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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

Posted 7 August 2018 10:26 AM by shentel

EDINBURG, Va., August 7, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (NASDAQ: SHEN) announces financial and operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2018.


President and CEO Christopher E. French commented, “Shentel delivered solid second quarter results which included consolidated revenue growth, significantly enhanced operating income and improved net profitability. In the past year, our Wireless geographic coverage area has grown significantly with the expansion of our affiliate agreement with Sprint, and we are focused on driving distribution and activation levels in our expanded footprint. During the second quarter, our wireless segment achieved growth in both postpaid and prepaid customers, reflective of Shentel’s reputation as a provider of reliable coverage, excellent service and robust capacity which has positioned us as the ‘carrier of choice’ in the markets in which we operate."

“Revenues in our cable segment grew 9% in the second quarter, with increased RGUs, and we are encouraged by the opportunity to capture additional market share as consumers seek the high speed bandwidth and dependable service that our network provides. In the Wireline segment we continued our focus on growth in our regional fiber network and transitioning our legacy telephone area from DSL service to cable modem service. Our focus on providing high quality, reliable service across all of our offerings remains the cornerstone of our service commitment to our customers and the foundation for our continued growth".

Second Quarter Results

Consolidated

  • Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $7.8 million, or $0.16 per share, compared with a net loss of $80 thousand, or less than $0.01 per share, in the second quarter of 2017. Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted the new revenue recognition standard, which requires the Company to record costs such as commissions for the national sales channel that are settled separately with Sprint as reductions of revenue. Previously these costs were recorded in costs of goods and services and in selling, general and administrative expense. Excluding the impact of this standard, second quarter net income was $5.9 million, or $0.12 per share, due to the deferral of certain commissions and device costs as required by the new revenue recognition standard.
  • Operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $154.0 million, a year over year increase of 0.5%, compared with $153.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Excluding the impact of the new revenue recognition standard, total operating revenues improved approximately $4.8 million, or 3.1%, driven by Wireless and Cable operations, partially offset by Wireline.
  • Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $135.3 million, compared with $145.0 million for the equivalent quarter in the prior year. Excluding the impacts of the new revenue recognition standard, operating expenses decreased $3.0 million, or 2.1% due to the absence of acquisition and integration costs related to the prior year nTelos integration, and a decrease in depreciation and amortization as assets acquired in the nTelos acquisition were retired. These declines were partially offset by increases in network and selling costs associated with the continued expansion of our networks to support the increase and demand for the subscriber base.
  • Operating income increased 126.6% in the second quarter of 2018 to $18.7 million from $8.3 million in the equivalent quarter of the prior year.
  • Adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $69.8 million, compared with $69.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Continuing OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $60.3 million, compared with $60.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The adoption of the new revenue recognition standard did not have an impact on adjusted OIBDA.

Wireless

  • Wireless operating revenues increased $2.2 million, excluding the impacts of adopting the new revenue recognition standard, compared with the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was driven by growth in postpaid and prepaid PCS subscribers, improvements in PCS average monthly churn for postpaid and prepaid, and was partially offset by a decline in average revenue per subscriber primarily related to promotions and discounts.
  • Wireless operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $92.5 million, compared with $107.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, a year over year decrease of 14.2%. Excluding the impacts of the new revenue recognition standard, operating expenses decreased $8.6 million due to the absence of acquisition and integration costs related to the prior year nTelos integration and a reduction in depreciation and amortization. These decreases were partially offset by increases in network costs resulting from the completion of our 4G rollout and expanded coverage area, as well as additional selling costs.
  • Wireless adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $60.1 million, compared with $58.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Wireless continuing OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $50.5 million, compared with $49.0 million from the three months ended June 30, 2017.
  • Shentel served 780,658 wireless postpaid retail PCS subscribers as of June 30, 2018, up 6.6% over the second quarter of 2017. Postpaid churn for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was 1.67%, compared with 2.00% for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The Company had net additions of 5,797 postpaid customers in the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with net additions of 15,514 for the three months ended June 30, 2017. As of the three months ended June 30, 2018, tablets and data devices were 14% of the postpaid base reflecting a net gain of 821 for these devices over the prior year.

Cable

  • Cable operating revenues for the second quarter of 2018 were $32.1 million, a year over year increase of 8.6% compared with $29.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was primarily due to growth in broadband ARPU and rate increases for video services.
  • Cable operating expenses were flat at $26.0 million in the second quarter of both 2018 and 2017. The Company added 3,519 High Speed Data users and 790 voice users, and lost 3,448 video users.
  • Cable adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $12.3 million, an increase of 23.7%.

Wireline

  • Wireline operating revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $19.1 million, compared with $19.6 million for the prior year second quarter. The decrease in operating revenues was primarily attributable to migrating Wireless backhaul circuits from traditional circuit-switched facilities to more cost effective Voice Over IP ("VoIP") facilities.
  • Wireline operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $14.3 million, compared with $14.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, due primarily to costs to support new fiber contracts.
  • Wireline adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $8.0 million, compared with $8.6 million for the prior year equivalent quarter, primarily driven by the decline in revenue.

Network & Technology Highlights

  • Beginning in 2018, we began transitioning Wireless backhaul circuits from traditional circuit-switched facilities to VoIP facilities, in our Wireline operations. We expect to complete the transition by year-end 2018 and expect to realize a reduction in overall Wireless network costs beginning in 2019.

Other Information

  • Capital expenditures were $62.3 million in the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared with $68.8 million in the comparable 2017 period. The Company's estimated 2018 capital budget remains $163 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2018 were $65.6 million, compared with $78.6 million at December 31, 2017.
  • Outstanding debt at June 30, 2018 totaled $799.9 million, net of unamortized loan costs, compared to $822.0 million as of December 31, 2017. As of June 30, 2018, no amounts were outstanding under the revolving line of credit. The total leverage ratio as of June 30, 2018 was 2.89.

Conference Call and Webcast

Teleconference Information:

Date: August 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 A.M. (ET)
Dial in number: 1-888-695-7639

Password: 1890438

Audio webcast: http://investor.shentel.com/

An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call is complete, through August 16, 2018 by calling (855) 859-2056.

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