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Windstream reports first-quarter results
[May 03, 2018]

Windstream reports first-quarter results


Grew Adjusted OIBDAR year-over-year
Recorded positive broadband customer growth in March for first time in 5 years
Continued to drive growth of enterprise strategic services

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Windstream Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, today reported first-quarter results.

“Our first quarter results show strong traction in our ongoing transformation of the company as evidenced by year-over-year growth in Adjusted OIBDAR,” said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer. “Customer demand for strategic services, including Unified Communications as a Service and SD-WAN, continued to grow and represented almost 40 percent of total enterprise sales during the quarter. Our recent network investments also have driven meaningful improvements in our broadband subscriber trends with March representing our best performance in more than five years.

“Total cash costs improved by more than 6 percent year-over-year, driven in part by our IT integration work, as well as our continued focus on reducing network interconnection expenses and driving improvements in our overall organizational effectiveness,” Thomas said.

Results under GAAP

Total revenues and sales were $1.45 billion, an increase of 6 percent from the same period a year ago, and total service revenues were $1.44 billion, an increase of 7 percent year-over-year. Operating income was $69 million compared to $44 million in the same period a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $121 million, or a loss of 65 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $111 million, or a loss of 89 cents per share, a year ago.

ILEC consumer and small business service revenues were $471 million, a decrease of 5 percent from the same period a year ago, and segment income was $282 million compared to $289 million year-over-year.

Enterprise service revenues were $733 million, a 13 percent increase from the same period a year ago, and segment income was $146 million compared to $124 million year-over-year.

Wholesale service revenues were $184 million, a 3 percent increase from the same period a year ago, and segment income was $128 million compared to $127 million year-over-year.

CLEC consumer service revenues were $48 million, an increase of 131 percent from the same period a year ago, and segment income was $27 million compared to $11 million year-over-year.

Adjusted Results of Operations

Adjusted total revenues and sales were $1.45 billion compared to $1.52 billion in the same period a year ago. Adjusted total service revenues were $1.44 billion compared to $1.49 billion year-over-year.

Adjusted OIBDAR was $500 million compared to $499 million in the same period a year ago.

Adjusted capital expenditures were $208 million compared to $231 million in the same period a year ago.

ILEC consumer and small business service revenues were $471 million, a 5 percent decrease from the same period a year ago, and contribution margin was $282 million compared to $289 million a year ago.

Enterprise service revenues were $733 million, a 2 percent decrease from the same period a year ago, and contribution margin was $146 million compared to $140 million a year ago.

Wholesale service revenues were $184 million, a decrease of 8 percent from the same period a year ago, and contribution margin was $128 million compared to $138 million a year ago.

CLEC consumer service revenues were $48 million, a 7 percent decrease from the same period a year ago, and contribution margin was $27 million compared to $29 million a year ago.

Note: Adjusted results of operations are based on the combined historical financial information of Windstream and EarthLink and assume the merger was completed on Jan. 1, 2017. Operating results for Broadview are included beginning on July 28, 2017, the date of acquisition. A reconciliation of adjusted results to the comparable GAAP measures is included in the financial information presented below. Additional supplemental quarterly financial information is available on the company’s Web site at www.windstream.com/investors.

Financial Outlook for 2018

The company’s 2018 full-year guidance remains unchanged. The company expects service revenue trends to be slightly improved versus 2017 trends. The company expects adjusted OIBDAR to be in the range of $1.95 billion to $2.01 billion. Adjusted capital expenditures are expected to be between $750 million and $800 million.

The company expects to generate adjusted free cash flow of approximately $165 million. The outlook assumes cash interest on long-term debt of approximately $385 million.

About Windstream

Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at windstream.com or windstreamenterprise.com. Please visit our newsroom at news.windstream.com or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream or @WindstreamBiz.

Adjusted OIBDA is operating income before depreciation and amortization, excluding pension expense, share-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, merger, integration and certain other costs.

Adjusted OIBDAR is Adjusted OIBDA before the annual cash rent payment due under the master lease agreement with Uniti Group, Inc.

Adjusted free cash flow is defined as Adjusted OIBDA, less adjusted capital expenditures, cash taxes and cash interest on long-term debt.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Windstream Holdings, Inc. claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “forecast” and other words and terms of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future events and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, 2018 guidance for service revenue, adjusted OIBDAR, adjusted capital expenditures and adjusted free cash flow, along with statements regarding cash taxes and future growth of adjusted OIBDAR and free cash flow; 2018 directional outlook for business units and overall business trends, including revenue and contribution margin trends and sales opportunities; improvement in our ability to compete, including expanding utilization of next generation technology in our products and services, increasing availability of faster broadband speeds to more households within our service areas along with subscriber trends, and expected continued sales growth of strategic products for business customers, statements regarding our 2018 priorities and progress; the benefits of the mergers with EarthLink Holdings Corp. and Broadview Network Holdings, Inc., including projected synergies and the timing of the synergies; our ability to improve our debt profile and balance sheet and overall reduction in net leverage; expectations regarding expense management activities and the timing and benefit of such activities; and any other statements regarding plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts.

These statements, along with other forward-looking statements regarding Windstream’s overall business outlook, are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions that Windstream believes are reasonable but are not guarantees of future events, performance or results. Actual future events and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. 

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in our forward-looking statements include, among others:

  • the cost savings and expected synergies from the mergers with EarthLink and Broadview may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
     
  • the integration of Windstream and EarthLink and Broadview may not be successful, may cause disruption in relationships with customers, vendors and suppliers and may divert attention of management and key personnel;
     
  • the impact of the Federal Communications Commission’s comprehensive business data services reforms or additional FCC reforms or actions that may result in greater capital investments and customer and revenue churn because of possible price increases by our ILEC suppliers for certain services we use to serve customer locations where we do not have facilities;
     
  • the potential for incumbent carriers to impose monetary penalties for failure to meet specific volume and term commitments under their special access pricing and tariff plans, which Windstream uses to lease last-mile connections to serve its retail business data service customers, without FCC action;
     
  • the impact of new, emerging or competing technologies and our ability to utilize these technologies to provide services to our customers;
     
  • the alleged ability of one or more purported noteholders to establish that transactions related to the spin-off of certain assets in 2015 into a publicly-traded real estate investment trust allegedly violated certain covenants in existing indentures governing certain outstanding senior notes;
     
  • the benefits of our current capital allocation strategy, which may be changed at anytime at the discretion of our board of directors, and certain cost reduction activities may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected, or the implementation of these initiatives may adversely affect our sales and operational activities or otherwise disrupt our business and personnel;
     
  • the availability and cost of financing in the corporate debt markets;
     
  • unanticipated increases or other changes in our future cash requirements, whether caused by unanticipated increases in capital expenditures, increases in pension funding requirements, or otherwise;
     
  • for certain operations where we lease facilities from other carriers, adverse effects on the availability, quality of service, price of facilities and services provided by other carriers on which our services depend;
     
  • our election to accept state-wide offers under the FCC’s Connect America Fund, Phase II, and the impact of such election on our future receipt of federal universal service funds and capital expenditures, and any return of support received pursuant to the program;
     
  • our ability to make rent payments under the master lease to Uniti, which may be affected by results of operations, changes in our cash requirements, cash tax payment obligations, or overall financial position
     
  • further adverse changes in economic conditions in the markets served by us;
     
  • the extent, timing and overall effects of competition in the communications business;
     
  • unfavorable rulings by state public service commissions in current and further proceedings regarding universal service funds, inter-carrier compensation or other matters that could reduce revenues or increase expenses;
     
  • material changes in the communications industry that could adversely affect vendor relationships with equipment and network suppliers and customer relationships with wholesale and enterprise customers;
     
  • the impact of recent adverse changes in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations and the potential for additional adverse changes in the future;
     
  • earnings on pension plan investments significantly below our expected long-term rate of return for plan assets or a significant change in the discount rate or other actuarial assumptions;
     
  • unfavorable results of litigation or intellectual property infringement claims asserted against us;
     
  • the risks associated with non-compliance by us with regulations or statutes applicable to government programs under which we receive material amounts of end-user revenue and government subsidies, or non-compliance by us, our partners, or our subcontractors with any terms of our government contracts;
     
  • the effects of federal and state legislation, and rules and regulations, and changes thereto, including changes implemented by administrative agencies, governing the communications industry;
     
  • continued loss of consumer households served and consumer high-speed Internet customers;
     
  • the impact of equipment failure, natural disasters or terrorist acts;
     
  • the effects of work stoppages by our employees or employees of other communications companies on whom we rely for service; and
     
  • those additional factors under “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of Windstream’s Annual Report and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially because of more general factors including, among others, general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes.

Windstream undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing review of factors that could cause Windstream’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect Windstream’s future results included in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Media Contact:                                                      Investor Contact:
David Avery, 501-748-5876                                   Chris King, 704-319-1025
david.avery@windstream.com                               christopher.c.king@windstream.com

        
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.       
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS       
(In millions, except per share amounts)THREE MONTHS ENDED
  March 31, March 31, Increase (Decrease)
   2018   2017  Amount %
UNDER GAAP:       
Revenues and sales:       
 Service revenues$  1,435.4  $  1,344.4  $  91.0   7 
 Product sales  18.9    21.3    (2.4)  (11)
 Total revenues and sales  1,454.3    1,365.7    88.6   6 
Costs and expenses:       
 Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization included below)  736.9    683.8    53.1   8 
 Cost of products sold  16.8    20.8    (4.0)  (19)
 Selling, general and administrative  228.8    213.8    15.0   7 
 Depreciation and amortization  381.8    338.5    43.3   13 
 Merger, integration and other costs  7.3    57.3    (50.0)  (87)
 Restructuring charges  13.7    7.4    6.3   85 
 Total costs and expenses  1,385.3    1,321.6    63.7   5 
Operating income  69.0    44.1    24.9   56 
Other income (expense), net  (2.3)   2.6    (4.9)  (188)
Net loss on early extinguishment of debt  —    (3.2)   3.2   (100)
Interest expense (A)  (223.1)   (211.8)   11.3   5 
Loss before income taxes  (156.4)   (168.3)   (11.9)  7 
Income tax benefit  (35.0)   (57.0)   (22.0)  (39)
Net loss$  (121.4) $  (111.3) $  10.1   (9)
         
Weighted average common shares  187.0    126.1    60.9   48 
Common shares outstanding  204.6    190.4    14.2   7 
         
Basic and diluted loss per share:       
Net loss ($.65)  ($.89)  ($.24)  27 
         
ADJUSTED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (B):       
Adjusted service revenues$  1,435.4  $  1,493.7  $  (58.3)  (4)
Adjusted revenues and sales$  1,454.3  $  1,515.2  $  (60.9)  (4)
Adjusted OIBDAR (C)$  499.7  $  498.6  $  1.1   — 
Adjusted OIBDA (D)$  336.3  $  335.2  $  1.1   — 
Adjusted capital expenditures (E)$  207.7  $  230.5  $  (22.8)  (10)
         
* Not meaningful       
(A)Includes interest expense associated with the master lease agreement with Uniti of $118.5 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2018, as compared to $122.8 for the three month period ended March 31, 2017.
(B)Adjusted results of operations are based upon the combined historical financial information of Windstream and EarthLink for all periods presented.  See Notes to Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
(C)Adjusted OIBDAR is adjusted OIBDA before the annual cash rent payment due under the master lease agreement with Uniti.
(D)Adjusted OIBDA is operating income before depreciation and amortization, excluding pension expense, share-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, merger, integration and certain other costs.
(E)Adjusted capital expenditures includes applicable amounts for EarthLink for the periods prior to the merger date of February 27, 2017 and excludes post-merger integration capital expenditures for Broadview and EarthLink and amounts related to Project Excel, a capital program completed in 2017 funded entirely using a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the data center business completed in December 2015.
  


          
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.         
UNAUDITED BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS UNDER GAAP         
(In millions)  THREE MONTHS ENDED
    March 31, March 31, Increase (Decrease)
     2018   2017  Amount %
Consumer & Small Business         
 Revenues and sales:         
 Service revenues  $  471.0  $  495.7  $  (24.7)  (5)
 Product sales    5.5    8.7    (3.2)  (37)
 Total revenues and sales    476.5    504.4    (27.9)  (6)
 Costs and expenses    194.6    215.4    (20.8)  (10)
 Segment income  $  281.9  $  289.0  $  (7.1)  (2)
           
Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale         
Enterprise         
 Revenues and sales:         
 Service revenues  $  732.9  $  649.2  $  83.7   13 
 Product sales    13.2    12.6    0.6   5 
 Total revenues and sales    746.1    661.8    84.3   13 
 Costs and expenses    600.3    537.8    62.5   12 
 Segment income  $  145.8  $  124.0  $  21.8   18 
           
Wholesale         
 Revenue and sales:         
 Service revenues  $  183.7  $  178.8  $  4.9   3 
 Product sales    0.1    —    0.1  * 
 Total revenues and sales    183.8    178.8    5.0   3 
 Costs and expenses    55.5    51.7    3.8   7 
 Segment income  $  128.3  $  127.1  $  1.2   1 
           
Consumer CLEC         
 Revenues and sales:         
 Service revenues  $  47.8  $  20.7  $  27.1   131 
 Product sales    0.1    —    0.1  * 
 Total revenues and sales    47.9    20.7    27.2   131 
 Costs and expenses    20.6    10.0    10.6   106 
 Segment income  $  27.3  $  10.7  $  16.6   155 
           
Total segment revenues and sales:         
Service revenues  $  1,435.4  $  1,344.4  $  91.0   7 
Product sales    18.9    21.3    (2.4)  (11)
Total segment revenues and sales    1,454.3    1,365.7    88.6   6 
Total segment costs and expenses    871.0    814.9    56.1   7 
Total segment income    583.3    550.8    32.5   6 
 Other unassigned operating expenses (A)    (111.5)   (103.5)   (8.0)  8 
 Merger, integration and other costs    (7.3)   (57.3)   50.0   (87)
 Restructuring charges    (13.7)   (7.4)   (6.3)  85 
 Depreciation and amortization    (381.8)   (338.5)   (43.3)  13 
Operating income  $  69.0  $  44.1  $  24.9   56 
           
(A)These expenses are not allocated to the business segments. Unallocated expenses include stock-based compensation, pension expense, and shared services, such as accounting and finance, information technology, network management, legal, human resources, and investor relations. These expenses are centrally managed and are not monitored by management at a segment level.
  


    
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.   
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)   
    
 March 31, December 31,
  2018   2017 
Assets   
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$  60.5  $  43.4 
Accounts receivable, net  594.8    643.0 
Inventories  90.3    93.0 
Prepaid expenses and other  197.9    153.1 
Total current assets  943.5    932.5 
    
Goodwill  2,868.0    2,842.4 
Other intangibles, net  1,405.9    1,454.4 
Net property, plant and equipment  5,263.6    5,391.8 
Deferred income taxes  389.8    370.8 
Other assets  110.5    92.4 
Total Assets$  10,981.3  $  11,084.3 
    
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit   
Current Liabilities:   
Current maturities of long-term debt$  17.9  $  169.3 
Current portion of long-term lease obligations  194.3    188.6 
Accounts payable  444.1    494.0 
Advance payments and customer deposits  199.9    207.3 
Accrued taxes  75.7    89.5 
Accrued interest  87.1    52.6 
Other current liabilities  269.0    342.1 
Total current liabilities  1,288.0    1,543.4 
    
Long-term debt  5,929.3    5,674.6 
Long-term lease obligations  4,592.8    4,643.3 
Other liabilities  508.4    521.9 
Total liabilities  12,318.5    12,383.2 
    
Shareholders’ Deficit:   
Common stock  —    — 
Additional paid-in capital  1,228.9    1,191.9 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  33.9    21.4 
Accumulated deficit  (2,600.0)   (2,512.2)
Total shareholders’ deficit  (1,337.2)   (1,298.9)
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit$  10,981.3  $  11,084.3 
        


      
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.     
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(In millions)     
  THREE MONTHS ENDED 
  March 31, March 31, 
   2018   2017  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:     
Net loss $  (121.4) $  (111.3) 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided from operations:     
Depreciation and amortization   381.8    338.5  
Provision for doubtful accounts   5.6    9.6  
Share-based compensation expense   9.9    16.8  
Deferred income taxes   (34.7)   (55.2) 
Net loss on early extinguishment of debt   —    3.2  
Other, net   10.8    2.2  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net:     
Accounts receivable   43.7    33.8  
Prepaid income taxes   (3.0)   (5.6) 
Prepaid expenses and other   (15.5)   (30.5) 
Accounts payable   (36.3)   (61.5) 
Accrued interest   34.7    29.9  
Accrued taxes   (16.7)   (2.3) 
Other current liabilities   (25.5)   (5.3) 
Other liabilities   (1.7)   2.4  
Other, net   7.6    (11.0) 
Net cash provided from operating activities   239.3    153.7  
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:     
Additions to property, plant and equipment   (217.6)   (243.4) 
Cash acquired from EarthLink   —    5.0  
Acquisition of MASS   (37.6)   —  
Other, net   0.4    (2.5) 
Net cash used in investing activities   (254.8)   (240.9) 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:     
Dividends paid to shareholders   —    (23.7) 
Proceeds from issuance of stock   —    9.6  
Repayments of debt and swaps   (217.1)   (1,154.6) 
Proceeds from debt issuance   313.0    1,315.6  
Debt issuance costs   (2.8)   (7.0) 
Payments under long-term lease obligations   (44.9)   (40.6) 
Payments under capital lease obligations   (13.1)   (8.7) 
Other, net   (2.5)   (11.0) 
Net cash provided from financing activities   32.6    79.6  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   17.1    (7.6) 
Cash and Cash Equivalents:     
Beginning of period   43.4    59.1  
End of period $  60.5  $  51.5  
      


 
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL ADJUSTED OPERATING INFORMATION
(In thousands)
   THREE MONTHS ENDED 
   March 31, March 31, Increase (Decrease) 
   2018 2017 Amount % 
Consumer - ILEC customers         
 Households served  1,257.3  1,337.5  (80.2)  (6) 
 High-speed Internet customers  1,004.4  1,047.6  (43.2)  (4) 
 Digital television customers  267.1  310.0  (42.9)  (14) 
           
 Net household losses  11.5  17.1  (5.6)  (33) 
 Net high-speed Internet customer losses  2.2  3.5  (1.3)  (37) 
           
Small Business - ILEC customers  125.0  136.8  (11.8)  (9) 
           
Enterprise customers  120.7  120.8  (0.1)  —  
           
Consumer CLEC customers  641.0  683.1  (42.1)  (6) 
           
           
           
          
Note:Customer metrics include acquired EarthLink customers for all periods presented. Broadview customers are included as of the acquisition date of July 28, 2017.
  


WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.   
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES - ADJUSTED CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND ADJUSTED FREE CASH FLOW
(In millions) 
 
 THREE MONTHS ENDED
  March 31,   March 31, 
  2018   2017 
Adjusted Capital Expenditures:   
Capital expenditures under GAAP$  217.6  $  243.4 
EarthLink capital expenditures pre-merger  —    15.2 
Project Excel capital expenditures  —    (23.6)
Integration capital expenditures  (9.9)   (4.5)
Adjusted capital expenditures (A)$  207.7  $  230.5 
    
    
 THREE
MONTHS
ENDED
  
 March 31,  
  2018   
Adjusted Free Cash Flow:   
Operating income under GAAP$  69.0   
Depreciation and amortization  381.8   
OIBDA  450.8   
Adjustments:   
Merger, integration and other charges  7.3   
Restructuring charges  13.7   
Other costs (B)  17.1   
Pension expense  0.9   
Share-based compensation expense  9.9   
Master lease rent payment  (163.4)  
Adjusted OIBDA  336.3   
Adjusted capital expenditures (per above)  (207.7)  
Cash paid for interest on long-term debt obligations  (66.3)  
Cash refunded for income taxes  3.2   
Adjusted free cash flow$  65.5   
    
 
(A) Adjusted capital expenditures includes applicable amounts for EarthLink for periods prior to the merger date of February 27, 2017 and excludes post-merger integration capital expenditures for Broadview and EarthLink and amounts related to Project Excel, a capital program funded entirely using a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the data center business completed in December 2015.
(B) Other costs primarily include business transformation expenses of $11.1 million consisting of consulting fees of $8.7 million and $2.4 million of incremental marketing and rebranding costs. These costs also include $5.4 million of incremental network optimization costs incurred in migrating traffic to existing lower costs circuits and terminating contracts prior to their expiration.
 


     
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.    
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES    
(In millions)    
   
  THREE MONTHS ENDED
   March 31,   March 31, 
   2018   2017 
Reconciliation of Revenues and Sales under GAAP to Adjusted
  Revenues and Sales:
    
Service revenues under GAAP $  1,435.4  $  1,344.4 
Adjustments:    
EarthLink service revenues(A)  —    149.3 
Adjusted service revenues   1,435.4    1,493.7 
Product sales under GAAP   18.9    21.3 
Adjustments:    
EarthLink product sales(A)  —    0.2 
Adjusted product sales   18.9    21.5 
Adjusted revenues and sales $  1,454.3  $  1,515.2 
     
Reconciliation of Net Loss under GAAP to Adjusted OIBDA:    
Net loss $  (121.4) $  (111.3)
Adjustments:    
Other expense (income), net(B)  2.3    (2.6)
Net loss on early extinguishment of debt(B)  —    3.2 
Interest expense(B)  223.1    211.8 
Income tax benefit(B)  (35.0)   (57.0)
Operating income under GAAP(B)  69.0    44.1 
Depreciation and amortization(B)  381.8    338.5 
Adjustments:    
EarthLink operating income(C)  —    30.8 
Merger, integration and other costs(B)  7.3    57.3 
Restructuring charges(B)  13.7    7.4 
Other costs(E)  17.1    6.0 
Pension expense(B)  0.9    2.1 
Share-based compensation expense(F)  9.9    12.4 
Adjusted OIBDAR   499.7    498.6 
Master lease rent payment(D)  (163.4)   (163.4)
Adjusted OIBDA $  336.3  $  335.2 
     
     
See Notes to Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 


WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.     
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES 
(In millions) THREE MONTHS ENDED 
   March 31,   March 31,  
   2018   2017  
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided from Operating Activities to Adjusted OIBDA:     
Net Cash Provided From Operating Activities $  239.3  $  153.7  
Adjustments:     
Master lease rent payment(D)  (163.4)   (163.4) 
EarthLink operating income(C)  —    30.8  
Merger, integration and other costs(E)  7.3    57.3  
Restructuring charges(B)  13.7    7.4  
Other costs(B)  17.1    6.0  
Other expense (income), net(B)  2.3    (2.6) 
Interest expense(B)  223.1    211.8  
Income tax benefit, net of deferred income taxes   (0.3)   (1.8) 
Provision for doubtful accounts(G)  (5.6)   (9.6) 
Other noncash adjustments, net(H)  (9.5)   (4.5) 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net(G)  12.3    50.1  
Adjusted OIBDA $  336.3  $  335.2  
      
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided from Operating Activities to Adjusted Free Cash Flow:     
Net Cash Provided From Operating Activities $  239.3    
Adjustments:     
Cash paid for interest on long-term debt obligations   (66.3)   
Cash paid for income taxes   3.2    
Capital expenditures   (217.6)   
Post-merger integration capital expenditures   9.9    
Master lease rent payment(D)  (163.4)   
Merger, integration and other costs(B)  7.3    
Restructuring charges(B)  13.7    
Other costs(E)  17.1    
Other expense (income), net(B)  2.3    
Interest expense(B)  223.1    
Income tax benefit, net of deferred income taxes   (0.3)   
Provision for doubtful accounts(G)  (5.6)   
Other noncash adjustments, net(H)  (9.5)   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net(G)  12.3    
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $  65.5    
      
See Notes to Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures 
      


 
WINDSTREAM HOLDINGS, INC.
NOTES TO RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
 
Windstream Holdings, Inc. ("Windstream", "we", "us", "our") has presented in this package unaudited adjusted results, which includes the results of operations of EarthLink Holdings Corp. ("EarthLink") as if the merger with EarthLink had been completed as of January 1, 2017. The adjusted results are based upon the combined historical financial information of Windstream and EarthLink for all periods presented. Operating results of Broadview Networks Holdings, Inc. ("Broadview") are included beginning on July 28, 2017, the date of acquisition.The adjusted results exclude pension expense, share-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, merger, integration and certain other costs. We have made certain reclassifications to the historical financial information of EarthLink to conform to our presentation. We have presented certain measures of our operating performance, on an adjusted basis, that reflects the impact of the annual cash rent payment due under the master lease agreement with Uniti Group, Inc. ("Uniti").
 
Our purpose for these adjustments is to improve the comparability of results of operations for all periods presented in order to focus on the true earnings capacity of our core business operations and our ability to generate cash flow. We use adjusted results, including adjusted OIBDA, adjusted OIBDAR, adjusted free cash flow and adjusted capital expenditures as key measures of the operational performance of our business. Our management, including the chief operating decision-maker, consistently uses these measures for internal reporting and the evaluation of business objectives, opportunities and performance.
  
(A)Represents EarthLink revenues and sales prior to the merger date of February 27, 2017.
(B)Represents applicable amount as reported under GAAP - See Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(C)Represents EarthLink operating results for periods prior to the merger date of February 27, 2017.  These amounts exclude EarthLink's historical depreciation and amortization, restructuring, merger and integration costs and share-based compensation.
(D)Represents the impact of the annual cash rent payment due under the master lease agreement with Uniti.
(E)Other costs for the three month period ended March 31, 2018, primarily include business transformation expenses of $11.1 million consisting of consulting fees of $8.7 million and $2.4 million of incremental marketing and rebranding costs. These costs also include $5.4 million of incremental network optimization costs incurred in migrating traffic to existing lower costs circuits and terminating contracts prior to their expiration. Comparatively, for the three month period ended March 31, 2017, other costs primarily consist of a penalty attributable to not meeting certain spend commitments under a circuit discount plan of approximately $5.2 million.
(F)Excludes share-based compensation expense included in merger, integration and other costs of $4.4 million during the three month period ended March 31, 2017.
(G)Represents applicable amount reported under GAAP - See Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
(H)Consists of non-cash amortization of debt issuance costs, debt discounts and premiums, accretion expense related to asset retirement obligations, gains on the sale of property, and other non-cash miscellaneous income and expenses.  
 

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