Verizon reports increased 5G adoption and record 2Q performance
2Q 2021 highlights
NEW YORK, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) reported second-quarter earnings today highlighted by an increase in 5G phone adoption, customer and sequential wireless service revenue growth, and superior network reliability. Based on its strong results, Verizon revised its revenue and adjusted EPS guidance* upward for the full year.
"We are executing on our multipurpose network strategy and producing positive results in each of our five growth vectors, recording strong second quarter results. With more connections on our network than anyone else, our already excellent network performance improved in the quarter and was recognized by RootMetrics as the best overall network performance for the 16th time in a row. We are also expanding our 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Home markets," said Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg. "We are excited about our momentum leading into the second half of the year. We are on track to close both the Tracfone and Verizon Media transactions, and will continue to bring value and choice to our customers."
For second-quarter 2021, Verizon reported EPS of $1.40, compared with $1.13 in second-quarter 2020. On an adjusted basis*, second-quarter 2021 EPS, excluding special items, was $1.37, compared with adjusted EPS of $1.18 in second-quarter 2020.
Second-quarter 2021 EPS included a net pre-tax gain from special items of $182 million, consisting of a pre-tax gain of approximately $1.3 billion related to a pension remeasurement credit, and a pre-tax loss of $1.1 billion from early debt redemption costs.
In second-quarter 2021, Verizon announced an agreement to sell Verizon Media to Apollo funds, with an expected close date in second-half 2021. After the announcement, certain assets of the Verizon Media business were classified as an "Asset Held for Sale." As a result, Verizon no longer depreciated or amortized these assets, which resulted in a partial quarter benefit of 3 cents per share in the second quarter. This benefit will continue until the deal closes.
“Second quarter results were exceptional, both financially and operationally,” said Verizon Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis. “Our strong first half performance and the momentum in our business gives us the confidence to raise our total wireless service revenue growth guidance to between 3.5 percent and 4 percent, an update from prior guidance for 2021 total wireless service revenue growth of at least 3 percent. We are also raising our adjusted EPS guidance* to the range of $5.25 to $5.35, an update from prior guidance for 2021 adjusted EPS* of $5.00 to $5.15."
Outlook and guidance
Verizon is updating financial guidance for full-year 2021.
Additionally, Verizon continues to expect the following results for full-year 2021:
*Non-GAAP financial measure. See the accompanying schedules and www.verizon.com/about/investors for reconciliations to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for non-GAAP financial measures cited in this document.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.
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