--Reports Strong Q3 Subscriber Activity
--Reiterates Full Year 2012 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance
--Exploring Debt Refinancing Opportunities
WAYNESBORO, Virginia – October 11, 2012 – NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS, the “Company”) announced today selected preliminary financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and reiterated its full year 2012 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance. The Company also announced that it intends to explore the possibility of refinancing its outstanding credit facility to take advantage of current favorable market conditions. In connection with the potential refinancing, the Company has prepared a company overview presentation that it intends to share and discuss with prospective lenders. A copy of the presentation has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Current Report on Form 8-K and is available at www.sec.gov and is also posted on the Company’s website at: http://ir.ntelos.com.
Third Quarter Subscriber Activity
Total gross additions for the third quarter were 42,400
- Total postpay gross additions were 22,000
- Total prepay gross additions were 20,400
Total net additions for the third quarter were 5,500
- Total postpay net additions were 4,900
- Total prepay net additions were 600
Total subscribers as of September 30, 2012 were 430,300
- Total postpay subscribers as of September 30, 2012 were 288,900
- Total prepay subscribers as of September 30, 2012 were 141,400
Churn, net for the third quarter was 2.88%
- Prepay Churn was 4.69%
- Postpay Churn was 1.99%
For the third quarter, Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $31.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was negatively impacted by a lower of cost or market inventory adjustment due to a price reduction related to the introduction of the iPhone 5 and costs due to storm damage in the network coverage territory, which together totaled approximately $2.0 million. The Company has filed an insurance claim related to the storm losses.
The preliminary financial information is based on information available to the management team as of the date of this release and remains subject to the completion of the quarter end closing process and has not been reviewed by the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm. Actual financial results may differ from these estimates.
For the year ending December 31, 2012, the Company reiterated its previously communicated guidance of Adjusted EBITDA between $132.0 million and $138.0 million. In addition, the Company reaffirmed its annual 2012 capital expenditures guidance of between $65.0 and $75.0 million.
In the presentation referenced above, the Company has updated its LTE rollout strategy, indicating it expects to launch its initial 4G LTE market in the second half of 2013. The Company also provided additional selected updates regarding operational metrics for the third quarter of 2012 and with respect to the Sprint relationship.
Q3 2012 Earnings Announcement
The Company plans to release its third quarter 2012 results on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to NTELOS Holdings Corp. before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, accretion of asset retirement obligations, gain/loss on derivatives, net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, other expenses/income, equity-based compensation charges, acquisition related charges, net income from discontinued operations and costs related to the separation of the wireless and wireline operations.
Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used by investors to determine if the Company is generating sufficient cash flows to continue to create shareholder value, provide liquidity for future growth and continue to fund dividends.
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial performance measure. It should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Please refer to the exhibits and materials posted on the Company’s website for a discussion of the presentation, comparability and use of such financial performance measure.
NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS, news, filings), operating through its subsidiaries as “nTelos Wireless,” is headquartered in Waynesboro, VA, and provides high-speed, dependable nationwide voice and data coverage for over 430,000 retail subscribers based in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. The Company’s licensed territories have a total population of approximately 8.1 million residents, of which its wireless network covers approximately 6.0 million residents. The Company is also the exclusive wholesale provider of network services to Sprint Nextel in the western Virginia and West Virginia portions of its territories for all Sprint CDMA wireless customers. Additional information about NTELOS is available at www.ntelos.com or www.facebook.com/nteloswireless and www.twitter.com/ntelos_wireless.
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