Cogent Communications Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

Nov 03, 2011, 07:00 ET from Cogent Communications Group, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Financial and Business Highlights

  • Service revenue for Q3 2011 of $77.4 million – an increase of 2.4% from $75.6 million for Q2 2011 and an increase of 15.8% from $66.8 million for Q3 2010
    • Foreign exchange negatively impacts revenue growth from Q2 2011 to Q3 2011 by $0.3 million and positively impacts revenue growth from Q3 2010 to Q3 2011 by $1.7 million
  • Traffic growth of 10% from Q2 2011 to Q3 2011 and traffic growth of 44% from Q3 2010 to Q3 2011
  • EBITDA, as adjusted, of $26.7 million for Q3 2011 - an increase of 4.9% from $25.4 million for Q2 2011 and an increase of 31.1% from $20.3 million for Q3 2010
  • EBITDA, as adjusted, margin was 34.5% for Q3 2011, 33.6% for Q2 2011 and 30.4% for Q3 2010
  • 28,983 customer connections on the Cogent network at the end of Q3 2011 - an increase of 4.5% from 27,724 customer connections at the end of Q2 2011 and an increase of 20.4% from 24,065 customer connections at the end of Q3 2010
  • 1,707 on-net buildings on the Cogent network at the end of Q3 2011 - an increase of 38 on-net buildings and 2.3% from 1,669 on-net buildings at the end of Q2 2011 and an increase of 168 on-net buildings and 10.9% from 1,539 on-net buildings at the end of Q3 2010
  • Operating income for Q3 2011 of $9.6 million – an increase of 10.4% from $8.7 million for Q2 2011 and an increase of 155.4% from $3.7 million for Q3 2010

Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) today announced service revenue of $77.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 2.4% over $75.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and an increase of 15.8% over $66.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010.  

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On-net revenue was $58.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 1.2% over $58.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and an increase of 13.9% over $51.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. 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 $18.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 7.0% over $16.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and an increase of 23.8% over $14.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. 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 $0.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, $0.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010.  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 3.3% to $43.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 from $42.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and increased 21.0% from $36.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010.   Gross profit margin, excluding equity-based compensation expense, was 56.7% for the three months ended September 30, 2011, 56.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, and 54.3% for the three months ended September 30, 2010.  

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as adjusted, increased 4.9% to $26.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 from $25.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and increased 31.1% from $20.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010.   EBITDA, as adjusted, margin was 34.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2011, 33.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, and 30.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2010.

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share was $0.01 for the three months ended September 30, 2011, $0.05 for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and $(0.01) for the three months ended September 30, 2010.  A gain of $2.7 million on the release of a lease obligation is included in net income for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Total customer connections increased 4.5% to 28,983 as of September 30, 2011 from 27,724 as of June 30, 2011 and increased 20.4% from 24,065 as of September 30, 2010. On-net customer connections increased 5.0% to 24,535 as of September 30, 2011 from 23,360 as of June 30, 2011 and increased 23.5% from 19,869 as of September 30, 2010.  Off-net customer connections were 3,864 as of September 30, 2011, 3,759 as of June 30, 2011 and 3,466 as of September 30, 2010.  Non-core customer connections were 584 as of September 30, 2011, 605 as of June 30, 2011 and 730 as of September 30, 2010.

The number of on-net buildings increased by 38 on-net buildings to 1,707 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2011 from 1,669 on-net buildings as of June 30, 2011, and increased by 168 on-net buildings from 1,539 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2010.

Conference Call and Website Information

Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on November 3, 2011 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the third quarter of 2011 and Cogent's expectations for full year 2011 and full year 2012.  Investors and other interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the earnings call under "Events" at the Investor Relations 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 170 markets located in North America and Europe.

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 2010

Q2 2010

Q3 2010

Q4 2010

Q1 2011

Q2 2011

Q3 2011

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

On-Net revenue

$49,635

$50,253

$51,513

$53,602

$56,772

$58,016

$58,697

 % Change from previous Qtr.

-0.1%

1.2%

2.5%

4.1%

5.9%

2.2%

1.2%

Off-Net revenue

$12,316

$13,370

$14,509

$15,098

$15,951

$16,786

$17,968

% Change from previous Qtr.

4.5%

8.6%

8.5%

4.1%

5.6%

5.2%

7.0%

Non-Core revenue (1)

$825

$772

$761

$761

$737

$778

$702

 % Change from previous Qtr.

-21.7%

-6.4%

-1.4%

-%

-3.2%

5.6%

-9.8%

Service revenue – total

$62,776

$64,395

$66,783

$69,461

$73,460

$75,580

$77,367

 % Change from previous Qtr.

0.4%

2.6%

3.7%

4.0%

5.8%

2.9%

2.4%

Network operations expenses (2)

$28,051

$29,129

$30,535

$30,939

$31,633

$33,123

$33,497

% Change from previous Qtr.

1.6%

3.8%

4.8%

1.3%

2.2%

4.7%

1.1%

Gross profit (2)

$34,725

$35,266

$36,248

$38,522

$41,827

$42,457

$43,870

% Change from previous Qtr.

-0.5%

1.6%

2.8%

6.3%

8.6%

1.5%

3.3%

Gross profit margin (2)

55.3%

54.8%

54.3%

55.5%

56.9%

56.2%

56.7%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (3)

$17,401

$16,390

$15,964

$15,967

$17,582

$17,045

$17,202

 % Change from previous Qtr.

-1.1%

-5.8%

-2.6%

-%

10.1%

-3.1%

0.9%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$12,877

$14,099

$14,736

$14,814

$14,791

$14,734

$15,188

% Change from previous Qtr.

-12.9%

4.7%

4.5%

0.5%

-0.2%

-0.4%

3.1%

Asset impairment

$594

-

-

-

-

-

-

% Change from previous Qtr.

100.0%

-100.0%

-

-

-

-

-

Equity-based compensation expense

$1,165

$1,796

$1,799

$1,877

$2,096

$2,007

$1,904

% Change from previous Qtr.

-0.9%

54.2%

0.2%

4.3%

11.7%

-4.2%

-5.1%

Operating  income

$2,688

$2,981

$3,749

$5,864

$7,358

$8,671

$9,576

% Change from previous Qtr.

97.5%

10.9%

25.8%

56.4%

25.5%

17.8%

10.4%

EBITDA, as adjusted (4)

$17,509

$18,880

$20,334

$22,580

$24,247

$25,412

$26,668

 % Change from previous Qtr.

0.7%

7.8%

7.7%

11.0%

7.4%

4.8%

4.9%

EBITDA, as adjusted margin (4)

27.9%

29.3%

30.4%

32.5%

33.0%

33.6%

34.5%

Net (loss) income

$(570)

$(883)

$(462)

$2,584

$(278)

$2,115

$281

% Change from previous Qtr.

54.7%

-54.9%

47.7%

659.3%

-110.8%

860.8%

-86.7%

Basic and diluted net (loss) income  per common share

$(0.01)

$(0.02)

$(0.01)

$0.06

$(0.01)

$0.05

$0.01

 % Change from previous Qtr.

66.7%

-100.0%

50.0%

700.0%

-116.7%

600.0%

-80.0%

Weighted average common shares – basic

44,464,821

44,525,633

44,585,230

44,646,381

44,731,858

45,021,507

45,080,859

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.5%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

0.6%

0.1%

Weighted average common shares – diluted

44,464,821

44,525,633

44,585,230

45,005,387

44,731,858

45,548,725

45,559,972

% Change from previous Qtr.

0.5%

0.1%

0.1%

0.9%

-0.6%

1.8%

-%

Cash provided by operating activities

$15,309

$15,201

$19,001

$21,966

$13,468

$19,154

$15,898

% Change from previous Qtr.

-6.3%

-0.7%

25.0%

15.6%

-38.7%

42.2%

-17.0%

Capital expenditures

$11,333

$13,188

$16,518

$11,718

$12,842

$13,153

$9,437

 % Change from previous Qtr.

47.0%

16.4%

25.3%

-29.1%

9.6%

2.4%

-28.3%

Customer Connections – end of period

On-Net

18,097

19,193

19,869

20,872

21,878

23,360

24,535

 % Change from previous Qtr.

5.3%

6.1%

3.5%

5.0%

4.8%

6.8%

5.0%

Off-Net

3,310

3,408

3,466

3,526

3,642

3,759

3,864

% Change from previous Qtr.

2.3%

3.0%

1.7%

1.7%

3.3%

3.2%

2.8%

Non-Core (1)

830

775

730

648

625

605

584

 % Change from previous Qtr.

-10.3%

-6.6%

-5.8%

-11.2%

-3.5%

-3.2%

-3.5%

Total

22,237

23,376

24,065

25,046

26,145

27,724

28,983

 % Change from previous Qtr.

4.2%

5.1%

2.9%

4.1%

4.4%

6.0%

4.5%

Other – end of period

Buildings On-Net

1,475

1,503

1,539

1,579

1,609

1,669

1,707

Employees

583

571

566

570

569

584

607

(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 $47, $95, $104, $124, $140, $126 and $122 in the three months ended March 31, 2010, June 30, 2010, September 30, 2010, December 31, 2010, March 31, 2011, June 30, 2011 and September 30, 2011, respectively.  

(3) Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $1,118, $1,701, $1,695, $1,753, $1,956, $1,881 and $1,782 in the three months ended March 31, 2010, June 30, 2010, September 30, 2010, December 31, 2010, March 31, 2011, June 30, 2011 and September 30, 2011, respectively.

(4) See schedule of non-GAAP metrics below for definition and reconciliation to GAAP measures. EBITDA, as adjusted, includes net gains from asset related transactions of $185, $4, $50, $25 and $2 in the three months ended March 31, 2010, June 30, 2010, September 30, 2010, December 31, 2010 and March 31, 2011, 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 gains 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 2010

Q2 2010

Q3 2010

Q4 2010

Q1 2011

Q2 2011

Q3 2011

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Cash flows provided by operating activities

$15,309

$15,201

$19,001

$21,966

$13,468

$19,154

$15,898

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(188)

1,031

(1,728)

(1,438)

4,483

(1,708)

2,890

Cash interest expense and income tax expense

2,203

2,644

3,011

2,027

6,294

7,966

7,880

Gains on asset related transactions

185

4

50

25

2

-

-

EBITDA, as adjusted

$17,509

$18,880

$20,334

$22,580

$24,247

$25,412

$26,668

Impact of foreign currencies on sequential quarterly service revenue

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q3 2011

Service revenue as reported – Q3 2011

$77,367

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

331

Service revenue -  Q3 2011, as adjusted (1)

$77,698

Service revenue as reported – Q2 2011

$75,580

Increase from Q2 2011 to Q3 2011 - (Service revenue as adjusted for Q3 2011 less service revenue as reported for Q2 2011)

$2,118

Percent increase (Increase from Q2 2011 to Q3 2011 divided by service revenue as reported for Q2 2011)

2.8%

(1) Service revenue as adjusted is determined by translating the service revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2011 at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the three months ended June 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.

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, 2011 AND DECEMBER 31, 2010

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

224,051

$

56,283

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,593 and $2,464, respectively

24,774

23,702

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

9,863

8,654

Total current assets

258,688

88,639

Property and equipment, net

308,941

280,455

Deposits and other assets - $463 and $462 restricted, respectively

10,475

7,009

Total assets

$

578,104

$

376,103

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

9,971

$

15,979

Accrued liabilities

19,215

19,538

Current maturities, capital lease obligations

9,914

6,143

Total current liabilities

39,100

41,660

Senior secured notes

175,000

Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities

124,089

105,562

Convertible senior notes, net of discount of $16,758 and $20,758, respectively

75,220

71,220

Other long term liabilities

6,056

5,860

Total liabilities

419,465

224,302

Commitments and contingencies:

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 45,842,335 and 45,838,510 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

46

46

Additional paid-in capital

486,945

482,737

Accumulated other comprehensive income

1,556

1,044

Accumulated deficit

(329,908)

(332,026)

Total stockholders' equity

158,639

151,801

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

578,104

$

376,103

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

Three Months Ended September 30, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

77,367

$

66,783

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $122 and $104 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

33,619

30,639

Selling, general, and administrative (including $1,782 and $1,695 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)

18,984

17,659

Depreciation and amortization

15,188

14,736

Total operating expenses

67,791

63,034

Operating income

9,576

3,749

Interest income and other, net

81

(24)

Interest expense

(8,953)

(4,100)

Income (loss) before income taxes

704

(375)

Income tax provision

(423)

(87)

Net income (loss)

$

281

$

(462)

Net income (loss) per common share:

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.01

$

(0.01)

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,080,859

44,585,230

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,559,972

44,585,230

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

226,406

$

193,955

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $388 and $246 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

98,638

87,961

Selling, general, and administrative (including $5,619 and $4,514 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)

57,450

54,266

Asset impairment

594

Depreciation and amortization

44,714

41,712

Total operating expenses

200,802

184,533

Operating income

25,604

9,422

Interest income and other, net

610

735

Release of lease obligation

2,739

Interest expense

(25,673)

(12,340)

Income (loss) before income taxes

3,280

(2,183)

Income tax (provision) benefit

(1,162)

268

Net income (loss)

$

2,118

$

(1,915)

Net income (loss) per common share:

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common share

$

0.05

$

(0.04)

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,100,004

44,578,107

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,669,751

44,578,107

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

(IN THOUSANDS)

Nine months Ended September 30, 2011

Nine months Ended September 30, 2010

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

48,521

$

49,511

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(35,432)

(41,039)

Proceeds from dispositions of assets

2

433

Net cash used in investing activities

(35,430)

(40,606)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from issuance of senior secured notes, net

170,512

Purchases of common stock

(2,934)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

371

129

Repayments of capital lease obligations

(13,469)

(17,119)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

154,480

(16,990)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

197

(9)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

167,768

(8,094)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

56,283

55,929

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

224,051

$

47,835

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, 2010 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, 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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