By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pascal Desroches, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of AT&T Inc.(NYSE:T), spoke today at the Bank of America Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, where he provided an update to shareholders. Desroches stated that AT&T continues its success in its market areas of 5G and fiber, as well as HBO Max. AT&T is committed to profitably growing its postpaid customer base, even though the wireless industry continues its benefits from a healthy demand backdrop. Desroches stated that AT&T’s wireless strength has been supported in part by its outstanding network quality which has increased significantly over the past several years. AT&T has the Nation’s Best 5G Network1 and, for the fourth straight year, America’s Best Wireless Network2 overall. In addition, as most recently indicated by AT&T’s second-quarter 2021 results, its revamped go-to-market strategy has enabled the company to both reduce churn and improve industry flow share, yielding materially better postpaid phone subscriber net adds versus those experienced over the last several years.
Desroches stated that the company is confident in its ability achieve its adjusted end of year incremental customer locations. This was in the 2.5 million range. AT&T experienced disruptions in its supply chain, as previously mentioned. However, at this juncture the company believes the issue has been addressed and remains comfortable in its ability to achieve its long-term guidance for 30 million locations by the end of 2025.
AT&T continues to see a healthy demand for HBO Max, both in domestic and international markets. The company recently announced its plans to expand into six European countries next month with plans to launch in at least 14 additional territories in Europe in 2022. AT&T anticipates that most of its subscriber growth in 2012 will come from outside the United States, as it has made the strategic decision not to offer HBO Max subscriptions on Amazon Channels. This decision is expected to have a significant impact on total HBO Max/ HBO domestic subscribers as well as net additions for the third quarter. However, Desroches reiterated that AT&T’s guidance for 70 million to 73 million global HBO Max and HBO subscribers by the end of 2021 factors in the impact of this decision. 3
AT&T continues to anticipate that its pending WarnerMedia-Discovery transaction will close by mid-2022. After close of that transaction and on a pro-forma basis, AT&T expects annual revenues to grow at a low single digits CAGR4 from 2022 to 2024 with annual adjusted EBITDA5 and adjusted EPS6 growing at a CAGR in the mid-single digit range. After close and subject to AT&T Board approval, the company anticipates annual dividends paid of $8 billion to $9 billion, reflecting a payout ratio of 40% to 43% on projected free cash flow of $20 billion plus in 2023. 7
1 AT&T awarded Best 5G Network by GWS OneScore 2021. GWS pays for AT&T’s driver testing and analyzes the data to determine its OneScore score. AT&T 5G requires a compatible plan and device. 5G is not available in all areas. For more information, visit att.com/5Gforyou.
2 AT&T awarded Best Network by GWS OneScore 2021. GWS pays for AT&T’s driver testing and analyzes the data to determine its OneScore score. AT&T 5G requires a compatible plan and device. 5G is not available in all areas. For more information, visit att.com/5Gforyou.
3 Global HBO Max and HBO subscribers consist of domestic and international HBO Max and HBO subscribers, and exclude free trials, basic and Cinemax subscribers.
4 Compound annual growth rate.
5 EBITDA is operating income before depreciation and amortization.
6 AT&T expects adjustments to 2021-2024 reported diluted EPS to include merger-related amortization ($4.3 billion for 2021 and approximately $1 billion per quarter in 2022 until closing of the WarnerMedia transaction), adjusted equity income, non-cash mark-to-market benefit plan gains/losses, and other items. The mark-to-market adjustments are driven by investment returns and interest rates that aren’t reasonably estimable at the moment. They are expected to be significant items. AT&T’s 2021 EPS depends on future levels of revenues and expenses and performance of our equity investment in DIRECTV which are not reasonably estimable at this time. We are unable to provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP metrics with the GAAP reported metrics without unreasonable effort.
7 Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is frequently used by investors and credit rating agencies to provide relevant and useful information. Free cash flow refers to cash from operating activities less capital expenditures. AT&T will include cash distributions from DIRECTV as part of its Free Cash Flow. The company cannot provide an accurate reconciliation between the projected free cash flow and the most comparable GAAP measurement due to the high variability and difficulty of predicting the impact of capital expenditures and operating activities.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across mobile and broadband. It also offers high-speed, highly secured connectivity and smart solutions for nearly 3 million businesses customers. WarnerMedia is a media and entertainment company. It creates and distributes popular and premium content worldwide through its consumer brands. These include: HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros., TNT and TBS, Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Xandr, which is now part of WarnerMedia provides marketers with relevant and innovative advertising solutions for consumers about premium video content and digital advertisement through its platform. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 10 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean and wireless services to consumers and businesses in Mexico.
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