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InvestorsOctober 25, 2019

Charter Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

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STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (along with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Charter") today reported financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

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Key highlights:

  • Third quarter total residential and SMB customer relationships increased 310,000, compared to 234,000 during the third quarter of 2018. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 29.0 million total customer relationships, and added over 1.1 million net new customer relationships over the last twelve months.
  • During the third quarter, Charter generated residential and SMB Internet net additions of 380,000, video net losses of 75,000 and wireline voice net losses of 190,000.
  • Charter added 276,000 mobile lines in the third quarter, compared to 208,000 mobile line net additions in the second quarter of 2019. As of September 30, 2019, Charter served a total of 794,000 mobile lines.
  • Third quarter revenue of $11.5 billion grew 5.1%, as compared to the prior year period, driven by residential revenue growth of 4.4%, mobile revenue growth of $175 million and commercial revenue growth of 4.1%.
  • Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA1 of $4.1 billion grew 3.4% year-over-year, while third quarter cable Adjusted EBITDA1 of $4.2 billion grew 5.0% year-over-year.
  • Net income attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $387 million in the third quarter, compared to $493 million during the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease in net income attributable to Charter shareholders was primarily driven by a pension remeasurement gain in the third quarter of 2018, partly offset by higher Adjusted EBITDA.
  • Third quarter capital expenditures totaled $1.7 billion compared to $2.1 billion during the third quarter of 2018. Third quarter capital expenditures included $100 million of mobile-related capital expenditures.
  • Consolidated free cash flow1 for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $1.3 billion, compared to $532 million during the same period last year. Cable free cash flow1 for the third quarter totaled $1.5 billion, compared to $681 million during the same period last year.
  • During the third quarter, Charter purchased approximately 7.8 million shares of Charter Class A common stock and Charter Communications Holdings, LLC ("Charter Holdings") common units for approximately $3.1 billion.

"Our strategy of offering high-quality products with good service at attractive prices is working and continues to produce strong customer relationship growth," said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. "In the third quarter, customer relationship growth continued to accelerate and our operating strategy keeps us well-positioned to take advantage of the growth opportunity in front of Charter."

1.

Adjusted EBITDA, cable Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and cable free cash flow are non-GAAP measures defined in the "Use of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Information" section and are reconciled to net income attributable to Charter shareholders and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the addendum of this news release.

Key Operating Results

 

Approximate as of

 
 

September 30,
2019 (a)

 

 

September 30,
2018 (a)

 

 

Y/Y Change

Footprint (b)

             

Estimated Video Passings

51,579

   

50,616

   

1.9

%

Estimated Internet Passings

51,416

   

50,421

   

2.0

%

Estimated Voice Passings

50,867

   

49,833

   

2.1

%

               

Penetration Statistics (c)

             

Video Penetration of Estimated Video Passings

31.5

%

 

 

32.9

%

 

(1.4)

ppts

Internet Penetration of Estimated Internet Passings

51.2

%

 

 

49.4

%

 

1.8

ppts

Voice Penetration of Estimated Voice Passings

21.1

%

 

 

22.6

%

 

(1.5)

ppts

               

Customer Relationships (d)

             

Residential

27,037

   

26,063

   

3.7

%

Small and Medium Business

1,930

   

1,792

   

7.7

%

Total Customer Relationships

28,967

   

27,855

   

4.0

%

               

Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)

             

Residential

282

   

192

   

46.7

%

Small and Medium Business

28

   

42

   

(32.9)

%

Total Customer Relationships

310

   

234

   

32.4

%

               

Residential

             

Primary Service Units ("PSUs")

             

Video

15,725

   

16,140

   

(2.6)

%

Internet

24,595

   

23,336

   

5.4

%

Voice

9,595

   

10,218

   

(6.1)

%

               

Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)

             

Video

(77)

   

(66)

   

(17.1)

%

Internet

351

   

266

   

32.2

%

Voice

(213)

   

(107)

   

(98.9)

%

               

Single Play (e)

11,557

   

10,858

   

6.4

%

Double Play (e)

8,088

   

6,789

   

19.1

%

Triple Play (e)

7,392

   

8,416

   

(12.2)

%

               

Single Play Penetration (f)

42.7

%

 

 

41.7

%

 

1.0

 

ppts

Double Play Penetration (f)

29.9

%

 

 

26.1

%

 

3.8

ppts

Triple Play Penetration (f)

27.3

%

 

 

32.3

%

 

(5.0)

ppts

               

% Residential Non-Video Customer Relationships

41.8

%

 

 

38.1

%

 

3.7

ppts

               

Monthly Residential Revenue per Residential Customer (g)

$112.00

   

$111.13

   

0.8

%

               

Small and Medium Business

             

PSUs

             

Video

520

   

488

   

6.6

%

Internet

1,730

   

1,594

   

8.5

%

Voice

1,120

   

1,024

   

9.4

%

               

Quarterly Net Additions/(Losses)

             

Video

2

   

12

   

(77.4)

%

Internet

29

   

42

   

(31.0)

%

Voice

23

   

30

   

(24.8)

%

               

Monthly Small and Medium Business Revenue per Customer (h)

$169.44

   

$173.52

   

(2.4)

%

               

Enterprise PSUs (i)

             

Enterprise PSUs

264

   

243

   

8.8

%

               

Footnotes

In thousands, except per customer and penetration data. See footnotes to unaudited summary of operating statistics on page 5 of the addendum of this news release. The footnotes contain important disclosures regarding the definitions used for these operating statistics.

 

All percentages are calculated using whole numbers. Minor differences may exist due to rounding.

During the third quarter of 2019, Charter's residential customer relationships grew by 282,000, while third quarter 2018 residential customer relationships grew by 192,000. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 27.0 million residential customer relationships, with year-over-year growth of 3.7%.

Charter added 351,000 residential Internet customers in the third quarter of 2019, versus third quarter 2018 residential Internet customer net additions of 266,000. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 24.6 million residential Internet customers, with 85% subscribing to tiers that provided 100 Mbps or more of speed. Charter recently doubled its minimum Internet speeds to 200 Mbps in a number of additional markets at no additional cost to new and existing Spectrum Internet residential and SMB customers. Currently, 200 Mbps is the slowest speed offered to new Internet customers in approximately 60% of Charter's footprint, with 100 Mbps offered as the slowest speed in the remaining 40% of its footprint.

Residential video customers decreased by 77,000 in the third quarter of 2019, while third quarter 2018 video customers decreased by 66,000. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 15.7 million residential video customers.

During the third quarter of 2019, residential wireline voice customers declined by 213,000, while third quarter 2018 voice customers declined by 107,000. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 9.6 million residential wireline voice customers.

Third quarter 2019 residential revenue per residential customer (excluding mobile) totaled $112.00, and grew by 0.8% compared to the prior year period, as promotional rate step-ups and rate adjustments were partly offset by a higher percentage of non-video customers, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video customer base and lower pay-per-view and video on demand revenue.

In September of 2018, Charter completed the full market launch of its Spectrum MobileTM service across its footprint. Spectrum Mobile is available to all new and existing Spectrum Internet customers and runs on America's most awarded LTE network combined with Spectrum WiFi. Spectrum Mobile customers can choose one of two simple ways to pay for data, "Unlimited" for $45 a month (per line), or "By the Gig" at $14/GB, in both cases including applicable fees and taxes. Late in the second quarter of 2019, Charter expanded its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program to all of its sales channels. During the third quarter of 2019, Charter added 276,000 mobile lines, and as of September 30, 2019, Charter served a total of 794,000 mobile lines.

SMB customer relationships grew by 28,000 during the third quarter of 2019, compared to growth of 42,000 during the third quarter of 2018. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 1.9 million SMB customer relationships, with year-over-year growth of 7.7%. Enterprise PSUs grew by 6,000 during the third quarter of 2019 compared to growth of 8,000 during the third quarter of 2018. As of September 30, 2019, Charter had 264,000 enterprise PSUs, with growth of 8.8% year-over-year.

Third 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 September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

% Change

REVENUES:

         

Video

$

4,359

   

$

4,332

   

0.6

%

Internet

4,195

   

3,809

   

10.1

%

Voice

477

   

512

   

(6.8)

%

Residential revenue

9,031

   

8,653

   

4.4

%

Small and medium business

974

   

922

   

5.7

%

Enterprise

644

   

632

   

1.8

%

Commercial revenue

1,618

   

1,554

   

4.1

%

Advertising sales

394

   

440

   

(10.6)

%

Mobile

192

   

17

   

NM

Other

215

   

228

   

(5.6)

%

Total Revenue

11,450

   

10,892

   

5.1

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

         

Cable operating costs and expenses

7,027

   

6,847

   

2.6

%

Mobile operating costs and expenses

337

   

94

   

NM

Total operating costs and expenses

7,364

   

6,941

   

6.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,086

   

$

3,951

   

3.4

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

35.7

%

 

36.3

%

   

Cable Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,231

   

$

4,028

   

5.0

%

Cable Adjusted EBITDA margin

37.6

%

 

37.0

%

   

Capital Expenditures

$

1,651

   

$

2,118

     

% Total Revenue

14.4

%

 

19.5

%

   

Cable Capital Expenditures

$

1,551

   

$

2,052

     

% Total Cable Revenue

13.8

%

 

18.9

%

   

Net income attributable to Charter shareholders

$

387

   

$

493

     

Earnings per common share attributable to Charter shareholders:

         

Basic

$

1.77

   

$

2.14

     

Diluted

$

1.74

   

$

2.11

     

Net cash flows from operating activities

$

2,943

   

$

2,804

     

Free cash flow

$

1,271

   

$

532

     

Cable free cash flow

$

1,527

   

$

681

     

 

 

Revenues

Third quarter revenue rose 5.1% year-over-year to $11.5 billion, driven by growth in Internet, mobile, commercial and video revenue. Excluding mobile revenue and advertising revenue, which benefited from political spend in the third quarter of 2018, revenue grew 4.1% year-over-year.

Video revenue totaled $4.4 billion in the third quarter, an increase of 0.6% compared to the prior year period. Video revenue growth was driven by rate adjustments and promotional rolloff, partly offset by a decline in video customers during the last year, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video base and lower pay-per-view and video on demand revenue.

Internet revenue grew 10.1%, compared to the year-ago quarter, to $4.2 billion, driven by growth in Internet customers during the last year, promotional rolloff and rate adjustments.

Voice revenue totaled $477 million in the third quarter, a decrease of 6.8% compared to the third quarter of 2018, driven by a decline in wireline voice customers over the last twelve months and value-based pricing.

Commercial revenue rose to $1.6 billion, an increase of 4.1% over the prior year period, driven by SMB revenue growth of 5.7% and enterprise revenue growth of 1.8%. Third quarter commercial revenue was impacted by Charter's sale of Navisite, its managed cloud services business within Spectrum Enterprise, on September 6. Excluding Navisite revenue from both the third quarter of 2019 and 2018, commercial and enterprise revenue grew 5.2% and 4.4% over the prior year period, respectively.

Third quarter advertising sales revenue of $394 million declined 10.6% compared to the year-ago quarter, driven by lower political revenue. Excluding political revenue in both periods, advertising sales revenue grew by 5.8% year-over-year.

Third quarter mobile revenue totaled $192 million, an increase of $175 million year-over-year.

Other revenue totaled $215 million in the third quarter, a decrease of 5.6% year-over-year, driven by lower home shopping revenue and processing fees, partly offset by video customer premise equipment ("CPE") sold to customers.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Third quarter total operating costs and expenses increased by $423 million, or 6.1% year-over-year, and 2.6% when excluding third quarter mobile costs.

Third quarter programming expense increased by $12 million, or 0.4% as compared to the third quarter of 2018, reflecting contractual programming increases and renewals, partly offset by lower video customers, a higher mix of Choice and Stream customers within our video base and lower pay-per-view expenses.

Regulatory, connectivity and produced content expenses increased by $66 million, or 12.3% year-over-year, primarily driven by higher regulatory and franchise pass-through fees, original programming costs and costs of video CPE sold to customers.

Costs to service customers increased by $40 million, or 2.2% year-over-year, despite year-over-year residential and SMB customer growth of 4.0%. Cost to service customers excluding bad debt declined by 0.1% year-over-year.

Marketing expenses increased by $3 million, or 0.4% year-over-year.

Other expenses increased by $59 million, or 6.7% as compared to the third quarter of 2018 primarily driven by software costs, enterprise labor costs and insurance costs.

Third quarter mobile costs totaled $337 million, an increase of $243 million year-over-year, and were comprised of device costs, service and operating costs.

Adjusted EBITDA

Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $4.1 billion grew by 3.4% year-over-year, reflecting revenue growth and operating expense growth of 5.1% and 6.1%, respectively. Third quarter cable Adjusted EBITDA grew by 5.0% year-over-year reflecting cable revenue growth and cable operating expense growth of 3.5% and 2.6%, respectively.

Net Income Attributable to Charter Shareholders

Net income attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $387 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $493 million in the third quarter of 2018. The year-over-year decrease in net income attributable to Charter shareholders was primarily driven by a pension remeasurement gain which benefited the third quarter of 2018 and higher interest expense, partly offset by higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower depreciation and amortization costs.

Net income per basic common share attributable to Charter shareholders totaled $1.77 in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $2.14 during the same period last year. The decrease was primarily the result of the factors described above in addition to a 5.2% decrease in weighted average common shares outstanding versus the prior year period.

Capital Expenditures

Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $1.7 billion in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $2.1 billion during the third quarter of 2018, primarily driven by declines in CPE, scalable infrastructure and support spending. The decrease in CPE spending was primarily driven by a decline in the pace of migration of Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House customers to Spectrum pricing and packaging, the completion of Charter's all-digital initiative in 2018, increasing customer self-installations and a higher mix of boxless video outlets. The year-over-year decrease in scalable infrastructure spending was primarily driven by the completion of the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 technology in 2018 and the associated bandwidth benefit in 2019. The decrease in support capital was due to lower insourcing and integration-related spend, partly offset by higher mobile capital spending. Third quarter capital expenditures included $100 million of mobile costs, of which $78 million were included in support capital.

Charter currently expects capital expenditures, excluding capital expenditures related to mobile, to be slightly below $7 billion in 2019, versus $8.9 billion in 2018.

Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow

During the third quarter of 2019, net cash flows from operating activities totaled $2.9 billion, compared to $2.8 billion in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year increase in net cash flows from operating activities was primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA.

Consolidated free cash flow for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $1.3 billion, compared to $532 million during the same period last year. Cable free cash flow for the third quarter of 2019 totaled $1.5 billion, compared to $681 million during the same period last year. The year-over-year increases in consolidated free cash flow and cable free cash flow were driven by a decline in capital expenditures and an increase in net cash flows from operating activities.

Liquidity & Financing

As of September 30, 2019, total principal amount of debt was $74.2 billion. Charter's credit facilities provided approximately $4.3 billion of additional liquidity in excess of Charter's $508 million cash position.

In July 2019, CCO Holdings, LLC ("CCO Holdings") and CCO Holdings Capital Corp. issued $750 million of 5.375% senior unsecured notes due 2029. Charter used the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including funding buybacks of Charter Class A common stock and/or Charter Holdings common units and for repaying certain indebtedness.

In July 2019, Charter Communications Operating, LLC ("Charter Operating") and Charter Communications Operating Capital Corp. issued $1.25 billion of 5.125% senior secured notes due 2049. The net proceeds will be used to repay certain indebtedness, which may include the 5.000% senior notes due 2020 issued by Time Warner Cable, LLC, with any remaining proceeds used for general corporate purposes, including to fund potential buybacks of Charter Class A common stock and/or Charter Holdings common units.

In October 2019, CCO Holdings and CCO Holdings Capital Corp. issued $1.35 billion of 4.750% senior unsecured notes due 2030. The net proceeds were used to finance a tender offer and subsequent call of $500 million aggregate principal amount of CCO Holdings' outstanding 5.250% senior notes due 2021 and $850 million aggregate principal amount of CCO Holdings' outstanding 5.750% senior notes due 2024. Later in October, an additional $500 million of the same 4.750% senior unsecured notes due 2030 were issued. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including to fund potential buybacks of Charter Class A common stock and/or Charter Holdings common units and to repay certain indebtedness.

In October 2019, Charter Operating and Charter Communications Operating Capital Corp. issued $1.5 billion of 4.800% senior secured notes due 2050. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, including to fund potential buybacks of Charter Class A common stock and/or Charter Holdings common units and to repay certain indebtedness.

In October 2019, Charter Operating repriced $4.5 billion of revolver and $4.0 billion of term loan A to LIBOR plus 125 basis points and its existing term loan B to LIBOR plus 175 basis points. In addition, $4.5 billion of the revolver and $4.0 billion of term loan A maturities were extended to 2025 and $3.8 billion of term loan B maturities were extended to 2027.

Share Repurchases

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, Charter purchased approximately 7.8 million shares of Charter Class A common stock and Charter Holdings common units for approximately $3.1 billion.

Conference Call

Charter will host a conference call on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) related to the contents of this release.

The conference call will be webcast live via the Company's investor relations website at ir.charter.com. The call will be archived under the "Financial Information" section 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 2697386.

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 November 8, 2019. The conference ID code for the replay is 2697386.

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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, which will be posted on the "Financial Information" section of our investor relations website at ir.charter.com, when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). A slide presentation to accompany the conference call and a trending schedule containing historical customer and financial data will also be available in the "Financial Information" section.

Use of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Information

The company uses certain measures that are not defined by U.S. 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, consolidated net income and net 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 and free cash flow are reconciled to net income attributable to Charter shareholders and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the Addendum to this release.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Charter shareholders plus net income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, (gain) loss on financial instruments, other (income) expense, net and other operating (income) 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 capital expenditures and changes in accrued expenses related to capital expenditures.

Management and Charter'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 facilities and notes (all such documents have been previously filed with the the SEC). For the purpose of calculating compliance with leverage covenants, the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, excluding certain expenses paid by its operating subsidiaries to other Charter entities. The Company's debt covenants refer to these expenses as management fees, which were $317 million and $916 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, and $278 million and $816 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.

Cable Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less mobile revenues plus mobile operating costs and expenses. Cable free cash flow is defined as free cash flow plus mobile net cash outflows from operating activities and mobile capital expenditures. Management and Charter's board of directors use cable Adjusted EBITDA and cable free cash flow to provide management and investors a more meaningful year-over-year perspective on the financial and operational performance and trends of our core cable business without the impact of the revenue, costs and capital expenditures in the initial funding period to grow a new product line as well as the negative working capital impacts from the timing of device-related cash flows when we provide the handset or tablet to customers pursuant to equipment installment plans.

About Charter

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced residential broadband services, including Spectrum TV® programming, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Under the Spectrum Business® brand, Charter provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium-sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Through the Spectrum Enterprise brand, Charter is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter's news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Charter can be found at newsroom.charter.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, among other things, our plans, strategies and prospects, both business and financial.  Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations as 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 SEC.  Many of the forward-looking statements contained in this communication 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," "predict," "project," "initiatives," "seek," "would," "could," "continue," "ongoing," "upside," "increases" and "potential," among others.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this communication are set forth in our annual report on Form 10-K, and 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, mobile, advertising and other services to residential and commercial customers, to adequately meet the customer experience demands in our service areas 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;
  • the impact of competition from other market participants, including but not limited to incumbent telephone companies, direct broadcast satellite ("DBS") operators, wireless broadband and telephone providers, digital subscriber line ("DSL") providers, fiber to the home providers, video provided over the Internet by (i) market participants that have not historically competed in the multichannel video business, (ii) traditional multichannel video distributors, and (iii) content providers that have historically licensed cable networks to multichannel video distributors, and providers of advertising over the Internet;
  • our ability to efficiently and effectively integrate acquired operations;
  • the effects of governmental regulation on our business including costs, disruptions and possible limitations on operating flexibility related to, and our ability to comply with, regulatory conditions applicable to us as a result of the Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks, LLC Transactions;
  • general business conditions, economic uncertainty or downturn, 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);
  • our ability to develop and deploy new products and technologies including mobile products and any other consumer services and service platforms;
  • any events that disrupt our networks, information systems or properties and impair our operating activities or our reputation;
  • the ability to retain and hire key personnel;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

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 communication.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND OPERATING DATA 

(dollars in millions, except per share data)      

 
 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

% Change

 

2019

 

2018

 

% Change

REVENUES:

                     

Video

$

4,359

   

$

4,332

   

0.6

%

 

$

13,134

   

$

12,987

   

1.1

%

Internet

4,195

   

3,809

   

10.1

%

 

12,322

   

11,286

   

9.2

%

Voice

477

   

512

   

(6.8)

%

 

1,470

   

1,599

   

(8.0)

%

Residential revenue

9,031

   

8,653

   

4.4

%

 

26,926

   

25,872

   

4.1

%

Small and medium business

974

   

922

   

5.7

%

 

2,882

   

2,737

   

5.3

%

Enterprise

644

   

632

   

1.8

%

 

1,939

   

1,881

   

3.0

%

Commercial revenue

1,618

   

1,554

   

4.1

%

 

4,821

   

4,618

   

4.4

%

Advertising sales

394

   

440

   

(10.6)

%

 

1,134

   

1,223

   

(7.3)

%

Mobile

192

   

17

   

NM

 

490

   

17

   

NM

Other

215

   

228

   

(5.6)

%

 

632

   

673

   

(6.0)

%

Total Revenue

11,450

   

10,892

   

5.1

%

 

34,003

   

32,403

   

4.9

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

                     

Programming

2,790

   

2,778

   

0.4

%

 

8,482

   

8,333

   

1.8

%

Regulatory, connectivity and produced content

612

   

546

   

12.3

%

 

1,770

   

1,639

   

8.0

%

Costs to service customers

1,894

   

1,854

   

2.2

%

 

5,483

   

5,492

   

(0.2)

%

Marketing

793

   

790

   

0.4

%

 

2,296

   

2,310

   

(0.6)

%

Mobile

337

   

94

   

NM

 

874

   

135

   

NM

Other expense

938

   

879

   

6.7

%

 

2,772

   

2,599

   

6.6

%

Total operating costs and expenses (exclusive of items shown separately below)

7,364

   

6,941

   

6.1

%

 

21,677

   

20,508

   

5.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA

4,086

   

3,951

   

3.4

%

 

12,326

   

11,895

   

3.6

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

35.7

%

 

36.3

%

     

36.2

%

 

36.7

%

   

Depreciation and amortization

2,415

   

2,482

       

7,465

   

7,784

     

Stock compensation expense

71

   

71

       

238

   

213

     

Other operating expenses, net

14

   

18

       

71

   

116

     

Income from operations

1,586

   

1,380

       

4,552

   

3,782

     

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES):

                     

Interest expense, net

(963)

   

(901)

       

(2,833)

   

(2,630)

     

Gain (loss) on financial instruments, net

(34)

   

12

       

(116)

   

     

Other pension benefits, net

9

   

207

       

27

   

247

     

Other expense, net

(5)

   

(5)

       

(131)

   

(75)

     
 

(993)

   

(687)

       

(3,053)

   

(2,458)

     

Income before income taxes

593

   

693

       

1,499

   

1,324

     

Income tax expense

(126)

   

(109)

       

(329)

   

(178)

     

Consolidated net income

467

   

584

       

1,170

   

1,146

     

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(80)

   

(91)

       

(216)

   

(212)

     

Net income attributable to Charter shareholders

$

387

   

$

493

       

$

954

   

$

934

     

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

                     

ATTRIBUTABLE TO CHARTER SHAREHOLDERS:

                   

Basic

$

1.77

   

$

2.14

       

$

4.30

   

$

3.99

     

Diluted

$

1.74

   

$

2.11

       

$

4.23

   

$

3.93

     

Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic

218,499,213

   

230,554,633

       

221,818,079

   

234,159,830

     

Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted

222,355,867

   

233,607,414

       

225,337,984

   

237,343,924

     
 

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP term.  See page 6 of this addendum for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Charter shareholders as defined by GAAP.

 

All percentages are calculated using whole numbers. Minor differences may exist due to rounding.

 

NM - Not meaningful

 

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(dollars in millions)  

 
 

September 30,

 

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

(unaudited)

   

ASSETS

     

CURRENT ASSETS:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

508

   

$

551

 

Accounts receivable, net

2,284

   

1,733

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

596

   

446

 

Total current assets

3,388

   

2,730