Lumos Networks Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Release - 8/7/2017 8:00 AM ET

On a YoY Basis, Total Revenue up over 7%, Data Revenue up nearly 15%

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights:

  • Year-over-year growth in consolidated revenues and Adjusted EBITDA
    • $56.4 million in total revenue, up over 7% year-over-year
    • Operating income of over $9.0 million compared to $9.7 million in the prior year period
    • Net income of $0.5 million or $0.02 per diluted share
    • $25.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA, up over 7% from the prior year period
  • Total 2Q17 Data revenue of $35.5 million, up nearly 15% year-over-year
    • Total combined FTTC and Enterprise revenue of over $27.3 million, up over 23% year-over-year
    • Combined FTTC/Enterprise constituted approximately 77% of total Data revenue compared to 71% in the prior year period
    • Added 46 enterprise lit buildings in the second quarter to reach 2,171 total lit buildings, up 13% year-over-year

WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks”, “Lumos” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced its results for the second quarter of 2017.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2017 was $56.4 million, up over 7% from the prior year period. The Company generated operating income of $9.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, down from $9.7 million in the prior year period. Net income attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. was $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared to net income of approximately $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share in the prior year period. Total Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $25.5 million, up over 7% from the prior year period.

On February 18, 2017, the Company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by EQT Infrastructure for $18.00 per share in an all-cash transaction, resulting in an enterprise value of approximately $950 million. Shareholder approval of the transaction was received on May 24, 2017.

The Company is awaiting approvals from one additional state and from the FCC and now expects the transaction to close in the next 90 days.

About Lumos Networks

Lumos Networks is a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving Carrier, Enterprise and Data Center customers, offering end-to-end connectivity in 26 markets in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. With a fiber network of 10,983 fiber route miles and 515,362 total fiber strand miles, Lumos Networks connects 1,307 unique Fiber to the Cell sites, 1,672 total FTTC connections, 2,171 on-net buildings and approximately 3,500 total on-net locations. The Company also connects 43 total data centers, including five data centers acquired from DC74, two acquired from Clarity Communications and seven company owned co-location facilities. In 2016, Lumos Networks generated over $123 million in Data revenue over our fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at www.lumosnetworks.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Contribution Margin is net income or loss attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other (income) expenses, net, restructuring charges, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration obligations, corporate general and administrative expenses, including equity-based compensation, acquisition and merger related charges, and amortization of actuarial gains or losses, and indirect operating expenses. Contribution Margin ratio is calculated as the ratio of Contribution Margin, as defined, to operating revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA is net income or loss attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other (income) expenses, net, equity-based compensation, amortization of actuarial losses, restructuring charges, acquisition and merger related charges and changes in fair value of contingent consideration obligations. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to operating revenues.

Contribution Margin, Contribution Margin Ratio, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial performance measures. They should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the schedules herein and our SEC filings for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial performance measures to the most comparable measures reported in accordance with GAAP and for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial performance measures.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE COMPANY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Any statements contained in this presentation that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “targets,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will” and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, our current expectations, plans and strategies, and anticipated financial results, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many of these risks are beyond our ability to control or predict. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors with respect to any such forward-looking statements, including certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to: the successful closing of the announced EQT Merger, including obtaining the requisite regulatory and governmental approvals and satisfying other closing conditions; the risk that required governmental and regulatory approvals may delay the Merger or result in the imposition of conditions that could cause the parties to abandon the Merger or materially impact the financial benefits of the Merger; the timing to consummate the proposed Merger; any disruption from the proposed Merger making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the diversion of management time on Merger-related issues; the Merger may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; the outcome of any legal proceedings related to the Merger, the failure by EQT Infrastructure to obtain the necessary financing arrangement set forth in commitment letters received in connection with the Merger; the impact of our previous acquisitions of Clarity and DC74 on our operations; rapid development and intense competition with resulting pricing pressure in the telecommunications and high speed data transport industry; our ability to grow our data business on an organic or inorganic basis in order to offset expected revenue declines in legacy voice and access products; our ability to obtain new carrier contracts or expand services under existing carrier contracts at competitive pricing levels to offset churn and achieve revenue growth from our carrier businesses; our ability to separate our legacy business on a timely basis; our ability to effectively allocate capital and timely implement network expansion plans necessary to accommodate organic growth initiatives; our ability to complete customer installations in a timely manner; adverse economic conditions; operating and financial restrictions imposed by our senior credit facility and our unsecured debt obligations; our cash and capital requirements; our ability to maintain and enhance our network; the potential to experience a high rate of customer turnover; federal and state regulatory fees, requirements and developments; our reliance on certain suppliers and vendors; and other unforeseen difficulties that may occur. These risks and uncertainties are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our SEC filings, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Exhibits:

  • Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  • Summary of Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
  • Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Results
 
Lumos Networks Corp.      
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
      June 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
(In thousands)
   
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,769 $ 33,575
Marketable securities 4,500 38,081
Accounts receivable, net 23,337 22,609
Other receivables 366 753
Income tax receivable 313 459
  Prepaid expenses and other   7,471   5,028
  Total Current Assets   70,756   100,505
 
Securities and investments 1,585 1,479
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 535,789 536,288
 
Other Assets
Goodwill 125,667 100,297
Other intangibles, net 19,317 8,503
  Deferred charges and other assets   5,843   6,300
  Total Other Assets   150,827   115,100
 
  Total Assets $ 758,957 $ 753,372
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $ 13,521 $ 13,530
Accounts payable 7,448 8,607
Advance billings and customer deposits 14,524 14,140
Accrued compensation 1,482 1,491
Accrued operating taxes 5,980 4,518
  Other accrued liabilities   9,245   5,000
  Total Current Liabilities   52,200   47,286
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs, excluding current portion 450,496 454,885
Retirement benefits 15,489 16,029
Deferred income taxes, net 93,163 96,988
  Other long-term liabilities   7,529   2,124
  Total Long-term Liabilities   566,677   570,026
 
Stockholders' Equity   139,126   135,174
Noncontrolling Interests   954   886
  Total Equity   140,080   136,060
 
  Total Liabilities and Equity $ 758,957 $ 753,372
 
         
Lumos Networks Corp.                  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations     Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)     2017 2016 2017 2016
 
Operating Revenues $ 56,366 $ 52,448 $ 111,282 $ 103,242
 
Operating Expenses
Cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization 10,517 10,079 20,936 20,291
Selling, general and administrative, exclusive of depreciation and amortization1 22,357 20,216 53,025 43,551
Depreciation and amortization 14,192 12,398 29,184 24,289
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 24 34 49 68
Restructuring charges 34 - 34 2,207
  Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations       200     -     600     -  
  Total Operating Expenses       47,324     42,727     103,828     90,406  
Operating Income 9,042 9,721 7,454 12,836
 
Other Income (Expenses)
Interest expense (7,592 ) (7,012 ) (14,985 ) (14,001 )
  Other income, net       16     98     639     272  
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Tax 1,466 2,807 (6,892 ) (893 )
 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)       901     1,527     (2,173 )   666  
Net Income (Loss) 565 1,280 (4,719 ) (1,559 )
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (35 ) (36 ) (68 ) (91 )
               
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp.     $ 530   $ 1,244   $ (4,787 ) $ (1,650 )
 
 
Basic and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Common Share Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. Stockholders:
 
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.02 $ 0.05 $ (0.21 ) $ (0.07 )
 
1   Includes equity-based compensation expense related to all of the Company’s share-based awards, annual employee bonuses paid in the form of immediately vested shares and the Company’s 401(k) matching contributions. Equity-based compensation totaled $1.2 million and $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $8.0 million and $6.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Also includes $0.5 million and $3.4 million of acquisition and merger related costs for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively.
 
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows     Six Months Ended June 30,
   
(In thousands)     2017   2016  
 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net Loss $ (4,719 ) $ (1,559 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 26,868 23,001
Amortization 2,316 1,288
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 49 68
Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations 600 -
Deferred income taxes (2,172 ) 447
Equity-based compensation expense 7,996 6,816
Amortization of debt issuance costs 2,371 2,212
Retirement benefits, net of cash contributions and distributions 111 218
Other 208 877
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net       103     (687 )
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities       33,731     32,681  
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (24,197 ) (45,191 )
Purchase of Clarity (9,961 ) -
Purchase of DC74 (23,528 ) -
Purchases of available-for-sale marketable securities (4,000 ) (18,344 )
Proceeds from sale or maturity of available-for-sale marketable securities       37,596     74,764  
Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities       (24,090 )   11,229  
 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Principal payments on senior secured term loans (6,517 ) (4,015 )
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (254 ) (2,397 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plan 1,031 530
Repurchases of common stock to settle tax withholding obligations on employee stock awards       (2,707 )   (2,311 )
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities       (8,447 )   (8,193 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,194 35,717
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of Year       33,575     13,267  
 
End of Year     $ 34,769   $ 48,984  
 
 
Lumos Networks Corp.
Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
(Dollars in thousands)   Three months ended: Six Months Ended:
      June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016   September 30, 2016   June 30, 2016     June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016
Revenue, Gross Margin, Contribution Margin and Adjusted EBITDA
  Revenue
  Enterprise Data $ 17,604 $ 16,473 $ 13,911 $ 13,549 $ 12,878 $ 34,077 $ 24,879
Transport 8,221 8,454 8,106 8,499 8,902 16,675 18,001
FTTC 9,709 9,660 9,629 9,325 9,176 19,369 17,705
Total Data 35,534 34,587 31,646 31,373 30,956 70,121 60,585
Residential and Small Business 15,490 15,205 15,488 15,863 16,149 30,695 31,977
RLEC Access 5,342 5,124 4,752 4,535 5,343 10,466 10,680
Total Revenue $ 56,366 $ 54,916 $ 51,886 $ 51,771 $ 52,448 $ 111,282 $ 103,242
Gross Margin
Data 84.2% 84.2% 86.6% 85.5% 85.3% 84.2% 84.9%
Residential and Small Business 68.5% 67.3% 69.1% 67.7% 65.8% 67.9% 65.1%
Contribution Margin1
Data $ 27,586 $ 26,968 $ 25,517 $ 24,822 $ 24,477 $ 54,554 $ 47,867
Residential and Small Business 9,466 9,128 9,554 9,516 9,394 18,594 18,536
RLEC Access 5,179 4,970 4,591 4,360 5,171 10,149 10,363
Total Contribution Margin $ 42,231 $ 41,066 $ 39,662 $ 38,698 $ 39,042 $ 83,297 $ 76,766
Contribution Margin Ratio1
Data 77.6% 78.0% 80.6% 79.1% 79.1% 77.8% 79.0%
Residential and Small Business 61.1% 60.0% 61.7% 60.0% 58.2% 60.6% 58.0%
RLEC Access 96.9% 97.0% 96.6% 96.1% 96.8% 97.0% 97.0%
Total Contribution Margin Ratio 74.9% 74.8% 76.4% 74.7% 74.4% 74.9% 74.4%
Adjusted EBITDA1
Data $ 15,105 $ 14,307 $ 14,311 $ 14,567 $ 13,826 $ 29,412 $ 27,140
Residential and Small Business 5,660 5,121 5,506 5,723 5,339 10,781 10,488
RLEC Access 4,707 4,463 4,122 3,970 4,611 9,170 9,263
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 25,472 $ 23,891 $ 23,939 $ 24,260 $ 23,776 $ 49,363 $ 46,891
Adjusted EBITDA Margin1
Data 42.5% 41.4% 45.2% 46.4% 44.7% 41.9% 44.8%
Residential and Small Business 36.5% 33.7% 35.6% 36.1% 33.1% 35.1% 32.8%
RLEC Access 88.1% 87.1% 86.7% 87.5% 86.3% 87.6% 86.7%
Total Adjusted EBITDA Margin 45.2% 43.5% 46.1% 46.9% 45.3% 44.4% 45.4%
 
Capital Expenditures $ 11,100 $ 13,097 $ 18,747 $ 20,089 $ 23,185 $ 24,197 $ 45,191
Adjusted EBITDA less Capital Expenditures $ 14,372 $ 10,794 $ 5,192 $ 4,171 $ 591 $ 25,166 $ 1,700
 
         
Lumos Networks Corp.                    
Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics (continued)                    
    Three months ended:
      June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 September 30, 2016 June 30, 2016
Fiber Network Statistics
Fiber Route-Miles 10,983 10,907 10,112 9,204 8,985
Fiber Miles2 515,362 503,616 491,276 475,507 436,451
Fiber Markets 26 26 25 24 24
FTTC Unique Towers 1,307 1,306 1,304 1,297 1,295
FTTC Total Connections 1,672 1,663 1,659 1,642 1,636
On-Network Buildings 2,171 2,125 2,031 1,984 1,922
Data Centers3 43 43 36 36 36
Mobile Switching Centers 16 15 15 14 14
     
R&SB Statistics
Competitive Voice Connections5 61,186 62,972 65,285 68,084 69,903
Video Subscribers 5,601 5,723 5,851 5,841 5,817
Fiber-to-the-Premise Broadband Connections 9,415 9,330 8,972 8,307 7,982
Premises Passed by Fiber4 20,119 19,983 19,783 19,591 19,453
 
RLEC Access Lines5 22,071 22,483 22,991 23,381 23,695
 
1   Contribution Margin, Contribution Margin Ratio, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP measures. See definitions on page 2 of this earnings release.
2 Fiber miles are calculated as the fiber route miles multiplied by the number of fiber strands within each cable (represents an average of 47 fibers per route as of June 30, 2017).
3 Data centers reported include both commercial and private data centers and Company-owned facilities offering commercial data center services.
4 Includes residential and small business locations passed by fiber and available for service. Approximately 92% of the premises passed by fiber and available for service as of June 30, 2017 were residential.
5 During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company revised its competitive and RLEC voice connections as a result of enhanced system reporting capabilities. Historical voice connections for prior quarters have been revised to reflect the updated information.
 
Note: Certain prior period Adjusted EBITDA amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation.
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Contribution Margin
(Dollars in thousands)   2017 2016
   
For The Three Months Ended June 30,
Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ 530 $ 1,244
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   35     36  
Net Income 565 1,280
Income tax expense 901 1,527
Interest expense 7,592 7,012
Other income, net   (16 )   (98 )
Operating income 9,042 9,721
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations 14,216 12,432
Restructuring charges 34 -
Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations 200 -
Indirect operating costs 10,475 8,939
Corporate general and administrative costs, including equity-based compensation and acquisition and merger related charges     8,264     7,950  
Contribution Margin   $ 42,231   $ 39,042  
Contribution Margin Ratio 74.9 % 74.4 %
             
For The Six Months Ended June 30,
Net Loss Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ (4,787 ) $ (1,650 )
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   68     91  
Net Loss (4,719 ) (1,559 )
Income tax (benefit) expense (2,173 ) 666
Interest expense 14,985 14,001
Other income, net   (639 )   (272 )
Operating Income 7,454 12,836
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations 29,233 24,357
Restructuring charges 34 2,207
Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations 600 -
Indirect operating costs 20,945 17,536
Corporate general and administrative costs, including equity-based compensation and acquisition and merger related charges     25,031     19,830  
Contribution Margin   $ 83,297   $ 76,766  
Contribution Margin Ratio 74.9 % 74.4 %
             
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Adjusted EBITDA
(Dollars in thousands)     2017     2016  
 
For The Three Months Ended June 30,
Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ 530 $ 1,244
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   35     36  
Net Income 565 1,280
Income tax expense 901 1,527
Interest expense 7,592 7,012
Other income, net   (16 )   (98 )
Operating income 9,042 9,721
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations 14,216 12,432
Amortization of actuarial losses 325 337
Equity-based compensation 1,202 1,286
Restructuring charges 34 -
Acquisition and merger related charges 453 -
Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations     200     -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 25,472   $ 23,776  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 45.2 % 45.3 %
 
For The Six Months Ended June 30,
Net Loss Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ (4,787 ) $ (1,650 )
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   68     91  
Net Loss (4,719 ) (1,559 )
Income tax (benefit) expense (2,173 ) 666
Interest expense 14,985 14,001
Other income, net   (639 )   (272 )
Operating Income 7,454 12,836
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations 29,233 24,357
Amortization of actuarial losses 651 675
Equity-based compensation 7,996 6,816
Restructuring charges 34 2,207
Acquisition and merger related charges 3,395 -
Change in fair value of contingent consideration obligations     600     -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 49,363   $ 46,891  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 44.4 % 45.4 %

Lumos Networks Corp.
Will Davis, 917-519-6994
SVP of Marketing and Investor Relations
Chief of Staff
davisw@lumosnet.com

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