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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter June 2022
Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:34:00 AM
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AT&T (T) reported 2nd Quarter June 2022 earnings of $0.65 per share on revenue of $29.6 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.60 per share on revenue of $29.5 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.61 per share. Revenue fell 32.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

AT&T Inc. is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.65
Earnings Whisper
$0.61
Consensus Estimate
$0.60
Reported Revenue
$29.64 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$29.52 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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AT&T Reports Second-Quarter Results

Company posts more than 800,000 postpaid phone net adds for best second quarter in over a decade; more than 300,000 AT&T Fiber net adds

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T):

Second-Quarter Highlights

  • MOBILITY: AT&T continues to see record levels of customer additions, including the best second-quarter postpaid phone net adds in more than a decade and more than 6.1 million postpaid phone net adds over the past two years. We have already achieved our end-of-year target of covering 70 million people with mid-band 5G spectrum and are on track to approach 100 million people with mid-band 5G spectrum by the end of the year.
  • AT&T FIBER: AT&T delivered subscriber growth near second-quarter record levels with 316,000 AT&T Fiber net adds. This brings total net additions over the past two years to nearly 2.3 million, including 10 straight quarters of more than 200,000 net adds. We now have the ability to serve 18 million customer locations in more than 100 U.S. metro areas with AT&T Fiber.
  • TRANSFORMATION: AT&T has confidence in its ability to achieve more than $4 billion of its $6 billion run-rate cost savings target by the end of the year.

Second-Quarter Consolidated Results

  • Revenues from continuing operations of $29.6 billion
  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.591
  • Adjusted EPS* from continuing operations of $0.65
  • Cash from operations from continuing operations of $7.7 billion
  • Capital expenditures from continuing operations of $4.9 billion; capital investment* from continuing operations of $6.7 billion
  • Free cash flow* from continuing operations of $1.4 billion

Communications Results

  • Mobility:
    • 813,000 postpaid phone net adds
    • 1,058,000 postpaid net adds
    • 196,000 prepaid phone net adds
    • Postpaid phone churn of 0.75%
    • Revenues up 5.2% year over year; service revenues up 4.6%; equipment revenues up 7.2%
    • Operating income of $6.2 billion, up 3.4% year over year; EBITDA* up 2.5%
    • Operating income margin of 31.2%; EBITDA service margin* 54.8%
  • Business Wireline:
    • Operating income margin of 12.7%; EBITDA margin* 36.2%
  • Consumer Wireline:
    • 316,000 AT&T Fiber net adds; fiber penetration of nearly 37%
    • Broadband revenues up 5.6% year over year due to fiber revenue growth of nearly 28%
    • Broadband ARPU growth of 5.3%

Note: AT&T’s second-quarter earnings conference call will be webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 21, 2022. The webcast and related materials, including financial highlights, will be available on AT&T’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.att.com.

With the closing of the WarnerMedia transaction in April 2022, historical financial results have been recast to present WarnerMedia and other divested businesses, including Vrio, Xandr and Playdemic, as discontinued operations. Consolidated results reflect AT&T’s remaining continuing operations, which include U.S. video and certain other dispositions in the prior year.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) reported second-quarter results that showed sustained momentum in customer additions across its growing 5G wireless and fiber networks.

“We’re expanding our customer base at an accelerated pace across our twin engines of growth – 5G and fiber,” said John Stankey, AT&T CEO. “We’re rapidly building out our best-in-class networks on the heels of record-level connectivity investment. We’ve already added nearly 2 million AT&T Fiber locations this year and just reached our target of covering 70 million people with mid-band 5G spectrum two quarters early, with expectations to now approach the 100 million mark by the end of year.”

“As a result of our higher-than-forecasted customer growth, we’re increasing our Mobility service revenue guidance to 4.5-5% growth for the full year. We’re also decreasing full-year free cash flow guidance to the $14 billion range to reflect heavy investment in growth and working capital impacts related to timing of collections. Our results the last eight quarters demonstrate that our deliberate strategy of focusing on growth is helping us gain valuable customer relationships, and we’re confident in our ability to maintain this momentum while also continuing to reduce debt and deliver an attractive dividend.”

Consolidated Financial Results

Revenues from continuing operations for the second quarter totaled $29.6 billion versus $35.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, down 17.1% reflecting the impact of the U.S. Video separation in the third quarter of 2021 and certain other divested businesses. Excluding the impact of these divestitures, operating revenues for standalone AT&T* were up 2.2%, from $29.0 billion in the year-ago quarter. This increase reflects higher Mobility revenues and, to a lesser extent, higher Mexico and Consumer Wireline revenues, partially offset by lower Business Wireline revenues.

Operating expenses from continuing operations were $24.7 billion versus $28.2 billion in the year-ago quarter. Expenses declined due to the separation of the U.S. Video operations and impacts of other divested businesses. These declines were partially offset by increased Mobility costs, including wireless equipment, as well as the impact of non-cash restructuring and impairment charges and higher bad debt expense.

Operating income from continuing operations was $5.0 billion versus $7.6 billion in the year-ago quarter. When adjusting for non-cash restructuring and impairment charges and other items, adjusted operating income* from continuing operations was $5.9 billion versus $7.5 billion in the year-ago quarter. When excluding the impacts of the U.S. Video separation and other divested businesses from the prior year quarter, standalone AT&T* adjusted operating income totaled $5.7 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates of $0.5 billion includes $0.5 billion from the DIRECTV investment. With adjustment for the proportionate share of intangible amortization, adjusted equity in net income from the DIRECTV investment was $0.9 billion.*

Income from continuing operations was $4.8 billion versus $6.0 billion in the year-ago quarter. Diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations was $0.59, versus $0.76, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusting for $0.06, which includes non-cash restructuring and impairment charges, a proportionate share of intangible amortization from the DIRECTV equity method investment, an actuarial gain on benefit plans and other items, earnings per diluted common share from continuing operations was $0.65. Adjusted earnings per diluted common share from continuing operations was $0.73 in the year-ago quarter. On a standalone AT&T* comparative basis, adjusted earnings per diluted common share was $0.64 in the year-ago quarter.

Cash from operating activities from continuing operations was $7.7 billion, down $2.4 billion year over year. Capital expenditures from continuing operations were $4.9 billion in the quarter, up $1.2 billion year over year. Capital investment* from continuing operations totaled $6.7 billion, which includes $1.8 billion of cash payments for vendor financing.

Free cash flow* from continuing operations, including $0.3 billion of distributions from DIRECTV classified as investing activities, was $1.4 billion for the quarter compared to $5.2 billion a year ago. At the end of the second quarter, net debt was $131.9 billion, which reflects the proceeds from the WarnerMedia transaction, with net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA of 3.23x.*

Communications Operational Highlights

Second-quarter revenues were $28.7 billion, up 2.0% year over year primarily due to increases in Mobility and, to a lesser extent, Consumer Wireline, more than offsetting a decline in Business Wireline. Operating income was $7.2 billion, down 2.1% year over year, with operating income margin of 25.2%, compared to 26.3% in the year-ago quarter.

Mobility

  • Revenues were up 5.2% year over year, to $19.9 billion due to higher service and equipment revenues. Service revenues were $15.0 billion, up 4.6% year over year, primarily driven by subscriber growth. Equipment revenues were $4.9 billion, up 7.2% year over year, driven by increased sales of higher priced smartphones.
  • Operating expenses were $13.7 billion, up 6.1% year over year due to higher equipment costs, network costs, bad debt expense, amortization of customer acquisition costs, HBO Max content costs, FirstNet costs and the elimination of CAFII government credits.
  • Operating income was $6.2 billion, up 3.4% year over year. Operating income margin was 31.2%, compared to 31.7% in the year-ago quarter.
  • EBITDA* was $8.2 billion, up 2.5% year over year with EBITDA margin* of 41.3%, down from 42.4% a year ago. EBITDA service margin* was 54.8%, compared to 56.0% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Total net adds were 6.6 million including:
    • 1,058,000 postpaid net adds with:
      • 813,000 postpaid phone net adds
      • 7,000 postpaid tablet and other branded computing device net adds
      • 238,000 other net adds
    • 196,000 prepaid phone net adds
  • Postpaid churn was 0.93% versus 0.87% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Postpaid phone churn was 0.75% versus 0.69% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Prepaid churn was less than 3%, with Cricket substantially lower.
  • Postpaid phone-only ARPU was $54.81, up 1.1% versus the year-ago quarter, due to improved international roaming and a mix shift to higher-priced unlimited plans.
  • FirstNet® connections reached approximately 3.7 million across more than 21,800 agencies. FirstNet is the nationwide communications platform dedicated to public safety. The AT&T and FirstNet networks cover 2.81 million square miles and more than 99% of the U.S. population. FirstNet covers more first responders than any other network in America.

Business Wireline

  • Revenues were $5.6 billion, down 7.6% year over year due to lower demand for legacy voice and data services, a strategic decision to deemphasize non-core services and lower revenues from the government sector.
  • Operating expenses were $4.9 billion, down 2.0% year over year due to ongoing operational cost efficiencies and lower amortization of deferred fulfillment costs, partially offset by higher wholesale network access costs and higher depreciation expense.
  • Operating income was $710 million, down 33.6% with operating income margin of 12.7% compared to 17.7% in the year-ago quarter.
  • EBITDA* was $2.0 billion, down 14.4% year over year with EBITDA margin* of 36.2%, compared to 39.0% in the year-ago quarter, driven by higher wholesale network access costs and decreased government sector spending.
  • AT&T Business serves the largest global companies, government agencies and small businesses. More than 675,000 U.S. business buildings are lit with fiber from AT&T, enabling high-speed fiber connections to approximately 3 million U.S. business customer locations. Nationwide, more than 9.5 million business customer locations are on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.2

Consumer Wireline

  • Revenues were $3.2 billion, up 1.1% year over year due to gains in broadband more than offsetting declines in legacy voice and data services and other services. Broadband revenues increased 5.6% due to fiber growth of nearly 28%, partially offset by non-fiber revenue declines of 9.8%.
  • Operating expenses were $2.9 billion, up 1.3% year over year largely driven by higher network and technology costs, the elimination of CAFII government credits, higher advertising costs, higher bad debt and higher depreciation expenses, partially offset by lower amortization of deferred fulfillment costs.
  • Operating income was $304 million, down 1.3% year over year with operating income margin of 9.6%, compared to 9.8% in the year-ago quarter.
  • EBITDA* was $1.1 billion, up 1.1% year over year with EBITDA margin* of 34.3%, consistent with 34.3% in the year-ago quarter.
  • Total broadband losses, excluding DSL, were 25,000, reflecting AT&T Fiber net adds of 316,000, more than offset by losses in non-fiber services. AT&T Fiber now has the ability to serve 18 million customer locations, and offers symmetrical speeds up to 5-Gigs across parts of its entire footprint of more than 100 metro areas.

Latin America – Mexico Operational Highlights

Latin America segment results have been recast to classify Vrio as a discontinued operation. Segment results consist solely of AT&T Mexico operations.

Revenues were $808 million, up 17.4% year over year primarily due to increased growth in service revenues. Service revenues were $534 million, up 19.5% year over year, driven by growth in other services and subscribers. Equipment revenues were $274 million, up 13.7% year over year due to higher sales.

Operating loss was ($82) million compared to ($129) million in the year-ago quarter. EBITDA* was $87 million compared to $21 million in the year-ago quarter.

Total wireless net adds were 197,000, including 187,000 prepaid net adds, 25,000 postpaid net adds and 15,000 reseller net losses.

Free Cash Flow Outlook Update

The company is updating its 2022 free cash flow outlook. Free cash flow from continuing operations was $1.4 billion for the second quarter and $4.2 billion year to date. Factors affecting second-quarter free cash flow include $1.7 billion higher capital investment year over year, an impact of approximately $1 billion due to timing of customer collections, incremental success-based investment tied to higher subscriber growth and lower Business Wireline operating income.

Given these factors, the company is lowering full-year free cash flow guidance from the $16 billion range to the $14 billion range. Accordingly, the company expects to generate approximately $10 billion of free cash flow in the second half of the year.

Compared to the first half of the year, this outlook reflects the expectation of lower vendor device payments by more than $3.0 billion, approximately $2.0 billion in lower capital investment, benefits from first half of the year customer growth, which include recent price increases, and lower cash interest payments. We expect these benefits to be partially offset by reduced distributions from DIRECTV and our expectations for some incremental pressure on cash collections.

Remaining 2022 financial guidance elements remain broadly consistent with previously stated expectations.

1 Diluted Earnings per Common Share from continuing operations is calculated using Income from continuing operations, less Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest and Preferred Stock Dividends, divided by the weighted average common shares outstanding for the period.

2 The approximately 3 million U.S. business customer locations are included within the 9.5+ million U.S. business customer locations on or within 1,000 feet of our fiber.

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Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

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 might 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 and 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 https://investors.att.com.

Non-GAAP Measures and Reconciliations to GAAP Measures

Schedules and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures cited in this document to the most directly comparable financial measures under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) can be found at https://investors.att.com and in our Form 8-K dated July 21, 2022. Free cash flow, EBITDA, adjusted operating income and net debt to adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures frequently used by investors and credit rating agencies.

Adjusted EPS from continuing operations includes adjusting items to revenues and costs that we consider non-operational in nature, including items arising from asset acquisitions or dispositions. We adjust for net actuarial gains or losses associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans due to the often-significant impact on our results (we immediately recognize this gain or loss in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains and losses). Consequently, our adjusted results reflect an expected return on plan assets rather than the actual return on plan assets, as included in the GAAP measure of income. The tax impact of adjusting items is calculated using the effective tax rate during the quarter except for adjustments that, given their magnitude, can drive a change in the effective tax rate, in these cases we use the actual tax expense or combined marginal rate of approximately 25%.

For 2Q22, Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.65 is Diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.59 adjusted for $0.06 non-cash restructuring and impairments, $0.06 benefit-related, transaction and other costs, $0.04 proportionate share of intangible amortization at the DIRECTV equity method investment, $0.02 dilutive impact of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-06, and $0.01 tax-related item, minus $0.13 actuarial gain on benefit plan.

For 2Q21, Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.73 is Diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.76 adjusted for $0.02 actuarial loss on benefit plan and $0.01 dilutive impact of ASU No. 2020-06, minus $0.03 of benefit-related, transaction and other costs, and a $0.03 tax-related item.

Capital investment from continuing operations is a non-GAAP financial measure that provides an additional view of cash paid for capital investment to provide a comprehensive view of cash used to invest in our networks, product developments and support systems. In connection with capital improvements, we negotiate with some of our vendors to obtain favorable payment terms of 120 days or more, referred to as vendor financing, which are excluded from capital expenditures and reported in accordance with GAAP as financing activities. Capital investment from continuing operations includes capital expenditures from continuing operations and cash paid for vendor financing ($1.8 billion in 2Q22).

Free cash flow from continuing operations for 2Q22 of $1.4 billion is cash from operating activities from continuing operations of $7.7 billion, plus cash distributions from DIRECTV classified as investing activities of $0.3 billion, minus capital expenditures from continuing operations of $4.9 billion and cash paid for vendor financing of $1.8 billion.

For 2Q21, free cash flow from continuing operations of $5.2 billion is cash from operating activities from continuing operations of $10.2 billion, minus capital expenditures from continuing operations of $3.7 billion and cash paid for vendor financing of $1.3 billion.

Due to high variability and difficulty in predicting items that impact cash from operating activities, cash distributions from DIRECTV, capital expenditures and vendor financing payments, the company is not able to provide a reconciliation between projected free cash flow from continuing operations and the most comparable GAAP metric without unreasonable effort.

EBITDA is operating income before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA margin is operating income before depreciation and amortization, divided by total revenues. EBITDA service margin is Operating Income before depreciation and amortization, divided by total service revenues.

Standalone AT&T results reflect the historical operating results of the company presented as continuing operations, and also excludes U.S. Video and other 2021 dispositions included in Corporate and Other. Standalone AT&T results are presented to provide 2Q21 results that are comparable to 2Q22 continuing operations financial data. For the current quarter, standalone AT&T is the same as continuing operations. See our Form 8-K dated July 21, 2022, for further discussion and information.

Operating Revenues of standalone AT&T for 2Q21 of $29.0 billion is calculated as Operating Revenues from continuing operations of $35.7 billion less revenues of $6.7 billion from U.S. Video and other divested businesses.

Adjusted Operating Income of standalone AT&T for 2Q21 of $5.7 billion is calculated as Adjusted Operating Income from continuing operations of $7.5 billion less $1.8 billion from U.S. Video and other divested businesses, including a comparative adjustment applied to prior periods for estimated DIRECTV-related retained costs. After the 3Q21 DIRECTV transaction, we expect to retain incurred operations and support costs and depreciation of network infrastructure, that provides both U-verse video and broadband services to customers. Approximately 60% of these costs will be received from DIRECTV through transition service agreements and commercial arrangements.

Standalone AT&T Adjusted EPS for 2Q21 of $0.64 is calculated as Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.73 less $0.09 of adjustments to exclude Operating Income of U.S. Video (including estimated retained costs) and other dispositions, and include our estimate of equity in net income from DIRECTV investment.

Adjusted Operating Income from continuing operations is Operating Income from continuing operations adjusted for revenues and costs we consider non-operational in nature, including items arising from asset acquisitions or dispositions. For 2Q22, Adjusted Operating Income from continuing operations of $5.9 billion is calculated as Operating Income from continuing operations of $5.0 billion plus $0.9 billion of adjustments. For 2Q21, Adjusted Operating Income from continuing operations of $7.5 billion is calculated as Operating Income from continuing operations of $7.6 billion minus $42 million of adjustments. Adjustments for both years are detailed in the Discussion and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures included in our Form 8-K dated July 21, 2022.

Adjusted Equity in Net Income from DIRECTV investment is calculated as equity income from DIRECTV reported in Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Affiliates and excludes AT&T’s proportionate share of the noncash depreciation and amortization of fair value accretion from DIRECTV’s revaluation of assets and purchase price allocation.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio is calculated by dividing the Net Debt of $131.9 billion (Total Debt of $136.0 billion at June 30, 2022, less Cash and Cash Equivalent of $4.0 billion) by the sum of the most recent four quarters of Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $40.8 billion ($10.8 billion for September 30, 2021; $9.5 billion for December 31, 2021; $10.2 billion for March 31, 2022; and $10.3 billion for June 30, 2022).

* Further clarification and explanation of non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to their most comparable GAAP measures can be found in the "Non-GAAP Measures and Reconciliations to GAAP Measures" section of the release and at https://investors.att.com.

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Discussion and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures for Continuing Operations

We believe the following measures are relevant and useful information to investors as they are part of AT&T's internal management reporting and planning processes and are important metrics that management uses to evaluate the operating performance of AT&T and its segments. Management also uses these measures as a method of comparing performance with that of many of our competitors. These measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

On April 8, 2022, we completed the previously announced separation of our WarnerMedia business. With the separation and distribution, the WarnerMedia business met the criteria for discontinued operations in the second quarter of 2022. For discontinued operations, we evaluated transactions completed during 2021 that were components of AT&T’s single plan of a strategic shift, including dispositions that may not have individually met the criteria due to materiality, and have determined discontinued operations to be comprised of WarnerMedia, Vrio, Xandr and Playdemic Ltd. (Playdemic). These businesses are reflected in our historical financial statements as discontinued operations, including for periods prior to the consummation of the WarnerMedia/Discovery transaction. The information below refers only to our continuing operations and does not include discussion of balances or activity of WarnerMedia, Vrio, Xandr and Playdemic.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations and cash distributions from DIRECTV classified as investing activities minus capital expenditures and cash paid for vendor financing (classified as financing activities). Free cash flow after dividends is defined as cash from operations and cash distributions from DIRECTV, minus capital expenditures, cash paid for vendor financing and dividends on common and preferred shares. Free cash flow dividend payout ratio is defined as the percentage of dividends paid on common and preferred shares to free cash flow. We believe these metrics provide useful information to our investors because management views free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by routine business operations, including capital expenditures and vendor financing, and from our continued economic interest in the U.S. video operations as part of our DIRECTV equity method investment, 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 and Free Cash Flow Dividend Payout Ratio

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Net cash provided by operating activities1

$

7,740

 

$

10,181

 

 

$

15,370

 

$

19,783

 

Add: Distributions from DIRECTV classified as investing activities

 

323

 

 

 

 

 

1,638

 

 

 

Less: Capital expenditures

 

(4,908

)

 

(3,710

)

 

 

(9,476

)

 

(7,581

)

Less: Cash paid for vendor financing

 

(1,771

)

 

(1,304

)

 

 

(3,337

)

 

(2,994

)

Free Cash Flow

 

1,384

 

 

5,167

 

 

 

4,195

 

 

9,208

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Dividends paid

 

(2,086

)

 

(3,830

)

 

 

(5,835

)

 

(7,571

)

Free Cash Flow after Dividends

$

(702

)

$

1,337

 

 

$

(1,640

)

$

1,637

 

Free Cash Flow Dividend Payout Ratio

 

150.7

%

 

74.1

%

 

 

139.1

%

 

82.2

%

1 Includes distributions from DIRECTV of $515 in the second quarter and $1,037 in the first six months of 2022.

Cash Paid for Capital Investment

In connection with capital improvements, we negotiate with some of our vendors to obtain favorable payment terms of 120 days or more, referred to as vendor financing, which are excluded from capital expenditures and reported in accordance with GAAP as financing activities. We present an additional view of cash paid for capital investment to provide investors with a comprehensive view of cash used to invest in our networks, product developments and support systems.

Cash Paid for Capital Investment

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Capital Expenditures

$

(4,908

)

 

$

(3,710

)

 

$

(9,476

)

 

$

(7,581

)

Cash paid for vendor financing

 

(1,771

)

 

 

(1,304

)

 

 

(3,337

)

 

 

(2,994

)

Cash paid for Capital Investment

$

(6,679

)

 

$

(5,014

)

 

$

(12,813

)

 

$

(10,575

)

EBITDA

Our calculation of EBITDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies. For AT&T, EBITDA excludes other income (expense) – net, and equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, as these do not reflect the operating results of our subscriber base or operations that are not under our control. Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates represents the proportionate share of the net income (loss) of affiliates in which we exercise significant influence, but do not control. Because we do not control these entities, management excludes these results when evaluating the performance of our primary operations. EBITDA also excludes interest expense and the provision for income taxes. Excluding these items eliminates the expenses associated with our capital and tax structures. Finally, EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization in order to eliminate the impact of capital investments. 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.

EBITDA service margin is calculated as EBITDA divided by service revenues.

These measures are used by management as a gauge of our success in acquiring, retaining and servicing subscribers because we believe these measures reflect AT&T'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 operating 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 management is responsible and upon which we evaluate performance.

We believe EBITDA Service Margin (EBITDA as a percentage of service revenues) to be a more relevant measure than EBITDA Margin (EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue) for our Mobility business unit operating margin. We also use wireless service revenues to calculate margin to facilitate comparison, both internally and externally with our wireless competitors, as they calculate their margins using wireless service revenues as well.

There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA, EBITDA margin 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. For market comparability, management analyzes 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, EBITDA margin 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.

EBITDA, EBITDA Margin and EBITDA Service Margin

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Income from Continuing Operations

$

4,751

 

$

5,969

 

 

$

9,900

 

$

13,555

 

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Income Tax Expense

 

1,509

 

 

1,151

 

 

 

2,949

 

 

3,160

 

Interest Expense

 

1,502

 

 

1,640

 

 

 

3,128

 

 

3,463

 

Equity in Net (Income) Loss of Affiliates

 

(504

)

 

18

 

 

 

(1,025

)

 

24

 

Other (Income) Expense - Net

 

(2,302

)

 

(1,206

)

 

 

(4,459

)

 

(5,436

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

4,450

 

 

4,429

 

 

 

8,912

 

 

8,895

 

EBITDA

 

9,406

 

 

12,001

 

 

 

19,405

 

 

23,661

 

Transaction and other costs

 

185

 

 

 

 

 

283

 

 

35

 

Employee separation costs and benefit-related (gain) loss

 

108

 

 

(70

)

 

 

201

 

 

(104

)

Assets impairments and abandonment and restructuring

 

631

 

 

 

 

 

631

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA 1

$

10,330

 

$

11,931

 

 

$

20,520

 

$

23,592

 

Less: Video and Other dispositions

 

 

 

(1,776

)

 

 

 

 

(3,243

)

Standalone AT&T Adjusted EBITDA 2

$

10,330

 

$

10,155

 

 

$

20,520

 

$

20,349

 

1

See page 5 for additional discussion and reconciliation of adjusted items.

2

See Exhibit 99.4 for reconciliation of Standalone AT&T Adjusted EBITDA.

Segment and Business Unit EBITDA, EBITDA Margin and EBITDA Service Margin

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Communications Segment

Operating Income

$

7,226

 

$

7,384

 

 

$

14,255

 

$

14,815

 

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

4,115

 

 

4,085

 

 

 

8,239

 

 

8,139

 

EBITDA

 

11,341

 

 

11,469

 

 

 

22,494

 

 

22,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

28,695

 

 

28,128

 

 

 

57,571

 

 

56,306

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

25.2

%

 

26.3

%

 

 

24.8

%

 

26.3

%

EBITDA Margin

 

39.5

%

 

40.8

%

 

 

39.1

%

 

40.8

%

Mobility

Operating Income

$

6,212

 

$

6,007

 

 

$

12,065

 

$

12,051

 

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

2,017

 

 

2,023

 

 

 

4,076

 

 

4,037

 

EBITDA

 

8,229

 

 

8,030

 

 

 

16,141

 

 

16,088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

19,926

 

 

18,936

 

 

 

40,001

 

 

37,970

 

Service Revenues

 

15,004

 

 

14,346

 

 

 

29,728

 

 

28,394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

31.2

%

 

31.7

%

 

 

30.2

%

 

31.7

%

EBITDA Margin

 

41.3

%

 

42.4

%

 

 

40.4

%

 

42.4

%

EBITDA Service Margin

 

54.8

%

 

56.0

%

 

 

54.3

%

 

56.7

%

Business Wireline

Operating Income

$

710

 

$

1,069

 

 

$

1,569

 

$

2,149

 

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

1,313

 

 

1,293

 

 

 

2,612

 

 

2,571

 

EBITDA

 

2,023

 

 

2,362

 

 

 

4,181

 

 

4,720

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

5,595

 

 

6,052

 

 

 

11,235

 

 

12,098

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

12.7

%

 

17.7

%

 

 

14.0

%

 

17.8

%

EBITDA Margin

 

36.2

%

 

39.0

%

 

 

37.2

%

 

39.0

%

Consumer Wireline

Operating Income

$

304

 

$

308

 

 

$

621

 

$

615

 

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

785

 

 

769

 

 

 

1,551

 

 

1,531

 

EBITDA

 

1,089

 

 

1,077

 

 

 

2,172

 

 

2,146

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

3,174

 

 

3,140

 

 

 

6,335

 

 

6,238

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

9.6

%

 

9.8

%

 

 

9.8

%

 

9.9

%

EBITDA Margin

 

34.3

%

 

34.3

%

 

 

34.3

%

 

34.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin America Segment - Mexico

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

$

(82

)

$

(129

)

 

$

(184

)

$

(263

)

Additions:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

169

 

 

150

 

 

 

330

 

 

295

 

EBITDA

 

87

 

 

21

 

 

 

146

 

 

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

808

 

 

688

 

 

 

1,498

 

 

1,319

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

-10.1

%

 

-18.8

%

 

 

-12.3

%

 

-19.9

%

EBITDA Margin

 

10.8

%

 

3.1

%

 

 

9.7

%

 

2.4

%

Adjusting Items

Adjusting items include revenues and costs we consider non-operational in nature, including items arising from asset acquisitions or dispositions. We also adjust for net actuarial gains or losses associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans due to the often-significant impact on our results (we immediately recognize this gain or loss in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains and losses). Consequently, our adjusted results reflect an expected return on plan assets rather than the actual return on plan assets, as included in the GAAP measure of income. Prior periods have been recast for consistency to include gains on benefit-related and other cost investments.

The tax impact of adjusting items is calculated using the effective tax rate during the quarter except for adjustments that, given their magnitude, can drive a change in the effective tax rate, in these cases we use the actual tax expense or combined marginal rate of approximately 25%.

Adjusting Items

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction and other costs

$

185

 

$

 

 

$

283

 

$

35

 

Benefit-related (gain) loss and other employee-related costs

 

108

 

 

(70

)

 

 

201

 

 

(104

)

Assets impairments and abandonment and restructuring

 

631

 

 

 

 

 

631

 

 

 

Adjustments to Operations and Support Expenses

 

924

 

 

(70

)

 

 

1,115

 

 

(69

)

Amortization of intangible assets

 

17

 

 

28

 

 

 

44

 

 

114

 

Adjustments to Operating Expenses

 

941

 

 

(42

)

 

 

1,159

 

 

45

 

Other

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTV intangible amortization (proportionate share)

 

396

 

 

 

 

 

812

 

 

 

Benefit-related (gain) loss, transaction financing costs and other

 

314

 

 

(213

)

 

 

406

 

 

(337

)

Actuarial (gain) loss

 

(1,345

)

 

197

 

 

 

(2,398

)

 

(2,647

)

Adjustments to Income Before Income Taxes

 

306

 

 

(58

)

 

 

(21

)

 

(2,939

)

Tax impact of adjustments

 

38

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(65

)

 

(725

)

Tax-related items

 

(79

)

 

250

 

 

 

(79

)

 

368

 

Adjustments to Net Income

$

347

 

$

(307

)

 

$

123

 

$

(2,582

)

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Income Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA service margin and Adjusted diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues, operating expenses and income tax expense, certain significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature, including dispositions and merger integration and transaction costs, actuarial gains and losses, significant abandonments and impairment, benefit-related gains and losses, employee separation and other material gains and losses. 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 Revenues, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Income Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA service margin and Adjusted diluted EPS should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. AT&T's calculation of Adjusted items, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Income Margin,

Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Operating Income

$

4,956

 

$

7,572

 

 

$

10,493

 

$

14,766

 

Adjustments to Operating Expenses

 

941

 

 

(42

)

 

 

1,159

 

 

45

 

Adjusted Operating Income

 

5,897

 

 

7,530

 

 

 

11,652

 

 

14,811

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

9,406

 

 

12,001

 

 

 

19,405

 

 

23,661

 

Adjustments to Operations and Support Expenses

 

924

 

 

(70

)

 

 

1,115

 

 

(69

)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

10,330

 

 

11,931

 

 

 

20,520

 

 

23,592

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

29,643

 

 

35,740

 

 

 

59,355

 

 

71,617

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income Margin

 

16.7

%

 

21.2

%

 

 

17.7

%

 

20.6

%

Adjusted Operating Income Margin

 

19.9

%

 

21.1

%

 

 

19.6

%

 

20.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

 

34.8

%

 

33.4

%

 

 

34.6

%

 

32.9

%

Adjusted Diluted EPS

 

Second Quarter

 

Six-Month Period

 

2022

2021

 

2022

2021

Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)

$

0.59

 

$

0.76

 

 

$

1.23

 

$

1.73

 

DIRECTV intangible amortization (proportionate share)

 

0.04

 

 

 

 

 

0.08

 

 

 

Actuarial (gain) loss 1

 

(0.13

)

 

0.02

 

 

 

(0.24

)

 

(0.27

)

Restructuring and impairments

 

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

0.06

 

 

 

Benefit-related, transaction and other costs1, 2

 

0.08

 

 

(0.02

)

 

 

0.13

 

 

(0.01

)

Tax-related items

 

0.01

 

 

(0.03

)

 

 

0.01

 

 

(0.05

)

Adjusted EPS

$

0.65

 

$

0.73

 

 

$

1.27

 

$

1.40

 

Less: Video and Other dispositions

 

 

 

(0.09

)

 

 

 

 

(0.18

)

Standalone AT&T Adjusted EPS3

$

0.65

 

$

0.64

 

 

$

1.27

 

$

1.22

 

Year-over-year growth - Adjusted

 

1.6

%

 

 

 

4.1

%

 

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

 

7,611

 

 

7,484

 

 

 

7,584

 

 

7,483

 

1

Includes adjustments for actuarial gains or losses associated with our pension benefit plan, which we immediately recognize in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains/losses. We recorded total net actuarial gain of $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2022. As a result, adjusted EPS reflects an expected return on plan assets of $0.8 billion (based on an average expected return on plan assets of 6.75% for our pension trust), rather than the actual return on plan assets of $(4.0) billion (actual pension return of -11.3%), included in the GAAP measure of income. Adjustments also include the impact to our second-quarter 2022 benefit expense accrual that resulted from the first-quarter 2022 remeasurement of plan assets and obligations, which included an increase in the assumed discount rate.

2

As of January 1, 2022, we adopted, through retrospective application, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2020-06, which requires that instruments which may be settled in cash or stock to be presumed settled in stock in calculating diluted EPS. While our intent is to settle the Mobility II preferred interests in cash, the ability to settle this instrument in AT&T shares will result in additional dilutive impact, the magnitude of which is influenced by the fair value of the Mobility II preferred interests and the average AT&T common stock price during the reporting period, which could vary from period-to-period. For these reasons, we have excluded the impact of ASU 2020-06 from our adjusted EPS calculation. The per share impact of ASU 2020-06 was to decrease reported diluted EPS $0.02 and $0.01 for the quarters ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, and $0.02 and $0.02 for the six months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively.

3

See Exhibit 99.4 for reconciliation of Standalone AT&T Adjusted EPS.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA

Net Debt to EBITDA ratios are non-GAAP financial measures frequently used by investors and credit rating agencies and management believes these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data. Our Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio is calculated by dividing the Net Debt by the sum of the most recent four quarters Adjusted EBITDA. Net Debt is calculated by subtracting cash and cash equivalents and certificates of deposit and time deposits that are greater than 90 days, from the sum of debt maturing within one year and long-term debt.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - 2022

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Sept. 30

 

Dec. 31,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

Four Quarters

 

 

2021 1

 

 

2021 1

 

 

2022 1

 

 

2022

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,803

 

$

9,480

 

$

10,190

 

$

10,330

 

$

40,803

End-of-period current debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,210

End-of-period long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

129,747

Total End-of-Period Debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

135,957

Less: Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,018

Net Debt Balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

131,939

Annualized Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.23

1

As reported in Exhibit 99.4.

2

Annualized Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio of 3.28 when adjusted to remove the impacts for Video and Other dispositions of $568 and $4 in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, respectively. Additional information on Standalone AT&T can be found in Exhibit 99.4.

Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA - 2021

Dollars in millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

Sept. 30

 

Dec. 31,

 

March 31,

 

June 30,

 

Four Quarters

 

 

2020 1

 

 

2020 1

 

 

2021 1

 

 

2021 1

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

11,642

 

$

10,590

 

$

11,661

 

$

11,931

 

$

45,824

End-of-period current debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,975

End-of-period long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

154,006

Total End-of-Period Debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

177,981

Less: Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,924

Net Debt Balance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

168,057

Annualized Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.67

1 As reported in Exhibit 99.4.

Supplemental Operational Measures

We provide a supplemental discussion of our business solutions operations that is calculated by combining our Mobility and Business Wireline operating units, and then adjusting to remove non-business operations. The following table presents a reconciliation of our supplemental Business Solutions results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Operational Measure

 

Second Quarter

 

June 30, 2022

 

June 30, 2021

 

Mobility

Business

Wireline

Adjustments1

Business

Solutions

 

Mobility

Business

Wireline

Adjustments1

Business

Solutions

Operating Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless service

$

15,004

$

$

(12,829

)

$

2,175

 

$

14,346

$

$

(12,321

)

$

2,025

Wireline service

 

 

5,416

 

 

 

5,416

 

 

 

5,860

 

 

 

5,860

Wireless equipment

 

4,922

 

 

(4,048

)

 

874

 

 

4,590

 

 

(3,809

)

 

781

Wireline equipment

 

 

179

 

 

 

179

 

 

 

192

 

 

 

192

Total Operating Revenues

 

19,926

 

5,595

 

(16,877

)

 

8,644

 

 

18,936

 

6,052

 

(16,130

)

 

8,858

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations and support

 

11,697

 

3,572

 

(9,585

)

 

5,684

 

 

10,906

 

3,690

 

(8,953

)

 

5,643

EBITDA

 

8,229

 

2,023

 

(7,292

)

 

2,960

 

 

8,030

 

2,362

 

(7,177

)

 

3,215

Depreciation and amortization

 

2,017

 

1,313

 

(1,664

)

 

1,666

 

 

2,023

 

1,293

 

(1,678

)

 

1,638

Total Operating Expenses

 

13,714

 

4,885

 

(11,249

)

 

7,350

 

 

12,929

 

4,983

 

(10,631

)

 

7,281

Operating Income

 

6,212

 

710

 

(5,628

)

 

1,294

 

 

6,007

 

1,069

 

(5,499

)

 

1,577

1

Non-business wireless reported in the Communications segment under the Mobility business unit.

Results have been recast to conform to the current period's classification.

Supplemental Operational Measure

 

Six-Month Period

 

June 30, 2022

 

June 30, 2021

 

Mobility

Business

Wireline

Adjustments1

Business

Solutions

 

Mobility

Business

Wireline

Adjustments1

Business

Solutions

Operating Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wireless service

$

29,728

$

$

(25,419

)

$

4,309

 

$

28,394

$

$

(24,400

)

$

3,994

Wireline service

 

 

10,894

 

 

 

10,894

 

 

 

11,732

 

 

 

11,732

Wireless equipment

 

10,273

 

 

(8,500

)

 

1,773

 

 

9,576

 

 

(8,005

)

 

1,571

Wireline equipment

 

 

341

 

 

 

341

 

 

 

366

 

 

 

366

Total Operating Revenues

 

40,001

 

11,235

 

(33,919

)

 

17,317

 

 

37,970

 

12,098

 

(32,405

)

 

17,663

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations and support

 

23,860

 

7,054

 

(19,622

)

 

11,292

 

 

21,882

 

7,378

 

(18,098

)

 

11,162

EBITDA

 

16,141

 

4,181

 

(14,297

)

 

6,025

 

 

16,088

 

4,720

 

(14,307

)

 

6,501

Depreciation and amortization

 

4,076

 

2,612

 

(3,362

)

 

3,326

 

 

4,037

 

2,571

 

(3,356

)

 

3,252

Total Operating Expenses

 

27,936

 

9,666

 

(22,984

)

 

14,618

 

 

25,919

 

9,949

 

(21,454

)

 

14,414

Operating Income

 

12,065

 

1,569

 

(10,935

)

 

2,699

 

 

12,051

 

2,149

 

(10,951

)

 

3,249

1

Non-business wireless reported in the Communications segment under the Mobility business unit.

Results have been recast to conform to the current period's classification.

 

Fletcher Cook
AT&T Inc.
Phone: (214) 912-8541
Email: fletcher.cook@att.com

Brittany Siwald
AT&T Inc.
Phone: (214) 202-6630
Email: brittany.a.siwald@att.com

Source: AT&T Inc.