MATTOON, Ill., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) today announced results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2007. The company reported:
-- Revenues of $80.9 million for the quarter and $163.9 million for the six-month period. -- Adjusted EBITDA of $36.1 million for the quarter and $73.3 million for the six-month period. -- Net cash provided by operating activities of $19.1 million for the quarter and $37.1 million for the six-month period. -- Cash available to pay dividends of $13.3 million for the quarter and $28.0 million for the six-month period. -- Dividend payout ratio of 75.6 percent for the quarter and 71.9 percent for the six-month period.
"We continue to execute on our strategy, resulting in strong financial performance and total connection growth," said Bob Currey, Consolidated's president and chief executive officer. "In addition, on July 2, 2007 we announced our agreement to acquire North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc. (NPSI). We expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2007 or the first quarter of 2008 and we have secured fully committed financing. NPSI adds attractive markets to our service portfolio, and its advanced network complements ours and provides the opportunity to increase penetration of broadband products and rollout IPTV."
Currey continued, "Demand for broadband services drove the growth in total connections and was a significant driver of the growth in revenue per customer. DSL had a solid quarter, increasing by almost 2,300 net new subscribers over the prior quarter, with the penetration of primary residential lines growing to 35.4 percent. We added over 1,200 IPTV subscribers during the quarter, bringing the total subscriber base to over 9,500. We have established Consolidated as the leading triple play provider in the markets we serve, with over 90 percent of our video customers continuing to take the full triple play offering."
"To retain customers and gain market share we continue to enhance our product line to meet customers' needs. During the quarter, we added high definition to our IPTV offering in Texas and prepared for the Illinois launch in late August. The early customer reaction in Texas has been positive. We plan to build on these enhancements with the launch of our integrated DVR product in the fourth quarter of this year. Also, we recently introduced a 10 megabits per second DSL tier that is 67 percent faster than our previous top speed," Currey concluded.
Operating Statistics at June 30, 2007, Compared to March 31, 2007 -- Total connections were 296,809, an increase of 664, or 0.2 percent. -- Total local access lines were 229,007, a decrease of 2,811, or 1.2 percent. -- Broadband connections were 67,802, an increase of 3,475 or 5.4 percent. -- DSL subscribers were 58,225, an increase of 2,264, or 4.0 percent. -- IPTV subscribers were 9,577, an increase of 1,211, or 14.5 percent.
Steve Childers, Consolidated's chief financial officer, said, "We are very pleased with the financial results we delivered in the second quarter. Revenue, adjusted EBITDA and cash from operations all grew compared to the second quarter of 2006. As a result of the growth in revenue per subscriber, improvements in operating efficiency and increased distributions from cell partnerships, our adjusted EBITDA margin grew to 44.6 percent from 43.5 percent in the second quarter of 2006. This resulted in a 110 basis point improvement in margin."
Cash Available to Pay Dividends
For the quarter, cash available to pay dividends, or CAPD, was $13.3 million and the dividend payout ratio was 75.6 percent. As of June 30, 2007, cumulative available cash, which is defined in the dividend restriction covenants in our credit facility as the difference between CAPD and dividends paid for the period since September 30, 2005, was approximately $33.3 million. At June 30, 2007, cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $26.7 million. The company made capital expenditures of $8.5 million during the second quarter.
Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2007 -- Revenues were $80.9 million, compared to $79.3 million in the second quarter of 2006. The improvement was primarily due to a $1.7 million increase in Data and Internet Services revenue and a $0.6 million increase in Network Access Services revenue. The increase in Data and Internet Services revenue was due to the growth in DSL and IPTV subscribers, with the increase in Network Access Services revenue being primarily attributable to an increase in switched access rates associated with our 2006 tariff filing. These increases were partially offset by a reduction in Subsidies revenue driven primarily by lower recoverable expense levels. -- Income from operations was $16.3 million, compared to $13.9 million in the second quarter of 2006. The increase was driven by both the revenue items mentioned above, as well as the impact of cost reduction initiatives. -- Interest expense, net was $11.5 million, compared to $10.1 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 $1.1 million, compared to $(3.1) million in the second quarter of 2006. In the second quarter of 2006 the State of Texas enacted new tax legislation. This resulted in a $5.2 million non-cash tax benefit being booked in the second quarter of 2006. During the second quarter of 2007, the State of Texas amended the 2006 tax legislation. The most significant impact on the Company was the increase to the temporary credit on taxable margin. This amendment resulted in a reduction of our net deferred tax liabilities and a $1.7 million non-cash tax benefit. Excluding these adjustments, the change in tax expense period over period was driven by the change in income before taxes. -- Net income was $5.5 million, compared to $8.2 million in the second quarter of 2006. -- Net income per common share was $0.21, compared to $0.28 per common share in the second quarter of 2006. "Adjusted net income per share" excludes certain items in the manner described in the table provided in this release. On that basis, "adjusted net income per share" for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 was $0.19, compared to $0.17 in the second quarter of 2006. -- Adjusted EBITDA was $36.1 million and net cash provided by operating activities was $19.1 million compared to $34.5 million and $19.0 million, respectively, for the second quarter of 2006. Total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio was 4.0 times to one, and all other coverage ratios were also within compliance levels of our credit facility. Financial Highlights for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2007 -- Revenues were $163.9 million, compared to $158.8 million for the prior year period. This reflects increases in Data and Internet Services and Network Access Services, partially offset by declines in Subsidies and Local Calling Services. The growth in Data and Internet Services is attributable to the growth in DSL and IPTV subscribers. -- Net income was $10.1 million, compared to $11.8 million for the prior year period. The year-over-year decrease was due to the changes associated with the aforementioned tax adjustments and increased interest expense, partially offset by greater income from operations. -- Net income per common share was $0.39. "Adjusted net income per share" excludes certain items in the manner described in the table provided in this release. On that basis, "adjusted net income per share" for the six months ended June 30, 2007 was $0.40, compared to $0.31 in the same period last year. -- Adjusted EBITDA was $73.3 million and net cash provided by operating activities was $37.1 million, compared to $69.3 million and $33.4 million, respectively. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to revenue growth, operating efficiency improvements and increased cash distributions from cellular partnership investments. North Pittsburgh Acquisition Update -- On July 2, 2007, announced a definitive agreement to acquire North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc. for $375.1 million in cash and stock. Financing for the acquisition is fully committed and the transaction is expected to close in either the fourth quarter of 2007 or the first quarter of 2008. -- Met with Pennsylvania PUC commissioners and staff, and completed requisite Pennsylvania filings on July 16, 2007. -- Filed FCC 214 applications on July 20, 2007. -- Received notice on August 3, 2007 of early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act waiting period. -- Identified officers from both companies to lead the integration efforts and began the integration process. Financial Guidance
For 2007, the company reiterates the following guidance (excluding any effects of North Pittsburgh acquisition, should it close by year-end): Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $32.0 million to $34.0 million; cash interest expense is expected to be in the range of $43.5 million to $45.0 million; and cash income taxes are expected to be in the range of $12.0 million to $14.0 million.
The company paid its latest quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per common share on August 1, 2007 to stockholders of record on July 15, 2007. On August 7, 2007, the company's board of directors declared its next quarterly dividend of $0.38738 per common share, which is payable on November 1, 2007 to stockholders of record at the close of business on October 15, 2007.
For 2007, the company expects approximately 10 percent of its distributions to be classified as non-dividend distribution (return of capital), with the remainder being classified as ordinary dividends. This is an estimate and will be updated as appropriate.
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 August 13, 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 7005598.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release, as well as the conference call, includes disclosures regarding "Adjusted EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA Margin", "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 consolidated EBITDA as used and defined in the Form 10-K dated December 31, 2006, 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, (2) capital expenditures, (3) cash taxes and (4) stock repurchases.
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. Other information related to these three non-GAAP financial measures, specifically "total net debt to last twelve month Adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio" and "Adjusted EBITDA margin", help put these three measures in context. As a result, management believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available to pay dividends, as supplemented by these other items, provides 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 the 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 both our company over time and the relative performance of the companies in our industry.
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 229,000 local access lines, 58,000 DSL subscribers, and 9,600 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 14th largest local telephone company in the United States.
Any statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as "estimate," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "target," "project," "should," "may," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to complete the acquisition of North Pittsburgh, successfully integrate North Pittsburgh's operations and realize the synergies from the acquisition, as well as a number of other factors related to our business and the business of North Pittsburgh, including various risks to shareholders of not receiving dividends and risks to Consolidated's ability to pursue growth opportunities if Consolidated continues to pay dividends according to the current dividend policy; various risks to the price and volatility of Consolidated's common stock; the substantial amount of debt and Consolidated's ability to incur additional debt in the future; Consolidated'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 Consolidated's possible pursuit of acquisitions; economic conditions in the Consolidated and North Pittsburgh service areas in Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania; 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 Consolidated's network; high costs of regulatory compliance; the competitive impact of legislation and regulatory changes in the telecommunications industry; and liability and compliance costs regarding environmental regulations. These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in Consolidated's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements attributable to Consolidated or persons acting on behalf of us are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factors contained in this press release and Consolidated'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, Consolidated does not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
This material is not a substitute for the prospectus/proxy statement Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc and North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc. will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are urged to read the prospectus/proxy statement, which will contain important information, including detailed risk factors, when it becomes available. The prospectus/proxy statement and other documents which will be filed by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. and North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission will be available free of charge at the SEC's website, http://www.sec.gov, or by directing a request when such a filing is made to Consolidated Communications, 121 South 17th Street, Mattoon, IL 61938, Attention: Investor Relations; or to North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc., 4008 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044, Attention: Investor Relations. The final prospectus/proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc.
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc and North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc., and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees are participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transactions. Information about the directors and executive officers of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. is set forth in the proxy statement for Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.'s 2007 annual meeting of shareholders. Information about the directors and executive officers of North Pittsburgh Systems, Inc. is set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, as amended. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of such participants in the proposed transactions by reading the prospectus/proxy statement for such proposed transactions when it becomes available.
- Tables Follow - Consolidated Communications Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollars in thousands) June 30, December 31, 2007 2006 ASSETS (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $16,082 $26,672 Marketable Securities 10,625 - Accounts receivable, net 34,276 34,396 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 14,867 13,149 Total current assets 75,850 74,217 Property, plant and equipment, net 304,076 314,381 Intangibles and other assets 496,775 500,981 Total assets $876,701 $889,579 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $10,210 $11,004 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 47,767 54,742 Total current liabilities 57,977 65,746 Long-term debt 594,000 594,000 Other long-term liabilities 112,199 111,180 Total liabilities 764,176 770,926 Minority interests 3,985 3,695 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.01 par value 261 260 Paid in capital 201,575 199,858 Accumulated deficit (97,351) (87,362) Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,055 2,202 Total stockholders' equity 108,540 114,958 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $876,701 $889,579 Consolidated Communications Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudtied) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Revenues $80,944 $79,340 $163,924 $158,766 Operating expenses: Cost of services and products 25,788 23,951 51,417 48,624 Selling, general and administrative expenses 22,296 24,671 44,595 47,183 Depreciation and amortization 16,606 16,844 33,235 33,915 Income from operations 16,254 13,874 34,677 29,044 Other income (expense): Interest expense, net (11,461) (10,124) (22,861) (20,166) Other income, net 1,757 1,386 3,040 2,734 Income before income taxes 6,550 5,136 14,856 11,612 Income tax expense/(benefit) 1,057 (3,089) 4,744 (161) Net income 5,493 8,225 10,112 11,773 Net income per common share $0.21 $0.28 $0.39 $0.40 Consolidated Communications Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net Income $5,493 $8,225 $10,112 $11,773 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 16,606 16,844 33,235 33,915 Non-cash stock compensation 972 625 1,706 1,250 Other adjustments, net 3,619 (5,116) 4,037 (101) Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net (7,552) (1,560) (11,981) (13,458) Net cash provided by operating activities 19,138 19,018 37,109 33,379 INVESTING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from sale of investments - 5,921 - 5,921 Marketable securities purchased (10,625) - (10,625) - Capital expenditures (8,486) (8,698) (16,673) (17,221) Net cash used in investing activities (19,111) (2,777) (27,298) (11,300) FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from issuance of stock - - 12 - Payment of deferred financing costs - - (320) - Dividends on common stock (10,048) (11,506) (20,093) (23,046) Net cash used in financing activities (10,048) (11,506) (20,401) (23,046) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (10,021) 4,735 (10,590) (967) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 26,103 25,707 26,672 31,409 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $16,082 $30,442 $16,082 $30,442 Consolidated Communications Consolidated Revenue by Category (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three months ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Telephone Operations Local calling services $20,940 $21,485 $42,252 $42,849 Network access services 17,481 16,880 35,799 33,950 Subsidies 11,100 11,768 22,697 23,950 Long distance services 3,575 3,777 7,211 7,524 Data and Internet services 9,103 7,424 17,734 14,638 Other services 8,807 8,338 17,821 16,119 Total Telephone Operations 71,006 69,672 143,514 139,030 Other Operations 9,938 9,668 20,410 19,736 Total operating revenues $80,944 $79,340 $163,924 $158,766 Consolidated Communications Schedule of ARPU Calculations (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Ending Access Lines 229,007 238,904 229,007 238,904 Average Access Lines 230,374 240,055 231,478 240,592 Telephone Operations Revenue $71,006 $69,672 $143,514 $139,030 Prior period subsidy settlements $(363) $(383) $(598) $(580) Telephone Operations, excluding prior period subsidy settlements $71,369 $70,055 $144,112 $139,610 Monthly Telephone Operations ARPU $102.74 $96.74 $103.33 $96.31 Monthly Telephone Operations ARPU, excluding prior period subsidy settlements $103.27 $97.28 $103.76 $96.71 Consolidated Communications Schedule of Adjusted EBITDA Calculation (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Last Twelve Months Three Months Ended Six Months Ended Ended June 30, June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 Historical EBITDA: Net cash provided by operating activities $19,138 $19,018 $37,109 $33,379 $88,323 Adjustments: Non-cash stock compensation (972) (625) (1,706) (1,250) (2,938) Other adjustments, net (3,619) 5,116 (4,037) 101 (12,221) Changes in operating assets and liabilities 7,552 1,560 11,981 13,458 5,192 Interest expense, net 11,461 10,124 22,861 20,166 45,594 Income taxes 1,057 (3,089) 4,744 (161) 5,310 Historical EBITDA (1) 34,617 32,104 70,952 65,693 129,260 Adjustments to EBITDA: Integration, restructuring and Sarbanes-Oxley (2) 301 2,223 473 2,689 1,468 Other, net (3) (1,575) (1,386) (3,030) (2,734) (7,439) Investment distributions (4) 1,758 953 3,153 2,404 6,265 Intangible assets impairment (5) - - - - 11,240 Non-cash compensation (6) 972 625 1,706 1,250 2,938 Adjusted EBITDA $36,073 $34,519 $73,254 $69,302 $143,732 Footnotes for Adjusted EBITDA: (1) Historical EBITDA is defined as net earnings 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 three and six months ended June 30, 2007, this is comprised of $0.2 M and $0.4 M, respectively in billing integration costs and $0.1M and $0.1M, respectively in severance costs. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2006, this is comprised of $0.3 M and $0.5 M, respectively, of billing integration costs, $1.5 M and $1.6 M, respectively, in severance costs and $0.4 M and $0.6 M, respectively in Sarbanes-Oxley start-up costs. For the twelve months ended June 30, 2007, this is comprised of $0.8 M of billing integration costs, $0.5 M of severance costs and $0.2 M of Sarbanes-Oxley start-up costs. (3) Other, net includes the equity earnings from our investments, dividend income and certain other miscellaneous non-operating items. Life insurance proceeds of $0.3 M received in the second quarter of 2007 are not deducted in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA. (4) For purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA, we include all cash dividends and other cash distributions received from our investments. (5) Upon completion of our annual impairment review for year ended December 31, 2006 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. (6) 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 Schedule of Adjusted EBITDA Margin Calculation (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended June 30, 2007 2006 Revenue $80,944 $79,340 Adjusted EBITDA 36,073 34,519 Adjusted EBITDA Margin 44.6% 43.5% Consolidated Communications Cash Available to Pay Dividends (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Six Months October 1, Ended Ended 2005 to June 30, June 30, June 30, 2007 2007 2007 Adjusted EBITDA $36,073 $73,254 $248,660 - Cash interest expense (10,878) (21,694) (71,691) - Capital Expenditures (8,486) (16,673) (59,559) + Proceeds from asset sales (1) 6,594 - Cash income taxes (3,640) (7,388) (15,797) + Cash interest income 227 441 1,360 - Repurchases of stock (2) - 12 (75) Cash available to pay dividends $13,296 $27,952 $109,492 (4) Quarterly Dividend $10,048 $20,093 76,223 Payout Ratio 75.6% 71.9% 69.6% Adjusted Payout ratio (3) 75.6% 71.9% 74.1% (1) Represents $673 of proceeds from the sale of idle property and $5,921 of proceeds from the redemption of class C shares of RTB stock during 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 June 30, 2007. 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 June 30, 2007 $594,000 Less cash on hand (16,082) Total net debt as of June 30, 2007 $577,918 Adjusted EBITDA for the last twelve months ended June 30, 2007 $143,732 Total Net Debt to last twelve months Adjusted EBITDA 4.0 x Consolidated Communications Adjusted Net Income Per Share (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Reported net income applicable to common stockholders $5,493 $8,225 $10,112 $11,773 Deferred tax adjustment (1,731) (5,182) (1,731) (5,182) Severance, net of tax 60 894 63 891 Billing integration, net of tax 111 166 202 286 Sarbanes Oxley start-up costs, net of tax - 251 - 355 Non-cash compensation 972 625 1,706 1,250 Adjusted income applicable to common stockholders $4,905 $4,979 $10,352 $9,373 Weighted average number of shares outstanding 26,130,618 29,788,851 26,080,203 29,788,685 Adjusted net income per share $0.19 $0.17 $0.40 $0.31 Calculations above assume a 43.0 percent and 41.0 percent effective tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively, and 44.0 percent and 43.0 percent effective rate for the six months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively. More detail on actual and effective tax rates is provided in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Consolidated Communications Key Operating Statistics June 30, March 31, June 30, 2007 2007 2006 Local access lines in service Residential 151,645 153,640 159,295 Business 77,362 78,178 79,609 Total local access lines 229,007 231,818 238,904 Total IPTV subscribers 9,577 8,366 4,516 DSL subscribers 58,225 55,961 45,948 Broadband Connections 67,802 64,327 50,464 Total connections 296,809 296,145 289,368 Long distance lines (1) 150,863 150,803 146,953 Dial-up subscribers 10,223 11,128 13,731 Service bundles 45,209 44,728 40,901 IPTV Homes passed 107,631 107,183 27,600 (1) Reflects the inclusion of long distance service provided as part of the VoIP offering
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