NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Windstream (WIN)  were higher in mid-afternoon trading on Thursday after reporting a surprise profit for the 2016 second quarter. 

Before the market open, the Little Rock, AR-based voice and data network communications provider reported earnings of 1 cent per share, while Thomson Reuters analysts were expecting a loss of 35 cents per share. 

Revenues fell year-over-year to $1.36 billion from $1.42 billion, and missed analysts' estimates of $1.37 billion.  

For the current year, Windstream expects revenues between $5.275 billion and $5.425 billion. 

July marked the company's 10-year anniversary as a public company, but CEO Anthony Thomas said he is most excited about where the company is headed. 

"Today, our vision has never been clearer, providing best-in-class customer experience through our network and our people," Thomas said on a conference call this morning. 

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