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[November 07, 2012]
GCI Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- General Communication, Inc. ("GCI") (NASDAQ:GNCMA) today reported its third quarter 2012 results with revenues increasing to $178.5 million over revenues of $177.7 million in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.8 percent or $3.7 million from the third quarter of 2011 EBITDA of $63.1 million.
GCI's third quarter 2012 net income totaled $3.7 million or earnings per diluted share of $0.09, a decrease from net income of $7.2 million or earnings per diluted share of $0.15 for the same period of 2011.
Third quarter 2012 revenues increased $2.4 million over revenues of $176.1 million in the second quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2012 was steady when compared to adjusted EBITDA of $59.4 million in the second quarter of 2012.
"We made continued progress during the quarter preparing for the establishment of our Alaska Wireless Network venture," said Ron Duncan, GCI president. "With the exception of data, where growth has been robust, our economic results and subscriber metrics were disappointing. Trends away from wireline voice services continue to pressure our results and changes to the lifeline program have reduced overall wireless results. However, we added a substantial number of postpaid customers during the quarter and look for this trend to increase as we continue to deploy higher speed wireless services throughout Alaska." GCI previously provided guidance on revenues of $690 million to $720 million and adjusted EBITDA of $230 million to $240 million for the year 2012. GCI now expects adjusted EBITDA will be at or near the lower end of the guidance, excluding expenses related to The Alaska Wireless Network ("AWN") transaction.
Highlights Managed Broadband revenues for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $22.7 million, an increase of $5.3 million or 30.3 percent over the third quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of sales of broadband service on GCI's TERRA-Southwest terrestrial network.
GCI received payment of $4.5 million for IRU capacity sold to a large carrier customer early in the third quarter of 2012. The IRU sale is treated as deferred revenue and will be recognized into income over the expected life of the capacity.
GCI had 124,700 consumer and commercial cable modem customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 6,800 over the end of the third quarter 2011. Average monthly revenue per cable modem for the third quarter of 2012 was $62.85, an increase of 11.9 percent over $56.17 for the prior year.
GCI entered into a second arrangement under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program to help fund Phase 3 of our TERRA-NW project. Phase 3 of our TERRA-NW project continues the extension of terrestrial broadband service to Kotzebue. The NMTC program was established in the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 to induce capital investment in qualified low income communities and will fund $12.9 million, or almost half, of the expected total project cost.
GCI will hold a conference call to discuss the quarter's results on Thursday, November 8, 2012 beginning at 2 p.m. (Eastern). To access the briefing on November 8, call the conference operator between 1:50-2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at 888-831-8982 (International callers should dial 1-212-547-0180) and identify your call as "GCI." In addition to the conference call, GCI will make available net conferencing. To access the call via net conference, log on to www.gci.com and follow the instructions. A replay of the call will be available for 72-hours by dialing 800-884-1524, access code 7461 (International callers should dial 1-402-280-9924.) Full text and tables can be found at www.gci.com.
GCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. GCI's cable plant, which provides voice, video, and broadband data services, passes 80 percent of Alaska households. GCI operates Alaska's most extensive terrestrial/subsea fiber optic network which connects not only Anchorage but also Fairbanks and Juneau/Southeast Alaska to the lower 48 states with a diversely routed, protected fiber network. GCI's TERRA-Southwest fiber/microwave system links 65 communities in the Bristol Bay and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to Anchorage bringing terrestrial broadband Internet access to the region for the first time. GCI's satellite network provides communications services to small towns and communities throughout rural Alaska. GCI's statewide mobile wireless network seamlessly links urban and rural Alaska.
A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of voice, data, and video services to Alaska consumers with a 70 percent share of the consumer broadband market. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.
The foregoing contains forward-looking statements regarding GCI's expected results that are based on management's expectations as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward looking statements due to uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside GCI's control. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements is contained in GCI's cautionary statement sections of Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE General Communication, Inc.
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