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AT&T Reports First-Quarter Results

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Updates Guidance Following FirstNet Award


  • Consolidated revenues of $39.4 billion
  • Operating income of $6.9 billion
  • Net income attributable to AT&T of $3.5 billion
  • Diluted EPS of $0.56 as reported and $0.74 as adjusted, compared to $0.61 and $0.72 in the year-ago quarter
  • Cash from operations of $9.2 billion
  • Free cash flow of $3.2 billion
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  • 2.7 million wireless net adds
    • 2.1 million U.S., driven by prepaid and connected devices
    • 633,000 Mexico
  • U.S. wireless first-quarter results:
    • Best-ever first-quarter postpaid phone churn of 0.90%
    • Wireless postpaid churn of 1.12%, including pressure from tablets
    • Strong operating margin of 30.1%; best-ever EBITDA margin of 41.8%; EBITDA wireless service margin of 49.3%
  • Entertainment Group first-quarter results:
    • Strong broadband gains with 242,000 IP broadband net adds; 115,000 total broadband net adds
    • 4.6 million AT&T Fiber customer locations with plans to add 2 million in 2017
    • DIRECTV NOW gains help offset linear TV subscriber decline

Note: AT&T's first-quarter earnings conference call will be webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The webcast and related materials will be available on AT&T’s Investor Relations website at www.att.com/investor.relations.

DALLAS, April 25, 2017 AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced continued adjusted margin expansion and solid adjusted earnings growth for the first quarter. The quarter also was marked by several decisive strategic moves that helped broaden the company’s spectrum portfolio.

“In a very competitive quarter, we continued to execute on our goals of driving efficiencies in our business while growing adjusted earnings per share. But just as important, the strategic moves we’ve made over the last few months to expand our wireless capacity and fortify our 5G leadership will be felt for years to come,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “FirstNet gives us access to 20 megahertz of valuable, low-band spectrum and allows us to deploy our spectrum assets more efficiently as we build a high-quality, mobile broadband network for our first responders. And our planned acquisitions of Fiber Tower and Straight Path will add valuable millimeter wave spectrum assets to our 5G tool kit as we lead the way to the next generation of wireless technology.”  

Consolidated Financial Results

AT&T's consolidated revenues for the first quarter totaled $39.4 billion versus $40.5 billion in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to record-low equipment sales in wireless. Compared with results for the first quarter of 2016, operating expenses were $32.5 billion versus $33.4 billion; operating income was $6.9 billion versus $7.1 billion; and operating income margin was 17.4% versus 17.6%. When adjusting for amortization, merger- and integration-related and other items, operating income was $8.2 billion versus $8.1 billion; and operating income margin was 20.7%, up 80 basis points versus the year-ago quarter.

First-quarter net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.5 billion, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to $3.8 billion, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusting for $0.18 of costs for amortization, merger- and integration-related and other items, earnings per diluted share was $0.74 compared to an adjusted $0.72 in the year-ago quarter.

Cash from operating activities was $9.2 billion in the first quarter, and capital expenditures were $6.0 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — was $3.2 billion for the quarter.

Updated 2017 Outlook

The company is updating its 2017 guidance. On a business as usual basis without the impact of Time Warner, AT&T expects:

  • Adjusted EPS growth in the mid-single digit range
  • Adjusted operating margin expansion
  • Capital expenditures in the $22 billion range
  • Free cash flow in the $18 billion range

The company is no longer providing consolidated revenue guidance primarily due to the unpredictability of wireless handset sales.

Adjustments include non-cash mark-to-market benefit plan gain/loss, merger integration and amortization costs and other adjustments. Traditionally, the mark-to-market adjustment is the largest item, which is driven by interest rates and investment returns that are not reasonably estimable at this time.  We expect amortization to be lower in 2017 compared to 2016.

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Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this communication, including financial estimates and statements as to the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed merger between AT&T Inc. and Straight Path Communications, Inc., constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These estimates and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially.  Such estimates and statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts.  Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of AT&T Inc. and Straight Path Communications, Inc. and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of our control.  This presentation may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures.  Reconciliations between the non- GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company’s website at www.att.com/investor.relations. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements are the following: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (2) the risk that Straight Path Communications, Inc. stockholders may not adopt the merger agreement, (3) the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated, and (4) risks that any of the closing conditions to the proposed merger may not be satisfied in a timely manner.  Discussions of additional risks and uncertainties are contained in AT&T Inc.’s and Straight Path Communications, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Neither AT&T Inc. nor Straight Path Communications, Inc. is under any obligation, and each expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Persons reading this announcement are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof.

The “quiet period” for FCC Spectrum Auction 1000 (also known as the 600 MHz incentive auction) is now in effect. During the quiet period, auction applicants are required to avoid discussions of bids, bidding strategy and post-auction market structure with other auction applicants.

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