Best Residential Subscriber Performance in Five Years
Highlighted by Net Addition of 148,000 Customer Relationships
Diluted EPS increased 27% to $1.70 per Share
"TWC Maxx" Rollout Has Begun in Parts of NYC and LA
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Officer Rob Marcus said: “I’m very pleased with our performance this quarter. Our residential subscriber growth was the best in five years and our business services revenue growth was close to 25 percent. These results underscore our commitment to deliver on our financial and operating plan as we prepare for our merger with Comcast.”
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS
- First-quarter 2014 revenue grew 2.0% year over year, driven primarily by growth of 24.4% in business services revenue and 10.8% growth in residential high-speed data revenue.
- Adjusted OIBDA increased 3.6% to nearly $2.0 billion. Operating Income increased 3.0% to nearly $1.1 billion.
- Adjusted Diluted EPS increased 26.2% to $1.78. Diluted EPS increased 26.9% to $1.70.
- First-quarter 2014 average monthly revenue per residential customer relationship (ARPU) grew 0.6% to $105.45. Residential high-speed data ARPU increased 8.7% to $46.32.
- Overall first-quarter residential subscriber performance was the best in five years.
- Residential customer relationship net additions of 148,000 – most in over seven years
- Residential triple play net additions of 82,000 – most since first quarter 2012
- Residential high-speed data net additions of 269,000 – most since first quarter 2008
- Residential voice net additions of 107,000 – most since first quarter 2012
- Residential video net loss of 34,000 – least in five years
- "TWC Maxx” rollout, including high-speed data speed increases to as much as 300 Mbps, has now begun in parts of New York City and Los Angeles.
- TWC's cloud-based guide with an advanced VOD portal was installed on 4.3 million set-top boxes at the end of the first quarter.
- IntelligentHome net additions of 13,000 marked the best quarter ever; 57,000 customers at the end of the first quarter.
CHANGES IN BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Effective in the first quarter of 2014, the Company determined it has three reportable segments: Residential Services, Business Services and Other Operations. Additionally, during the first quarter of 2014, the Company revised its categorization of operating costs and expenses to be consistent with how such costs and expenses are presented to management and to provide a more meaningful presentation. The Company has recast its financial information and disclosures for prior periods to include (i) disclosure of segment results, which are discussed further below in “Detailed Segment Results” and Note 3 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements, and (ii) the revised categorization of operating costs and expenses, which had no impact on total operating costs and expenses, Operating Income or net income attributable to TWC shareholders for any period presented.
CONSOLIDATED REVENUE AND PROFITABILITY RESULTS
Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 increased 2.0% year over year primarily as a result of revenue growth at the Business Services and Other Operations segments, partially offset by a decrease at the Residential Services segment.
Adjusted Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted OIBDA”) for the first quarter of 2014 increased 3.6% driven by revenue growth, partially offset by a 1.1% year-over-year increase in operating expenses.
The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to increased sales and marketing costs at the Residential Services and Business Services segments; higher programming costs at the Residential Services segment; and growth in costs associated with advertising inventory sold on behalf of other video distributors at the Other Operations segment; partially offset by a decline in voice costs at the Residential Services and Business Services segments and lower costs associated with the Company’s shared functions. The growth in total operating expenses also benefited from a $34 million decrease in pension expense.
Average monthly programming costs per total video subscriber grew 10.1% year over year to $36.51 for the first quarter of 2014.
Operating Income for the first quarter of 2014 increased 3.0% primarily due to higher Adjusted OIBDA and lower depreciation expense, partially offset by higher merger-related and restructuring costs. Merger-related and restructuring costs for the first quarter of 2014 included Comcast merger-related costs of $62 million (employee retention costs of $29 million and advisory and legal fees of $33 million), DukeNet Communications merger-related costs of $1 million and $17 million of restructuring costs primarily associated with employee terminations and other exit costs.
DETAILED SEGMENT RESULTS
Residential Services revenue declined as a result of decreases in video and voice revenue, partially offset by an increase in high-speed data revenue.
- Residential video revenue decreased primarily due to a year-over-year decline in video subscribers.
- The growth in residential high-speed data revenue was the result of an increase in average revenue per subscriber, primarily due to increases in prices and equipment rental charges and a greater percentage of subscribers purchasing higher-priced tiers of service, as well as growth in high-speed data subscribers.
- Residential voice revenue decreased due to lower average revenue per subscriber and fewer voice subscribers compared to the prior year.
Selected Residential Services Financial Results
The decrease in Adjusted OIBDA was driven by the decrease in revenue discussed above, partially offset by a 0.2% decrease in operating costs and expenses as a result of lower other operating costs, partially offset by increases in sales and marketing costs and programming costs.
- Sales and marketing costs increased 19.9% to $385 million primarily due to increased marketing activities as well as headcount growth and higher compensation costs per employee, particularly in retention.
- Programming costs (which include intercompany expense from the Other Operations segment for programming costs associated with the Company’s Los Angeles Lakers’ regional sports networks, local sports, news and lifestyle channels and, beginning in 2014, SportsNet LA, a third-party regional sports network carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball games and other sports programming) grew 2.9% to $1.3 billion primarily due to an increase in average monthly programming costs per video subscriber, partially offset by a decline in video subscribers. Average monthly programming costs per residential video subscriber grew 10.2% year over year to $37.69 for the first quarter of 2014, primarily driven by contractual rate increases.
- Other operating costs decreased 34.8% to $167 million primarily due to declines in voice costs and bad debt expense. Voice costs were down $61 million due to the in-sourcing of voice transport, switching and interconnection services, as well as a year-over-year decline in voice subscribers.
Residential Services Subscriber Metrics
Business Services revenue growth was primarily due to increases in high-speed data and voice subscribers, organic growth in cell tower backhaul revenue and $29 million of revenue from DukeNet, which was acquired on December 31, 2013.
Selected Business Services Financial Results
The increase in Adjusted OIBDA was driven by growth in revenue, partially offset by a 18.2% increase in operating costs and expenses, primarily as a result of an increase in sales and marketing costs due to increased headcount and higher compensation costs per employee, including increased commissions. This increase was partially offset by lower voice costs due to the in-sourcing of voice transport, switching and interconnection services.
Business Services Subscriber Metrics
Advertising revenue increased primarily due to growth in political advertising revenue as well as non-political advertising revenue from advertising inventory sold on behalf of other video distributors. Other revenue increased primarily due to affiliate fees from the Residential Services segment as well as other distributors of the Los Angeles regional sports networks.
Selected Other Operations Financial Results
The increase in Adjusted OIBDA was driven by growth in revenue, partially offset by a 7.1% increase in operating costs and expenses, primarily related to growth in costs associated with advertising inventory sold on behalf of other video distributors.
Operating costs associated with broad “corporate” functions (e.g., accounting and finance, information technology, executive management, legal and human resources) or functions supporting more than one reportable segment that are centrally managed (e.g., facilities, network operations, vehicles and procurement) as well as other activities not directly attributable to a reportable segment decreased 1.2% year over year to $727 million for the first quarter of 2014. This decrease was driven by operating efficiencies, including decreased headcount, particularly in information technology.
CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME
Net Income Attributable to TWC Shareholders was $479 million, or $1.71 per basic common share and $1.70 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $401 million, or $1.35 per basic common share and $1.34 per diluted common share, for the first quarter of 2013.
Adjusted Net Income Attributable to TWC Shareholders and Adjusted Diluted EPS, which exclude certain items affecting the comparability of TWC’s results for 2014 and 2013 detailed in Note 2 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements, were $503 million and $1.78, respectively, for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $423 million and $1.41, respectively, for the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted Diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2014 benefited from lower average common shares outstanding as a result of share repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program.
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOW INFORMATION
Free Cash Flow for the first three months of 2014 decreased 4.8% to $629 million from $661 million in the first three months of 2013, due mainly to an increase in capital expenditures. Capital Expenditures, which totaled $834 million for the first three months of 2014, increased primarily due to the Company’s investments to improve network reliability, upgrade older customer premise equipment and expand its network to additional residences, commercial buildings and cell towers. Cash Provided by Operating Activities for the first three months of 2014 was $1.4 billion, a 0.2% increase from the first three months of 2013. This slight increase was primarily driven by higher Adjusted OIBDA and lower net interest payments, partially offset by an increase in working capital requirements.
Net Debt, which totaled $24.3 billion as of March 31, 2014, decreased from December 31, 2013 as Free Cash Flow more than offset the cash used for share repurchases and dividends.
RETURN OF CAPITAL
Time Warner Cable returned $422 million to shareholders during the first quarter of 2014. During the first quarter of 2014, share repurchases totaled $208 million or 1.5 million shares of common stock prior to the suspension of the TWC stock repurchase program on February 13, 2014 as a result of the Company’s entry into the merger agreement with Comcast. As of March 31, 2014, $2.7 billion remained under the Company’s share repurchase authorization. Time Warner Cable also paid a regular dividend of $0.75 per share of common stock, $214 million in aggregate, during the first quarter of 2014.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company refers to certain financial measures that are not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), including OIBDA, Adjusted OIBDA, Adjusted net income attributable to TWC shareholders, Adjusted Diluted EPS and Free Cash Flow. Refer to Note 4 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements for a discussion of the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
Additional details on financial and subscriber metrics are included in the Trending Schedules and Presentation Slides posted on the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.twc.com/investors.
Information on Conference Call
Time Warner Cable’s earnings conference call can be heard live at 8:30 am ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. To listen to the call, visit www.twc.com/investors.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND DISCLAIMERS
This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Time Warner Cable intends that all such statements be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. Statements herein regarding future financial and operating results and any other statements about future expectations, including any statements related to the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”), constitute “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “intends,” “should,” “estimates” or similar expressions. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs and may involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological, strategic and/or regulatory factors, and other factors affecting the operations of Time Warner Cable, including the proposed acquisition by Comcast. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Time Warner Cable’s and Comcast’s respective filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including Time Warner Cable’s and Comcast’s most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Time Warner Cable and Comcast assume no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any such obligation to, update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
Time Warner Cable filed a preliminary proxy statement for its 2014 annual meeting of stockholders with the SEC on April 8, 2014 and expects to provide any definitive proxy statement to its security holders. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF TIME WARNER CABLE ARE URGED TO READ THIS DOCUMENT AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED BY TIME WARNER CABLE WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the definitive proxy statement (when available) and any other documents filed with the SEC by Time Warner Cable through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.
In connection with the proposed transaction between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, on March 20, 2014, Comcast filed with the SEC, a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement of Comcast and Time Warner Cable that also constitutes a preliminary prospectus of Comcast. The registration statement has not yet become effective. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF COMCAST AND TIME WARNER CABLE ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Comcast or Time Warner Cable through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Comcast are available free of charge on Comcast’s website at http://cmcsa.com or by contacting Comcast’s Investor Relations Department at 866-281-2100. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Time Warner Cable will be available free of charge on Time Warner Cable’s website at http://ir.timewarnercable.com or by contacting Time Warner Cable’s Investor Relations Department at 877-446-3689.
CERTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING PARTICIPANTS
Comcast, Time Warner Cable, their respective directors and certain of their respective executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed Time Warner Cable/Comcast transaction and, with respect to Time Warner Cable and certain of its affiliates, in the solicitation of proxies in connection with Time Warner Cable’s 2014 annual meeting of stockholders. Information about the directors and executive officers of Time Warner Cable is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on February 18, 2014, and its preliminary proxy statement for its 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 8, 2014. Information about the directors and executive officers of Comcast is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the SEC on February 12, 2014, and its proxy statement for its 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 11, 2014. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, are contained in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC and Time Warner Cable’s preliminary proxy statement and will be contained in the definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus, definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.