Aug 1, 2019

Consolidated Communications Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

New capital allocation policy repurposes $110 million in annual free cash flow, focused on deleveraging

MATTOON, Ill., Aug. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) (the “Company”) reported results for the second quarter 2019 and will hold a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its results and developments today at 10 a.m. ET.

Second Quarter 2019 Financial Summary:

  • Revenue totaled $333.5 million
  • Net cash from operating activities was $88.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $131.4 million

Second Quarter 2019 Operational Summary:

  • Fiber connections for wireless carriers under contract increased 5 percent
  • Ethernet revenues increased 4 percent year over year
  • Consumer broadband revenue grew more than 2 percent year over year

“Following our final dividend payment on May 1, we are now focused on our revised capital allocation plan, which is designed to achieve our deleveraging goal of less than 4.0x net debt to adjusted EBITDA in advance of refinancing our unsecured debt no later than mid-2021,” said Bob Udell, president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Communications.

“With the change in our capital allocation policy, we are now providing full-year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance," continued Udell. "The adjusted EBITDA for 2019 is estimated to be in the range of $520 million to $525 million. We believe the enhanced guidance demonstrates our confidence in our business plan and our commitment to executing on our deleveraging targets.”

“We are pleased with the performance of our carrier and consumer channels this quarter,” added Udell. "In the carrier channel, we increased our fiber connections 5 percent year over year. Consumer broadband revenue grew more than 2 percent year over year and was flat from the prior quarter with strong broadband revenue growth offsetting declines in voice and lower margin video revenue.”

Financial Results for the Second Quarter   

  • Revenues totaled $333.5 million, compared to $350.2 million for the second quarter of 2018, a decline of $16.7 million.  After normalizing for the sale of the Virginia properties in July 2018, revenue declined $15.3 million or 4.4 percent for the quarter.
    • Commercial and carrier data and transport service revenue increased 1.1 percent or $900,000 on a comparable basis from a year ago.
    • Consumer broadband revenue increased 2.4 percent or $1.5 million compared to a year ago, despite the sale of our Virginia properties and impacts related to last year’s Hurricane Michael impacting our Florida service area.
    • Total Consumer revenue was largely flat from the first quarter of 2019 as broadband data increases offset voice and video revenue declines.
    • Voice services revenue declined $10.6 million compared to a year ago across all customer channels.
    • Subsidies decreased $2.8 million during the quarter, due to the final CAF step down in transitional revenues. Network access revenues declined $3.1 million.
  • Income from operations was up and totaled $14.3 million compared to $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. The change was primarily due to declines in revenues, offset by reductions in operating expense of $11.1 million. Depreciation and amortization expense declined by $14.4 million due to acquired assets with a short remaining useful life becoming fully depreciated.
  • Interest expense, net was $34.7 million, compared to $32.8 million for the same period last year. The change was due primarily to LIBOR increases, offset by a net benefit associated with interest rate hedge agreements put in place to maintain our fixed-debt target of 75 percent. As of June 2019, our weighted average cost of debt was approximately 5.6 percent.
  • Cash distributions from the Company’s wireless partnerships totaled $10.6 million for the second quarter compared to $11.2 million for the prior year period.   
  • Other income, net was $9.1 million, compared to $12.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, due to lower income from the Company’s minority interest in wireless partnerships.
  • On a GAAP basis, the net loss was ($7.3 million) and GAAP net loss per share was ($0.10). Adjusted diluted net loss per share excludes certain items as outlined in the table provided in this release. Adjusted diluted net loss per share was ($0.03) in the second quarter of 2019, compared to ($0.10) in the second quarter of 2018. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $131.4 million compared to $135.8 million in the year ago quarter.
  • The total net debt to last 12-month adjusted EBITDA ratio was 4.41x.
  • Capital expenditures were $66.4 million, due to seasonal construction and non-recurring expenditures associated with Hurricane Michael restoration and integration.

Financial Guidance

The Company updated its 2019 guidance as follows:

  2019 Updated Guidance 2019 Previous Guidance
Cash interest expense  $130 million to $135 million   $130 million to $135 million 
   (no change)   
Cash income taxes/refund1  $1 million to $3 million   $1 million to $3 million 
   (no change)   
Capital expenditures  $210 million to $220 million  $210 million to $220 million
   (no change)   
Adjusted EBITDA  $520 million to $525 million   N/A 
(1)  Cash income taxes primarily include local and state income taxes as federal income taxes will be shielded by existing net operating losses and the benefit of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 tax reform legislation that was enacted in December 2017.

Conference Call Information

Consolidated Communications will host a conference call and webcast today at 10 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. CT to discuss second quarter earnings and developments. The live webcast and replay can be accessed from the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at The live conference call dial-in number is 1-877-374-3981, conference ID 6069567. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through Aug. 8 and can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056, conference ID 6069567.  
About Consolidated Communications 

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers across rural and metro communities and a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 37,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions. From our first connection 125 years ago, Consolidated is dedicated to turning technology into solutions, connecting people and enriching how they work and live. Visit for more information.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures                         

This press release, as well as the conference call, includes disclosures regarding “EBITDA,” “adjusted EBITDA” and “total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio,” “adjusted diluted net loss per share” and “adjusted net loss attributable to common stockholders,” all of which are non-GAAP financial measures and described in this section as not being in compliance with Regulation S-X.  Accordingly, they should not be construed as alternatives to net cash from operating or investing activities, cash and cash equivalents, cash flows from operations, net income or net income per share 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 the 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 is comprised of EBITDA, adjusted for certain items as permitted or required by the lenders under our credit agreement in place at the end of each quarter in the periods presented.  The tables that follow include an explanation of how adjusted EBITDA is calculated for each of the periods presented with the reconciliation to net income.  EBITDA is defined as net earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization on a historical basis.  

We present adjusted EBITDA for several reasons.  Management believes adjusted EBITDA is useful as a means to evaluate our ability to fund our estimated uses of cash (including interest on our debt). In addition, we have presented adjusted EBITDA 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, referred to as Available Cash in our credit agreement, is also a component of the restrictive covenants and financial ratios contained in our credit agreement that requires us to maintain compliance with these covenants and limit certain activities, such as our ability to incur debt.  The definitions in these covenants and ratios are based on adjusted EBITDA after giving effect to specified charges.  In addition, adjusted EBITDA provides our board of directors with meaningful information, with other data, assumptions and considerations, to measure our ability to service and repay debt.  We present the related “total net debt to last twelve month adjusted EBITDA coverage ratio” principally to put other non-GAAP measures in context and facilitate comparisons by investors, security analysts and others; this ratio differs in certain respects from the similar ratio used in our credit agreement.  These measures differ in certain respects from the ratios used in our senior notes indenture. 

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.  Because adjusted EBITDA is a component of 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 this ratio is useful as a means to evaluate our ability to incur additional indebtedness in the future. 

We present the non-GAAP measures adjusted diluted net income per share and adjusted diluted net income attributable to common stockholders because our net income and net income per share are regularly affected by items that occur at irregular intervals or are non-cash items.  We believe that disclosing these measures assists investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in evaluating both our company over time and the relative performance of the companies in our industry.

Safe Harbor

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand a company’s future prospects and make informed investment decisions.  Certain statements in this communication are forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements reflect, among other things, our current expectations, plans, strategies, and anticipated financial results.  There are a number of risks, uncertainties, and conditions that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include our ability to successfully integrate FairPoint Communications, Inc.’s operations and realize the synergies from the integration, as well as a number of factors related to our business, including economic and financial market conditions generally and economic conditions in our service areas;  various risks to the price and volatility of our common stock; changes in the valuation of pension plan assets; the substantial amount of debt and our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future; our need for a significant amount of cash to service and repay the debt  restrictions contained in our debt agreements that limit the discretion of management in operating the business; regulatory changes, including changes to subsidies, rapid development and introduction of new technologies and intense competition in the telecommunications industry; risks associated with our possible pursuit of acquisitions; system failures; cyber-attacks, information or security breaches or technology failure of ours or of a third party; 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; new or changing tax laws or regulations; telecommunications carriers disputing and/or avoiding their obligations to pay network access charges for use of our 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; and risks associated with discontinuing paying dividends on our common stock. A detailed discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including our reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.  Many of these circumstances are beyond our ability to control or predict.  Moreover, forward-looking statements necessarily involve assumptions on our part.  These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “should,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “will be,” “will continue” or similar expressions.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries to be different from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements that appear throughout this communication.  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 SEC, we disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Company Contact                                                                      

Lisa Hood, Consolidated Communications
Phone:  (844)-909-CNSL (2675)

– Tables to follow –

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) 
  June 30,   December 31,  
   2019     2018   
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents$10,450  $9,599  
Accounts receivable, net 133,535   133,136  
Income tax receivable 11,380   11,072  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   45,231     44,336  
Total current assets 200,596   198,143  
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,872,312   1,927,126  
Investments 112,154   110,853  
Goodwill 1,035,274   1,035,274  
Customer relationships, net 196,754   228,959  
Other intangible assets 10,927   11,483  
Other assets   57,693     23,423  
Total assets$  3,485,710  $  3,535,261  
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable$44,746  $32,502  
Advance billings and customer deposits 46,892   47,724  
Dividends payable -   27,579  
Accrued compensation 55,926   64,459  
Accrued interest 9,955   9,232  
Accrued expense 77,589   71,650  
Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations   29,003     30,468  
Total current liabilities 264,111   283,614  
Long-term debt and finance lease obligations 2,309,117   2,303,585  
Deferred income taxes 174,631   188,129  
Pension and other post-retirement obligations 298,571   314,134  
Other long-term liabilities   80,107     30,145  
Total liabilities   3,126,537     3,119,607  
Shareholders' equity:    
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 100,000,000 shares    
authorized, 72,076,069 and 71,187,301, shares outstanding    
as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 721   712  
Additional paid-in capital 489,084   513,070  
Accumulated deficit (65,486)  (50,834) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net (71,218)  (53,212) 
Noncontrolling interest   6,072     5,918  
Total shareholders' equity   359,173     415,654  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$  3,485,710  $  3,535,261  


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
  June 30,   June 30, 
   2019     2018     2019     2018  
Net revenues$333,532  $350,221  $672,181  $706,260 
Operating expenses:       
Cost of services and products 143,780   151,358   292,099   304,274 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 78,148   81,695   152,515   167,680 
Depreciation and amortization 97,304   111,741   196,547   219,640 
Income from operations 14,300   5,427   31,020   14,666 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense, net of interest income (34,737)  (32,839)  (69,020)  (65,555)
Gain on extinguishment of debt 249   -   249   - 
Other income, net 9,098   12,843   16,330   20,874 
Loss before income taxes (11,090)  (14,569)  (21,421)  (30,015)
Income tax benefit (3,778)  (4,009)  (6,923)  (8,257)
Net loss (7,312)  (10,560)  (14,498)  (21,758)
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 75   83   154   183 
Net loss attributable to common shareholders$(7,387) $(10,643) $(14,652) $(21,941)
Net loss per basic and diluted common shares       
  attributable to common shareholders$(0.10) $(0.15) $(0.21) $(0.32)


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  (Dollars in thousands)
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
    June 30,   June 30, 
    2019   2018   2019   2018 
 Net loss $(7,312) $(10,560) $(14,498) $(21,758)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:        
 Depreciation and amortization  97,304   111,741   196,547   219,640 
 Deferred income taxes  -   -   -   2 
 Cash distributions from wireless partnerships in excess of (less than) earnings  (94)  (1,343)  (1,212)  519 
 Non-cash, stock-based compensation  1,814   1,538   3,312   2,216 
 Amortization of deferred financing  1,226   1,174   2,439   2,335 
 Other adjustments, net  149   1,075   546   3,415 
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net  (4,822)  (96)  (23,872)  (11,998)
 Net cash provided by operating activities  88,265   103,529   163,262   194,371 
 Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net  (66,374)  (64,032)  (119,768)  (124,840)
 Proceeds from sale of assets  13,338   1,299   14,203   1,443 
 Distributions from investments  -   -   329   233 
 Other  (450)  -   (450)  - 
 Net cash used in investing activities  (53,486)  (62,733)  (105,686)  (123,164)
 Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt  56,000   49,000   107,000   76,000 
 Payment of finance lease obligations  (3,304)  (3,104)  (6,811)  (6,027)
 Payment on long-term debt  (51,587)  (59,588)  (97,175)  (91,176)
 Repurchase of senior notes  (4,294)  -   (4,294)  - 
 Dividends on common stock  (27,868)  (27,602)  (55,445)  (55,019)
 Net cash used in financing activities  (31,053)  (41,294)  (56,725)  (76,222)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents  3,726   (498)  851   (5,015)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  6,724   11,140   9,599   15,657 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $10,450  $10,642  $10,450  $10,642 


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. 
Consolidated Revenue by Category 
(Dollars in thousands) 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
    June 30,   June 30,  
    2019   2018   2019   2018  
Commercial and carrier:          
Data and transport services (includes VoIP)  $88,538 $87,603  $176,664 $173,628  
Voice services   47,136  51,322   95,206  103,483  
Other   13,390  14,237   28,566  26,100  
    149,064  153,162   300,436  303,211  
Broadband (VoIP and Data)   64,068  62,545   127,153  125,656  
Video services   20,341  22,065   41,077  44,899  
Voice services   45,235  51,616   91,114  103,678  
    129,644  136,226   259,344  274,233  
Subsidies   18,134  20,979   36,293  46,234  
Network access   34,198  37,338   70,789  77,053  
Other products and services   2,492  2,516   5,319  5,529  
Total operating revenue   333,532  350,221   672,181  706,260  
Less operating revenues from divestitures   -  (1,417)  -  (2,871) 
   $333,532 $348,804  $672,181 $703,389  


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Revenue by Category
(Dollars in thousands)
   Three Months Ended 
   Q2 2019   Q1 2019   Q4 2018   Q3 2018   Q2 2018 
Commercial and carrier:          
Data and transport services (includes VoIP) $88,538 $88,126 $88,152 $87,633  $87,603 
Voice services  47,136  48,070  49,301  50,091   51,322 
Other  13,390  15,176  16,389  13,906   14,237 
   149,064  151,372  153,842  151,630   153,162 
Broadband (VoIP and Data)  64,068  63,085  63,598  63,865   62,545 
Video services  20,341  20,736  21,649  21,790   22,065 
Voice services  45,235  45,879  47,597  50,757   51,616 
   129,644  129,700  132,844  136,412   136,226 
Subsidies  18,134  18,159  17,948  19,189   20,979 
Network access  34,198  36,591  37,382  38,147   37,338 
Other products and services  2,492  2,827  2,734  2,686   2,516 
Total operating revenue  333,532  338,649  344,750  348,064   350,221 
Less operating revenues from divestitures  -  -  -  (466)  (1,417)
  $333,532 $338,649 $344,750 $347,598  $348,804 


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Schedule of Adjusted EBITDA Calculation
(Dollars in thousands)
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
  June 30,   June 30, 
   2019     2018     2019     2018  
Net loss$(7,312) $(10,560) $(14,498) $(21,758)
Add (subtract):       
Income tax benefit (3,778)  (4,009)  (6,923)  (8,257)
Interest expense, net 34,737   32,839   69,020   65,555 
Depreciation and amortization 97,304   111,741   196,547   219,640 
EBITDA 120,951   130,011   244,146   255,180 
Adjustments to EBITDA (1):       
Other, net (2) 7,374   4,118   12,699   10,634 
Investment income (accrual basis) (10,750)  (12,535)  (19,351)  (20,324)
Investment distributions (cash basis) 10,628   11,224   17,918   20,694 
Pension/OPEB expense 1,603   1,455   3,207   2,827 
Gain on extinguishment of debt (249)  -   (249)  - 
Non-cash compensation (3) 1,814   1,538   3,312   2,216 
Adjusted EBITDA$131,371  $135,811  $261,682  $271,227 
(1)  These adjustments reflect those required or permitted by the lenders under our credit agreement.
(2)  Other, net includes income attributable to noncontrolling interests, acquisition and non-recurring related costs, and certain miscellaneous items.
(3)  Represents compensation expenses in connection with our Restricted Share Plan, which because of the non-cash nature of the expenses are excluded from adjusted EBITDA.


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA Guidance
(Dollars in millions)
 Twelve Months Ended 
 December 31, 2019 
  Low   High  
Net loss$(22) $(12) 
Add (subtract):    
Income tax benefit (11)  (6) 
Interest expense, net 138   133  
Depreciation and amortization 390   385  
EBITDA 495   500  
Adjustments to EBITDA (1):    
Other, net (2) 12   12  
Pension/OPEB expense 6   6  
Non-cash compensation (3) 7   7  
Adjusted EBITDA$520  $525  
(1)  These adjustments reflect those required or permitted by the lenders under our credit agreement.
(2)  Other, net includes income attributable to noncontrolling interests, cash distributions less equity earnings from our investments, dividend income, acquisition and non-recurring related costs, gain on the extinguishment of debt and certain miscellaneous items.
(3)  Represents compensation expenses in connection with our Restricted Share Plan, which because of the non-cash nature of the expenses are excluded from adjusted EBITDA.
To enhance the information in our outlook with respect to non-GAAP metrics, we are providing a range for certain GAAP measures that are components of the reconciliation of the non-GAAP metrics.  The provision of these ranges is in no way meant to indicate that we are explicitly or implicitly providing an outlook on those GAAP components of the reconciliation.  In order to reconcile the non-GAAP financial metric to GAAP, we have used ranges for the GAAP components that arithmetically add up to the non-GAAP financial metric.  While we feel reasonably comfortable about the outlook for the non-GAAP financial metrics, we fully expect that the ranges used for the GAAP components will vary from actual results.  We will consider our outlook of non-GAAP financial metrics to be accurate if the specific non-GAAP metric is met or exceeded, even if the GAAP components of the reconciliation are different from those provided in an earlier reconciliation.


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.
Total Net Debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
(Dollars in thousands)
  June 30,  
Summary of Outstanding Debt:  2019   
Term loans, net of discount $6,304$1,787,584  
Revolving loan 41,000  
Senior unsecured notes due 2022, net of discount $2,611 492,784  
Finance leases 26,708  
Total debt as of June 30, 2019$2,348,076  
Less deferred debt issuance costs (9,956) 
Less cash on hand (10,450) 
Total net debt as of June 30, 2019$2,327,670  
Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve  
months ended June 30, 2019$527,749  
Total Net Debt to last twelve months  
Adjusted EBITDA 4.41x  


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. 
Adjusted Net Loss and Net Loss Per Share  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
  June 30,   June 30,  
   2019     2018     2019     2018   
Net loss$(7,312) $(10,560) $(14,498) $(21,758) 
Integration and severance related costs, net of tax 4,595   2,735   8,006   7,458  
Storm costs (recoveries), net of tax (506)  (459)  (256)  1,716  
Gain on extinguishment of debt, net of tax (164)  -   (169)  -  
Local switching support settlement, net of tax -   -   -   (2,891) 
Non-cash interest expense for swaps, net of tax (10)  213   238   1,923  
Non-cash stock compensation, net of tax 1,195   1,115   2,242   1,607  
Adjusted net loss$(2,202) $(6,956) $(4,437) $(11,945) 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding 70,813   70,598   70,813   70,598  
Adjusted diluted net loss per share$(0.03) $(0.10) $(0.06) $(0.17) 
Calculations above assume a 34.1% and 27.5% effective tax rate for the three months ended and 32.3% and 27.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. 


Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. 
Key Operating Statistics 
    June 30,   March 31,  % Change   June 30,  % Change  
     2019     2019   in Qtr   2018   YOY 
Voice Connections  873,269   887,357  (1.6%)  936,576  (6.8%) 
Data and Internet Connections  783,008   780,720  0.3%  783,886  (0.1%) 
Video Connections   89,531   91,269  (1.9%)  97,853  (8.5%) 
Business and Broadband as % of total revenue (1)  76.2%   76.3%  (0.1%)  74.5%  2.3% 
Fiber route network miles (long-haul and metro)  37,167   36,987  0.5%  36,568  1.6% 
On-net buildings  11,164   10,702  4.3%  9,674  15.4% 
Consumer Customers  609,876   616,091  (1.0%)  649,561  (6.1%) 
Consumer ARPU  $70.86   $70.17  1.0%  $69.47  2.0% 
(1) Business and Broadband revenue % includes: commercial/carrier, equipment sales and service, directory, consumer broadband and special access. 
(2) The sale of our local exchange carrier in Virginia resulted in a reduction of approximately 4,110 voice connections, 2,900 data and Internet connections and 4,340 consumer customers in the third quarter of 2018.  Prior period amounts have been adjusted to reflect the sale.