Consolidated Communications Holdings
Mar 8, 2007

Consolidated Communications Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Results

MATTOON, Ill., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. The company reported revenues of $81.7 million for the quarter and $320.8 million for the twelve-month period. Adjusted EBITDA and net cash provided by operating activities for the quarter were $35.7 million and $25.0 million, respectively, and for the twelve-month period were $139.8 million and $84.6 million, respectively.

"Throughout 2006, we executed on plan and consistently delivered strong operational and financial results," said Bob Currey, Consolidated's president and chief executive officer. "During the year, we completed the IP backbone network, which facilitated the launch of our IPTV product in Texas, and grew total connections by over 10,000. We successfully completed Phase II of our billing integration, improved our cost structure, and repurchased 3.8 million shares from an initial investor in a cash accretive transaction. For 2006, we generated almost $140.0 million in adjusted EBITDA and excluding results from asset sales, our payout ratio was 76.6 percent."

"Our DSL and IPTV sales and marketing campaigns drove the over 4,600 quarterly increase and 18,300 annual increase in broadband connections. DSL had an outstanding quarter adding over 3,300 subscribers. We ended the year with over 52,700 subscribers, representing a 35.0 percent annual increase. 2006 was our best year ever in terms of net DSL additions."

"We added over 1,300 IPTV subscribers in the fourth quarter, bringing the total subscriber base to nearly 7,000. Illinois subscribers grew by over 800, and we added almost 500 subscribers in Texas. As we did initially in Illinois, we are doing a controlled launch in Texas to ensure the network and back office processes are performing well. To date, everything is on track and results are meeting our expectations. Across both states we now pass almost 90,000 homes, adding almost 17,000 homes in Texas in the fourth quarter. With over 90.0 percent of our IPTV customers taking our triple play, we are the leading network based triple play provider in our markets," Currey concluded.

    Operating Statistics at December 31, 2006, Compared to December 31, 2005
     -- Total connections were 293,375, an increase of 10,013, or 3.5 percent.
     -- Total local access lines were 233,689, a decrease of 8,335, or 3.4
        percent.  Excluding the impact of the previously announced adjustment
        in the third quarter of 2006, access lines would have decreased by
        7,555 or 3.1 percent.
     -- Broadband connections were 59,686, an increase of 18,348 or 44.4
        percent.
        -- DSL subscribers were 52,732, an increase of 13,540, or 34.5
           percent.
        -- IPTV subscribers were 6,954, an increase of 4,808, or 224.0
           percent.
     -- Long distance lines were 148,181, an increase of 4,299, or 3.0
        percent.
     -- Total service bundles were 43,175, an increase of 6,548, or 17.9
        percent.

Steve Childers, Consolidated's chief financial officer, said, "As expected, our financial results were strong for both the quarter and for the full year. I am also pleased to announce two items that strengthen our capital structure. First, on February 26, 2007, we successfully completed the repricing of our senior secured credit facility. The interest rate on our $464.0 million term debt was lowered by 25 basis points to LIBOR plus 175 basis points. This will result in approximately $1.2 million in annual cash interest savings. Second, in the fourth quarter we executed $150.0 million in interest rate swaps. After giving effect to the new swap arrangements, interest rates on 86.2 percent of our $464.0 million credit facility will be fixed. Had the credit facility repricing and swaps been in effect on December 31, 2006, our weighted average interest rate on term debt would have been 6.60 percent."

Cash Available to Pay Dividends

For the quarter, cash available to pay dividends, or CAPD, was $14.3 million and the dividend payout ratio was 70.2 percent. As of December 31, 2006, cumulative available cash, which is defined in the dividend restriction covenants in the credit facility as the difference between CAPD and dividends paid for the period since September 30, 2005, was approximately $25.4 million. At December 31, 2006, cash and cash equivalents were $26.7 million. The company made capital expenditures of $8.4 million during the fourth quarter, bringing the year-to-date total to $33.4 million.

    Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2006
     -- Revenues were $81.7 million, compared to $81.2 million in the fourth
        quarter of 2005.  The increase was driven by a $1.8 million increase
        in Data and Internet Services due to growth in DSL and IPTV
        subscribers and a $0.4 million increase in Network Access Services
        primarily due to increases in switched access rates. These increases
        were substantially offset by declines in Subsidies and Long Distance.
        The reduction in Subsidies revenue was primarily attributable to
        declines in Universal Service Fund draws associated with changes in
        national average loop cost and lower recoverable expenses. These
        reductions were partially offset by a $0.5 million prior period
        subsidy receipt.  The decrease in Long Distance was primarily related
        to a decline in the average rate per minute associated with the
        increased penetration of our unlimited long distance plan.
     -- Income from operations was $4.8 million, compared to $15.0 million in
        the fourth quarter of 2005.  The primary driver of the decrease was an
        $11.2 million impairment charge associated with the customer list
        valuations assigned to our operator services and telemarketing
        businesses.  The non-cash impairment charge was associated with two
        non-core businesses and has no impact on the credit agreement
        covenants that govern our ability to pay dividends.
     -- Interest expense, net was $11.6 million, compared to $10.6 million in
        the same quarter last year.  The increase was primarily driven by the
        increase in bank debt associated with the share repurchase in the
        third quarter of 2006.
     -- Income tax expense/(benefit) was $(3.3) million, compared to $7.2
        million in the fourth quarter of 2005.  The fourth quarter of 2006
        reflects the impact of the impairment charge.  Impacting the fourth
        quarter of 2005 was $4.6 million in incremental tax expense associated
        with the company's tax-free reorganization plan made in connection
        with the IPO.
     -- Net loss was $0.5 million, compared to a net loss of $2.1 million in
        the fourth quarter of 2005.
     -- Net loss per common share was $0.02.  A number of factors affected
        2006 and 2005 net income per share in ways that make comparisons
        difficult.  "Adjusted net income per share" excludes these factors as
        presented in the table provided in this release. On that basis,
        "adjusted net income per share" for the quarter ended December 31,
        2006 was $0.21.
     -- Adjusted EBITDA was $35.7 million and net cash provided by operating
        activities was $25.0 million, compared to $35.6 million and $32.2
        million, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2005. Total net debt
        to last twelve month Adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio was 4.1 times to
        one, and all other coverage ratios were also within compliance levels
        of our credit facility.

    Financial Highlights for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2006
     -- Revenues were $320.8 million, compared to $321.4 million for the prior
        year period. The reduction reflects decreases in Subsidies, Local
        Calling Services and Long Distance revenues, partially offset by
        increases in Network Access Services revenue associated with increased
        demand for special access circuits, increased Data and Internet
        Services revenue driven by growth in both DSL and IPTV subscribers,
        and increased Other Operations revenue.
     -- Net income was $13.3 million, compared to a net loss of $4.5 million
        for the prior year period.  The year-over-year increase was due to
        operating efficiency improvements, the deferred tax benefit
        attributable to the changes in the Texas franchise tax law, lower non-
        cash stock compensation expense, and lower interest expense.
     -- Net income per common share was $0.47.  A number of factors affected
        2006 and 2005 net income per share in ways that make comparisons
        difficult.  "Adjusted net income per share" excludes these factors as
        presented in the table provided in this release. On that basis,
        "adjusted net income per share" for the year ended December 31, 2006
        was $0.67.
     -- Adjusted EBITDA was $139.8 million and net cash provided by operating
        activities was $84.6 million, compared to $136.8 million and $79.3
        million, respectively.  The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily
        due to operating efficiency improvements and increased cash
        distributions from cellular partnership investments, partially offset
        by a net $3.0 million decrease in prior period subsidy receipts.


    Financial Guidance

For 2007, the company provides the following guidance: Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $32 million to $34 million; cash interest expense is expected to be in the range of $43.5 million to $45 million; and cash income taxes are expected to be in the range of $12 million to $14 million.

Dividend Payments

The company paid its latest quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per common share on February 1, 2007 to stockholders of record on January 15, 2007. On March 5, 2007, the company's board of directors declared its next quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per common share, which is payable on May 1, 2007 to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2007. The board of directors has indicated its intention to continue paying the quarterly dividend at the current level for 2007.

Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 10:00 a.m. Central Time. The call is being webcast and can be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at http://www.consolidated.com . The webcast will also be archived on the company's website. If you do not have internet access, the conference call dial-in number is 1-800-642-1783. International parties can access the call by dialing 1-706-679-5600. A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available starting two hours after completion of the call until March 12, 2007 at midnight Eastern Time. To hear the replay, parties in the United States and Canada should call 1-800-642-1687 and international parties should call 1-706-645-9291 and enter pass code 7168732.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release, as well as the conference call, includes disclosures regarding "Adjusted EBITDA", "cash available to pay dividends", "cumulative available cash", "total net debt to last twelve month Adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio", and "adjusted net income per share", all of which are non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, they should not be construed as alternatives to net cash from operating or investing activities, cash and cash equivalents, cash flows from operations or net income (loss) as defined by GAAP and are not, on their own, necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, not all companies use identical calculations, and these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. A reconciliation of the differences between these non-GAAP financial measures and the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP is included in the tables that follow.

Adjusted EBITDA, which corresponds to pro forma Bank EBITDA as used and defined in the prospectus dated July 21, 2005 filed in connection with the IPO, is comprised of historical EBITDA, as adjusted for certain adjustments permitted and contemplated by our credit facility.

EBITDA is defined as net earnings (loss) before interest expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization on an historical basis. We believe net cash provided by operating activities is the most directly comparable financial measure to EBITDA under GAAP. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure.

Cash available to pay dividends represents Adjusted EBITDA plus cash interest income less (1) cash interest expense (after giving pro forma effect to the IPO as if it had been completed on July 1, 2005), (2) capital expenditures and (3) cash taxes.

We present Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends for several reasons. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends are useful as a means to evaluate our ability to fund our estimated uses of cash (including interest on our debt) and pay dividends. In addition, we have presented Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends to investors in the past because they are frequently used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry, and management believes presenting them here provides a measure of consistency in our financial reporting. Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends, referred to as Available Cash in our credit agreement, and cumulative available cash are also components of the restrictive covenants and financial ratios contained in the agreements governing our debt that require us to maintain compliance with these covenants and limit certain activities, such as our ability to incur debt and to pay dividends. The definitions in these covenants and ratios are based on Adjusted EBITDA, cash available to pay dividends and cumulative available cash after giving effect to specified charges. As a result, management believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends, as supplemented by these other items, provide important additional information to investors. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends provide our board of directors with meaningful information to determine, with other data, assumptions and considerations, our dividend policy and our ability to pay dividends under the restrictive covenants in the agreements governing our debt and to measure our ability to service and repay debt.

These non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings. In particular, Adjusted EBITDA does not represent the residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures, since items such as debt repayment and interest payments are not deducted from such measure. Similarly, while we may generate cash available to pay dividends, we are not required to use any such cash to pay dividends, and the payment of any dividends is subject to declaration by our board of directors, compliance with applicable law and the terms of our credit agreement and the indenture governing our senior notes.

Because Adjusted EBITDA is a component of Dividend Payout Ratio and the ratio of total net debt to last twelve month Adjusted EBITDA, these measures are also subject to the material limitations discussed above. In addition, the ratio of total net debt to last twelve month Adjusted EBITDA is subject to the risk that we may not be able to use the cash on the balance sheet to reduce our debt on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Management believes these ratios are useful as a means to evaluate our ability to incur additional indebtedness in the future and, together with adjusted net income per share, assist investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating the companies in our industry.

For a more detailed discussion of these and other limitations on the use of these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the section entitled "Dividend Policy and Restrictions" in our prospectus dated July 21, 2005. The prospectus is not incorporated by reference in this release.

About Consolidated

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. is an established rural local exchange company (RLEC) providing voice, data and video services to residential and business customers in Illinois and Texas. Each of the operating companies has been operating in its local market for over 100 years. With approximately 234,000 local access lines, 53,000 DSL subscribers and 7,000 IPTV subscribers, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of telecommunications services, including local and long distance service, custom calling features, private line services, dial-up and high-speed Internet access, digital TV, carrier access services, and directory publishing. Consolidated Communications is the 15th largest local telephone company in the United States.

Safe Harbor

Any statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. The words "anticipates", "believes", "expects", "intends", "plans", "estimates", "targets", "projects", "should", "may", "will" and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, the company's current expectations, plans, strategies and anticipated financial results and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and factors that may cause the actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to the following: various risks to stockholders of not receiving dividends and risks to the company's ability to pursue growth opportunities if the company continues to pay dividends according to the current dividend policy; various risks to the price and volatility of the common stock; the substantial amount of debt and the company's ability to incur additional debt in the future; the company's need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt and to pay dividends on the common stock; restrictions contained in the debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business; the ability to refinance the existing debt as necessary; regulatory changes, rapid development and introduction of new technologies and intense competition in the telecommunications industry; risks associated with the company's possible pursuit of acquisitions; economic conditions in the company's service areas in Illinois and Texas; system failures; losses of large customers or government contracts; risks associated with the rights-of-way for the network; disruptions in the relationship with third party vendors; losses of key management personnel and the inability to attract and retain highly qualified management and personnel in the future; changes in the extensive governmental legislation and regulations governing telecommunications providers and the provision of telecommunications services; telecommunications carriers disputing and/or avoiding their obligations to pay network access charges for use of the company's network; high costs of regulatory compliance; the competitive impact of legislation and regulatory changes in the telecommunications industry; liability and compliance costs regarding environmental regulations, and the other risks identified in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005, as well as in the other documents that we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements attributable to the company or persons acting on the company's behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factors contained in this press release and the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company does not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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                         Consolidated Communications
                    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                            (Dollars in thousands)

                                                          December 31,
                                                      2006            2005
     ASSETS
     Current assets:
       Cash and cash equivalents                     $26,672        $31,409
       Accounts receivable, net                       34,396         35,503
       Prepaid expenses and other current assets      13,149         12,123
     Total current assets                             74,217         79,035

     Property, plant and equipment, net              314,381        335,088
     Intangibles and other assets                    500,981        531,827
     Total assets                                   $889,579       $945,950

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
     Current liabilities:
       Accounts payable                              $11,004        $11,743
       Accrued expenses and other current
        liabilities                                   54,742         56,116
     Total current liabilities                        65,746         67,859

     Long-term debt                                  594,000        555,000
     Other long-term liabilities                     111,180        120,889
     Total liabilities                               770,926        743,748

     Minority interests                                3,695          2,974
     Stockholders' equity:
       Common stock, $0.01 par value                     260            297
       Paid in capital                               199,858        254,162
       Accumulated deficit                           (87,362)       (57,533)
       Accumulated other comprehensive income          2,202          2,302
    Total stockholders' equity                       114,958        199,228
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $889,579       $945,950



                         Consolidated Communications
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                             Three Months Ended           Year Ended
                                December 31,              December 31,
                             2006         2005         2006         2005
     Revenues              $81,678      $81,225      $320,767     $321,429
     Operating expenses:
       Cost of services
        and products        25,329       26,436        98,093      101,159
       Selling, general
        and administrative
        expenses            23,746       23,274        94,693       98,791
       Impairment of
        intangible assets   11,240            -        11,240            -
       Depreciation and
        amortization        16,554       16,527        67,430       67,379
     Income from operations  4,809       14,988        49,311       54,100
     Other income (expense):
       Interest expense,
        net                (11,558)     (10,631)      (42,899)     (53,443)
       Other income, net     2,881          780         7,260        5,816
     Income (loss) before
      income taxes          (3,868)       5,137        13,672        6,473
     Income tax (benefit)
      expense               (3,347)       7,234           405       10,935

     Net income (loss)        (521)      (2,097)       13,267       (4,462)
     Dividends on redeemable
      preferred shares           -            -             -      (10,263)
     Net income (loss)
      applicable to
      common stockholders    $(521)    $ (2,097)      $13,267     $(14,725)

     Net income (loss) per
      common share          $(0.02)      $(0.49)        $0.47       $(0.83)



                         Consolidated Communications
               Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
                            (Dollars in thousands)

                              Three Months Ended             Year Ended
                                  December 31,               December 31,
                               2006         2005          2006         2005
    OPERATING ACTIVITIES
      Net Income (loss)       $(521)     $(2,097)       $13,267      $(4,462)
      Adjustments to reconcile
       net income (loss) to
       cash provided
       by operating
       activities:
        Depreciation and
         amortization        16,554       16,527         67,430       67,379
        Non-cash stock
         compensation           607        1,346          2,482        8,590
        Other adjustments,
         net                  6,533       14,380          8,083       18,013
      Changes in operating
       assets and
       liabilities, net       1,857        2,073         (6,669)     (10,220)
          Net cash provided
           by operating
           activities        25,030       32,229         84,593       79,300
      INVESTING ACTIVITIES
        Proceeds from sale

         of investments           -            -          5,921            -
        Proceeds from sale
         of assets              225            -            815            -
        Capital expenditures (8,351)      (9,498)       (33,388)     (31,094)
          Net cash used in
           investing
           activities        (8,126)      (9,498)       (26,652)     (31,094)

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES
        Proceeds from
         issuance of stock        -         (209)             -       67,589
        Proceeds from
         issuance of
         long-term
         obligations              -            -         39,000        5,688
        Payments made on
         long-term
         obligations              -      (11,825)             -      (86,934)
        Payment of deferred
         financing costs          -         (815)          (262)      (5,552)
        Purchase of treasury
         shares                 (87)           -        (56,823)         (12)
        Distribution to
         preferred shareholders   -            -              -      (37,500)
        Dividends on common
         stock              (10,043)     (12,160)       (44,593)     (12,160)
          Net cash provided
           by (used in)
           financing
           activities       (10,130)     (25,009)       (62,678)     (68,881)
    Net increase (decrease)
     in cash and cash
     equivalents              6,774       (2,278)        (4,737)     (20,675)
    Cash and cash equivalents
     at beginning of period  19,898       33,687         31,409       52,084
    Cash and cash equivalents
     at end of period       $26,672      $31,409        $26,672      $31,409



                         Consolidated Communications
                       Consolidated Revenue by Category
                            (Dollars in thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                Three months ended      Twelve Months Ended
                                   December 31,            December 31,
                                  2006     2005           2006      2005
    Telephone Operations
      Local calling services     $20,947  $21,115        $85,131   $88,203
      Network access services     16,859   16,411         68,135    64,385
      Subsidies                   12,623   13,406         47,588    53,936
      Long distance services       3,551    3,969         15,178    16,283
      Data and Internet services   8,385    6,630         30,917    25,804
      Other services               8,808    9,151         33,385    33,675
    Total Telephone Operations    71,173   70,682        280,334   282,286
    Other Operations              10,505   10,543         40,433    39,143
    Total operating revenues     $81,678  $81,225       $320,767  $321,429



                         Consolidated Communications
                        Schedule of ARPU Calculations
         (Dollars in thousands, except average revenue per user data)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                        Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
                                           December 31,        December 31,
                                          2006     2005       2006      2005

    Ending Access Lines                  233,689  242,024   233,689   242,024
    Average Access Lines                 234,783  243,756   238,399   248,214


    Telephone Operations Revenue         $71,173  $70,682  $280,334  $282,286
    Prior period subsidy settlements        $481      $83   $(1,313)   $1,704
    Telephone Operations, excluding
     prior period subsidy settlements    $70,692  $70,599  $281,647  $280,582

    Monthly Telephone Operations ARPU    $101.05   $96.66    $97.99    $94.77
    Monthly Telephone Operations ARPU,
     excluding prior period subsidy
     settlements                         $100.37   $96.54    $98.45    $94.20

    ARPU, or average revenue per user, reflects revenue per average access
     line



                         Consolidated Communications
                   Schedule of Adjusted EBITDA Calculation
                            (Dollars in thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

                               Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
                                  December 31,              December 31,
                                 2006     2005            2006      2005
    Historical EBITDA:
    Net cash provided by
     operating activities       $25,030  $32,229        $84,593   $79,300
    Adjustments:
      Compensation from
       restricted share plan       (607)  (1,346)        (2,482)   (8,590)
      Other adjustments, net     (6,533) (14,380)        (8,083)  (18,013)
    Changes in operating assets
     and liabilities             (1,857)  (2,073)         6,669    10,220
    Interest expense, net        11,558   10,631         42,899    53,443
    Income taxes                 (3,347)   7,234            405    10,935
    Historical EBITDA (1)        24,244   32,295        124,001   127,295

    Adjustments to EBITDA:
      Integration, restructuring
       and Sarbanes-Oxley (2)       601    1,994          3,684     7,400
      Professional service
       fees (3)                       -        -              -     2,867
      Other income, net (4)      (2,881)    (780)        (7,143)   (3,036)
      Investment
       distributions (5)          1,849      771          5,516     1,590
      Pension curtailment
       gain (6)                       -        -              -    (7,880)
      Intangible assets
       impairment (7)            11,240                  11,240
      Non-cash compensation (8)     607    1,346          2,482     8,590

    Adjusted EBITDA             $35,660  $35,626       $139,780  $136,826

    Footnotes for Adjusted EBITDA:
    (1)  Historical EBITDA is defined as net earnings (loss) before interest
         expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization on a historical
         basis.
    (2)  Represents certain expenses associated with integrating and
         restructuring the Texas and Illinois businesses and Sarbanes-Oxley
         start-up costs. For the fourth quarter 2006, this is comprised of
         $0.4M in severance costs and $0.2M in billing integration costs.  For
         YTD 2006, this is comprised of $2.0M in severance, $0.8M in Sarbanes-
         Oxley start-up costs and $0.9M in billing integration costs.
    (3)  Represents the aggregate professional service fees paid to certain
         large equity investors prior to our initial public offering. Upon
         closing of the initial public offering, these agreements terminated.
    (4)  Other, net includes the equity earnings from our investments,
         dividend income and certain other miscellaneous non-operating items.
         Key man life insurance proceeds of $2.8 million received in
         June 2005 are not deducted to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA.
    (5)  For purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA, we include all cash
         dividends and other cash distributions received from our investments.
    (6)  Represents a one-time $7.9 million curtailment gain associated with
         the amendment of our Texas pension plan.  The gain was recorded in
         general and administrative expenses.  However, because the gain is
         non-cash and non-recurring, it is excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.
    (7)  Upon completion of our annual impairment review and as a result of a
         decline in estimated future cash flows in the telemarketing and
         operator services business, we determined that the value of the
         customer lists associated with these businesses was impaired.
    (8)  Represents compensation expenses in connection with our Restricted
         Share Plan, which because of the non-cash nature of the expenses are
         being excluded from Adjusted EBITDA.



                         Consolidated Communications
                       Cash Available to Pay Dividends
                            (Dollars in thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                          Three    Twelve    Three  October 1,
                                         Months    Months   Months   2005 to
                                         Ended     Ended    Ended    Dec. 31
                                        Dec. 31,  Dec. 31,  Dec. 31,  2006
                                          2006      2006      2005     (4)
    Adjusted EBITDA                      $35,660  $139,780  $35,626  $175,406

     - Cash interest expense             (10,855)  (40,613)  (9,384)  (49,997)
     - Capital Expenditures               (8,351)  (33,388)  (9,498)  (42,886)
     + Proceeds from asset sales (1)           -     6,594        -     6,594
     - Cash income taxes                  (2,163)   (8,237)    (172)   (8,409)
     + Cash interest income                   95       745      174       919
     - Repurchases of stock (2)              (87)      (87)       -       (87)

    Cash available to pay dividends      $14,299   $64,794  $16,746   $81,540

    Quarterly Dividend                   $10,043   $44,593  $11,537   $56,130
    Payout Ratio                           70.2%     68.8%    68.9%     68.8%
    Adjusted Payout ratio (3)              70.2%     76.6%    68.9%     74.9%

    (1) Represents $590 and $83 of proceeds from the sale of idle property
        during the three months ended September 30, 2006 and March 31, 2006,
        respectively; and $5,921 of proceeds from the redemption of class C
        shares of RTB stock in the three months ended June 30, 2006.
    (2) Represents the cancellation of stock by employees to pay
        withholding tax on shares vesting under the Company's Long Term
        Incentive Plan.
    (3) Represents the payout ratio excluding the effect of asset
        sales.
    (4) Represents cumulative available cash for the period from October 1,
        2005 to December 31, 2006.



                         Consolidated Communications
                 Total Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
                            (Dollars in thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

    Summary of Outstanding Debt
    Senior Notes                                                     $130,000
    Term loan D                                                       464,000
    Total debt as of December 31, 2006                               $594,000
    Less cash on hand                                                 (26,672)
    Total net debt as of December 31, 2006                           $567,328

    Adjusted EBITDA for the last twelve
     months ended December 31, 2006                                  $139,780

    Total Net Debt to last twelve months
     Adjusted EBITDA                                                     4.1x



                         Consolidated Communications
                        Adjusted Net Income Per Share
                            (Dollars in thousands)
                                 (Unaudited)

                                             Three Months          Twelve
                                                Ended           Months Ended
                                             December 31,       December 31,
                                                 2006               2006
    Reported net income applicable to
     common stockholders                        $(521)            $13,267
    Deferred tax adjustment                      (811)             (5,979)
    Returns to provision tax true-up             (408)                399
    Third Quarter 2006 Litigation
     Settlement, net of tax                         -                 280
    Impairment, net of tax                      6,294               6,294
    Severance, net of tax                         243               1,115
    Billing integration, net of tax                94                 528
    Sarbanes Oxley start-up costs, net of tax       -                 420
    Non-cash compensation                         607               2,482
    Adjusted income applicable to common
     stockholders                              $5,498             $18,806

    Weighted average number of shares
     outstanding                           26,003,117          28,170,501
    Adjusted net income per share               $0.21               $0.67

    Calculations above assume a 44.0 percent effective tax rate.



                         Consolidated Communications
                           Key Operating Statistics

                                           December 31,         December 31,
                                               2006                 2005
    Local access lines in service
        Residential                          155,354              162,231
        Business (1)                          78,335               79,793
        Total local access lines (1)         233,689              242,024

    IPTV subscribers
        Illinois                               6,342                2,146
        Texas                                    612                    -
        Total IPTV subscribers                 6,954                2,146

    DSL subscribers                           52,732               39,192
    Broadband Connections                     59,686               41,338

    Total connections (1)                    293,375              283,362

    Long distance lines                      148,181              143,882
    Dial-up subscribers                       11,942               15,971
    Service bundles                           43,175               36,627

    IPTV Homes passed
        Illinois                              35,843               19,500
        Texas                                 54,129                    -
        Total homes passed                    89,972               19,500

    (1) Reflects cumulative line loss associated with MCIMetro's ISP
        regrooming of 5,332 at 12/31/05 and 5,380 at 12/31/06.

SOURCE Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
03/08/2007

CONTACT: Stephen Jones, Vice President - Investor Relations, +1-217-258-9522, investor.relations@consolidated.com ; or, Kirsten Chapman of Lippert - Heilshorn & Associates, +1-415-433-3777, kchapman@lhai.com

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