EarthLink Announces Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2013 Results Provides Full Year 2014 Guidance

ATLANTA, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.  Highlights for the fourth quarter include:

  • Revenues of $301.8 million
  • Net loss of $(279.9) million or $(2.75) per share (which includes a $266.3 million non-cash charge to establish a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets)
  • Net loss per share, excluding valuation allowance (a non-GAAP measure), of $(0.13) per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) of $50.1 million 
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $40.7 million
  • Unlevered Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP measure) of $16.2 million 
  • Ending cash balance of $116.6 million

"I am excited to be a part of EarthLink. The company has many things going for it, including a fantastic customer base, a strong set of capabilities across information communications and technology, momentum penetrating the mid-market with technology solutions and managed services, and the best employees in the industry," said EarthLink Chief Executive Officer and President Joseph F. Eazor. "However, we have a lot of work to do. With a disciplined operational focus, I'm confident we will improve our business performance."  

Financial and Operating Results
EarthLink reported revenue of $301.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $1.24 billion for the full year 2013. Business services segment revenue comprised 78% of EarthLink's revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013.  EarthLink's retail emerging services reached an approximate $328 million annualized revenue run rate in the fourth quarter of 2013. EarthLink's consumer segment churn was a record low of 2.0% for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 2.2% in the third quarter of 2013 and 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Broadband services comprised 70% of consumer access revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013.

EarthLink's selling, general and administrative expenses were $105.6 million, or 35% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2013, and $426.1 million, or 34% of revenue, for the full year 2013. This compares to expenses of $109.1 million, or 33% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2012 and $429.1 million, or 32% of revenue, for the full year 2012.

Profitability and Other Financial Measures
EarthLink reported a net loss of $(279.9) million, or $(2.75) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a net loss of $(538.8) million, or $(5.25) per share, for the full year 2013. These compared to net income of $0.0 million, or $0.00 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $7.5 million, or $0.07 per share, for the full year 2012. The net loss for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 includes a $266.3 million non-cash charge to establish a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets. The net loss for the full year 2013 includes a $256.7 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge to goodwill.

EarthLink generated Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in "Non-GAAP Measures" below) of $50.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $227.1 million for the full year 2013. Included in the company's fourth quarter 2013 results was approximately $4 million of favorable dispute and legal settlements, primarily within general and administrative expenses. The company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $67.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $283.9 million for the full year 2012. Included in the company's fourth quarter 2012 results was approximately $10 million of favorable dispute settlements.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Net cash provided by operating activities was $40.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $124.2 million for the full year 2013. This compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $12.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $191.1 million for the full year 2012.

EarthLink generated Unlevered Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in "Non-GAAP Measures" below) of $16.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 and $83.5 million for the full year 2013. This compared to Unlevered Free Cash Flow of $0.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 and $136.5 million for the full year 2012. EarthLink's capital expenditures were $34.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 and $143.6 million for the full year 2013. The company made $5.1 million of dividend payments to shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2013 for a total of $20.8 million of dividend payments to shareholders during the full year 2013. EarthLink repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock at an average price of $5.02 per share for the full year 2013.

As of December 31, 2013, the company had cash of $116.6 million.

Business Outlook
The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.  See comments under "Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" below.  EarthLink undertakes no obligation to update these statements.

Today EarthLink announced financial guidance for the full year 2014. Management expects revenue of $1.160 to $1.180 billion; Adjusted EBITDA of $180 million to $195 million; capital expenditures of $125 million to $135 million; and net loss of $(85) million to $(95) million for the full year 2014.

Other Matters
Today, EarthLink also announced that Rolla P. Huff will retire from the Board of Directors effective on February 21, 2014.  The Board has appointed current director Dr. Julie A. Shimer to succeed Huff as interim Chairman of the Board.  Additionally, Marce Fuller announced her retirement from the Board of Directors effective upon the election of directors at the 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.  Fuller has served on the EarthLink Board since October 2001.  EarthLink has scheduled its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders for Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at its Atlanta, GA headquarters.

Non-GAAP Measures
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and loss from discontinued operations, net of tax.  Unlevered Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, less cash used for purchases of property and equipment. Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance is defined as net loss excluding the non-cash charge to record valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.

Adjusted EBITDA, Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance are non-GAAP financial measures.  They should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  Please refer to the Consolidated Financial Highlights for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable measures reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and Footnote 5 of the Consolidated Financial Highlights for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial measures.

Conference Call for Analysts and Investors
Conference Call Details
Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. ET hosted by EarthLink's Chief Executive Officer and President Joseph F. Eazor and Chief Financial Officer Bradley A. Ferguson.
Dial-in Number:  855-590-8814 
Participants should reference the conference ID number 46365767 or "EarthLink's 4th Quarter 2013 Conference Call" and dial in 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time.
Webcast
A live Webcast of the conference call will be available at: http://ir.earthlink.net/ 
Presentation
An investor presentation to accompany the conference call and webcast will be available at: http://ir.earthlink.net/ 
Replay
A webcast replay will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on February 20 through midnight on February 27, 2014. Dial toll-free 855-859-2056. The replay confirmation code is 46365767. The Webcast will be archived on the company's website at: http://ir.earthlink.net/events.cfm.

About EarthLink
Founded in 1994, EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading IT services and communications provider, empowering businesses with a fully-managed, end-to-end communications, IT and virtualization portfolio including cloud computing, IT security, colocation, enterprise-class hosted applications and IT support services. EarthLink operates an over 28,000 fiber route mile network, with 90 metro fiber rings and 8 secure data centers providing ubiquitous nationwide data and voice IP service coverage. EarthLink's service and product innovation enables the company to design scalable solutions specific to each client's IT needs, supported by an experienced customer care team. The company also offers award-winning high-speed, wireless and dial-up Internet services to residential customers across the U.S. For more information, visit www.earthlinkbusiness.com or follow @EarthLinkBiz.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking" statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation (1) that we may not be able to execute our strategy to be a leading IT services and communications provider, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (2) that we may not be able to grow revenues from our growth products and services to offset declining revenues from our traditional products and services, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (3) that our failure to achieve operating efficiencies will adversely affect our results of operations; (4) that as a result of our continuing review of our business, we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges, including incurring facility exit and restructuring charges; (5) that we may be unsuccessful integrating acquisitions into our business, which could result in operating difficulties, losses and other adverse consequences; (6) that if we are unable to adapt to changes in technology and customer demands, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer; (7) that unfavorable general economic conditions could harm our business; (8) that we may be unable to successfully identify, manage and assimilate future acquisitions, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (9) that we face significant competition in the communications and IT services industry that could reduce our profitability; (10) that failure to retain existing customers could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (11) that decisions by legislative or regulatory authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission relieving incumbent carriers of certain regulatory requirements, and possible further deregulation in the future, may restrict our ability to provide services and may increase the costs we incur to provide these services; (12) that if we are unable to interconnect with AT&T, Verizon and other incumbent carriers on acceptable terms, our ability to offer competitively priced local telephone services will be adversely affected; (13) that our operating performance will suffer if we are not offered competitive rates for the access services we need to provide our long distance services; (14) that we may experience reductions in switched access and reciprocal compensation revenue; (15) that failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits and rights-of-way could interfere with our network infrastructure and operations; (16) that we have substantial business relationships with several large telecommunications carriers, and some of our customer agreements may not continue due to financial difficulty, acquisitions, non-renewal or other factors, which could adversely affect our wholesale revenue and results of operations; (17) that we obtain a majority of our network equipment and software from a limited number of third-party suppliers; (18) that work stoppages experienced by other communications companies on whom we rely for service could adversely impact our ability to provision and service our customers; (19) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (20) our consumer business is dependent on the availability of third-party network service providers; (21) that we face significant competition in the Internet access industry that could reduce our profitability; (22) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers will adversely affect our results of operations; (23) that potential regulation of Internet service providers could adversely affect our operations; (24) that cyber security breaches could harm our business; (25) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services; (26) that interruption or failure of our network, information systems or other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results; (27) that our business depends on effective business support systems and processes; (28) that if we, or other industry participants, are unable to successfully defend against disputes or legal actions, we could face substantial liabilities or suffer harm to our financial and operational prospects; (29) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future; (30) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property; (31) that we may be unable to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us; (32) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (33) that our business may suffer if third parties are unable to provide services or terminate their relationships with us; (34) that we may be required to recognize impairment charges on our goodwill and intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position; (35) that we may not realize our deferred tax assets, we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and we may be limited in the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes in the future; (36) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our industry; (37) that we may require substantial capital to support business growth, and this capital may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all; (38) that our debt agreements include restrictive covenants, and failure to comply with these covenants could trigger acceleration of payment of outstanding indebtedness; (39) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly cash dividends; (40) that our stock price may be volatile; (41) that provisions of our certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of control of the company; and (42) that our bylaws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders' flexibility in obtaining a judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees.  These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management's expectations, are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

 


EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements Of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2012


2013









Revenues

$

328,726



$

301,839



$

1,335,135



$

1,240,606


Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization

   shown separately below)

154,672



150,178



632,616



600,742


Selling, general and administrative (exclusive of depreciation and

   amortization shown separately below)

109,126



105,601



429,087



426,070


Depreciation and amortization

46,362



48,800



183,165



183,114


Impairment of goodwill (1)







255,599


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

4,508



11,562



18,244



40,030


Total operating costs and expenses

314,668



316,141



1,263,112



1,505,555


Income (loss) from operations

14,058



(14,302)



72,023



(264,949)


Interest expense and other, net

(15,157)



(13,972)



(63,416)



(60,686)


Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

(1,099)



(28,274)



8,607



(325,635)


Income tax benefit (provision) (3)

1,809



(251,260)



1,331



(211,231)


Income (loss) from continuing operations

710



(279,534)



9,938



(536,866)


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

(719)



(339)



(2,418)



(1,961)


Net income (loss)

$

(9)



$

(279,873)



$

7,520



$

(538,827)










Basic net income (loss) per share








Continuing operations

$

0.01



$

(2.74)



$

0.09



$

(5.23)


Discontinued operations

(0.01)





(0.02)



(0.02)


Basic net income (loss) per share

$



$

(2.75)



$

0.07



$

(5.25)


Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

103,393



101,901



105,221



102,599










Diluted net income (loss) per share








Continuing operations

$

0.01



$

(2.74)



$

0.09



$

(5.23)


Discontinued operations

(0.01)





(0.02)



(0.02)


Diluted net income (loss) per share

$



$

(2.75)



$

0.07



$

(5.25)


Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

103,393



101,901



105,983



102,599










Dividends declared per share

$

0.05



$

0.05



$

0.20



$

0.20


 


EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)



December 31,
2012


December 31,
2013

ASSETS

Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

157,621



$

116,636


Marketable securities

42,073




Restricted cash

1,013




Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $7,872 and $8,615 as of December 31, 2012

   and 2013, respectively

112,765



100,792


Prepaid expenses

17,171



15,945


Deferred income taxes, net

15,954



549


Other current assets

20,303



13,930


Total current assets

366,900



247,852


Long-term marketable securities

4,778




Property and equipment, net

418,966



438,321


Long-term deferred income taxes, net

195,012




Goodwill

379,415



139,215


Other intangible assets, net

214,685



155,428


Other long-term assets

19,654



26,502


Total assets

$

1,599,410



$

1,007,318


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

18,792



$

33,440


Accrued payroll and related expenses

31,003



35,041


Other accrued liabilities

129,572



88,225


Deferred revenue

51,690



49,689


Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

1,375



1,489


Total current liabilities

232,432



207,884


Long-term debt and capital lease obligations

614,890



606,442


Long-term deferred income taxes, net



2,221


Other long-term liabilities

33,284



28,553


Total liabilities

880,606



845,100


Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and

   outstanding as of December 31, 2012 and 2013




Common stock, $0.01 par value, 300,000 shares authorized, 196,919 and 197,491

   shares issued as of December 31, 2012 and 2013, respectively, and 102,739 and

   101,876 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2012 and 2013, respectively

1,969



1,975


Additional paid-in capital

2,057,974



2,047,607


Accumulated deficit

(606,148)



(1,144,975)


Treasury stock, at cost, 94,180 and 95,615 shares as of December 31, 2012 and 2013,

   respectively

(735,003)



(742,389)


Accumulated other comprehensive income

12




Total stockholders' equity

718,804



162,218


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,599,410



$

1,007,318


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA (5)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2013


2012


2013







Net income (loss)

$

(9)



$

(11,338)



$

(279,873)



$

7,520



$

(538,827)


Interest expense and other, net

15,157



13,985



13,972



63,416



60,686


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

(1,809)



(4,582)



251,260



(1,331)



211,231


Depreciation and amortization

46,362



46,689



48,800



183,165



183,114


Stock-based compensation expense

2,259



1,238



4,057



10,462



13,275


Impairment of goodwill (1)









255,599


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

4,508



9,928



11,562



18,244



40,030


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

719



225



339



2,418



1,961


Adjusted EBITDA (5)

$

67,187



$

56,145



$

50,117



$

283,894



$

227,069


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Guidance Provided in Non-GAAP Measure (5)

(in millions)



Year Ending


December 31, 2014



Net loss

($95) - ($85)

Interest expense and other, net

57

Income tax benefit

(2) - (1)

Depreciation and amortization

188 - 192

Stock-based compensation expense

15

Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs

17

Adjusted EBITDA (5)

$180 - $195

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance (5)

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Per Share


December 31, 2013


Amount





Net loss

$

(279,873)



$

(2.75)


Valuation allowance

266,339



2.61


Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance (5)

$

(13,534)



$

(0.13)






 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2013


2012


2013











Net income (loss)

$

(9)



$

(11,338)



$

(279,873)



$

7,520



$

(538,827)


Interest expense and other, net

15,157



13,985



13,972



63,416



60,686


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

(1,809)



(4,582)



251,260



(1,331)



211,231


Depreciation and amortization

46,362



46,689



48,800



183,165



183,114


Stock-based compensation expense

2,259



1,238



4,057



10,462



13,275


Impairment of goodwill (1)









255,599


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

4,508



9,928



11,562



18,244



40,030


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

719



225



339



2,418



1,961


Purchases of property and equipment

(66,631)



(32,792)



(33,967)



(147,360)



(143,614)


Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

$

556



$

23,353



$

16,150



$

136,534



$

83,455


 


EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Flows from Operating Activities to Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2013


2012


2013











Net cash provided by operating activities

$

12,527



$

39,890



$

40,726



$

191,055



$

124,156


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

(1,809)



(4,582)



251,260



(1,331)



211,231


Non-cash income taxes

(911)



4,603



(253,076)



107



(212,870)


Interest expense and other, net

15,157



13,985



13,972



63,416



60,686


Amortization of debt discount, premium and issuance costs

475



(996)



(1,017)



1,945



(2,061)


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

4,508



9,928



11,562



18,244



40,030


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

36,060



(6,910)



(13,612)



7,930



5,662


Purchases of property and equipment

(66,631)



(32,792)



(33,967)



(147,360)



(143,614)


Other, net

1,180



227



302



2,528



235


Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

$

556



$

23,353



$

16,150



$

136,534



$

83,455












Net cash used in investing activities

$

(65,110)



$

(20,311)



$

(33,967)



$

(163,836)



$

(112,500)


Net cash used in financing activities

$

(51,589)



$

(17,576)



$

(6,026)



$

(81,381)



$

(52,641)


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Schedule of Segment Information (6)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2012


2013









Business Services








Revenues

$

253,549



$

235,730



$

1,017,425



$

964,227


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)

129,524



127,299



527,514



506,245


Gross margin

124,025



108,431



489,911



457,982


Direct segment operating expenses

84,612



87,980



332,542



342,630


Segment operating income

$

39,413



$

20,451



$

157,369



$

115,352


Consumer Services








Revenues

$

75,177



$

66,109



$

317,710



$

276,379


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)

25,148



22,879



105,102



94,497


Gross margin

50,029



43,230



212,608



181,882


Direct segment operating expenses

17,177



12,005



67,526



50,623


Segment operating income

$

32,852



$

31,225



$

145,082



$

131,259


Consolidated








Revenues

$

328,726



$

301,839



$

1,335,135



$

1,240,606


Cost of revenues

154,672



150,178



632,616



600,742


Gross margin

174,054



151,661



702,519



639,864


Direct segment operating expenses

101,789



99,985



400,068



393,253


Segment operating income

72,265



51,676



302,451



246,611


Depreciation and amortization

46,362



48,800



183,165



183,114


Impairment of goodwill







255,599


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs

4,508



11,562



18,244



40,030


Corporate operating expenses

7,337



5,616



29,019



32,817


Income (loss) from operations

$

14,058



$

(14,302)



$

72,023



$

(264,949)


 


EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Schedule of Revenue Detail

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2013


2012


2013









Business Services








Retail services

$

209,824



$

194,039



$

845,664



$

793,940


Wholesale services

38,987



36,791



151,910



151,071


Other services

4,738



4,900



19,851



19,216


Total revenues

253,549



235,730



1,017,425



964,227


Consumer Services








Access services

63,091



54,713



269,533



231,448


Value-added services

12,086



11,396



48,177



44,931


Total revenues

75,177



66,109



317,710



276,379


Total Revenues

$

328,726



$

301,839



$

1,335,135



$

1,240,606


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Financial Data



December 31,


June 30,


September 30,


December 31,


2012


2013


2013


2013

Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)

Cash and marketable securities

$

204,472



$

141,936



$

115,903



$

116,636


Debt (7)

592,300



600,000



600,000



600,000


Stockholders' equity

718,804



465,338



444,074



162,218










Employee Data








Number of employees at end of period (8)

3,203



2,999



3,053



3,035


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Consumer Services Operating Metrics
















December 31,



June 30,



September 30,



December 31,



2012



2013



2013



2013


Consumer Subscriber Detail















Narrowband access subscribers

626,000



580,000



561,000



544,000


Broadband access subscribers

513,000



475,000



452,000



432,000


Total consumer subscribers

1,139,000



1,055,000



1,013,000



976,000































Three Months Ended


December 31,



June 30,



September 30,



December 31,



2012



2013



2013



2013


Consumer Subscriber Activity












Subscribers at beginning of period

1,185,000



1,095,000



1,055,000



1,013,000


Gross organic subscriber additions

32,000



27,000



27,000



21,000


Churn

(78,000)



(67,000)



(69,000)



(58,000)


Subscribers at end of period

1,139,000



1,055,000



1,013,000



976,000














Consumer Metrics












Average consumer subscribers (9)

1,161,000



1,075,000



1,034,000



994,000


ARPU (10)

$

21.57



$

21.74



$

21.91



$

22.15


Churn rate (11)

2.2

%


2.1

%


2.2

%


2.0

%

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Footnotes to Consolidated Financial Highlights



1.

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company recognized a $256.7 million non-cash impairment charge to goodwill related to its Business Services reporting unit, of which $255.6 million is included in continuing operations and $1.1 million is reflected in discontinued operations. The impairment was based on an analysis of a number of factors after a decline in the Company's market capitalization following the announcement of its fourth quarter 2012 earnings and 2013 financial guidance. The primary factor contributing to the impairment was a change in the discount rate and market multiples as a result of the change in these market conditions, both key assumptions used in the determination of fair value.



2.

Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs consisted of the following for the periods presented (in thousands):

 


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2012


2013


2012


2013









Integration-related costs

$

3,508



$

5,944



$

10,452



$

21,622


Severance, retention and other employee costs

956



5,126



6,067



14,844


Transaction-related costs

33



36



1,399



1,021


Facility-related costs

(12)



456



479



2,328


Legacy plan restructuring costs

23





(153)



215


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related

   costs

$

4,508



$

11,562



$

18,244



$

40,030


 


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs consist of costs related to restructuring, acquisition and integration-related activities. Such costs include: 1) integration-related costs, such as system conversion, rebranding costs and integration-related consulting and employee costs; 2) severance, retention and other employee termination costs associated with acquisition and integration activities and with certain voluntary employee separations; 3) transaction-related costs, which are direct costs incurred to effect a business combination, such as advisory, legal, accounting, valuation and other professional fees; and 4) facility-related costs, such as lease termination and asset impairments. The Company expects to incur restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs of approximately $7 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $17 million for the full year 2014. The Company expects these costs to generally decline throughout the year.



3.

The income tax provision for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, includes a $266.3 million non-cash charge to record a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company determined it will not be able to fully realize its deferred tax assets in the future.



4.

The operating results of the Company's telecom systems business acquired as part of ITC^DeltaCom have been separately presented as discontinued operations for all periods presented. On August 2, 2013, the Company sold its ITC^DeltaCom telecom systems business. The Company has no significant continuing involvement in the operations or significant continuing direct cash flows. The telecom systems results of operations were previously included in the Company's Business Services segment.



5.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and loss from discontinued operations, net of tax.  Unlevered Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, less cash used for purchases of property and equipment. Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance is defined as net loss excluding the non-cash charge to record a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.




Adjusted EBITDA, Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance are non-GAAP measures and are not determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. These non-GAAP financial measures are commonly used in the industry and are presented because management believes they provide relevant and useful information to investors. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the performance of its business and determine bonuses. Management believes that excluding the effects of certain non-cash and non-operating items enables investors to better understand and analyze the current period's results and provides a better measure of comparability. There are limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA, Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance are not indicative of cash provided or used by operating activities and may differ from comparable information provided by other companies.  Adjusted EBITDA, Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Net Loss Excluding Valuation Allowance should not be considered in isolation, as an alternative to, or more meaningful than measures of financial performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.



6.

The Company reports segment information along the same lines that its chief executive officer reviews its operating results in assessing performance and allocating resources. The Company operates two reportable segments, Business Services and Consumer Services. The Company's Business Services segment provides a broad range of data, voice and IT services to retail and wholesale business customers. The Company's Consumer Services segment provides nationwide Internet access and related value-added services to residential customers.




The Company presents its Business Services revenue in the following three categories: (1) retail services, which includes data, voice and IT services provided to business customers; (2) wholesale services, which includes the sale of transmission capacity to other telecommunications carriers and businesses; and (3) other services, which primarily consists of web hosting. The Company's IT services, which are included within its retail services, include data centers, virtualization, security, applications, premises-based solutions, managed solutions and support services. The Company presents its Consumer Services revenue in the following two categories: (1) access services, which includes narrowband and broadband Internet access services; and (2) value-added services, which includes revenues from ancillary services sold as add-on features to EarthLink's Internet access services, such as security products, premium email only, home networking and email storage; search revenues; and advertising revenues.




EarthLink evaluates performance of its operating segments based on segment income from operations. Segment income from operations includes revenues from external customers, related cost of revenues and operating expenses directly attributable to the segment, which include expenses over which segment managers have direct discretionary control, such as advertising and marketing programs, customer support expenses, site operations expenses, product development expenses, certain technology and facilities expenses, billing operation and provisions for doubtful accounts. Segment income from operations excludes other income and expense items and certain expenses that segment managers do not have discretionary control over. Costs excluded from segment income from operations include various corporate expenses (consisting of certain costs such as corporate management, human resources, finance and legal), depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets and restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, as they are not evaluated in the measurement of segment performance.



7.

Debt represents the principal amount of EarthLink's Senior Notes, EarthLink's Senior Secured Notes and ITC^DeltaCom's Senior Secured Notes. Below is a summary of the carrying amount of EarthLink's debt (in thousands):

 



December 31,


June 30,


September 30,


December 31,



2012


2013


2013


2013


ITC^DeltaCom Senior Secured Notes - Principal

$

292,300



$



$



$



ITC^DeltaCom Senior Secured Notes - Premium

15,694









EarthLink Senior Notes - Principal

300,000



300,000



300,000



300,000



EarthLink Senior Notes - Discount

(8,818)



(8,302)



(8,035)



(7,762)



EarthLink Senior Secured Notes



300,000



300,000



300,000



Carrying amount of debt

$

599,176



$

591,698



$

591,965



$

592,238


 

8.

Represents full-time equivalents.



9.

Average subscribers for the three month periods is calculated by averaging the ending monthly subscribers or accounts for the four months preceding and including the end of the quarterly period. 



10.

ARPU represents the average monthly revenue per user (subscriber). ARPU is computed by dividing average monthly revenue for the period by the average number of subscribers for the period. Average monthly revenue used to calculate ARPU includes recurring service revenue as well as nonrecurring revenues associated with equipment and other one-time charges associated with initiating or discontinuing services.



11.

Churn rate is used to measure the rate at which subscribers discontinue service on a voluntary or involuntary basis.  Churn rate is computed by dividing the average monthly number of subscribers that discontinued service during the period by the average subscribers for the period.

 

 

SOURCE EarthLink, Inc.



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