WOW! Reports First Quarter 2021 Results
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- WideOpenWest, Inc. ("WOW!" or the "Company") (NYSE: WOW), one of the nation's leading broadband providers, with an efficient, high-performing network that passes more than three million residential, business and wholesale consumers, today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.
First Quarter 2021 Highlights (1)
"Our first quarter results included our 6th consecutive quarter of record HSD revenue up 12% from the same period last year to $152.7 million," said Teresa Elder, WOW!'s CEO. "I'm especially proud of how WOW!'s employees continue to put our customers and communities first in developing and supporting programs that ensure affordable broadband access."
"Our HSD revenue increased both, year-over-year and sequentially, driving our Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins higher as we continue to successfully execute our broadband-first strategy," said John Rego, WOW!'s CFO. "Our leverage ratio, another key metric that we are very focused on, also improved significantly, ending the quarter at 5.0x, reflecting the continued growth of Adjusted EBITDA."
Total Subscription Revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, was $267.8 million, up $3.2 million, or 1%, as compared to the corresponding period in 2020. The increase was driven by an increase in average revenue per unit ("ARPU") as HSD customers upgrade to higher speed offerings coupled with an increase in volume attributable exclusively to the addition of HSD Subscribers. These increases were partially offset by a shift in service offering mix, as the Company continues to experience a reduction in Video and Telephony RGUs.
Other Business Services Revenue totaled $6.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, down $0.3 million as compared to the corresponding period in 2020. The decrease is primarily due to a decrease in data center revenue.
Other Revenue totaled $12.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, down $1.1 million as compared to the corresponding period in 2020, primarily due to a decrease in line assurance revenue.
Costs and Expenses
Net Income and Earnings Per Share
The 2019 Edge-Out projects include 8,500 Subscribers, which represents 17.3% penetration on such nodes. The 2020 Edge-Out projects include 1,100 Subscribers, which represents 17.7% penetration on such nodes.
Liquidity and Leverage
Second Quarter and Full Year Guidance
A replay of the call will be available on May 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. ET, on the investor relations website or by telephone. To access the telephone replay, which will be available until June 2, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET, please dial (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 and use conference ID 2995846.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We believe that these non-GAAP measures enhance an investor's understanding of our financial performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful financial metrics to assess our operating performance from period to period by excluding certain items that we believe are not representative of our core business. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with useful information for assessing the comparability between periods of our ability to generate cash from operations sufficient to pay taxes, to service debt and to undertake Capital Expenditures. We use these non-GAAP measures for business planning purposes and in measuring our performance relative to that of our competitors. We believe these non-GAAP measures are measures commonly used by investors to evaluate our performance and that of our competitors.
Adjusted EBITDA eliminates the impact of expenses that do not relate to overall business performance and is defined by WOW! as net income (loss) before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (including impairments), impairment losses on intangibles and goodwill, management fees to related party, write-off of any asset, loss on early extinguishment of debt, integration and restructuring expenses and all non–cash charges and expenses (including stock compensation expense) and certain other income and expenses. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance, operating cash flows or liquidity.
Free Cash Flow is defined as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities less Capital Expenditures. Free Cash Flow presents the cash generated or used by the business in a given period.
Refer to "Reconciliations of GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures" and the accompanying tables below for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income, and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow which are most directly comparable to their corresponding GAAP financial measure.
Homes passed are reported as the number of serviceable addresses, such as single residence homes, apartments and condominium units, and businesses passed by our broadband network and listed in our database.
We deliver multiple services to our customers, as such we report Total Subscribers as the number of Subscribers who receive at least one of our HSD, Video or Telephony services, without regard to which or how many services they subscribe. We define each of the individual HSD Subscribers, Video Subscribers and Telephony Subscribers as a Revenue Generating Unit ("RGU").
While we take appropriate steps to ensure subscriber information is presented on a consistent and accurate basis at any given balance sheet date, we periodically review our policies in light of the variability we may encounter across our different markets due to the nature and pricing of products and services and billing systems. Accordingly, we may from time to time make appropriate adjustments to our subscriber information based on such reviews.
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