AT&T Reports Record 2.8 Million Wireless Net Adds, Strong U-verse Sales, Continued Revenue Gains in the Fourth Quarter

  • $0.18 diluted EPS, $0.55 excluding significant items; compared to $0.46 diluted EPS and $0.50 per diluted share when excluding significant items in the year-earlier period
  • Consolidated revenues of $31.4 billion in the fourth quarter, up $653 million, or 2.1 percent, versus the year-earlier period
  • 9.9 percent growth in wireless revenues, with a 9.6 percent increase in wireless service revenues
  • Best-ever wireless net adds, with a more than 2.8 million increase in total wireless subscribers to reach 95.5 million subscribers in service; full-year wireless net adds totaled 8.9 million, the company’s best-ever annual total
  • Continued expansion in new wireless growth areas; connected devices up a record 1.5 million; iPad- and Android-based tablets up 442,000
  • 27.4 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter
  • Postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 2.2 percent to $62.88, the eighth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase
  • Best-ever fourth-quarter total wireless churn at 1.32 percent; 1.15 percent postpaid churn, matching previous best-ever fourth-quarter level
  • Second consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse® services
  • 246,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach nearly 3 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates
  • 28.5 percent growth in wireline consumer IP data revenues, driven by AT&T U-verse expansion
  • 210,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections
  • 17.1 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services, the largest increase during the year

Note: AT&T's fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at www.att.com/investor.relations.

DALLAS--()--AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today reported fourth-quarter results highlighted by revenue growth, record wireless net adds, strong U-verse services sales and gains in IP-based and strategic business services revenues.

“We had another strong quarter and a solid year,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. “Our major growth platforms – mobile broadband, U-verse and strategic business services – continue to set the pace for the industry, and we’re still early in the growth cycle for all of these areas. Progress across these growth platforms, combined with continued progress on our cost-improvement initiatives, drive our positive outlook.

“2011 is the year when we’ll take mobile broadband to the next level,” Stephenson said. “We’re seeing 4G speeds today in areas of key markets, we’ve accelerated our LTE deployment plans, and we expect to add 20 4G devices to our lineup this year. AT&T has led the mobile broadband revolution, and we are well positioned to drive the industry’s next waves of innovation and growth.”

Fourth-Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2010, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $31.4 billion, up $653 million, or 2.1 percent, versus the year-earlier quarter, marking the company's fourth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year revenue increase.

Compared with results for the fourth quarter of 2009, operating expenses were $29.3 billion versus $26.1 billion; operating income was $2.1 billion, down from $4.6 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was 6.7 percent, compared to 14.9 percent. Excluding fourth-quarter significant items, operating expenses were $25.8 billion versus $25.6 billion, operating income was $5.6 billion, compared to $5.1 billion, and operating income margin was 17.7 percent, compared to 16.6 percent.

Fourth-quarter 2010 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $1.1 billion, or $0.18 per diluted share. Excluding a one-time charge of $0.26 from a previously disclosed pension accounting change; a $0.09 charge for severance costs; and a $0.02 charge for asset impairments, adjusted earnings per share was $0.55. These results compare with reported net income attributable to AT&T of $2.7 billion, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Excluding significant items, earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $0.50 per diluted share. Excluding significant items, fourth-quarter 2010 earnings per share was up 10.0 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2009.

Fourth-quarter 2010 cash from operating activities totaled $9.6 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $6.6 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — totaled $3.1 billion.

Full-Year Results, Outlook

For the full year 2010, compared with 2009 results, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $124.3 billion versus $122.5 billion; operating expenses were $104.7 billion, compared with $101.5 billion; net income attributable to AT&T was $19.9 billion versus $12.1 billion; and earnings per diluted share was $3.35 compared with $2.05. Earnings per share, excluding significant items, totaled $2.29, compared with $2.07, an increase of 10.6 percent for the year.

Compared with 2009 results, AT&T's full-year cash from operating activities totaled $35.0 billion, up from $34.4 billion. Capital expenditures, including capitalized interest, totaled $20.3 billion versus $17.3 billion, including a more than 50 percent increase in wireless-related capital investment versus the year earlier, as AT&T aggressively deployed next-generation wireless broadband networks; and free cash flow totaled $14.7 billion, compared with $17.1 billion.

In 2011, AT&T expects consolidated revenue growth in conjunction with an expansion in consolidated, wireline and wireless operating margins, including wireless service margins. Achieving these targets will lead to expected mid-single digit or better earnings per share growth versus 2010 earnings, excluding changes in capitalized interest. (In 2011, AT&T will no longer capitalize interest expense attributable to the company's LTE-related spectrum purchases. The impact of the change would have reduced earnings per share by $0.07 in 2010. Therefore, projected earnings growth is based on a 2010 earnings per share number of $2.22.)

AT&T also expects modest improvement in free cash flow, with capital expenditures in the low-to-mid $19 billion range, as increases in wireless spending will be offset by lower wireline capital expenditures and the elimination of capitalized interest in LTE spectrum.

Wireless Operational Highlights

Led by record subscriber additions, AT&T delivered continued strong growth in its wireless business in the fourth quarter, including wireless service revenue gains. The fourth quarter was also the first quarter in the company’s history in which wireless revenues exceeded wireline revenues. Highlights included:

Best-Ever Subscriber Gain. AT&T posted a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 2.8 million, to reach 95.5 million in service, the best net gain in the company’s history. Full-year wireless net adds totaled 8.9 million (adjusted for mergers and acquisitions), the company’s best-ever annual total. Fourth-quarter net add growth reflects rapid adoption of smartphones, increases in prepaid subscribers, strength in the reseller channel and a record quarter in connected devices such as eReaders, security systems, fleet management and a host of other products. AT&T also had a another strong tablet quarter, a new growth area for the company. It added 442,000 iPad- and Android-based tablets to its network, with more than 90 percent of these booked to the prepaid category.

Retail net adds for the quarter include postpaid net adds of 400,000 and prepaid net adds of 307,000. Connected device net adds were 1.5 million, and reseller net adds were 595,000.

Churn at Record Fourth-Quarter Levels. Postpaid churn was 1.15 percent, matching last year’s best-ever fourth-quarter record. Total churn was a record-low fourth-quarter level of 1.32 percent versus 1.42 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Continued Strength in Integrated Device Sales. AT&T continued to grow its base of integrated device subscribers. More than 7.4 million postpaid integrated devices were sold in the fourth quarter, including the second-largest quarterly number of upgrades in the company’s history. Integrated device sales included 4.1 million iPhone activations. More than 80 percent of postpaid sales were integrated devices. (Integrated devices are handsets with QWERTY or virtual keyboards in addition to voice functionality and are a key driver of wireless data usage.)

At the end of the quarter, 61.0 percent of AT&T's 68.0 million postpaid subscribers had integrated devices, up from 46.8 percent a year earlier. The average ARPU for integrated devices on AT&T's network is 1.7 times that of the company's non-integrated device base. More than 80 percent of integrated device subscribers are on FamilyTalk and/or business discount plans. Churn levels for these subscribers are significantly lower than for other postpaid subscribers.

Continued Strong Wireless Revenue Growth. Wireless service revenues increased 9.6 percent, to $13.8 billion, in the fourth quarter. Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 9.9 percent year over year to $15.2 billion.

Robust Growth in Wireless Data Revenues. Wireless data revenues — driven by messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services — increased $1.1 billion, or 27.4 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $4.9 billion. AT&T postpaid wireless subscribers on monthly data plans increased by 20.4 percent over the past year. Versus the year-earlier quarter, total text messages carried on the AT&T network increased by nearly 29 percent to 173.1 billion, and multimedia messages increased by 75.0 percent to 3.9 billion.

Further Postpaid ARPU Growth. Driven by strong data growth, postpaid subscriber ARPU increased 2.2 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $62.88. This marked the eighth consecutive quarter AT&T has posted a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU. Postpaid data ARPU reached $22.64, up 17.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.

Wireless Margins. Fourth-quarter wireless margins reflected increased operating costs associated with strong integrated device activations and high customer upgrade levels, offset in part by improved operating efficiencies and further revenue growth from the company’s base of high-quality integrated device subscribers. AT&T’s fourth-quarter wireless operating income margin was 22.9 percent versus 25.9 percent in the year-earlier quarter, and AT&T’s wireless OIBDA service margin was 37.6 percent, compared with 40.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 and flat sequentially. (OIBDA service margin is operating income before depreciation and amortization, divided by total service revenues.) Fourth-quarter wireless operating expenses totaled $11.7 billion, up 14.3 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and wireless operating income was $3.5 billion, down 2.8 percent year over year.

Wireline Operational Highlights

AT&T's fourth-quarter wireline results were highlighted by continued growth in consumer revenues, sustained growth in revenues from strategic business services and solid cost management. Highlights included:

Growth in Wireline Consumer Revenues. Driven by strength in IP data services, revenue from residential customers totaled $5.3 billion in the fourth quarter, up 0.7 percent year over year, their second consecutive year-over-year increase.

Continued U-verse Service Gains Driving Consumer Growth. AT&T U-verse TV had its best quarter of the year, adding 246,000 subscribers to reach nearly 3 million in service. In the fourth quarter, the AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet attach rate continued to run above 90 percent, and 60 percent of subscribers took AT&T U-verse Voice. More than three-fourths of AT&T U-verse TV subscribers have a triple- or quad-play option from AT&T. ARPU for U-verse triple-play customers was more than $160.

AT&T's U-verse deployment now reaches more than 27 million living units. Companywide penetration of eligible living units is 14.2 percent, and across areas marketed to for 30 months or more, overall penetration is more than 22 percent. AT&T's total video subscribers, which combine the company's U-verse and bundled satellite customers, reached 4.9 million at the end of the quarter, representing 19.7 percent of households served.

Improved Wireline Broadband Growth. Driven by strength in AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet service and standalone broadband, AT&T posted a 210,000 net gain in wireline broadband connections. About two-thirds of consumers have a broadband plan of 3 Mbps or higher.

U-verse Revenues Up 73.4 Percent. Increased AT&T U-verse penetration drove 28.5 percent year-over-year growth in IP revenues from residential customers (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice). U-verse continues to drive a transformation in AT&T’s consumer area, reflected by the fact that IP revenues now represent 45.0 percent of AT&T's consumer wireline revenues, up from 35.3 percent in the year-earlier quarter and up from 25.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. In the fourth quarter, AT&T U-verse revenues were $1.3 billion, 73.4 percent higher than in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Further Growth in Revenues Per Household. Driven by AT&T U-verse services, wireline revenues per household served increased 7.5 percent versus the year-earlier fourth quarter and were up 0.4 percent sequentially. This marked AT&T’s 12th consecutive quarter with year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues per household.

Consumer Connection Trends. In the fourth quarter, AT&T posted a decline in total consumer revenue connections due primarily to expected declines in traditional voice access lines, consistent with broader industry trends and somewhat offset by increases in U-verse TV and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) connections. AT&T U-verse Voice connections increased by 186,000 in the quarter and 726,000 over the past four quarters. Total consumer revenue connections at the end of the fourth quarter were 43.4 million, compared with 45.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and 43.7 million at the end of the third quarter of 2010.

17.1 Percent Growth in Strategic Business Services Revenues. Revenues from new-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and application services — grew 17.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, their strongest growth during the year, and were up 5.5 percent from the third quarter of 2010, continuing AT&T’s strong trends in this category. Total business revenues were $9.4 billion, a decline of 4.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, reflecting economic weakness in voice and legacy data products, and the third-quarter sale of the company’s Japan assets. Business service revenues, which exclude CPE, declined 4.3 percent year over year and decreased slightly sequentially, down 1.2 percent.

Improved Growth in Business IP Revenues. Total business IP data revenues grew 9.0 percent versus the year-earlier fourth quarter, led by growth in VPN revenues. Global Enterprise Solutions IP data revenues grew 11.0 percent. More than 70 percent of AT&T's frame customers have made the transition to IP-based solutions, which allow them to easily add managed services such as network security, cloud services and IP conferencing on top of their infrastructures. This generated total business data revenue growth of 1.1 percent, the largest growth in this category in four quarters.

Improved Wireline Margin Trends. AT&T’s fourth-quarter wireline operating income margin was 13.0 percent, compared with 12.3 percent in the year-earlier quarter and 13.0 percent in the third quarter of 2010. Fourth-quarter total wireline revenues were $15.1 billion, down 3.2 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Fourth-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.1 billion, down 3.9 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2009 and down 1.1 percent sequentially. Wireline operating income totaled $2.0 billion, compared to $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and $2.0 billion in the third quarter of 2010.

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NOTE: OIBDA is defined as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization. OIBDA differs from Segment Operating Income (loss), as calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. OIBDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. OIBDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of OIBDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

NOTE: Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus capital expenditures. We believe this metric provides useful information to our investors because management regularly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views it as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.

NOTE: Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues and operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends. Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted Operating Income, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
                       
AT&T Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
Unaudited Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
        12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg     12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg
Operating Revenues
Wireless service $ 13,799 $ 12,585 9.6 % $ 53,510 $ 48,563 10.2 %
Voice 6,644 7,623 -12.8 % 28,315 32,324 -12.4 %
Data 7,072 6,508 8.7 % 27,479 25,561 7.5 %
Directory 926 1,102 -16.0 % 3,935 4,724 -16.7 %
Other       2,920         2,890       1.0 %     11,041         11,341       -2.6 %
Total Operating Revenues       31,361         30,708       2.1 %     124,280         122,513       1.4 %
 
Operating Expenses

Cost of services and sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

13,897 12,973 7.1 % 52,263 50,571 3.3 %
Selling, general and administrative 10,469 8,205 27.6 % 33,065 31,427 5.2 %
Depreciation and amortization       4,907         4,966       -1.2 %     19,379         19,515       -0.7 %
Total Operating Expenses       29,273         26,144       12.0 %     104,707         101,513       3.1 %
Operating Income       2,088         4,564       -54.3 %     19,573         21,000       -6.8 %
Interest Expense 746 795 -6.2 % 2,994 3,368 -11.1 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates 133 185 -28.1 % 762 734 3.8 %
Other Income (Expense) - Net       72         107       -32.7 %     897         152       -  
Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes 1,547 4,061 -61.9 % 18,238 18,518 -1.5 %
Income Tax (Benefit) Expense       388         1,271       -69.5 %     (1,162 )       6,091       -  
Income from Continuing Operations       1,159         2,790       -58.5 %     19,400         12,427       56.1 %
Income from Discontinued Operations, net of tax       2         14       -85.7 %     779         20       -  
Net Income       1,161         2,804       -58.6 %     20,179         12,447       62.1 %
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest       (72 )       (74 )     2.7 %     (315 )       (309 )     -1.9 %
Net Income Attributable to AT&T     $ 1,089       $ 2,730       -60.1 %   $ 19,864       $ 12,138       63.7 %
 
 

Basic Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations Attributable to AT&T

$ 0.18 $ 0.46 -60.9 % $ 3.23 $ 2.06 56.8 %

Basic Earnings Per Share from Discontinued Operations Attributable to AT&T

-         -   - 0.13         -   -
Basic Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T $ 0.18       $ 0.46   -60.9 % $ 3.36       $ 2.06   63.1 %

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (000,000)

5,915 5,901 0.2 % 5,913 5,900 0.2 %
 

Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations Attributable to AT&T

$ 0.18 $ 0.46 -60.9 % $ 3.22 $ 2.05 57.1 %

Diluted Earnings Per Share from Discontinued Operations Attributable to AT&T

-         -   - 0.13         -   -
Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T $ 0.18       $ 0.46   -60.9 % $ 3.35       $ 2.05   63.4 %

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding with Dilution (000,000)

5,941 5,927 0.2 % 5,938 5,924 0.2 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
 
AT&T Inc.
Statements of Segment Income
Dollars in millions
Unaudited                        
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 
Wireless       12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg   12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg
Segment Operating Revenues
Service $ 13,799 $ 12,585 9.6 % $ 53,510 $ 48,563 10.2 %
Equipment       1,382         1,232       12.2 %   4,990         4,941       1.0 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues       15,181         13,817       9.9 %   58,500         53,504       9.3 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 9,988 8,695 14.9 % 36,746 33,631 9.3 %
Depreciation and amortization       1,721         1,550       11.0 %   6,497         6,043       7.5 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       11,709         10,245       14.3 %   43,243         39,674       9.0 %
Segment Operating Income 3,472 3,572 -2.8 % 15,257 13,830 10.3 %
Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Affiliates       (5 )       9       -     9         9       -  
Segment Income     $ 3,467       $ 3,581       -3.2 % $ 15,266       $ 13,839       10.3 %
 
 
Segment Operating Income Margin 22.9 % 25.9 % 26.1 % 25.8 %
 
 
Wireline                                
Segment Operating Revenues
Voice $ 6,644 $ 7,623 -12.8 % $ 28,315 $ 32,324 -12.4 %
Data 7,072 6,508 8.7 % 27,479 25,561 7.5 %
Other       1,394         1,483       -6.0 %   5,408         5,629       -3.9 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues       15,110         15,614       -3.2 %   61,202         63,514       -3.6 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 10,055 10,470 -4.0 % 41,008 42,352 -3.2 %
Depreciation and amortization       3,092         3,217       -3.9 %   12,371         12,743       -2.9 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       13,147         13,687       -3.9 %   53,379         55,095       -3.1 %
Segment Operating Income 1,963 1,927 1.9 % 7,823 8,419 -7.1 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates       4         -       -     11         17       -35.3 %
Segment Income     $ 1,967       $ 1,927       2.1 % $ 7,834       $ 8,436       -7.1 %
 
Segment Operating Income Margin 13.0 % 12.3 % 12.8 % 13.3 %
 
Advertising Solutions                                
Segment Operating Revenues     $ 926       $ 1,102       -16.0 % $ 3,935       $ 4,724       -16.7 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 626 650 -3.7 % 2,583 2,743 -5.8 %
Depreciation and amortization       104         150       -30.7 %   497         650       -23.5 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       730         800       -8.8 %   3,080         3,393       -9.2 %
Segment Income     $ 196       $ 302       -35.1 % $ 855       $ 1,331       -35.8 %
 
Segment Income Margin 21.2 % 27.4 % 21.7 % 28.2 %
 
Other                                
Segment Operating Revenues $ 144 $ 175 -17.7 % $ 643 $ 771 -16.6 %
Segment Operating Expenses       1,166         1,197       -2.6 %   2,484         3,136       -20.8 %
Segment Operating Income (Loss) (1,022 ) (1,022 ) - (1,841 ) (2,365 ) 22.2 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates       134         176       -23.9 %   742         708       4.8 %
Segment Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations     $ (888 )     $ (846 )     -5.0 % $ (1,099 )     $ (1,657 )     33.7 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
 
AT&T Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
    12/31/10     12/31/09
      Unaudited      
 
Assets
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,437 $ 3,741

Accounts receivable - net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $957 and $1,202

13,610 14,845
Prepaid expenses 1,458 1,562
Deferred income taxes 1,170 1,247
Other current assets       2,276         3,792  
Total current assets       19,951         25,187  
Property, Plant and Equipment - Net 103,963 100,286
Goodwill 73,601 72,782
Licenses 50,372 48,741
Customer Lists and Relationships - Net 4,708 7,393
Other Intangible Assets - Net 5,440 5,494
Investments in Equity Affiliates 4,515 2,921
Other Assets       6,704         6,275  
Total Assets     $ 269,254       $ 269,079  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Debt maturing within one year $ 7,196 $ 7,361
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 20,055 21,260
Advanced billing and customer deposits 4,086 4,170
Accrued taxes 72 1,681
Dividends payable       2,542         2,479  
Total current liabilities       33,951         36,951  
Long-Term Debt       58,971         64,720  
Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities
Deferred income taxes 22,361 23,870
Postemployment benefit obligation 28,803 27,847
Other noncurrent liabilities       12,743         13,226  
Total deferred credits and other noncurrent liabilities       63,907         64,943  
Stockholders' Equity
Common stock 6,495 6,495
Additional paid-in capital 91,731 91,707
Retained earnings 32,268 22,419
Treasury stock (21,083 ) (21,260 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,711 2,679
Noncontrolling interest       303         425  
Total stockholders' equity       112,425         102,465  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     $ 269,254       $ 269,079  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
 
AT&T Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Dollars in millions, increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
Unaudited            
        2010         2009         2008  
Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ 20,179 $ 12,447 $ (2,364 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 19,379 19,515 19,673
Undistributed earnings from investments in equity affiliates (603 ) (419 ) (654 )
Provision for uncollectible accounts 1,334 1,762 1,795

Deferred income tax expense (benefit) and noncurrent unrecognized tax benefits

(3,280 ) 1,885 (4,202 )
Net (gain) loss from impairment and sale of investments (802 ) - 517
Remeasurement of pension and postretirement benefits 2,521 215 25,150
(Income) Loss from discontinued operations (779 ) (20 ) 2
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (99 ) (490 ) (1,475 )
Other current assets 717 (617 ) 1,854
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (2,414 ) 943 (4,456 )
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (315 ) (309 ) (261 )
Other - net       (845 )       (507 )       (1,969 )
Total adjustments       14,814         21,958         35,974  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities       34,993         34,405         33,610  
 
Investing Activities
Construction and capital expenditures:
Capital expenditures (19,530 ) (16,554 ) (19,631 )
Interest during construction (772 ) (740 ) (659 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (2,906 ) (983 ) (10,972 )
Dispositions 1,830 287 1,615
(Purchases) and sales of securities, net (100 ) 55 68
Sale of other investments - - 436
Other       29         52         45  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities       (21,449 )       (17,883 )       (29,098 )
 
Financing Activities

Net change in short-term borrowings with original maturities of three months or less

1,592 (3,910 ) 2,017
Issuance of long-term debt 2,235 8,161 12,416
Repayment of long-term debt (9,294 ) (8,652 ) (4,009 )
Purchase of treasury shares - - (6,077 )
Issuance of treasury shares 50 28 319
Dividends paid (9,916 ) (9,670 ) (9,507 )
Share-based payment excess tax benefit - - 15
Other       (515 )       (465 )       136  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities       (15,848 )       (14,508 )       (4,690 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2,304 ) 2,014 (178 )
Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year       3,741         1,727         1,905  
Cash and Cash Equivalents End of Year     $ 1,437       $ 3,741       $ 1,727  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
 
AT&T Inc.
Supplementary Operating and Financial Data
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
Unaudited     Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
            12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg   12/31/2010         12/31/2009       % Chg
                 
Wireless
Wireless Customers (000) 95,536 85,120 12.2 %
Net Customer Additions (000) 2,803 2,661 5.3 % 8,853 7,278 21.6 %
M&A Activity, Partitioned Customers and Other Adjs. (000) (28 ) 863 1,563 833
Total Churn7 1.32 % 1.42 % -10 BP 1.31 % 1.47 % -16 BP
Postpaid Customers (000)7 68,041 64,627 5.3 %
Net Postpaid Customer Additions (000)7 400 841 -52.4 % 2,153 4,199 -48.7 %
Postpaid Churn7 1.15 % 1.15 % 0 BP 1.09 % 1.13 % -4 BP
Licensed POPs (000,000) 308 306 0.7 %
Prepaid Customers (including tablets) (000)7 6,524 5,350 21.9 %
Net Prepaid Customer Additions (including tablets) (000)7 307 (58 ) 952 (801 )
Connected Devices Customers (000)7 9,326 4,704 98.3 %
Net Connected Devices Customer Additions (000)7 1,501 1,394 7.7 % 4,608 2,077
 
 
In-Region Wireline 1
Total Consumer Revenue Connections (000)
Retail Consumer Voice Connections 2 24,195 27,332 -11.5 %
Consumer Wireline Broadband Connections 3 14,320 13,717 4.4 %
Video Connections: 4
Satellite Connections 1,930 2,174 -11.2 %
U-verse Video Connections   2,985         2,064   44.6 %
Total Consumer Revenue Connections (000)   43,430         45,287   -4.1 %
 
Net Consumer Revenue Connection Changes (000) (303 ) (372 ) 18.5 % (1,857 ) (1,756 ) -5.8 %
 
Broadband and Video
Total Broadband Connections (000) 5 17,755 17,254 2.9 %
Net Broadband Connection Changes (000) 5 193 171 12.9 % 501 989 -49.3 %
Total Video Connections (000) 4 4,917 4,239 16.0 %

Net Video Connection Changes (000) 4

182 227 -19.8 % 678 1,004 -32.5 %
 
AT&T Inc.
Construction and capital expenditures
Capital expenditures $ 6,360 $ 5,520 15.2 % $ 19,530 $ 16,554 18.0 %
Interest during construction $ 195 $ 187 4.3 % $ 772 $ 740 4.3 %
Dividends Declared per Share $ 0.4300 $ 0.4200 2.4 % $ 1.6900 $ 1.6500 2.4 %
End of Period Common Shares Outstanding (000,000) 5,911 5,902 0.2 %
Debt Ratio 6 37.0 % 41.3 % -430 BP
Total Employees 266,590 282,720 -5.7 %
 
 

1

In-region wireline represents access lines served by AT&T's incumbent local exchange companies.

2

Includes consumer U-verse Voice over Internet Protocol connections of 1,680 as of December 31, 2010.

3

Consumer wireline broadband connections include DSL lines, U-verse High Speed Internet access and satellite broadband.

4

Video connections include sales under agency agreements with EchoStar and DirecTV customers and U-verse connections.

5

Total broadband connections include DSL lines, U-verse High Speed Internet access, satellite broadband and 3G LaptopConnect cards.

6

Total long-term debt plus debt maturing within one year divided by total debt plus total stockholders' equity.

7

Prior year amounts restated to conform to current period reporting methodology.
Note: For the end of 4Q10, total switched access lines were 43,678, retail business switched access lines totaled 18,733, and wholesale and coin switched access lines totaled 2,430. These include 1,699 retail business and 95 wholesale lines that are used solely by AT&T or our subsidiaries.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
 
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Wireless Reconciliation
Wireless Segment OIBDA
Dollars in millions
Unaudited
    Three Months Ended
  12/31/2009         3/31/2010         6/30/2010         9/30/2010         12/31/2010  
               
Segment Operating Revenues
Service $ 12,585 $ 12,850 $ 13,186 $ 13,675 $ 13,799
Equipment       1,232         1,047         1,056         1,505         1,382  
Total Segment Operating Revenues       13,817         13,897         14,242         15,180         15,181  
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 8,695 8,173 8,553 10,032 9,988
Depreciation and amortization       1,550         1,558         1,578         1,640         1,721  
Total Segment Operating Expenses       10,245         9,731         10,131         11,672         11,709  
 
Segment Operating Income 3,572 4,166 4,111 3,508 3,472
 
Plus: Depreciation and amortization       1,550         1,558         1,578         1,640         1,721  
OIBDA       5,122         5,724         5,689         5,148         5,193  
OIBDA as a % of Service Revenue 40.7 % 44.5 % 43.1 % 37.6 % 37.6 %
 

OIBDA is defined as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is defined as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. This term is often used as a substitute for OIBDA. OIBDA differs from segment operating income (loss), as calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. OIBDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. OIBDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of OIBDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
                       
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation
Free Cash Flow
Dollars in Millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
        2009         2010         2009         2010  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 8,962 $ 9,643 $ 34,405 $ 34,993
 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures (5,707 ) (6,555 ) (17,294 ) (20,302 )
                         
Free Cash Flow     $ 3,255       $ 3,088       $ 17,111       $ 14,691  
 

Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus capital expenditures. We believe these metrics provide useful information to our investors because management regularly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views free cash flow as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.

 
 
 
 
Free Cash Flow After Dividends
Dollars in Millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended
        9/30/2009         12/31/2009         3/31/2010         6/30/2010         9/30/2010         12/31/2010  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 9,671 $ 8,962 $ 7,237 $ 8,573 $ 9,540 $ 9,643
 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures (4,202 ) (5,707 ) (3,331 ) (4,904 ) (5,512 ) (6,555 )
                                     
Free Cash Flow       5,469         3,255         3,906         3,669         4,028         3,088  
 
Less: Dividends paid (2,418 ) (2,418 ) (2,479 ) (2,481 ) (2,476 ) (2,480 )
                                     
Free Cash Flow After Dividends     $ 3,051       $ 837       $ 1,427       $ 1,188       $ 1,552       $ 608  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
                   
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation
Annualized Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
Dollars in millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended
      3/31/2010     6/30/2010     9/30/2010     12/31/2010     2010
 
Operating Revenues $ 30,530 $ 30,808 $ 31,581 $ 31,361 $ 124,280
Operating Expenses 24,559 24,725 26,150 29,273 104,707
Total Operating Income 5,971 6,083 5,431 2,088 19,573
Add Back Depreciation and Amortization 4,780 4,819 4,873 4,907 19,379
Consolidated Reported EBITDA 10,751 10,902 10,304 6,995 38,952
Add Back Actuarial Loss 2,521 2,521
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA* 10,751 10,902 10,304 9,516 41,473
End-of-period current debt 7,196
End-of-period long-term debt 58,971
Total End-of-Period Debt 66,167
(Premiums) Discounts on long-term debt (185 )
Normalized Debt Balance 65,982
Less Cash and Cash Equivalents 1,437
Normalized Net Debt Balance 64,545
                               
Annualized Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA Ratio                               1.56  
 

*Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of the 4Q10 actuarial loss in order to better represent AT&T's operational performance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financial Data
               
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation
Adjusted Operating Income Margin
Dollars in millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
        12/31/09         12/31/10         12/31/09         12/31/10  
 
Operating Revenues $ 30,708 $ 31,361 $ 122,513 $ 124,280
Operating Expenses 26,144 29,273 101,513 104,707
Total Operating Income 4,564 2,088 21,000 19,573
Add Back:
Actuarial Loss 215 2,521 215 2,521
Severance Costs 330 769 519 769
Asset Impairments - 173 - 173
Adjusted Operating Income       5,109         5,551         21,734         23,036  
 

Adjusted Operating Income Margin

      16.6 %       17.7 %       17.7 %       18.5 %
 

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues and operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.

 

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted Operating Income, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

 
 
 
 
 
 

OIBDA DISCUSSION

OIBDA is defined as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization. OIBDA margin is calculated as OIBDA divided by service revenues. OIBDA differs from Segment Operating Income (Loss), as calculated in accordance with GAAP, in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. OIBDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. OIBDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Our calculation of OIBDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

We believe these measures are relevant and useful information to our investors as they are part of AT&T Mobility’s internal management reporting and planning processes and are important metrics that AT&T Mobility’s management uses to evaluate the operating performance of its regional operations. These measures are used by management as a gauge of AT&T Mobility’s success in acquiring, retaining and servicing subscribers because we believe these measures reflect AT&T Mobility’s ability to generate and grow subscriber revenues while providing a high level of customer service in a cost-effective manner. Management also uses these measures as a method of comparing AT&T Mobility’s performance with that of many of its competitors. The financial and operating metrics which affect OIBDA include the key revenue and expense drivers for which AT&T Mobility’s operating managers are responsible and upon which we evaluate their performance.

OIBDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. OIBDA excludes other, net, minority interest in earnings of consolidated entities and equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, as these do not reflect the operating results of AT&T Mobility’s subscriber base and its national footprint that AT&T Mobility utilizes to obtain and service its customers. Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates represents AT&T Mobility’s proportionate share of the net income (loss) of affiliates in which it exercises significant influence, but does not control. As AT&T Mobility does not control these entities, our management excludes these results when evaluating the performance of our primary operations. OIBDA excludes interest expense and the provision for income taxes. Excluding these items eliminates the expenses associated with its capitalization and tax structures. Finally, OIBDA excludes depreciation and amortization, in order to eliminate the impact of capital investments.

We believe OIBDA as a percentage of service revenues to be a more relevant measure of AT&T Mobility’s operating margin than OIBDA as a percentage of total revenue. AT&T Mobility generally subsidizes a portion of its handset sales, all of which are recognized in the period in which AT&T Mobility sells the handset. This results in a disproportionate impact on its margin in that period. Management views this equipment subsidy as a cost to acquire or retain a subscriber, which is recovered through the ongoing service revenue that is generated by the subscriber. AT&T Mobility also uses service revenues to calculate margin to facilitate comparison, both internally and externally with its competitors, as they calculate their margins using services revenue as well.

There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. OIBDA and OIBDA margin, as we have defined them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Furthermore, these performance measures do not take into account certain significant items, including depreciation and amortization, interest expense, tax expense and equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, which directly affect AT&T Mobility’s net income. Management compensates for these limitations by carefully analyzing how its competitors present performance measures that are similar in nature to OIBDA as we present it, and considering the economic effect of the excluded expense items independently as well as in connection with its analysis of net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP. OIBDA and OIBDA margin should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

FREE CASH FLOW DISCUSSION

Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus capital expenditures. Free cash flow after dividends is defined as cash from operations minus capital expenditures and dividends. Free cash flow yield is defined as cash from continuing operations less capital expenditures as a percentage of market capitalization computed on the last trading day of the quarter. Market capitalization is computed by multiplying the end of period stock price by the end of period shares outstanding. We believe these metrics provide useful information to our investors because management monthly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views it as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.

ADJUSTING ITEMS DISCUSSION

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues and operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Income Margin should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted Operating Income, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Contacts

AT&T Inc.
McCall Butler, 917-209-5792
mbutler@attnews.us

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AT&T Inc.
McCall Butler, 917-209-5792
mbutler@attnews.us