Lumos Networks Corp.

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Lumos Networks Corp. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

In-Line Quarterly Operating Results

Confirms 2013 Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

Completes $425 Million Debt Refinancing

Cash Dividend of $0.14 per Share Declared

WAYNESBORO, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, today announced financial results for its first quarter of 2013.

Total revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $52.5 million, compared to $51.4 million for the first quarter of 2012 and $52.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total Adjusted EBITDA was $24.7 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $22.3 million in the first quarter of 2012 and to $23.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

“Our operational momentum and execution continued in the first quarter as our Strategic Data revenue grew approximately 15% year over year and represented nearly 57% of total revenues, up from 50% in the year ago period,” said Tim Biltz, CEO and President of Lumos Networks. “Additionally, I am pleased to announce that on April 30, 2013, we completed our $425 million debt re-financing. I am confident that we will now have the capital ‘runway’ needed to finance continued expansion of our dense fiber network to meet our customer’s demands for fiber-based bandwidth for our key target customers in our Enterprise and Carrier data segments.”

“In the first quarter, our Adjusted EBITDA margin reached 47%, which is nearly 3 percentage points higher than the prior quarter and clearly demonstrates the impact of increased focus on Strategic Data and expense control,” Mr. Biltz continued. “Our adjusted EBITDA grew 11% from the prior year period which is a significant milestone for Lumos Networks.”

Highlights

  • During the quarter, the Company completed 35 fiber to the cell (“FTTC”) installations, reaching a total of 405 as of March 31st. Lumos Networks anticipates that the number of new FTTC installations will grow sequentially in the second quarter and maintains its target of 550-600 total FTTC installations by the end of 2013. The mid-point of this guidance implies approximately 55% year over year growth in total FTTC installations in 2013.
  • On April 30th, Lumos Networks completed its $425 million debt refinancing, which bolstered our balance sheet with approximately $52 million in cash, lowered our blended interest rate and increased our leverage ratio. We believe this new credit facility significantly increases our financial flexibility to handle our capital needs over the next few years. Please see our SEC filing and corresponding press release from April 30th for further details.
  • In the first quarter of 2013, the Company allocated 75% of its total capital expenditures for success-based strategic data revenue projects and maintains its target of 75% for 2013.
  • As a part of our “edge-out” fiber network expansion strategy, Lumos Networks recently signed contracts with two core Enterprise customers and three carrier customers in the Richmond market. We expect the Richmond market to “go live” in the third quarter of 2013.
  • On May 1, 2013, the Board of Directors of Lumos Networks declared a dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.14 per share to be paid on July 11, 2013 to stockholders of record on June 13, 2013.

Business Outlook

In the second quarter of 2013, the Company expects revenue to be approximately $52 million and adjusted EBITDA approximately $24 million. For the full year 2013, the Company re-iterates its prior guidance for revenue to be in the range of $208 to $212 million and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $94 to $97 million.

Please see the schedules accompanying this release for additional financial guidance, including projected 2013 cash flows and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to GAAP results.

Statements made are based on management’s current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see “Special Note from the Company Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”

Conference Call

A conference call and simultaneous webcast, hosted by Timothy G. Biltz, CEO, Harold L. Covert, CFO, and Will Davis, Director of Investor Relations, to review these financial and operational results and financial guidance will be held at 8:30 A.M. (ET) on May 3, 2013.

The webcast may be accessed via the Internet at http://ir.lumosnetworks.com/ and the live call (“Lumos Networks First Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call”) may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-888-317-6016
International: 1-412-317-6016
Canada: 1-855-669-9657

The conference call will be archived and available for replay through May 13, 2013 before 9:00 A.M. (ET) and may be accessed with the following numbers:

Domestic: 1-877-344-7529
International: 1-412-317-0088
Replay pass codes: Conference ID: 10027848

The webcast will also be archived and the replay may be accessed at http://ir.lumosnetworks.com/.

About Lumos Networks

Lumos Networks is a fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving carrier, business and residential customers over a dense fiber network offering data, voice and IP services. With headquarters in Waynesboro, VA, Lumos Networks serves Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and Maryland over a fiber network of approximately 5,800 long haul miles. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available at www.lumosnetworks.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Lumos Networks before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other expenses/income, equity based compensation charges, acquisition related charges, amortization of actuarial losses on retirement plans, employee separation charges, restructuring related charges, gain or loss on settlements and gain or loss on interest rate derivatives. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to operating revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial performance measure. It should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the schedules herein and our SEC filings for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial performance measures to the most comparable measures reported in accordance with GAAP and for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial performance measures.

SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE COMPANY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Any statements contained in this presentation that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our 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, our current expectations, plans and strategies, and anticipated financial results, all of which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Many of these risks are beyond our ability to control or predict. 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. We do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors with respect to any such forward-looking statements, including certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to: rapid development and intense competition in the telecommunications industry; our ability to achieve benefits from our separation from NTELOS Holdings Corp in 2011; our ability to offset expected revenue declines in legacy voice and access products related to the recent regulatory developments and carriers grooming their networks; adverse economic conditions; operating and financial restrictions imposed by our senior credit facility; our cash and capital requirements; declining prices for our services; the potential to experience a high rate of customer turnover; federal and state regulatory fees, requirements and developments; our reliance on certain suppliers and vendors; and other unforeseen difficulties that may occur. These risks and uncertainties are not intended to represent a complete list of all risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed cautionary statements and risk factors included in our SEC filings, including our Annual Reports filed on Forms 10-K.

Exhibits:

  • Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
  • Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  • Summary of Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
  • Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income
  • Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
  • Business Outlook
   
Lumos Networks Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    March 31, 2013   December 31, 2012
(In thousands)
 
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash $ 2 $ 2
Restricted cash 1 5,303 5,303
Accounts receivable, net 23,499 22,676
Other receivables 1,992 2,400
Income tax receivable 463 954
Prepaid expenses and other 4,652 5,136
Deferred income taxes     4,752     3,357
Total Current Assets     40,663     39,828
 
Securities and investments 425 462
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 340,506 336,589
 
Other Assets
Goodwill 100,297 100,297
Other intangibles, net 32,439 34,895
Deferred charges and other assets     4,263     4,448
Total Other Assets     136,999     139,640
 
Total Assets   $ 518,593   $ 516,519
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current portion of long-term debt $ 2,630 $ 7,900
Accounts payable 10,496 17,453
Dividends payable 3,058 3,013
Advance billings and customer deposits 13,471 13,527
Accrued compensation 1,754 1,742
Accrued operating taxes 4,381 3,838
Other accrued liabilities     5,495     6,284
Total Current Liabilities     41,285     53,757
 
Long-Term Liabilities
Long-term debt 309,568 304,325
Retirement benefits 30,024 30,413
Deferred income taxes 64,518 59,313
Other long-term liabilities 3,330 3,500
Income tax payable     665     609
Total Long-term Liabilities     408,105     398,160
 
Stockholders' Equity     68,582     64,050
Noncontrolling Interests     621     552
Total Equity     69,203     64,602
 
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 518,593   $ 516,519
 

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During 2010, the Company received a Federal stimulus award providing 50% funding to bring broadband services and infrastructure to Alleghany County, Virginia. The Company was required to deposit 100% of its grant ($8.1 million) into pledged accounts in advance of any reimbursements, to be drawn down ratably following reimbursement approvals.
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income   Three months ended March 31,
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)   2013   2012
 
Operating Revenues $ 52,534 $ 51,412
 
Operating Expenses
Network access costs 11,154 11,764
Selling, general and administrative 1 18,020 18,813
Depreciation and amortization 9,563 9,220
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 31 30
Restructuring charges     40       -  
Total Operating Expenses     38,808       39,827  
Operating Income 13,726 11,585
 
Other Income (Expenses)
Interest expense (3,128 ) (2,987 )
Gain on interest rate derivatives 187 146
Other income, net     25       8  
 
Income Before Income Tax Expense 10,810 8,752
 
Income Tax Expense     4,332       3,443  
Net Income 6,478 5,309
 
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests (69 ) (22 )
         
Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp.   $ 6,409     $ 5,287  
 
 
Basic and Diluted Earnings per Common Share Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. Stockholders:
 
Earnings per share - basic $ 0.30 $ 0.25
Earnings per share - diluted $ 0.30 $ 0.25
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 21,186 20,850
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 21,693 21,237
 
Cash Dividends Declared per Share - Common Stock $ 0.14 $ 0.14
 

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  Includes equity-based compensation charges related to all of the Company’s share-based awards and the Company’s 401(k) matching contributions of $1.0 million for each of the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.        
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows   Three Months Ended March 31,
 
(In thousands)   2013   2012
 
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 6,478 $ 5,309
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 7,107 6,439
Amortization 2,456 2,781
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 31 30
Deferred income taxes 3,768 3,267

Gain on interest rate derivatives

(187 ) (146 )
Equity-based compensation expense 1,025 1,011
Amortization of loan origination costs 208 199
Retirement benefits, net of contributions and distributions (80 ) (1,382 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (78 ) -
Other (20 ) (90 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net     (2,131 )     1,809  
Net cash provided by operating activities     18,577       19,227  
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (15,032 ) (17,369 )
Broadband network expansion funded by stimulus grant (31 ) (511 )
Change in restricted cash - 332
Cash reimbursement received from broadband stimulus grant - 332
Other     -       (27 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (15,063 )     (17,243 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Principal payments on senior secured term loans (1,875 ) (500 )
Borrowings from revolving credit facility 3,000 2,066
Principal payments on revolving credit facility (1,523 ) (11,000 )
Cash dividends paid on common stock (3,013 ) (2,965 )
Principal payments under capital lease obligations (113 ) (172 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises and employee stock purchase plan 20 36
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation 78 -
Other     (88 )     6  
Net cash used in financing activities     (3,514 )     (12,529 )
Decrease in cash - (10,545 )
Cash:
Beginning of period     2       10,547  
 
End of period   $ 2     $ 2  
 
         
Lumos Networks Corp.
Operating Results, Customer and Network Statistics
(Dollars in thousands) Three months ended:
    March 31, 2013  

December 31, 2012

  September 30, 2012   June 30, 2012   March 31, 2012
Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA
Revenue
Enterprise Data 9,935 9,906 9,662 9,214 8,848
Carrier Data 14,945 14,363 13,001 12,669 12,474
IP Services 4,781 4,730 4,689 4,648 4,549
Total Strategic Data 29,661 28,999 27,352 26,531 25,871
Legacy Voice 14,884 15,399 16,074 16,186 16,744
Access 7,989 8,281 8,551 8,086 8,797
Total Revenue 52,534 52,679 51,977 50,803 51,412
Adjusted EBITDA1
Strategic Data 13,723 13,629 12,581 12,330 12,097
Legacy Voice 4,988 3,835 3,808 3,401 4,063
Access 5,984 5,747 5,892 5,375 6,131
Total Adjusted EBITDA 24,695 23,211 22,281 21,106 22,291
Adjusted EBITDA Margin1 47.0% 44.1% 42.9% 41.5% 43.4%
Capital Expenditures 15,032 15,956 14,937 11,619 17,369
Adjusted EBITDA less Capital Expenditures 9,663 7,255 7,344 9,487 4,922
 
Customer and Network Statistics
Customer Statistics
Competitive voice connections 2 105,695 110,261 112,709 114,930 117,965
RLEC Broadband Customers 3 15,232 15,181 15,199 15,258 15,100
Total Broadband Connections 3 42,110 39,950 40,401 37,361 35,974
Video Subscribers 4,666 4,549 4,390 4,192 4,019
 
Network Statistics
On-Network Buildings 4 1,235 1,196 1,150 1,091 1,066
Fiber to the Cell Sites 4 405 370 261 178 155
 
RLEC Total Access Lines 30,643 31,203 31,708 32,272 32,676
 
 
1 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See definition on page 2 of this earnings release. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, to Total Revenue.
 
2 Includes customer Primary Rate Interface (PRI) line equivalents at 23 lines per PRI. Excludes intercompany PRI lines.
 
3 Includes customers or customer equivalents for DSL, dedicated Internet access, wireless portable broadband, broadband over fiber and metro Ethernet. All revenues from broadband products are recorded in the operating revenues of our strategic data segment.
 
4 Includes statistics for legacy markets only, excluding FiberNet, through March 31, 2013.
 
Note: Certain prior period revenue amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current year presentation.
 
 
Lumos Networks Corp.
Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. to Operating Income
(In thousands)        
  Three months ended March 31,
    2013   2012
Net income attributable to Lumos Networks Corp. $ 6,409   $ 5,287
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     69       22  
Net income 6,478 5,309
 
Interest expense 3,128 2,987
Gain on interest rate derivatives (187 ) (146 )
Income tax expense 4,332 3,443
Other income, net     (25 )     (8 )
Operating income   $ 13,726     $ 11,585  
 
   
Lumos Networks Corp.
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(Dollars in thousands)
For The Three Months Ended March 31
Operating Income $ 13,726 $ 11,585
Depreciation and amortization and accretion of asset retirement obligations     9,594       9,250  
Sub-total:     23,320       20,835  
Amortization of actuarial losses 310 445
Equity based compensation 1,025 1,011
Restructuring charges     40       -  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 24,695     $ 22,291  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 47.0 % 43.4 %
 
       
Lumos Networks Corp.
Business Outlook 1 (as of May 3, 2013)
(In millions) 2013 Guidance 1
Second Quarter 2013 2013 Annual
Operating Revenues approximately $52 $ 208 to $ 212
 
Adjusted EBITDA approximately $24 $ 94 to $ 97
 
Capital Expenditures approximately $16 $ 65 to $ 70
 
 
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA
Operating Income approximately $12 $ 44 to $ 46
Depreciation and amortization approximately $10 $ 40 to $ 41
Equity based compensation charges approximately $2 $ 8
Amortization of actuarial losses       $ 2    
Adjusted EBITDA approximately $24 $ 94   to   $ 97
 
 

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These estimates are based on management’s current expectations. These estimates are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see “Special Note from the Company Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in the Lumos Networks Corp. first quarter 2013 earnings release dated May 3, 2013.
 

Lumos Networks Corp.
Will Davis
Director of Investor Relations
(o) 540-946-6930
(c) 917-519-6994
davisw@lumosnet.com

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