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Press Release -- August 6th, 2013
Source: Enventis
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HickoryTech Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results

Total revenue increased 7%
·    Fiber and Data revenue increased 11%
·    Equipment revenue increased 18%
·    Net income increased 34%

MANKATO, Minn., August 5, 2013 — HickoryTech Corporation (NASDAQ:HTCO, news, filings) today reported total revenue of $47.1 million for the second quarter ending June 30, 2013, an increase of 7 percent year over year.  Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by our credit agreement, totaled $12.3 million in the second quarter, a 9 percent increase over last year.  Net Income totaled $2.3 million, up 34 percent from a year ago.

“HickoryTech’s strong momentum continues as we have increased strategic fiber and data revenue 17 percent year to date,” said John Finke, HickoryTech’s president and chief executive officer.  “Our disciplined approach to expanding our fiber access networks is well underway as we make targeted investments to drive future growth.  Net income increased 34 percent in the second quarter and our EBITDA grew 9 percent, demonstrating the progress we are making growing our business services and positioning HickoryTech for the future as we offset declines in our legacy telecom service.”

Fiber and Data Segment (before inter-segment eliminations)
Second quarter Fiber and Data revenue totaled $17 million, up 11 percent year over year.  Revenue in this segment totaled $33.7 million for the six-month period at June 30, 2013, up 17 percent year over year.  This growth is the result of increased sales within our retail and wholesale customer segments.
·    Costs and expenses for this segment totaled $14.7 million, up 13 percent.
·    Operating income totaled $2.2 million, down 2 percent year over year.
·    Net income totaled $1.3 million, down 1 percent year over year.

Equipment Segment (before inter-segment eliminations)
Second quarter Equipment Segment revenue totaled $15.1 million, an 18 percent increase year over year.
·    Equipment revenue was $12.9 million, a 20 percent increase compared to a year ago, and Support Services revenue, which includes advisory, design, implementation and maintenance support services, was $2.2 million, a 4 percent increase over second quarter 2012.
·    Equipment Segment operating income totaled $934,000, a 134 percent increase over the prior year.
·    Net income totaled $555,000, a 132 percent increase over the second quarter 2012.

Telecom Segment (before inter-segment eliminations)
Second quarter Telecom Segment revenue totaled $15.8 million, down 3 percent from a year ago. Telecom results were affected by network access and local service revenue declines.
·    Broadband revenue increased 5 percent in the second quarter.  DSL subscribers increased 6 percent and Digital TV subscribers were up 9 percent, totaling 20,538 and 11,001 subscribers respectively.
·    Costs and expenses totaled $13.9 million, down 2 percent year over year.
·    Net income totaled $1.1 million, a 6 percent decrease compared to the second quarter 2012.

Total capital expenditures in the second quarter were $6.5 million, compared with $5.9 million in the comparable quarter in 2012.

During the second quarter, the company purchased and retired approximately 72,000 shares of HickoryTech stock, at a cost of $746,000, as part of a previously authorized stock repurchase plan.

Debt Position    
Long-term debt and current maturities, including capitalized leases, totaled $136 million as of June 30, 2013.
The second quarter 2013 debt balance represents a decrease of $5.5 million from one year ago, as a result of the debt repayments made in the past 12 months.

“As we approach the second half of the year, we are on track to achieve our key objectives and position Enventis, our growth brand, for the future,” added Finke.

Fiscal Outlook for 2013    
HickoryTech confirms its previous fiscal 2013 outlook.  Revenue in 2013 is expected to be within a range of a 2 percent decline to a 3 percent increase as compared to 2012 revenue.  The company expects growth in business revenue to offset the majority of the legacy Telecom services decline.  Net income is expected to be in a range of a 7 percent decline to a 14 percent increase versus 2012 net income.  Capital expenditures are expected to decline by 6 percent to 20 percent compared with 2012 spending, ranging from $24 million to $28.2 million.  EBITDA is expected to be in a range of a 2 percent to 8 percent increase as compared to 2012 EBITDA.  The company expects its year-end debt balance to be down 1 percent to 3 percent and be in a range of $133 million to $136 million.

Conference Call and Webcast    
HickoryTech will hold a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, August 6, at 9 a.m. CT to review the company’s second-quarter 2013 results. The conference call dial-in number is 877-774-2369 for U.S. and Canadian callers, conference ID 12634558.  A simultaneous webcast with audio and presentation will be available at http://investor.hickorytech.com.

For financial tables, click here.

About HickoryTech    
HickoryTech Corporation is a leading communications provider serving business and residential customers in the upper Midwest.  With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., HickoryTech has 500 employees and a five-state fiber network spanning more than 4,100 route miles across Minnesota and into Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  Enventis provides business IP voice, data and video solutions, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosted services and communication systems.  HickoryTech delivers broadband Internet, Digital TV, voice and data services to businesses and consumers in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa. The Company trades on the NASDAQ, symbol: HTCO.  For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com.

Non-GAAP Measures
To supplement the Company’s financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company provides certain non-GAAP financial measures of financial performance and position. The Company’s reference to these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared under current accounting standards, but are not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.  These non-GAAP measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance, financial position and ability to generate cash flows. In many cases non-GAAP financial measures are used by analysts and investors to evaluate the Company’s performance and financial position. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measure included in this press release can be found in the financial table included below.

Forward-looking statement 
Certain statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry in which HickoryTech operates and management's beliefs and assumptions. The forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and probabilities. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they were made. HickoryTech undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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