Cogent Communications Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results and Increases Quarterly Dividend on Common Stock by 10%

Nov 06, 2012, 08:00 ET from Cogent Communications Group, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Financial and Business Highlights

  • Cogent approves payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.11 per common share to be paid on December 12, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 21, 2012
    • The fourth quarter 2012 dividend represents an increase of 10% from the third quarter 2012 dividend of $0.10 per share that was paid on September 12, 2012
  • Service revenue for Q3 2012 of $79.7 million – an increase of 2.4% from $77.8 million for Q2 2012 and an increase of 2.8% on a constant currency basis
    • Foreign exchange negatively impacted revenue growth from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012 by $0.4 million
  • Traffic increased by 17% from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012 and traffic increased by 28% from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012
  • EBITDA, as adjusted, was $26.2 million for Q3 2012 – an increase of 3.3% from $25.3 million for Q2 2012
  • EBITDA, as adjusted margin was 32.9% for Q3 2012 and 32.6% for Q2 2012
  • 33,582 customer connections were on the Cogent network at the end of Q3 2012 - an increase of 4.7% from 32,066 customer connections at the end of Q2 2012

Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) today announced  service revenue of $79.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 2.4% from $77.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and an increase of 3.0% from $77.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011.  The impact of foreign exchange negatively impacted service revenue growth from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012 by $0.4 million and negatively impacted service revenue growth from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012 by $2.2 million.  Additionally, the loss of a Cogent customer in January 2012 who represented approximately 5.5% of service revenue for Q3 2011 and 2011, negatively impacted service revenue growth from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012.  On a constant currency basis service revenue grew by 2.8% from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012.  On a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of the loss of the Cogent customer, service revenue increased by 11.9% from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012.

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On-net revenue was $58.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 1.4% from $57.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.  On-net revenue was $58.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. On-net service is provided to customers located in buildings that are physically connected to Cogent's network by Cogent facilities.

Off-net revenue was $20.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, an increase of 5.3% over $19.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and an increase of 16.4% over $18.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Off-net customers are located in buildings directly connected to Cogent's network using other carriers' facilities and services to provide the last mile portion of the link from the customers' premises to Cogent's network.

Non-core revenue was $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, $0.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and $0.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011.  Non-core services are legacy services, which Cogent acquired and continues to support but does not actively sell.

Gross profit, excluding equity-based compensation expense, increased 1.1% to $43.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $42.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012.  Gross profit, excluding equity-based compensation expense, was $43.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011.   Gross profit margin, excluding equity-based compensation expense, was 54.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2012, 55.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and 56.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2011. 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as adjusted, increased 3.3% to $26.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 from $25.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and decreased 1.9% from $26.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011.   EBITDA, as adjusted, margin was 32.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2012, 32.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and 34.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2011.

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share was $(0.00) for the three months ended September 30, 2012, $(0.04) for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and $0.01 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. 

Total customer connections increased 4.7% to 33,582 as of September 30, 2012 from 32,066 as of June 30, 2012 and increased 15.9% from 28,983 as of September 30, 2011. On-net customer connections increased 5.0% to 28,839 as of September 30, 2012 from 27,471 as of June 30, 2012 and increased 17.5% from 24,535 as of September 30, 2011.  Off-net customer connections increased 3.9% to 4,258 as of September 30, 2012 from 4,100 as of June 30, 2012 and increased 10.2% from 3,864 as of September 30, 2011.  Non-core customer connections were 485 as of September 30, 2012, 495 as of June 30, 2012 and 584 as of September 30, 2011.

The number of on-net buildings increased by 33 on-net buildings to 1,832 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2012 from 1,799 on-net buildings as of June 30, 2012, and increased by 125 on-net buildings from 1,707 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2011.

Quarterly Dividend Payment Approved and Increased On November 5, 2012, Cogent's board approved a payment of a dividend of $0.11 per common share payable on December 12, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 21, 2012.

The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the board and will be dependent upon Cogent's financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the board.

Conference Call and Website Information Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on November 6, 2012 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the third quarter of 2012 and Cogent's expectations for full year 2012 and full year 2013.  Investors and other interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the earnings call in the "Events" section of Cogent's website at www.cogentco.com/events.  A replay of the webcast, together with the press release, will be available on the website following the earnings call. 

About Cogent Communications Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP.  Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and point-to-point transport services.  Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 180 markets globally.

Cogent Communications is headquartered at 1015 31st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.  For more information, visit www.cogentco.com.  Cogent Communications can be reached in the United States at (202) 295-4200 or via email at info@cogentco.com.

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES Summary of Financial and Operational Results

Q1 2011

Q2 2011

Q3 2011

Q4 2011

Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Metric ($ in 000's, except share

and per share data) – unaudited

On-Net revenue

$56,772

$58,016

$58,697

$59,528

$56,750

$57,321

$58,138

  % Change from previous Qtr.

5.9%

2.2%

1.2%

1.4%

-4.7%

1.0%

1.4%

Off-Net revenue

$15,951

$16,786

$17,968

$18,935

$19,501

$19,868

$20,912

% Change from previous Qtr.

5.6%

5.2%

7.0%

5.4%

3.0%

1.9%

5.3%

Non-Core revenue (1)

$737

$778

$702

$630

$637

$628

$606

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-3.2%

5.6%

-9.8%

-10.3%

1.1%

-1.4%

-3.5%

Service revenue – total

$73,460

$75,580

$77,367

$79,093

$76,888

$77,817

$79,656

  % Change from previous Qtr.

5.8%

2.9%

2.4%

2.2%

-2.8%

1.2%

2.4%

Network operations expenses (2)

$31,633

$33,123

$33,497

$33,400

$34,255

$34,994

$36,375

% Change from previous Qtr.

2.2%

4.7%

1.1%

-0.3%

2.6%

2.2%

3.9%

Gross profit (2)

$41,827

$42,457

$43,870

$45,693

$42,633

$42,823

$43,281

% Change from previous Qtr.

8.6%

1.5%

3.3%

4.2%

-6.7%

0.4%

1.1%

Gross profit margin (2)

56.9%

56.2%

56.7%

57.8%

55.4%

55.0%

54.3%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (3)

$17,582

$17,045

$17,202

$17,884

$20,188

$17,496

$17,109

  % Change from previous Qtr.

10.1%

-3.1%

0.9%

4.0%

12.9%

-13.3%

-2.2%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$14,791

$14,734

$15,188

$15,222

$15,239

$15,503

$15,610

% Change from previous Qtr.

-0.2%

-0.4%

3.1%

0.2%

0.1%

1.7%

0.7%

Equity-based compensation expense

$2,096

$2,007

$1,904

$1,688

$1,238

$2,023

$2,530

% Change from previous Qtr.

11.7%

-4.2%

-5.1%

-11.3%

-26.7%

63.4%

25.1%

Operating  income

$7,358

$8,671

$9,576

$10,899

$5,968

$7,801

$8,032

% Change from previous Qtr.

25.5%

17.8%

10.4%

13.8%

-45.2%

30.7%

3.0%

EBITDA, as adjusted (4)

$24,247

$25,412

$26,668

$27,849

$22,557

$25,338

$26,171

  % Change from previous Qtr.

7.4%

4.8%

4.9%

4.4%

-19.0%

12.3%

3.3%

EBITDA, as adjusted margin (4)

33.0%

33.6%

34.5%

35.2%

29.3%

32.6%

32.9%

Net (loss) income

$(278)

$2,115

$281

$5,424

$(2,090)

$(1,791)

$(94)

% Change from previous Qtr.

-110.8%

860.8%

-86.7%

1,830.2%

-138.5%

14.3%

-94.8%

Basic and diluted net (loss) income  per common share

$(0.01)

$0.05

$0.01

$0.12

$(0.05)

$(0.04)

$(0.00)

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-116.7%

600.0%

-80.0%

1,100%

-141.7%

20.0%

-100.0%

Weighted average common shares – basic

44,731,858

45,021,507

45,080,859

45,044,733

45,241,418

45,313,804

45,377,732

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.2%

0.6%

0.1%

-0.1%

0.4%

0.2%

0.1%

Weighted average common shares – diluted

44,731,858

45,548,725

45,559,972

45,582,580

45,241,418

45,313,804

45,377,732

% Change from previous Qtr.

-0.6%

1.8%

-%

-%

-0.7%

0.2%

0.1%

Cash provided by operating activities

$13,468

$19,154

$15,898

$27,293

$12,686

$19,471

$15,489

% Change from previous Qtr.

-38.7%

42.2%

-17.0%

71.7%

-53.5%

53.5%

-20.5%

Capital expenditures

$12,842

$13,153

$9,437

$10,424

$12,289

$10,575

$11,187

  % Change from previous Qtr.

9.6%

2.4%

-28.3%

10.5%

17.9%

-13.9%

5.8%

Customer Connections – end of period

On-Net

21,878

23,360

24,535

25,518

26,246

27,471

28,839

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.8%

6.8%

5.0%

4.0%

2.9%

4.7%

5.0%

Off-Net

3,642

3,759

3,864

3,915

3,962

4,100

4,258

% Change from previous Qtr.

3.3%

3.2%

2.8%

1.3%

1.2%

3.5%

3.9%

Non-Core (1)

625

605

584

565

549

495

485

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-3.5%

-3.2%

-3.5%

-3.3%

-2.8%

-9.8%

-2.0%

Total

26,145

27,724

28,983

29,998

30,757

32,066

33,582

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.4%

6.0%

4.5%

3.5%

2.5%

4.3%

4.7%

Other – end of period

Buildings On-Net

1,609

1,669

1,707

1,744

1,769

1,799

1,832

Employees

569

584

607

639

612

613

621

 

(1)   Consists of legacy services of companies whose assets or businesses were acquired by Cogent, primarily including voice services (only provided in Toronto, Canada).

(2)   Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $140, $126, $122, $122, $83, $118 and $166 in the three months ended March 31, 2011, June 30, 2011, September 30, 2011, December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively. 

(3)   Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $1,956, $1,881, $1,782, $1,566, $1,155, $1,905 and $2,364 in the three months ended March 31, 2011, June 30, 2011, September 30, 2011, December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.

(4)   See schedule of non-GAAP metrics below for definition and reconciliation to GAAP measures. EBITDA, as adjusted, includes net gains (losses) from asset related transactions of $2, $40, $112, $11, and $(1) in the three months ended March 31, 2011, December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively.

 

Schedule of Non-GAAP Measures EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted

EBITDA represents net (loss) income before income taxes, net interest expense, equity-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization. Management believes the most directly comparable measure to EBITDA calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, is cash flows provided by operating activities.

EBITDA, as adjusted, represents EBITDA plus net gains (losses) on asset related transactions. The Company believes EBITDA, as adjusted, is a useful measure of its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand its business.  EBITDA, as adjusted, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information. The Company also believes that EBITDA is a frequently used measure by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of issuers.

EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, are not recognized terms under GAAP and accordingly, should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for the analysis of results as reported under GAAP, but rather as a supplemental measure to GAAP. For example, EBITDA is not intended to reflect the Company's free cash flow, as it does not consider certain current or future cash requirements, such as capital expenditures, contractual commitments, and changes in working capital needs, interest expenses and debt service requirements. The Company's calculations of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, may also differ from the calculation of EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted, by its competitors and other companies and as such, its utility as a comparative measure is limited.

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES EBITDA, as adjusted, is reconciled to cash flows provided by operating activities in the table below.

Q1  2011

 

Q2  2011

 

Q3  2011

 

Q4  2011

 

Q1  2012

 

Q2  2012

 

Q3  2012

 

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Cash flows provided by operating activities

$13,468

$19,154

$15,898

$27,293

$12,686

$19,471

$15,489

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

4,483

(1,708)

2,890

(3,558)

3,053

(2,252)

3,965

Cash interest expense and income tax expense

6,294

7,966

7,880

4,074

6,706

8,108

6,718

Gains (losses) on asset related transactions

2

-

-

40

112

11

(1)

EBITDA, as adjusted

$24,247

$25,412

$26,668

$27,849

$22,557

$25,338

$26,171

 

Impact of foreign currencies ("constant currency" impact) on sequential quarterly service revenue

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q3 2012

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2012

$79,656

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

353

Service revenue -  Q3 2012, as adjusted (1)

$80,009

Service revenue, as reported – Q2 2012

$77,817

Constant currency increase from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012 - (Service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2012 less service revenue, as reported for Q2 2012)

$2,192

Percent increase (Increase from Q2 2012 to Q3 2012 divided by service revenue, as reported for Q2 2012)

2.8%

(1)   Service revenue, as adjusted, is determined by translating the service revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

 

Impact of foreign currencies ("constant currency" impact) and Cogent customer loss on quarterly service revenue

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q3 2012

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2012

$79,656

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

2,186

Service revenue -  Q3 2012, as adjusted (2)

$81,842

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2011

$77,367

Service revenue from Cogent customer – Q3 2011  (3)

(4,198)

Service revenue, as adjusted – Q3 2011

$73,169

Constant currency and customer adjusted  increase  from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012 - (Service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2012 less service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2011)

$8,673

Percent increase (Increase from Q3 2011 to Q3 2012 divided by service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2011)

11.9%

(2)   Service revenue, as adjusted, is determined by translating the service revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the three months ended September 30, 2011. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

(3)   In January 2012, the Company's largest (on-net and net-centric) customer was indicted by the U.S. government and as a result the Company's on-net service to this customer and the associated revenue terminated in January 2012.  This customer accounted for approximately 5.5% of each of the Company's 2011 and third quarter 2011 revenues.  The loss of this net-centric customer negatively impacted the Company's revenue growth rate from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012.

 

Cogent's SEC filings are available online via the Investor Relations section of www.cogentco.com or on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND DECEMBER 31, 2011 (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

 

September 30, 2012

December 31, 2011

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

232,064

$

238,207

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,822 and $3,345 respectively

27,980

25,029

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,025

10,051

Total current assets

271,069

273,287

Property and equipment, net

306,635

307,978

Deposits and other assets - $456 and $457 restricted, respectively

15,181

16,386

Total assets

$

592,885

$

597,651

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

13,880

$

14,199

Accrued liabilities

20,807

21,944

Current maturities, capital lease obligations

7,415

11,700

Total current liabilities

42,102

47,843

Senior secured notes

175,000

175,000

Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities

123,919

122,996

Convertible senior notes, net of discount of $11,010 and $15,366 respectively

80,968

76,612

Other long term liabilities

9,913

11,199

Total liabilities

431,902

433,650

Commitments and contingencies:

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 47,161,167 and 45,893,347 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

47

46

Additional paid-in capital

494,458

489,021

Accumulated other comprehensive income — foreign currency translation

(526)

(582)

Accumulated deficit

(332,996)

(324,484)

Total stockholders' equity

160,983

164,001

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

592,885

$

597,651

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

79,656

$

77,367

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $166 and $122 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

36,541

33,619

Selling, general, and administrative (including $2,364 and $1,782 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)

19,473

18,984

Depreciation and amortization

15,610

15,188

Total operating expenses

71,624

67,791

Operating income

8,032

9,576

Interest income and other, net

397

81

Interest expense

(9,015)

(8,953)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(586)

704

Income tax benefit (provision)

492

(423)

Net (loss) income

$

(94)

$

281

Net (loss) income per common share:

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per common share

$

(0.00)

$

0.01

Dividends declared per common share

$0.10

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,377,732

45,080,859

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,377,732

45,559,972

Comprehensive income (loss)

$

1,407

$

(3,037)

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

234,360

$

226,406

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $367 and $388 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

105,992

98,638

Selling, general, and administrative (including $5,425 and $5,619 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)

60,217

57,450

Depreciation and amortization

46,353

44,714

Total operating expenses

212,562

200,802

Operating income

21,798

25,604

Interest income and other, net

926

610

Release of lease obligation

2,739

Interest expense

(26,998)

(25,673)

(Loss) income before income taxes

(4,274)

3,280

Income tax benefit (provision)

299

(1,162)

Net (loss) income

$

(3,975)

$

2,118

Net (loss) income per common share:

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per common share

$

(0.09)

$

0.05

Dividends declared per common share

$ 0.10

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,411,958

45,100,004

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,411,958

45,669,751

Comprehensive (loss) income

$

(3,919)

$

2,630

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 (IN THOUSANDS)

 

Nine months Ended September 30, 2012

Nine months Ended September 30, 2011

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

47,646

$

48,521

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(34,051)

(35,432)

Proceeds from dispositions of assets

120

2

Net cash used in investing activities

(33,931)

(35,430)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of senior secured notes, net

170,512

Purchases of common stock

(1,265)

(2,934)

Dividends paid

(4,537)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

330

371

Principal payments of capital lease obligations

(14,433)

(13,469)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(19,905)

154,480

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash

47

197

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(6,143)

167,768

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

238,207

56,283

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

232,064

$

224,051

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:

Capital lease obligations incurred

$

9,953

$

36,102

 

Except for historical information and discussion contained herein, statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements include, but are not limited to statements identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects" and similar expressions.  The statements in this release are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cogent's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.  Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences, including future economic instability in the global economy or a contraction of the capital markets which could affect spending on Internet services and our ability to engage in financing activities; the impact of changing foreign exchange rates (in particular the Euro to USD and Canadian dollar to USD exchange rates) on the translation of our non-USD denominated revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities; legal and operational difficulties in new markets; the imposition of a requirement that we contribute to the U.S. Universal Service Fund and similar funds in other countries; changes in government policy and/or regulation, including net neutrality rules  by the United States Federal Communications Commission and in the area of data protection; increasing competition leading to lower prices for our services; our ability to attract new customers and to increase and maintain the volume of traffic on our network; the ability to maintain our Internet peering arrangements on favorable terms; our reliance on an equipment vendor, Cisco Systems Inc., and the potential for hardware or software problems associated with such equipment; the dependence of our network on the quality and dependability of third-party fiber providers; our ability to retain certain customers that comprise a significant portion of our revenue base; the management of network failures and/or disruptions; and outcomes in litigation as well as other risks discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cogent undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement or any information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time. 

 

SOURCE Cogent Communications Group, Inc.



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