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Press Release -- February 2nd, 2018
Source: Sprint Nextel
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Sprint Reports Highest Retail Net Additions In Nearly Three Years And Raises Adjusted Free Cash Flow* Guidance With Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results

February 02, 2018
Postpaid net additions of 256,000, including 184,000 phone net additions
Tenth consecutive quarter of postpaid phone net additions
Prepaid net additions of 63,000 compared to net losses of 460,000 in the prior year
Fourth consecutive quarter of net additions and improved by 523,000 year-over-year
Prepaid churn improved year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter
Net income of $7.2 billion, operating income of $727 million, and adjusted EBITDA* of $2.7 billion
Net income includes approximately $7.1 billion of favorable impact from tax reform
Eighth consecutive quarter of operating income
Highest fiscal third quarter adjusted EBITDA* in 11 years
Net cash provided by operating activities of $1.2 billion and adjusted free cash flow* of $397 million
Adjusted free cash flow* improved by more than $1 billion year-over-year
Raising fiscal year 2017 adjusted free cash flow* guidance from around break-even to a range of $500 million to $700 million
Sprint Next-Gen Network to drive further network improvements and provide path to 5G
Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S, news, filings) today reported operating results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, including its highest retail net additions in nearly three years with postpaid net additions of 256,000 and prepaid net additions of 63,000. The company also reported its eighth consecutive quarter of operating income and the highest fiscal third quarter adjusted EBITDA* in 11 years.

Net cash provided by operating activities of $1.2 billion improved by more than $500 million year-over-year. Adjusted free cash flow* of $397 million improved by more than $1 billion year-over-year and the company is raising its fiscal year 2017 expectation from around break-even to a range of $500 million to $700 million.

"Sprint has now added postpaid phone customers for 10 consecutive quarters and added prepaid customers for four consecutive quarters," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. "This momentum, along with a continued focus on the cost structure, is driving improvements in profitability metrics and adjusted free cash flow*."

Customer Growth Continues in Both Postpaid and Prepaid Businesses

Sprint’s execution in both its postpaid and prepaid businesses resulted in the highest retail net additions in nearly three years. Postpaid net additions of 256,000 in the quarter included 184,000 phone net additions, the tenth consecutive quarter of postpaid phone net additions.

Sprint’s prepaid business also continued to add customers with 63,000 net additions, its fourth consecutive quarter of net additions and a 523,000 improvement compared to the prior year. Prepaid churn improved year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter and prepaid gross additions grew year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter. The sustained improvement in prepaid customer trends has translated into better financial results, as prepaid wireless service revenue grew year-over-year for the first time in nearly three years.

More Progress on Cost Reduction Program

Sprint continued to make progress on its multi-year plan to improve its cost structure. Excluding approximately $100 million of hurricane-related and other non-recurring charges in the quarter, the company reported approximately $260 million of combined year-over-year reductions in cost of services and selling, general and administrative expenses, bringing the year-to-date total reduction to more than $1 billion. The year-to-date reductions were primarily driven by changes to the device insurance program, as well as lower network expenses.

Net income of $7.2 billion included $7.1 billion of non-cash benefit from tax reform, resulting from a re-measurement of our deferred tax assets and liabilities under provisions contained in the new tax law.

The company also reported the following financial results:

(Millions, except per share data)
Fiscal 3Q17
Fiscal 3Q16
Change
Net income (loss)
$7,162
($479)
$7,641
Basic income (loss) per share
$1.79
($0.12)
$1.91
Operating income
$727
$311
$416
Adjusted EBITDA*
$2,719
$2,450
$269
Net cash provided by operating activities
$1,166
$650
$516
Adjusted free cash flow*
$397
($646)
$1,043
Sprint Next-Gen Network to Drive Further Network Improvements and Provide Path to 5G

Sprint is unlocking the value of the largest mobile broadband spectrum holdings in the U.S. and its Next-Gen Network is designed to drive significant improvements to network performance and the customer experience by investing in four main areas.

Upgrade existing towers to leverage all three of the company’s spectrum bands – 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz – for faster, more reliable service.
Build thousands of new cell sites to expand its coverage footprint and extend coverage to more popular customer destinations.
Add more small cells -- including Sprint Magic Boxes, mini-macros and strand mounts to densify every major market and significantly boost capacity and data speeds – and leverage the recent strategic agreements with Altice and Cox. The company has already deployed more than 80,000 Sprint Magic Boxes in approximately 200 cities across the country and plans to deploy more than 1 million as part of its multi-year roadmap.
Deploy game-changing 64T64R Massive MIMO 2.5 GHz radios to increase capacity up to 10 times that of current LTE systems and increase data speeds for more customers in high-traffic locations. Massive MIMO, a key enabler for 5G, will allow the company to support both LTE and 5G NR (New Radio) modes simultaneously without additional tower climbs.
Sprint’s network has already seen significant improvements. According to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data, Sprint was the most improved operator in 2017 with a 60 percent year-over-year increase in its national average download speed.1

Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook

The company is raising its expectation for operating income to $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion. Its previous expectation was $2.1 billion to $2.5 billion.
The company expects adjusted EBITDA* to be around the mid-point of its prior expectation of $10.8 billion to $11.2 billion.
The company expects cash capital expenditures, excluding devices leased through indirect channels, to be at the low end of its prior expectation of $3.5 billion to $4 billion.
The company is raising its expectation for adjusted free cash flow* to $500 million to $700 million. Its previous expectation was around break-even.
Conference Call and Webcast

Date/Time: 8:30 a.m. (ET) Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Call-in Information
U.S./Canada: 866-360-1063 (ID: 6374738)
International: 443-961-0242 (ID: 6374738)
Webcast available at www.sprint.com/investors
Additional information about results is available on our Investor Relations website
1 Average download speed increase based on Ookla’s analysis of Speedtest Intelligence data comparing December 2016 to December 2017 for all mobile results.

Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
Net additions (losses) (in thousands)

Postpaid
256
168
405

385
929
Postpaid phone
184
279
368

551
888
Prepaid (f)
63
95
(460)

193
(1,215)
Wholesale and affiliate(f)
66
115
619

246
2,051
Total wireless net additions
385
378
564

824
1,765

End of period connections (in thousands)

Postpaid (d) (e)
31,942
31,686
31,694

31,942
31,694
Postpaid phone(d)
26,616
26,432
26,037

26,616
26,037
Prepaid(d) (f) (g) (h) (i)
8,997
8,765
8,493

8,997
8,493
Wholesale and affiliate (d) (f) (h)
13,642
13,576
13,084

13,642
13,084
Total end of period connections
54,581
54,027
53,271

54,581
53,271

Churn

Postpaid
1.80%
1.72%
1.67%

1.73%
1.58%
Postpaid phone
1.71%
1.59%
1.57%

1.60%
1.44%
Prepaid (h)
4.63%
4.83%
5.74%

4.68%
5.57%

Supplemental data - connected devices

End of period connections (in thousands)

Retail postpaid
2,259
2,158
1,960

2,259
1,960
Wholesale and affiliate
11,272
11,221
10,594

11,272
10,594
Total
13,531
13,379
12,554

13,531
12,554

ARPU(a)

Postpaid
$ 45.13
$ 46.00
$ 49.70

$ 46.14
$ 50.59
Postpaid phone
$ 51.26
$ 52.34
$ 57.12

$ 52.50
$ 58.11
Prepaid(h)
$ 37.46
$ 37.83
$ 33.97

$ 37.84
$ 33.35

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - ABPA* AND ABPU* (Unaudited)

(Millions, except accounts, connections, ABPA*, and ABPU*)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
ABPA*

Postpaid service revenue
$ 4,297
$ 4,363
$ 4,686

$ 13,126
$ 14,184
Add: Installment plan and non-operating lease billings
379
397
291

1,144
829
Add: Lease revenue - operating
1,047
966
887

2,912
2,453
Total for postpaid connections
$ 5,723
$ 5,726
$ 5,864

$ 17,182
$ 17,466

Average postpaid accounts (in thousands)
11,193
11,277
11,413

11,261
11,368
Postpaid ABPA*(b)
$ 170.39
$ 169.25
$ 171.28

$ 169.53
$ 170.71

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
Postpaid phone ABPU*

Postpaid phone service revenue
$ 4,069
$ 4,132
$ 4,420

$ 12,415
$ 13,350
Add: Installment plan and non-operating lease billings
335
358
261

1,025
752
Add: Lease revenue - operating
1,037
953
873

2,877
2,411
Total for postpaid phone connections
$ 5,441
$ 5,443
$ 5,554

$ 16,317
$ 16,513

Postpaid average phone connections (in thousands)
26,461
26,312
25,795

26,275
25,528
Postpaid phone ABPU* (c)
$ 68.54
$ 68.95
$ 71.77

$ 69.00
$ 71.87

(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. Postpaid phone ARPU represents revenues related to our postpaid phone connections.
(b) Postpaid ABPA* is calculated by dividing service revenue earned from connections plus billings from installment plans and non-operating leases, as well as, operating lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of accounts during the period. Installment plan billings represent the substantial majority of the total billings in the table above for all periods presented.
(c) Postpaid phone ABPU* is calculated by dividing postpaid phone service revenue earned from postpaid phone connections plus billings from installment plans and non-operating leases, as well as, operating lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of postpaid phone connections during the period. Installment plan billings represent the substantial majority of the total billings in the table above for all periods presented.
(d) As part of the Shentel transaction, 186,000 and 92,000 subscribers were transferred from postpaid and prepaid, respectively, to affiliates, of which 18,000 prepaid subscribers were subsequently excluded from our customer base as a result of the Lifeline regulatory change as noted in (f) below. An additional 270,000 of nTelos’ subscribers are now part of our affiliate relationship with Shentel and were reported in wholesale and affiliate subscribers beginning with the quarter ended June 30, 2016. In addition, during the three-month period ended June 30, 2017, 17,000 and 4,000 subscribers were transferred from postpaid and prepaid, respectively, to affiliates as a result of a the transfer of additional subscribers to Shentel.
(e) During the three-month period ended June 30, 2017, 2,000 Wi-Fi connections were adjusted from the postpaid subscriber base.
(f)Sprint is no longer reporting Lifeline subscribers due to recent regulatory changes resulting in tighter program restrictions. We have excluded them from our customer base for all periods presented, including our Assurance Wireless prepaid brand and subscribers through our wholesale MVNO’s.
(g)During the three-month period ended September 30, 2017, the Prepaid Data Share platform It’s On was decommissioned as the Company continues to focus on higher value contribution offerings resulting in the reduction of 49,000 to prepaid end of period subscribers.
(h)As a result of aligning all prepaid brands, including prepaid affiliate subscribers, under one churn and retention program as of December 31, 2016, end of period prepaid and affiliate subscribers were reduced by 1,234,000 and 21,000, respectively.
(i)During the three-month period ended December 31, 2017, prepaid end of period subscribers increased by 169,000 in conjunction with the PRWireless HoldCo, LLC joint venture.

Wireless Device Financing Summary (Unaudited)
(Millions, except sales, connections, and leased devices in property, plant and equipment)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16

Postpaid activations (in thousands)
4,874
3,917
4,812

12,459
11,827
Postpaid activations financed

84%
85%
80%

85%
75%
Postpaid activations - operating leases

72%
68%
43%

66%
42%

Installment plans

Installment sales financed

$ 276
$ 268
$ 1,036

$ 1,097
$ 2,188
Installment billings

$ 353
$ 373
$ 291

$ 1,094
$ 829
Installment receivables, net

$ 1,383
$ 1,583
$ -

$ 1,383
$ -

Leasing revenue and depreciation

Lease revenue - operating

$ 1,047
$ 966
$ 887

$ 2,912
$ 2,453
Lease depreciation

$ 990
$ 888
$ 837

$ 2,732
$ 2,205

Leased device additions

Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$ 682
$ 608
$ 767

$ 1,787
$ 1,530
Transfers from inventory - leased devices

$ 1,761
$ 1,060
$ 1,095

$ 3,671
$ 2,281

Leased devices

Leased devices in property, plant and equipment, net

$ 5,683
$ 4,709
$ 4,454

$ 5,683
$ 4,454

Leased device units

Leased devices in property, plant and equipment (units in thousands)

14,002
13,019
11,981

14,002
11,981

Leased device and receivables financings net proceeds

Proceeds

$ 1,125
$ 789
$ -

$ 2,679
$ 1,055
Repayments

(598)
(1,148)
(231)

(2,019)
(655)
Net proceeds (repayments) of financings related to devices and receivables
$ 527
$ (359)
$ (231)

$ 660
$ 400

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions, except per share data)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
Net operating revenues

Service revenue

$ 5,930
$ 5,967
$ 6,323

$ 17,968
$ 19,252
Equipment revenue

2,309
1,960
2,226

6,355
5,556
Total net operating revenues
8,239
7,927
8,549

24,323
24,808
Net operating expenses

Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,733
1,698
1,925

5,140
6,125
Cost of products (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,673
1,404
1,985

4,622
5,097
Selling, general and administrative

2,108
2,013
2,080

6,059
5,992
Depreciation - network and other

987
997
1,000

2,961
3,022
Depreciation - leased devices

990
888
837

2,732
2,205
Amortization

196
209
255

628
813
Other, net

(175)
117
156

(310)
260
Total net operating expenses
7,512
7,326
8,238

21,832
23,514
Operating income
727
601
311

2,491
1,294
Interest expense

(581)
(595)
(619)

(1,789)
(1,864)
Other (expense) income, net

(42)
44
(60)

(50)
(67)
Income (loss) before income taxes
104
50
(368)

652
(637)
Income tax benefit (expense)

7,052
(98)
(111)

6,662
(286)
Net income (loss)
7,156
(48)
(479)

7,314
(923)
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

6
-
-

6
-
Net income (loss) attributable to Sprint Corporation
$ 7,162
$ (48)
$ (479)

$ 7,320
$ (923)

Basic net income (loss) per common share
$ 1.79
$ (0.01)
$ (0.12)

$ 1.83
$ (0.23)
Diluted net income (loss) per common share
$ 1.76
$ (0.01)
$ (0.12)

$ 1.79
$ (0.23)
Weighted average common shares outstanding
4,001
3,998
3,983

3,998
3,979
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding
4,061
3,998
3,983

4,080
3,979

Effective tax rate
-6,780.8%
196.0%
-30.2%

-1,021.8%
-44.9%

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16

Net income (loss)
$ 7,156
$ (48)
$ (479)

$ 7,314
$ (923)
Income tax (benefit) expense

(7,052)
98
111

(6,662)
286
Income (loss) before income taxes
104
50
(368)

652
(637)
Other expense (income), net

42
(44)
60

50
67
Interest expense

581
595
619

1,789
1,864
Operating income
727
601
311

2,491
1,294
Depreciation - network and other

987
997
1,000

2,961
3,022
Depreciation - leased devices

990
888
837

2,732
2,205
Amortization

196
209
255

628
813
EBITDA*(1)
2,900
2,695
2,403

8,812
7,334
Loss (gain) from asset dispositions, exchanges, and other, net(2)

-
-
28

(304)
(326)
Severance and exit costs (3)

13
-
19

13
30
Contract terminations (4)

-
-
-

(5)
113
Litigation and other contingencies(5)

(260)
-
-

(315)
103
Hurricanes (6)

66
34
-

100
-
Adjusted EBITDA*(1)
$ 2,719
$ 2,729
$ 2,450

$ 8,301
$ 7,254

Adjusted EBITDA margin*
45.9%
45.7%
38.7%

46.2%
37.7%

Selected items:

Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$ 696
$ 682
$ 478

$ 2,499
$ 1,421
Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$ 682
$ 608
$ 767

$ 1,787
$ 1,530

WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
Net operating revenues

Service revenue

Postpaid
$ 4,297
$ 4,363
$ 4,686

$ 13,126
$ 14,184
Prepaid (7)
993
990
985

2,982
3,096
Wholesale, affiliate and other(7)
329
296
275

884
784
Total service revenue
5,619
5,649
5,946

16,992
18,064

Equipment revenue

2,309
1,960
2,226

6,355
5,556
Total net operating revenues
7,928
7,609
8,172

23,347
23,620

Net operating expenses

Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,466
1,422
1,649

4,300
5,226
Cost of products (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

1,673
1,404
1,985

4,622
5,097
Selling, general and administrative

2,024
1,936
2,032

5,835
5,797
Depreciation - network and other

931
944
947

2,800
2,868
Depreciation - leased devices

990
888
837

2,732
2,205
Amortization

196
209
255

628
813
Other, net

139
117
150

54
248
Total net operating expenses
7,419
6,920
7,855

20,971
22,254
Operating income
$ 509
$ 689
$ 317

$ 2,376
$ 1,366

WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16

Operating income
$ 509
$ 689
$ 317

$ 2,376
$ 1,366
Loss (gain) from asset dispositions, exchanges, and other, net(2)

-
-
28

(304)
(326)
Severance and exit costs (3)

4
-
13

(1)
18
Contract terminations (4)

-
-
-

(5)
113
Litigation and other contingencies (5)

63
-
-

63
103
Hurricanes (6)

66
34
-

100
-
Depreciation - network and other

931
944
947

2,800
2,868
Depreciation - leased devices

990
888
837

2,732
2,205
Amortization

196
209
255

628
813
Adjusted EBITDA*(1)
$ 2,759
$ 2,764
$ 2,397

$ 8,389
$ 7,160

Adjusted EBITDA margin*
49.1%
48.9%
40.3%

49.4%
39.6%

Selected items:

Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$ 565
$ 539
$ 389

$ 2,042
$ 1,123
Cash paid for capital expenditures - leased devices

$ 682
$ 608
$ 767

$ 1,787
$ 1,530

WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16
Net operating revenues

Voice

$ 94
$ 109
$ 153

$ 327
$ 506
Data

29
33
41

96
127
Internet

254
256
281

765
871
Other

16
11
22

47
59
Total net operating revenues
393
409
497

1,235
1,563

Net operating expenses

Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization below)

352
372
400

1,111
1,284
Selling, general and administrative

71
66
49

194
189
Depreciation and amortization

55
49
51

155
148
Other, net

(314)
-
6

(309)
13
Total net operating expenses
164
487
506

1,151
1,634
Operating income (loss)
$ 229
$ (78)
$ (9)

$ 84
$ (71)

WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16

Operating income (loss)
$ 229
$ (78)
$ (9)

$ 84
$ (71)
Severance and exit costs (3)

9
-
6

14
13
Litigation and other contingencies (5)

(323)
-
-

(323)
-
Depreciation and amortization

55
49
51

155
148
Adjusted EBITDA*
$ (30)
$ (29)
$ 48

$ (70)
$ 90

Adjusted EBITDA margin*
-7.6%
-7.1%
9.7%

-5.7%
5.8%

Selected items:

Cash paid for capital expenditures - network and other

$ 30
$ 40
$ 24

$ 132
$ 75

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Year To Date

12/31/17
12/31/16
Operating activities

Net income (loss)

$ 7,314
$ (923)
Depreciation and amortization

6,321
6,040
Provision for losses on accounts receivable

312
406
Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense

137
57
Deferred income tax (benefit) expense

(6,707)
276
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges

(479)
(354)
Call premiums paid on debt redemptions

(129)
-
Loss on early extinguishment of debt

65
-
Amortization of long-term debt premiums, net

(125)
(234)
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

533
368
Contract terminations

(5)
96
Other changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts and notes receivable

(74)
(542)
Inventories and other current assets

(3,216)
(2,254)
Deferred purchase price from sale of receivables

-
(220)
Accounts payable and other current liabilities

(104)
(97)
Non-current assets and liabilities, net

260
(313)
Other, net

302
594
Net cash provided by operating activities

4,405
2,900

Investing activities

Capital expenditures - network and other

(2,499)
(1,421)
Capital expenditures - leased devices

(1,787)
(1,530)
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses

(92)
(46)
Change in short-term investments, net

5,271
(2,349)
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses

367
126
Other, net

16
26
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

1,276
(5,194)

Financing activities

Proceeds from debt and financings

3,073
6,830
Repayments of debt, financing and capital lease obligations

(7,159)
(3,266)
Debt financing costs

(19)
(272)
Other, net

(6)
68
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(4,111)
3,360

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

1,570
1,066

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,870
2,641
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 4,440
$ 3,707

RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)

Quarter To Date

Year To Date

12/31/17
9/30/17
12/31/16

12/31/17
12/31/16

Net cash provided by operating activities
$ 1,166
$ 1,959
$ 650

$ 4,405
$ 2,900

Capital expenditures - network and other

(696)
(682)
(478)

(2,499)
(1,421)
Capital expenditures - leased devices

(682)
(608)
(767)

(1,787)
(1,530)
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net

(73)
(6)
(14)

(92)
(46)
Proceeds from sales of assets and FCC licenses

149
117
60

367
126
Other investing activities, net

6
(1)
134

2
98
Free cash flow*
$ (130)
$ 779
$ (415)

$ 396
$ 127

Net proceeds (repayments) of financings related to devices and receivables

527
(359)
(231)

660
400
Adjusted free cash flow*
$ 397
$ 420
$ (646)

$ 1,056
$ 527

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Millions)

12/31/17
3/31/17
ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 4,440
$ 2,870
Short-term investments

173
5,444
Accounts and notes receivable, net

3,917
4,138
Device and accessory inventory

1,009
1,064
Prepaid expenses and other current assets

626
601
Total current assets

10,165
14,117

Property, plant and equipment, net

19,712
19,209
Goodwill

6,586
6,579
FCC licenses and other

41,222
40,585
Definite-lived intangible assets, net

2,667
3,320
Other assets

1,067
1,313
Total assets

$ 81,419
$ 85,123

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

$ 3,176
$ 3,281
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

3,859
4,141
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations

4,036
5,036
Total current liabilities

11,071
12,458

Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations

32,825
35,878
Deferred tax liabilities

7,709
14,416
Other liabilities

3,509
3,563
Total liabilities

55,114
66,315

Stockholders’ equity

Common stock

40
40
Paid-in capital

27,825
27,756
Accumulated deficit

(1,264)
(8,584)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(366)
(404)
Total stockholders’ equity

26,235
18,808
Noncontrolling interests

70
-
Total equity

26,305
18,808
Total liabilities and equity

$ 81,419
$ 85,123

NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)

12/31/17
3/31/17
Total debt

$ 36,861
$ 40,914
Less: Cash and cash equivalents

(4,440)
(2,870)
Less: Short-term investments

(173)
(5,444)
Net debt*

$ 32,248
$ 32,600

SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)
(Millions)

12/31/17
ISSUER

MATURITY
PRINCIPAL
Sprint Corporation

7.25% Senior notes due 2021

09/15/2021
$ 2,250
7.875% Senior notes due 2023

09/15/2023
4,250
7.125% Senior notes due 2024

06/15/2024
2,500
7.625% Senior notes due 2025

02/15/2025
1,500
Sprint Corporation

10,500

Sprint Spectrum Co LLC, Sprint Spectrum Co II LLC, and Sprint Spectrum Co III LLC

3.36% Senior secured notes due 2021

09/20/2021
3,281
Sprint Spectrum Co LLC, Sprint Spectrum Co II LLC, and Sprint Spectrum Co III LLC

3,281

Sprint Communications, Inc.

Export Development Canada secured loan

12/17/2019
300
9% Guaranteed notes due 2018

11/15/2018
1,800
7% Guaranteed notes due 2020

03/01/2020
1,000
7% Senior notes due 2020

08/15/2020
1,500
11.5% Senior notes due 2021

11/15/2021
1,000
9.25% Secured debentures due 2022

04/15/2022
200
6% Senior notes due 2022

11/15/2022
2,280
Sprint Communications, Inc.

8,080

Sprint Capital Corporation

6.9% Senior notes due 2019

05/01/2019
1,729
6.875% Senior notes due 2028

11/15/2028
2,475
8.75% Senior notes due 2032

03/15/2032
2,000
Sprint Capital Corporation

6,204

Credit facilities

PRWireless secured term loan

06/28/2020
183
Secured equipment credit facilities

2020 - 2021
555
Secured term loan

02/03/2024
3,970
Credit facilities

4,708

Accounts receivable facility

11/18/2019
2,966

Financing obligations

2018 - 2021
614

Capital leases and other obligations

2018 - 2026
532
Total principal

36,885

Net premiums and debt financing costs

(24)
Total debt

$ 36,861

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(1)
As more of our customers elect to lease a device rather than purchasing one under our subsidized program, there is a significant positive impact to EBITDA* and Adjusted EBITDA* from direct channel sales primarily due to the fact the cost of the device is not recorded as cost of products but rather is depreciated over the customer lease term. Under our device leasing program for the direct channel, devices are transferred from inventory to property and equipment and the cost of the leased device is recognized as depreciation expense over the customer lease term to an estimated residual value. The customer payments are recognized as revenue over the term of the lease. Under our subsidized program, the cash received from the customer for the device is recognized as equipment revenue at the point of sale and the cost of the device is recognized as cost of products. During the three and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2017, we leased devices through our Sprint direct channels totaling approximately $1,761 million and $3,671 million, respectively, which would have increased cost of products and reduced EBITDA* if they had been purchased under our subsidized program.

The impact to EBITDA* and Adjusted EBITDA* resulting from the sale of devices under our installment billing program is generally neutral except for the impact from the time value of money element related to the imputed interest on the installment receivable.
(2)
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, the company recorded losses on dispositions of assets primarily related to cell site construction and network development costs that are no longer relevant as a result of changes in the company’s network plans. Additionally, the company recorded a pre-tax non-cash gain related to spectrum swaps with other carriers. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, the company recorded losses on dispositions of assets primarily related to cell site construction and network development costs that are no longer relevant as a result of changes in the company’s network plans. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 the company recorded a pre-tax non-cash gain of $354 million related to spectrum swaps with other carriers.
(3)
Severance and exit costs consist of lease exit costs primarily associated with tower and cell sites, access exit costs related to payments that will continue to be made under the company’s backhaul access contracts for which the company will no longer be receiving any economic benefit, and severance costs associated with reduction in its work force.
(4)
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, we recorded a $5 million gain due to reversal of a liability recorded in relation to the termination of our relationship with General Wireless Operations, Inc. (Radio Shack). During the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, contract terminations primarily relate to the termination of our pre-existing wholesale arrangement with NTELOS Holding Corp.
(5)
During the third and first quarters of fiscal year 2017, litigation and other contingencies consist of reductions associated with legal settlements or favorable developments in pending legal proceedings as well as non-recurring charges of $51 million related to a regulatory fee matter. During the second quarter of fiscal year 2016, litigation and other contingencies consist of unfavorable developments associated with legal matters as well as federal and state matters such as sales, use or property taxes.
(6)
During the third and second quarters of fiscal year 2017 we recorded estimated hurricane-related charges of $66 million and $34 million, respectively, consisting of customer service credits, incremental roaming costs, network repairs and replacements.
(7)
Sprint is no longer reporting Lifeline subscribers due to recent regulatory changes resulting in tighter program restrictions. We have excluded them from our customer base for all periods presented, including our Assurance Wireless prepaid brand and subscribers through our wholesale Lifeline mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). The table reflects the reclassification of the related Assurance Wireless prepaid revenue from Prepaid service revenue to Wholesale, affiliate and other revenue of $92 million and $275 million for the three and nine-month periods ended December 31, 2016, respectively. Revenue associated with subscribers through our wholesale Lifeline MVNO’s continue to remain in Wholesale, affiliate and other revenue following this change.

*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.

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

Postpaid Phone ABPU is average billings per postpaid phone user and calculated by dividing service revenue earned from postpaid phone customers plus billings from installment plans and non-operating leases, as well as, operating lease revenue by the sum of the monthly average number of postpaid phone connections during the period. We believe that ABPU provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management to evaluate average postpaid phone customer billings as it approximates the expected cash collections, including billings from installment plans and non-operating leases, as well as, operating lease revenue, per postpaid phone user 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 excluding the sale-leaseback of devices and equity method investments. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is Free Cash Flow plus the proceeds from device financings and sales of receivables, net of repayments. We believe that Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow provide useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations and net proceeds obtained to fund certain leased devices, respectively, 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", "outlook," "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, cost reductions, 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, 2017. 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 54.6 million connections as of December 31, 2017 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 five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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