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Press Release -- August 2nd, 2018
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Cogent Communications Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results and Increases Regular Quarterly Dividend on Common Stock

WASHINGTONAug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Financial and Business Highlights

  • Cogent approves a 3.8% increase of $0.02 per share to its regular quarterly dividend to $0.54
  • Cogent Group's consolidated leverage ratio, as defined in Cogent Group's indenture agreements, is below 4.25 which will allow Cogent Holdings to utilize its accumulated builder basket
  • Service revenue, on a constant currency basis, increased by 1.1% from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 and increased from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018 by 6.3%
  • EBITDA margin increased by 120 basis points from Q1 2018 to 35.5% and increased by 200 basis points from Q2 2017
  • GAAP gross profit increased by 9.9% from Q2 2017 to $54.7 million for Q2 2018 and GAAP gross margin increased by 80 basis points to 42.3% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018
  • Cash flow from operations increased by 3.6% from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 to $31.3 million and increased from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018 by 11.5%

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (CCOI) today announced service revenue of $129.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, an increase of 7.9% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 and an increase of 0.5% from the three months ended March 31, 2018. Foreign exchange negatively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended March 31, 2018 to the three months ended June 30, 2018 by $0.8 million and positively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to the three months ended June 30, 2018 by $1.9 million.  On a constant currency basis, service revenue grew by 1.1% from the three months ended March 31, 2018 to the three months ended June 30, 2018 and grew by 6.3% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to the three months ended June 30, 2018.

On-net service is provided to customers located in buildings that are physically connected to Cogent's network by Cogent facilities. On-net revenue was $93.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018; an increase of 0.7% from the three months ended March 31, 2018 and an increase of 8.7% over the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Off-net customers are located in buildings directly connected to Cogent's network using other carriers' facilities and services to provide the last mile portion of the link from the customers' premises to Cogent's network. Off-net revenue was $36.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018; the same amount as the three months ended March 31, 2018 and an increase of 6.3% over the three months ended June 30, 2017.

GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity based compensation included in network operations expense.  GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue. GAAP gross profit increased by 9.9% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to $54.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and increased by 1.2% from the three months ended March 31, 2018. GAAP gross margin was 42.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2018, 41.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 42.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  Excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $3.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018$3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and $2.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation and amortization expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.  Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 9.2% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to $75.1 millionfor the three months ended June 30, 2018 and increased by 1.5% from the three months ended March 31, 2018. Non-GAAP gross profit margin was 58.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2018, 57.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 57.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Cash flow from operating activities increased by 11.5% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to $31.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018and increased by 3.6% from the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 14.5% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to $45.9 millionfor the three months ended June 30, 2018 and increased by 4.1% from the three months ended March 31, 2018. EBITDA margin was 35.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2018, 33.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 34.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

EBITDA, as adjusted, increased by 12.5% from the three months ended June 30, 2017 to $46.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and increased by 4.7% from the three months ended March 31, 2018. EBITDA, as adjusted, margin was 35.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2018, 34.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 34.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Basic net income per share was $0.15 for the three months ended June 30, 2018$0.10 for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $0.15 for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Diluted net income per share was $0.14 for the three months ended June 30, 2018$0.10 for the three months ended June 30, 2017and $0.15 for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Total customer connections increased by 13.8% from June 30, 2017 to 76,193 as of June 30, 2018 and increased by 3.1% from March 31, 2018. On-net customer connections increased by 14.1% from June 30, 2017 to 65,407 as of June 30, 2018and increased by 3.2% from March 31, 2018. Off-net customer connections increased by 12.3% from June 30, 2017 to 10,480 as of June 30, 2018 and increased by 2.3% from March 31, 2018.

The number of on-net buildings increased by 161 on-net buildings from June 30, 2017 to 2,599 on-net buildings as of June 30, 2018 and increased by 58 on-net buildings from March 31, 2018.

Consolidated Leverage Ratio
The indentures of Cogent Group (the company owned by Cogent Holdings, Inc. which owns Cogent's operating companies) governing its indebtedness contain covenants that restrict Cogent Group's ability to make certain payments, such as dividends and stock purchases, until Cogent Group's consolidated leverage ratio, as defined in the indentures, is less than 4.25.  As of June 30, 2018, Cogent Group's consolidated leverage ratio was below 4.25, and as a result, amounts accumulated under the builders basket, as defined by the indentures, may be used by Cogent to make payments including dividends and stock purchases.

Quarterly Dividend Increase Approved
On August 1, 2018, Cogent's board approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.54per common share payable on August 31, 2018 to shareholders of record on August 17, 2018. This third quarter 2018 regular dividend represents a 3.8% increase of $0.02 per share from the second quarter 2018 regular dividend of $0.52 per share.

The payment of any future dividends and any other returns of capital will be at the discretion of Cogent's board of directors and may be reduced, eliminated or increased and will be dependent upon Cogent's financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, limitations under Cogent's debt indenture agreements and other factors deemed relevant by Cogent's board of directors.

Conference Call and Website Information
Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on August 2, 2018 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the second quarter of 2018 and to discuss Cogent's expectations for full year 2018. Investors and other interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the earnings call in the "Events" section of Cogent's website at www.cogentco.com/events. A replay of the webcast, together with the press release, will be available on the website following the earnings call.

About Cogent Communications
Cogent Communications (CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP.  Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport, and colocation services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides services in over 195 markets globally.

Cogent Communications is headquartered at 2450 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. For more information, visit www.cogentco.com. Cogent Communications can be reached in the United States at (202) 295-4200 or via email at info@cogentco.com.

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

Summary of Financial and Operational Results

Q1 2017

Q2 2017

Q3 2017

Q4 2017

Q1 2018

Q2 2018

Metric ($ in 000's, except share and per share data) – unaudited

On-Net revenue

$83,586

$85,586

$87,898

$89,374

$92,387

$93,026

  % Change from previous Qtr.

0.1%

2.4%

2.7%

1.7%

3.4%

0.7%

Off-Net revenue

$33,386

$33,980

$34,865

$35,662

$36,144

$36,107

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.8%

1.8%

2.6%

2.3%

1.4%

-0.1%

Non-Core revenue (1)

$231

$211

$206

$190

$175

$163

  % Change from previous Qtr.

3.1%

-8.7%

-2.4%

-7.8%

-7.9%

-6.9%

Service revenue – total

$117,203

$119,777

$122,969

$125,226

$128,706

$129,296

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.4%

2.2%

2.7%

1.8%

2.8%

0.5%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – sequential quarters (4)

1.6%

1.7%

1.2%

1.8%

2.0%

1.1%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – year over year quarters (4)

8.7%

9.6%

7.7%

6.6%

7.0%

6.3%

Network operations expenses (2)

$50,551

$50,974

$53,405

$53,745

$54,686

$54,147

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.2%

0.8%

4.8%

0.6%

1.8%

-1.0%

GAAP gross profit (3)

$48,003

$49,765

$50,238

$51,964

$54,043

$54,701

  % Change from previous Qtr.

5.7%

3.7%

1.0%

3.4%

4.0%

1.2%

GAAP gross margin (3)

41.0%

41.5%

40.9%

41.5%

42.0%

42.3%

Non-GAAP gross profit (4) (6)

$66,652

$68,803

$69,564

$71,481

$74,020

$75,149

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.5%

3.2%

1.1%

2.8%

3.6%

1.5%

Non-GAAP gross margin (4) (6)

56.9%

57.4%

56.6%

57.1%

57.5%

58.1%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (5)

$28,925

$28,704

$29,360

$28,238

$29,928

$29,241

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.2%

-0.8%

2.3%

-3.8%

6.0%

-2.3%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$18,538

$18,897

$19,147

$19,344

$19,788

$20,216

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-7.6%

1.9%

1.3%

1.0%

2.3%

2.2%

Equity-based compensation expense

$2,647

$3,225

$3,734

$3,684

$3,784

$4,695

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-8.0%

21.8%

15.8%

-1.3%

2.7%

24.1%

Operating income

$18,666

$19,000

$17,891

$20,534

$20,637

$21,354

  % Change from previous Qtr.

26.2%

1.8%

-5.8%

14.8%

0.5%

3.5%

Interest expense

$11,891

$12,090

$12,266

$12,222

$12,408

$12,373

  % Change from previous Qtr.

12.2%

1.7%

1.5%

-0.4%

1.5%

-0.3%

Net income (loss)

$4,136

$4,317

$3,650

$(6,227)

$6,784

$6,552

Basic net income (loss) per common share

$0.09

$0.10

$0.08

$(0.14)

$0.15

$0.15

Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$0.09

$0.10

$0.08

$(0.14)

$0.15

$0.14

Weighted average common shares – basic

44,649,645

44,717,372

44,767,163

44,844,469

44,923,973

45,016,767

  % Change from previous Qtr.

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

0.2%

0.2%

0.2%

Weighted average common shares – diluted

44,917,014

44,988,655

45,118,607

44,844,469

45,294,697

45,536,473

  % Change from previous Qtr.

0.3%

0.2%

0.3%

-0.6%

1.0%

0.5%

EBITDA (6)

$37,727

$40,099

$40,204

$43,243

$44,092

$45,908

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.8%

6.3%

0.3%

7.6%

2.0%

4.1%

EBITDA margin

32.2%

33.5%

32.7%

34.5%

34.3%

35.5%

Gains on asset related transactions

$2,124

$1,023

$397

$319

$117

$357

EBITDA, as adjusted (6)

$39,851

$41,122

$40,601

$43,562

$44,209

$46,265

  % Change from previous Qtr.

5.6%

3.2%

-1.3%

7.3%

1.5%

4.7%

EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

34.0%

34.3%

33.0%

34.8%

34.3%

35.8%

 Fees – net neutrality

$2

$188

$824

$260

$14

$39

Net cash provided by operating activities

$23,514

$28,045

$28,783

$31,360

$30,179

$31,271

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-30.6%

19.3%

2.6%

9.0%

-3.8%

3.6%

Capital expenditures

$12,249

$12,007

$10,927

$10,618

$14,905

$11,988

  % Change from previous Qtr.

70.2%

-2.0%

-9.0%

-2.8%

40.4%

-19.6%

Principal payments on capital leases

$3,854

$2,194

$3,320

$1,833

$2,304

$3,755

  % Change from previous Qtr.

37.3%

-43.1%

51.3%

-44.8%

25.7%

63.0%

Dividends paid

$18,999

$19,946

$20,879

$21,833

$22,819

$23,788

Purchases of common stock

$ -

$ 1,829

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

Gross Leverage Ratio

4.64

4.62

4.57

4.44

4.33

4.22

Net Leverage Ratio

2.94

2.98

3.00

2.94

2.94

2.93

Customer Connections – end of period

On-Net

54,805

57,307

59,357

61,334

63,366

65,407

  % Change from previous Qtr.

3.7%

4.6%

3.6%

3.3%

3.3%

3.2%

Off-Net

9,055

9,355

9,724

9,953

10,241

10,480

  % Change from previous Qtr.

5.3%

3.1%

4.2%

2.4%

2.9%

2.3%

Non-Core (1)

383

340

336

326

307

306

  % Change from previous Qtr.

9.4%

-11.2%

-1.2%

-3.0%

-5.8%

-0.3%

Total customer connections

64,243

66,982

69,417

71,613

73,194

76,193

  %1 Change from previous Qtr.

3.9%

4.3%

3.6%

3.2%

3.2%

3.1%

On-Net Buildings – end of period

Multi-Tenant office buildings

1,601

1,618

1,635

1,653

1,672

1,710

Carrier neutral data center buildings

752

767

784

800

816

837

Cogent data centers

53

53

53

53

53

52

Total on-net buildings

2,406

2,438

2,472

2,506

2,541

2,599

Square feet – multi-tenant office buildings – on-net

864,432,176

872,293,092

881,184,145

893,580,297

911,283,287

927,410,239

Network  – end of period

Intercity route miles

57,213

57,403

57,403

57,403

57,403

57,403

Metro fiber miles

30,190

30,516

31,071

31,254

31,850

31,953

Connected networks – AS's

5,949

5,983

6,076

6,152

6,247

6,363

Headcount – end of period

Sales force – quota bearing

432

434

444

455

432

438

Sales force - total

554

559

565

574

555

566

Total employees

900

909

919

929

908

917

Sales rep productivity – units per full time equivalent sales rep ("FTE") per month

6.1

6.5

5.7

5.8

5.7

5.7

FTE – sales reps

416

410

420

429

427

413

(1)

Consists of legacy services of companies whose assets or businesses were acquired by Cogent, primarily including voice services (only provided in Toronto, Canada).

(2)

Network operations expense excludes equity-based compensation expense of $111, $141, $179, $173, $189 and $232 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2017 through June 30, 2018, respectively.  Network operations expense includes excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees of $2,604, $2,672, $2,691, $2,943, $3,157 and $3,108 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2017 through June 30, 2018, respectively. 

(3)

GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity based compensation included in network operations expense.  GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.

(4)

Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.  Management believes that Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP gross profit margin are relevant metrics to provide investors, as they are metrics that management uses to measure the margin available to the company after network service costs, in essence a measure of the efficiency of the Company's network.

(5)

Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $2,536, $3,084, $3,555, $3,511, $3,595 and $4,463 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2017 through June 30, 2018, respectively. 

(6)

See schedule of non-GAAP metrics below for definitions and reconciliations to GAAP measures below.

Schedules of Non-GAAP Measures 

EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted
EBITDA represents net cash flows from operating activities plus changes in operating assets and liabilities, cash interest expense and cash income tax expense.  Management believes the most directly comparable measure to EBITDA calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, is cash flows provided by operating activities. The Company also believes that EBITDA is a measure frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of issuers.  EBITDA, as adjusted, represents EBITDA plus net gains (losses) on asset related transactions.

The Company believes that EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are useful measures of its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand its business.  EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted are an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information. EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted are not recognized terms under GAAP and accordingly, should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for the analysis of results as reported under GAAP, but rather as a supplemental measure to GAAP. For example, these metrics are not intended to reflect the Company's free cash flow, as it does not consider certain current or future cash requirements, such as capital expenditures, contractual commitments, and changes in working capital needs, interest expenses and debt service requirements. The Company's calculations of these metrics may also differ from the calculations performed by its competitors and other companies and as such, its utility as a comparative measure is limited.

EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are reconciled to cash flows provided by operating activities in the table below.

Q1

2017

Q2

2017

Q3

2017

Q4

2017

Q1
2018

Q2
2018

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

$23,514

$28,045

$28,783

$31,360

$30,179

$31,271

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

3,192

950

721

300

2,919

2,408

Cash interest expense and income tax expense

11,021

11,104

10,700

11,583

10,994

12,229

EBITDA

$37,727

$40,099

$40,204

$43,243

$44,092

$45,908

PLUS: Gains on asset related transactions

2,124

1,023

397

319

117

357

EBITDA, as adjusted

$39,851

$41,122

$40,601

$43,562

$44,209

$46,265

EBITDA margin

32.2%

33.5%

32.7%

34.5%

34.3%

35.5%

EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

34.0%

34.3%

33.0%

34.8%

34.3%

35.8%

Constant currency revenue is reconciled to service revenue as reported in the tables below.

Constant currency impact on revenue changes – sequential periods

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q1

2017

Q2

2017

Q3

2017

Q4

2017

Q1

2018

Q2

2018

Service revenue, as reported – current period

$117,203

$119,777

$122,969

$125,226

$128,706

$129,296

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

195

(531)

(1,701)

16

(981)

802

Service revenue - as adjusted  for currency impact (1)

$117,398

$119,246

$121,268

$125,242

$127,725

$130,098

Service revenue, as reported – prior sequential period

$115,596

$117,203

$119,777

$122,969

$125,226

$128,706

Constant currency increase

$1,802

$2,043

$1,491

$2,273

$2,499

$1,392

Constant currency percent increase

1.6%

1.7%

1.2%

1.8%

2.0%

1.1%

(1)

Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the prior sequential period. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly sequential revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of sequential revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

Constant currency impact on revenue changes – prior year periods

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Q1

2017

Q2

2017

Q3

2017

Q4

2017

Q1

2018

Q2

2018

Service revenue, as reported – current period

$117,203

$119,777

$122,969

$125,226

$128,706

$129,296

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

503

743

(1,257)

(2,055)

(3,280)

(1,937)

Service revenue - as adjusted for currency impact  (2)

$117,706

$120,520

$121,712

$123,171

$125,426

$127,359

Service revenue, as reported – prior year period

$108,291

$109,955

$113,057

$115,596

$117,203

$119,777

Constant currency increase

$9,415

$10,565

$8,655

$7,575

$8,223

$7,582

Percent increase

8.7%

9.6%

7.7%

6.6%

7.0%

6.3%

(2)

Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the comparable prior year period. The Company believes that disclosing year over year revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP gross margin

Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP gross margin are reconciled to GAAP gross profit and GAAP gross margin in the table below.

Q1 2017

Q2 2017

Q3 2017

Q4 2017

Q1 2018

Q2 2018

($ in 000's) – unaudited

Service revenue total

$117,203

$119,777

$122,969

$125,226

$128,706

$129,296

Minus - Network operations expense including equity-based compensation and including depreciation and amortization expense

69,200

70,012

72,731

73,262

74,663

74,595

GAAP Gross Profit (1)

$48,003

$49,765

$50,238

$51,964

$54,043

$54,701

Plus  - Equity-based compensation – network operations expense

111

141

179

173

189

232

Plus – Depreciation and amortization expense

18,538

18,897

19,147

19,344

19,788

20,216

Non-GAAP Gross Profit (2)

$66,652

$68,803

$69,564

$71,481

$74,020

$75,149

GAAP Gross Margin (1)

41.0%

41.5%

40.9%

41.5%

42.0%

42.3%

Non-GAAP Gross Margin (2)

56.9%

57.4%

56.6%

57.1%

57.5%

58.1%

(1)

GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity based compensation included in network operations expense.  GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.

(2)

Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation and amortization expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.  Management believes that non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin are relevant metrics to provide to investors, as they are metrics that management uses to measure the margin and amount available to the Company after network service costs, in essence these are measures of the efficiency of the Company's network.

Gross and Net Leverage Ratios

Gross leverage ratio is defined as total debt divided by the trailing last 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted.  Net leverage ratio is defined as total net debt (total debt minus cash and cash equivalents) divided by the trailing last 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted.  Cogent's gross leverage ratio and net leverage ratio at March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018 are shown below.

($ in 000's) – unaudited

As of March 31, 2018

As of June 30, 2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$236,026

$224,282

Debt

Capital leases – current portion

7,003

8,428

Capital leases – long term

150,939

151,439

Senior unsecured notes

189,225

189,225

Senior secured notes

375,000

375,000

Note payable

11,349

12,437

Total debt

733,516

736,529

Total net debt

497,490

512,247

Trailing 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted

169,494

174,637

Gross leverage ratio

4.33

4.22

Net leverage ratio

2.94

2.93

Cogent's SEC filings are available online via the Investor Relations section of www.cogentco.com or on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov.

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JUNE 30, 2018 AND DECEMBER 31, 2017

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

June 30,
2018

December 31,
2017

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

224,282

$

247,011

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,131 and $1,499,
respectively

39,482

39,096

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

32,972

20,011

Total current assets

296,736

306,118

Property and equipment, net

382,730

381,282

Deferred tax assets

9,038

17,616

Deposits and other assets

11,725

5,572

Total assets

$

700,229

$

710,588

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

10,330

$

11,592

Accrued and other current liabilities

47,447

47,947

Installment payment agreement, current portion, net of discount of $413 and $337,
respectively

8,746

7,816

Current maturities, capital lease obligations

8,428

7,171

Total current liabilities

74,951

74,526

Senior secured 2022 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $1,668 and $1,870,
respectively and including premium of $340 and $382, respectively

373,672

373,512

Senior unsecured 2021 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $1,772 and $2,060,
respectively

187,453

187,165

Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities

151,439

150,333

Other long term liabilities

27,350

27,596

Total liabilities

814,865

813,132

Commitments and contingencies:

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 46,443,945 and
45,960,799 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

46

46

Additional paid-in capital

467,007

456,696

Accumulated other comprehensive income — foreign currency translation

(8,187)

(4,600)

Accumulated deficit

(573,502)

(554,686)

Total stockholders' deficit

(114,636)

(102,544)

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit

$

700,229

$

710,588

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2018

Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

129,296

$

119,777

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $232 and $141 of equity-based compensation
expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown
separately below)

54,379

51,115

Selling, general, and administrative (including $4,463 and $3,084 of equity-based
compensation expense, respectively)

33,704

31,788

Depreciation and amortization

20,216

18,897

Total operating expenses

108,299

101,800

Gains on equipment transactions

357

1,023

Operating income

21,354

19,000

Interest income and other, net

189

1,015

Interest expense

(12,373)

(12,090)

Income before income taxes

9,170

7,925

Income tax provision

(2,618)

(3,608)

Net income

$

6,552

$

4,317

Comprehensive income:

Net income

$

6,552

$

4,317

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(6,198)

6,163

Comprehensive income

$

354

$

10,480

Net income per common share:

Basic net income per common share

$

0.15

$

0.10

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.14

$

0.10

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.52

$

0.44

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,016,767

44,717,372

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,536,473

44,988,655

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2018

Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Service revenue

$

258,002

$

236,981

Operating expenses:

Network operations (including $421 and $252 of equity-based compensation
expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown
separately below)

109,252

101,778

Selling, general, and administrative (including $8,058 and $5,620 of equity-based
compensation expense, respectively)

67,227

63,252

Depreciation and amortization

40,004

37,435

Total operating expenses

216,483

202,465

Gains on equipment transactions

475

3,146

Operating income

41,994

37,662

Interest income and other, net

1,879

1,870

Interest expense

(24,780)

(23,978)

Income before income taxes

19,093

15,554

Income tax provision

(5,757)

(7,101)

Net income

$

13,336

$

8,453

Comprehensive income:

Net income

$

13,336

$

8,453

Foreign currency translation adjustment

(3,587)

7,491

Comprehensive income

$

9,749

$

15,944

Net income per common share:

Basic net income per common share

$

0.30

$

0.19

Diluted net income per common share

$

0.29

$

0.19

Dividends declared per common share

$

1.02

$

0.86

Weighted-average common shares - basic

45,011,616

44,720,971

Weighted-average common shares - diluted

45,456,831

44,990,298

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017

(IN THOUSANDS)

Three months
Ended
June 30, 2018

Three months
Ended
June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

6,552

$

4,317

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

20,216

18,897

Amortization of debt discount and premium

381

287

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)

4,695

3,225

Gains — equipment transactions and other, net

46

(1,457)

Deferred income taxes

2,192

3,292

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(2,096)

(384)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

582

(133)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities

(414)

(423)

Deposits and other assets

(883)

424

Net cash provided by operating activities

31,271

28,045

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(11,988)

(12,007)

Net cash used in investing activities

(11,988)

(12,007)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(23,788)

(19,946)

Purchases of common stock

(1,829)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

705

186

Principal payments on installment payment agreement

(2,289)

(733)

Principal payments of capital lease obligations

(3,755)

(2,194)

Net cash used in financing activities

(29,127)

(24,516)

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash

(1,900)

1,774

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(11,744)

(6,704)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

236,026

263,196

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

224,282

$

256,492

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2018 AND JUNE 30, 2017

(IN THOUSANDS)

Six months
Ended
June 30, 2018

Six months
Ended
June 30, 2017

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

13,336

$

8,453

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

40,004

37,435

Amortization of debt discount and premium

751

567

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)

8,479

5,872

Gains — equipment transactions and other, net

(439)

(3,628)

Deferred income taxes

4,815

6,626

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(741)

(341)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(631)

(1,200)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities

(2,418)

(2,084)

Deposits and other assets

(1,706)

(141)

Net cash provided by operating activities

61,450

51,559

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchases of property and equipment

(26,893)

(24,256)

Net cash used in investing activities

(26,893)

(24,256)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Dividends paid

(46,607)

(38,945)

Purchases of common stock

(1,829)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

1,002

486

Principal payments on installment payment agreement

(4,254)

(951)

Principal payments of capital lease obligations

(6,059)

(6,048)

Net cash used in financing activities

(55,918)

(47,287)

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash

(1,368)

2,157

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(22,729)

(17,827)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

247,011

274,319

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

224,282

$

256,492

Except for historical information and discussion contained herein, statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements include, but are not limited to statements identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," "projects" and similar expressions.  The statements in this release are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cogent's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.  Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences, including future economic instability in the global economy or a contraction of the capital markets which could affect spending on Internet services and our ability to engage in financing activities; the impact of changing foreign exchange rates (in particular the Euro to USD and Canadian dollar to USD exchange rates) on the translation of our non-USD denominated revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities; legal and operational difficulties in new markets; the imposition of a requirement that we contribute to the US Universal Service Fund on the basis of our Internet revenue; changes in government policy and/or regulation, including net neutrality rules  by the United States Federal Communications Commission and in the area of data protection; increasing competition leading to lower prices for our services; our ability to attract new customers and to increase and maintain the volume of traffic on our network; the ability to maintain our Internet peering arrangements on favorable terms; our reliance on an equipment vendor, Cisco Systems Inc., and the potential for hardware or software problems associated with such equipment; the dependence of our network on the quality and dependability of third-party fiber providers; our ability to retain certain customers that comprise a significant portion of our revenue base; the management of network failures and/or disruptions; and outcomes in litigation as well as other risks discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our report on Form 10-Q  for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cogent undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement or any information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time. 

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