FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS
Consolidated revenue totaled $1,560 million, up 2% year-over-year, generating operating income of $66 million
Adjusted EBITDA1 was $421 million, up 4% compared to a year ago
Entertainment and Communications revenue totaled $970 million with Adjusted EBITDA increasing to $368 million
Fiber-to-the-premise (“FTTP”) High Speed Internet subscribers were up 20,700 in Cincinnati and 4,400 in Hawaii, compared to a year ago • IT Services and Hardware revenue totaled $617 million, generating Adjusted EBITDA of $68 million, up 9% and 27%, respectively, compared to the prior year
Cash provided by operating activities totaled $206 million with free cash flow2 of $31 million
Merger agreement with a controlled subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (“MIP”) remains on target to close in the first half of 2021
FOURTH QUARTER 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
Revenue of $410 million and operating income of $34 million — Adjusted EBITDA totaled $110 million
Entertainment and Communications revenue of $245 million, generating Adjusted EBITDA of $93 million
FTTP High Speed Internet net activations totaled approximately 5,000 in Cincinnati and 1,200 in Hawaii during the quarter
IT Services and Hardware revenue of $172 million, generating Adjusted EBITDA of $24 million
CINCINNATI – February 18, 2021 – Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB, news, filings), today announced financial results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2020.
Leigh Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati Bell, commented, “2020 was a unique and volatile year, and I am incredibly proud of the Cincinnati Bell team and their focus to overcome the challenges resulting from COVID-19. Our continued investments in dense metro fiber and strategic IT solutions produced incredible results and were critical to achieving both year-over-year revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth.”
Mr. Fox continued, “Through this pandemic, our teams remained committed to our customers and to the communities we serve. We participated in the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, maintained robust charitable contributions through numerous programs, and offered creative services and solutions to help bridge the digital divide. All of this was done while exceeding our financial goals, and reaching an agreement to be acquired by MIP at an attractive valuation for our shareholders.”
Revenue totaled $410 million for fourth quarter of 2020 and $1,560 million for the full year
Operating income was $34 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and $66 million for the full year
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $110 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and $421 million for the full year
Entertainment and Communications Segment
Entertainment and Communications revenue totaled $245 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and $970 million for the full year
– Cincinnati revenue totaled $171 million in the fourth quarter and $670 million for the full year
– Fioptics revenue totaled $92 million for the fourth quarter and $360 million for the full year, up 4% and 2%, respectively, year-over-year
– FTTP internet subscribers totaled 239,900 at the end of the fourth quarter, adding 20,700 customers during the year
– FTTP is available to approximately 500,000 addresses, more than 60% of Greater Cincinnati
– Hawaii revenue totaled $75 million in the fourth quarter and $300 million for the full year
– Consumer / SMB Fiber revenue totaled $22 million for the fourth quarter and $86 million for the full year
– FTTP internet subscribers totaled 59,800 at the end of the fourth quarter, adding 4,400 customers during the year
– FTTP is available to 184,300 addresses, or 38% of the state of Hawaii
• Adjusted EBITDA was $93 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and $368 million for the full year
IT Services and Hardware Segment
IT Services and Hardware revenue totaled $172 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 and $617 million for the full year
– Communications revenue was $55 million in the fourth quarter and $215 million for the full year, up $3 million and $16 million year-over-year, respectively
– Consulting revenue totaled $58 million for the fourth quarter and $196 million for the full year, up $20 million and $43 million year-over-year, respectively
– Cloud revenue was $23 million in the fourth quarter and $86 million for the full year, up $1 million and down $6 million from the prior year, respectively
– Infrastructure Solutions revenue totaled $37 million in the fourth quarter and $119 million for the full year, down $2 million and $5 million year-over-year, respectively
Adjusted EBITDA was $24 million for the fourth quarter and $68 million for the full year, up $5 million and $15 million from the prior year, respectively
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Transaction Details
On March 13, 2020, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (“Cincinnati Bell” or the “Company”), together with MIP, announced an agreement through which an MIP-controlled subsidiary will acquire all outstanding shares of Cincinnati Bell for $15.50 per share in a cash transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including debt (the “Transaction”).
The Transaction follows the determination by Cincinnati Bell’s Board of Directors, after consultation with its legal and financial advisors, that the MIP proposal constituted a “Superior Company Proposal” as defined in Cincinnati Bell’s previously announced Brookfield merger agreement. Consistent with that determination, and following the expiration of the negotiation period during which Brookfield declined to propose an amendment to the Brookfield merger agreement, Cincinnati Bell terminated the Brookfield merger agreement. In connection with the termination, Cincinnati Bell paid Brookfield an approximately $25 million break-up fee.
On May 7, 2020, Cincinnati Bell’s shareholders adopted the MIP merger agreement at a virtual special meeting of shareholders.
MIP is a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (“MIRA”). In addition to MIP, certain Special Opportunities funds or co-investment vehicles managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) (“Ares Management”), and entities controlled by the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (“REST”), an Australian superannuation fund managed by Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited, have agreed to provide equity financing for the Transaction.
MIRA is a global alternative asset manager with extensive experience in investing in the communications infrastructure industry. For more than two decades, MIRA has partnered with investors, governments, and communities to manage, develop, and enhance assets relied on by more than 100 million people each day. As of September 30, 2020, MIRA had $146.1 billion in assets under management (based on proportionate enterprise value), of which $116 billion were invested in infrastructure assets.
Ares Management is a leading global alternative investment manager operating integrated groups across Credit, Private Equity, Real Estate and Strategic Initiatives. Ares Management’s investment groups collaborate to deliver innovative investment solutions and consistent, attractive investment returns for fund investors throughout market cycles. As of September 30, 2020, Ares Management’s global platform had approximately $179 billion of assets under management with more than 1,400 employees operating across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
REST is a widely held Australian public offer pension fund managing over AUD 58 billion (USD $45 billion) on behalf of approximately 1.7 million members.
The Transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals.
INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT:
Kei Lawson, 513-565-0510
Josh Pichler, 513-565-0310
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those discussed in this release;
the global outbreak of COVID-19 and related government, private sector and individual consumer responsive actions have adversely affected the Company’s business operations, employee availability, financial performance, liquidity and cash flow and are expected to continue to do so for an unknown period of time;
the Company operates in highly competitive industries, and customers may not continue to purchase products or services, which would result in reduced revenue and loss of market share;
the Company may be unable to grow its revenues and cash flows despite the initiatives it has implemented;
failure to anticipate the need to introduce new products and services or to compete with new technologies may compromise the Company’s success in the telecommunications industry;
the Company’s access lines, which generate a significant portion of our cash flows and profits, are decreasing in number. If the Company continues to experience access line losses similar to the past several years, our revenues, earnings and cash flows from operations may be adversely impacted;
negotiations with the providers of content for our video programming may not be successful, potentially resulting in our inability to carry certain programming channels, which could result in the loss of subscribers. In addition, due to the influence of some content providers, we may be forced to pay higher rates for some content, resulting in increased costs;
the Company’s failure to meet performance standards under its agreements could result in customers terminating their relationships with the Company or customers being entitled to receive financial compensation, leading to reduced revenues and/or increased costs;
the Company generates a substantial portion of revenue by serving a limited geographic area;
one large customer accounts for a significant portion of the Company’s accounts receivable. The loss or significant reduction in business from this customer would cause operating results to decline and could negatively impact profitability and cash flows;
maintaining the Company’s telecommunications networks requires significant capital expenditures, and the Company’s inability or failure to maintain its telecommunications networks could have a material impact on the Company’s market share and ability to generate revenue;
increases in broadband usage may cause network capacity limitations resulting in service disruptions or reduced capacity for customers;
we may be liable for the material that content providers distribute over our networks;
an IT and/or network security breach or cyber-attack may lead to unauthorized use or disabling of our network, theft of customer data or other sensitive data, unauthorized use or publication of our confidential business information and could have a material adverse effect on our business;
weather conditions, natural disasters, terrorist acts or acts of war could cause damage to our infrastructure and result in significant disruptions to our operations;
the Company depends on a number of third-party providers and the loss of or problems with one or more of these providers may impede the Company’s growth, cause it to lose customers or materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition, and results of operations;
a failure of back-office information technology systems could adversely affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition;
if the Company fails to extend or renegotiate its collective bargaining agreements with its labor unions when they expire, or if the Company’s unionized employees were to engage in a strike or other work stoppage, the Company’s business and operating results could be materially harmed;
the Company’s debt could limit its ability to fund operations, raise additional capital, and fulfill its obligations, which, in turn, would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s businesses and prospects generally;
the Company’s credit agreement, the indenture governing the Company’s notes due 2024, the indenture governing the Company’s notes due 2025 and other indebtedness impose significant restrictions on the Company;
the Company depends on its revolving credit facility and receivables facility to provide for its short-term financing requirements in excess of amounts generated by operations, and the availability of those funds may be reduced or limited;
the servicing of the Company’s indebtedness is dependent on its ability to generate cash, which could be impacted by many factors beyond the Company’s control;
the Company depends on the receipt of dividends or other intercompany transfers from its subsidiaries and investments;
the uncertain economic environment, including uncertainty in the U.S. and world securities markets, could impact the Company’s business and financial condition;
adverse changes in the value of assets or obligations associated with the Company’s employee benefit plans could negatively impact shareowners’ deficit and liquidity;
the trading price of the Company’s common stock may be volatile, and the value of an investment in the Company’s common stock may decline;
there are material uncertainties and risks associated with the MIP merger agreement and Transaction;
the Transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all;
failure to complete the Transaction could negatively impact the Company’s business, financial results and stock price;
the Company has incurred, and will incur, substantial direct and indirect costs as a result of the Transaction;
the Company’s future cash flows could be adversely affected if it is unable to fully realize its deferred tax assets;
changes in tax laws and regulations, and actions by federal, state and local taxing authorities related to the interpretation and application of such tax laws and regulations, could have a negative impact on the Company’s financial results and cash flows;
the regulation of the Company’s businesses by federal and state authorities may, among other things, place the Company at a competitive disadvantage, restrict our ability to price our products and services competitively, and threaten our operating licenses;
third parties may claim that the Company is infringing upon their intellectual property, and the Company could suffer significant litigation or licensing expenses or be prevented from selling products;
third parties may infringe upon the Company’s intellectual property, and the Company may expend significant resources enforcing its rights or suffer competitive injury;
the Company could be subject to a significant amount of litigation, which could require the Company to pay significant damages or settlements;
the Company could incur significant costs resulting from complying with, or potential violations of, environmental, health and human safety laws;
the other risks and uncertainties detailed in our filings with the SEC, including our Form 10-K report, Form 10-Q reports and Form 8-K reports; and
other factors outside the Company’s control.
These forward-looking statements are based on information, plans and estimates as of the date hereof and there may be other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update the information contained in this release except as required by applicable law.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains information about adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), Adjusted EBITDA margin, net debt, net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items and free cash flow. These are non-GAAP financial measures used by Cincinnati Bell management when evaluating results of operations and cash flow. Management believes these measures also provide users of the financial statements with additional and useful comparisons of current results of operations and cash flows with past and future periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as being more important than comparable GAAP measures. Detailed reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP financial measures have been included in the tables distributed with this release and are available in the Investor Relations section of www.cincinnatibell.com.
1Adjusted EBITDA provides a useful measure of operational performance. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP operating income plus depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring and severance related charges, (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets, transaction and integration costs, transaction related employee retention agreements, asset impairments, and other special items. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with the measure as defined by other companies.
Adjusted EBITDA margin provides a useful measure of operational performance. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Adjusted EBITDA margin should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with the measure as defined by other companies.
2Free cash flow provides a useful measure of operational performance, liquidity and financial health. The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided by (used in) operating activities, adjusted for restructuring and severance related payments, transaction and integration payments, less capital expenditures and preferred stock dividends. Free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flow from operating activities, or the change in cash on the balance sheet and may not be comparable with free cash flow as defined by other companies. Although the Company feels there is no comparable GAAP measure for free cash flow, the attached financial information reconciles cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow.
Net debt provides a useful measure of liquidity and financial health. The Company defines net debt as the sum of the face amount of short-term and long-term debt, unamortized premium and/or discount and unamortized note issuance costs, offset by cash and cash equivalents.
Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items in total and per share provides a useful measure of operating performance. Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with net income (loss) excluding special items as defined by other companies.
About Cincinnati Bell Inc.
With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB) delivers integrated communications solutions to residential and business customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks including high-speed internet, video, voice and data. Cincinnati Bell provides service in areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Hawaii. In addition, enterprise customers across the United States and Canada rely on CBTS and OnX, wholly-owned subsidiaries, for efficient, scalable office communications systems and end-to-end IT solutions. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatibell.com. The information on the Company’s website is not incorporated by reference in this press release.