Verizon reports strong 1Q operational performance, while raising earnings guidance for full-year 2019

April 23, 2019 7:30 AM

1Q 2019 highlights

Consolidated:

Wireless:

Wireline:

NEW YORK, April 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the 5G mobility era begins, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today reported first-quarter 2019 results highlighted by continued wireless service revenue growth and strong earnings per share.

“Verizon began 2019 by extending our leadership position in 4G, driving innovation in 5G and expanding our high-valued customer relationships,” said Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg. “2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Verizon. We are leading the world in the development of new technologies with the launch of our 5G Ultra Wideband network. Our ambition remains unchanged to provide the most advanced next-generation networks in the world.”

For first-quarter 2019, Verizon reported EPS of $1.22, compared with $1.11 in first-quarter 2018. On an adjusted basis (non-GAAP), first-quarter 2019 EPS was $1.20, excluding a special item, compared with adjusted EPS of $1.17 in first-quarter 2018. Verizon’s first-quarter 2019 EPS included a 2 cent benefit due to a pension re-measurement triggered by the company's Voluntary Separation Program.

In first-quarter 2019, Verizon faced headwinds as a result of a reduction in benefits from the adoption of a revenue recognition standard, primarily due to the deferral of commission expense, and the adoption of a lease accounting standard. The combined impact was a 4 cent year-over-year headwind to EPS.

Consolidated results

Total consolidated operating revenues in first-quarter 2019 were $32.1 billion, up 1.1 percent from first-quarter 2018, primarily driven by strong wireless service revenue growth.

Cash flow from operations totaled $7.1 billion in first-quarter 2019, an increase of approximately $400 million year over year. This increase was driven by the continued momentum in Verizon's operating businesses and lower discretionary employee benefits contributions, partially offset by the first -- and largest -- of three payments related to the Voluntary Separation Program.

First-quarter 2019 capital expenditures totaled $4.3 billion. Verizon's capital expenditures continue to support the launch and continued build-out of its 5G Ultra Wideband network, the growth in data and video traffic on the company's 4G LTE network, the deployment of significant fiber in markets nationwide and the upgrade to Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network.

In 2018, Verizon announced a goal to achieve $10 billion in cumulative cash savings by 2021. This initiative has yielded approximately $3.0 billion of cumulative cash savings since this program began. By the end of first-quarter 2019, Verizon completed the first two phases of its Voluntary Separation Program and realized approximately $180 million of expense savings. These savings are expected to contribute to the company's cumulative cash savings goal.

For first-quarter 2019, Verizon Media revenues were $1.8 billion, down 7.2 percent year over year. Declines in desktop advertising continue to more than offset growth in mobile and native advertising.

Net income was $5.2 billion in first-quarter 2019. EBITDA (non-GAAP, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) totaled approximately $12.2 billion. Consolidated operating income margin was 24.0 percent. Consolidated EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 38.1 percent in first-quarter 2019, compared with 36.4 percent in first-quarter 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) in first-quarter 2019 was 37.2 percent.

Wireless results

Wireline results

Outlook and guidance

Based on the strength of the operational trends in the underlying business, Verizon is raising earnings guidance for full-year 2019:

Verizon also expects the following:

NOTE: See the accompanying schedules and www.verizon.com/about/investors for reconciliations to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for non-GAAP financial measures cited in this document.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018. The company operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company’s media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. Verizon’s corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.

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Verizon Communications Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Operating Revenues
Service revenues and other$ 27,197 $ 26,732 1.7
Wireless equipment revenues 4,931 5,040 (2.2)
Total Operating Revenues 32,128 31,772 1.1
Operating Expenses
Cost of services 7,792 7,946 (1.9)
Wireless cost of equipment 5,198 5,309 (2.1)
Selling, general and administrative expense 7,198 6,844 5.2
Depreciation and amortization expense 4,231 4,324 (2.2)
Total Operating Expenses 24,419 24,423
Operating Income 7,709 7,349 4.9
Equity in losses of unconsolidated businesses (6) (19) (68.4)
Other income (expense), net 295 (75)*
Interest expense (1,210) (1,201) 0.7
Income Before Provision For Income Taxes 6,788 6,054 12.1
Provision for income taxes (1,628) (1,388) 17.3
Net Income$ 5,160 $ 4,666 10.6
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests$ 128 $ 121 5.8
Net income attributable to Verizon 5,032 4,545 10.7
Net Income$ 5,160 $ 4,666 10.6
Basic Earnings Per Common Share
Net income attributable to Verizon$ 1.22 $ 1.11 9.9
Weighted average number of common shares (in millions) 4,138 4,104
Diluted Earnings Per Common Share (1)
Net income attributable to Verizon$ 1.22 $ 1.11 9.9
Weighted average number of common
shares-assuming dilution (in millions) 4,140 4,107
Footnotes:
(1)Diluted Earnings per Common Share includes the dilutive effect of shares issuable under our stock-based compensation plans, which represents the only potential dilution.
*Not meaningful

Verizon Communications Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in millions)
Unaudited3/31/19 12/31/18 $ Change
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$ 2,322 $ 2,745 $ (423)
Accounts receivable, net 24,469 25,102 (633)
Inventories 1,417 1,336 81
Prepaid expenses and other 5,189 5,453 (264)
Total current assets 33,397 34,636 (1,239)
Property, plant and equipment 254,457 252,835 1,622
Less accumulated depreciation 166,608 163,549 3,059
Property, plant and equipment, net 87,849 89,286 (1,437)
Investments in unconsolidated businesses 674 671 3
Wireless licenses 94,237 94,130 107
Goodwill 24,635 24,614 21
Other intangible assets, net 9,608 9,775 (167)
Operating lease right-of-use assets 23,105 23,105
Other assets 10,442 11,717 (1,275)
Total assets$ 283,947 $ 264,829 $ 19,118
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities
Debt maturing within one year$ 8,614 $ 7,190 $ 1,424
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 18,664 22,501 (3,837)
Current operating lease liabilities 2,997 2,997
Other current liabilities 8,332 8,239 93
Total current liabilities 38,607 37,930 677
Long-term debt 105,045 105,873 (828)
Employee benefit obligations 17,888 18,599 (711)
Deferred income taxes 34,344 33,795 549
Non-current operating lease liabilities 18,971 18,971
Other liabilities 11,632 13,922 (2,290)
Total long-term liabilities 187,880 172,189 15,691
Equity
Common stock 429 429
Additional paid in capital 13,418 13,437 (19)
Retained earnings 46,493 43,542 2,951
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,216 2,370 (154)
Common stock in treasury, at cost (6,825) (6,986) 161
Deferred compensation – employee stock ownership plans and other 125 353 (228)
Noncontrolling interests 1,604 1,565 39
Total equity 57,460 54,710 2,750
Total liabilities and equity$ 283,947 $ 264,829 $ 19,118
Verizon - Selected Financial and Operating Statistics
Unaudited3/31/19 12/31/18
Total debt (in millions)$ 113,659 $ 113,063
Net debt (in millions)$ 111,337 $ 110,318
Net unsecured debt (in millions)$ 100,951 $ 100,242
Net debt / Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(1)2.3x 2.3x
Net unsecured debt / Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(1)2.1x 2.1x
Common shares outstanding end of period (in millions) 4,136 4,132
Total employees (‘000) 139.4 144.5
Quarterly cash dividends declared per common share$ 0.6025 $ 0.6025
Footnotes:
(1) Consolidated adjusted EBITDA excludes the effects of non-operational items and special items.

Verizon Communications Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(dollars in millions)
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 $ Change
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Net Income$ 5,160 $ 4,666 $ 494
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense 4,231 4,324 (93)
Employee retirement benefits (195) (151) (44)
Deferred income taxes 459 702 (243)
Provision for uncollectible accounts 319 239 80
Equity in losses of unconsolidated businesses, net of dividends received 21 30 (9)
Changes in current assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition/disposition of businesses (2,702) (2,033) (669)
Discretionary employee benefits contributions (300) (1,000) 700
Other, net 88 (129) 217
Net cash provided by operating activities 7,081 6,648 433
Cash Flows from Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (including capitalized software) (4,268) (4,552) 284
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired (25) (32) 7
Acquisitions of wireless licenses (104) (970) 866
Other, net (406) 269 (675)
Net cash used in investing activities (4,803) (5,285) 482
Cash Flows from Financing Activities
Proceeds from long-term borrowings 2,131 1,956 175
Proceeds from asset-backed long-term borrowings 1,117 1,178 (61)
Repayments of long-term borrowings and finance lease obligations (2,963) (2,984) 21
Repayments of asset-backed long-term borrowings (813) (813)
Dividends paid (2,489) (2,407) (82)
Other, net 360 941 (581)
Net cash used in financing activities (2,657) (1,316) (1,341)
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash (379) 47 (426)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period 3,916 2,888 1,028
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period$ 3,537 $ 2,935 $ 602

Verizon Communications Inc.
Wireless - Selected Financial Results
(dollars in millions)
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Operating Revenues
Service$ 16,072 $ 15,402 4.4
Equipment 4,931 5,040 (2.2)
Other 1,697 1,458 16.4
Total Operating Revenues 22,700 21,900 3.7
Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,456 2,215 10.9
Cost of equipment 5,198 5,309 (2.1)
Selling, general and administrative expense 4,281 3,899 9.8
Depreciation and amortization expense 2,299 2,428 (5.3)
Total Operating Expenses 14,234 13,851 2.8
Operating Income$ 8,466 $ 8,049 5.2
Operating Income Margin 37.3% 36.8%
Segment EBITDA$ 10,765 $ 10,477 2.7
Segment EBITDA Margin 47.4% 47.8%
Footnotes:
The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of special items, as the Company’s chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.
Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.

Verizon Communications Inc.
Wireless - Selected Operating Statistics
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Connections (‘000)
Retail postpaid 113,407 111,114 2.1
Retail prepaid 4,479 5,068 (11.6)
Total retail 117,886 116,182 1.5
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Net Add Detail (‘000) (1)
Retail postpaid 61 260 (76.5)
Retail prepaid (176) (335) 47.5
Total retail (115) (75) (53.3)
Account Statistics
Retail postpaid accounts (‘000) (2) 35,338 35,333
Retail postpaid connections per account (2) 3.21 3.14 2.2
Retail postpaid ARPA (3) 136.68 131.71 3.8
Retail postpaid I-ARPA (4) 172.09 164.72 4.5
Churn Detail
Retail postpaid 1.12% 1.04%
Retail 1.31% 1.28%
Retail Postpaid Connection Statistics (2)
Total smartphone postpaid phone base 92.7% 90.7%
Total Internet postpaid base 19.7% 19.2%
Other Operating Statistics
Capital expenditures (in millions)$ 2,044 $ 2,367 (13.6)
Footnotes:
(1)Connection net additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.
(2)Statistics presented as of end of period.
(3)Retail postpaid ARPA - average service revenue per account from retail postpaid accounts.
(4)Retail postpaid I-ARPA - average service revenue per account from retail postpaid account plus recurring device installment billings.
The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of special items, as the Company’s chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.
Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.
*Not meaningful

Verizon Communications Inc.
Wireline - Selected Financial Results
(dollars in millions)
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Operating Revenues
Consumer Markets$ 3,153 $ 3,150 0.1
Enterprise Solutions 2,140 2,240 (4.5)
Partner Solutions 1,075 1,228 (12.5)
Business Markets 828 871 (4.9)
Other 68 68
Total Operating Revenues 7,264 7,557 (3.9)
Operating Expenses
Cost of services 4,186 4,475 (6.5)
Selling, general and administrative expense 1,606 1,479 8.6
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,560 1,534 1.7
Total Operating Expenses 7,352 7,488 (1.8)
Operating Income (Loss)$ (88)$ 69 *
Operating Income (Loss) Margin (1.2)% 0.9%
Segment EBITDA$ 1,472 $ 1,603 (8.2)
Segment EBITDA Margin 20.3% 21.2%
Footnotes:
The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of special items, as the Company’s chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.
Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.
*Not meaningful

Verizon Communications Inc.
Wireline - Selected Operating Statistics
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Connections (‘000)
Fios video connections 4,398 4,597 (4.3)
Fios Internet connections 6,119 5,916 3.4
Fios digital voice residence connections 3,758 3,891 (3.4)
Fios digital connections 14,275 14,404 (0.9)
High-speed Internet (HSI) connections 854 1,050 (18.7)
Total broadband connections 6,973 6,966 0.1
Total voice connections 11,453 12,555 (8.8)
3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended
Unaudited3/31/19 3/31/18 % Change
Net Add Detail (‘000)
Fios video connections (53) (22) *
Fios Internet connections 52 66 (21.2)
Fios digital voice residence connections (45) (14) *
Fios digital connections (46) 30 *
High-speed Internet (HSI) connections (40) (59) 32.2
Total broadband connections 12 7 71.4
Total voice connections (279) (266) (4.9)
Revenue Statistics
Fios revenues (in millions)$ 3,057 $ 2,951 3.6
Other Operating Statistics
Capital expenditures (in millions)$ 1,733 $ 1,673 3.6
Wireline employees (‘000) 53.2 57.2
Footnotes:
The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of special items, as the Company’s chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.
Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.
*Not meaningful

Verizon Communications Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Consolidated Verizon
Consolidated EBITDA, Consolidated EBITDA Margin, Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Margin
(dollars in millions)
Unaudited 3 Mos. Ended3/31/19 3 Mos. Ended12/31/18 3 Mos. Ended9/30/18 3 Mos. Ended6/30/18 3 Mos. Ended3/31/18
Consolidated Net Income $ 5,160 $ 2,065 $ 5,062 $ 4,246 $ 4,666
Add/(subtract):
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 1,628 (698) 1,613 1,281 1,388
Interest expense 1,210 1,199 1,211 1,222 1,201
Depreciation and amortization expense 4,231 4,352 4,377 4,350 4,324
Consolidated EBITDA $ 12,229 $ 6,918 $ 12,263 $ 11,099 $ 11,579
Add/subtract:
Other (income) expense, net* $ (295)$ (1,865)$ (214)$ (360)$ 75
Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated businesses† 6 (64) 3 228 19
Oath goodwill impairment 4,591
Severance charges 1,818 339
Product realignment charges‡ 450
Acquisition and integration related charges‡ 187 130 109 105
(289) 4,667 (81) 766 199
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ 11,940 $ 11,585 $ 12,182 $ 11,865 $ 11,778
Consolidated Operating Revenues - Quarter to Date $ 32,128 $ 31,772
Operating Income Margin - Quarter to Date 24.0% 23.1%
Consolidated EBITDA Margin - Quarter to Date 38.1% 36.4%
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Margin - Quarter to Date 37.2% 37.1%
* Includes Pension and benefits mark-to-market adjustments and Early debt redemption costs, where applicable.
† Includes Product realignment charges, where applicable.
‡ Excludes depreciation and amortization expense, where applicable.

Verizon Communications Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Consolidated Verizon
Net Debt and Net Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
(dollars in millions)
Unaudited 3/31/1912/31/18
Debt maturing within one year $ 8,614$ 7,190
Long-term debt 105,045 105,873
Total Debt 113,659 113,063
Less Cash and cash equivalents 2,322 2,745
Net Debt $ 111,337$ 110,318
Net Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio 2.3x2.3x
Net Unsecured Debt and Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
(dollars in millions)
Unaudited 3/31/1912/31/18
Total Debt $ 113,659$ 113,063
Less Secured debt 10,386 10,076
Unsecured debt 103,273 102,987
Less Cash and cash equivalents 2,322 2,745
Net Unsecured Debt $ 100,951$ 100,242
Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio 2.1x2.1x
Adjusted Earnings per Common Share (Adjusted EPS)(1)
Unaudited 3 Mos. Ended 3/31/19 3 Mos. Ended3/31/18
Pre-taxTaxAfter-Tax Pre-taxTaxAfter-Tax
EPS $ 1.22 $ 1.11
Pension remeasurement credit$ (96)$ 25$ (71) (0.02)$$ $
Acquisition and integration related charges 107 (25) 82 0.02
Early debt redemption costs 249 (65) 184 0.04
$ (96)$ 25$ (71) (0.02)$ 356$ (90)$ 266 0.06
Adjusted EPS $ 1.20 $ 1.17
(1) Adjusted EPS may not add due to rounding.

Verizon Communications Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliations - Segments
Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA Margin
Wireless (dollars in millions)
Unaudited 3 Mos. Ended3/31/19 3 Mos. Ended3/31/18
Operating Income $ 8,466 $ 8,049
Add Depreciation and amortization expense 2,299 2,428
Segment EBITDA $ 10,765 $ 10,477
Total operating revenues $ 22,700 $ 21,900
Operating Income Margin 37.3% 36.8%
Segment EBITDA Margin 47.4% 47.8%
Wireline (dollars in millions)
Unaudited 3 Mos. Ended 3/31/19 3 Mos. Ended 3/31/18
Operating Income (Loss) $ (88) $ 69
Add Depreciation and amortization expense 1,560 1,534
Segment EBITDA $ 1,472 $ 1,603
Total operating revenues $ 7,264 $ 7,557
Operating Income (Loss) Margin (1.2)% 0.9%
Segment EBITDA Margin 20.3% 21.2%

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