Sprint adds 1.1 million subscribers during Q2 2011

Sprint has just posted its second quarter figures, and it shows that its attractive plans and growing portfolio of high-end smartphones has done wonders. Sprint says that it has posted its “best ever” postpaid churn. It’s quite a turnaround considering the fact that Sprint had been bleeding customers just three years ago.

Here are some key figures from the release:

  • 1.1 million total net wireless subscribers added
  • 674,000 net prepaid subscribers added
  • $8.3 billion consolidated net operating revenues
  • $79 billion operating income
  • $5.2 billion total liquidity

With devices like the HTC EVO 3D, Nexus S 4G and HTC Arrive in its armory, Sprint is really changing its face when compared to just a few short years ago. And with its ongoing partnership with LightSquared and Clearwire, it seems that there is more untapped potential for the carrier. For full details on its Q2 performance, see the release below.

Sprint Nextel Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

Third consecutive quarter of adding more than 1 million total net new wireless subscribers

  • Best ever postpaid churn
  • Largest quarterly year-over-year postpaid ARPU growth in more than seven years; leading to quarterly sequential and year-over-year growth in wireless service revenue
  • Fourteenth consecutive quarter of improvement in Customer Care Satisfaction

The company’s second quarter 2011 earnings conference call will be held at 8 a.m. EDT today. Participants may dial 800-938-1120 in the U.S. or Canada (706-634-7849 internationally) and provide the following ID: 78540006 or may listen via the Internet at www.sprint.com/investor.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 28, 2011 – Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported that during the second quarter of 2011, the company added nearly 1.1 million total net wireless subscribers primarily driven by net prepaid subscriber additions of 674,000, net wholesale and affiliate subscriber additions of 519,000 and net postpaid subscriber additions of 275,000 for the Sprint brand. The company achieved its best ever postpaid churn of 1.75 percent and the lowest prepaid churn in almost six years at 4.14 percent.

Sprint reported second quarter consolidated net operating revenues of $8.3 billion, operating income of $79 million and Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.3 billion. Additionally, the company reported a net loss of $847 million and a diluted loss per share of 28 cents for the quarter, which includes $588 million in equity losses of unconsolidated investments and other ($.20 per share net of tax, which includes the effect of increased valuation allowance of $209 million) and a $52 million charge ($.02 per share, which includes approximately $19 million of related increase in valuation allowance) to tax expense related to recently enacted state law changes in the state of Michigan. Sprint generated $267 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter. As of June 30, 2011, the company’s total liquidity was $5.2 billion, which consists of $4.3 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $900 million of borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility. The company’s next scheduled debt maturities of $2.3 billion are due in March 2012.

“Sprint’s second quarter results, including our fourteenth consecutive quarter of improved customer care satisfaction, our best ever postpaid churn, more than 1 million net wireless subscriber additions and wireless service revenue growth, validate that our focus on providing simplicity, value and an unmatched customer experience is working,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.

During the second quarter, independent organizations continued to reinforce Sprint’s leadership with numerous recognitions and awards. Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among major wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years according to the survey. Frost & Sullivan gave Sprint its 2011 North American Wireless Consumers’ Choice for Customer Value Enhancement Award. Sprint was recognized as Best-in-Class among North American Business Connectivity and Wireless Providers by research firm ATLANTIC-ACM in 11 different categories including Wireless Sales Reps, Provisioning, Billing and Customer Service. For the second consecutive year, Sprint received the Sustainability Leadership Award at the International Electronics Recycling Conference and Expo.

Sprint further strengthened its award-winning device portfolio by launching or announcing several innovative products and services during the quarter. Sprint launched three more 4G devices, HTC EVO View 4G™, HTC EVO™ 3D and Nexus S™ 4G from Google™. In addition, Sprint announced the coming availability of the first international 4G smartphone, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G later this month. Since launching 4G in 2008, Sprint has introduced or announced 24 4G-capable devices, more than any other U.S. carrier. Sprint’s current 4G device portfolio includes five smartphones, a tablet and numerous USB modems, hotspots and routers.

Sprint also launched several other cutting-edge devices, including Motorola XPRT™, Sprint’s first Android smartphone to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Also launched were the award-winning Kyocera Echo™, the nation’s first dual-touchscreen Android™ smartphone, and Samsung Galaxy Prevail™, the first CDMA Android device on Boost Mobile. Sprint also launched its fourth green device and first eco-friendly Android smartphone, the award-winning Samsung Replenish. Upcoming launches include Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Motorola Android smartphone for Virgin Mobile, and Motorola Titanium™, the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1.

Demonstrating Sprint’s open and innovative approach, in April the company launched Google Voice integrated with Sprint for CDMA phones. Sprint also announced that it will partner with Google to launch Google Wallet, an application using near field communication technology to enable smartphones (beginning with Nexus S) to make purchases at select merchants. Additionally, last week Sprint announced an agreement that will give Sprint customers easy access to ServeSM, American Express’ recently launched digital payments platform. Sprint also launched 12 more Sprint ID packs, a service that downloads apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and other content related to a person’s interest at the push of a button. New Sprint ID packs include the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ID pack, E! ID Pack and a Green ID pack.

Also in the quarter, Sprint launched several business market initiatives including the Sprint Command Center, a centralized, secure, self-service laboratory for businesses to develop next-generation machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and the 4G Enterprise WAN – a fixed wireless access solution that provides speed, reliability and secure wireless connectivity to the Sprint Global MPLS network. In addition, last week Sprint unveiled Business Freedom, a ground-breaking set of plans providing businesses the benefits of affordable data and voice plans without the long-term contracts.

Finally, the spectrum hosting agreement announced today with LightSquared demonstrates the growth opportunities made possible through Network Vision. Through spectrum hosting, Sprint can offer carriers and wireless providers the opportunity to more cost-effectively serve their customers by operating on Sprint’s nationwide network infrastructure versus building their own network facilities. Network Vision is an innovative approach to network management and utilization that enables products and services that operate across multiple spectrum bands, or airwaves, to operate through a single multi-modal base station and allows Sprint to more efficiently deliver innovative network capabilities today and into the future. Through Network Vision, Sprint can take advantage of new technology, chipsets and CDMA, CDMA-WiMax and CDMA-LTE devices that operate in any of the 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz bands operated by Sprint, along with the 2.5 GHz band operated by Clearwire that offers WiMax 4G service and LightSquared’s 1.6 GHz spectrum that will offer 4G LTE service. Through the implementation of Network Vision, Sprint expects to improve its cost structure through lower roaming expenses, backhaul savings and economies of scale and provide added flexibility in how Sprint meets data and voice capacity demands in the future.

  • Consolidated net operating revenues of $8.3 billion for the quarter were 4 percent higher than in the second quarter of 2010 and remained relatively flat as compared to the first quarter of 2011. The quarterly year-over-year improvement was primarily due to higher postpaid ARPU, growth in the number of net prepaid subscribers and higher wireless equipment revenues, partially offset by net losses of postpaid subscribers and lower wireline revenues.
  • Adjusted OIBDA* was $1.3 billion for the quarter, including the estimated incremental impact of $120 million from customer acquisition and retention expenditures to remain competitive in the marketplace and $73 million related to disputes and settlements, including Clearwire, and ongoing Network Vision expenses. This compared to Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.5 billion for the second quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. The quarterly year-over-year decline in Adjusted OIBDA* was primarily due to an increase in wireless cost of service, equipment net subsidy, and wireless SG&A expenses, as well as lower wireline revenues, partially offset by higher postpaid and prepaid service revenues and wireline cost reductions. Sequentially, quarterly Adjusted OIBDA* declined primarily as a result of higher wireless cost of service partially offset by higher prepaid and postpaid service revenues.
  • Capital expenditures(1), excluding capitalized interest of $102 million, were $640 million in the quarter, compared to $437 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $555 million in the first quarter of 2011. Wireless capital expenditures were $546 million in the second quarter of 2011, compared to $319 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $449 million in the first quarter of 2011. During the quarter, the company invested primarily in data capacity as a result of increased data usage to maintain a competitive position in data service and overall network quality. Wireline capital expenditures were $35 million in the second quarter of 2011, compared to $49 million in the second quarter of 2010 and $53 million in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Free Cash Flow* was $267 million for the quarter, compared to $709 million for the second quarter of 2010 and $178 million for the first quarter of 2011. The quarterly year-over-year decline was due to a decline in OIBDA*, increased capital expenditures and other changes in working capital. Sequentially, quarterly Free Cash Flow* increased primarily as a result of lower cash interest payments and pension contributions, changes to certain vendor payment schedules and a $90 million prepayment for spectrum hosting offset by a decline in OIBDA*, higher capital spending, and increased device and accessory inventory.

[Via: Sprint]

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