February 24, 2014

Frontier Communications Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR):

 
Q4 2013 Full Year 2013
Strong broadband net additions 27,800 112,250
Residential customer retention improvement 10% 61%
Sustained operating margin 48% 47%
Attractive dividend payout ratio 40% 46%
 

• 2013 full year free cash flow of $862.5 million within the stated guidance range

• 2014 free cash flow guidance of $725 million to $775 million, excluding pending AT&T Connecticut acquisition


Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today reported fourth quarter 2013 revenue of $1,180.4 million, operating income of $257.6 million and net income attributable to common shareholders of $67.8 million, or $0.07 per share. Excluding acquisition and integration costs of $9.7 million, pension settlement costs of $3.9 million, severance costs of $2.1 million and acquisition related interest expense of $1.3 million, partially offset by discrete tax items of $6.2 million (combined impact of $4.4 million after tax), non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 is $72.2 million, or $0.07 per share.

"We are very pleased with the consistent positive results we delivered every quarter in 2013," said Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Frontier delivered record broadband net additions of 112,250 for the year and our quarterly revenue declines improved substantially from 2012. Customer retention, average revenue per customer and broadband market share all increased in 2013 and we implemented network improvements and cost efficiencies to sustain this positive operating trend in 2014."

Dan McCarthy, Frontier's President and Chief Operating Officer added, "We expanded Frontier's capabilities and services over the course of 2013, we had terrific broadband subscriber net additions and gained share in our business segment. Our expense reductions resulted in maintaining strong operating margins while making targeted investments across the business and improving customer retention. Our momentum has continued into 2014, and we have substantial runway for continued broadband penetration gains."

Maggie Wilderotter concluded, "For 2013, our total shareholder return was among the highest in the telecom sector, and all of our employees are committed to driving shareholder value. We enter 2014 with a very competitive dividend that is supported by an attractive payout ratio. We are looking forward to the closing of the AT&T Connecticut transaction in the second half which is expected to increase our free cash flow and improve our dividend payout ratio."

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1,180.4 million as compared to $1,185.3 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $1,232.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 declined sequentially by $4.9 million, or 0.4%, from the third quarter of 2013. The decrease in total revenue during the fourth quarter of 2013 is primarily due to lower voice revenue, along with lower non-switched and switched access revenue, partially offset by the increase in data services revenue and subsidy revenue.

Customer revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1,044.9 million declined 0.5% sequentially as compared to $1,050.1 million in the third quarter of 2013. Total residential revenue was $503.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to $506.1 million in the third quarter of 2013, a 0.6% sequential decrease in the quarter. Total business revenue was $541.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to $544.0 million in the third quarter of 2013, a 0.4% decline in the quarter.

At December 31, 2013, the Company had 2,803,500 residential customers and 270,800 business customers. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company improved the rate of decline in residential customers by 61% as compared to the prior year. The fourth quarter of 2013 resulted in a 10% sequential quarterly improvement, reflecting a loss of 18,700 customers as compared to 20,700 customers in the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 45,100 customers in the three months ended December 31, 2012. The average monthly residential revenue per customer was $59.62 in the fourth quarter of 2013, an improvement of $0.06 as compared to $59.56 in the third quarter of 2013.

During the three months ended December 31, 2013, the Company improved the rate of decline in business customers by 27% as compared to the prior year, losing approximately 3,900 customers as compared to 5,300 customers in the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 3,500 customers in the three months ended September 30, 2013. During the most recent quarter, the average monthly business revenue per customer was $662.15, or 1% higher than the third quarter of 2013.

The Company's broadband customer net additions were 27,800 during the fourth quarter of 2013, which was the fourth consecutive quarter that exceeded the total 23,400 net additions in all of 2012. During 2013, the Company's net additions of broadband customers were 112,250 for the full year. The Company had 1,866,700 broadband customers at December 31, 2013. The Company added 7,400 net video customers during the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company had 385,400 video customers at December 31, 2013.

Network access expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $110.6 million as compared to $104.0 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $108.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Other operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $516.4 million as compared to $549.1 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $570.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Included in other operating expenses were severance costs of $2.1 million, $2.6 million and $17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, the third quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2012, respectively. Other operating expenses, excluding severance costs, in the fourth quarter of 2013 were lower than in the fourth quarter of 2012 by $39.2 million, primarily due to decreased compensation costs resulting from reduced headcount, lower outside service costs and lower storm related costs.

Also, during the third and fourth quarters of 2013, the Company recorded non-cash pension settlement costs of $40.3 million and $3.9 million, respectively, for the accelerated recognition of a portion of the previously unrecognized actuarial losses in the Company's pension plan as a result of the significant level of lump sum retirement benefit payments made during 2013.

Depreciation and amortization for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $282.3 million as compared to $285.7 million in the third quarter of 2013 and $304.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Amortization expense decreased by $11.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily due to lower amortization related to the customer base that is amortized on an accelerated method.

Acquisition and integration costs of $9.7 million ($0.01 per share after tax) were incurred during the fourth quarter of 2013 in connection with the pending AT&T Connecticut transaction, as previously announced on December 17, 2013, as compared to approximately $13.5 million ($0.01 per share after tax) in the fourth quarter of 2012 in connection with the final integration work associated with the properties acquired from Verizon in July 2010.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $257.6 million and operating income margin was 21.8 percent as compared to operating income of $206.2 million and operating income margin of 17.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013 and operating income of $235.7 million and operating income margin of 19.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $165.6 million as compared to $163.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, and $178.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Interest expense declined, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, primarily due to lower average debt levels resulting from the debt refinancing activities and debt retirements during 2013.

Income tax expense for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $24.3 million as compared to $9.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, an $14.8 million increase, principally due to higher pretax income resulting from improved operating income, the absence of losses on debt retirement and lower interest expense, as discussed above. The Company had an effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2012 of 26.4% and 24.5%, respectively. The fourth quarter of 2013 includes discrete tax items arising from changes in certain deferred tax balances, federal research and development tax credits, non-deductible transaction costs and the net reversal of uncertain tax positions with a combined impact of $6.2 million in reduced income tax expense.

Net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier was $67.8 million, or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to $24.9 million, or $0.02 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter of 2013 includes acquisition and integration costs of $9.7 million, pension settlement costs of $3.9 million, severance costs of $2.1 million and acquisition related interest expense of $1.3 million, partially offset by discrete tax items of $6.2 million (combined impact of $4.4 million after tax). Excluding the impact of the aforementioned items, non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier for the fourth quarter of 2013 would be $72.2 million, or $0.07 per share, as compared to $56.5 million, or $0.06 per share, in the third quarter of 2013 and $57.0 million, or $0.06 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Capital expenditures for Frontier business operations were $150.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $634.7 million for the full year of 2013, as compared to $177.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $748.4 million for the full year of 2012. This was in line with the Company's guidance, following a higher amount of investment in 2012 from broadband expansion in the acquired properties.

Operating cash flow, as adjusted and defined by the Company in the attached Schedule A, was $570.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 resulting in an operating cash flow margin of 48.3%. Operating cash flow, as reported, of $539.8 million has been adjusted to exclude $3.9 million of pension settlement costs, $2.1 million of severance costs, $9.7 million of acquisition and integration costs and $14.7 million of non-cash pension and other postretirement benefit costs.

Free cash flow, as defined by the Company in the attached Schedule A, was $248.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $862.5 million for the full year of 2013. The Company's dividend represents a payout of 40% of free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2013 and 46% for the full year of 2013.

Working Capital

At December 31, 2013, the Company had a working capital surplus of $317.3 million, which includes the classification of certain debt maturing in the second quarter of 2014 of $214.4 million as a current liability.

Pension Contributions

The Company made total contributions to its pension plan for 2013 of $62.3 million, consisting of cash payments of $38.9 million and contributions of real property with a fair value of $23.4 million. We expect that we will make contributions to our pension plan of approximately $100 million in 2014.

2014 Guidance

For the full year of 2014, the Company's expectations for capital expenditures and free cash flow for Frontier business operations are within a range of $575 million to $625 million and $725 million to $775 million, respectively. The Company expects that absent any further legislative changes in 2014, its 2014 cash taxes will be in the range of $130 million to $160 million. Acquisition and integration costs for the pending AT&T Connecticut transaction are excluded from this guidance. We expect to incur additional operating expenses of $140 million to $170 million and capital expenditures of $85 million to $105 million in 2014 related to acquisition and integration activities in connection with the pending AT&T Connecticut transaction.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating its performance. These include non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier, free cash flow, operating cash flow and adjusted operating cash flow. A reconciliation of the differences between non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier, free cash flow, operating cash flow and adjusted operating cash flow and the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is included in the tables that follow. The non-GAAP financial measures are by definition not measures of financial performance under GAAP, and are not alternatives to operating income or net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier as reflected in the statement of operations or to cash flow as reflected in the statement of cash flows, and are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The Company believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations because these measures, when used in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures, (i) together provide a more comprehensive view of the Company's core operations and ability to generate cash flow, (ii) provide investors with the financial analytical framework upon which management bases financial, operational, compensation and planning decisions and (iii) presents measurements that investors and rating agencies have indicated to management are useful to them in assessing the Company and its results of operations. In addition, the Company believes that non-GAAP adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier, free cash flow, operating cash flow and adjusted operating cash flow, as the Company defines them, can assist in comparing performance from period to period, without taking into account factors affecting operating income or net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier in the statement of operations, or cash flow reflected in the statement of cash flows, including changes in working capital and the timing of purchases and payments. The Company has shown adjustments to its financial presentations to exclude losses on early extinguishment of debt, gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest, investment gains, discrete tax items, acquisition and integration costs, acquisition related interest expense, severance costs, pension settlement costs and non-cash pension and other postretirement benefit costs, as disclosed in the attached Schedules A and B, because investors have indicated to management that such adjustments are useful to them in assessing the Company and its results of operations.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to (i) assist in analyzing the Company's underlying financial performance from period to period, (ii) evaluate the financial performance of its business units, (iii) analyze and evaluate strategic and operational decisions, (iv) establish criteria for compensation decisions, and (v) assist management in understanding the Company's ability to generate cash flow and, as a result, to plan for future capital and operational decisions. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures.

These non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings. In particular, free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, since items such as debt repayments and dividends are not deducted in determining such measure. Operating cash flow has similar shortcomings as interest, income taxes, capital expenditures, debt repayments and dividends are not deducted in determining this measure. Management compensates for the shortcomings of these measures by utilizing them in conjunction with their comparable GAAP financial measures. The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in our documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 P.M. Eastern time. In connection with the conference call and as a convenience to investors, the Company furnished today on a Current Report on Form 8-K certain materials regarding fourth quarter 2013 results. The conference call will be webcast and may be accessed at:
http://investor.frontier.com/events.cfm

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week beginning at 7:30 P.M. Eastern time, Monday, February 24, 2014 via dial-in at 888-203-1112 for U.S. and Canadian callers or, outside the United States and Canada, at 719-457-0820, passcode 8066138. A webcast replay of the call will be available at www.frontier.com/ir.

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices, and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier's approximately 13,650 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our ability to complete the acquisition of the Connecticut operations from AT&T the ability to successfully integrate the Connecticut operations of AT&T into our existing operations; the risk that the growth opportunities and cost savings from the AT&T Transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the sufficiency of the assets to be acquired from AT&T to enable the combined company to operate the acquired business; failure to enter into or obtain, or delays in entering into or obtaining, certain agreements and consents necessary to operate the acquired business as planned; the failure to obtain, delays in obtaining or adverse conditions contain in any required regulatory approvals for the AT&T Transaction; the effects of increased expenses incurred due to activities related to the AT&T Transaction; disruption from the AT&T Transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers or suppliers; the effects of greater than anticipated competition from cable, wireless and other wireline carriers that could require us to implement new pricing, marketing strategies or new product or service offerings and the risk that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; reductions in the number of our voice customers that we cannot offset with increases in broadband subscribers and sales of other products and services; our ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry as a result of federal and state legislation and regulation, or changes in the enforcement or interpretation of such legislation and regulation; the effects of any unfavorable outcome with respect to any current or future legal, governmental or regulatory proceedings, audits or disputes; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to us and our competitors; our ability to successfully adjust to changes in the communications industry and to implement strategies for growth; continued reductions in switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; our ability to effectively manage service quality in our territories and meet mandated service quality metrics; our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings, including our ability to offer bundled service packages on terms that are both profitable to us and attractive to customers; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices adopted voluntarily or as required by generally accepted accounting principles or regulations; our ability to effectively manage our operations, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and to repay, reduce or refinance our debt; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions on the markets that we serve, which can affect demand for our products and services, customer purchasing decisions, collectability of revenues and required levels of capital expenditures related to new construction of residences and businesses; the effects of technological changes and competition on our capital expenditures, products and service offerings, including the lack of assurance that our network improvements in speed and capacity will be sufficient to meet or exceed the capabilities and quality of competing networks; the effects of increased medical expenses (including as a result of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and pension and postemployment expenses, such as retiree medical and severance costs, and related funding requirements; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments; our ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts; changes in pension plan assumptions and/or the value of our pension plan assets which could require us to make increased contributions to the pension plan in 2014 and beyond; the effects of economic downturns, including customer bankruptcies and home foreclosures, which could result in difficulty in collection of revenues and loss of customers; adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or restrict the availability, or increase the cost, of financing to us; our cash flow from operations, amount of capital expenditures, debt service requirements, cash paid for income taxes and liquidity may affect our payment of dividends on our common shares; the effects of state regulatory cash management practices that could limit our ability to transfer cash among our subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; and the effects of severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms or other natural or man-made disasters. These and other uncertainties related to our business are described in greater detail in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and the foregoing information should be read in conjunction with these filings. We do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.

Frontier Communications Corporation

Consolidated Financial Data

           
For the quarter ended For the year ended

($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

December 31,

September 30, December 31, December 31,
2013   2013   2012   2013   2012  
 
Income Statement Data
Revenue $ 1,180,369   $ 1,185,278   $ 1,232,553   $ 4,761,576   $ 5,011,853  
 
Operating expenses:
Network access expenses 110,606 103,955 108,535 431,073 441,588
Other operating expenses (1) 516,413 549,141 570,711 2,141,068 2,234,553
Depreciation and amortization 282,275 285,701 304,044 1,169,500 1,266,807
Pension settlement costs (2) 3,854 40,309 - 44,163 -
Acquisition and integration costs (3)   9,652     -     13,533     9,652     81,737  
Total operating expenses   922,800     979,106     996,823     3,795,456     4,024,685  
 
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   -     -     -     14,601     -  
 
Operating income 257,569 206,172 235,730 980,721 987,168
 
Losses on early extinguishment of debt - - 19,300 159,780 90,363
Investment and other income, net 43 1,524 1,138 9,177 20,132
Interest expense   165,596     163,835     178,881     667,398     687,985  
 
Income before income taxes 92,016 43,861 38,687 162,720 228,952
Income tax expense   24,261     8,461     9,488     47,242     75,638  
 
Net income (2)(3) 67,755 35,400 29,199 115,478 153,314
Less: Income attributable to the noncontrolling
interest in a partnership   -     -     4,320     2,643     16,678  
 

Net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier

$ 67,755   $ 35,400   $ 24,879   $ 112,835   $ 136,636  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding 993,245 993,115 991,316 992,659 990,537
 
Basic net income per common share attributable to common shareholders of Frontier (4)
$ 0.07   $ 0.04   $ 0.02   $ 0.11   $ 0.14  
 
Non-GAAP adjusted net income per common share
attributable to common shareholders of Frontier (4)(5) $ 0.07   $ 0.06   $ 0.06   $ 0.24   $ 0.26  
 
Other Financial Data
Capital expenditures - Business operations $ 150,603 $ 157,560 $ 177,300 $ 634,685 $ 748,407
Capital expenditures - Integration activities - - 15,329 - 54,097
Operating cash flow, as adjusted (5) 570,156 548,781 574,368 2,238,155 2,395,846
Free cash flow (5) 248,225 232,189 221,984 862,494 975,267
Dividends paid 99,946 99,956 99,843 399,768 399,390
Dividend payout ratio (6) 40 % 43 % 45 % 46 % 41 %

(1) Includes severance costs of $2.1 million, $2.6 million and $17.2 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively, and $11.5 million and $32.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

(2) Reflects non-cash pension settlement charges of $3.9 million ($2.4 million after tax) and $40.3 million ($25.0 million or $0.03 per share after tax) during the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013, respectively, and $44.2 million ($27.4 million or $0.03 per share after tax) during the year ended December 31, 2013 for the accelerated recognition of a portion of the unrecognized actuarial losses in the Company's pension plan as a result of the significant level of lump sum retirement benefit payments made during 2013.

(3) Reflects acquisition and integration costs of $9.7 million ($6.1 million or $0.01 per share after tax) and $13.5 million ($8.8 million or $0.01 per share after tax) for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and $9.7 million ($6.1 million or $0.01 per share after tax) and $81.7 million ($51.2 million or $0.05 per share after tax) for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

(4) Calculation based on weighted average shares outstanding.

(5) Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are presented in Schedules A and B at the end of these tables.

(6) Represents dividends paid divided by free cash flow, as defined in Schedule A.

Frontier Communications Corporation

Consolidated Financial and Operating Data

           
For the quarter ended For the year ended

($ in thousands, except operating data)

December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
2013 2013 2012 2013 2012
 
Selected Income Statement Data
Revenue:
Local and long distance services $ 494,807 $ 510,080 $ 542,538 $ 2,044,631 $ 2,242,632
Data and internet services 472,986 471,211 453,493 1,866,461 1,805,351
Other   77,091   68,772   90,503   298,843   356,995
Customer revenue 1,044,884 1,050,063 1,086,534 4,209,935 4,404,978
Switched access and subsidy   135,485   135,215   146,019   551,641   606,875
Total revenue $ 1,180,369 $ 1,185,278 $ 1,232,553 $ 4,761,576 $ 5,011,853
 
Other Financial and Operating Data
Revenue:
Residential $ 503,125 $ 506,073 $ 521,615 $ 2,029,479 $ 2,128,859
Business   541,759   543,990   564,919   2,180,456   2,276,119
Customer revenue 1,044,884 1,050,063 1,086,534 4,209,935 4,404,978
Switched access and subsidy   135,485   135,215   146,019   551,641   606,875
Total revenue $ 1,180,369 $ 1,185,278 $ 1,232,553 $ 4,761,576 $ 5,011,853
 
Customers 3,074,280 3,096,794 3,173,169 3,074,280 3,173,169
Residential customer metrics:
Customers 2,803,481 2,822,141 2,887,063 2,803,481 2,887,063
Revenue $ 503,125 $ 506,073 $ 521,615 $ 2,029,479 $ 2,128,859
Average monthly residential revenue per customer (1) $ 59.62 $ 59.56 $ 58.54 $ 59.30 $ 58.33
Customer monthly churn 1.67% 1.81% 1.62% 1.69% 1.62%
 
Business customer metrics:
Customers 270,799 274,653 286,106 270,799 286,106
Revenue $ 541,759 $ 543,990 $ 564,919 $ 2,180,456 $ 2,276,119
Average monthly business revenue per customer $ 662.15 $ 656.06 $ 652.14 $ 653.26 $ 639.13
 
Employees 13,650 13,937 14,659 13,650 14,659
Broadband subscribers 1,866,670 1,838,915 1,754,422 1,866,670 1,754,422
Video subscribers 385,353 377,915 346,627 385,353 346,627
Switched access minutes of use (in millions) 4,008 4,091 4,523 16,498 18,292

(1) Calculation excludes the Mohave Cellular Limited Partnership.

Note: As stated in our quarterly report for the period ended March 31, 2013, prior period revenue and certain operating statistics have been revised from the previously disclosed amounts to reflect the immaterial reclassification of certain revenues and the related impact on average monthly revenue per customer amounts.

Frontier Communications Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

   

($ in thousands)

December 31, 2013 December 31, 2012

ASSETS

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 880,039 $ 1,326,532
Accounts receivable, net 479,210 533,704
Restricted cash 11,411 15,408
Other current assets   248,179   211,559
Total current assets 1,618,839 2,087,203
 
Restricted cash 2,000 27,252
Property, plant and equipment, net 7,255,762 7,504,896
Other assets - principally goodwill   7,758,883   8,114,280
Total assets $ 16,635,484 $ 17,733,631
 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:
Long-term debt due within one year $ 257,916 $ 560,550
Accounts payable and other current liabilities   1,043,671   992,970
Total current liabilities 1,301,587 1,553,520
 
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 3,404,749 3,678,893
Long-term debt 7,873,667 8,381,947
Equity   4,055,481   4,119,271
Total liabilities and equity $ 16,635,484 $ 17,733,631

Frontier Communications Corporation

Consolidated Cash Flow Data

   

($ in thousands)

For the year ended December 31,
2013   2012  
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) operating activities:
Net income $ 115,478 $ 153,314
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,169,500 1,266,807
Losses on early extinguishment of debt 159,780 90,363
Pension settlement costs 44,163 -
Pension/OPEB costs 37,243 28,087
Stock based compensation expense 16,932 16,775
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest (14,601 ) -
Other non-cash adjustments 11,065 10,319
Deferred income taxes (7,510 ) 80,501
Change in accounts receivable 50,487 43,813
Change in accounts payable and other liabilities (6,507 ) (148,906 )
Change in other current assets   (80,403 )   11,400  
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,495,627 1,552,473
 
Cash flows provided from (used by) investing activities:
Capital expenditures - Business operations (634,685 ) (748,407 )
Capital expenditures - Integration activities - (54,097 )
Network expansion funded by Connect America Fund (32,748 ) (4,830 )
Grant funds received for network expansion from Connect America Fund 63,636 65,981
Proceeds on sale of Mohave partnership interest 17,755 -
Cash transferred from escrow 31,249 102,020
Other assets purchased and distributions received, net   12,300     4,394  
Net cash used by investing activities (542,493 ) (634,939 )
 
Cash flows provided from (used by) financing activities:
Long-term debt borrowings 750,000 1,360,625
Financing costs paid (19,360 ) (27,852 )
Long-term debt payments (1,563,022 ) (756,953 )
Premium paid to retire debt (159,429 ) (72,290 )
Dividends paid (399,768 ) (399,390 )
Repayment of customer advances for construction,
distributions to noncontrolling interests and other   (8,048 )   (21,236 )
Net cash provided from (used by) financing activities (1,399,627 ) 82,904
 
(Decrease)/Increase in cash and cash equivalents (446,493 ) 1,000,438
Cash and cash equivalents at January 1,   1,326,532     326,094  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, $ 880,039   $ 1,326,532  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest $ 667,753 $ 636,485
Income taxes $ 94,161 $ 4,715
 
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Capital lease obligations $ 25,082 $ 26,596
Financing obligation for contributions of real property to pension plan $ 23,422 $ -
Reduction of pension obligation $ (23,422 ) $ -
Increase in capital expenditures due to changes in accounts payable $ 39,847 $ 9,802

Frontier Communications Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

         
For the quarter ended For the year ended

($ in thousands)

December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31,
2013   2013   2012   2013   2012  
 

Operating Income to Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to Free Cash Flow

 
 
Revenue $ 1,180,369 $ 1,185,278 $ 1,232,553 $ 4,761,576 $ 5,011,853
Less: Total operating expenses 922,800 979,106 996,823 3,795,456 4,024,685
Add: Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   -     -     -     14,601     -  
Operating income 257,569 206,172 235,730 980,721 987,168
 
Depreciation and amortization   282,275     285,701     304,044     1,169,500     1,266,807  
Operating cash flow 539,844 491,873 539,774 2,150,221 2,253,975
 
Add back:
Acquisition and integration costs 9,652 - 13,533 9,652 81,737
Pension/OPEB costs (non-cash) (1) 14,685 13,950 3,867 37,243 28,087
Pension settlement costs (2) 3,854 40,309 - 44,163 -
Severance costs 2,121 2,649 17,194 11,477 32,047
 
Subtract:
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest   -     -     -     14,601     -  
Adjusted operating cash flow 570,156 548,781 574,368 2,238,155 2,395,846
 
Add back:
Interest and dividend income 133 382 594 2,401 3,753
Stock based compensation 4,371 3,634 3,825 16,932 16,775
 
Subtract:
Cash paid (refunded) for income taxes 11,486 (787 ) 622 94,161 4,715
Capital expenditures - Business operations (3) 150,603 157,560 177,300 634,685 748,407
Interest expense (4)   164,346     163,835     178,881     666,148     687,985  
Free cash flow $ 248,225   $ 232,189   $ 221,984   $ 862,494   $ 975,267  
 
Operating income margin (Operating income
divided by revenue)
As Reported 21.8 % 17.4 % 19.1 % 20.6 % 19.7 %
As Adjusted (5) 24.4 % 22.2 % 21.9 % 22.4 % 22.5 %
 
Operating cash flow margin (Operating cash flow
divided by revenue)
As Reported 45.7 % 41.5 % 43.8 % 45.2 % 45.0 %
As Adjusted 48.3 % 46.3 % 46.6 % 47.0 % 47.8 %

(1) Reflects pension and other postretirement benefit (OPEB) expense, net of capitalized amounts, of $16.2 million, $20.6 million and $16.8 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively, less cash pension contributions and certain OPEB costs/payments of $1.5 million, $6.6 million and $13.0 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively. Reflects pension and OPEB expense, net of capitalized amounts, of $77.9 million and $66.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, less cash pension contributions and certain OPEB costs/payments of $40.7 million and $38.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

(2) Reflects non-cash pension settlement charges of $3.9 million ($2.4 million after tax) and $40.3 million ($25.0 million or $0.03 per share after tax) during the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013, respectively, and $44.2 million ($27.4 million or $0.03 per share after tax) during the year ended December 31, 2013 for the accelerated recognition of a portion of the unrecognized actuarial losses in the Company's pension plan as a result of the significant level of lump sum retirement benefit payments made during 2013.

(3) Excludes capital expenditures for integration activities.

(4) Excludes interest expense related to commitment fees on the bridge loan facility in connection with the pending acquisition of AT&T Inc's. Connecticut wireline business.

(5) Excludes acquisition and integration costs, pension and OPEB costs (non-cash), pension settlement costs, severance costs and gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest.

Frontier Communications Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

           

($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the quarter ended
December 31, 2013 September 30, 2013 December 31, 2012

Net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier

Net Income Earnings Per Share Net Income Earnings Per Share Net Income Earnings Per Share
 
GAAP, as reported $ 67,755 $ 0.07 $ 35,400 $ 0.04 $ 24,879 $ 0.02
Pension settlement costs 2,389 - 24,992 0.03 - -
Losses on early extinguishment of debt - - - - 12,120 0.01
Gain on investment in Adelphia - - - - (50 ) -
Acquisition and integration costs 6,124 0.01 - - 8,819 0.01
Severance costs 1,419 - 1,626 - 10,839 0.01
Acquisition related interest expense (1) 793 - - - - -
Discrete tax items (2)   (6,236 )   (0.01 )   (5,557 )   (0.01 )   361     -  
Non-GAAP, as adjusted (3) $ 72,244   $ 0.07   $ 56,461   $ 0.06   $ 56,968   $ 0.06  
 
For the year ended
December 31, 2013 December 31, 2012

Net income attributable to common shareholders of Frontier

Net Income Earnings Per Share Net Income Earnings Per Share
 
GAAP, as reported $ 112,835 $ 0.11 $ 136,636 $ 0.14
Pension settlement costs 27,381 0.03 - -
Losses on early extinguishment of debt 98,888 0.10 56,748 0.06
Gain on sale of Mohave partnership interest (8,591 ) (0.01 ) - -
Gain on investment in Adelphia (889 ) - (6,122 ) (0.01 )
Acquisition and integration costs 6,124 0.01 51,167 0.05
Severance costs 7,283 0.01 20,061 0.02
Acquisition related interest expense (1) 793 - - -
Discrete tax items (2)   (4,993 )   (0.01 )   (5,306 )   (0.01 )
Non-GAAP, as adjusted (3) $ 238,831   $ 0.24   $ 253,184   $ 0.26  

(1) Represents interest expense related to commitment fees on the bridge loan facility in connection with the pending acquisition of AT&T Inc's. Connecticut wireline business.

(2) Includes impact arising from state law changes, the net reversal of uncertain tax positions, changes in deferred tax balances, federal research and development tax credits, non-deductible transaction costs and the settlement of IRS audit.

(3) Non-GAAP, as adjusted may not sum due to rounding.

Investor:
Luke Szymczak
Vice President, Investor Relations
203-614-5044
luke.szymczak@FTR.com

Media:
Brigid Smith
AVP, Corporate Communications
203-614-5042
brigid.smith@FTR.com

Source: Frontier Communications Corporation

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