said third-quarter earnings from continuing operations were $230.7 million, or 74 cents a share, a 10% increase over last year's $213.3 million, or 67 cents a share.
The company also said it agreed to buy 600,000 telephone lines from
for $1.9 billion cash and said that in August, it tried to buy
for $5.9 billion but was rebuffed.
The earnings number was a penny short of Wall Street's consensus estimate of 75 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.
Revenue for the quarter rose to $1.90 billion from $1.87 billion a year ago. The rural telephone service provider's wireless revenue also increased to $973.5 million from $934.6 million last year.