• Net Operating Revenue of $8.5 billion; Operating Loss of $192 million and Adjusted EBITDA* of nearly $1.4 billion
  • Total Sprint platform net additions of 590,000
    • Postpaid net losses of 272,000
    • Prepaid net additions of 35,000
    • Wholesale net additions of 827,000
  • Brand repositioned as the Best Value in Wireless
    • Postpaid phone gross additions grew 37 percent month-over-month in September and increased year-over-year for the first time in 2014
  • Continued improvement in network performance and 4G LTE expansion
    • Recent studies by RootMetrics® see improvement in data network reliability and speeds from a year ago
    • Sprint received 94 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for reliability, call and/or text performance in cities across the country1
    • 4G LTE coverage expands to 260 million people
November 03, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 03, 2014 - Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) today reported operating results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, including consolidated net operating revenues of $8.5 billion, an operating loss of $192 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* of nearly $1.4 billion. These results occurred during a transitional quarter for the company, as Marcelo Claure was appointed the new president and chief executive officer in mid-August.

“We have started a transformational journey,” said Claure. “While the company continues to face headwinds, we have begun the first phase of our plan and are encouraged with the early results. Every day we are focused on improving our standing with consumers, improving our network and controlling our costs.”

Taking Actions to Improve the Business

Entering the quarter, the company faced challenges related to competitive positioning and adverse impacts to the customer experience resulting from its comprehensive network upgrade efforts over the last several quarters. As a result, the company has incurred losses of postpaid phone customers that are pressuring revenue trends. To address these challenges and begin to improve the performance trajectory, the company has initiated its transformation plan with a focus on four key areas.

  • Competitive Value Proposition
    During the quarter, the Sprint brand was repositioned with the launch of compelling new price plans and promotions designed to deliver the Best Value in Wireless.
    • Sprint Unlimited Plans offer the best value for individuals and couples at $50–$60/month per line.
    • Sprint Family Share Pack offers the best value for families and doubles the data of national competitors.
    • Sprint Business Share Plans offer lower rates and more data than national competitors’ smartphone plans.
    • Industry-first iPhone for Life leasing plan offers the lowest total cost of iPhone ownership for consumers starting at only $20/month.
  • Network
    • The company is focused on delivering a consistent, reliable network experience with competitive voice performance, data capacity to meet growing customer demand and improved coverage.
    • Deployment of Sprint’s multi-band 4G LTE service offering continues, with emphasis on completing the build out of the 800 MHz spectrum and expanding the 2.5 GHz spectrum coverage.
  • Cost Optimization
    • Sprint is undertaking a comprehensive review of all expenses to optimize its cost structure and is targeting $1.5 billion of annualized cost reductions compared to 2014 spending levels.
    • As part of the cost reduction efforts, the company is announcing additional headcount reductions of approximately 2,000 positions. Inclusive of recent work force actions, total labor cost is expected to decline $400 million on an annualized basis which will include internal and external labor costs.
  • People
    • The company has launched a management review and will seek to grow its leadership talent with a combination of internal candidates, new outside talent and SoftBank Group Corp resources.

Early Market Results.

Early reaction to Sprint’s new positioning and offers is encouraging.

  • Postpaid phone gross additions grew 37 percent month-over-month in September and increased year-over-year for the first time in 2014.
  • Sprint platform postpaid phone net losses slowed by nearly 60 percent in September.
  • Sprint achieved its most successful iPhone launch in company history with record sales volumes.

“While we are pleased to see customers respond to our new value proposition, we must continue to take bold actions to reach our goal of returning to growth in postpaid phone customers,” added Claure. “By improving our competitive position and driving costs out of the business, we plan to deliver long-term value creation.”

Network Deployment Continues and Performance Improves

  • 4G LTE coverage expanded to 260 million people.
  • 2.5 GHz LTE deployment now covers 92 million people and remains on track to hit 100 million by the end of the year.
  • Sprint’s network recently received 94 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for reliability, call and/or text performance in cities across the country, according to recent reports by RootMetrics®.

“In RootMetrics recent studies of many top population metro areas we’ve seen improvements in Sprint’s data network reliability and speeds from a year ago,” says Bill Moore, CEO of RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics company. “This is good news for Sprint’s customers in these areas, who are benefiting from investments that Sprint has made in these markets.”

Quarterly Financial Results

  • Operating loss was $192 million compared to an operating loss of $398 million in the year-ago quarter primarily driven by lower depreciation and amortization as the year-ago period included accelerated depreciation related to CDMA assets.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA* of nearly $1.4 billion grew 3 percent over the prior year period, driven by double-digit growth within the Wireless segment. Wireless Adjusted EBITDA* of $1.37 billion increased 14 percent from the prior year period, as cost reductions across the business offset lower service revenues driven primarily by continued postpaid phone customer losses. Lower cost of service expenses related to the completion of the 3G and voice network replacement, lower net subsidy costs from the introduction of installment billing plans, and lower customer care and selling costs all contributed to the year-over-year growth.
  • Sprint platform net additions were 590,000, mostly driven by strong wholesale net additions.
  • Postpaid tablet net additions were 261,000 in the quarter, while phone losses were 500,000 and other device losses were 33,000.
  • Sprint had 55 million connections at the end of the quarter.

Updated Outlook

  • Given the success of the new offers, the company expects increased selling costs associated with significantly higher gross additions and upgrade volumes in the fiscal third quarter of 2014. In addition, the significant loss of postpaid phone customers over the last few quarters has pressured wireless service revenue, and this trend is expected to continue into the next quarter. Therefore, Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA* is expected to be $5.8 billion to $5.9 billion for calendar year 2014.
  • The company still expects to meet its 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz deployment targets for the year, and now expects capital expenditures to be under $6 billion for calendar year 2014.

Conference Call and Webcast

  • Date/Time: November 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Call-in Information
    • U.S./Canada: 866-360-1063 (ID: 96625910)
    • International: 706-634-7849 (ID: 96625910)
  • 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

Contact Information

Financial results in the enclosed tables include a predecessor period for the quarter ending September 30, 2013 related to the results of operations of Sprint Communications, Inc. (formerly Sprint Nextel) prior to the closing of the SoftBank Group Corp transaction on July 10, 2013, and the applicable successor periods. In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful comparison of the year-over-year quarterly results, we have combined the calendar third quarter 2013 results of operations for the predecessor and successor periods. The enclosed remarks relating to calendar third quarter of 2013 are in reference to an unaudited combined period, unless otherwise noted. For additional information, please reference the section titled Financial Measures. Trended financial performance metrics on a combined basis can also be found at our Investor Relations website at www.sprint.com/investors.

                     
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)                    
    Quarter To Date   Year To Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13
Net Additions (Losses) (in thousands)                    
Sprint platform:                    
Postpaid (2)   (272 )   (181 )   (360 )   (453 )   (166 )
Prepaid (3)   35     (542 )   84     (507 )   (402 )
Wholesale and affiliate   827     503     181     1,330     (47 )
Total Sprint platform   590     (220 )   (95 )   370     (615 )
Nextel platform:                    
Postpaid (2)   -     -     -     -     (1,060 )
Prepaid (3)   -     -     -     -     (255 )
Total Nextel platform   -     -     -     -     (1,315 )
Transactions:                    
Postpaid (2)   (64 )   (64 )   (175 )   (128 )   (354 )
Prepaid (3)   (55 )   (77 )   (56 )   (132 )   (76 )
Wholesale   13     27     13     40     13  
Total transactions   (106 )   (114 )   (218 )   (220 )   (417 )
                     
Total retail postpaid net losses   (336 )   (245 )   (535 )   (581 )   (1,580 )
Total retail prepaid net (losses) additions   (20 )   (619 )   28     (639 )   (733 )
Total wholesale and affiliate net additions (losses)   840     530     194     1,370     (34 )
Total Wireless Net Additions (Losses)   484     (334 )   (313 )   150     (2,347 )
                     
End of Period Connections (in thousands)                    
Sprint platform:                    
Postpaid (2)   29,465     29,737     30,091     29,465     30,091  
Prepaid (3)   14,750     14,715     15,299     14,750     15,299  
Wholesale and affiliate   9,706     8,879     7,862     9,706     7,862  
Total Sprint platform   53,921     53,331     53,252     53,921     53,252  
Nextel platform:                    
Postpaid (2)   -     -     -     -     -  
Prepaid (3)   -     -     -     -     -  
Total Nextel platform   -     -     -     -     -  
Transactions: (a)                    
Postpaid (2)   458     522     815     458     815  
Prepaid (3)   418     473     704     418     704  
Wholesale   240     227     106     240     106  
Total transactions   1,116     1,222     1,625     1,116     1,625  
                     
Total retail postpaid end of period connections   29,923     30,259     30,906     29,923     30,906  
Total retail prepaid end of period connections   15,168     15,188     16,003     15,168     16,003  
Total wholesale and affiliate end of period connections   9,946     9,106     7,968     9,946     7,968  
Total End of Period Connections   55,037     54,553     54,877     55,037     54,877  
                     
Supplemental Data - Connected Devices                    
End of Period Connections (in thousands)                    
Retail postpaid   1,039     988     834     1,039     834  
Wholesale and affiliate   4,635     4,192     3,298     4,635     3,298  
Total   5,674     5,180     4,132     5,674     4,132  
                     
                     
Churn                    
Sprint platform:                    
Postpaid   2.18 %   2.05 %   1.99 %   2.12 %   1.91 %
Prepaid   3.76 %   4.44 %   3.57 %   4.10 %   4.41 %
Nextel platform:                    
Postpaid   -     -     -     -     33.90 %
Prepaid   -     -     -     -     32.13 %
Transactions: (a)                    
Postpaid   4.66 %   4.15 %   6.38 %   4.39 %   9.47 %
Prepaid   5.70 %   6.28 %   8.84 %   6.01 %   9.15 %
                     
Total retail postpaid churn   2.22 %   2.09 %   2.09 %   2.16 %   2.36 %
Total retail prepaid churn   3.81 %   4.50 %   3.78 %   4.16 %   4.64 %
                     
Nextel Platform Connection Recaptures                    
Connections (in thousands) (4):                    
Postpaid   -     -     -     -     364  
Prepaid   -     -     -     -     101  
Rate (5):                    
Postpaid   -     -     -     -     34 %
Prepaid   -     -     -     -     39 %
                               

(a) We acquired approximately 352,000 postpaid connections and 59,000 prepaid connections through the acquisition of assets from U.S. Cellular when the transaction closed on May 17, 2013. We acquired approximately 788,000 postpaid connections, 721,000 prepaid connections, 93,000 wholesale connections and transferred 29,000 Sprint wholesale connections that were originally recognized through our Clearwire MVNO arrangement to Transactions postpaid connections as a result of the Clearwire acquisition when the transaction closed on July 9, 2013.

                                 
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited) (continued)
             
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  10 Days

Ended

  101 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
ARPU (b)                                    
Sprint platform:                                    
Postpaid   $ 60.58   $ 62.07   $ 64.24   $ 61.33   $ 64.24   $ 64.71   $ 64.25   $ 64.28   $ 64.24
Prepaid   $ 27.19   $ 27.38   $ 25.14   $ 27.28   $ 25.14   $ 26.99   $ 26.96   $ 25.33   $ 26.16
Nextel platform:                                    
Postpaid   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 36.66   $ -   $ 36.66
Prepaid   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 34.48   $ -   $ 34.48
Transactions: (a)                                    
Postpaid   $ 39.69   $ 39.16   $ 37.44   $ 39.41   $ 37.44   $ 35.75   $ 56.98   $ 40.00   $ 43.03
Prepaid   $ 45.52   $ 45.15   $ 40.62   $ 45.32   $ 40.62   $ 12.78   $ 18.26   $ 43.20   $ 42.28
                                     
Total retail postpaid ARPU   $ 60.24   $ 61.65   $ 63.48   $ 60.95   $ 63.48   $ 64.55   $ 63.68   $ 63.69   $ 63.64
Total retail prepaid ARPU   $ 27.73   $ 27.97   $ 25.86   $ 27.85   $ 25.86   $ 26.96   $ 27.01   $ 26.04   $ 26.53
                                                       

(a) We acquired approximately 352,000 postpaid connections and 59,000 prepaid connections through the acquisition of assets from U.S. Cellular when the transaction closed on May 17, 2013. We acquired approximately 788,000 postpaid connections, 721,000 prepaid connections, 93,000 wholesale connections and transferred 29,000 Sprint wholesale connections that were originally recognized through our Clearwire MVNO arrangement to Transactions postpaid connections as a result of the Clearwire acquisition when the transaction closed on July 9, 2013.

(b) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the 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. Combined ARPU for the quarter-to-date September 30, 2013 period aggregate service revenue of ten days ended July 10, 2013 predecessor period and the quarter-to-date September 30, 2013 successor period divided by the sum of the average connections during the quarter. Combined ARPU for the year-to-date September 30, 2013 period aggregate service revenue of the 101 days ended July 10, 2013 predecessor period and the year-to-date September 30, 2013 successor period divided by the sum of the average connections during the year-to-date period.

                         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                        
(Millions, except per Share Data)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  10 Days

Ended

  101 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
                                     
Net Operating Revenues   $ 8,488     $ 8,789     $ 7,749     $ 17,277     $ 7,749     $ 932     $ 9,809     $ 8,681     $ 17,558  
Net Operating Expenses                                    
Cost of services     2,429       2,520       2,470       4,949       2,470       286       3,033       2,756       5,503  
Cost of products     2,372       2,158       1,872       4,530       1,872       281       2,579       2,153       4,451  
Selling, general and administrative     2,301       2,284       2,259       4,585       2,281       289       2,731       2,548       5,012  
Depreciation and amortization     1,294       1,281       1,403       2,575       1,403       121       1,753       1,524       3,156  
Other, net     284       27       103       311       103       (5 )     627       98       730  
Total net operating expenses     8,680       8,270       8,107       16,950       8,129       972       10,723       9,079       18,852  
Operating (Loss) Income     (192 )     519       (358 )     327       (380 )     (40 )     (914 )     (398 )     (1,294 )
Interest expense     (510 )     (512 )     (416 )     (1,022 )     (416 )     (275 )     (703 )     (691 )     (1,119 )
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments and other, net     8       1       165       9       12       2,905       2,665       3,070       2,677  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes     (694 )     8       (609 )     (686 )     (784 )     2,590       1,048       1,981       264  
Income tax (expense) benefit     (71 )     15       (90 )     (56 )     (29 )     (1,508 )     (1,563 )     (1,598 )     (1,592 )
Net (Loss) Income   $ (765 )   $ 23     $ (699 )   $ (742 )   $ (813 )   $ 1,082     $ (515 )   $ 383     $ (1,328 )
                                     
Basic Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share   $ (0.19 )   $ 0.01     $ (0.18 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.24 )   $ 0.35     $ (0.17 )     NM       NM  
Diluted Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share   $ (0.19 )   $ 0.01     $ (0.18 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.24 )   $ 0.30     $ (0.17 )     NM       NM  
Basic Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding     3,949       3,945       3,802       3,947       3,439       3,086       3,038       NM       NM  
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding     3,949       4,002       3,802       3,947       3,439       3,640       3,038       NM       NM  
                                     
Effective Tax Rate     -10.2 %     -187.5 %     -14.8 %     -8.2 %     -3.7 %     58.2 %     149.1 %     NM       NM  
                                     
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET (LOSS) INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)                        
(Millions)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  10 Days

Ended

  101 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
                                     
Net (Loss) Income   $ (765 )   $ 23     $ (699 )   $ (742 )   $ (813 )   $ 1,082     $ (515 )   $ 383     $ (1,328 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     71       (15 )     90       56       29       1,508       1,563       1,598       1,592  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes     (694 )     8       (609 )     (686 )     (784 )     2,590       1,048       1,981       264  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments and other, net     (8 )     (1 )     (165 )     (9 )     (12 )     (2,905 )     (2,665 )     (3,070 )     (2,677 )
Interest expense     510       512       416       1,022       416       275       703       691       1,119  
Operating (Loss) Income     (192 )     519       (358 )     327       (380 )     (40 )     (914 )     (398 )     (1,294 )
Depreciation and amortization     1,294       1,281       1,403       2,575       1,403       121       1,753       1,524       3,156  
EBITDA*     1,102       1,800       1,045       2,902       1,023       81       839       1,126       1,862  
Severance and exit costs (6)     284       27       103       311       103       (5 )     627       98       730  
Business combinations (7)     -       -       100       -       100       19       53       119       153  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 1,386     $ 1,827     $ 1,248     $ 3,213     $ 1,226     $ 95     $ 1,519     $ 1,343     $ 2,745  
                                     
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     18.6 %     23.8 %     17.5 %     21.2 %     17.2 %     11.1 %     17.0 %     16.8 %     17.1 %
                                     
                                     
Selected items:                                    
Increase (Decrease) in deferred tax asset valuation allowance   $ 324     $ (27 )   $ 327     $ 297     $ 327     $ 524     $ 1,145     $ 851     $ 1,472  
Accrued capital expenditures   $ 1,517     $ 1,416     $ 1,666     $ 2,933     $ 1,666     $ 175     $ 2,072     $ 1,841     $ 3,738  
Cash paid for capital expenditures   $ 1,143     $ 1,246     $ 1,878     $ 2,389     $ 1,878     $ 188     $ 1,759     $ 2,066     $ 3,637  
                             
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                            
(Millions)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Year   Year           Quarter   Year
    To   To   To   To   To   10 Days   101 Days   To   To
    Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Ended   Ended   Date   Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
Net Operating Revenues                                    
Service revenue                                    
Sprint platform:                                    
Postpaid (2)   $ 5,377     $ 5,553     $ 5,201     $ 10,930     $ 5,201     $ 634     $ 6,469     $ 5,835     $ 11,670  
Prepaid (3)     1,197       1,221       1,028       2,418       1,028       132       1,408       1,160       2,436  
Wholesale, affiliate and other     181       163       116       344       116       15       146       131       262  
Total Sprint platform     6,755       6,937       6,345       13,692       6,345       781       8,023       7,126       14,368  
Nextel platform:                                    
Postpaid (2)     -       -       -       -       -       -       74       -       74  
Prepaid (3)     -       -       -       -       -       -       17       -       17  
Total Nextel platform     -       -       -       -       -       -       91       -       91  
Transactions:                                    
Postpaid (2)     58       65       89       123       89       2       26       91       115  
Prepaid (3)     61       69       81       130       81       1       2       82       83  
Wholesale     16       16       8       32       8       -       -       8       8  
Total transactions     135       150       178       285       178       3       28       181       206  
                                     
Equipment revenue     1,039       1,106       636       2,145       636       74       894       710       1,530  
Total net operating revenues     7,929       8,193       7,159       16,122       7,159       858       9,036       8,017       16,195  
                                     
Net Operating Expenses                                    
Cost of services     1,988       2,049       2,087       4,037       2,087       240       2,532       2,327       4,619  
Cost of products     2,372       2,158       1,872       4,530       1,872       281       2,579       2,153       4,451  
Selling, general and administrative     2,199       2,193       2,100       4,392       2,100       256       2,550       2,356       4,650  
Depreciation and amortization     1,232       1,212       1,338       2,444       1,338       110       1,636       1,448       2,974  
Other, net     248       23       93       271       93       (5 )     627       88       720  
Total net operating expenses     8,039       7,635       7,490       15,674       7,490       882       9,924       8,372       17,414  
Operating (Loss) Income   $ (110 )   $ 558     $ (331 )   $ 448     $ (331 )   $ (24 )   $ (888 )   $ (355 )   $ (1,219 )
                                     
Supplemental Revenue Data                                    
Total retail service revenue   $ 6,693     $ 6,908     $ 6,399     $ 13,601     $ 6,399     $ 769     $ 7,996     $ 7,168     $ 14,395  
Total service revenue   $ 6,890     $ 7,087     $ 6,523     $ 13,977     $ 6,523     $ 784     $ 8,142     $ 7,307     $ 14,665  
                                     
                                     
                                     
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                                    
(Millions)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Year   Year           Quarter   Year
    To   To   To   To   To   10 Days   101 Days   To   To
    Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Ended   Ended   Date   Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
                                     
Operating (Loss) Income   $ (110 )   $ 558     $ (331 )   $ 448     $ (331 )   $ (24 )   $ (888 )   $ (355 )   $ (1,219 )
Severance and exit costs (6)     248       23       93       271       93       (5 )     627       88       720  
Business combinations (7)     -       -       25       -       25       -       -       25       25  
Depreciation and amortization     1,232       1,212       1,338       2,444       1,338       110       1,636       1,448       2,974  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 1,370     $ 1,793     $ 1,125     $ 3,163     $ 1,125     $ 81     $ 1,375     $ 1,206     $ 2,500  
                                     
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     19.9 %     25.3 %     17.2 %     22.6 %     17.2 %     10.3 %     16.9 %     16.5 %     17.0 %
                                     
                                     
Selected items:                                    
Accrued capital expenditures   $ 1,354     $ 1,276     $ 1,527     $ 2,630     $ 1,527     $ 156     $ 1,884     $ 1,683     $ 3,411  
Cash paid for capital expenditures   $ 989     $ 1,120     $ 1,743     $ 2,109     $ 1,743     $ 167     $ 1,570     $ 1,910     $ 3,313  
                                                                         
                             
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                            
(Millions)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Year   Year           Quarter   Year
    To   To   To   To   To   10 Days   101 Days   To   To
    Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Ended   Ended   Date   Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
Net Operating Revenues                                    
Voice   $ 294     $ 327     $ 333     $ 621     $ 333     $ 42     $ 419     $ 375     $ 752  
Data     53       56       57       109       57       7       94       64       151  
Internet     340       345       373       685       373       47       479       420       852  
Other     21       18       14       39       14       2       16       16       30  
Total net operating revenues     708       746       777       1,454       777       98       1,008       875       1,785  
                                     
Net Operating Expenses                                    
Costs of services and products     593       626       576       1,219       576       72       741       648       1,317  
Selling, general and administrative     88       85       84       173       84       11       123       95       207  
Depreciation and amortization     60       67       61       127       61       10       115       71       176  
Other, net     35       4       10       39       10       -       -       10       10  
Total net operating expenses     776       782       731       1,558       731       93       979       824       1,710  
Operating (Loss) Income   $ (68 )   $ (36 )   $ 46     $ (104 )   $ 46     $ 5     $ 29     $ 51     $ 75  
                                     
                                     
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                                    
(Millions)                                    
    Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)
    Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Year   Year           Quarter   Year
    To   To   To   To   To   10 Days   101 Days   To   To
    Date   Date   Date  

Date

  Date   Ended   Ended   Date   Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
                                     
Operating (Loss) Income   $ (68 )   $ (36 )   $ 46     $ (104 )   $ 46     $ 5     $ 29     $ 51     $ 75  
Severance and exit costs (6)     35       4       10       39       10       -       -       10       10  
Depreciation and amortization     60       67       61       127       61       10       115       71       176  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 27     $ 35     $ 117     $ 62     $ 117     $ 15     $ 144     $ 132     $ 261  
                                     
Adjusted EBITDA Margin*     3.8 %     4.7 %     15.1 %     4.3 %     15.1 %     15.3 %     14.3 %     15.1 %     14.6 %
                                     
                                     
Selected items:                                    
Accrued capital expenditures   $ 74     $ 66     $ 73     $ 140     $ 73     $ 11     $ 104     $ 84     $ 177  
Cash paid for capital expenditures   $ 65     $ 59     $ 73     $ 124     $ 73     $ 10     $ 110     $ 83     $ 183  
                                     
                 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)                
(Millions)  

Successor

 

Predecessor

  Combined (1)
    Year   Year       Year
    To   To   101 Days   To
    Date   Date   Ended   Date
    9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   9/30/13
Operating Activities                
Net loss   $ (742 )   $ (813 )   $ (515 )   $ (1,328 )
Depreciation and amortization     2,575       1,403       1,753       3,156  
Provision for losses on accounts receivable     493       119       111       230  
Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense     65       58       20       78  
Deferred income tax expense     28       23       1,562       1,585  
Gain on previously-held equity interests     -       -       (2,926 )     (2,926 )
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments, net     -       -       280       280  
Interest expense related to beneficial conversion feature on convertible bond     -       -       247       247  
Contribution to pension plan     (22 )     -       -       -  
Amortization and accretion of long-term debt premiums and discounts     (149 )     (86 )     (5 )     (91 )
Other working capital changes, net     (480 )     33       1,004       1,037  
Other, net     (61 )     (35 )     200       165  
Net cash provided by operating activities     1,707       702       1,731       2,433  
                 
Investing Activities                
Capital expenditures     (2,389 )     (1,878 )     (1,759 )     (3,637 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses     (79 )     (31 )     (70 )     (101 )
Reimbursements relating to FCC licenses     95       -       -       -  
Change in short-term investments, net     53       (336 )     869       533  
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     -       (14,112 )     (4,039 )     (18,151 )
Increase in restricted cash     -       (3,050 )     -       (3,050 )
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities)     -       -       (228 )     (228 )
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses     101       3       4       7  
Other, net     (6 )     (3 )     (4 )     (7 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,225 )     (19,407 )     (5,227 )     (24,634 )
                 
Financing Activities                
Proceeds from debt and financings     -       6,826       -       6,826  
Debt financing costs     -       (107 )     (1 )     (108 )
Repayments of debt, financing and capital lease obligations     (363 )     (497 )     (303 )     (800 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net     46       18,552       53       18,605  
Other, net     -       (14 )     -       (14 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (317 )     24,760       (251 )     24,509  
                 
Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (835 )     6,055       (3,747 )     2,308  
                 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period     4,970       3       6,275       3,750  
                 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period   $ 4,135     $ 6,058     $ 2,528     $ 6,058  
                                 
                                       
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)              
                                       
(Millions)   Successor   Predecessor   Combined (1)  
    Quarter   Quarter   Quarter   Year   Year           Quarter   Year
    To   To   To   To   To   10 Days   101 Days   To   To
    Date   Date   Date   Date   Date   Ended   Ended   Date   Date
    9/30/14   6/30/14   9/30/13   9/30/14   9/30/13   7/10/13   7/10/13   9/30/13   9/30/13
                                       
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 1,028     $ 679     $ 694     $ 1,707     $ 702     $ 496     $ 1,731     $ 1,190     $ 2,433    
                                       
Capital expenditures     (1,143 )     (1,246 )     (1,878 )     (2,389 )     (1,878 )     (188 )     (1,759 )     (2,066 )     (3,637 )  
(Expenditures) Reimbursements relating to FCC licenses, net     (38 )     54       (31 )     16       (31 )     (2 )     (70 )     (33 )     (101 )  
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses     81       20       3       101       3       -       4       3       7    
Other investing activities, net     (3 )     (3 )     (3 )     (6 )     (3 )     -       (4 )     (3 )     (7 )  
Free Cash Flow*     (75 )     (496 )     (1,215 )     (571 )     (1,207 )     306       (98 )     (909 )     (1,305 )  
                                       
Debt financing costs     -       -       (107 )     -       (107 )     -       (1 )     (107 )     (108 )  
(Decrease) increase in debt and other, net     (153 )     (210 )     6,329       (363 )     6,329       -       (303 )     6,329       6,026    
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     -       -       (14,112 )     -       (14,112 )     (3,530 )     (4,039 )     (17,642 )     (18,151 )  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net     37       9       18,552       46       18,552       9       53       18,561       18,605    
Increase in restricted cash     -       -       (3,050 )     -       (3,050 )     -       -       (3,050 )     (3,050 )  
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities)     -       -       -       -       -       (68 )     (228 )     (68 )     (228 )  
Other financing activities, net     -       -       (14 )     -       (14 )     -       -       (14 )     (14 )  

Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and

Short-Term Investments

  $ (191 )   $ (697 )   $ 6,383     $ (888 )   $ 6,391     $ (3,283 )   $ (4,616 )   $ 3,100     $ 1,775    
                                       
         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)        
(Millions)        
    Successor
    9/30/14   3/31/14
Assets        
Current assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,135     $ 4,970  
Short-term investments     1,167       1,220  
Accounts and notes receivable, net     3,942       3,607  
Device and accessory inventory     1,124       982  
Deferred tax assets     90       128  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     812       672  
Total current assets     11,270       11,579  
         
Investments and other assets     1,044       892  
Property, plant and equipment, net     17,557       16,299  
Goodwill     6,343       6,383  
FCC licenses and other     41,800       41,978  
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     6,696       7,558  
Total   $ 84,710     $ 84,689  
         
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 4,351     $ 3,163  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     5,439       5,544  
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     808       991  
Total current liabilities     10,598       9,698  
         
Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     31,458       31,787  
Deferred tax liabilities     14,331       14,207  
Other liabilities     3,660       3,685  
Total liabilities     60,047       59,377  
         
Stockholders’ equity        
Common shares     40       39  
Paid-in capital     27,453       27,354  
Accumulated deficit     (2,780 )     (2,038 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (50 )     (43 )
Total stockholders’ equity     24,663       25,312  
Total   $ 84,710     $ 84,689  
         
         
         
NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)        
(Millions)        
    Successor
    9/30/14   3/31/14
         
Total Debt   $ 32,266     $ 32,778  
Less: Cash and cash equivalents     (4,135 )     (4,970 )
Less: Short-term investments     (1,167 )     (1,220 )
Net Debt*   $ 26,964     $ 26,588  
         
             
SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)            
(Millions)            
            9/30/14

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
Sprint Corporation             9,000
             
Sprint Communications, Inc.            
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 2)   3 .580%   12/15/2015     500
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.             13,780
             
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
             
EKN Secured Equipment Facility ($1 Billion)   2 .030%   03/30/2017     635
             
Tower financing obligation   6 .092%   09/30/2021     301
Capital lease obligations and other       2015 - 2023     158
TOTAL PRINCIPAL             31,007
             
Net premiums             1,259

TOTAL DEBT

          $ 32,266
             
 
Supplemental information:
The Company had $2.4 billion of borrowing capacity available under our unsecured revolving bank credit facility as of September 30, 2014. Our unsecured revolving bank credit facility expires in February 2018.
 
In May 2012, certain of our subsidiaries entered into a $1.0 billion secured equipment credit facility to finance equipment-related purchases from Ericsson for Network Vision. The facility was fully drawn at the end of 2013, and a balance of $635 million principal amount was outstanding as of September 30, 2014. Repayments of remaining principal are due semi-annually in equal installments, along with corresponding payments of interest and fees, each March and September, with the final payment due upon maturity in March of 2017.
 
 
NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)
     
(1)   Financial results include a Predecessor period from January 1, 2012, through the closing of the SoftBank Group Corp transaction on July 10, 2013, and a Successor period from October 5, 2012 through December 31, 2013. In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful calendar period-to-period comparison, we have combined results of operations and cash flows for the Predecessor and Successor periods for the three and six-month periods ended September 30, 2013. (See Financial Measures for further information).
     
(2)   Postpaid connections on the Sprint platform are defined as retail postpaid devices with an active line of service on the CDMA network, including connections utilizing WiMax and LTE technology. Postpaid connections previously on the Nextel platform are defined as retail postpaid connections on the iDEN network, which was shut-down on June 30, 2013. Postpaid connections from transactions are defined as retail postpaid connections acquired from U.S. Cellular in May 2013 and Clearwire in July 2013 who had not deactivated or been recaptured on the Sprint platform. The Sprint platform connections results included approximately 261,000, 535,000 and 54,000 tablet net adds during the September 30, 2014, June 30, 2014, and September 30, 2013 quarter-to-date periods, respectively, which generally generate a significantly lower ARPU than other postpaid connections.
     
(3)   Prepaid connections on the Sprint platform are defined as retail prepaid connections and session-based tablet users who utilize the CDMA network and WiMax and LTE technology via our multi-brand offerings. Prepaid connections previously on the Nextel platform are defined as retail prepaid connections who utilized the iDEN network, which was shut-down on June 30, 2013. Prepaid connections from transactions are defined as retail prepaid connections acquired from U.S. Cellular in May 2013 and Clearwire in July 2013 who had not deactivated or been recaptured on the Sprint platform.
     
(4)   Nextel Connections Recaptures are defined as the number of connections that deactivated service from the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during each period but remained with the Company as connections on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively. Connections that deactivated service from the Nextel platform and activated service on the Sprint platform are included in the Sprint platform net additions for the applicable period.
     
(5)   The Postpaid and Prepaid Nextel Recapture Rates are defined as the portion of total connections that left the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during the period and were retained on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively.
     
(6)   Severance and exit costs are primarily associated with work force reductions and exit costs associated with the Nextel platform and those related to exiting certain operations of Clearwire.
     
(7)   For the second and first quarters of fiscal year 2013, included in selling, general and administrative expenses are fees paid to unrelated parties necessary for the transactions with SoftBank Group Corp and our acquisition of Clearwire.
     

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

On July 9, 2013, Sprint Communications, Inc. (formerly Sprint Nextel Corporation) completed its acquisition of Clearwire. On July 10, 2013 we consummated the SoftBank Group Corp Merger with Starburst II, which immediately changed its name to Sprint Corporation (now referred to as the Company or Sprint). As a result of these transactions, the assets and liabilities of Sprint Communications, Inc. and Clearwire were adjusted to fair value on the respective closing dates. The Company’s financial statement presentations herein distinguish between a predecessor period relating to Sprint Communications, Inc. for periods prior to the SoftBank Group Corp Merger (Predecessor) and a successor period (Successor). The Successor information represents Sprint Corporation, which includes the activity and accounts of Sprint Communications, Inc. as of and for the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2014 and September 30, 2013 and the three month period ended June 30, 2014. The accounts and activity for the successor periods from October 5, 2012 (date of inception) to December 31, 2012 and from January 1, 2013 to July 10, 2013 consist of the activity of Starburst II prior to the close of the SoftBank Group Corp Merger. The Predecessor information contained herein represents the historical basis of presentation for Sprint Communications, Inc. for all periods prior to the SoftBank Group Corp Merger date on July 10, 2013. As a result of the valuation of assets acquired and liabilities assumed at fair value at the time of the SoftBank Group Corp Merger and Clearwire Acquisition, the financial statements for the successor period are presented on a measurement basis different than the predecessor period, which was Sprint Communication Inc.’s historical cost, and are, therefore, not comparable.

In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful calendar period-to-period comparison, we have combined the current and prior year results of operations for the predecessor with successor results of operations on an unaudited combined basis. The combined information for the three and six-month periods ended September 30, 2013 does not purport to represent what our consolidated results of operations would have been if the acquisition had occurred as of the beginning of 2013.

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. Other than the use of non-GAAP combined results as described above, 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, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, spectrum acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. 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.

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 Clearwire and 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 ability to operationalize the anticipated benefits from the SoftBank Group Corp and Clearwire transactions, the development and deployment of new technologies; 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; 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 Transition Report on Form 10-K for the period ended March 31, 2014. 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 55 million connections as of September 30, 2014 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.

1 Rankings based on applicable RootMetrics Metro RootScore® Reports for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on 4 mobile networks across all available network types (January 2014 – October 2014). The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See www.rootmetrics.com for details.

 

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