S
$6.73
Sprint
($.05)
(.74%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter June 2019
Friday, August 02, 2019 8:00:00 AM
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Summary

Sprint Misses

Sprint (S) reported a 1st Quarter June 2019 loss of $0.03 per share on revenue of $8.1 billion. The consensus estimate was a loss of $0.03 per share on revenue of $8.1 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was for a loss of $0.02 per share. Revenue grew 0.2% on a year-over-year basis.

Sprint Corp is a communications company offering wireless and wireline communications products and services to individual consumers, businesses, government subscribers and resellers.

Results
Reported Earnings
($0.03)
Earnings Whisper
($0.02)
Consensus Estimate
($0.03)
Reported Revenue
$8.14 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$8.05 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Sprint Reports Fiscal Year 2019 First Quarter Results

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Aug. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Wireless service revenue of $5.3 billion
    • Postpaid wireless service revenue of $4.2 billion grew year-over-year
    • Postpaid average revenue per account (ARPA) of $124.89 stabilized year-over-year
  • Net loss of $111 million, operating income of $455 million, and adjusted EBITDA* of $3 billion

  • Postpaid net additions of 134,000
    • Data device net additions of 262,000 were partially offset by phone net losses of 128,000
    • Average postpaid accounts were stable year-over-year
  • Continued momentum on Next-Gen Network deployment
    • True Mobile 5G network launched in parts of five major metro areas with more to come
    • Network investments of $1.2 billion grew year-over-year for the fourth consecutive quarter
  • Further progress on digitalization initiatives
    • Postpaid gross additions in digital channels increased approximately 50 percent year-over-year

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Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) today reported results for the fiscal year 2019 first quarter, including year-over-year growth in postpaid wireless service revenue and postpaid net additions. The company also reported a net loss of $111 million, operating income of $455 million, and adjusted EBITDA* of $3 billion.     

"While we delivered good results in the first quarter relative to expectations, the business still faces several structural headwinds and I remain convinced the merger with T-Mobile is the best outcome for our customers, employees, industry and all stakeholders," said Sprint CEO Michel Combes. "With the recent clearance of our merger by the Department of Justice, and the anticipated approval from the FCC, we are moving one step closer to building one of the world's most advanced 5G networks and providing American consumers a better network and overall experience at New T-Mobile."    

Stable Wireless Service Revenue

Sprint has focused on growing revenue per customer account by selling additional devices and value-added services, including promoting its feature-rich Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Premium rate plans. This strategy delivered year-over-year growth in postpaid wireless service revenue and postpaid net additions of 134,000, driven by growth in data devices and partially offset by postpaid phone customer losses. The company also reported a stabilization of postpaid ARPA and average postpaid accounts.

Total wireless service revenue of $5.3 billion declined 3 percent year-over-year, largely because of the continued amortization of prepaid contract balances as a result of adopting the new revenue standard last year. Excluding this non-operational impact, total wireless service revenue would have been relatively flat year-over-year.

The company also reported the following financial results.

(Millions, except per share data)

Fiscal 1Q19

Fiscal 1Q18

Change

Net (loss) income attributable to Sprint

($111)

$176

($287)

Basic (loss) income per share

($0.03)

$0.04

($0.07)

Operating income

$455

$815

($360)

Adjusted EBITDA*

$3,042

$3,280

($238)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$2,244

$2,430

($186)

Adjusted free cash flow*

($58)

$8

($66)

Network Investments Continued as Sprint Launches True Mobile 5G Network

Sprint's quarterly network investments, or cash capital expenditures excluding leased devices, of $1.2 billion grew year-over-year for the fourth consecutive quarter as the company made continued progress on executing its Next-Gen Network plan. Sprint nearly doubled the number of Massive MIMO radios on-air during the quarter and currently has about 3,000 units deployed.

Massive MIMO is a breakthrough technology that improves network capacity and is at the foundation of Sprint's True Mobile 5G network. The company is using 64T64R (64 transmitters 64 receivers) Massive MIMO radios that support a feature called split-mode, which enables Sprint to simultaneously deliver LTE and 5G New Radio (NR) service.

True Mobile 5G from Sprint is available in areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City, and the company expects to launch service in areas of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. Once all nine metro areas are launched, Sprint's mobile 5G network will cover approximately 2,100 square miles and 11 million people, giving Sprint the largest initial 5G coverage footprint in the U.S. The company is offering 5G capable smartphones from LG and Samsung, along with a hotspot device from HTC.

As Sprint launches True Mobile 5G, the company continues to believe that a merger with T-Mobile is critical to accelerate the deployment of a ubiquitous, nationwide 5G network – one that includes coverage in rural locations. The combined company is expected to have the resources and technology to build a 5G network that fuels innovation across every industry, dramatically increasing competition, unleashing new economic growth, and creating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in U.S. economic value. Together, the combined company is expected to lead the world in next-generation technology services and applications, bringing 5G service to nearly all Americans.

Building a Digital Disruptor

Sprint continued to leverage digital capabilities to transform the way it engages with customers. 

  • Postpaid gross additions in digital channels increased approximately 50 percent year-over-year.
  • Approximately 30 percent of all Sprint customer care chats are now performed by virtual agents using artificial intelligence.
  • The company launched voice-to-digital tools that allow customers calling with specific issues to use a digital self-service option.
  • Web conversions improved and orders from digital media more than doubled year-over-year.

Additional Information

  • Additional information about results, including a message from management, is available on our Investor Relations website at www.sprint.com/investors.

 

Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)






 Quarter To Date 



6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18

Net additions (losses) (in thousands)




Postpaid(a)

134

169

123

Postpaid phone

(128)

(189)

87

Prepaid(a)

(169)

(30)

3

Wholesale and affiliate

(140)

(147)

(69)

Total wireless net (losses) additions

(175)

(8)

57





End of period connections (in thousands)




Postpaid(a) (b)(c)(d)

33,075

32,774

32,187

Postpaid phone(b) (c)

26,470

26,598

26,847

Prepaid(a) (b) (c)

8,647

8,816

9,033

Wholesale and affiliate (c) (d) (e)

12,590

12,897

13,347

Total end of period connections

54,312

54,487

54,567





Churn




Postpaid

1.74%

1.81%

1.63%

Postpaid phone

1.78%

1.82%

1.55%

Prepaid

4.23%

4.37%

4.17%





Supplemental data - connected devices




End of period connections (in thousands)




Retail postpaid

3,453

3,121

2,429

Wholesale and affiliate

9,968

10,384

10,963

Total

13,421

13,505

13,392





ARPU(f)




Postpaid

$           42.57

$           43.25

$           43.55

Postpaid phone

$           49.87

$           50.18

$           49.57

Prepaid

$           32.15

$           33.67

$           36.27





ARPA(g)




Average postpaid accounts (in thousands)

11,208

11,184

11,176

Postpaid ARPA

$         124.89

$         126.12

$         124.93






(a)During the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, net subscriber additions and end of period subscribers under the non-Sprint branded postpaid plan offering were 116,000 and 670,000, respectively, and are included in total retail postpaid subscribers above.

(b)During the three-month period ended June 30, 2018, we ceased selling devices in our installment billing program under one of our brands and as a result, 45,000 subscribers were migrated back to prepaid from postpaid.

(c)  As a result of our affiliate agreement with Shentel, certain subscribers have been transferred from postpaid and prepaid to affiliates. During the three-month period ended June 30, 2018, 10,000 and 4,000 subscribers were transferred from postpaid and prepaid, respectively, to affiliates.

(d)  During the three-month period ended June 30, 2019,  one of our postpaid customers purchased a wholesale MVNO and as a result, 167,000 subscribers were transferred from the wholesale to postpaid subscriber base.

(e)  On April 1, 2018, approximately 115,000 wholesale subscribers were removed from the subscriber base with no impact to revenue.

(f)  ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of connections in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect connections for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to connections, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new connections and deactivating connections.  Postpaid phone ARPU represents revenues related to our postpaid phone connections.

(g)  ARPA is calculated by dividing postpaid service revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of retail postpaid accounts.

 

Wireless Device Financing Summary (Unaudited)




(Millions, except sales, connections, and leased devices in property, plant and equipment)






 Quarter To Date 



6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Postpaid activations (in thousands)

3,475

3,730

3,473

Postpaid activations financed

79%

79%

83%

Postpaid activations - operating leases

59%

58%

70%





Installment plans




Installment sales financed

$             417

$             368

$             213

Installment billings

$             209

$             219

$             325

Installment receivables, net

$           1,024

$             926

$             983





Equipment rentals and depreciation - equipment rentals




Equipment rentals   

$           1,359

$           1,359

$           1,212

Depreciation - equipment rentals

$           1,029

$           1,084

$           1,136





Leased device additions




Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$           1,516

$           1,702

$           1,817





Leased devices  




Leased devices in property, plant and equipment, net

$           6,424

$           6,612

$           6,213





Leased device units




Leased devices in property, plant and equipment (units in thousands)

15,762

15,889

15,169





Leased device and receivables financings net proceeds




Proceeds

$           1,120

$           1,783

$           1,356

Repayments

(890)

(2,500)

(1,070)

Net proceeds (repayments) of financings related to devices and receivables

$             230

$            (717)

$             286

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)




(Millions, except per share data)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18

Net operating revenues




Service revenue

$           5,563

$           5,656

$           5,740

Equipment sales

1,220

1,426

1,173

Equipment rentals

1,359

1,359

1,212

Total net operating revenues

8,142

8,441

8,125

Net operating expenses




Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,710

1,645

1,677

Cost of equipment sales

1,341

1,561

1,270

Cost of equipment rentals (exclusive of depreciation below)

225

186

124

Selling, general and administrative

1,907

2,043

1,867

Depreciation - network and other

1,120

1,113

1,023

Depreciation - equipment rentals

1,029

1,084

1,136

Amortization

118

133

171

Goodwill impairment (1)

-

2,000

-

Other, net

237

350

42

Total net operating expenses

7,687

10,115

7,310

Operating income (loss)

455

(1,674)

815

Interest expense

(619)

(629)

(637)

Other income, net

28

34

42

(Loss) income before income taxes

(136)

(2,269)

220

Income tax benefit (expense)

22

91

(47)

Net (loss) income

(114)

(2,178)

173

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

3

4

3

Net (loss) income attributable to Sprint Corporation

$            (111)

$          (2,174)

$             176





Basic net (loss) income per common share attributable to Sprint Corporation

$           (0.03)

$           (0.53)

$            0.04

Diluted net (loss) income per common share attributable to Sprint Corporation

$           (0.03)

$           (0.53)

$            0.04

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

4,087

4,080

4,010

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

4,087

4,080

4,061





Effective tax rate

16.2%

4.0%

21.4%









NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET (LOSS) INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Net (loss) income

$            (114)

$          (2,178)

$             173

Income tax (benefit) expense

(22)

(91)

47

(Loss) income before income taxes

(136)

(2,269)

220

Other income, net

(28)

(34)

(42)

Interest expense

619

629

637

Operating income (loss)

455

(1,674)

815

Depreciation - network and other

1,120

1,113

1,023

Depreciation - equipment rentals

1,029

1,084

1,136

Amortization

118

133

171

EBITDA*(2)

2,722

656

3,145

Asset impairments (3)

210

-

-

Loss from asset dispositions, exchanges, and other, net(4)

-

304

-

Severance and exit costs (5)

27

22

8

Contract terminations costs (6)

-

-

34

Merger costs (7)

83

130

93

Litigation expenses and other contingencies(8)

-

24

-

Goodwill impairment (1)

-

2,000

-

Adjusted EBITDA*(2)

$           3,042

$           3,136

$           3,280





Adjusted EBITDA margin*

54.7%

55.4%

57.1%









Selected items:




Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$           1,189

$           1,149

$           1,132

Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$           1,516

$           1,702

$           1,817

 

WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18

Net operating revenues




Service revenue




Postpaid

$           4,199

$           4,231

$           4,188

Prepaid

843

886

982

Wholesale, affiliate and other

280

292

290

Total service revenue

5,322

5,409

5,460





Equipment sales

1,220

1,426

1,173

Equipment rentals

1,359

1,359

1,212

Total net operating revenues

7,901

8,194

7,845





Net operating expenses




Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,519

1,462

1,429

Cost of equipment sales

1,341

1,561

1,270

Cost of equipment rentals (exclusive of depreciation below)

225

186

124

Selling, general and administrative

1,779

1,854

1,704

Depreciation - network and other

1,070

1,064

972

Depreciation - equipment rentals

1,029

1,084

1,136

Amortization

118

133

171

Other, net

230

349

37

Total net operating expenses

7,311

7,693

6,843

Operating income

$             590

$             501

$           1,002

















WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Operating income

$             590

$             501

$           1,002

Asset impairments (3)

203

-

-

Loss from asset dispositions, exchanges, and other, net(4)

-

304

-

Severance and exit costs (5)

27

21

3

Contract terminations costs (6)

-

-

34

Litigation expenses and other contingencies (8)

-

24

-

Depreciation - network and other

1,070

1,064

972

Depreciation - equipment rentals

1,029

1,084

1,136

Amortization

118

133

171

Adjusted EBITDA*(2)

$           3,037

$           3,131

$           3,318





Adjusted EBITDA margin*

57.1%

57.9%

60.8%









Selected items:




Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$           1,027

$              973

$           1,019

Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$           1,516

$           1,702

$           1,817

 

WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Net operating revenues

$             307

$             314

$             338





Net operating expenses




Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

262

255

311

Selling, general and administrative

45

50

69

Depreciation and amortization

47

46

49

Other, net

7

1

5

Total net operating expenses

361

352

434

Operating loss

$              (54)

$              (38)

$              (96)









WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Operating loss

$              (54)

$              (38)

$              (96)

Asset impairments (3)

7

-

-

Severance and exit costs (5)

-

1

5

Depreciation and amortization

47

46

49

Adjusted EBITDA*

$                  -

$                 9

$              (42)





Adjusted EBITDA margin*

0.0%

2.9%

-12.4%









Selected items:




Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$               28

$               72

$               51

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)




(Millions)




Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18

Operating activities




Net (loss) income

$            (114)

$          (2,178)

$             173

Goodwill impairment (1)

-

2,000

-

Asset impairments (3)

210

-

-

Depreciation and amortization

2,267

2,330

2,330

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

117

116

57

Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense 

35

31

40

Deferred income tax (expense) benefit

(33)

(110)

39

Amortization of long-term debt premiums, net

(16)

(18)

(33)

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

225

493

124

Litigation and other contingencies

-

24

-

Deferred purchase price from sale of receivables

-

-

(170)

Other changes in assets and liabilities:




Accounts and notes receivable

(121)

(215)

273

Inventories and other current assets 

456

31

421

Operating lease right-of-use assets

414

-

-

Accounts payable and other current liabilities 

(660)

388

(766)

Current and long-term operating lease liabilities

(460)

-

-

Non-current assets and liabilities, net 

(136)

(127)

(197)

Other, net 

60

82

139

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,244

2,847

2,430





Investing activities




Capital expenditures - network and other

(1,189)

(1,149)

(1,132)

Capital expenditures - leased devices

(1,516)

(1,702)

(1,817)

Expenditures relating to FCC licenses

(9)

(18)

(59)

Change in short-term investments, net

67

565

(1,654)

Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses

182

175

133

Proceeds from deferred purchase price from sale of receivables

-

-

170

Other, net

(3)

17

(10)

Net cash used in investing activities 

(2,468)

(2,112)

(4,369)





Financing activities




Proceeds from debt and financings

1,061

2,891

1,370

Repayments of debt, financing and finance lease obligations

(2,919)

(2,827)

(1,415)

Debt financing costs

(12)

(35)

(248)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net

(17)

10

(2)

Other, net

-

4

-

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities 

(1,887)

43

(295)





Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(2,111)

778

(2,234)





Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

7,063

6,285

6,659

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$           4,952

$           7,063

$           4,425









RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)




(Millions)





Quarter To Date


6/30/19

3/31/19

6/30/18





Net cash provided by operating activities

$           2,244

$           2,847

$           2,430





Capital expenditures - network and other

(1,189)

(1,149)

(1,132)

Capital expenditures - leased devices

(1,516)

(1,702)

(1,817)

Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net

(9)

(18)

(59)

Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses

182

175

133

Proceeds from deferred purchase price from sale of receivables

-

-

170

Other investing activities, net

-

25

(3)

Free cash flow*

$            (288)

$             178

$            (278)





Net proceeds (repayments) of financings related to devices and receivables

230

(717)

286

Adjusted free cash flow*

$              (58)

$            (539)

$                 8

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)




(Millions)






6/30/19

3/31/19

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents


$           4,869

$           6,982

Short-term investments


-

67

Accounts and notes receivable, net


3,558

3,554

Device and accessory inventory


726

999

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,436

1,289

Total current assets


10,589

12,891





Property, plant and equipment, net


20,556

21,201

Costs to acquire a customer contract


1,631

1,559

Operating lease right-of-use assets


7,054

-

Goodwill


4,598

4,598

FCC licenses and other


41,474

41,465

Definite-lived intangible assets, net


1,525

1,769

Other assets


1,119

1,118

Total assets


$         88,546

$         84,601





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities




Accounts payable


$           3,672

$           3,961

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


3,048

3,597

Current operating lease liabilities


1,680

-

Current portion of long-term debt, financing and finance lease obligations


2,889

4,557

Total current liabilities


11,289

12,115





Long-term debt, financing and finance lease obligations


35,073

35,366

Long-term operating lease liabilities


5,913

-

Deferred tax liabilities


7,563

7,556

Other liabilities


2,540

3,437

Total liabilities 


62,378

58,474





Stockholders' equity




Common stock


41

41

Treasury shares, at cost


(2)

-

Paid-in capital


28,323

28,306

Accumulated deficit


(1,832)

(1,883)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(414)

(392)

Total stockholders' equity


26,116

26,072

Noncontrolling interests


52

55

Total equity


26,168

26,127

Total liabilities and equity


$         88,546

$         84,601









NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)




(Millions)






6/30/19

3/31/19

Total debt


$         37,962

$         39,923

Less: Cash and cash equivalents


(4,869)

(6,982)

Less: Short-term investments


-

(67)

Net debt*


$         33,093

$         32,874

 

SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)






(Millions)











6/30/19

ISSUER




 MATURITY 

 PRINCIPAL 

Sprint Corporation






7.25% Senior notes due 2021




09/15/2021

$              2,250

7.875% Senior notes due 2023




09/15/2023

4,250

7.125% Senior notes due 2024




06/15/2024

2,500

7.625% Senior notes due 2025




02/15/2025

1,500

7.625% Senior notes due 2026




03/01/2026

1,500

Sprint Corporation





12,000







Sprint Spectrum Co LLC, Sprint Spectrum Co II LLC, and Sprint Spectrum Co III LLC






3.36% Senior secured notes due 2021




09/20/2021

1,968

4.738% Senior secured notes due 2025




03/20/2025

2,100

5.152% Senior secured notes due 2028




03/20/2028

1,838

Sprint Spectrum Co LLC, Sprint Spectrum Co II LLC, and Sprint Spectrum Co III LLC





5,906







Sprint Communications, Inc.






Export Development Canada secured loan




12/17/2019

300

7% Guaranteed notes due 2020




03/01/2020

1,000

7% Senior notes due 2020




08/15/2020

1,500

11.5% Senior notes due 2021




11/15/2021

1,000

6% Senior notes due 2022




11/15/2022

2,280

Sprint Communications, Inc.





6,080







Sprint Capital Corporation






6.875% Senior notes due 2028




11/15/2028

2,475

8.75% Senior notes due 2032




03/15/2032

2,000

Sprint Capital Corporation





4,475







Credit facilities






PRWireless secured term loan




06/28/2020

200

Secured equipment credit facilities




2020 - 2022

556

Secured term loans due 2024




02/03/2024

5,900

Credit facilities





6,656







Accounts receivable facility




2021

2,837







Finance leases and other obligations




2019 - 2026

407

Total principal





38,361







Net premiums and debt financing costs





(399)

Total debt





$            37,962

 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)



(1)

As a result of our annual goodwill impairment assessment, we recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $2 billion during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. The substantial portion of this impairment charge is not taxable as goodwill is generally not separately deductible for tax purposes.



(2)

As more of our customers elect to lease a device rather than purchasing one under our subsidized program, there is a significant positive impact to EBITDA* and Adjusted EBITDA* from direct channel sales primarily due to the fact the cost of the device is not recorded as cost of equipment sales but rather is depreciated over the customer lease term. Under our device leasing program for the direct channel, devices are transferred from inventory to property and equipment and the cost of the leased device is recognized as depreciation expense over the customer lease term to an estimated residual value. The customer payments are recognized as revenue over the term of the lease. Under our subsidy model, we recognize revenue from the sale of devices as equipment sales at the point of sale and the cost of the device is recognized as cost of equipment sales. During the three month period ended June 30, 2019, we leased devices through our Sprint direct channels totaling approximately $1,020 million, which would have increased cost of equipment sales and reduced EBITDA* if they had been purchased under our subsidized program.

The impact to EBITDA* and Adjusted EBITDA* resulting from the sale of devices under our installment billing program is generally neutral except for the impact in our indirect channels from the time value of money element related to the imputed interest on the installment receivable.



(3)

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the company recorded non-cash asset impairments primarily related to the sale and leaseback of our Overland Park, Kansas campus.



(4)

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, the company recorded losses on dispositions of assets primarily related to cell site construction and network development costs that are no longer relevant as a result of changes in the company's network plans.



(5)

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and fourth and first quarters of fiscal year 2018, severance and exit costs consist of exit costs primarily associated with tower and cell sites, access exit costs related to payments that will continue to be made under the company's backhaul access contracts for which the company will no longer be receiving any economic benefit, and severance costs associated with reduction in its work force.



(6)

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, contract termination costs are primarily due to the purchase of certain leased spectrum assets, which upon termination of the spectrum leases resulted in the accelerated recognition of the unamortized favorable lease balances. 



(7)

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 and fourth and first quarters of fiscal year 2018, we recorded merger costs of $83 million, $130 million and $93 million, respectively, due to the proposed Business Combination Agreement with T-Mobile.



(8)

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, litigation expenses and other contingencies consist of unfavorable developments associated with legal matters.

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

Sprint provides financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

Sprint provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

EBITDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues for Wireless and Adjusted EBITDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and definite-lived intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments and equity method investments. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is Free Cash Flow plus the proceeds from device financings and sales of receivables, net of repayments. We believe that Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow provide useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations and net proceeds obtained to fund certain leased devices, respectively, after interest and dividends, if any, and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. The words "may," "could," "should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "target," "plan", "outlook," "providing guidance," and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to our network, subscriber growth, and liquidity; and statements expressing general views about future operating results — are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management's judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the development and deployment of new technologies and services such as 5G; efficiencies and cost savings of new technologies and services; customer and network usage; subscriber additions and churn rates; service, speed, capacity, coverage and quality; availability of devices; availability of various financings; and the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date when made. Sprint undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Sprint Corporation's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.3 million connections as of June 30, 2019 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint's legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching a 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

 

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