Cogent Communications Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results and Increases Regular Quarterly Dividend on Common Stock

Nov 05, 2015, 07:00 ET from Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Financial and Business Highlights

  • Cogent approves a 2.9% increase of its regular quarterly dividend to $0.35 per common share to be paid on December 11, 2015 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2015
    • Under Cogent's return of capital program, Cogent purchased 431,000 shares of its common stock for $12.2 million during Q3 2015
  • Service revenue for Q3 2015 increased by 4.3% from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015
    • Service revenue for Q3 2015, on a constant currency basis, increased by 4.4% from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015 and increased by 12.1% from Q3 2014
    • Excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $1.8 million for Q3 2015 and $0.1 million for Q2 2015
  • EBITDA, as adjusted, for Q3 2015 of $34.4 million – increased by 9.9% from $31.3 million for Q2 2015
  • EBITDA, as adjusted, margin increased by 170 basis points to 33.4% for Q3 2015 from 31.7% for Q2 2015
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $207.3 million at September 30, 2015
  • There were 2,221 buildings on the Cogent network at the end of Q3 2015
  • There were 50,617 customer connections on the Cogent network at the end of Q3 2015 – an increase of 13.4% from 44,630 customer connections at the end of Q3 2014 and an increase of 3.5% from 48,910 customer connections at the end of Q2 2015

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) today announced service revenue of $103.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 7.7% from $95.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and an increase of 4.3% from $98.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The impact of foreign exchange negatively impacted service revenue growth from Q3 2014 to Q3 2015 by $4.3 million and negatively impacted service revenue growth from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015 by $0.2 million. On a constant currency basis, service revenue grew by 12.1% from Q3 2014 to Q3 2015 and grew by 4.4% from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015. Excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $1.8 million for Q3 2015, $0.1 million for Q2 2015 and $0.1 million for Q3 2014.

On-net service is provided to customers located in buildings that are physically connected to Cogent's network by Cogent facilities. On-net revenue was $75.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015; an increase of 5.7% over $71.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and an increase of 4.3% from $72.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

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. Off-net revenue was $27.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015; an increase of 13.8% over $24.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and an increase of 4.4% over $26.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 4.6% from $55.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $58.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and increased by 2.5% from $56.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Non-GAAP gross profit margin percentage was 56.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2015, 57.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 57.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Excise taxes including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $1.8 million for Q3 2015, $0.1 million for Q2 2015 and $0.1 million for Q3 2014.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as adjusted, increased by 1.9% from $33.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $34.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and increased by 9.9% from $31.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015. EBITDA, as adjusted, margin was 33.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2015, 35.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2014, and 31.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Basic and diluted net income per share was $0.07 for the three months ended September 30, 2015, $0.00 for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and $0.02 for the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Total customer connections increased by 13.4% from 44,630 as of September 30, 2014 to 50,617 as of September 30, 2015 and increased by 3.5% from 48,910 as of June 30, 2015. On-net customer connections increased by 12.5% from 38,559 as of September 30, 2014 to 43,364 as of September 30, 2015 and increased by 3.2% from 42,002 as of June 30, 2015. Off-net customer connections increased by 21.1% from 5,694 as of September 30, 2014 to 6,897 as of September 30, 2015 and increased by 4.8% from 6,583 as of June 30, 2015. 

The number of on-net buildings increased by 131 on-net buildings from 2,090 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2014 to 2,221 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2015 and increased by 30 on-net buildings from 2,191 on-net buildings as of June 30, 2015.

Quarterly Dividend Increase Approved and Return of Capital Program Suspended

On November 2, 2015, Cogent's board approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share payable on December 11, 2015 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2015. This fourth quarter 2015 regular dividend of $0.35 per share represents an increase of 2.9% from the third quarter 2015 regular dividend of $0.34 per share. 

During the quarter ended September 30, 2015 Cogent purchased 431,000 shares of its common stock for $12.2 million at an average price per share of $28.20 under Cogent's stock buyback program and return of capital program. Under Cogent's return of capital program, Cogent plans on returning additional capital to its shareholders each quarter through either stock buybacks or a special dividend or a combination of stock buybacks and a special dividend. The aggregate payment under this program is a minimum of $12.0 million each quarter and this amount is in addition to Cogent's regular quarterly dividend payments. Since the amount paid for stock buybacks in the third quarter was greater than $12.0 million Cogent will not pay a special dividend payment in the fourth quarter of 2015 under its return of capital program. The return of capital program was planned to continue until Cogent's net debt to trailing twelve months EBITDA, as adjusted, ratio ("Net Leverage Ratio") was within a range of between 2.50 to 3.50 to 1.00. Cogent's Net Leverage Ratio was 2.98 at September 30, 2015 and was 2.77 at June 30, 2015. The indentures governing Cogent's notes limit Cogent's ability to return cash to its stockholders. Consequently, on November 2, 2015, Cogent's board of directors suspended the $12.0 million quarterly minimum payment under the return of capital program. As Cogent's cash flow increases the indenture covenants permit additional distributions to stockholders. 

The payment of any future dividends and any other returns of capital will be at the discretion of Cogent's board of directors and may be reduced, eliminated or increased and will be dependent upon Cogent's financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, limitations under Cogent's debt indenture agreements and other factors deemed relevant by Cogent's board of directors.

Conference Call and Website Information Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on November 5, 2015 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the third quarter of 2015 and to discuss Cogent's expectations for full year 2015 and full year 2016. 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, Ethernet transport, and colocation services.  Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides services in over 190 markets globally.

Cogent Communications is headquartered at 2450 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.  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 HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

Summary of Financial and Operational Results

Q1 2014

Q2 2014

Q3 2014

Q4 2014

Q1 2015

Q2 2015

Q3 2015

Metric ($ in 000's, except share and per share data) – unaudited

On-Net revenue

$69,087

$70,409

$71,059

$71,317

$71,234

$72,010

$75,088

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.6%

1.9%

0.9%

0.4%

-0.1%

1.1%

4.3%

Off-Net revenue

$23,498

$23,859

$24,330

$25,143

$25,730

$26,522

$27,688

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.3%

1.5%

2.0%

3.3%

2.3%

3.1%

4.4%

Non-Core revenue (1)

$352

$355

$302

$289

$278

$267

$241

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-9.5%

0.9%

-14.9%

-4.3%

-3.8%

-4.0%

-9.7%

Service revenue – total

$92,937

$94,623

$95,691

$96,749

$97,242

$98,799

$103,017

  % Change from previous Qtr.

3.4%

1.8%

1.1%

1.1%

0.5%

1.6%

4.3%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – sequential quarters

3.5%

1.7%

1.8%

2.5%

2.9%

2.0%

4.4%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – year over year quarters

9.6%

9.5%

9.3%

10.0%

9.3%

9.5%

12.1%

Network operations expenses (2)

$38,723

$39,491

$40,293

$40,899

$40,907

$42,252

$45,056

% Change from previous Qtr.

1.1%

2.0%

2.0%

1.5%

0.0%

3.3%

6.6%

Non-GAAP gross margin (2)

$54,214

$55,132

$55,398

$55,850

$56,335

$56,547

$57,961

% Change from previous Qtr.

5.1%

1.7%

0.5%

0.8%

0.9%

0.4%

2.5%

Non-GAAP gross margin percentage (2)

58.3%

58.3%

57.9%

57.7%

57.9%

57.2%

56.3%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (3)

$24,392

$24,380

$24,775

$25,048

$26,708

$25,987

$24,740

  % Change from previous Qtr.

16.5%

0.0%

1.6%

1.1%

6.6%

-2.7%

-4.8%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$17,204

$17,301

$17,431

$17,545

$17,513

$17,371

$17,634

% Change from previous Qtr.

3.9%

0.6%

0.8%

0.7%

-0.2%

-0.8%

1.5%

Equity-based compensation expense

$2,006

$1,873

$2,692

$3,001

$3,141

$3,098

$2,704

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.0%

-6.6%

43.7%

11.5%

4.7%

-1.4%

-12.7%

Operating  income

$12,907

$14,309

$13,614

$13,066

$10,487

$10,810

$15,519

% Change from previous Qtr.

7.0%

10.9%

-4.9%

-4.0%

-19.7%

3.1%

43.6%

Interest expense

$11,303

$13,790

$12,662

$12,189

$11,307

$9,692

$10,002

% Change from previous Qtr.

1.4%

22.0%

-8.2%

-3.7%

-7.2%

-14.3%

3.2%

Net income (loss)

$125

$1,208

$(184)

$(352)

$(1,585)

$840

$3,161

Basic net income (loss) per common share

$0.00

$0.03

$(0.00)

$(0.01)

$(0.04)

$0.02

$0.07

Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$0.00

$0.03

$(0.00)

$(0.01)

$(0.04)

$0.02

$0.07

Weighted average common shares – basic

46,409,735

45,897,449

45,629,079

45,229,125

45,158,250

44,774,831

44,474,724

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.2%

-1.1%

-0.6%

-0.9%

-0.2%

-0.8%

-0.7%

Weighted average common shares – diluted

46,907,360

46,294,966

45,629,079

45,229,125

45,158,250

45,054,507

44,702,127

% Change from previous Qtr.

-3.9%

-1.3%

-1.4%

-0.9%

-0.2%

-0.2%

-0.8%

EBITDA (4)

$29,822

$30,752

$30,623

$30,802

$29,627

$30,560

$33,221

% Change from previous Qtr.

-2.7%

3.1%

-0.4%

0.6%

-3.8%

3.1%

8.7%

EBITDA margin

32.1%

32.5%

32.0%

31.8%

30.5%

30.9%

32.2%

Gains on asset related transactions

$2,295

$2,731

$3,114

$2,810

$1,548

$719

$1,152

EBITDA, as adjusted (4)

$32,117

$33,483

$33,737

$33,612

$31,175

$31,279

$34,373

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.8%

4.3%

0.8%

-0.4%

-7.3%

0.3%

9.9%

EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

34.6%

35.4%

35.3%

34.7%

32.1%

31.7%

33.4%

 Fees – net neutrality

$872

$1,214

$1,858

$1,243

$1,405

$952

$816

Net cash provided by operating activities

$10,636

$28,395

$16,074

$17,941

$18,372

$20,035

$23,403

% Change from previous Qtr.

-63.7%

167.0%

-43.4%

11.6%

2.4%

9.1%

16.8%

Capital expenditures

$15,623

$15,985

$15,403

$13,023

$12,916

$10,866

$6,838

  % Change from previous Qtr.

54.8%

2.3%

-3.6%

-15.5%

-0.8%

-15.9%

-37.1%

Principal payments on capital leases

$3,379

$4,767

$7,293

$2,769

$3,650

$7,332

$5,956

  % Change from previous Qtr.

51.3%

41.1%

53.0%

-62.0%

31.8%

100.9%

-18.8%

Dividends paid

$18,352

$7,882

$13,792

$14,190

$16,001

$18,972

$15,296

Purchases of common stock

$14,196

$17,888

$15,943

$10,555

$8,119

$19,106

$12,169

Net Leverage Ratio

1.86

1.99

2.22

2.40

2.45

2.77

2.98

Customer Connections – end of period

On-Net

36,306

37,411

38,559

39,786

40,732

42,002

43,364

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.7%

3.0%

3.1%

3.2%

2.4%

3.1%

3.2%

Off-Net

5,244

5,486

5,694

6,074

6,368

6,583

6,897

% Change from previous Qtr.

3.1%

4.6%

3.8%

6.7%

4.8%

3.4%

4.8%

Non-Core (1)

397

390

377

362

311

325

356

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-4.3%

-1.8%

-3.3%

-4.0%

-14.1%

4.5%

9.5%

Total customer connections

41,947

43,287

44,630

46,222

47,411

48,910

50,617

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.4%

3.2%

3.1%

3.6%

2.6%

3.2%

3.5%

On-Net Buildings – end of period

Multi-Tenant office buildings

1,400

1,424

1,440

1,466

1,488

1,510

1,523

Carrier neutral data centers

580

585

601

610

618

631

647

Cogent data centers

44

48

49

49

49

50

51

Total on-net buildings

2,024

2,057

2,090

2,125

2,155

2,191

2,221

Square feet – multi-tenant office buildings – on-net

759,880,388

770,706,508

781,524,024

791,121,076

804,760,238

818,039,601

823,712,433

Network  – end of period

Intercity route miles

57,584

57,584

57,987

59,038

59,161

55,191

56,079

Metro fiber miles

27,211

27,381

27,487

27,253

27,619

28,036

28,067

Connected networks – AS's

5,112

5,232

5,106

5,228

5,334

5,435

5,511

Headcount – end of period

Sales force – quota bearing

317

337

344

346

343

358

363

Sales force - total

420

446

452

457

459

464

474

Total employees

724

760

768

776

785

799

808

Sales rep productivity – units per full time equivalent sales rep ("FTE") per month

5.9

5.9

5.9

5.5

5.3

5.6

6.0

FTE – sales reps

303

310

329

329

326

330

337

(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)

Network operations expense excludes equity-based compensation expense of $113, $114, $114, $147, $172, $160 and $126 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2014 through September 30, 2015, respectively.  Network operations expense includes excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees of $51, $42, $42, $52, $53, $57 and $1,757 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2014 through September 30, 2015, respectively.  Non-GAAP gross margin represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation expense).

(3)

Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $1,893, $1,759, $2,578, $2,854, $2,969, $2,938 and $2,578 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2014 through September 30, 2015, respectively. 

(4)

See schedule of non-GAAP metrics below for definition and reconciliation to GAAP measures below.

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

EBITDA represents net cash flows from operating activities plus changes in operating assets and liabilities, cash interest expense and income tax expense.  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. 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, as adjusted, represents EBITDA plus net gains (losses) on asset related transactions.

The Company believes EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are useful measures of its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand its business.  EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted are an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information. 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, these metrics are 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 these metrics may also differ from the calculations performed by its competitors and other companies and as such, its utility as a comparative measure is limited.

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are reconciled to cash flows provided by operating activities in the table below.

Q1 2014

Q2 2014

Q3 2014

Q4 2014

Q1 2015

Q2 2015

Q3 2015

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

$10,636

$28,395

$16,074

$17,941

$18,372

$20,035

$23,403

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

9,048

(10,061)

1,563

402

(159)

1,245

(68)

Cash interest expense and income tax expense

10,138

12,418

12,986

12,459

11,414

9,280

9,886

EBITDA

$29,822

$30,752

$30,623

$30,802

$29,627

$30,560

$33,221

PLUS: Gains on asset related transactions

2,295

2,731

3,114

2,810

1,548

719

1,152

EBITDA, as adjusted

$32,117

$33,483

$33,737

$33,612

$31,175

$31,279

$34,373

 

 

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

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q3 2015

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2015

$103,017

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

154

Service revenue -  Q3 2015, as adjusted (1)

$103,171

Service revenue, as reported – Q2 2015

$98,799

Constant currency increase from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015 - (Service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2015 less service revenue, as reported for Q2 2015)

$4,372

Percent increase (Constant currency increase from Q2 2015 to Q3 2015 divided by service revenue, as reported for Q2 2015)

4.4%

(1)

Service revenue, as adjusted, is determined by translating the service revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2015 at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the three months ended June 30, 2015. 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) on change in prior year quarterly service revenue

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q3 2015

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2015

$103,017

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

4,278

Service revenue -  Q3 2015, as adjusted (2)

$107,295

Service revenue, as reported – Q3 2014

$95,691

Constant currency increase from Q3 2014 to Q3 2015 - (Service revenue, as adjusted for Q3 2015 less service revenue, as reported for Q3 2014)

$11,604

Percent increase (Constant currency increase from Q3 2014 to Q3 2015 divided by service revenue, as reported for Q3 2014)

12.1%

(2)

Service revenue, as adjusted, is determined by translating the service revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2015 at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the three months ended September 30, 2014. 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.

 

Net Leverage Ratio

Cogent's Net Leverage Ratio was 2.77 at June 30, 2015 and 2.98 at September 30, 2015 as shown below.

($ in 000's) – unaudited

As of June 30, 2015

As of September 30, 2015

Cash and cash equivalents

$224,494

$207,290

Debt

Capital leases – current portion

8,187

7,670

Capital leases – long term

120,485

123,207

Senior unsecured notes

200,000

200,000

Senior secured notes – par value

250,000

250,000

Note payable

5,597

15,508

Total debt

584,269

596,385

Total net debt

359,775

389,095

Trailing 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted

129,803

130,439

Net Leverage Ratio

2.77

2.98

 

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 HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND DECEMBER 31, 2014

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

September 30, 2015

December 31, 2014

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

207,290

$

287,790

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts    of $1,589 and $1,707, respectively

30,991

33,089

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

21,755

18,762

Total current assets

260,036

339,641

Property and equipment, net

357,163

360,761

Deferred tax assets - noncurrent

45,037

48,963

Deposits and other assets - $357 and $389 restricted, respectively

10,670

12,410

Total assets

$

672,906

$

761,775

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

15,350

$

13,287

Accrued and other current liabilities

45,616

32,151

Current maturities, capital lease obligations

7,670

14,594

Total current liabilities

68,636

60,032

Senior secured notes including premium of $4,230

244,230

Senior secured notes

250,000

Senior unsecured notes

200,000

200,000

Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities

123,207

151,944

Other long term liabilities

29,961

21,775

Total liabilities

671,804

677,981

Commitments and contingencies:

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares    authorized; 45,176,779 and 46,398,729 shares issued    and outstanding, respectively

45

46

Additional paid-in capital

431,223

460,576

Accumulated other comprehensive income — foreign currency translation

(11,947)

(6,462)

Accumulated deficit

(418,219)

(370,366)

Total stockholders' equity

1,102

83,794

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

672,906

$

761,775

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2015

Three Months Ended September 30, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

103,017

$

95,691

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $126 and $114 of equity-    based compensation expense, respectively,    exclusive of depreciation and amortization    shown separately below)

45,182

40,407

Selling, general, and administrative (including $2,578 and    $2,578 of equity-based compensation expense,    respectively)

27,318

27,353

Depreciation and amortization

17,634

17,431

Total operating expenses

90,134

85,191

Gain on capital lease termination

1,484

Gains on equipment transactions

1,152

3,114

Operating income

15,519

13,614

Interest income and other, net

50

140

Interest expense

(10,002)

(12,662)

Income before income taxes

5,567

1,092

Income tax provision

(2,406)

(1,276)

Net income (loss)

$

3,161

$

(184)

Comprehensive income (loss):

Net income (loss)

$

3,161

$

(184)

Foreign currency translation adjustment

228

(5,034)

Comprehensive income (loss)

$

3,389

$

(5,218)

Net income (loss) per common share:

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.07

$

(0.00)

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.34

$

0.30

Weighted-average common shares - basic

44,474,724

45,629,079

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

44,702,127

45,629,079

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

299,057

$

283,252

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $458 and $341 of equity-    based compensation expense, respectively,    exclusive of depreciation and amortization    shown separately below)

128,673

118,848

Selling, general, and administrative (including $8,486 and    $6,229 of equity-based compensation expense,    respectively)

85,922

79,775

Depreciation and amortization

52,517

51,937

Total operating expenses

267,112

250,560

Gains on capital lease terminations

11,593

Gains on equipment transactions

3,420

8,140

Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption

(10,144)

Operating income

36,814

40,832

Interest income and other, net

566

544

Interest expense

(31,000)

(37,756)

Income before income taxes

6,380

3,620

Income tax provision

(3,964)

(2,471)

Net income

$

2,416

$

1,149

Comprehensive (loss) income:

Net income

$

2,416

$

1,149

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(5,485)

(5,540)

Comprehensive (loss)

$

(3,069)

$

(4,391)

Net income per common share:

Basic and diluted net income per common share

$

0.05

$

0.02

Dividends declared per common share

$

1.11

$

0.86

Weighted-average common shares - basic

44,907,505

46,111,192

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,190,206

46,526,523

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

(IN THOUSANDS)

Three months Ended September 30, 2015

Three months Ended September 30, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

3,161

$

(184)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash    provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

17,634

17,432

Amortization of debt discount and premium

117

(286)

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)

2,703

2,692

Gains on capital lease terminations

(1,483)

(Gains) losses — equipment transactions and other, net

(1,181)

(2,821)

Deferred income taxes

2,355

1,139

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(8)

889

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(130)

788

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities

77

(3,206)

Deposits and other assets

158

(369)

Net cash provided by operating activities

23,403

16,074

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(6,838)

(15,403)

Proceeds from dispositions of assets

29

Net cash used in investing activities

(6,809)

(15,403)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(15,296)

(13,792)

Purchases of common stock

(12,169)

(15,943)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

69

137

Principal payments of installment payment agreement

(95)

Principal payments of capital lease obligations

(5,956)

(7,293)

Net cash used in financing activities

(33,447)

(36,891)

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash

(351)

(1,836)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(17,204)

(38,056)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

224,494

349,835

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

207,290

$

311,779

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

(IN THOUSANDS)

Nine months Ended September 30, 2015

Nine months Ended September 30, 2014

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

2,416

$

1,149

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by    operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

52,517

51,937

Amortization of debt discount and premium

(10)

2,269

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)

8,944

6,570

Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption

10,144

Gains on capital lease terminations

(11,593)

(Gains) losses — equipment transactions and other, net

(3,018)

(7,780)

Deferred income taxes

3,830

1,911

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

1,118

(2,081)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(3,254)

(2,890)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities

766

4,616

Deposits and other assets

(50)

(596)

Net cash provided by operating activities

61,810

55,105

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(30,620)

(47,010)

Proceeds from dispositions of assets

111

91

Net cash used in investing activities

(30,509)

(46,919)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(50,269)

(40,026)

Purchases of common stock

(39,394)

(48,027)

Repayment of convertible senior notes

(91,978)

Net proceeds from issuance of 2021 notes

195,824

Net proceeds from issuance of 2022 notes

248,603

Redemption of 2018 notes

(251,280)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

288

438

Principal payments of installment payment agreement

(95)

Principal payments of capital lease obligations

(16,942)

(15,439)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(109,089)

792

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash

(2,712)

(2,065)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(80,500)

6,913

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

287,790

304,866

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

207,290

$

311,779

 

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 telecom contribution funds in the US and elsewhere; 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, 2014 and our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 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. 

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