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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter June 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM
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Charter Communicatio Misses

Charter Communicatio (CHTR) reported 2nd Quarter June 2019 earnings of $1.39 per share on revenue of $11.3 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.79 per share on revenue of $11.4 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.84 per share. Revenue grew 4.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Charter Communications Inc is a cable operator providing services in the United States. It offers cable video programming, Internet services, and voice services, as well as video services such as video on demand, HD television and DVR service.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.39
Earnings Whisper
$1.84
Consensus Estimate
$1.79
Reported Revenue
$11.35 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$11.39 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Charter Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

STAMFORD, Conn., July 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (along with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Charter") today reported financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019.

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Key highlights:

  • Second quarter total residential and SMB customer relationships increased 203,000, compared to 196,000 during the second quarter of 2018. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 28.7 million total customer relationships, with growth of over 1.0 million year-over-year.
  • During the second quarter, Charter generated residential and SMB Internet net additions of 258,000, video net losses of 141,000 and wireline voice net losses of 182,000.
  • Charter added 208,000 mobile lines in the second quarter, compared to 176,000 mobile line net additions in the first quarter of 2019. Late in the second quarter, our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program was expanded to all sales channels. As of June 30, 2019, Charter served a total of 518,000 mobile lines.
  • Second quarter revenues of $11.3 billion grew 4.5%, as compared to the prior year period, driven by residential revenue growth of 3.7%, commercial revenue growth of 4.7% and mobile revenue of $158 million.
  • Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA1 of $4.2 billion grew 3.3% year-over-year, while second quarter cable Adjusted EBITDA1 of $4.3 billion grew 5.4% year-over-year.
  • Net income attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $314 million in the second quarter, compared to $273 million during the same period last year. The year-over-year increase in net income attributable to Charter shareholders in the second quarter was primarily driven by higher Adjusted EBITDA.
  • Second quarter capital expenditures totaled $1.6 billion compared to $2.4 billion during the second quarter of 2018. Second quarter capital expenditures included $93 million of mobile-related capital expenditures.
  • Consolidated free cash flow1 for the second quarter of 2019 totaled $1.1 billion, compared to $804 million during the same period last year. Cable free cash flow1 for the second quarter totaled $1.4 billion, compared to $920 million during the same period last year.
  • During the second quarter, Charter purchased approximately 2.7 million shares of Charter Class A common stock and Charter Communications Holdings, LLC ("Charter Holdings") common units for approximately $998 million.

"We are realizing the benefits of consolidating three large cable operators under one centralized operating strategy, with lower customer churn, fewer service transactions per customer and improving customer satisfaction resulting in growth of over 1 million customer relationships year-over-year," said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. "In the second quarter, free cash flow grew nearly 40% year-over-year. Our core business is strong and we are positioned to be the network of choice today and in the future."

1.

Adjusted EBITDA, cable Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and cable free cash flow are non-GAAP measures defined in the "Use of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Information" section and are reconciled to net income attributable to Charter shareholders and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the addendum of this news release.

Key Operating Results


Approximate as of




June 30, 2019 (a)


June 30, 2018 (a)


Y/Y Change

Footprint (b)






Estimated Video Passings

51,258



50,364



1.8

%

Estimated Internet Passings

51,093



50,149



1.9

%

Estimated Voice Passings

50,538



49,532



2.0

%







Penetration Statistics (c)






Video Penetration of Estimated Video Passings

31.8

%


33.1

%


(1.3)

ppts

Internet Penetration of Estimated Internet Passings

50.8

%


49.1

%


1.7

ppts

Voice Penetration of Estimated Voice Passings

21.6

%


22.9

%


(1.3)

ppts







Customer Relationships (d)






Residential

26,755



25,871



3.4

%

Small and Medium Business

1,902



1,750



8.7

%

Total Customer Relationships

28,657



27,621



3.8

%







Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)






Residential

164



141



16.1

%

Small and Medium Business

39



55



(29.1)

%

Total Customer Relationships

203



196



3.4

%







Residential






Primary Service Units ("PSUs")






Video

15,802



16,206



(2.5)

%

Internet

24,244



23,070



5.1

%

Voice

9,808



10,325



(5.0)

%







Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)






Video

(150)



(73)



(106.0)

%

Internet

221



218



1.8

%

Voice

(207)



(45)



(360.2)

%







Single Play (e)

11,354



10,694



6.2

%

Double Play (e)

7,709



6,633



16.2

%

Triple Play (e)

7,692



8,544



(10.0)

%







Single Play Penetration (f)

42.4

%


41.3

%


1.1

ppts

Double Play Penetration (f)

28.8

%


25.6

%


3.2

ppts

Triple Play Penetration (f)

28.8

%


33.0

%


(4.2)

ppts







% Residential Non-Video Customer Relationships

40.9

%


37.4

%


3.5

ppts







Monthly Residential Revenue per Residential Customer (g)

$112.20



$111.88



0.3

%







Small and Medium Business






PSUs






Video

518



476



8.8

%

Internet

1,701



1,552



9.6

%

Voice

1,097



994



10.5

%







Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)






Video

9



16



(48.6)

%

Internet

37



49



(25.8)

%

Voice

25



37



(30.7)

%







Monthly Small and Medium Business Revenue per Customer (h)

$170.42



$176.96



(3.7)

%







Enterprise PSUs (i)






Enterprise PSUs

258



235



9.5

%


Footnotes

In thousands, except per customer and penetration data. See footnotes to unaudited summary of operating statistics on page 5 of the addendum of this news release. The footnotes contain important disclosures regarding the definitions used for these operating statistics.


All percentages are calculated using whole numbers. Minor differences may exist due to rounding.

During the second quarter of 2019, Charter's residential customer relationships grew by 164,000, while second quarter 2018 residential customer relationships grew by 141,000. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 26.8 million residential customer relationships, with year-over-year growth of 3.4%.

Charter added 221,000 residential Internet customers in the second quarter of 2019, versus second quarter 2018 residential Internet customer net additions of 218,000. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 24.2 million residential Internet customers, with nearly 85% subscribing to tiers that provided 100 Mbps or more of speed. Currently, 100 Mbps is the slowest speed offered to new Internet customers in 99% of Charter's footprint. Additionally, Charter has doubled minimum Internet speeds to 200 Mbps in a number of markets at no additional cost to new and existing Spectrum Internet customers.

Residential video customers decreased by 150,000 in the second quarter of 2019, while second quarter 2018 video customers decreased by 73,000. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 15.8 million residential video customers.

During the second quarter of 2019, residential wireline voice customers declined by 207,000, while second quarter 2018 voice customers declined by 45,000. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 9.8 million residential wireline voice customers.

Second quarter 2019 residential revenue per residential customer (excluding mobile) totaled $112.20, and grew by 0.3% compared to the prior year period, as promotional rate step-ups and rate adjustments were partly offset by a higher percentage of non-video customers, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video base and lower pay-per-view and video on demand revenues.

In September of 2018, Charter completed the full market launch of its Spectrum MobileTM service to new and existing Spectrum Internet customers across its footprint. Spectrum Mobile runs on America's most awarded LTE network and is combined with Spectrum WiFi. Spectrum Mobile customers can choose one of two simple ways to pay for data, "Unlimited" for $45 a month (per line), or "By the Gig" at $14/GB, in both cases including applicable fees and taxes. Late in the second quarter, BYOD was expanded to all sales channels. Previously, our BYOD program was only available by visiting select Spectrum Mobile stores. During the second quarter of 2019, Charter added 208,000 mobile lines, and as of June 30, 2019, Charter served a total of 518,000 mobile lines.

SMB customer relationships grew by 39,000 during the second quarter of 2019, compared to growth of 55,000 during the second quarter of 2018. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 1.9 million SMB customer relationships, with year-over-year growth of 8.7%. Enterprise PSUs grew by 5,000 during the second quarter of 2019 compared to growth of 7,000 during the second quarter of 2018. As of June 30, 2019, Charter had 258,000 enterprise PSUs, with growth of 9.5% year-over-year.

Second Quarter Financial Results

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA

(dollars in millions, except per share data)



Three Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


% Change

REVENUES:






Video

$

4,391



$

4,363



0.6

%

Internet

4,103



3,770



8.8

%

Voice

489



531



(7.8)

%

Residential revenue

8,983



8,664



3.7

%

Small and medium business

963



915



5.3

%

Enterprise

652



627



4.0

%

Commercial revenue

1,615



1,542



4.7

%

Advertising sales

395



427



(7.5)

%

Mobile

158





NM


Other

196



221



(11.3)

%

Total Revenue

11,347



10,854



4.5

%







COSTS AND EXPENSES:






Cable operating costs and expenses

6,885



6,770



1.7

%

Mobile operating costs and expenses

277



33



NM


Total operating costs and expenses

7,162



6,803



5.3

%







Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,185



$

4,051



3.3

%







Adjusted EBITDA margin

36.9

%


37.3

%









Cable Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,304



$

4,084



5.4

%

Cable Adjusted EBITDA margin

38.5

%


37.6

%









Capital Expenditures

$

1,597



$

2,391




% Total Revenues

14.1

%


22.0

%









Net income attributable to Charter shareholders

$

314



$

273




Earnings per common share attributable to Charter shareholders:






Basic

$

1.41



$

1.17




Diluted

$

1.39



$

1.15










Net cash flows from operating activities

$

2,761



$

3,096




Free cash flow

$

1,112



$

804




Cable free cash flow

$

1,409



$

920




Revenue

Second quarter revenues rose 4.5% year-over-year to $11.3 billion, driven by growth in Internet, mobile, commercial and video revenues. Excluding advertising revenue, which benefited from political spend in the second quarter of 2018, and mobile revenue, revenue grew 3.5% year-over-year.

Video revenues totaled $4.4 billion in the second quarter, an increase of 0.6% compared to the prior year period. Video revenue growth was driven by annual rate adjustments and promotional rolloff, partly offset by a decline in video customers during the last year, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video base and lower pay-per-view and video on demand revenues.

Internet revenues grew 8.8%, compared to the year-ago quarter, to $4.1 billion, driven by growth in Internet customers during the last year, promotional rolloff and rate adjustments.

Voice revenues totaled $489 million in the second quarter, a decrease of 7.8% compared to the second quarter of 2018, driven by value-based pricing and a decline in wireline voice customers over the last twelve months.

Commercial revenues rose to $1.6 billion, an increase of 4.7% over the prior year period, driven by SMB revenue growth of 5.3% and enterprise revenue growth of 4.0%. Second quarter 2019 commercial revenue growth was lower than second quarter 2019 commercial customer relationship growth, given the migration of Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House commercial customers to more attractively priced Spectrum pricing and packaging for both SMB and enterprise services.

Second quarter advertising sales revenues of $395 million declined 7.5% compared to the year-ago quarter, driven by lower political revenue. Second quarter mobile revenue totaled $158 million.

Other revenues totaled $196 million in the second quarter, a decrease of 11.3% year-over-year, driven by lower processing fees and home shopping revenues, partly offset by video customer premise equipment ("CPE") sold to customers.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Second quarter total operating costs and expenses increased by $359 million, or 5.3% year-over-year, and 1.7% when excluding second quarter mobile costs.

Second quarter programming expense increased by $24 million, or 0.9% as compared to the second quarter of 2018, reflecting contractual programming increases and renewals, partly offset by lower video customers, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video base and lower pay-per-view expenses.

Regulatory, connectivity and produced content expenses increased by $37 million, or 6.7% year-over-year, primarily driven by costs of video CPE sold to customers, higher regulatory and franchise pass-through fees and original programming costs.

Costs to service customers decreased by $17 million, or 0.9% year-over-year, despite year-over-year residential and SMB customer growth of 3.8%. The year-over-year decrease in costs to service customers was primarily the result of a decline in bad debt. In addition, we have lowered our per relationship cost to service customers with lower service calls and truck rolls per customer and lower churn.

Marketing expenses decreased by $1 million, or 0.1% year-over-year.

Other expenses increased by $72 million, or 8.4% as compared to the second quarter of 2018 primarily driven by software costs, insurance costs, property taxes and enterprise costs.

In the second quarter of 2019, mobile costs totaled $277 million and were comprised of device costs, service and operating costs and launch costs.

Adjusted EBITDA

Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 billion grew by 3.3% year-over-year, reflecting revenue growth and operating expense growth of 4.5% and 5.3%, respectively. Second quarter cable Adjusted EBITDA grew by 5.4% year-over-year reflecting cable revenue growth and cable operating expense growth of 3.1% and 1.7%, respectively.

Net Income Attributable to Charter Shareholders

Net income attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $314 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $273 million in the second quarter of 2018. The year-over-year increase in net income attributable to Charter shareholders was primarily driven by higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower depreciation and amortization costs, partly offset by higher interest expense, a greater non-cash loss on financial instruments and higher income tax expense.

Net income per basic common share attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $1.41 in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $1.17 during the same period last year. The increase was primarily the result of the factors described above in addition to a 5.1% decrease in weighted average common shares outstanding versus the prior year period.

Capital Expenditures

Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $1.6 billion in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $2.4 billion during the second quarter of 2018, primarily driven by declines in scalable infrastructure, CPE and support spending. The decrease in scalable infrastructure spending was primarily driven by the completion of the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 technology in 2018 and the associated bandwidth benefit in 2019. The year-over-year decrease in CPE spending was primarily driven by a decline in the pace of migration of Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House customers to Spectrum pricing and packaging, the completion of Charter's all-digital initiative in 2018, increasing customer self-installations and a higher mix of boxless video outlets. The decrease in support capital was due to lower insourcing and integration-related spend, partly offset by higher mobile capital spending. Second quarter capital expenditures included $93 million of mobile costs, of which $71 million were included in support capital.

We currently expect capital expenditures, excluding capital expenditures related to mobile, to be approximately $7 billion in 2019, versus $8.9 billion in 2018.

Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow

During the second quarter of 2019, net cash flows from operating activities totaled $2.8 billion, compared to $3.1 billion in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year decline in net cash flows from operating activities was primarily due to a higher year-over-year negative cash contribution from working capital resulting from lower payables and a one-time impact from bill cycle standardization efforts as well as higher cash interest, partly offset by higher Adjusted EBITDA.

Consolidated free cash flow for the second quarter of 2019 totaled $1.1 billion, compared to $804 million during the same period last year. Cable free cash flow for the second quarter of 2019 totaled $1.4 billion, compared to $920 million during the same period last year. The year-over-year increases in consolidated free cash flow and cable free cash flow were driven by a decline in capital expenditures versus the prior year quarter, partly offset by a decline in net cash flows from operating activities and accrued capital expenditures.

Liquidity & Financing

As of June 30, 2019, total principal amount of debt was $72.6 billion. Charter's credit facilities provided approximately $4.1 billion of additional liquidity in excess of Charter's $696 million cash position.

In May 2019, CCO Holdings, LLC and CCO Holdings Capital Corp. issued $750 million of 5.375% senior unsecured notes due 2029 and in July 2019, an additional $750 million of the same series of notes were issued. Charter used the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including funding buybacks of Charter Class A common stock and/or Charter Holdings common units and for repaying certain indebtedness.

In July 2019, Charter Communications Operating, LLC  and Charter Communications Operating Capital Corp. issued $1.25 billion of 5.125% senior secured notes due 2049. The net proceeds will be used to repay certain indebtedness, which may include the 5.000% Senior Notes due 2020 issued by Time Warner Cable, LLC, with any remaining proceeds used for general corporate purposes, including to fund potential buybacks of Charter Class A common stock or Charter Holdings common units.

Share Repurchases

During the three months ended June 30, 2019, Charter purchased approximately 2.7 million shares of Charter Class A common stock and Charter Holdings common units for approximately $998 million.

Conference Call

Charter will host a conference call on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) related to the contents of this release.

The conference call will be webcast live via the Company's investor relations website at ir.charter.com. The call will be archived under the "Financial Information" section two hours after completion of the call. Participants should go to the webcast link no later than 10 minutes prior to the start time to register.

Those participating via telephone should dial 866-919-0894 no later than 10 minutes prior to the call. International participants should dial 706-679-9379. The conference ID code for the call is 9656479.

A replay of the call will be available at 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 beginning two hours after the completion of the call through the end of business on August 9, 2019. The conference ID code for the replay is 9656479.

Additional Information Available on Website

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, which will be posted on the "Financial Information" section of our investor relations website at ir.charter.com, when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). A slide presentation to accompany the conference call and a trending schedule containing historical customer and financial data will also be available in the "Financial Information" section.

Use of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Information

The company uses certain measures that are not defined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to evaluate various aspects of its business. Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, consolidated net income and net cash flows from operating activities reported in accordance with GAAP. These terms, as defined by Charter, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are reconciled to net income attributable to Charter shareholders and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the Addendum to this release.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Charter shareholders plus net income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, (gain) loss on financial instruments, other (income) expense, net and other operating (income) expenses, such as special charges and (gain) loss on sale or retirement of assets. As such, it eliminates the significant non-cash depreciation and amortization expense that results from the capital-intensive nature of the Company's businesses as well as other non-cash or special items, and is unaffected by the Company's capital structure or investment activities. However, this measure is limited in that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues and the cash cost of financing. These costs are evaluated through other financial measures.

Free cash flow is defined as net cash flows from operating activities, less capital expenditures and changes in accrued expenses related to capital expenditures.

Management and Charter's board of directors use Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to assess Charter's performance and its ability to service its debt, fund operations and make additional investments with internally generated funds. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA generally correlates to the leverage ratio calculation under the Company's credit facilities or outstanding notes to determine compliance with the covenants contained in the facilities and notes (all such documents have been previously filed with the the SEC). For the purpose of calculating compliance with leverage covenants, the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, excluding certain expenses paid by its operating subsidiaries to other Charter entities. The Company's debt covenants refer to these expenses as management fees, which were $299 million and $599 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, respectively, and $265 million and $538 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively.

Cable Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less mobile revenues plus mobile operating costs and expenses. Cable free cash flow is defined as free cash flow plus mobile net cash outflows from operating activities and mobile capital expenditures. Management and Charter's board of directors use cable Adjusted EBITDA and cable free cash flow to provide management and investors a more meaningful year-over-year perspective on the financial and operational performance and trends of our core cable business without the impact of the revenue, costs and capital expenditures in the initial funding period to grow a new product line as well as the negative working capital impacts from the timing of device-related cash flows when we provide the handset or tablet to customers pursuant to equipment installment plans.

About Charter

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV® programming, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Under the Spectrum Business® brand, Charter provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter's news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at newsroom.charter.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, among other things, our plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial.  Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations as reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations.  Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, the factors described under "Risk Factors" from time to time in our filings with the SEC.  Many of the forward-looking statements contained in this communication may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "will," "may," "intend," "estimated," "aim," "on track," "target," "opportunity," "tentative," "positioning," "designed," "create," "predict," "project," "initiatives," "seek," "would," "could," "continue," "ongoing," "upside," "increases" and "potential," among others.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this communication are set forth in our annual report on Form 10-K, and in other reports or documents that we file from time to time with the SEC, and include, but are not limited to:

  • our ability to sustain and grow revenues and cash flow from operations by offering video, Internet, voice, mobile, advertising and other services to residential and commercial customers, to adequately meet the customer experience demands in our service areas and to maintain and grow our customer base, particularly in the face of increasingly aggressive competition, the need for innovation and the related capital expenditures;
  • the impact of competition from other market participants, including but not limited to incumbent telephone companies, direct broadcast satellite ("DBS") operators, wireless broadband and telephone providers, digital subscriber line ("DSL") providers, fiber to the home providers, video provided over the Internet by (i) market participants that have not historically competed in the multichannel video business, (ii) traditional multichannel video distributors, and (iii) content providers that have historically licensed cable networks to multichannel video distributors, and providers of advertising over the Internet;
  • our ability to efficiently and effectively integrate acquired operations;
  • the effects of governmental regulation on our business including costs, disruptions and possible limitations on operating flexibility related to, and our ability to comply with, regulatory conditions applicable to us as a result of the Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks, LLC Transactions;
  • general business conditions, economic uncertainty or downturn, unemployment levels and the level of activity in the housing sector;
  • our ability to obtain programming at reasonable prices or to raise prices to offset, in whole or in part, the effects of higher programming costs (including retransmission consents);
  • our ability to develop and deploy new products and technologies including mobile products and any other consumer services and service platforms;
  • any events that disrupt our networks, information systems or properties and impair our operating activities or our reputation;
  • the ability to retain and hire key personnel;
  • the availability and access, in general, of funds to meet our debt obligations prior to or when they become due and to fund our operations and necessary capital expenditures, either through (i) cash on hand, (ii) free cash flow, or (iii) access to the capital or credit markets; and
  • our ability to comply with all covenants in our indentures and credit facilities, any violation of which, if not cured in a timely manner, could trigger a default of our other obligations under cross-default provisions.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.  We are under no duty or obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this communication.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA

(dollars in millions, except per share data) 



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


% Change


2019


2018


% Change

REVENUES:












Video

$

4,391



$

4,363



0.6

%


$

8,775



$

8,655



1.4

%

Internet

4,103



3,770



8.8

%


8,127



7,477



8.7

%

Voice

489



531



(7.8)

%


993



1,087



(8.6)

%

Residential revenue

8,983



8,664



3.7

%


17,895



17,219



3.9

%

Small and medium business

963



915



5.3

%


1,908



1,815



5.1

%

Enterprise

652



627



4.0

%


1,295



1,249



3.7

%

Commercial revenue

1,615



1,542



4.7

%


3,203



3,064



4.5

%

Advertising sales

395



427



(7.5)

%


740



783



(5.5)

%

Mobile

158





NM



298





NM


Other

196



221



(11.3)

%


417



445



(6.3)

%

Total Revenue

11,347



10,854



4.5

%


22,553



21,511



4.8

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:












Programming

2,827



2,803



0.9

%


5,692



5,555



2.5

%

Regulatory, connectivity and produced content

597



560



6.7

%


1,158



1,093



5.9

%

Costs to service customers

1,767



1,784



(0.9)

%


3,589



3,638



(1.3)

%

Marketing

768



769



(0.1)

%


1,503



1,520



(1.1)

%

Mobile

277



33



NM



537



41



NM


Other expense

926



854



8.4

%


1,834



1,720



6.6

%

Total operating costs and expenses (exclusive of items shown separately below)

7,162



6,803



5.3

%


14,313



13,567



5.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

4,185



4,051



3.3

%


8,240



7,944



3.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

36.9

%


37.3

%




36.5

%


36.9

%



Depreciation and amortization

2,500



2,592





5,050



5,302




Stock compensation expense

82



70





167



142




Other operating expenses, net

62



29





57



98




Income from operations

1,541



1,360





2,966



2,402




OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):












Interest expense, net

(945)



(878)





(1,870)



(1,729)




Loss on financial instruments, net

(119)



(75)





(82)



(12)




Other pension benefits, net

9



20





18



40




Other expense, net

(16)



(47)





(126)



(70)





(1,071)



(980)





(2,060)



(1,771)




Income before income taxes

470



380





906



631




Income tax expense

(84)



(41)





(203)



(69)




Consolidated net income

386



339





703



562




Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(72)



(66)





(136)



(121)




Net income attributable to Charter shareholders

$

314



$

273





$

567



$

441




EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE












ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHARTER SHAREHOLDERS:











Basic

$

1.41



$

1.17





$

2.54



$

1.87




Diluted

$

1.39



$

1.15





$

2.50



$

1.84




Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic

222,392,274



234,241,769





223,505,016



235,992,306




Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted

225,942,172



237,073,566





226,889,745



239,246,727





Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP term.  See page 6 of this addendum for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Charter shareholders as defined by GAAP.


All percentages are calculated using whole numbers. Minor differences may exist due to rounding.


NM - Not meaningful

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in millions)



June 30,


December 31,


2019


2018


(unaudited)



ASSETS




CURRENT ASSETS:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

696



$

551


Accounts receivable, net

2,070



1,733


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

574



446


Total current assets

3,340



2,730






RESTRICTED CASH

150



214






INVESTMENT IN CABLE PROPERTIES:




Property, plant and equipment, net

34,475



35,126


Customer relationships, net

8,461



9,565


Franchises

67,319



67,319


Goodwill

29,554



29,554


Total investment in cable properties, net

139,809



141,564






OPERATING LEASE RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

1,166




OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS

1,620



1,622






Total assets

$

146,085



$

146,130






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




CURRENT LIABILITIES:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

8,145



$

8,805


Operating lease liabilities

208




Current portion of long-term debt

1,522



3,290


Total current liabilities

9,875



12,095






LONG-TERM DEBT

71,784



69,537


DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

17,522



17,389


LONG-TERM OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES

1,052




OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

2,758



2,837






SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:




Controlling interest

35,286



36,285


Noncontrolling interests

7,808



7,987


Total shareholders' equity

43,094



44,272






Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

146,085



$

146,130


 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(dollars in millions)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:








Consolidated net income

$

386



$

339



$

703



$

562


Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash flows from operating activities:








Depreciation and amortization

2,500



2,592



5,050



5,302


Stock compensation expense

82



70



167



142


Accelerated vesting of equity awards







5


Noncash interest income, net

(17)



(88)



(72)



(177)


Other pension benefits, net

(9)



(20)



(18)



(40)


Loss on financial instruments, net

119



75



82



12


Deferred income taxes

56



29



137



57


Other, net

53



38



151



76


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:








Accounts receivable

(492)



(210)



(337)



16


Prepaid expenses and other assets

124



40



(176)



(91)


Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other

(41)



231



(240)



(69)


Net cash flows from operating activities

2,761



3,096



5,447



5,795










CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:








Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(1,597)



(2,391)



(3,262)



(4,574)


Change in accrued expenses related to capital expenditures

(52)



99



(428)



(466)


Real estate investments through variable interest entities

(25)





(64)




Other, net

8



(77)



8



(67)


Net cash flows from investing activities

(1,666)



(2,369)



(3,746)



(5,107)










CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:








Borrowings of long-term debt

3,830



2,699



10,714



5,628


Repayments of long-term debt

(4,551)



(1,315)



(10,123)



(3,500)


Payments for debt issuance costs

(7)



(17)



(32)



(17)


Purchase of treasury stock

(861)



(1,664)



(1,801)



(2,281)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options

37



7



81



43


Purchase of noncontrolling interest

(161)



(201)



(254)



(328)


Distributions to noncontrolling interest

(39)



(37)



(78)



(76)


Other, net

(123)



(2)



(127)



(5)


Net cash flows from financing activities

(1,875)



(530)



(1,620)



(536)










NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH

(780)



197



81



152


CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, beginning of period

1,626



576



765



621


CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH, end of period

$

846



$

773



$

846



$

773










CASH PAID FOR INTEREST

$

1,051



$

882



$

2,017



$

1,889


CASH PAID FOR TAXES

$

39



$

21



$

43



$

22


 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED SUMMARY OF OPERATING STATISTICS

(in thousands, except per customer and penetration data)



Approximate as of


June 30,
2019 (a)


March 31,
2019 (a)


December 31,
2018 (a)


June 30,
2018 (a)

Footprint (b)








Estimated Video Passings

51,258



51,023



50,824



50,364


Estimated Internet Passings

51,093



50,857



50,652



50,149


Estimated Voice Passings

50,538



50,292



50,086



49,532










Penetration Statistics (c)








Video Penetration of Estimated Video Passings

31.8

%


32.3

%


32.7

%


33.1

%

Internet Penetration of Estimated Internet Passings

50.8

%


50.5

%


49.9

%


49.1

%

Voice Penetration of Estimated Voice Passings

21.6

%


22.0

%


22.3

%


22.9

%









Customer Relationships (d)








Residential

26,755



26,591



26,270



25,871


Small and Medium Business

1,902



1,863



1,833



1,750


Total Customer Relationships

28,657



28,454



28,103



27,621










Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)








Residential

164



321



207



141


Small and Medium Business

39



30



41



55


Total Customer Relationships

203



351



248



196










Residential








Primary Service Units ("PSUs")








Video

15,802



15,952



16,104



16,206


Internet

24,244



24,023



23,625



23,070


Voice

9,808



10,015



10,135



10,325










Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)








Video

(150)



(152)



(36)



(73)


Internet

221



398



289



218


Voice

(207)



(120)



(83)



(45)










Single Play (e)

11,354



11,189



10,928



10,694


Double Play (e)

7,709



7,412



7,097



6,633


Triple Play (e)

7,692



7,990



8,245



8,544










Single Play Penetration (f)

42.4

%


42.1

%


41.6

%


41.3

%

Double Play Penetration (f)

28.8

%


27.9

%


27.0

%


25.6

%

Triple Play Penetration (f)

28.8

%


30.0

%


31.4

%


33.0

%









% Residential Non-Video Customer Relationships

40.9

%


40.0

%


38.7

%


37.4

%









Monthly Residential Revenue per Residential Customer (g)

$

112.20



$

112.47



$

111.78



$

111.88










Small and Medium Business








PSUs








Video

518



509



502



476


Internet

1,701



1,664



1,634



1,552


Voice

1,097



1,072



1,051



994










Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)








Video

9



7



14



16


Internet

37



30



40



49


Voice

25



21



27



37










Monthly Small and Medium Business Revenue per Customer (h)

$

170.42



$

170.64



$

170.62



$

176.96










Enterprise PSUs (i)








Enterprise PSUs

258



253



248



235




(a)

Customer statistics do not include mobile.  We calculate the aging of customer accounts based on the monthly billing cycle for each account.  On that basis, at June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018, actual customers include approximately 152,900, 171,100, 217,600 and 227,500 customers, respectively, whose accounts were over 60 days past due, approximately 13,800, 19,500, 24,000 and 19,300 customers, respectively, whose accounts were over 90 days past due and approximately 15,800, 20,800, 19,200 and 13,200 customers, respectively, whose accounts were over 120 days past due.



(b)

Passings represent our estimate of the number of units, such as single family homes, apartment and condominium units and small and medium business and enterprise sites passed by our cable distribution network in the areas where we offer the service indicated.  These estimates are based upon the information available at this time and are updated for all periods presented when new information becomes available.



(c)

Penetration represents residential and small and medium business customers as a percentage of estimated passings for the service indicated.



(d)

Customer relationships include the number of customers that receive one or more levels of service, encompassing video, Internet and voice services, without regard to which service(s) such customers receive.  Customers who reside in residential multiple dwelling units ("MDUs") and that are billed under bulk contracts are counted based on the number of billed units within each bulk MDU.  Total customer relationships exclude enterprise customer relationships.



(e)

Single play, double play and triple play customers represent customers that subscribe to one, two or three of Charter service offerings, respectively.



(f)

Single play, double play and triple play penetration represents the number of residential single play, double play and triple play customers, respectively, as a percentage of residential customer relationships.



(g)

Monthly residential revenue per residential customer is calculated as total residential video, Internet and voice quarterly revenue divided by three divided by average residential customer relationships during the respective quarter.



(h)

Monthly small and medium business revenue per customer is calculated as total small and medium business quarterly revenue divided by three divided by average small and medium business customer relationships during the respective quarter.



(i)

Enterprise PSUs represents the aggregate number of fiber service offerings counting each separate service offering at each customer location as an individual PSU.

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO GAAP MEASURES 

(dollars in millions)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Net income attributable to Charter shareholders

$

314



$

273



$

567



$

441


Plus:  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

72



66



136



121


Interest expense, net

945



878



1,870



1,729


Income tax expense

84



41



203



69


Depreciation and amortization

2,500



2,592



5,050



5,302


Stock compensation expense

82



70



167



142


Loss on financial instruments, net

119



75



82



12


Other pension benefits, net

(9)



(20)



(18)



(40)


Other, net

78



76



183



168


Adjusted EBITDA (a)

4,185



4,051



8,240



7,944


Less:  Mobile revenue

(158)





(298)




Plus:  Mobile costs and Expenses

277



33



537



41


Cable Adjusted EBITDA (a)

$

4,304



$

4,084



$

8,479



$

7,985










Net cash flows from operating activities

$

2,761



$

3,096



$

5,447



$

5,795


Less:  Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(1,597)



(2,391)



(3,262)



(4,574)


Change in accrued expenses related to capital expenditures

(52)



99



(428)



(466)


Free cash flow

1,112



804



1,757



755


Plus:  Mobile net cash outflows from operating activities

204



63



407



71


          Purchases of mobile property, plant and equipment

93



53



181



70


Cable free cash flow

$

1,409



$

920



$

2,345



$

896



(a)

See page 1 of this addendum for detail of the components included within Adjusted EBITDA. 


The above schedule is presented in order to reconcile Adjusted EBITDA, cable Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and cable free cash flow, non-GAAP measures, to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in accordance with Section 401(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

(dollars in millions)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


2019


2018

Customer premise equipment (a)

$

492



$

828



$

1,057



$

1,762


Scalable infrastructure (b)

223



587



520



1,073


Line extensions (c)

363



353



684



644


Upgrade/rebuild (d)

155



190



286



332


Support capital (e)

364



433



715



763


   Total capital expenditures

1,597



2,391



3,262



4,574


Less:  Mobile capital expenditures

(93)



(53)



(181)



(70)


Cable capital expenditures

$

1,504



$

2,338



$

3,081



$

4,504










Capital expenditures included in total related to:








Commercial services

$

324



$

309



$

629



$

592


All-digital transition

$



$

88



$



$

274




(a)

Customer premise equipment includes costs incurred at the customer residence to secure new customers and revenue generating units, including customer installation costs and customer premise equipment (e.g., set-top boxes and cable modems).



(b)

Scalable infrastructure includes costs, not related to customer premise equipment, to secure growth of new customers and revenue generating units, or provide service enhancements (e.g., headend equipment).



(c)

Line extensions include network costs associated with entering new service areas (e.g., fiber/coaxial cable, amplifiers, electronic equipment, make-ready and design engineering).



(d)

Upgrade/rebuild includes costs to modify or replace existing fiber/coaxial cable networks, including betterments.



(e)

Support capital includes costs associated with the replacement or enhancement of non-network assets due to technological and physical obsolescence (e.g., non-network equipment, land, buildings and vehicles).

 

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