, gain or loss on settlements and gain or loss on interest rate derivatives. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to operating revenues.

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 schedules herein and our SEC filings 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 and high speed data transport industry; our ability to offset expected revenue declines in legacy voice and access products related to the recent regulatory actions, wireless substitution, technology changes and other factors; our ability to effectively allocate capital and implement our “edge-out” expansion plans in a timely manner; our ability to complete customer installations in a timely manner; adverse economic conditions; operating and financial restrictions imposed by our senior credit facility; our cash and capital requirements; declining prices for our services; our ability to maintain and enhance our network; 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 and our Quarterly Reports filed on Forms 10-Q.

Exhibits:

  • Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  • Summary of Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
  • Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income
  • Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
  • Business Outlook
   
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
        September 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
(In thousands)
   
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash $ 58,072 $ 2
Restricted cash 1 4,324 5,303
Accounts receivable, net 23,834 22,676
Other receivables 1,289 2,400
Income tax receivable 1,708 954
Prepaid expenses and other 4,265 5,136
  Deferred income taxes     2,474   3,357
  Total Current Assets     95,966   39,828
 
Securities and investments 601 462
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 362,527 336,589
 
Other Assets
Goodwill 100,297 100,297
Other intangibles, net 27,527 34,895
  Deferred charges and other assets     7,596   4,448
  Total Other Assets     135,420   139,640
 
  Total Assets   $ 594,514 $ 516,519
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $ 5,422 $ 7,900
Accounts payable 9,813 17,453
Dividends payable 3,080 3,013
Advance billings and customer deposits 13,659 13,527
Accrued compensation 2,431 1,742
Accrued operating taxes 5,153 3,838
  Other accrued liabilities     4,208   6,284
  Total Current Liabilities     43,766   53,757
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Long-term debt 375,288 304,325
Retirement benefits 29,196 30,413
Deferred income taxes 67,175 59,313
Other long-term liabilities 2,862 3,500
  Income tax payable     432   609
  Total Long-term Liabilities     474,953   398,160
 
Stockholders' Equity     75,122   64,050
Noncontrolling Interests     673   552
  Total Equity     75,795   64,602
 
  Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 594,514 $ 516,519
 
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 Income   Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)     2013     2012     2013     2012  
 
Operating Revenues $ 51,627 $ 51,977 $ 156,472 $ 154,192
 
Operating Expenses
Network access costs 10,342 11,529 31,997 35,471
Selling, general and administrative 1,2 21,731 19,752 58,647 59,341
Depreciation and amortization 11,169 9,650 31,528 27,673
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 31 32 95 93
Gain on settlements, net - (2,335 ) - (2,335 )
  Restructuring charges     10     -     50     -  
  Total Operating Expenses     43,283     38,628     122,317     120,243  
Operating Income 8,344 13,349 34,155 33,949
 
Other Income (Expenses)
Interest expense (3,841 ) (3,064 ) (10,375 ) (8,980 )
Loss on interest rate derivatives (564 ) (263 ) (110 ) (555 )
  Other income (expense), net     78     24     (804 )   55  
 
Income Before Income Tax Expense 4,017 10,046 22,866 24,469
 
Income Tax Expense     1,464     3,589     9,037     9,985  
Net Income 2,553 6,457 13,829 14,484
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests     (16 )   (115 )   (121 )   (80 )
Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp.   $ 2,537   $ 6,342   $ 13,708   $ 14,404  
 
 
Basic and Diluted Earnings per Common Share Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. Stockholders:
 
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.12 $ 0.30 $ 0.63 $ 0.69
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.11 $ 0.30 $ 0.62 $ 0.67
 
Cash Dividends Declared per Share - Common Stock $ 0.14 $ 0.14 $ 0.42 $ 0.42
 
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 $3.2 million and $1.1 million for three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and $5.5 million and $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
2 For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, selling, general and administrative expenses includes a $2.0 million charge related to the recognition of employee separation benefits which were provided for in the separation agreement of an executive officer who left the Company in April 2012.
   
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows   Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
(In thousands)     2013       2012  
 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income $ 13,829 $ 14,484
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 24,160 19,323
Amortization 7,368 8,350
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 95 93
Deferred income taxes 9,006 9,122
Loss on interest rate derivatives 110 555
Equity-based compensation expense 5,536 2,887
Amortization of debt issuance costs 907 606
Write off of unamortized debt issuance costs 890 -
Gain on settlement - (3,035 )
Retirement benefits, net of contributions and distributions (289 ) 154
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (622 ) -
Other (172 ) (34 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net     (6,523 )     1,697  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     54,295       54,202  
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (45,721 ) (43,925 )
Broadband network expansion funded by stimulus grant (29 ) (842 )
Change in restricted cash 979 804
Cash reimbursement received from broadband stimulus grant 979 804
Purchase of tradename asset - (333 )
Other     -       (26 )
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (43,792 )     (43,518 )
 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 375,000 -
Payment of debt issuance costs (4,872 ) -
Principal payments on senior secured term loans (308,188 ) (1,500 )
Borrowings from revolving credit facility 15,000 7,783
Principal payments on revolving credit facility (18,521 ) (18,066 )
Termination payments of interest rate swaps (858 ) -
Cash dividends paid on common stock (9,133 ) (8,945 )
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (1,337 ) (604 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plan 349 98
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 622 -
Other     (495 )     5  
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities     47,567       (21,229 )
Increase (decrease) in cash 58,070 (10,545 )
Cash:
Beginning of Period     2       10,547  
 
End of Period   $ 58,072     $ 2  
             
Lumos Networks Corp.
Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
(Dollars in thousands) Three months ended: Nine months ended:
      September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013 March 31, 2013 December 31, 2012 September 30, 2012 September 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA
  Revenue
  Enterprise Data 10,189 10,119 9,935 9,906 9,662 30,243 27,724
Carrier Data 15,438 15,055 14,945 14,363 13,001 45,438 38,144
IP Services 4,758 4,780 4,781 4,730 4,689 14,319 13,886
Total Strategic Data 30,385 29,954 29,661 28,999 27,352 90,000 79,754
Legacy Voice 14,063 14,329 14,884 15,399 16,074 43,276 49,004
Access 7,179 8,028 7,989 8,281 8,551 23,196 25,434
Total Revenue 51,627 52,311 52,534 52,679 51,977 156,472 154,192
Adjusted EBITDA 1
Strategic Data 12,563 13,331 13,723 13,629 12,581 39,617 37,008
Legacy Voice 5,162 5,178 4,988 3,835 3,808 15,328 11,272
Access 5,321 6,042 5,984 5,747 5,892 17,347 17,398
Total Adjusted EBITDA 23,046 24,551 24,695 23,211 22,281 72,292 65,678
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 1 44.6% 46.9% 47.0% 44.1% 42.9% 46.2% 42.6%
Capital Expenditures 18,997 11,692 15,032 15,956 14,937 45,721 43,925
Adjusted EBITDA less Capital Expenditures 4,049 12,859 9,663 7,255 7,344 26,571 21,753
     
Customer and Network Statistics
Customer Statistics
Competitive voice connections 2 98,296 102,189 105,695 110,261 112,709 98,296 112,709
Total Broadband Connections 3 47,190 42,607 42,110 39,950 40,401 47,190 40,401
Video Subscribers 5,078 4,767 4,666 4,549 4,390 5,078 4,390
 
Network Statistics
On-Network Buildings 4 1,303 1,273 1,235 1,196 1,150 1,303 1,150
Fiber to the Cell Sites 4 540 465 405 370 261 540 261
 
RLEC Total Access Lines 29,518 30,129 30,643 31,203 31,708 29,518 31,708
   
1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See definition on page 2 of this earnings release. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to Total Revenue.
 
2 Includes customer Primary Rate Interface (PRI) line equivalents at 23 lines per PRI. Excludes intercompany PRI lines.
 
3 Includes customers or customer equivalents for DSL, dedicated Internet access, wireless portable broadband, broadband over fiber and metro Ethernet. All revenues from broadband products are recorded in the operating revenues of our strategic data segment.
 
4 Includes statistics for legacy markets only, excluding FiberNet, through September 30, 2013.
 
Note: Certain prior period revenue amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation.
 
       
Lumos Networks Corp.                
Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income
(In thousands)                
  Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
      2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ 2,537 $ 6,342 $ 13,708 $ 14,404
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests     16     115     121   80  
Net Income 2,553 6,457 13,829 14,484
 
Interest expense 3,841 3,064 10,375 8,980
Loss on interest rate derivatives 564 263 110 555
Income tax expense 1,464 3,589 9,037 9,985
Other (income) expense, net     (78 )   (24 )   804   (55 )
Operating Income   $ 8,344   $ 13,349   $ 34,155 $ 33,949  
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(Dollars in thousands)    

2013
   

2012
 
   
For The Three Months Ended September 30
Operating Income $ 8,344 $ 13,349
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations     11,200     9,682  
Sub-total:     19,544     23,031  
Amortization of actuarial losses 309 446
Equity based compensation 3,183 1,099
Restructuring charges 10 -
Employee separation charges 1 - 40
Gain on settlements, net 2     -     (2,335 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 23,046   $ 22,281  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 44.6 % 42.9 %
 
For The Nine Months Ended September 30
Operating Income $ 34,155 $ 33,949
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations     31,623     27,766  
Sub-total:     65,778     61,715  
Amortization of actuarial losses 928 1,336
Equity based compensation 5,536 2,887
Restructuring charges 50 -
Employee separation charges 1 - 2,075
Gain on settlements, net 2     -     (2,335 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 72,292   $ 65,678  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 46.2 % 42.6 %
 
1 For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, selling, general and administrative expenses include a $2.0 million charge related to the recognition of employee separation benefits which were provided for in the separation agreement of an executive officer who left the Company in April 2012.
2 The Company recognized a net pre-tax gain of approximately $2.3 million in the third quarter of 2012 in connection with the settlement of outstanding matters related to a prior acquisition and the settlement of an outstanding lawsuit.
           
Lumos Networks Corp.                        
Business Outlook 1 (as of October 31, 2013)                        
(In millions) 2013 Guidance 1
    Fourth Quarter 2013 2013 Annual
Operating Revenues $ 51 to $ 52 approximately $208
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 24 to $ 25 approximately $97
 
Capital Expenditures $ 20 to $ 24 $ 65 to $ 70
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents (at end of period) $ 48 to $ 50 $ 48 to $ 50
 
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
Operating Income $ 12 to $ 13 approximately $46
Depreciation and amortization approximately $11 approximately $43
Equity based compensation charges approximately $1 approximately $7
Amortization of actuarial losses < $1 approximately $1
Adjusted EBITDA $ 24   to   $ 25 approximately $97
 
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. third quarter 2013 earnings release dated October 31, 2013.

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