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Consolidated Communications Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

  • Closed on acquisition of FairPoint July 3, integration efforts are underway and progressing well 
  • Acquisition expands company’s fiber network to more than 36,000 fiber route miles across 24 states making Consolidated Communications the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S.
  • Data and Internet connections grew 4 percent year over year
  • Metro Ethernet units grew 34 percent year over year

/EIN News/ -- MATTOON, Ill., Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSL) (the “Company”) reported results for the second quarter 2017.  The Company will hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its results as well as FairPoint Communications results today at 11 a.m. (ET).

Second quarter 2017 Consolidated Communications financial summary:

  • Revenue totaled $170.0 million
  • Net cash from operating activities was $41.8 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $72.5 million
  • Dividend payout ratio was 78.2 percent

“We grew data and Internet connections 4 percent reflecting our strategic focus on delivering high-bandwidth services to our customers, and delivered a solid quarter,” said Bob Udell, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Communications.  “We are optimistic about our opportunities as we leverage an expanded, 24-state fiber network.”

“We are very pleased to have closed on the FairPoint acquisition on July 3, which adds a robust, enterprise class fiber network and positions Consolidated Communications as the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S.,” Udell added.  “The financial benefits of this business combination are very compelling and include: a significant improvement in dividend payout ratio, meaningful improvement to financial leverage, and additional operating and strategic flexibility allowing us to continue to invest in broadband services and our fiber network.” 

Financial Results for the Second Quarter   

  • Revenue in the second quarter totaled $170.0 million, compared to adjusted revenue of $176.4 million in the second quarter 2016 after excluding $10.5 million of revenue from the equipment sales and service business which the Company divested in 2016.  Commercial and carrier revenue growth of 2.7 percent partially offset the expected declines in consumer voice, subsidies and access.  Subsidies were down $2.6 million due to scheduled step downs in CAF II and Texas USF, and access revenue was down $2.1 million due to continued declines in rates associated with voice services.
  • Income from operations was $21.6 million, compared to $23.0 million in the year-ago quarter, down primarily due to lower revenue, as described above, and partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses.   
  • Interest expense, net was $33.9 million compared to $19.1 million for the same period last year.  The increase in interest expense was primarily due to $3.5 million in amortization of the commitment fees for the financing secured in December for the FairPoint acquisition and the onset of ticking fees related to the financing, at the rate of approximately 4 percent per month, which totaled $9.7 million in the second quarter. In the quarter, we recognized $1.8 million in noncash interest expense associated with new interest rate hedges.  The increased expense was partially offset by the Company’s refinancing last October which will result in $2.0 million in annual interest savings.
  • Cash distributions from the Company’s wireless partnerships were $7.7 million compared to $7.8 million the prior year period. 
  • Other income, net was $8.3 million, compared to $8.6 million in the second quarter of 2016.   
  • On a GAAP basis, net loss was ($2.6) million and GAAP earnings per share was ($.06).  Adjusted diluted net income per share excludes certain items in the manner described in the table provided in this release.  Adjusted diluted net income per share was $0.16 in the second quarter, compared to $0.20 the same period last year. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $72.5 million compared to $78.0 million a year ago.  The year over year decline was primarily due to lower revenue.
  • The total net debt to last 12-month adjusted EBITDA ratio was 4.71.  Pro forma net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage is estimated to be 4.25 before giving effect to targeted synergies of $55.0 million which are expected to be realized within the first two years from closing.

Cash Available to Pay Dividends, Capex

For the second quarter, cash available to pay dividends was $25.1 million, and the dividend payout ratio was 78.2 percent.  At June 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $15.9 million.  Capital expenditures were $29.0 million for the second quarter. 

Financial Guidance

The Company updated its full year financial guidance to include the FairPoint acquisition. The guidance presented in the following table, includes FairPoint as if we had owned the business for the full 2017 fiscal year.   

  2016 Results      
($ in millions) CNSL FRP Combined   2017 Pro Forma Guidance
Cash interest expense1 $ 70.6   $ 77.2 $ 147.8   $111 to $116
Cash income taxes/refund2 $ (0.2 ) $ 1.3 $ 1.1   $2 to $4
Capital expenditures $ 125.2   $ 117.1 $ 242.3   $230 to $235
           
(1) Pro Forma interest expense is based on the legacy CNSL debt structure plus the $935.0 million refinancing of FairPoint's debt as an incremental term loan under our credit agreement at rate of Libor, plus 3.00% coupon and 1.00% Libor floor. 2017 cash interest guidance does not include ticking fees or commitment fees.
(2) Cash income taxes primarily include local and state income taxes and federal income taxes will be shielded by net operating losses.
 

FairPoint second quarter 2017 results are shown in the financial tables below.

Dividend Payments

The Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per common share, which is payable on Nov. 1, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 15, 2017.  This will represent the 49th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the Company. 

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call today at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT to discuss second quarter earnings and developments with respect to the Company.  The live webcast and replay can be accessed from the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://ir.consolidated.com.  The live conference call dial-in number is 1-877-374-3981 with conference ID 51172915.  A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through Aug. 10, 2017 and can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056, conference ID:  51172915.  

About Consolidated Communications 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes, and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area.  Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: data, voice, video, managed services, cloud computing and wireless backhaul.  Headquartered in Mattoon, Ill., Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

This press release, as well as the conference call, includes disclosures regarding “EBITDA,” “adjusted EBITDA,” “cash available to pay dividends” and the related “dividend payout ratio,” “total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio,” “adjusted diluted net income per share” and “adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders,” all of which are non-GAAP financial measures and described in this section as not being in compliance with Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, they should not be construed as alternatives to net cash from operating or investing activities, cash and cash equivalents, cash flows from operations, net income or net income per share as defined by GAAP and are not, on their own, necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, not all companies use identical calculations, and the non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.  A reconciliation of the differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP is included in the tables that follow.

Adjusted EBITDA is comprised of EBITDA, adjusted for certain items as permitted or required by the lenders under our credit agreement in place at the end of each quarter in the periods presented.  The tables that follow include an explanation of how adjusted EBITDA is calculated for each of the periods presented with the reconciliation to net income.  EBITDA is defined as net earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization on a historical basis.  

Cash available to pay dividends represents adjusted EBITDA plus cash interest income less (1) cash interest expense, (2) capital expenditures and (3) cash income taxes; this calculation differs in certain respects from the similar calculation used in our credit agreement. 

We present adjusted EBITDA, cash available to pay dividends and the related dividend payout ratio for several reasons.  Management believes adjusted EBITDA, cash available to pay dividends and the dividend payout ratio are useful as a means to evaluate our ability to fund our estimated uses of cash (including interest on our debt) and pay dividends. In addition, we have presented adjusted EBITDA, cash available to pay dividends and the dividend payout ratio to investors in the past because they are frequently used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry, and management believes presenting them here provides a measure of consistency in our financial reporting. Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends, referred to as Available Cash in our credit agreement, are also components of the restrictive covenants and financial ratios contained in our credit agreement that requires us to maintain compliance with these covenants and limit certain activities, such as our ability to incur debt and to pay dividends.  The definitions in these covenants and ratios are based on adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends after giving effect to specified charges.  In addition, adjusted EBITDA, cash available to pay dividends and the dividend payout ratio provide our board of directors with meaningful information to determine, with other data, assumptions and considerations, our dividend policy and our ability to pay dividends under the restrictive covenants in our credit agreement and to measure our ability to service and repay debt.  We present the related “total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio” principally to put other non-GAAP measures in context and facilitate comparisons by investors, security analysts and others; this ratio differs in certain respects from the similar ratio used in our credit agreement.  These measures differ in certain respects from the ratios used in our senior notes indenture. 

These non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings.  In particular, adjusted EBITDA does not represent the residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, since items such as debt repayment and interest payments are not deducted from such measure.  Similarly, while we may generate cash available to pay dividends, we are not required to use any such cash to pay dividends, and the payment of any dividends is subject to declaration by our board of directors, compliance with applicable law and the terms of our credit agreement.  Because adjusted EBITDA is a component of the dividend payout ratio and the ratio of total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA, these measures are also subject to the material limitations discussed above.  In addition, the ratio of total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA is subject to the risk that we may not be able to use the cash on the balance sheet to reduce our debt on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Management believes these ratios are useful as a means to evaluate our ability to incur additional indebtedness in the future. 

We present the non-GAAP measures adjusted diluted net income per share and adjusted diluted net income attributable to common stockholders because our net income and net income per share are regularly affected by items that occur at irregular intervals or are non-cash items.  We believe that disclosing these measures assists investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating both our company over time and the relative performance of the companies in our industry.

Preliminary Pro Forma Results

Estimated pro forma results of operations presented herein gives effect to the acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. as if it had occurred on Jan. 1, 2016. The combined estimated results of financial condition have been prepared as of June 30, 2017 and gives effect to the acquisition as if it had occurred on that date.  The estimated pro forma results include certain accounting adjustments related to the acquisition that are expected to have a continuing impact on the combined results, including adjustments for depreciation and amortization of the acquired tangible and intangible assets acquired, interest expense on the debt incurred to complete the acquisition and to repay certain existing indebtedness of FairPoint, the exclusion of certain acquisition related costs and the tax impact of these pro forma adjustments.  These adjustments and the related results are based on a preliminary valuation of the estimated fair value of the net assets acquired, which is subject to change upon the final assessment and such changes could be material.  The estimated pro forma information is not intended to represent or be indicative of the results of the combined company that would have been obtained had the acquisition been completed as of the dates presented and should not be taken as representative of the future consolidated results of the combined company.

Safe Harbor

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand a company’s future prospects and make informed investment decisions.  Certain statements in this communication are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, our current expectations, plans, strategies, and anticipated financial results.  There are a number of risks, uncertainties, and conditions that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include our ability to successfully integrate FairPoint Communications, Inc.’s operations and realize the synergies from the integration, as well as a number of factors related to our business, including economic and financial market conditions generally and economic conditions in our service areas; various risks to stockholders of not receiving dividends and risks to our ability to pursue growth opportunities if we continue to pay dividends according to the current dividend policy; various risks to the price and volatility of our common stock; changes in the valuation of pension plan assets; the substantial amount of debt and our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future; our need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt and to pay dividends on our common stock; restrictions contained in our debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business; regulatory changes, including changes to subsidies, rapid development and introduction of new technologies and intense competition in the telecommunications industry; risks associated with our possible pursuit of acquisitions; system failures; cyber-attacks, information or security breaches or technology failure of ours or of a third party; losses of large customers or government contracts; risks associated with the rights-of-way for the network; disruptions in the relationship with third party vendors; losses of key management personnel and the inability to attract and retain highly qualified management and personnel in the future; changes in the extensive governmental legislation and regulations governing telecommunications providers and the provision of telecommunications services; new or changing tax laws or regulations; telecommunications carriers disputing and/or avoiding their obligations to pay network access charges for use of our network; high costs of regulatory compliance; the competitive impact of legislation and regulatory changes in the telecommunications industry; and liability and compliance costs regarding environmental regulations. A detailed discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including our reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.  Many of these circumstances are beyond our ability to control or predict.  Moreover, forward-looking statements necessarily involve assumptions on our part.  These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “should,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue” or similar expressions.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries to be different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements that appear throughout this communication.  Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.  Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the SEC, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Dollars in thousands, except par value)  
(Unaudited)  
   
   June 30, 
     December 31, 
   
    2017        2016     
                 
 ASSETS                 
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,859     $ 27,077    
Accounts receivable, net   50,338       56,216    
Income tax receivable   26,056       21,616    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   25,853       28,292    
Total current assets   118,106       133,201    
                 
Property, plant and equipment, net   1,042,771       1,055,186    
Investments   106,504       106,221    
Goodwill   756,877       756,877    
Other intangible assets   27,211       31,612    
Other assets   9,600       9,661    
Total assets $ 2,061,069     $ 2,092,758    
                 
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                 
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable $ 10,107     $ 6,766    
Advance billings and customer deposits   25,040       26,438    
Dividends payable   19,653       19,605    
Accrued compensation   15,020       16,971    
Accrued interest   26,415       11,260    
Accrued expense   50,634       54,123    
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   17,830       14,922    
Total current liabilities   164,699       150,085    
                 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations   1,376,248       1,376,754    
Deferred income taxes   241,363       244,298    
Pension and other post-retirement obligations   126,283       130,793    
Other long-term liabilities   19,297       14,573    
Total liabilities   1,927,890       1,916,503    
                 
Shareholders' equity:                
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 100,000,000 shares                
authorized, 50,733,313 and 50,612,362, shares outstanding                
as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   507       506    
Additional paid-in capital   182,155       217,725    
Accumulated deficit   (6,413 )     -    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net   (48,453 )     (47,277 )  
Noncontrolling interest   5,383       5,301    
Total shareholders' equity   133,179       176,255    
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,061,069     $ 2,092,758    
                 

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.      
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations      
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)      
(Unaudited)      
                     
   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended       
   June 30,     June 30,       
     2017         2016         2017         2016         
                                     
                                     
Net revenues $ 169,950     $ 186,871     $ 339,885     $ 375,717        
Operating expenses:                                    
Cost of services and products   70,376       80,763       141,767       160,483        
Selling, general and administrative                                    
expenses   35,720       38,805       71,751       79,481        
Acquisition and other transaction costs   1,793       248       3,524       248        
Loss on impairment   -       610       -       610        
Depreciation and amortization   40,483       43,491       82,678       87,631        
Income from operations   21,578       22,954       40,165       47,264        
Other income (expense):                                    
Interest expense, net of interest income   (33,918 )     (19,106 )     (63,589 )     (37,752 )      
Other income, net   8,315       8,632       13,520       15,843        
Income (loss) before income taxes   (4,025 )     12,480       (9,904 )     25,355        
Income tax expense (benefit)   (1,399 )     12,323       (3,573 )     17,296        
Net income (loss)   (2,626 )     157       (6,331 )     8,059        
                                     
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   102       81       82       134        
                                     
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ (2,728 )   $ 76     $ (6,413 )   $ 7,925        
                                     
Net income (loss) per basic and diluted common shares                                    
attributable to common shareholders $ (0.06 )   $ -     $ (0.13 )   $ 0.15        
                     

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.      
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows      
  (Dollars in thousands)      
(Unaudited)      
                           
         Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended       
         June 30,     June 30,       
           2017         2016         2017         2016         
OPERATING ACTIVITIES                      
    Net income (loss)   $ (2,626 )   $ 157     $ (6,331 )   $ 8,059        
    Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                      
    Depreciation and amortization     40,483       43,491       82,678       87,631        
    Deferred income taxes     -       7,524       22       7,524        
    Cash distributions from wireless partnerships in excess of/(less than) earnings     (459 )     (920 )     64       (1,153 )      
    Non-cash, stock-based compensation     892       912       1,430       1,804        
    Amortization of deferred financing     4,409       804       8,809       1,598        
    Other adjustments, net     2,302       751       2,298       635        
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net     (3,186 )     3,245       4,563       9,407        
    Net cash provided by operating activities     41,815       55,964       93,533       115,505        
INVESTING ACTIVITIES                      
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net     (29,036 )     (33,583 )     (58,061 )     (62,271 )      
    Proceeds from sale of assets     58       36       101       50        
    Net cash used in investing activities     (28,978 )     (33,547 )     (57,960 )     (62,221 )      
FINANCING ACTIVITIES                      
    Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     16,000       7,000       23,000       7,000        
    Payment of capital lease obligations     (1,704 )     (425 )     (2,993 )     (812 )      
    Payment on long-term debt     (18,250 )     (9,275 )     (27,500 )     (11,550 )      
    Share repurchases for minimum tax withholding     -       -       (41 )     (71 )      
    Dividends on common stock     (19,653 )     (19,623 )     (39,257 )     (39,174 )      
    Net cash used for financing activities     (23,607 )     (22,323 )     (46,791 )     (44,607 )      
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (10,770 )     94       (11,218 )     8,677        
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     26,629       24,461       27,077       15,878        
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 15,859     $ 24,555     $ 15,859     $ 24,555        
                           

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Consolidated Revenue by Category  
(Dollars in thousands)  
 (Unaudited)   
                         
       Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended   
       June 30,         June 30,   
         2017       2016           2017       2016   
Commercial and carrier:                        
Data and transport services (includes VoIP)     $ 50,101   $ 48,558       $ 99,579   $ 97,670  
Voice services       23,626     25,323         47,079     50,348  
Other       4,931     2,703         8,833     5,327  
        78,658     76,584         155,491     153,345  
Consumer:                        
Broadband (VoIP, Data and Video)       50,856     53,103         102,521     107,662  
Voice services       12,614     14,028         25,488     28,519  
        63,470     67,131         128,009     136,181  
                         
Equipment sales and service       -     10,448         -     20,088  
Subsidies       10,392     12,982         20,964     26,056  
Network access       14,138     16,305         28,691     33,118  
Other products and services       3,292     3,421         6,730     6,929  
Total operating revenue     $ 169,950   $ 186,871       $ 339,885   $ 375,717  
                         

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Schedule of Adjusted EBITDA Calculation  
(Dollars in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
                         
                  Pro Forma   Pro Forma  
   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended    Six Months   Last Twelve  
   June 30,     June 30,    Ended   Months Ended  
     2017         2016         2017         2016       June 30, 2017     June 30, 2017   
Net income (loss) $ (2,626 )   $ 157     $ (6,331 )   $ 8,059     $ 10,376     $ 99,858    
Add (subtract):                        
Income tax expense (benefit)   (1,399 )     12,323       (3,573 )     17,296       6,918       52,452    
Interest expense, net   33,918       19,106       63,589       37,752       59,610       118,310    
Depreciation and amortization   40,483       43,491       82,678       87,631       175,818       355,337    
EBITDA   70,376       75,077       136,363       150,738       252,722       625,957    
                         
Adjustments to EBITDA (1):                        
Other, net (2)   2,497       2,190       6,037       3,941       2,777       6,600    
Investment income (accrual basis)   (8,196 )     (8,705 )     (13,474 )     (15,901 )     (13,474 )     (30,545 )  
Investment distributions (cash basis)   7,736       7,784       13,380       14,580       13,380       30,944    
Pension/OPEB expense   (837 )     719       (144 )     1,439       5,875       (99,734 )  
Loss on extinguishment of debt   -       -       -       -       -       6,559    
Non-cash compensation (3)   892       912       1,430       1,804       4,416       8,002    
                         
Adjusted EBITDA $ 72,468     $ 77,977     $ 143,592     $ 156,601     $ 265,696     $ 547,783    
                         
Notes:                        
(1)  These adjustments reflect those required or permitted by the lenders under our credit agreement.
 
(2)  Other, net includes income attributable to noncontrolling interests, acquisition and non-recurring related costs, and certain miscellaneous items.
 
(3)  Represents compensation expenses in connection with our Restricted Share Plan, which because of the non-cash nature of the expenses are excluded from adjusted EBITDA.
 

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
   
Cash Available to Pay Dividends
   
(Dollars in thousands)
   
(Unaudited)
   
                 
            Pro Forma    
   Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended     Six Months Ended     
   June 30, 2017       June 30, 2017     June 30, 2017     
                 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 72,468       $ 143,592     $ 265,696   (a)  
                 
- Cash interest expense   (17,709 )       (35,153 )     (55,795 )    
- Capital expenditures   (29,036 )       (58,061 )     (104,104 )    
- Cash income (taxes)/refund   (600 )       (909 )     (1,254 )    
                 
Cash available to pay dividends $ 25,123       $ 49,469     $ 104,543      
                 
Dividends Paid $ 19,653       $ 39,257     $ 54,903      
Payout Ratio   78.2%         79.4%       52.5%      
Note:  The above calculation excludes the principal payments on our debt        
(a) Excludes targeted synergies of $55 million expected to be realized within the first two years from closing.    
                 

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Total Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA Ratio  
(Dollars in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
       
   June 30,     
Summary of Outstanding Debt:    2017       
Term loan, net of discount $4,346 $ 888,904      
Revolving loan   -      
Senior unsecured notes due 2022, net of discount $3,991   496,009      
Capital leases   21,962      
Total debt as of June 30, 2017 $ 1,406,875      
Less deferred debt issuance costs   (12,797 )    
Less cash on hand   (15,859 )    
Total net debt as of June 30, 2017 $ 1,378,219      
       
Adjusted EBITDA for the last      
twelve months ended June 30, 2017 $ 292,750      
       
Total Net Debt to last twelve months      
Adjusted EBITDA   4.71x      
       
       
   
  Pro Forma    
   June 30,     
Summary of Outstanding Debt:    2017       
Term loan, net of discount $9,021 $ 1,819,229      
Revolving loan   5,000      
Senior unsecured notes due 2022, net of discount $3,991   496,009      
Capital leases   24,154      
Total debt as of June 30, 2017 $ 2,344,392      
Less deferred debt issuance costs   (15,504 )    
Less cash on hand   (2,052 )    
Total net debt as of June 30, 2017 $ 2,326,836      
       
Adjusted EBITDA for the last      
twelve months ended June 30, 2017 $ 547,783   (a)
       
Total Net Debt to last twelve months      
Adjusted EBITDA   4.25x      
       
(a) Excludes targeted synergies of $55 million expected to be realized within the first two years from closing.  
       

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Adjusted Net Income and Net Income Per Share   
Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  
(Unaudited)  
                 
   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
   June 30,     June 30,   
     2017         2016       2017         2016   
Net income (loss) $ (2,626 )   $ 157   $ (6,331 )   $ 8,059  
Transaction and severance related costs, net of tax   1,535       1,352     3,644       2,368  
Amortization of commitment fee, net of tax   2,286       -     4,481       -  
Ticking fees on committed financing, net of tax   6,366       -     11,314       -  
Impairment charge for sale of Iowa ILEC, net of tax   -       375     -       375  
Deferred tax related to asset held for sale   -       7,524     -       7,524  
Non-cash stock compensation, net of tax   582       561     914       1,108  
Adjusted net income $ 8,143     $ 9,969   $ 14,022     $ 19,434  
                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   50,412       50,294     50,411       50,291  
Adjusted diluted net income per share $ 0.16     $ 0.20   $ 0.28     $ 0.39  
                 
Notes:                
Calculations above assume a 34.8% and 38.5% effective tax rate for the three months ended and 36.1% and 38.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  

 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.  
Key Operating Statistics  
(Unaudited)  
                         
       June 30,    March 31,   % Change     June 30,    % Change   
         2017         2017      in Qtr      2016      YOY  
                         
Voice Connections(1)     449,312       453,332     (0.9%)       471,458     (4.7%)    
                         
Data and Internet Connections(1)     480,426       477,180     0.7%       462,559     3.9%    
                         
Video Connections     100,370       102,906     (2.5%)       111,617     (10.1%)    
                         
Business and Broadband as % of total revenue(2)   82.4%       82.1%     0.4%       80.9%     1.9%    
                         
Fiber route network miles (long-haul and metro)   14,214       14,172     0.3%       13,830     2.8%    
                         
On-net buildings     5,929       5,766     2.8%       5,348     10.9%    
                         
Consumer Customers     246,065       248,796     (1.1%)       262,177     (6.1%)    
                         
Consumer ARPU   $85.03     $86.47     (1.7%)     $85.35     (0.4%)    
                         
Notes:                      
(1) The acquisition of Champaign Telephone Co. and the sale of the Iowa ILEC resulted in a net increase of 4,905 data connections and a net reduction of 4,290 voice connections in the third quarter 2016.  
(2) Business and Broadband revenue % includes: commercial/carrier, equipment sales and service, directory, consumer broadband and special access.  
                         

 

FairPoint Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
               
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
Revenues $ 199,139     $ 206,557     $ 401,046     $ 413,373  
Operating expenses:              
Cost of services and sales, excluding depreciation and amortization   90,369       93,302       188,175       198,341  
Other post-employment benefit and pension expense/(benefit)   2,922       (53,486 )     6,019       (106,714 )
Selling, general and administrative expense   46,875       49,440       96,728       99,776  
Depreciation and amortization   53,917       55,105       108,711       112,743  
Total operating expenses   194,083       144,361       399,633       304,146  
Income from operations   5,056       62,196       1,413       109,227  
Other income/(expense):              
Interest expense   (21,078 )     (20,583 )     (41,456 )     (41,193 )
Other, net   156       95       319       253  
Total other expense   (20,922 )     (20,488 )     (41,137 )     (40,940 )
Income/(loss) before income taxes   (15,866 )     41,708       (39,724 )     68,287  
Income tax benefit/(expense)   251       (12,393 )     254       (20,404 )
Net income/(loss) $ (15,615 )   $ 29,315     $ (39,470 )   $ 47,883  
               
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic   26,999       26,858       26,980       26,835  
Diluted   26,999       27,084       26,980       27,071  
               
Income/(loss) per share, basic $ (0.58 )   $ 1.09     $ (1.46 )   $ 1.78  
               
Income/(loss) per share, diluted $ (0.58 )   $ 1.08     $ (1.46 )   $ 1.77  
               

 

FairPoint Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Strategic Revenue Categorization and Product Revenue Detail (1)  
(Dollars in millions)  
(Unaudited)  
                   
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
    June 30,   June 30,  
      2017       2016       2017       2016    
Growth (2)                  
Broadband (2a)   $ 37.7     $ 34.8     $ 74.7     $ 68.8    
Ethernet (2b)     24.2       24.9       48.7       48.5    
Hosted and Advanced Services (2c)     5.1       4.1       10.3       7.9    
Subtotal Growth     67.0       63.8       133.7       125.2    
Growth as a % of Total Revenue     33.7 %     30.9 %     33.3 %     30.3 %  
                   
Convertible (3)                  
Non-Ethernet Special Access (3a)     14.6       16.7       29.7       34.9    
Business Voice (3b)     28.4       29.9       57.0       60.4    
Other convertible (3c)     4.6       5.0       9.5       10.4    
Subtotal Convertible     47.6       51.6       96.2       105.7    
Convertible as a % of Total Revenue     23.9 %     25.0 %     24.0 %     25.6 %  
                   
Legacy (4)                  
Residential Voice (4a)     48.6       53.4       97.4       107.3    
Switched Access and Other (4b)     15.2       16.8       31.1       34.5    
Subtotal Legacy     63.8       70.2       128.5       141.8    
Legacy as a % of Total Revenue     32.0 %     34.0 %     32.0 %     34.3 %  
                   
Regulatory funding (5)     12.8       13.1       27.5       26.2    
Regulatory funding as a % of Total Revenue     6.4 %     6.3 %     6.9 %     6.3 %  
                   
Miscellaneous (6)     7.9       7.9       15.1       14.5    
Miscellaneous as a % of Total Revenue     4.0 %     3.8 %     3.8 %     3.5 %  
                   
Total Revenue   $ 199.1     $ 206.6     $ 401.0     $ 413.4    
                   
                   
Notes:                  
(1) Management believes the Strategic Revenue Categorization provides key metrics that will enhance investors' ability to evaluate our business and assist investors in their understanding of the changing composition of our revenue as well as period-to-period revenue trends as a result of product and service evolution within our industry.
(2) Growth revenue is comprised of products and services that are generally viewed as in-demand by telecommunications consumers over the medium- to long-term and are expected to increase over time.
a) Broadband revenue is comprised of both residential and business customers delivered through DSL, ADSL, VDSL or other similar services.
b) Ethernet revenue includes Ethernet over copper ("EOC") or Ethernet over fiber ("EOF") services delivered to end-users or to wholesalers, who then sell to their end-users.
c) Hosted and Advanced Services includes VoIP and other digital voice services including unified messaging and other IP features as well as revenue generated from our various advanced services including our value added reseller of unified communications, data networking and cabling infrastructure solutions, the next-generation emergency 9-1-1 contracts in several of our service territories as well as data center and managed services.
(3) Convertible revenues are revenues that could move from TDM-based technologies to Ethernet or other advanced services.
a) Non-Ethernet Special Access includes high-capacity circuits.  The revenues are primarily comprised of business revenue from T1's, DS3's and SONET products.
b) Business Voice is traditional voice, long distance, ISDN and Centrex services for a business customer.
c) Other convertible revenue primarily includes Unbundled Network Element ("UNE"), Asynchronous Transfer Mode ("ATM"), Frame Relay, ISDN, Analog Private Line and Internet services such as dial-up.
(4) Legacy revenues are TDM-based voice related consumer revenue largely related to residential customers.
a) Residential Voice is comprised of TDM voice services to residential customers.
b) Switched Access and Other primarily includes Switched Transport, Local Switching, NECA pooling elements and colocation of miscellaneous equipment.
(5) We receive certain federal and state government funding that we classify as regulatory funding including:  CAF Phase II support effective January 1, 2015 to build and operate broadband services; CAF Phase II transition funding (scheduled to phase down over three-years); CAF Phase I frozen support (for Kansas and Colorado in 2015 and until a reverse auction is conducted); CAF funding under the CAF/ICC Order; and universal service fund support from certain states in which we operate.
(6) Miscellaneous is comprised of special purpose projects, late payment fees from our customers and pole rental revenues among other various service revenues.

 

FairPoint Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Free Cash Flow to Net Income/(Loss)  
(Dollars in thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
                   
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
    June 30,   June 30,  
      2017       2016       2017       2016    
Net income/(loss)   $ (15,615 )   $ 29,315     $ (39,470 )   $ 47,883    
Income tax (benefit)/expense     (251 )     12,393       (254 )     20,404    
Interest expense     21,078       20,583       41,456       41,193    
Depreciation and amortization     53,917       55,105       108,711       112,743    
Pension expense (a)     2,115       2,020       4,406       4,056    
OPEB expense/(benefit) (a)     807       (55,506 )     1,613       (110,770 )  
Compensated absences (b)     (1,865 )     (2,226 )     4,021       4,061    
Severance     40       38       270       1,497    
Other non-cash items, net (e)     1,296       1,401       2,983       4,095    
All other allowed adjustments, net (f)     1,402       (40 )     2,544       (128 )  
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 62,924     $ 63,083     $ 126,280     $ 125,034    
Adjusted EBITDA Margin     31.6%       30.5%       31.5%       30.2%    
                   
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 62,924     $ 63,083     $ 126,280     $ 125,034    
Pension contributions     (4,148 )     (3,558 )     (7,520 )     (3,558 )  
OPEB payments     (1,460 )     (1,182 )     (2,668 )     (2,596 )  
Capital expenditures     (23,977 )     (26,805 )     (46,043 )     (52,685 )  
Unlevered Free Cash Flow (2)   $ 33,339     $ 31,538     $ 70,049     $ 66,195    
                   
                   
Notes:                  
(1) For purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA (calculated in accordance with the definition of Consolidated EBITDA in the Company's credit agreement), the Company adjusts net income/(loss) for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, in addition to:
a) the add-back of aggregate pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) expense/(benefit),
b) the add-back (or subtraction) of the adjustment to the compensated absences accrual to eliminate the impact of changes in the accrual,
c) the add-back of costs related to the reorganization, including professional fees for advisors and consultants,
d) the add-back of costs and expenses, including those imposed by regulatory authorities, with respect to casualty events, acts of God or force majeure to the extent they are not reimbursed from proceeds of insurance,
e) the add-back of other non-cash items, including stock compensation expense, except to the extent they will require a cash payment in a future period, and
f) the add-back (or subtraction) of other items, including facility and office closures, expenses related to permitted transactions, labor negotiation expenses (including losses related to disruption of operations), non-cash gains/losses, non-operating dividend and interest income and other extraordinary gains/losses.
(2) Unlevered Free Cash Flow refers to Adjusted EBITDA (calculated in accordance with the definition of Consolidated EBITDA in the Company's credit agreement) minus capital expenditures, cash pension contributions and cash payments for OPEB.

 

FairPoint Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Select Operating Metrics  
(Unaudited)  
                       
     June 30,    March 31,   % Change     June 30,    % Change   
     2017     2017    in Qtr    2016    YOY  
                       
Broadband subscribers (1)   304,193   305,353   (0.4%)     311,440   (2.3%)    
                       
Ethernet Circuits   16,334   15,974   2.3%     15,137   7.9%    
                       
Residential voice lines   347,393   356,144   (2.5%)     388,983   (10.7%)    
                       
Employee Headcount   2,430   2,471   (1.7%)     2,663   (8.7%)    
                       
Notes:                      
(1) Broadband subscribers include DSL, fiber-to-the-premise, cable modem and fixed wireless broadband, but exclude Ethernet and other high-capacity circuits.  
                       
Company Contact

Lisa Hood, Consolidated Communications
Phone:  620-227-4455
lisa.hood@consolidated.com

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