Solid Growth in Earnings, Revenues and Margins, and $4.7 Billion Returned to Shareholders Highlight AT&T’s First-Quarter Results

Wireless Margins Expand and Smartphone Sales Set First-Quarter Record; 30 Percent of Smartphone Customers are on 4G-Capable Devices

  • $0.60 diluted EPS compared to $0.57 diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2011
  • Consolidated revenues of $31.8 billion, up $575 million, or 1.8 percent, versus the year-earlier period
  • Wireless operating income margin up to 27.2 percent; wireless EBITDA service margin up significantly to 41.6 percent even with strong smartphone sales
  • More than $2 billion in stock buybacks; 67.7 million shares repurchased
  • AT&T’s growth engines — wireless, wireline data and managed services — represented 78 percent of total revenues and grew 6.2 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, led by:
    • 19.9 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up more than $1 billion versus the year-earlier quarter
    • 19.0 percent growth in strategic business services revenues
    • 38.2 percent growth in consumer U-verse revenues
  • Smartphone sales of 5.5 million, exceeding the previous first-quarter record, with about 30 percent of all postpaid smartphone subscribers on 4G-capable devices
  • 726,000 total wireless net adds, with gains in every customer category
  • Postpaid wireless churn of 1.1 percent, lowest level in seven quarters
  • Record first-quarter branded computing (tablets, tethering plans, etc.) net adds of 460,000 to reach a total of 5.8 million, up almost 70 percent versus a year ago
  • Postpaid wireless subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber), up 1.7 percent to $64.46
  • Wireline business year-over-year revenue comparisons continue to improve
  • Wireline consumer revenues up 1.0 percent versus the year-earlier period; seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth
  • AT&T U-verse® subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) top 6 million; U-verse TV subscribers reach 4 million in service

Note: AT&T's first-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at www.att.com/investor.relations.

DALLAS--()--AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today reported first-quarter results highlighted by strong 4G mobile data sales and wireless margins, and solid revenue and earnings growth.

“We continue to capitalize on our terrific momentum in mobile Internet,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. “Smartphone and branded computing device sales continue to set a record pace, mobile data revenues were up nearly 20 percent, and we achieved this growth with expanding margins. These results add confidence in our outlook for the year.”

First-Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $31.8 billion, up $575 million, or 1.8 percent, versus the year-earlier quarter.

Compared with results for the first quarter of 2011, operating expenses were $25.7 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $6.1 billion, up from $5.8 billion; and operating income margin was 19.2 percent, compared to 18.6 percent.

First-quarter 2012 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.6 billion, or $0.60 per diluted share, up from $3.4 billion, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter.

First-quarter 2012 cash from operating activities totaled $7.8 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $4.3 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — totaled $3.5 billion. During the first quarter, AT&T began repurchasing shares under its outstanding 300 million share buyback authorization. The company repurchased 67.7 million of its shares for $2.1 billion in the quarter.

WIRELESS OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Led by mobile data growth in the first quarter, AT&T delivered strong smartphone and branded computing device sales with solid data revenue growth, lower postpaid churn and expanding margins. Highlights included:

Wireless Data Revenues Increase $1 Billion. Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 5.4 percent year over year to $16.1 billion. Wireless service revenues increased 4.3 percent, to $14.6 billion, in the first quarter. Wireless data revenues — driven by Internet access, access to applications, messaging and related services — increased by more than $1 billion, or 19.9 percent, from the year-earlier quarter to $6.1 billion. First-quarter wireless operating expenses totaled $11.7 billion, up 3.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and wireless operating income was $4.4 billion, up 11.3 percent year over year.

Wireless Margins Expand Even With Strong Smartphone Sales. First-quarter wireless margins grew significantly, driven by improved operating efficiencies and further revenue gains from the company’s 41 million high-quality smartphone subscribers. AT&T’s first-quarter wireless operating income margin was 27.2 percent versus 25.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter, and AT&T’s wireless EBITDA service margin was 41.6 percent, compared with 39.0 percent in the first quarter of 2011. (EBITDA service margin is operating income before depreciation and amortization, divided by total service revenues.)

Subscriber Gains in Every Category. AT&T posted a net increase in total wireless subscribers of 726,000 in the first quarter to reach 103.9 million in service. This included gains in every customer category. Subscriber additions for the quarter include postpaid net adds of 187,000. Prepaid net adds were 125,000, connected device net adds were 230,000 and reseller net adds were 184,000. First-quarter net adds reflect continued adoption of smartphones and sales of tablets.

Smartphone Sales Exceed First-Quarter Record. AT&T sold 5.5 million smartphones, exceeding a first-quarter sales record set last year. Smartphones represented more than 78 percent of postpaid device sales. At the end of the quarter, 59.3 percent, or 41.2 million, of AT&T's postpaid subscribers had smartphones, up from 46.2 percent and 31.5 million a year earlier. AT&T’s ARPU for smartphones is 90 percent higher than for non-smartphone subscribers. About 88 percent of smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk® or business plans. Churn levels for these subscribers are significantly lower than for other postpaid subscribers. About 30 percent of AT&T’s postpaid smartphone customers use a 4G-capable device.

Both Android and iPhone device sales remain strong. iPhone sales were helped by AT&T’s 4G network, which lets iPhone 4S download three-times faster than other U.S. carriers’ networks. In the quarter, the company activated 4.3 million iPhones, with 21 percent new to AT&T.

Strong Branded Computing Sales. AT&T had its best-ever first-quarter sales for branded computing subscribers, a new wireless data revenue growth area for the company that includes tablets, tethering plans, aircards, mobile Wi-Fi hot spots and other data-only devices. AT&T added 460,000 of these devices to reach 5.8 million, up almost 70 percent in total subscribers from a year ago. During the quarter, 240,000 tablets were added, about three-quarters of which were postpaid.

61 Percent of Smartphone Subscribers on Tiered Data Plans. The number of subscribers on tiered data plans also continues to increase. About 25 million, or 61 percent, of all smartphone subscribers are on tiered data plans compared to 38 percent a year ago, and more than 70 percent have chosen the higher-tiered plans. AT&T’s postpaid wireless subscribers on data plans increased by 15.1 percent over the past year.

Industry-Leading Postpaid ARPU Continues Growth. Postpaid subscriber ARPU increased 1.7 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $64.46. AT&T continues to lead the industry with postpaid subscriber ARPU. This marked the 13th consecutive quarter AT&T has posted a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU. Postpaid data ARPU reached $26.92, up 15.3 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.

Postpaid Churn Improves. Postpaid churn reached its lowest level in seven quarters. For the first quarter, postpaid churn was 1.10 percent, compared to 1.18 percent in the year-ago first quarter and 1.21 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total churn was up, at 1.47 percent versus 1.36 percent in the first quarter of 2011 and 1.39 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, due to higher reseller and connected device churn.

WIRELINE OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

AT&T's first-quarter wireline results were led by continued improving trends in business and strong growth in U-verse revenues. Highlights included:

Wireline Operating Income Improves. AT&T’s wireline operating income totaled $1.8 billion, 2.4 percent higher than the first quarter of 2011 and down 1.2 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2011. First-quarter wireline operating income margin was 12.2 percent, compared to 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Total first-quarter wireline revenues were $14.9 billion, down 0.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and down slightly sequentially. First-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.1 billion, down 1.2 percent versus the first quarter of 2011 and down slightly sequentially. Improved consumer and business strategic services revenue trends and execution of cost initiatives helped to partially offset declines in voice revenues.

Business Revenues Continue Improving Trends. Business revenues had their best year-over-year comparison in the last three years. Total business revenues were $9.2 billion, down 0.8 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Business service revenues declined 0.3 percent year over year, compared to a year-over-year decline of 4.4 percent in the year-ago quarter, and were essentially flat sequentially. Declines in legacy products were largely offset by continued strong growth in strategic business services.

Business Data Revenue Growth Accelerates. Revenues from strategic business services, the new-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including Ethernet, VPNs, hosting, IP conferencing and application services — grew 19.0 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, continuing strong trends in this area. This now represents a $6.2 billion annualized revenue stream. Total business data revenue growth accelerated to 4.2 percent year over year, the strongest showing in four years.

U-verse Drives Consumer Revenue Growth. Continued strong growth in consumer IP data services in the first quarter offset lower revenues from voice and legacy products. Driven by strength in IP data services, revenues from residential customers totaled $5.4 billion, an increase of 1.0 percent versus the first quarter a year ago. The first quarter marked the seventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues. U-verse continues to drive a transformation in wireline consumer, reflected by the fact that consumer broadband, video and voice over IP revenues now represent 55 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 47 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Increased AT&T U-verse penetration and a significant number of subscribers on triple- or quad-play options drove 17.5 percent year-over-year growth in IP revenues from residential customers (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice) and 3.8 percent sequential quarterly growth. Consumer U-verse revenues grew 38.2 percent compared with the year-ago first quarter and were up 8.5 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2011.

U-verse Tops 6 Million Subscriber Mark. Total AT&T U-verse subscribers (TV and High Speed Internet) reached 6.2 million in the first quarter. AT&T U-verse TV added 200,000 subscribers to reach 4.0 million in service. In the first quarter, the AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet attach rate was more than 90 percent and about half of new subscribers took AT&T U-verse Voice. About 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 $169, up slightly year over year. Penetration of eligible living units continues to grow and was at 16.8 percent in the first quarter, and 27.1 percent across areas marketed to for 42 months or more. AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet delivered a first-quarter net gain of 718,000 subscribers to reach a total of 5.9 million, more than offsetting losses from DSL. Overall, AT&T added 103,000 wireline broadband connections. About 45 percent of consumers have a broadband plan delivering speeds up to 6 Mbps or higher versus 35 percent in the year-ago quarter.

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise. This news release 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. Accompanying financial statements follow.

NOTE: EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA differs from Segment Operating Income (loss), as calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. EBITDA 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. EBITDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, 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
        3/31/2012         3/31/2011       % Chg
Operating Revenues
Wireless service $ 14,566 $ 13,961 4.3 %
Data 7,795 7,171 8.7 %
Voice 5,893 6,550 -10.0 %
Directory 744 868 -14.3 %
Other       2,824         2,697       4.7 %
Total Operating Revenues       31,822         31,247       1.8 %
 
Operating Expenses

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

12,913 12,813 0.8 %
Selling, general and administrative 8,248 8,042 2.6 %
Depreciation and amortization       4,560         4,584       -0.5 %
Total Operating Expenses       25,721         25,439       1.1 %
Operating Income       6,101         5,808       5.0 %
Interest Expense 859 846 1.5 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates 223 249 -10.4 %
Other Income (Expense) - Net       52         59       -11.9 %
Income Before Income Taxes 5,517 5,270 4.7 %
Income Tax Expense       1,865         1,802       3.5 %
Net Income       3,652         3,468       5.3 %
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest       (68 )       (60 )     -13.3 %
Net Income Attributable to AT&T     $ 3,584       $ 3,408       5.2 %
 
           
Basic Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T $

0.60

      $

0.57

  5.3 %

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (000,000)

5,918 5,925 -0.1 %
           
Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T $

0.60

      $

0.57

  5.3 %

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

5,940 5,945 -0.1 %
 
Financial Data            
 
AT&T Inc.
Statements of Segment Income
Dollars in millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended
 
Wireless     3/31/2012     3/31/2011     % Chg
Segment Operating Revenues
Service $ 14,566 $ 13,961 4.3 %
Equipment       1,570         1,349       16.4 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues       16,136         15,310       5.4 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 10,083 9,861 2.3 %
Depreciation and amortization       1,666         1,506       10.6 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       11,749         11,367       3.4 %
Segment Operating Income 4,387 3,943 11.3 %
Equity in Net Loss of Affiliates       (13 )       (4 )     -  
Segment Income     $ 4,374       $ 3,939       11.0 %
 
Segment Operating Income Margin 27.2 % 25.8 %
 
Wireline                  
Segment Operating Revenues
Data $ 7,795 $ 7,171 8.7 %
Voice 5,893 6,550 -10.0 %
Other       1,240         1,330       -6.8 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues       14,928         15,051       -0.8 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 10,297 10,312 -0.1 %
Depreciation and amortization       2,808         2,958       -5.1 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       13,105         13,270       -1.2 %
Segment Income     $ 1,823       $ 1,781       2.4 %
 
Segment Operating Income Margin 12.2 % 11.8 %
 
Advertising Solutions                  
Segment Operating Revenues     $ 744       $ 868       -14.3 %
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 547 572 -4.4 %
Depreciation and amortization       77         106       -27.4 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses       624         678       -8.0 %
Segment Income     $ 120       $ 190       -36.8 %
 
Segment Income Margin 16.1 % 21.9 %
 
Other                  
Segment Operating Revenues $ 14 $ 18 -22.2 %
Segment Operating Expenses       243         124       96.0 %
Segment Operating Loss (229 ) (106 ) -
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates       236         253       -6.7 %
Segment Income     $ 7       $ 147       -95.2 %
             
Financial Data        
 
AT&T Inc.            
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
3/31/12 12/31/11
      Unaudited      
Assets
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,442 $ 3,185

Accounts receivable - net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $784 and $878

13,167 13,606
Prepaid expenses 1,706 1,155
Deferred income taxes 1,463 1,470
Other current assets       1,987         3,611  
Total current assets 20,765 23,027
Property, Plant and Equipment - Net 107,231 107,087
Goodwill 70,929 70,842
Licenses 51,782 51,374
Customer Lists and Relationships - Net 2,385 2,757
Other Intangible Assets - Net 5,203 5,212
Investments in Equity Affiliates 4,302 3,718
Other Assets       6,759         6,327  
Total Assets     $ 269,356       $ 270,344  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Debt maturing within one year $ 6,775 $ 3,453
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 17,593 19,858
Advanced billing and customer deposits 3,966 3,872
Accrued taxes 1,601 1,003
Dividends payable       2,585         2,608  
Total current liabilities       35,520         30,794  
Long-Term Debt       58,934         61,300  
Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities
Deferred income taxes 26,136 25,748
Postemployment benefit obligation 34,113 34,011
Other noncurrent liabilities       12,466         12,694  
Total deferred credits and other noncurrent liabilities       72,715         72,453  
Stockholders' Equity
Common stock 6,495 6,495
Additional paid-in capital 91,032 91,156
Retained earnings 26,446 25,453
Treasury stock (22,460 ) (20,750 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 3,386 3,180
Noncontrolling interest       288         263  
Total stockholders' equity       105,187         105,797  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     $ 269,356       $ 270,344  
 
Financial Data      
 
AT&T Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Dollars in millions
Unaudited Three Months Ended
      3/31/12   3/31/11
 
Operating Activities
Net income $ 3,652 $ 3,468

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 4,560 4,584
Undistributed earnings from investments in equity affiliates (223 ) (233 )
Provision for uncollectible accounts 328 292

Deferred income tax expense and noncurrent unrecognized tax benefits

337 731
Net gain from impairment and sale of investments (9 ) (41 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 111 72
Other current assets 1,082 708
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (1,573 ) (1,309 )
Other - net       (469 )     (540 )
Total adjustments       4,144       4,264  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities       7,796       7,732  
 
Investing Activities
Construction and capital expenditures:
Capital expenditures (4,261 ) (4,133 )
Interest during construction (65 ) (35 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (433 ) (54 )
Dispositions 16 11
Sales of securities, net of investment 5 127
Other       1       9  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities       (4,737 )     (4,075 )
 
Financing Activities

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

- (36 )
Issuance of long-term debt 2,986 -
Repayment of long-term debt (2,204 ) (1,264 )
Purchase of treasury stock (2,066 ) -
Issuance of treasury stock 218 18
Dividends paid (2,606 ) (2,540 )
Other       (130 )     119  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities       (3,802 )     (3,703 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (743 ) (46 )
Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year       3,185       1,437  
Cash and Cash Equivalents End of Period     $ 2,442     $ 1,391  
   
Financial Data      
 
AT&T Inc.  
Supplementary Operating and Financial Data
Dollars in millions except per share amounts  
Unaudited Three Months Ended  
        3/31/2012   3/31/2011  

% Chg

 
 
Wireless
Volumes (000)        
Total     103,940       97,519   6.6 %
Postpaid 69,403 68,062 2.0 %
Prepaid 7,368 6,613 11.4 %
Reseller 13,869 12,241 13.3 %
Connected Devices 13,300 10,603 25.4 %
 
Wireless Net Adds (000)        
Total     726       1,984   -63.4 %
Postpaid 187 62 -
Prepaid 125 85 47.1 %
Reseller 184 561 -67.2 %
Connected Devices 230 1,276 -82.0 %
M&A Activity, Partitioned Customers and Other Adjs. (33 ) (1 ) -
 
Wireless Churn
Postpaid Churn 1.10 % 1.18 % -8 BP
Total Churn 1.47 % 1.36 % 11 BP
 
Other
Branded Computing Subscribers1 5,776 3,434 68.2 %
Licensed POPs (000,000) 313 313 0.0 %
 
Wireline
Voice        
Total Wireline Voice Connections     37,878       42,457   -10.8 %
Net Change (1,134 ) (1,106 ) -2.5 %
 
Broadband        
Total Wireline Broadband Connections2     16,530       16,486   0.3 %
Net Change2 103 177 -41.8 %
 
Video        
U-verse 3,991 3,205 24.5 %
  Satellite     1,732       1,886   -8.2 %
Total Video Connections     5,723       5,091   12.4 %
Net Change 167 174 -4.0 %
 
Consumer Revenue Connections        
Broadband3 14,595 14,515 0.6 %
Video Connections4 5,706 5,085 12.2 %
Voice5     20,537       23,479   -12.5 %
Total Consumer Revenue Connections     40,838       43,079   -5.2 %
Net Change (428 ) (348 ) -23.0 %
 
AT&T Inc.
Construction and capital expenditures
Capital expenditures $ 4,261 $ 4,133 3.1 %
Interest during construction $ 65 $ 35 85.7 %
Dividends Declared per Share $ 0.44 $ 0.43 2.3 %
End of Period Common Shares Outstanding (000,000) 5,875 5,918 -0.7 %
Debt Ratio6 38.4 % 36.6 % 180 BP
Total Employees 252,330 260,690 -3.2 %
                   

1

Branded Computing Subscribers includes tablets, tethering plans, aircards, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and other data-only devices.

2

Prior-year amounts restated to conform to current period reporting methodology.

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

Includes consumer U-verse Voice over Internet Protocol connections of 2,442 as of March 31, 2012.

6

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

Note: For the end of 1Q12, total switched access lines were 35,436, retail business switched access lines totaled 15,256 and wholesale and coin switched access lines totaled 2,085.

 
Financial Data
           
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Wireless Reconciliation
Wireless Segment EBITDA
Dollars in millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended
3/31/11   6/30/11   9/30/11   12/31/11   3/31/12
 
Segment Operating Revenues
Service $ 13,961 $ 14,157 $ 14,261 $ 14,347 $ 14,566
Equipment       1,349       1,446       1,345       2,349       1,570  
Total Segment Operating Revenues       15,310       15,603       15,606       16,696       16,136  
 
Segment Operating Expenses
Operations and support 9,861 9,786 9,376 12,598 10,083
Depreciation and amortization       1,506       1,615       1,620       1,588       1,666  
Total Segment Operating Expenses       11,367       11,401       10,996       14,186       11,749  
 
Segment Operating Income       3,943       4,202       4,610       2,510       4,387  
Segment Operating Income Margin 25.8 % 26.9 % 29.5 % 15.0 % 27.2 %
 
Plus: Depreciation and amortization       1,506       1,615       1,620       1,588       1,666  
EBITDA       5,449       5,817       6,230       4,098       6,053  
EBITDA as a % of Service Revenue 39.0 % 41.1 % 43.7 % 28.6 % 41.6 %
 

EBITDA is defined as Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization. Annual Service EBITDA Margin is calculated as the sum of quarterly EBITDA divided by the sum of quarterly Service Revenues.

 
         
Financial Data    
 
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation        
Free Cash Flow
Dollars in Millions
Unaudited
Three Months Ended
    3/31/11   3/31/12
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 7,732 $ 7,796
 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures (4,168 ) (4,326 )
         
Free Cash Flow   $ 3,564     $ 3,470  
 

Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus construction and 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
    3/31/11   3/31/12
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 7,732 $ 7,796
 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures (4,168 ) (4,326 )
         
Free Cash Flow     3,564       3,470  
 
Less: Dividends paid (2,540 ) (2,606 )
         
Free Cash Flow After Dividends   $ 1,024     $ 864  
           
Financial Data    
 
AT&T Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation          
Net-Debt-to-EBITDA Ratio
Dollars in millions
Unaudited

 

Three Months Ended

    3/31/12   2012 YTD  
 
Operating Revenues $ 31,822

$ 31,822

Operating Expenses 25,721 25,721
Total Operating Income 6,101 6,101
Add Back Depreciation and Amortization 4,560 4,560
Total Consolidated EBITDA 10,661 10,661
Annualized Consolidated EBITDA* 42,644
End-of-period current debt 6,775
End-of-period long-term debt 58,934
Total End-of-Period Debt 65,709
(Premiums) Discounts on long-term debt (42 )
Normalized Debt Balance 65,667
Less Cash and Cash Equivalents 2,442
Normalized Net Debt Balance 63,225
           
Net-Debt-to-EBITDA Ratio 1.48
 

*EBITDA is annualized by dividing YTD EBITDA by YTD number of quarters and multiplying by four.

 

Note: 4Q12 EBITDA will exclude the impact of benefit plan actuarial gains/losses in order to better represent AT&T's operational performance.

 

EBITDA DISCUSSION

For AT&T, EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA service margin is calculated as EBITDA divided by service revenues. EBITDA differs from Segment Operating Income (Loss), as calculated in accordance with GAAP, in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. EBITDA 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. EBITDA 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 EBITDA, 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 EBITDA include the key revenue and expense drivers for which AT&T Mobility’s operating managers are responsible and upon which we evaluate their performance.

EBITDA 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. EBITDA excludes other income (expense) – net, net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 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. EBITDA excludes interest expense and the provision for income taxes. Excluding these items eliminates the expenses associated with its capitalization and tax structures. Finally, EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization, in order to eliminate the impact of capital investments.

We believe EBITDA as a percentage of service revenues to be a more relevant measure of AT&T Mobility’s operating margin than EBITDA 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 service revenues as well.

There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA and EBITDA service 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 EBITDA 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. EBITDA and EBITDA service 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 construction and capital expenditures. Free cash flow after dividends is defined as cash from operations minus construction, capital expenditures and dividends. Free cash flow yield is defined as cash from continuing operations less construction and 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.

Contacts

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

Release Summary

AT&T’s first quarter 2012 earnings are highlighted by record smartphone sales and wireless margins expansion. Read AT&T’s 1Q12 earnings and more investor relations information.

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