Thursday, October 20, 2016

Verizon Cites Wireless Profitability as Overall Revenue Shrinks

Verizon reported total Q3 operating revenues of $30.9 billion, a 6.7 percent decrease compared with third-quarter 2015. The company said that, excluding third-quarter 2015 revenues from since-divested local landline businesses, total operating revenues on a comparable basis (non-GAAP) would have declined 2.9 percent year over year. The company reported third-quarter 2016 EPS of 89 cents, compared with 99 cents per share in third-quarter 2015.

 “Verizon continues to deliver strong financial and operational results in highly competitive markets while positioning itself for future growth,” said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “While we transform our company in a challenging environment, we have maintained the financial flexibility to invest in our industry-leading networks to better serve customers, add scale to bring innovation to the mobile media and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, and increase dividends for a 10th consecutive year.”


Some highlights from the quarterly report:

Verizon Wireless


  • Verizon reported 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016, excluding wholesale device and wholesale IoT connections. 
  • At the end of Q3 2016, Verizon had 113.7 million retail connections, a 2.6 percent year-over-year increase. Verizon’s retail postpaid connections base grew 3.0 percent to 108.2 million, and retail prepaid connections totaled 5.5 million.
  • Total revenues were $22.1 billion in third-quarter 2016, a decline of 3.9 percent compared with third-quarter 2015, as more customers continued to choose unsubsidized device payment plans. Service revenues plus device payment plan billings increased 2.3 percent, to $19.3 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015.
  • The percentage of phone activations on device payment plans was about 70 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with about 67 percent in second-quarter 2016. 
  • At the end of third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless had a total of about 35.8 million device payment plan phone connections, representing about 41 percent of the postpaid phone base.
  • Segment operating income was $7.6 billion, and segment operating income margin was 34.6 percent. In third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless generated $9.9 billion in segment EBITDA (non-GAAP), a year-over-year increase of 0.1 percent. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 44.9 percent, compared with 43.2 percent in third-quarter 2015.
  • Customer loyalty remained high. Retail postpaid churn was 1.04 percent in third-quarter 2016, a year-over-year increase of 11 basis points, as strong retention in the phone base was offset by increased churn in tablets. Retail postpaid phone churn was up 2 basis points year over year and remained below 0.90 percent for the sixth consecutive quarter.
  • The 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016 included 357,000 4G LTE smartphones. Net phone additions decreased sequentially to a loss of 36,000, as the net gain in 4G phones was offset by a net decline in basic and 3G phones. Tablet net additions totaled 221,000 in the quarter. All other postpaid net additions totaled 257,000, primarily due to sales of hum, Verizon’s telematics device.

Wireline

  • Total wireline revenue decreased 2.3 percent, to $7.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Retail consumer revenues grew 0.2 percent, to $3.2 billion, supported by consumer Fios revenue growth of 4.2 percent.
  • Total revenues for Fios services grew 4.4 percent, to $2.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Rebounding from net connection declines in second-quarter 2016 due to a work stoppage, Verizon added a net of 90,000 Fios Internet connections and 36,000 Fios Video connections in third-quarter 2016.
  • Fios revenue growth has been driven by a larger customer base, strong customer loyalty and consumer demand for higher internet speeds. Approximately 16 percent of the company’s Fios Internet base has opted for speeds of 100 megabits per second or higher, compared with 11 percent in second-quarter 2016. Customer demand for Custom TV remains strong and is consistent with prior quarters.
  • Wireline operating income was $156 million in third-quarter 2016, compared with a loss of $109 million in third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $1.7 billion in third-quarter 2016, up 10.1 percent from third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 21.2 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with 18.9 percent in third-quarter 2015, due to Fios growth and cost management. Verizon believes it will continue to make progress in expanding wireline EBITDA margin.
  • During the third quarter, Verizon Enterprise Solutions entered into new agreements or began work with a number of clients, including The American Red Cross, ADP, CA Technologies, CDK, Citrix, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Concentrix, ICON Clinical Research, Juniper Networks, the National Weather Service, PTC, Sage, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Vantiv, Inc., Viacom, Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the French subsidiary of Allianz Worldwide Partners.


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