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Press Release -- March 31st, 2010
Source: XO Holdings
Tags: CLEC, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Private Line, VoIP, Wavelength

XO Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Financial Results

Press Release Source: XO Holdings On Wednesday March 31, 2010, 4:12 pm EDT

HERNDON, VA–(Marketwire – 03/31/10) – XO Holdings, Inc. (OTC.BB:XOHONews) today announced its 2009 fourth quarter and full year financial and operational results, reporting year-over-year growth in adjusted EBITDA and net income.

Total revenue for 2009 was $1.5 billion, an increase of $43.7 million, or 3.0%, compared to 2008. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) increased 38.7% to $152.6 million for the full year 2009, compared to $110.0 million for 2008. Loss from operations for 2009 was $47.2 million, compared to $84.8 million in 2008. The company recognized a net income of $21.8 million in 2009, compared to a net loss of $75.3 million in 2008. Net income (loss) included net investment gains of $60.0 million and $19.2 million for 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $375.8 million, an increase of $0.6 million, or 0.2%, compared to the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $43.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $34.4 million in the same period last year. Loss from operations for the fourth quarter 2009 was $13.1 million, compared to $18.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Net income for the fourth quarter 2009 was $13.3 million compared to $21.5 million for the year-ago period. Fourth quarter net income for 2009 and 2008 was impacted by $25.7 million and $30.5 million in net investment gains, respectively.

“In 2009, XO continued to deliver high quality broadband services to businesses and carriers throughout the United States and, as a result, we have seen strong revenue growth, particularly within our core services offerings,” said Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer of XO Holdings. “In the year ahead, we’ll continue to execute upon our business strategy and remain focused on advancing high-growth sectors of our business.”

 
            Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Financial Results

($ in millions)       Q4 2009    Q3 2009    Q4 2008     2009       2008
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Revenue              $   375.8  $   382.0  $   375.2  $ 1,521.3  $ 1,477.6
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA (1)  $    43.3  $    44.1  $    34.4  $   152.6  $   110.0
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA % (2)     11.5%      11.5%       9.2%      10.0%       7.4%
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net Income (Loss)    $    13.3  $    19.0  $    21.5  $    21.8  $   (75.3)
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Capital Expenditures $    50.1  $    57.2  $    42.0  $   199.0  $   217.0
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure. See the footnote
    discussion accompanying the financial statements.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA % is adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. See the
    footnote discussion accompanying the financial statements.

Core Services

Revenues derived from core broadband services such as high-speed Internet access, Ethernet, IP, private line and wavelength services continued to grow steadily throughout the year, but were partially offset by the planned and anticipated decline in XO’s Legacy/TDM services. In the fourth quarter of 2009, broadband services generated $209.8 million in revenue, up 16.6% compared to the same period last year. For the full year 2009, broadband services generated $798.4 million in revenue, up 19.0% from 2008 and represents 52.5% of total revenue for 2009, compared to 45.4% of total revenue for 2008.

 
               Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Service Revenue

                                                                % Change
                                                              ------------
                                                               Q4
                                                              2009-
                                                               Q4    2009-
($ in millions)   Q4 2009 Q3 2009 Q4 2008   2009      2008    2008   2008
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----
Core Broadband(1) $ 209.8 $ 199.9 $ 180.0 $   798.4 $   670.6  16.6%  19.0%
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----
Core Integrated
 Voice            $  59.2 $  69.2 $  71.7 $   271.8 $   317.4 -17.4% -14.4%
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----
  Core Total      $ 269.0 $ 269.1 $ 251.7 $ 1,070.2 $   988.0   6.9%   8.3%
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----
Legacy TDM
 Services         $ 106.8 $ 112.9 $ 123.5 $   451.1 $   489.6 -13.5%   7.9%
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----
Total Revenue     $ 375.8 $ 382.0 $ 375.2 $ 1,521.3 $ 1,477.6   0.2%   3.0%
                  ------- ------- ------- --------- --------- -----  -----

(1) Formerly reported as "Core Data and IP Services"

Fourth Quarter Network and Operations Highlights

Throughout 2009, XO continued to execute upon its strategy of providing best-in-class broadband products and services to mid-sized businesses, large enterprises and wholesale customers throughout the United States. Specific to the fourth quarter of 2009, it successfully grew its product portfolio, expanded its network footprint, reached new customers and garnered recognition from some of the industry’s leading organizations and publications.

Most notably, XO’s Business Services division launched its XO Enterprise SIP offering. This new product gives multi-location businesses the flexibility and scalability to transform their distributed voice network architecture into a more centralized and cost-effective VoIP solution. During the fourth quarter of 2009, XO Business Services also expanded its network footprint to include the Inland Empire region of southern California. As the second largest metropolitan area in southern California, the Inland Empire comprises thousands of businesses and more than four million people, making the area ripe with opportunity for XO Business Services.

XO Carrier Services continued to elevate its profile as a tier 1 internet provider of wholesale broadband services to ISPs and carriers. One notable Carrier customer win from the fourth quarter of 2009 included Star View, a supplier of business-ready IP communications solutions. Star View selected XO Carrier Service to provide Dedicated Internet Access and Ethernet over Copper transport services. As a result, Star View is well positioned to offer its customers high-speed, high-capacity VoIP services at competitive prices.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, XO was also recognized by leading technology organizations for its product innovation and information technology (IT) leadership. XO’s Chief Information Officer, Robert Geller, was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for deploying innovative IT solutions that help XO achieve its strategic business objectives. XO also received the New Paradigm Resource Group’s (NPRG) Communications Innovation Award in the “Most Innovative Virtualized Services” category. Specifically, the research firm recognized XO for its leadership in the convergence of software and network infrastructure services and virtualized solutions offerings, including its Software-as-a-Service multi-modal mass notification service, XO Connect.

Corporate Highlights

On July 9, 2009, XO redeemed 304,314 shares of Class A preferred stock from entities unaffiliated with the Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors (“The Chairman”) at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $18.4 million. On January 15, 2010, XO redeemed all remaining 599,137 shares of Class A preferred stock held by entities unaffiliated with the Chairman at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $41.4 million. ACF Holding is the record holder of the remaining 3,096,549 shares of Class A preferred stock (the “ACF Holding Shares”). XO is required to redeem any outstanding ACF Holding Shares for cash at an aggregate liquidation preference of up to $217.4 million at a date no later than April 15, 2010.

XO’s primary capital needs are to finance the cost of operations, to acquire capital assets in support of the Company’s operations, to fund the redemption of the Class A preferred stock and to take advantage of opportunities to enhance the Company’s competitive position. XO believes that to remain competitive with much larger telecom and cable companies, significant additional capital expenditures will be required to enhance and operate the Company’s fiber network. In order to maintain XO’s competitive position, the Company intends to raise additional capital and continue to explore various alternatives to obtain additional capital. XO continues to believe that these alternatives should not include an issuance of high yield debt because such an issuance would be deleterious to XOH for the following reasons: 1) the high cost of such debt will negatively affect the Company’s ability to compete in the current highly competitive telecommunications environment; and 2) the burdensome restrictive covenants associated with such debt would impair XO’s ability to pursue potential strategic investments and to take advantage of other opportunities which may be necessary for the Company to compete in such environment. In addition, XO believes that certain opportunities exist today in the highly competitive telecommunications industry that may not recur such as, but not limited to, the acquisition of other CLECs. For all the above reasons, XO intends to raise additional capital and continues to explore various alternatives to obtain additional capital in the near future.

About XO Holdings

XOH is a leading provider of 21st century communications services for businesses and communications services providers, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500 and leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile operators. Utilizing its unique and powerful nationwide IP network, extensive local metro networks and broadband wireless facilities, XOH offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services in 85 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include those describing our ability to execute upon our business strategy, remain focused on advancing high-growth sectors of our business, pursue growth and acquisition opportunities and generate funds from operations or from future financing sufficient to fund our business plan and repay our scheduled obligations. Management cautions the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of both known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results, performance, and/or achievements of XO Holdings, Inc. may differ materially from the future results, performance, and/or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. Other factors to consider also include the risk factors described from time to time in the reports filed by XO Holdings, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. XO Holdings, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available below in the accompanying financial statements.

Accompanying financial statements located at http://www.xo.com/about/Pages/investor.aspx

 
                            XO HOLDINGS, INC.
              Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                  (In thousands, except per share data)


                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                           Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
                              December 31,              December 31,
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                            2009         2008         2009         2008
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
                        (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)

Revenue                 $   375,839  $   375,166  $ 1,521,288  $ 1,477,610

Cost of service
 (exclusive of
 depreciation and
 amortization)              212,698      218,901      879,979      871,445
Selling, general and
 administrative             120,009      122,085      489,427      497,616
Depreciation and
 amortization                50,551       48,713      180,144      189,228
Impairment of LMDS
 Licenses                         -            -        8,282            -
Loss on disposal of
 assets                       5,699        4,171       10,688        4,134
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
  Total costs and
   expenses                 388,957      393,870    1,568,520    1,562,423
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
  Loss from operations      (13,118)     (18,704)     (47,232)     (84,813)

Investment gain, net         25,695       30,489       59,986       19,187
Interest income
 (expense), net                 521        4,680       10,276      (13,924)
Other income                      -            2            -          257
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net income (loss)
 before income taxes         13,098       16,467       23,030      (79,293)

Income tax benefit
 (expense)                      167        4,995       (1,195)       4,012
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net income (loss)            13,265       21,462       21,835      (75,281)

Preferred stock
 accretion                  (20,318)     (19,316)     (79,642)     (41,794)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net income (loss)
 allocable to common
 shareholders           $    (7,053) $     2,146  $   (57,807) $  (117,075)
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Net income (loss)
 allocable to common
 shareholders per
 common share, basic
 and diluted            $     (0.04) $      0.01  $     (0.32) $     (0.64)
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Weighted average
 shares, basic and
 diluted                    182,075      182,075      182,075      182,075
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Total adjusted EBITDA   $    43,267  $    34,439  $   152,565  $   109,994
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========




                            XO HOLDINGS, INC.
                  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                          (Dollars in thousands)


                                                  ------------------------
                                                         December 31,
                                                  ------------------------
                                                      2009         2008
                                                  -----------  -----------

Cash and cash equivalents                         $   363,159  $   256,747
Marketable and other securities                         1,320      117,148
Accounts receivable, net                              153,745      152,622
Other current assets                                   29,248       41,200
Property and equipment, net                           749,930      724,404
Broadband wireless licenses and other
 intangibles, net                                      45,233       53,515
Other assets, net                                      67,123       30,348
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Total assets                                    $ 1,409,758  $ 1,375,984
                                                  ===========  ===========

Accounts payable and other current liabilities    $   297,799  $   314,903
Other long-term liabilities                           125,731       84,930
Class A convertible preferred stock                   255,011      259,948
Class B convertible preferred stock                   614,912      573,795
Class C perpetual preferred stock                     223,958      200,877
Total stockholders' deficit                          (107,653)     (58,469)
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Total liabilities, preferred stock and
   stockholders' deficit                          $ 1,409,758  $ 1,375,984
                                                  ===========  ===========




                            XO HOLDINGS, INC.
              Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
                          (Dollars in thousands)

                     -------------------------------
                           Three Months Ended         --------------------
                     -------------------------------  Twelve Months Ended
                     December   September  December        December 31,
                        31,        30,        31,     --------------------
                       2009       2009       2008       2009       2008
                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
                    (Unaudited)(Unaudited)(Unaudited)

Net income (loss)
 before income taxes $  13,098  $  19,584  $  16,467  $  23,030  $ (79,293)

Depreciation and
 amortization           50,551     43,288     48,713    180,144    189,228

Loss on disposal of
 assets                  5,699        912      4,171     10,688      4,134

Impairment of LMDS
 licenses                    -          -          -      8,282          -

Investment gain, net   (25,695)   (16,271)   (30,489)   (59,986)   (19,187)

Interest (income)
 expense, net             (521)    (3,556)    (4,680)   (10,276)    13,924

Other income                 -          -         (2)         -       (257)

                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
EBITDA                  43,132     43,957     34,180    151,882    108,549

Stock-based
 compensation              135        128        259        683      1,445

                     ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Adjusted EBITDA      $  43,267  $  44,085  $  34,439  $ 152,565  $ 109,994
                     =========  =========  =========  =========  =========

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