Sprint.com

Postpaid Phone Net Additions in the Last Two Months of the Quarter

Lowest Postpaid Churn in Company History
  • Sprint platform postpaid phone losses were 12,000 in the quarter with phone net additions in May, June and July
    • Improved sequentially for the fifth consecutive quarter and by over 600,000 year-over-year
  • Best-ever Sprint platform postpaid churn of 1.56 percent improved 49 basis points year-over-year
  • Sprint platform net additions of 675,000 compared to net losses of 220,000 in the prior year quarter
  • Massive improvement in network performance
    • Earned 180 RootScore® awards in the first-half of 2015 compared to only 27 a year ago
    • Deployment of carrier aggregation bringing greater data speed and capacity to customers
  • Operating Income of $501 million and Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.1 billion
    • Raising fiscal year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA* outlook from $6.5 to $6.9 billion to $7.2 to $7.6 billion

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 04, 2015 - Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) today reported operating results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, including record low Sprint platform postpaid churn of 1.56 percent, total net additions of 675,000, and for the fifth consecutive quarter, reduced postpaid phone losses to reach phone net additions in May and June. In addition, the company reported net operating revenue of $8 billion, operating income of $501 million and Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.1 billion, and is raising its fiscal year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA* outlook from the previous expectation of $6.5 to $6.9 billion to $7.2 to $7.6 billion, excluding any accounting impacts from potential lease financing.

“Over the past year, Sprint has made meaningful progress in our turnaround by improving our network performance and enhancing our overall value proposition,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “As a result, we hit significant milestones during the quarter by posting the company’s lowest-ever churn and recording postpaid phone net additions in both May and June, as well as for a third consecutive month in July. Going forward, we are confident in our plan to leverage our unique spectrum assets to make our network a competitive advantage, aggressively reduce operating costs, and utilize our business relationships and assets to fund our turnaround.”

Record Sprint Platform Postpaid Churn Highlights Continued Improvement in Customer Metrics

Sprint is improving the customer experience with better network performance and a compelling value proposition, including simple offers such as its industry-first leasing program and the recently introduced All-In Wireless plans. The company made significant progress on retaining more of its valuable postpaid customers, including a record low Sprint platform postpaid churn rate of 1.56 percent – a 49 basis point improvement year-over-year. Additionally, the company saw strong improvement in the more profitable phone customers. These trends contributed to improvement in several Sprint platform postpaid customer metrics.

  • Postpaid net additions of 310,000 compared to net losses of 181,000 in the prior year quarter – an improvement of 491,000 year-over-year.
  • Postpaid phone losses were 12,000, but for the first time in nearly two years Sprint recorded monthly postpaid phone net additions in both May and June. This marked the fifth consecutive quarter of sequential improvement and compared to losses of 620,000 in the prior year quarter. The 608,000 year-over-year improvement was driven by lower churn and a 13 percent increase in gross additions, including a 47 percent increase in gross additions with prime credit quality.
  • Net port positive for the second consecutive quarter.

The company also reported the following Sprint platform results:

  • Total net additions of 675,000 compared to net losses of 220,000 in the prior year quarter. The 895,000 year-over-year improvement was mostly driven by fewer postpaid phone customer losses.
  • Prepaid net losses of 366,000 compared to net losses of 542,000 in the prior year quarter. The 176,000 year-over-year improvement was mostly due to fewer customer losses in the Assurance brand.
  • Wholesale net additions of 731,000 compared to 503,000 in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year growth was mostly driven by connected devices.

RootScore® Awards Demonstrate Continued Progress on Network Performance; Next Evolution Underway

Sprint remained focused on building a network that delivers the consistent reliability, capacity and speed that customers demand and its progress continues to be recognized. Independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics demonstrated the company’s network improvements by awarding Sprint a total of 180 first place (outright or shared) RootScore Awards for overall, reliability, speed, data, call, or text network performance in 125 markets measured in the first half of 2015 compared to only 27 awards in the year-ago periodi.

More recently, the company announced the availability of carrier aggregation, which produces more capacity and is expected to double data speeds, addressing a key area for improvement. The company is rolling out two-channel (2x20 MHz) carrier aggregation, a feature of LTE-Advanced that combines bands of spectrum to create wider channels in the 2.5 GHz band, on select sites within various markets across the country. In addition, Sprint is one of the first operators to roll out carrier aggregation with antenna beamforming, which significantly improves customers’ experience at the cell edge. Tests by independent third parties have confirmed the performance improvements of these actions.

Sprint has made significant progress on network performance and has started the next evolution of the network. This will involve significant densification of the network including additional macro cell sites, deployment of tens of thousands of small cells, and further expansion of the 2.5 GHz spectrum across the company’s existing sites.

Closing the Gap on Distribution

To build on its recent momentum and increase customer acquisition in the future, Sprint took several actions to expand its retail distribution and close the gap with its competitors. Sprint’s total retail footprint now includes approximately 4,500 locations in the U.S.

  • Sprint-RadioShack Stores – All 1,435 co-branded stores are open and staffed with Sprint employees. The fully operational “store-within-a-store” retail model has been completed in about one quarter of the locations with the remaining expected to be complete by the end of calendar year 2015.
  • Sprint® Direct 2 You – This one-of-a-kind service, which features a Sprint expert helping customers set up a mobile device at any location the customer chooses for free, has expanded to several new major metropolitan areas across the country. The service is now available in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.
  • Dixon’s Carphone – Sprint entered into a commercial relationship with Dixon’s Carphone, a premier European consumer electronics retailer renowned for innovation in wireless retail sales, to build and operate approximately 20 new Sprint stores in select U.S. markets with potential for significant expansion.

Quarterly Financial Results

  • Net operating revenues of $8 billion decreased nine percent year-over-year, as customer shifts to rate plans associated with device financing options and postpaid phone customer losses drove lower wireless service revenues, and equipment revenues were impacted due to a shift from installment billing sales, which recognize more revenue at the point of sale, to leasing sales, which recognize revenues over time.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA* of $2.1 billion grew 14 percent from the prior year period, as expense reductions more than offset the decline in operating revenues. In spite of additional costs related to higher retail sales volumes, total expenses improved primarily due to lower cost of product expenses related to the introduction of device leasing options for which the associated cost is recorded as depreciation expense over the term of the lease, lower cost of service expenses on the wireline network, and lower wireless bad debt expense as a result of a higher mix of prime credit quality customers.
  • Operating income of $501 million was relatively flat from $519 million in the year-ago quarter as higher depreciation expenses offset the growth in Adjusted EBITDA*.
  • Net loss of $20 million, or loss per share of $.01, compared to a net income of $23 million, or earnings per share of $.01, in the year-ago period primarily due to higher interest expenses.
  • Total liquidity was $6.6 billion at the end of the quarter and the company had an additional $1.3 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be utilized toward the purchase of 2.5 GHz network equipment. Sprint has been working with Softbank and other partners in setting up a leasing company that will finance its devices leased by customers on attractive terms. These arrangements are expected to be finalized in the coming months, and Softbank is expected to be a minority equity investor in the leasing company. With additional expected expense reductions, a capital efficient deployment of the network, and funding from the proposed leasing company, Sprint currently does not expect to raise additional capital through the public debt or equity markets in the foreseeable future, nor does it currently expect to sell spectrum.

Financial Outlook

  • As a result of improved customer trends, a greater reduction in operating expenses, and a higher mix of sales on device financing options, the company is raising its outlook for fiscal year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA* from its previous expectation of $6.5 to $6.9 billion to a range of $7.2 and $7.6 billion, excluding any accounting impacts from the potential lease financing.
  • The company expects fiscal year 2015 cash capital expenditures to be approximately $5 billion, excluding the impact of leased devices sold through indirect channels. This compares to the previous expectation of accrued capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion.

Conference Call and Webcast

  • Date/Time: 8:30 a.m. (ET) Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
  • Call-in Information
    • U.S./Canada: 866-360-1063 (ID: 79004041)
    • International: 706-634-7849 (ID: 79004041)
  • Webcast available via the Internet at www.sprint.com/investors
  • Additional information about results, including the “Quarterly Investor Update,” is available on our Investor Relations website

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Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
Sprint Platform:            
Net Additions (Losses) (in thousands)            
Postpaid     310       211       (181 )
Prepaid     (366 )     546       (542 )
Wholesale and affiliate     731       492       503  
Total Sprint Platform Wireless Net Additions (Losses)     675       1,249       (220 )
             
End of Period Connections (in thousands)            
Postpaid     30,016       29,706       29,737  
Prepaid     15,340       15,706       14,715  
Wholesale and affiliate     11,456       10,725       8,879  
Total Sprint Platform End of Period Connections     56,812       56,137       53,331  
             
Churn            
Postpaid     1.56 %     1.84 %     2.05 %
Prepaid     5.08 %     3.84 %     4.44 %
             
Supplemental Data - Connected Devices            
End of Period Connections (in thousands)            
Retail postpaid     1,439       1,320       988  
Wholesale and affiliate     6,620       5,832       4,192  
Total     8,059       7,152       5,180  
             
Supplemental Data - Total Company            
End of Period Connections (in thousands)            
Sprint platform     56,812       56,137       53,331  
Transactions (1)     856       1,004       1,222  
Total     57,668       57,141       54,553  
             
Sprint Platform ARPU (a)            
Postpaid   $ 55.48     $ 56.94     $ 62.07  
Prepaid   $ 27.81     $ 27.50     $ 27.38  
             
             
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - AVERAGE BILLINGS PER USER (ABPU)* and AVERAGE BILLINGS PER ACCOUNT (ABPA)* (Unaudited)
(Millions, except ABPU*, accounts and ABPA*)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
ABPU* (b) and ABPA* (c)            
Sprint platform postpaid service revenue   $ 4,964     $ 5,049     $ 5,553  
Add: Installment plan billings and lease revenue     554       423       137  
Total for Sprint platform postpaid connections   $ 5,518     $ 5,472     $ 5,690  
             
Sprint platform postpaid ABPU*   $ 61.67     $ 61.71     $ 63.59  
             
Sprint platform postpaid accounts (in thousands)     11,175       11,199       11,753  
Sprint platform postpaid ABPA*   $ 164.63     $ 162.89     $ 161.35  
 
(a) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of connections in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect connections for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to connections, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new connections and deactivating connections.
(b) Sprint platform postpaid ABPU* is calculated by dividing service revenue earned from customers plus installment plan billings and lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of connections during the period.
(c) Sprint platform postpaid ABPA* is calculated by dividing service revenue earned from customers plus installment plan billings and lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of accounts during the period.
 
             
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)            
(Millions, except per Share Data)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
Net Operating Revenues            
Service revenue   $ 7,037     $ 7,138     $ 7,683  
Equipment revenue     990       1,144       1,106  
Total Net Operating Revenues     8,027       8,282       8,789  
Net Operating Expenses            
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)     2,393       2,381       2,520  
Cost of products (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)     1,365       1,827       2,158  
Selling, general and administrative     2,187       2,331       2,284  
Depreciation and amortization     1,588       1,454       1,281  
Other, net     (7 )     (29 )     27  
Total net operating expenses     7,526       7,964       8,270  
Operating Income     501       318       519  
Interest expense     (542 )     (523 )     (512 )
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments and other, net     4       8       1  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes     (37 )     (197 )     8  
Income tax benefit (expense)     17       (27 )     15  
Net (Loss) Income   $ (20 )   $ (224 )   $ 23  
             
Basic Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.01  
Diluted Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.01  
Basic Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding     3,967       3,962       3,945  
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding     3,967       3,962       4,002  
             
Effective Tax Rate     45.9 %     -13.7 %     -187.5 %
             
             
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET (LOSS) INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
             
Net (Loss) Income   $ (20 )   $ (224 )   $ 23  
Income tax (benefit) expense     (17 )     27       (15 )
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes     (37 )     (197 )     8  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments and other, net     (4 )     (8 )     (1 )
Interest expense     542       523       512  
Operating Income     501       318       519  
Depreciation and amortization     1,588       1,454       1,281  
EBITDA*     2,089       1,772       1,800  
Severance and exit costs (2)     13       (29 )     27  
Reduction in liability - U.S. Cellular asset acquisition (3)     (20 )     -       -  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 2,082     $ 1,743     $ 1,827  
             
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     29.6 %     24.4 %     23.8 %
             
             
Selected items:            
Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other   $ 1,802     $ 1,608     $ 1,246  
Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices   $ 544     $ 439     $ -  
             
             
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
Net Operating Revenues            
Service revenue            
Sprint platform:            
Postpaid   $ 4,964     $ 5,049     $ 5,553  
Prepaid     1,300       1,272       1,221  
Wholesale, affiliate and other     181       189       163  
Total Sprint platform     6,445       6,510       6,937  
             
Total transactions (1)     105       118       150  
Total service revenue     6,550       6,628       7,087  
             
Equipment revenue     990       1,144       1,106  
Total net operating revenues     7,540       7,772       8,193  
             
Net Operating Expenses            
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)     2,005       2,006       2,049  
Cost of products (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)     1,365       1,827       2,158  
Selling, general and administrative     2,096       2,242       2,193  
Depreciation and amortization     1,540       1,406       1,212  
Other, net     (8 )     (29 )     23  
Total net operating expenses     6,998       7,452       7,635  
Operating Income   $ 542     $ 320     $ 558  
             
             
             
             
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
             
Operating Income   $ 542     $ 320     $ 558  
Severance and exit costs (2)     12       (29 )     23  
Reduction in liability - U.S. Cellular asset acquisition (3)     (20 )     -       -  
Depreciation and amortization     1,540       1,406       1,212  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 2,074     $ 1,697     $ 1,793  
             
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     31.7 %     25.6 %     25.3 %
             
             
Selected items:            
Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other   $ 1,640     $ 1,518     $ 1,120  
Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices   $ 544     $ 439     $ -  
             
             
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
Net Operating Revenues            
Voice   $ 233     $ 264     $ 327  
Data     49       52       56  
Internet     328       335       345  
Other     20       17       18  
Total net operating revenues     630       668       746  
             
Net Operating Expenses            
Costs of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)     534       538       626  
Selling, general and administrative     87       90       85  
Depreciation and amortization     46       46       67  
Other, net     1       (2 )     4  
Total net operating expenses     668       672       782  
Operating Loss   $ (38 )   $ (4 )   $ (36 )
             
             
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
             
Operating Loss   $ (38 )   $ (4 )   $ (36 )
Severance and exit costs (2)     1       (2 )     4  
Depreciation and amortization     46       46       67  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 9     $ 40     $ 35  
             
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     1.4 %     6.0 %     4.7 %
             
             
Selected items:            
Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other   $ 68     $ 70     $ 59  
             
             
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
Operating Activities            
Net (loss) income   $ (20 )   $ (224 )   $ 23  
Depreciation and amortization     1,588       1,454       1,281  
Provision for losses on accounts receivable     163       162       225  
Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense     18       (3 )     26  
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense     (13 )     25       (23 )
Amortization of long-term debt premiums, net     (78 )     (77 )     (74 )
Other changes in assets and liabilities:            
Accounts and notes receivable     (1,683 )     712       (369 )
Inventories and other current assets     869       (529 )     (97 )
Accounts payable and other current liabilities     (867 )     (702 )     (272 )
Non-current assets and liabilities, net     83       82       (76 )
Other, net     68       76       35  
Net cash provided by operating activities     128       976       679  
             
Investing Activities            
Capital expenditures - network and other     (1,802 )     (1,608 )     (1,246 )
Capital expenditures - leased devices     (544 )     (439 )     -  
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses     (26 )     (42 )     (41 )
Reimbursements relating to FCC licenses     -       -       95  
Change in short-term investments, net     (37 )     88       (102 )
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses     1       201       20  
Other, net     (3 )     (2 )     (3 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,411 )     (1,802 )     (1,277 )
             
Financing Activities            
Proceeds from debt and financings     346       1,630       -  
Repayments of debt, financing and capital lease obligations     (26 )     (184 )     (210 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net     4       (15 )     9  
Other, net     9       (50 )     -  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     333       1,381       (201 )
             
Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (1,950 )     555       (799 )
             
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period     4,010       3,455       4,970  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period   $ 2,060     $ 4,010     $ 4,171  
             
             
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
    Quarter To Date
      6/30/15       3/31/15       6/30/14  
             
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 128     $ 976     $ 679  
             
Capital expenditures - network and other     (1,802 )     (1,608 )     (1,246 )
Capital expenditures - leased devices     (544 )     (439 )     -  
(Expenditures) reimbursements relating to FCC licenses, net     (26 )     (42 )     54  
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses     1       201       20  
Other investing activities, net     (3 )     (2 )     (3 )
Free Cash Flow*   $ (2,246 )   $ (914 )   $ (496 )
             
         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)        
(Millions)        
      6/30/15       3/31/15  
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,060     $ 4,010  
Short-term investments     203       166  
Accounts and notes receivable, net     3,813       2,290  
Device and accessory inventory     949       1,359  
Deferred tax assets     87       62  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     673       1,890  
Total current assets     7,785       9,777  
         
Property, plant and equipment, net     20,563       19,721  
Goodwill     6,575       6,575  
FCC licenses and other     40,013       39,987  
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     5,516       5,893  
Other assets     987       1,077  
Total assets   $ 81,439     $ 83,030  
         
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 3,272     $ 4,347  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     4,458       5,293  
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     1,384       1,300  
Total current liabilities     9,114       10,940  
         
Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     32,746       32,531  
Deferred tax liabilities     13,913       13,898  
Other liabilities     3,941       3,951  
Total liabilities     59,714       61,320  
         
Stockholders' equity        
Common shares     40       40  
Paid-in capital     27,492       27,468  
Treasury shares, at cost     -       (7 )
Accumulated deficit     (5,403 )     (5,383 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (404 )     (408 )
Total stockholders' equity     21,725       21,710  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 81,439     $ 83,030  
         
         
NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)        
(Millions)        
     

6/30/15

      3/31/15  
Total Debt   $ 34,130     $ 33,831  
Less: Cash and cash equivalents     (2,060 )     (4,010 )
Less: Short-term investments     (203 )     (166 )
Net Debt*   $ 31,867     $ 29,655  
         
                 
SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)                
(Millions)                
                  6/30/15

ISSUER

      COUPON   MATURITY   PRINCIPAL
Sprint Corporation                
7.25% Notes due 2021       7.250%   09/15/2021   $ 2,250
7.875% Notes due 2023       7.875%   09/15/2023     4,250
7.125% Notes due 2024       7.125%   06/15/2024     2,500
7.625% Notes due 2025       7.625%   02/15/2025     1,500
Sprint Corporation                 10,500
                 
Sprint Communications, Inc.                
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 2)       4.155%   12/15/2015     500
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 3)       3.655%   12/17/2019     300
6% Senior Notes due 2016       6.000%   12/01/2016     2,000
9.125% Senior Notes due 2017       9.125%   03/01/2017     1,000
8.375% Senior Notes due 2017       8.375%   08/15/2017     1,300
9% Guaranteed Notes due 2018       9.000%   11/15/2018     3,000
7% Guaranteed Notes due 2020       7.000%   03/01/2020     1,000
7% Senior Notes due 2020       7.000%   08/15/2020     1,500
11.5% Senior Notes due 2021       11.500%   11/15/2021     1,000
9.25% Debentures due 2022       9.250%   04/15/2022     200
6% Senior Notes due 2022       6.000%   11/15/2022     2,280
Sprint Communications, Inc.                 14,080
                 
Sprint Capital Corporation                
6.9% Senior Notes due 2019       6.900%   05/01/2019     1,729
6.875% Senior Notes due 2028       6.875%   11/15/2028     2,475
8.75% Senior Notes due 2032       8.750%   03/15/2032     2,000
Sprint Capital Corporation                 6,204
                 
Clearwire Communications LLC                
14.75% First-Priority Senior Secured Notes due 2016       14.750%   12/01/2016     300
8.25% Exchangeable Notes due 2040       8.250%   12/01/2040     629
Clearwire Communications LLC                 929
                 
Secured Equipment Credit Facilities       1.805% - 2.397%   2017 - 2022     956
                 
Tower financing obligation       6.092%   09/30/2021     261
Capital lease obligations and other           2015 - 2023     174
TOTAL PRINCIPAL                 33,104
                 
Net premiums                 1,026
TOTAL DEBT               $ 34,130
                 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)
     
(1)   Postpaid and prepaid connections from transactions are defined as retail postpaid and prepaid connections acquired from Clearwire in July 2013 who had not deactivated or been recaptured on the Sprint platform.
(2)   Severance and exit costs are primarily associated with work force reductions, access terminations and costs related to exiting certain operations of Clearwire.
(3)   As a result of the U.S. Cellular asset acquisition, we recorded a liability related to network shut-down costs, which primarily consisted of lease exit costs, for which we agreed to reimburse U.S. Cellular. During the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, we revised our estimate and, as a result, reduced the liability resulting in approximately $20 million of income.
     

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

Sprint provides financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

Sprint provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

EBITDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues for Wireless and Adjusted EBITDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and definite-lived intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

ABPU is average billings per user and calculated by dividing service revenue earned from customers plus installment plan billings and lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of connections during the period. We believe that ABPU provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management to evaluate average Sprint platform postpaid customer billings as it approximates the expected cash collections, including installment plan billings and lease revenue, per user each month.

ABPA is average billings per account and calculated by dividing service revenue earned from customers plus installment plan billings and lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of accounts during the period. We believe that ABPA provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management to evaluate average Sprint platform postpaid customer billings per account as it approximates the expected cash collections, including installment plan billings and lease revenue, per account each month.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments, including changes in restricted cash, if any, and amounts included as investments in Sprint Communications, Inc. during the period, if applicable. We believe that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations after interest and dividends, if any, and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and, if any, restricted cash. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The words “may,” “could,” “should,” “estimate,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “target,” “plan,” “providing guidance,” and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to our network, connections growth, and liquidity; and statements expressing general views about future operating results — are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management’s judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the development and deployment of new technologies and services; efficiencies and cost savings of new technologies and services; customer and network usage; connection growth and retention; service, speed, coverage and quality; availability of devices; availability of various financings, including any leasing transactions; the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date when made. Sprint undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Sprint Corporation’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of June 30, 2015 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

i Rankings based on 125 RootMetrics (January 1 – June 30, 2015) RootScore Reports for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on four mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Visit www.rootmetrics.com for more details.

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Sprint Corporation
Media:
Scott Sloat, 240-855-0164
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or
Investors:
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investor.relations@sprint.com


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