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Charter Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

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Product and Operational Improvements Accelerate Customer Growth

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (along with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Charter") today reported financial and operating results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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Key highlights:

  • Pro forma1 for the acquisition of Bresnan, total residential customer relationships grew by 63,000 during the quarter, versus 24,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012. Residential primary service units (PSUs) increased by 147,000 during the period, versus 57,000 in the year-ago quarter.
  • For the full year 2013, Charter added 172,000 residential customers compared to growth of 120,000 residential customers in 2012. Charter saw improved growth across every residential PSU category in 2013, adding 415,000 residential PSUs, versus a gain of 296,000 in 2012, a year-over-year improvement of 40.2%.
  • Fourth quarter revenues of $2.1 billion grew 5.0% on a pro forma1 basis as compared to the prior-year period, or 6.2% excluding advertising, led by growth in Internet, video, and commercial revenues. Total revenues for the full year rose 5.0% on a pro forma basis.
  • Fourth quarter residential revenues grew 4.9% on a pro forma basis versus the fourth quarter of 2012, when residential revenues grew by 2.3% on a pro forma basis. For the full year 2013, residential revenues grew by 4.7% on a pro forma basis versus 2.1% in 2012.
  • Pro forma for the acquisition of Bresnan, commercial customer relationships grew by 16,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a gain of 4,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth quarter commercial revenues grew 19.4% on a pro forma basis versus the prior-year period, primarily driven by higher sales to small and medium businesses and to carrier customers.
  • Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA2 grew by 2.6% year-over-year on a pro forma basis. Excluding the impact of political advertising, fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA grew by 4.8%.

"Our 2013 results show the early success of our strategies to drive accelerated customer growth. We now deliver a competitive, highly valuable suite of products and services to our customers, and we are beginning to execute at a high level, evidenced by improving trends through the year," said Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications. "We will continue that momentum in 2014, and plan to complete our all-digital initiative this year, allowing us to deliver a superior set of services across the vast majority of our footprint. Combined with improved service capabilities and higher customer satisfaction, these strategies are expected to result in greater market share and improving cash flow per home passed, as we position Charter for long-term growth and value creation."

All customer data and results, unless otherwise noted, are pro forma for the Bresnan transaction, as if it had occurred on January 1, 2012, and are provided in the addendum of this news release.

Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are defined in the "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Metrics" section and are reconciled to net income (loss) and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the addendum of this news release.

 
 

Key Operating Results

       
 

Approximate as of

   
 

Actual

 

Pro Forma

   
 

December 31, 2013 (a)

 

December 31, 2012 (a)

 

Y/Y Change

Footprint

         

   Estimated Video Passings (b)

12,799

 

12,741

 

--%

   Estimated Internet Passings (b)

12,467

 

12,427

 

--%

   Estimated Voice Passings (b)

11,898

 

11,752

 

1%

           

Penetration Statistics

         

   Video Penetration of Estimated Video Passings (c)

33.9%

 

35.0%

 

 -1.1ppts 

   Internet Penetration of Estimated Internet Passings (c)

37.2%

 

34.4%

 

 2.8 ppts 

   Voice Penetration of Estimated Voice Passings (c)

20.3%

 

18.6%

 

 1.7 ppts 

           

Residential

         

   Residential Customer Relationships (d)

5,561

 

5,389

 

3%

   Residential Non-Video Customers

1,384

 

1,103

 

25%

   % Non-Video

24.9%

 

20.5%

 

 4.4 ppts 

           

Customers

         

   Video (e)

4,177

 

4,286

 

(3)%

   Internet (f)

4,383

 

4,059

 

8%

   Voice (g)

2,273

 

2,073

 

10%

   Residential PSUs (h)

10,833

 

10,418

 

4%

   Residential PSU / Customer Relationships (d)(h)

1.95

 

1.93

   
           

Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses) (i)

         

   Video (e)

(2)

 

(36)

 

94%

   Internet (f)

93

 

59

 

58%

   Voice (g)

56

 

34

 

65%

   Residential PSUs (h)

147

 

57

 

158%

           

   Single Play Penetration (j)

37.6%

 

37.3%

 

 0.3 ppts 

   Double Play Penetration (k)

29.8%

 

32.0%

 

 -2.2 ppts 

   Triple Play Penetration (l)

32.6%

 

30.7%

 

 1.9 ppts 

   Digital Penetration (m)

91.8%

 

86.8%

 

 5.0 ppts 

           

   Revenue per Customer Relationship (d)(n)

$107.97

 

$105.76

 

2%

           

Commercial

         

   Commercial Customer Relationships (d)(o)

375

 

341

 

10%

           

Customers

         

   Video (e)(o)

165

 

177

 

(7)%

   Internet (f)

257

 

210

 

22%

   Voice (g)

145

 

116

 

25%

Commercial PSUs (h)

567

 

503

 

13%

           

Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses) (i)

         

   Video (e)(o)

(1)

 

(3)

 

67%

   Internet (f)

12

 

8

 

50%

   Voice (g)

7

 

7

 

--%

Commercial PSUs (h)

18

 

12

 

50%

           

Footnotes

In thousands, except per customer and penetration data. See footnotes to unaudited summary of operating statistics on page 6 of the addendum of this news release. The footnotes contain important disclosures regarding the definitions used for these operating statistics.

On July 1, Charter completed its acquisition of Cablevision's Bresnan Broadband Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries (collectively, "Bresnan").  As a result of the acquisition, Charter added cable operating systems in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah that pass approximately 670,000 homes and serve approximately 375,000 residential and business customers. All customer data referred to herein, are pro forma for the Bresnan transaction, as if it had occurred on January 1, 2012.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, Charter saw year-over-year and sequential improvement in customer relationship and PSU growth. Residential customer relationships grew by 63,000, up from 24,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Commercial customer relationships grew by 16,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a gain of 4,000 in the prior-year period. Residential PSUs increased by 147,000 versus 57,000 in the year-ago quarter, while commercial PSUs increased 18,000 during the fourth quarter versus a gain of 12,000 in the year-ago quarter.

For the full year 2013, Charter added 172,000 residential customers compared to growth of 120,000 residential customers in 2012. In 2013, Charter also saw net additions improvement across every residential PSU category compared to the prior year, adding 415,000 residential PSUs, versus a gain of 296,000 in 2012, for a year-over-year improvement of 40.2%.

At the end of 2013, Charter had completed approximately 15% of its all-digital initiative, with customers in these markets generally having access to over 170 HD channels. All-digital allows Charter to offer more advanced products and services, and provides residential customers with two-way digital set-tops, which offer higher picture quality, an interactive programming guide and video on demand on all TV outlets in the home. Charter expects to complete its all-digital roll out across its footprint by year end 2014, at which time nearly all of Charter's residential customers will have access to Charter Spectrum, an industry-leading suite of video, data, and voice services that will include over 200 HD channels, in addition to minimum offered Internet speeds of 60 Mbps, and a fully featured voice service at a highly competitive price.

Residential video customers declined by 2,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013, versus a loss of 36,000 in the year-ago period. The year-over-year improvement in video net adds was driven by a more competitive video product, including more HD channels, attractive packaging of advanced services, including Charter's new TV app, our transition to new selling methods, and improved service quality.

Charter added 93,000 residential Internet customers in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 59,000 a year ago. The Company continues to see strong demand for its Internet service as consumers value the speed and reliability of Charter's Internet offering. As of December 31, 2013, approximately 75% of Charter's residential Internet customers subscribed to tiers that provided speeds of 30 Mbps or more.

During the fourth quarter, the Company added 56,000 residential voice customers, versus a gain of 34,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year 2013, Charter added 200,000 voice customers versus 134,000 in 2012, an improvement of 49.3%.       

Fourth quarter residential revenue per customer relationship totaled $107.97, and grew by 2.1% on a pro forma basis, from $105.76 in the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by rate adjustments, higher product sell-in and promotional rate step-ups, partially offset by the migration of legacy customers to Charter's new pricing and packaging and continued single play Internet sell-in.

 
 

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

2013

 

2012

     

2012

   
 

Actual

 

Pro Forma

 

% Change

 

Actual

 

% Change

REVENUES:

                 

    Video

$   1,046

 

$          994

 

5.2%

 

$      927

 

12.8%

    Internet

590

 

513

 

15.0%

 

482

 

22.4%

    Voice

154

 

199

 

(22.6)%

 

186

 

(17.2)%

    Commercial

228

 

191

 

19.4%

 

177

 

28.8%

    Advertising sales

83

 

101

 

(17.8)%

 

96

 

(13.5)%

    Other

47

 

47

 

--%

 

45

 

4.4%

        Total Revenues

2,148

 

2,045

 

5.0%

 

1,913

 

12.3%

                   

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

                 

    Total operating costs and expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

1,384

 

1,300

 

6.5%

 

1,215

 

13.9%

                   

        Adjusted EBITDA

$      764

 

$          745

 

2.6%

 

$      698

 

9.5%

                   

        Adjusted EBITDA margin

35.6%

 

36.4%

     

36.5%

   
                   

    Capital Expenditures

$      566

 

$          469

     

$      449

   

    % Total Revenues

26.4%

 

22.9%

     

23.5%

   
                   

Net income (loss)

$        39

 

$           (73)

     

$      (40)

   

Income (loss) per common share, basic

$     0.38

 

$        (0.73)

     

$   (0.41)

   

Income (loss) per common share, diluted

$     0.35

 

$        (0.73)

     

$   (0.41)

   
                   

Net cash flows from operating activities

$      595

         

$      485

   

Free cash flow

$        84

         

$        33

   
 
 

Revenue

Fourth quarter 2013 revenues rose to $2.1 billion, 5.0% higher on a pro forma basis than the year-ago quarter, due to growth in Internet, video and commercial revenues. On an actual basis, fourth quarter revenues rose 12.3% year-over-year.

Video revenues totaled $1.0 billion in the fourth quarter, an increase of 5.2% on a pro forma basis compared to the prior-year period. Video revenue growth was driven by higher expanded basic and digital penetration, annual and promotional rate adjustments, higher advanced services penetration, and revenue allocation from higher bundling, partially offset by a decrease in residential limited basic video customers and premium revenue. Video revenues grew by 12.8% year-over-year, on an actual basis.

Internet revenues grew 15.0% on a pro forma basis compared to the year-ago quarter to $590 million, driven by an increase of 324,000 Internet customers during the last year and by price adjustments. On an actual basis, Internet revenues grew 22.4% year-over-year.

Voice revenues totaled $154 million, down 22.6% on a pro forma basis versus the fourth quarter of 2012, due to value-based pricing and revenue allocation from higher bundling, partially offset by the addition of 200,000 voice customers in the last twelve months. Voice revenues declined 17.2% year-over-year, on an actual basis.

Commercial revenues rose to $228 million, an increase of 19.4% on a pro forma basis over the prior-year period, and was driven by higher sales to small and medium businesses and to carrier customers. On an actual basis, commercial revenues grew 28.8% year-over-year.

Fourth quarter advertising sales revenues of $83 million declined 17.8% on a pro forma basis compared to the year-ago quarter, driven by a decline in political advertising revenue, which saw strength in the fourth quarter of 2012, given local and national elections. Advertising sales declined 13.5% year-over-year, on an actual basis.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Fourth quarter total operating costs and expenses increased 6.5% on a pro forma basis compared to the year-ago period, reflecting increases in programming costs, marketing expenses, and other expenses.

Fourth quarter programming expense increased by $38 million on a pro forma basis, or 7.3%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting contractual programming increases and higher expanded basic package penetration. Marketing costs increased by $21 million on a pro forma basis, or 19.8% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting increased sales activity and sales channel development. Other expenses grew by $28 million on a pro forma basis, or 15.4%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting higher labor costs to support commercial revenue growth and higher collection costs. On an actual basis, total operating costs and expenses grew by 13.9% year-over-year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $764 million grew by 2.6% year-over-year on a pro forma basis, reflecting pro forma revenue growth and operating costs and expenses growth of 5.0% and 6.5%, respectively. On an actual basis, Adjusted EBITDA grew by 9.5% compared to the year-ago quarter, primarily driven by the acquisition of Bresnan. Adjusted EBITDA margin declined to 35.6% versus the prior year period on both a pro forma and actual basis, given higher programming and growth-related expenses and lower high margin political advertising.

Net Income

Net income totaled $39 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a net loss of $73 million on a pro forma basis and $40 million on an actual basis in the year-ago period. Net income increased year-over-year on a pro forma basis primarily due to higher income from operations and a $4 million tax benefit in the fourth quarter of 2013 versus a $75 million pro forma tax expense in the fourth quarter of 2012. The tax benefit was primarily related to a partnership restructuring in the fourth quarter of 2013, as well as refinancing transactions completed in 2013. Basic net income per common share was $0.38 in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to net loss per common share of $0.73 on a pro forma basis, and $0.41 on an actual basis during the same period last year. The increase was primarily the result of the factors described above.

Capital Expenditures

Property, plant and equipment expenditures were $566 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $469 million on a pro forma basis and $449 million on an actual basis, during the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily driven by higher spending on customer premise equipment to support customer growth and Charter's all-digital initiative, and higher spending on scalable infrastructure and support capital.

Cash Flow

During the fourth quarter of 2013, net cash flows from operating activities totaled $595 million, compared to $485 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in net cash flows from operating activities was primarily related to an increase in Adjusted EBITDA and the timing of cash interest payments.

Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $84 million, compared to $33 million during the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to higher cash flow from operating activities versus the prior-year period, partially offset by higher capital expenditures.

 
 

Year to Date Financial Results

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Year Ended December 31, 2013

 

2013

 

2012

     

2013

 

2012

   
 

Pro Forma

 

Pro Forma

 

% Change

 

Actual

 

Actual

 

% Change

REVENUES:

                     

    Video

$       4,167

 

$       3,902

 

6.8%

 

$   4,030

 

$   3,639

 

10.7%

    Internet

2,253

 

1,986

 

13.4%

 

2,186

 

1,866

 

17.1%

    Voice

668

 

884

 

(24.4)%

 

644

 

828

 

(22.2)%

    Commercial

850

 

711

 

19.5%

 

822

 

658

 

24.9%

    Advertising sales

297

 

349

 

(14.9)%

 

291

 

334

 

(12.9)%

    Other

184

 

185

 

(0.5)%

 

182

 

179

 

1.7%

        Total Revenues

8,419

 

8,017

 

5.0%

 

8,155

 

7,504

 

8.7%

                       

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

                     

    Total operating costs and expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

5,471

 

5,153

 

6.2%

 

5,297

 

4,810

 

10.1%

                       

        Adjusted EBITDA

$       2,948

 

$       2,864

 

2.9%

 

$   2,858

 

$   2,694

 

6.1%

                       

        Adjusted EBITDA margin

35.0%

 

35.7%

     

35.0%

 

35.9%

   
                       

    Capital Expenditures

$       1,854

 

$       1,816

     

$   1,825

 

$   1,745

   

    % Total Revenues

22.0%

 

22.7%

     

22.4%

 

23.3%

   
                       

Net loss

$         (194)

 

$         (392)

     

$     (169)

 

$     (304)

   

Loss per common share, basic and diluted

$        (1.90)

 

$        (3.93)

     

$    (1.65)

 

$    (3.05)

   
                       

Net cash flows from operating activities

           

$   2,158

 

$   1,876

   

Free cash flow

           

$      409

 

$      144

   
                       

Revenue

For the year ended  December 31, 2013, pro forma revenues rose to $8.4 billion, 5.0% higher on a pro forma basis than in 2012, driven by continued growth in Internet, video and commercial revenues. On an actual basis, full year 2013 revenues rose 8.7% year-over-year.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Pro forma operating costs and expenses totaled $5.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 6.2% on a pro forma basis compared to the year-ago period, reflecting increases in programming costs, costs to service customers, marketing expenses, and other expenses. On an actual basis, total operating costs and expenses grew by 10.1% year-over-year.

Adjusted EBITDA

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA was $2.9 billion for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 2.9% compared to 2012, on a pro forma basis. On an actual basis, Adjusted EBITDA grew by 6.1% compared to the year-ago period, driven by higher organic revenue growth and the acquisition of Bresnan. Charter's Adjusted EBITDA margin declined year-over-year, on both a pro forma and actual basis, to 35.0%.

Net Loss

For the year ended December 31, 2013, pro forma net loss was $194 million, compared to $392 million on a pro forma basis, in 2012. Net loss decreased year-over-year primarily due to lower income tax expense, lower interest expense, and higher income from operations. The lower tax expense in 2013 was primarily related to a $4 million tax benefit in the fourth quarter related to a partnership restructuring, as well as refinancing transactions completed in 2013. On a pro forma basis, net loss per common share was $1.90 for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $3.93 on a pro forma basis in 2012. The decrease was the result of the factors described above, in addition to a 2.3% increase in weighted average shares outstanding in the last twelve months, driven primarily by the exercise of 4.5 million warrants in 2013.

On an actual basis, net loss for the year ended December 31, 2013, totaled $169 million, compared to $304 million in 2012. On an actual basis, net loss per common share was $1.65 for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $3.05, on an actual basis in 2012.

Capital Expenditures

On an actual basis, capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2013, totaled $1.8 billion, consistent with Charter's previously stated estimate, and compared to $1.7 billion in 2012. The year-over-year increase related to higher residential and commercial customer growth, as well as higher set-top box placement in existing homes, and expenditures for back-office support and for real estate related to our organizational realignment, and the acquisition of Bresnan.

Pro forma property, plant and equipment expenditures for the full year 2013, totaled $1.9 billion, compared to $1.8 billion in 2012.

In 2014, capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $2.2 billion, driven by Charter's all-digital transition including the deployment of additional set-top boxes in new and existing customer homes, growth in Charter's commercial business, and further spend related to efforts to insource service operations as well as product development. The actual amount of our capital expenditures will depend on a number of factors including the growth rates of both our residential and commercial businesses, and the pace at which we progress to all-digital transmission, which we anticipate will comprise approximately $400 million of 2014 capital expenditures.

Cash Flow

In 2013, net cash flows from operating activities totaled $2.2 billion compared to $1.9 billion in 2012. The increase in net cash flows from operating activities was primarily related to an increase in Adjusted EBITDA and the timing of cash interest payments.

Free cash flow for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $409 million, compared to $144 million during the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to higher cash flow from operating activities versus the prior-year, partially offset by higher capital expenditures.

Liquidity

Total principal amount of debt was approximately $14.2 billion as of December 31, 2013. At the end of the quarter, Charter held $21 million of cash and cash equivalents, and its credit facilities provided approximately $1.1 billion of additional liquidity.

Conference Call

Charter will host a conference call on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) related to the contents of this release.

The conference call will be webcast live via the Company's website at charter.com. The webcast can be accessed by selecting "Investor & News Center" from the lower menu on the home page. The call will be archived in the "Investor & News Center" in the "Financial Information" section on the left beginning two hours after completion of the call. Participants should go to the webcast link no later than 10 minutes prior to the start time to register.

Those participating via telephone should dial 866-919-0894 no later than 10 minutes prior to the call. International participants should dial 706-679-9379. The conference ID code for the call is 30047929.

A replay of the call will be available at 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 beginning two hours after the completion of the call through the end of business on March 21, 2014. The conference ID code for the replay is 30047929.

Additional Information Available on Website

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 available on the "Investor & News Center" of our website at charter.com in the "Financial Information" section. A slide presentation to accompany the conference call and a trending schedule containing historical customer and financial data can also be found in the "Financial Information" section.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Metrics

The Company uses certain measures that are not defined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") to evaluate various aspects of its business. Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income (loss) or cash flows from operating activities reported in accordance with GAAP. These terms, as defined by Charter, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss) and free cash flow is reconciled to net cash flows from operating activities in the addendum of this news release.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, (gain) loss on extinguishment of debt, (gain) loss on derivative instruments, net and other operating expenses, such as special charges and (gain) loss on sale or retirement of assets. As such, it eliminates the significant non-cash depreciation and amortization expense that results from the capital-intensive nature of the Company's businesses as well as other non-cash or special items, and is unaffected by the Company's capital structure or investment activities. However, this measure is limited in that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues and the cash cost of financing. These costs are evaluated through other financial measures.

Free cash flow is defined as net cash flows from operating activities, less purchases of property, plant and equipment and changes in accrued expenses related to capital expenditures.

Management and the Company's board of directors use adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to assess Charter's performance and its ability to service its debt, fund operations and make additional investments with internally generated funds. In addition, adjusted EBITDA generally correlates to the leverage ratio calculation under the Company's credit facilities or outstanding notes to determine compliance with the covenants contained in the credit facilities and notes (all such documents have been previously filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission). For the purpose of calculating compliance with leverage covenants, we use adjusted EBITDA, as presented, excluding certain expenses paid by our operating subsidiaries to other Charter entities. Our debt covenants refer to these expenses as management fees which fees were in the amount of $54 million and $49 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and $201 million and $191 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

In addition to the actual results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, we have provided pro forma results in this release for the year ended December 31, 2013 and the three months and year ended December 31, 2012. We believe these pro forma results facilitate meaningful analysis of the results of operations. Pro forma results in this release reflect certain acquisitions of cable systems in 2013 as if they occurred as of January 1, 2012. Pro forma statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2013 and the three months and year ended December 31, 2012 are provided in the addendum of this news release.

About Charter

Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.

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This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), regarding, among other things, our plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or realize these plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, the factors described under "Risk Factors" from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Many of the forward-looking statements contained in this release may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "planned," "will," "may," "intend," "estimated," "aim," "on track," "target," "opportunity," "tentative," "positioning," "designed," "create" and "potential," among others. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this release are set forth in other reports or documents that we file from time to time with the SEC, and include, but are not limited to:

  • our ability to sustain and grow revenues and cash flow from operations by offering video, Internet, voice, advertising and other services to residential and commercial customers, to adequately meet the customer experience demands in our markets and to maintain and grow our customer base, particularly in the face of increasingly aggressive competition, the need for innovation and the related capital expenditures and the difficult economic conditions in the United States;
  • the impact of competition from other market participants, including but not limited to incumbent telephone companies, direct broadcast satellite operators, wireless broadband and telephone providers, digital subscriber line ("DSL") providers, and video provided over the Internet;
  • general business conditions, economic uncertainty or downturn, high unemployment levels and the level of activity in the housing sector;
  • our ability to obtain programming at reasonable prices or to raise prices to offset, in whole or in part, the effects of higher programming costs (including retransmission consents);
  • the development and deployment of new products and technologies, including in connection with our plan to make our systems all-digital in 2014;
  • the effects of governmental regulation on our business or potential business combination transaction;
  • the availability and access, in general, of funds to meet our debt obligations prior to or when they become due and to fund our operations and necessary capital expenditures, either through (i) cash on hand, (ii) free cash flow, or (iii) access to the capital or credit markets;
  • our ability to comply with all covenants in our indentures and credit facilities any violation of which, if not cured in a timely manner, could trigger a default of our other obligations under cross-default provisions; and
  • the ultimate outcome of any possible transaction between Charter and Comcast Corporation ("Comcast") and/or Time Warner Cable Inc. ("TWC"), including the possibility that Charter will not pursue any transaction; and if a transaction were to occur, the ultimate outcome and results of integrating the operations, the ultimate outcome of Charter's pricing and packaging and operating strategy applied to the acquired systems and the ultimate ability to realize synergies.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. We are under no duty or obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

 
 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2013

 

2012

     

2013

 

2012

   
 

Actual

 

Actual

 

% Change

 

Actual

 

Actual

 

% Change

REVENUES:

                     

    Video

$             1,046

 

$                927

 

12.8%

 

$             4,030

 

$           3,639

 

10.7%

    Internet

590

 

482

 

22.4%

 

2,186

 

1,866

 

17.1%

    Voice

154

 

186

 

(17.2)%

 

644

 

828

 

(22.2)%

    Commercial

228

 

177

 

28.8%

 

822

 

658

 

24.9%

    Advertising sales

83

 

96

 

(13.5)%

 

291

 

334

 

(12.9)%

    Other

47

 

45

 

4.4%

 

182

 

179

 

1.7%

         Total Revenues

2,148

 

1,913

 

12.3%

 

8,155

 

7,504

 

8.7%

                       

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

                     

    Programming

561

 

491

 

14.3%

 

2,146

 

1,965

 

9.2%

    Franchises, regulatory and connectivity

103

 

96

 

7.3%

 

399

 

383

 

4.2%

    Costs to service customers

383

 

357

 

7.3%

 

1,514

 

1,363

 

11.1%

    Marketing

127

 

98

 

29.6%

 

479

 

422

 

13.5%