EarthLink Holdings Corp.
Feb 18, 2015

EarthLink Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results

-- Revenue of $284.5 million
-- Net loss of $(22.5) million and net loss per share of $(0.22)
-- Adjusted EBITDA of $53.2 million
-- Net cash provided by operating activities of $38.7 million
-- Unlevered Free Cash Flow of $24.6 million
-- Ending cash balance of $134.1 million

ATLANTA, Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading managed network and cloud solutions provider for multi-location businesses, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

"EarthLink finished 2014 with another strong quarter, delivering revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and cash flow consistent with or better than our guidance, and making continued headway with our transformation," said EarthLink CEO and President Joseph F. Eazor. "2014 was dedicated to stabilizing the business and building a foundation so in 2015 we can focus on our strategy to become a leading managed services provider."

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Summary


Figures in US $ millions,










Third


Fourth






except per share

Fourth Quarter





Quarter


Quarter







2013



2014



Change


2014


2014


Change



Revenues




















Business Services

$         235.7



$         225.7



(4.2)

%


$

237.0



$

225.7



(4.8)

%



Consumer Services

66.1



58.8



(11.0)

%


60.7



58.8



(3.1)

%



Total Revenue

301.8



284.5



(5.7)

%


297.7



284.5



(4.4)

%























Gross Margin

151.7



152.8



0.7

%


162.1



152.8



(5.7)

%























Operating Expenses

105.6



102.0



(3.4)

%


105.9



102.0



(3.7)

%























Net Loss

(279.9)



(22.5)



(92.0)

%


(2.0)



(22.5)



NM




Net Loss per share

(2.75)



(0.22)



(92.0)

%


(0.02)



(0.22)



NM












































Adjusted EBITDA (1)

50.1



53.2



6.2

%


59.0



53.2



(9.8)

%























Capital Expenditures

34.0



28.6



(15.9)

%


24.9



28.6



14.9

%























Cash and Marketable Securities

116.6



134.1



15.0

%


129.6



134.1



3.5

%























Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

40.7



38.7



(4.9)

%


62.1



38.7



(37.7)

%























Unlevered Free Cash Flow (1)

16.2



24.6



51.9

%


34.1



24.6



(27.9)

%



(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures, see definitions in "Non-GAAP Measures" below.

NM - Percentage is not meaningful.












































 

Revenue

  • Total revenue was $284.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 and $1.18 billion for the full year 2014. This was a 5.7% decline from the prior year quarter, compared to a 3.5% year-over-year decline reported in the third quarter of 2014; however, the decline during the third quarter of 2014 was offset by $6.8 million of one-time favorable revenue settlements.
  • Business Services revenue decreased 4.2% from the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a 1.5% year-over-year decline reported in the third quarter of 2014. This was primarily due to the $6.8 million of one-time favorable settlements during the third quarter of 2014.
  • Consumer Services churn in the fourth quarter moderated to 1.9% after targeted price actions implemented during the third quarter of 2014.

Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA

  • Net loss was $(22.5) million during the fourth quarter of 2014. This compares to a net loss of $(279.9) million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $(2.0) million in the third quarter of 2014. Net loss was $(72.8) million for the full year 2014 compared to a net loss of $(538.8) million for the full year 2013.
    • The fourth quarter 2014 net loss included $3.0 million for asset impairments and $7.3 million of additional costs related to restructuring charges.
    • The fourth quarter 2013 net loss included a $266.3 million non-cash charge to establish a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.
    • The third quarter of 2014 net loss included the $6.8 million of favorable revenue settlements noted above and a $4.5 million income tax benefit for the reduction of reserves due to expiration of statute of limitations.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure, see definition in "Non-GAAP Measures" below) was $53.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, a 6.2% increase from the fourth quarter of 2013 and a 9.8% decrease from the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA was $213.0 million for the full year 2014 compared to $227.1 million for the full year 2013.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $38.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2014. This compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $40.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $62.1 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net cash provided by operating activities was $140.0 million for the full year 2014 compared to $124.2 million for the full year 2013. EarthLink ended the fourth quarter with $134.1 million in cash.
  • Unlevered Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP measure, see "Non-GAAP Measures" below) was $24.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2014.  This compared to Unlevered Free Cash Flow of $16.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $34.1 million in the third quarter of 2014. Unlevered Free Cash Flow was $110.2 million for the full year 2014 compared to $83.5 million for the full year 2013.

Non-GAAP Measures
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax.  Unlevered Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, less cash used for purchases of property and equipment.

Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures.  They should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  Please refer to the Consolidated Financial Highlights for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable measures reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and Footnote 5 of the Consolidated Financial Highlights for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial measures.

Conference Call for Analysts and Investors
EarthLink's Fourth Quarter 2014 Conference Call will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. ET and hosted by EarthLink's Chief Executive Officer and President Joseph F. Eazor and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bradley A. Ferguson.

The dial-in number is:  (866) 887-3882.

Participants should reference the conference ID number 67708412 or "EarthLink Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings Call" and dial in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Webcast
A live Webcast of the conference call will be available at: http://ir.earthlink.net/.

Presentation
An investor presentation to accompany the conference call and webcast will be available at: http://ir.earthlink.net/.

Replay
A webcast replay will be available from 11:30 a.m. ET on February 19 through midnight on March 19, 2015. Dial toll-free:  (855) 859-2056. The replay confirmation code is 67708412. The Webcast will be archived on the company's website at: http://ir.earthlink.net/events.cfm.

About EarthLink
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp., NASDAQ: ELNK) provides managed network, security and cloud solutions for multi-location businesses. We help thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms and local governments deliver a reliable and engaging customer experience in their stores and branch offices. We do so by building and managing MPLS WAN networks, by providing virtualized infrastructure, security, hosted voice, secure WiFi and compliance solutions, and by offering exceptional customer care. We operate a nationwide network spanning more than 28,000 fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP service coverage. Our EarthLink Carrier® division sells facilities-based wholesale telecommunications to other providers and our award-winning Internet services connect hundreds of thousands of residential customers across the U.S. For more, visit www.earthlink.com and follow @earthlink, LinkedIn and Google+.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking" statements (rather than historical facts) that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described. Although we believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot promise that our expectations will turn out to be correct. Our actual results could be materially different from and worse than our expectations. With respect to such forward-looking statements, we seek the protections afforded by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These risks include, without limitation: (1) that we may not be able to execute our strategy to successfully transition to a leading managed network, security and cloud services provider, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (2) that we may not be able to grow revenues from our growth products and services to offset declining revenues from our traditional products and services, which could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (3) that failure to achieve operating efficiencies would adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (4) that we may have to undertake further restructuring plans that would require additional charges; (5) that is we are unable to adapt to changes in technology and customer demands, we may not remain competitive, and our revenues and operating results could suffer; (6) that we may be unable to successfully divest non-strategic products, which could adversely affect our results of operations(7) that we may be unable to successfully make or integrate acquisitions, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (8) that we face significant competition in the communications and managed services industry that could reduce our profitability; (9) that failure to retain existing customers could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows; (10) that decisions by legislative or regulatory authorities, including the Federal Communications Commission relieving incumbent carriers of certain regulatory requirements, and possible further deregulation in the future, may restrict our ability to provide services and may increase the costs we incur to provide these services; (11) that if we are unable to interconnect with AT&T, Verizon and other incumbent carriers on acceptable terms, our ability to offer competitively priced local telephone services will be adversely affected; (12) that our operating performance will suffer if we are not offered competitive rates for the access services we need to provide our long distance services; (13) that we may experience reductions in switched access and reciprocal compensation revenue; (14) that failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits and rights-of-way could interfere with our network infrastructure and operations; (15) that we have substantial business relationships with several large telecommunications carriers, and some of our customer agreements may not continue due to financial difficulty, acquisitions, non-renewal or other factors, which could adversely affect our wholesale revenue and results of operations; (16) that we obtain a majority of our network equipment and software from a limited number of third-party suppliers; (17) that our commercial and alliance arrangements may not be renewed or may not generate expected benefits, which could adversely affect our results of operations; (18) our consumer business is dependent on the availability of third-party network service providers; (19) that we face significant competition in the Internet access industry that could reduce our profitability; (20) that the continued decline of our consumer access subscribers will adversely affect our results of operations; (21) that potential regulation of Internet service providers could adversely affect our operations; (22) that cyber security breaches could harm our business; (23) that privacy concerns relating to our business could damage our reputation and deter current and potential users from using our services; (24) that interruption or failure of our network, information systems or other technologies could impair our ability to provide our services, which could damage our reputation and harm our operating results; (25) that our business depends on effective business support systems and processes; (26) that if we, or other industry participants, are unable to successfully defend against disputes or legal actions, we could face substantial liabilities or suffer harm to our financial and operational prospects; (27) that we may be accused of infringing upon the intellectual property rights of third parties, which is costly to defend and could limit our ability to use certain technologies in the future; (28) that we may not be able to protect our intellectual property; (29) that we may be unable to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel, and the loss of any of our key executive officers could adversely affect us; (30) that unfavorable general economic conditions could harm our business; (31) that government regulations could adversely affect our business or force us to change our business practices; (32) that our business may suffer if third parties are unable to provide services or terminate their relationships with us; (33) that we may be required to recognize impairment charges on our goodwill and other intangible assets, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial position; (34) that we may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities and we may be limited in the use of our net operating losses and certain other tax attributes in the future; (35) that our indebtedness could adversely affect our financial health and limit our ability to react to changes in our business and industry; (36) that we may require substantial capital to support business growth, and this capital may not be available to us on acceptable terms, or at all; (37) that our debt agreements include restrictive covenants, and failure to comply with these covenants could trigger acceleration of payment of outstanding indebtedness; (38) that we may reduce, or cease payment of, quarterly cash dividends; (39) that our stock price may be volatile; (40) that provisions of our certificate of incorporation, bylaws and other elements of our capital structure could limit our share price and delay a change of control of the company; and (41) that our bylaws designate the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as the sole and exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders' flexibility in obtaining a judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees. These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ significantly from management's expectations, 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements Of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014













Revenues

$

301,839



$

284,472



$

1,240,606



$

1,176,895


Operating costs and expenses:












Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

150,178



131,677



600,742



557,436


Selling, general and administrative (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)

105,601



101,989



426,070



419,019


Depreciation and amortization

48,800



47,686



183,114



186,872


Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets (1)



2,974



255,599



14,334


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

11,562



9,095



40,030



20,088


Total operating costs and expenses

316,141



293,421



1,505,555



1,197,749


Loss from operations

(14,302)



(8,949)



(264,949)



(20,854)


Interest expense and other, net

(13,972)



(14,253)



(60,686)



(56,261)


Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(28,274)



(23,202)



(325,635)



(77,115)


Income tax (provision) benefit (3)

(251,260)



1,152



(211,231)



4,744


Loss from continuing operations

(279,534)



(22,050)



(536,866)



(72,371)


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

(339)



(442)



(1,961)



(381)


Net loss

$

(279,873)



$

(22,492)



$

(538,827)



$

(72,752)














Basic and diluted net loss per share












Continuing operations

$

(2.74)



$

(0.22)



$

(5.23)



$

(0.71)


Discontinued operations





(0.02)




Basic and diluted net loss per share

$

(2.75)



$

(0.22)



$

(5.25)



$

(0.71)


Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

101,901



102,315



102,599



102,313














Dividends declared per share

$

0.05



$

0.05



$

0.20



$

0.20


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except per share data)



December 31,
 2013


December 31,
 2014

ASSETS

Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

116,636



$

134,133


Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $8,615 and $6,211 as of December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively

100,792



92,616


Prepaid expenses

15,945



13,761


Deferred income taxes, net

549




Other current assets

13,930



13,671


Total current assets

247,852



254,181


Property and equipment, net

438,321



404,713


Goodwill

139,215



137,751


Other intangible assets, net

155,428



91,490


Other long-term assets

26,502



22,026


Total assets

$

1,007,318



$

910,161


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$

33,440



$

23,726


Accrued payroll and related expenses

35,041



50,197


Other accrued liabilities

88,225



85,181


Deferred revenue

49,689



43,940


Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

1,489



1,537


Deferred income taxes, net



751


Total current liabilities

207,884



205,332


Long-term debt and capital lease obligations

606,442



606,284


Long-term deferred income taxes, net

2,221



2,448


Other long-term liabilities

28,553



21,313


Total liabilities

845,100



835,377


Stockholders' equity:






Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000 shares authorized, 0 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 2014




Common stock, $0.01 par value, 300,000 shares authorized, 197,491 and 198,623 shares issued as of December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively, and 101,876 and 102,296 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively

1,975



1,986


Additional paid-in capital

2,047,607



2,035,382


Accumulated deficit

(1,144,975)



(1,217,727)


Treasury stock, at cost, 95,615 and 96,327 shares as of December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively

(742,389)



(744,857)


Total stockholders' equity

162,218



74,784


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,007,318



$

910,161


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA (5)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014



2014



2013


2014


Net loss

$

(279,873)



$

(1,952)



$

(22,492)



$

(538,827)



$

(72,752)


Interest expense and other, net

13,972



13,970



14,253



60,686



56,261


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

251,260



(4,329)



(1,152)



211,231



(4,744)


Depreciation and amortization

48,800



46,716



47,686



183,114



186,872


Stock-based compensation expense

4,057



2,930



2,392



13,275



12,600


Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets (1)



589



2,974



255,599



14,334


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

11,562



1,108



9,095



40,030



20,088


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

339





442



1,961



381


Adjusted EBITDA (5)

$

50,117



$

59,032



$

53,198



$

227,069



$

213,040


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014



2014



2013


2014


Net loss

$

(279,873)



$

(1,952)



$

(22,492)



$

(538,827)



$

(72,752)


Interest expense and other, net

13,972



13,970



14,253



60,686



56,261


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

251,260



(4,329)



(1,152)



211,231



(4,744)


Depreciation and amortization

48,800



46,716



47,686



183,114



186,872


Stock-based compensation expense

4,057



2,930



2,392



13,275



12,600


Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets (1)



589



2,974



255,599



14,334


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

11,562



1,108



9,095



40,030



20,088


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

339





442



1,961



381


Purchases of property and equipment

(33,967)



(24,890)



(28,624)



(143,614)



(102,863)


Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

$

16,150



$

34,142



$

24,574



$

83,455



$

110,177


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

(in thousands)




Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014



2014



2013


2014


Net cash provided by operating activities

$

40,726



$

62,063



$

38,657



$

124,156



$

139,995


Income tax provision (benefit) (3)

251,260



(4,329)



(1,152)



211,231



(4,744)


Non-cash income taxes

(253,076)



4,391



(4,530)



(212,870)



(591)


Interest expense and other, net

13,972



13,970



14,253



60,686



56,261


Amortization of debt discount, premium and issuance costs

(1,017)



(1,029)



(1,037)



(2,061)



(4,104)


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

11,562



1,108



9,095



40,030



20,088


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(13,612)



(16,918)



(2,578)



5,662



5,673


Purchases of property and equipment

(33,967)



(24,890)



(28,624)



(143,614)



(102,863)


Other, net

302



(224)



490



235



462


Unlevered Free Cash Flow (5)

$

16,150



$

34,142



$

24,574



$

83,455



$

110,177

















Net cash used in investing activities

$

(33,967)



$

(25,390)



$

(28,624)



$

(112,500)



$

(102,777)


Net cash used in financing activities

$

(6,026)



$

(5,513)



$

(5,512)



$

(52,641)



$

(19,721)


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Schedule of Segment Information (6)

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014



2013


2014














Business Services












Revenues

$

235,730



$

225,658



$

964,227



$

930,931


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)

127,299



110,919



506,245



469,523


Gross margin

108,431



114,739



457,982



461,408


Direct segment operating expenses

87,980



85,459



342,630



345,982


Segment operating income

$

20,451



$

29,280



$

115,352



$

115,426


Consumer Services












Revenues

$

66,109



$

58,814



$

276,379



$

245,964


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and amortization)

22,879



20,758



94,497



87,913


Gross margin

43,230



38,056



181,882



158,051


Direct segment operating expenses

12,005



10,081



50,623



43,615


Segment operating income

$

31,225



$

27,975



$

131,259



$

114,436


Consolidated












Revenues

$

301,839



$

284,472



$

1,240,606



$

1,176,895


Cost of revenues

150,178



131,677



600,742



557,436


Gross margin

151,661



152,795



639,864



619,459


Direct segment operating expenses

99,985



95,540



393,253



389,597


Segment operating income

51,676



57,255



246,611



229,862


Depreciation and amortization

48,800



47,686



183,114



186,872


Impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets (1)



2,974



255,599



14,334


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs (2)

11,562



9,095



40,030



20,088


Corporate operating expenses

5,616



6,449



32,817



29,422


Loss from operations

$

(14,302)



$

(8,949)



$

(264,949)



$

(20,854)


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Schedule of Revenue Detail

(in thousands)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2014



2013


2014














Business Services












Retail services

$

194,039



$

183,719



$

793,940



$

756,747


Wholesale services

36,791



36,909



151,071



154,109


Other services

4,900



5,030



19,216



20,075


Total revenues

235,730



225,658



964,227



930,931


Consumer Services












Access services

54,713



47,343



231,448



202,008


Value-added services

11,396



11,471



44,931



43,956


Total revenues

66,109



58,814



276,379



245,964


Total Revenues

$

301,839



$

284,472



$

1,240,606



$

1,176,895


 

 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Supplemental Financial Data



December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


2013


2014



2014


Employee Data









Number of employees at end of period (7)

3,035



2,843



2,659


 

EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

Consumer Services Operating Metrics



Three Months Ended


December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


2013


2014



2014











Average narrowband subscribers (8)

553,000



501,000



487,000


Average broadband subscribers (8)

441,000



372,000



350,000


Average consumer subscribers (8)

994,000



873,000



837,000











ARPU (9)

$

22.15



$

23.18



$

23.42


Churn rate (10)

2.0

%


2.2

%


1.9

%

 

 

 EARTHLINK HOLDINGS CORP.

 Footnotes to Consolidated Financial Highlights



1.

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company recognized a $256.7 million non-cash impairment charge to goodwill related to its Business Services reporting unit, of which $255.6 million is included in continuing operations and $1.1 million is reflected in discontinued operations. The impairment was based on an analysis of a number of factors after a decline in the Company's market capitalization following the announcement of its fourth quarter 2012 earnings and 2013 financial guidance. The primary factor contributing to the impairment was a change in the discount rate and market multiples as a result of the change in these market conditions, both key assumptions used in the determination of fair value. 




During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, the Company recorded $3.0 million and $14.3 million, respectively, for impairment of long-lived assets, which consisted of impairments of work in progress for information technology projects not expected to be used, software licenses not expected to be used and other long-lived asset impairments.



2.

Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs consisted of the following for the periods presented (in thousands):

 


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2013


2014



2013


2014














Integration-related costs

$

5,944



$

1,058



$

21,622



$

9,043


Severance, retention and other employee costs

5,126



7,292



14,844



9,297


Transaction-related costs

36





1,021



4


Facility-related costs

456



745



2,328



1,744


Legacy plan restructuring costs





215




Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs

$

11,562



$

9,095



$

40,030



$

20,088


 


Restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs consist of costs related to the Company's restructuring, acquisition and integration-related activities. Such costs include: 1) integration-related costs, such as system conversions, rebranding costs and integration-related consulting and employee costs; 2) severance, retention and other employee termination costs associated with acquisition and integration activities and with certain voluntary employee separations; 3) facility-related costs, such as lease termination and asset impairments; and 4) transaction-related costs, which are direct costs incurred to effect a business combination, such as advisory, legal, accounting, valuation and other professional fees.



3.

The income tax provision for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, includes a $266.3 million non-cash charge to record a valuation allowance against the Company's deferred tax assets. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company determined it will not be able to fully realize its deferred tax assets in the future.



4.

The operating results of the Company's telecom systems business acquired as part of ITC^DeltaCom have been separately presented as discontinued operations for all periods presented. On August 2, 2013, the Company sold its telecom systems business. The Company has no significant continuing involvement in the operations or significant continuing direct cash flows. The telecom systems results of operations were previously included in the Company's Business Services segment.



5.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax. Unlevered Free Cash Flow is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense and other, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and long-lived assets, restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, and gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax, less cash used for purchases of property and equipment.




Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures and are not determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. These non-GAAP financial measures are commonly used in the industry and are presented because management believes they provide relevant and useful information to investors. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the performance of its business and determine bonuses. Management believes that excluding the effects of certain non-cash and non-operating items enables investors to better understand and analyze the current period's results and provides a better measure of comparability. There are limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Free Cash Flow are not indicative of cash provided or used by operating activities and may differ from comparable information provided by other companies.  Adjusted EBITDA and Unlevered Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation, as an alternative to, or more meaningful than measures of financial performance determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.



6.

The Company reports segment information along the same lines that its chief executive officer reviews its operating results in assessing performance and allocating resources. The Company operates two reportable segments, Business Services and Consumer Services. The Company's Business Services segment provides a broad range of data, voice and IT services to retail and wholesale business customers. The Company's Consumer Services segment provides nationwide Internet access and related value-added services to residential customers.




The Company presents its Business Services revenue in the following three categories: (1) retail services, which includes data, voice and managed services provided to business customers; (2) wholesale services, which includes the sale of transmission capacity to other telecommunications carriers and businesses; and (3) other services, which primarily consists of web hosting.  The Company presents its Consumer Services revenue in the following two categories: (1) access services, which includes dial-up and high-speed Internet access services; and (2) value-added services, which includes revenues from ancillary services sold as add-on features to the Company's Internet access services, such as security products, premium email only, home networking and email storage; search revenues; and advertising revenues.




EarthLink evaluates performance of its operating segments based on segment income from operations. Segment income from operations includes revenues from external customers, related cost of revenues and operating expenses directly attributable to the segment, which include expenses over which segment managers have direct discretionary control, such as advertising and marketing programs, customer support expenses, site operations expenses, product development expenses, certain technology and facilities expenses, billing operation and provisions for doubtful accounts. Segment income from operations excludes other income and expense items and certain expenses that segment managers do not have discretionary control over. Costs excluded from segment income from operations include various corporate expenses (consisting of certain costs such as corporate management, human resources, finance and legal), depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets and restructuring, acquisition and integration-related costs, as they are not evaluated in the measurement of segment performance.



7.

Represents full-time equivalents.



8.

Average subscribers for the three month periods is calculated by averaging the ending monthly subscribers or accounts for the four months preceding and including the end of the quarterly period. 



9.

ARPU represents the average monthly revenue per user (subscriber). ARPU is computed by dividing average monthly revenue for the period by the average number of subscribers for the period. Average monthly revenue used to calculate ARPU includes recurring service revenue as well as nonrecurring revenues associated with equipment and other one-time charges associated with initiating or discontinuing services.



10.

Churn rate is used to measure the rate at which subscribers discontinue service on a voluntary or involuntary basis.  Churn rate is computed by dividing the average monthly number of subscribers that discontinued service during the period by the average subscribers for the period.

 

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