ATN International, Inc.
Jul 31, 2008

Atlantic Tele-Network Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results

  • Operating income increases 13% to $18.1 million;21% excluding one-time 2007 gains

  • Net income increases 13% to $10.2 million; 28% excluding one-time 2007 gains

  • Salem, MA (July 31, 2008) — Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI) today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. For the three months ended June 30, 2008, revenue was $50.4 million, an increase of $5.2 million, or 12%, as compared to revenue of $45.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2007. Net income was $10.2 million for the quarter, as compared to $9.0 million for the same period in 2007, an increase of $1.2 million, or 13%. On a per share basis, net income increased by 14% to $0.67 per diluted share from $0.59 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2007. Net income for 2007 was positively impacted by $1.0 million of one-time gains. Excluding those one-time gains, net income for 2007 would have been $8.0 million and the comparative increase in net income for 2008 would be 28%.

    For the six months ended June 30, 2008, revenue was $96.0 million, an increase of $6.9 million or 8% as compared to revenue of $89.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2007. Net income was $18.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2008, as compared to $15.9 million for the same period in 2007, an increase of $2.2 million or 14%. On a per share basis, net income increased by 13% to $1.18 per diluted share from $1.04 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2007.

    Revenue and operating income for the second quarter of 2008 was positively impacted by the previously announced increase in the Company's ownership in Bermuda Digital Communications (BDC) from approximately 43% to 58% of BDC's outstanding stock. The Company began consolidating the operating results of BDC on May 15, 2008, the effective date of its increase in ownership.

    "This was a good quarter, with stronger results than we expected," said Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. "Wireless continues to drive our growth. Our rapid build-out of new markets in the rural United States more than made up for the two markets sold last year, as we continue to see promising results from the extensive investment we made in new network coverage and capacity. Our wireless revenue also benefitted from a partial quarter of consolidated results from Bermuda. The impact of the consolidation of BDC will be even more apparent in the third quarter, and will allow investors a better sense of the health and diversity of our revenue streams. Bermuda has been a great investment for us in the past and we believe our increase in ownership and its contribution to our consolidated wireless revenue will generate additional value for shareholders. In Guyana, which we expect will generate approximately 15% of our total wireless revenue next quarter, the competitive environment is still more difficult than we have faced in the past, leading to a decline in wireless revenue in that market. Another challenge to this quarter was a marked increase in bypass traffic—international traffic that bypasses our network in Guyana costing us revenue and, because of the methods used, presents a very poor quality experience for callers. We have taken a variety of steps to counter this development and hope to see improvement in coming quarters.

    "On the fixed line side of our business, we were pleased to see another quarter of growth. We increased the access lines in service in Guyana, had strong increases in high-speed data subscribers in the Virgin Islands and Guyana and continued to add business customers in Vermont and New Hampshire."

    Second Quarter 2008 Operating Highlights
    The following operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 are compared against the same period in 2007 unless otherwise indicated.

    Wireless Revenue. Wireless revenue increased by $4.9 million, or 25%, to $24.8 million from $19.9 million. Of this increase, our U.S. rural wireless, notwithstanding the sale of 59 sites in the fourth quarter of 2007, saw revenue increase by $4.0 million, or 31%, to $16.9 million from $12.9 million. An additional $2.9 million was attributable to the consolidation of BDC, which represents operations from May 15, 2008 through June 30, 2008, offset by a $2.0 million decrease in our wireless business in Guyana. Our U.S. rural wireless growth was a result of the ongoing deployment of new GSM and CDMA base stations, along with switching fees earned on the 59 sold sites, although those fees are expected to continue to decrease rapidly in the third quarter and terminate by the end of the year. We ended the quarter with a total of 367 GSM and CDMA base stations in our U.S. network, compared to 263 on June 30, 2007. In Guyana, our wireless revenue decline reflects the continued impact of competition that entered the market in late 2006 and a decline in subscribers from 305,000 as of June 2007 to 277,000 as of June 2008.

    Local Telephone and Data Revenue. Local telephone and data revenue grew to $12.3 million compared to $11.4 million in 2007, an increase of $0.9 million, or 8%. Our Guyana operations increased their local telephone and data revenue by $0.7 million, or 11%, from $6.6 million to $7.3 million, as access lines increased from 124,000 lines to 135,000 lines, or 9%, and interconnect fees increased. Sovernet reported $3.7 million in local telephone and data revenue, consistent with the prior year. While Sovernet continues to add business customers for its voice and data services, to date this has been almost entirely offset by the decline in its residential data business, particularly its dial-up internet services. Our Virgin Islands operations saw an increase in revenue attributable to additional sales of high-capacity data services to businesses and government offices and a 30% increase in high-speed data subscribers over the same period in 2007.

    International Long Distance Revenue. International long distance revenue, all of which is generated by our GT&T subsidiary, was $12.4 million in 2008, a decrease of $0.4 million, or 3%, from $12.8 million in 2007. This decrease was partly a result of certain non-recurring events during the second quarter of 2007, including Guyana's hosting of Cricket World Cup matches and the Rio Group Summit, which we believe caused an increase in international traffic during that period. We also believe that bypass activities increased considerably in the quarter, leading to lost revenue opportunities. Inbound minutes represented 86% of international traffic for the quarter.

    Operating Expenses. Operating expenses increased by $3.3 million, or 11%, from $29.1 million to $32.4 million for the second quarter of 2007 and 2008, respectively. Of this increase, $2.0 million represents operating expenses of BDC from May 15, 2008 through June 30, 2008. In addition, the Company recorded increased depreciation and amortization expense associated with our network expansion in the rural U.S and Guyana. Such increases, however, were offset by the decrease in marketing expenses in Guyana, which had increased in 2007 in response to new increased competition. Operating expenses were reduced in 2007 by a $1.0 million gain on the disposition of certain long lived assets. Operating expenses for the second quarter 2007 and 2008 also included non-cash stock based compensation expense of $0.2 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

    Operating Income. Operating income increased by $2.1 million, or 13%, from $16.0 million to $18.1 million for the quarter. This increase came predominately from U.S. rural wireless revenue growth and the consolidation of the results of the operations of BDC, effective May 15, 2008. Operating income for 2007 was positively impacted by $1.0 million of one-time gains. Excluding those one-time gains, operating income for 2007 would have been $15.0 million and the comparative increase in operating income for 2008 would be 21%.

    Conference Call Information
    Atlantic Tele-Network will host a conference call tomorrow, Friday August 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its second quarter results for 2008. The call will be hosted by Michael Prior, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Justin Benincasa, Chief Financial Officer. The dial-in numbers are US/Canada: (800) 734-4208 and International: (212) 231-2900. A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. (ET) August 1, 2008 until 12:00 p.m. (ET) on August 8, 2008. The replay dial-in numbers are US/Canada: (800) 633-8284 and International: (402) 977-9140, access code 21389480.

    About Atlantic Tele-Network
    Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI) is a telecommunications company headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts. Its principal subsidiaries include: Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Limited, which is the national telephone service provider for all local, long-distance and international service, as well as a wireless service provider, in Guyana; Commnet Wireless, LLC, which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for U.S. and international carriers in rural areas throughout the United States; Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., which, under the Cellular One name, is the leading provider of wireless voice and data services in Bermuda; Sovernet, Inc., which provides wireline voice and data services to businesses and homes in New England; and Choice Communications, LLC, which provides wireless television and wireless broadband services in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Non-GAAP Financial Information and Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release contains references to net income and operating income for 2007 that exclude certain one-time gains and, accordingly are financial measures not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These measures are presented as additional performance metrics to enhance the comparability of our current results to prior periods and should not be considered alternatives to net income or operating income determined in accordance with GAAP.

    This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other matters, the future financial performance and results of operations of the Company; demand for our services and industry trends; the pace of our network expansion and improvement, including our realization of the benefits of these investments; and management's plans and strategy for the future. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs, and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events or results. Actual future events and results could differ materially from the events and results indicated in these statements as a result of many factors, including, among others, (1) significant political and regulatory risk facing our exclusive license to provide local exchange and international voice and data services in Guyana; (2) any significant decline in the price or volume of international long distance calls to Guyana; (3) increased competition affecting our businesses; (4) the regulation of rates that GT&T may charge for local wireline telephone service; (5) significant tax disputes between GT&T and the Guyanese tax authorities; (6) the derivation of a significant portion of our U.S. wireless revenue from a small number of customers; (7) our ability to maintain favorable roaming arrangements, including the rates Commnet charges its wholesale customers; (8) economic, political and other risks facing our foreign operations; (9) regulatory changes affecting our businesses; (10) rapid and significant technological changes in the telecommunications industry; (11) our reliance on a limited number of key suppliers and vendors for timely supply of equipment and services relating to our network infrastructure; (12) any loss of any key members of management; (13) the adequacy and expansion capabilities of our network capacity and customer service system to support our customer growth; (14) dependence of our wireless and wireline revenues on the reliability and performance of our network infrastructure; (15) the occurrence of severe weather and natural catastrophes; and (16) our ability to realize the value that we believe exists in businesses that we acquire. These and other additional factors that may cause actual future events and results to differ materially from the events and results indicated in the forward-looking statements above are set forth more fully under Item 1A "Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which is on file with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors that may affect such forward-looking statements.

    ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.

    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

    (in Thousands)

             
        December 31,

    2007

      June 30,

    2008

    Assets:        
    Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 71,173   $ 55,053
    Other Current Assets     47,202     48,285
             
    Total Current Assets     118,375     103,338
             
    Fixed Assets, net     155,753     173,752
    Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, net     56,431     67,707
    Other Assets     14,067     5,876
             
    Total Assets   $ 344,626   $ 350,673
             
    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:        
    Current Liabilities   $ 44,879   $ 34,217
             
    Long Term Debt     50,000     50,000
    Other Liabilities     13,540     14,535
             
    Total Liabilities     108,419     98,752
             
    Minority Interests     27,236     29,955
             
    Stockholders' Equity     208,971     221,966
             
    Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 344,626   $ 350,673


    ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.

    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

    (in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

     
        Three Months Ended

    June 30,

      Six Months Ended

    June 30,

       

    2007

     

    2008

     

    2007

     

    2008

    Revenue:                
    Wireless   $ 19,884     $ 24,786     $ 38,587     $ 44,539  
    Local Telephone and Data     11,439       12,267       22,506       24,514  
    International Long Distance     12,802       12,387       25,974       24,942  
    Other Revenues     1,032       974       2,010       2,049  
                     
    Total Revenue     45,157       50,414       89,077       96,044  

    Operating Expenses:

                   
    Termination and Access Fees     7,696       8,376       14,255       15,964  
    Internet and Programming     817       863       1,666       1,762  
    Engineering and Operations     5,709       5,930       11,473       11,785  
    Sales, Marketing and Customer Services     3,641       2,944       8,738       5,618  
    General and Administrative     5,639       6,819       11,489       12,702  
    Depreciation and Amortization     6,658       7,424       13,159       14,501  
    Gain on Disposition of Long-Lived Assets     (1,043 )     -       (1,176 )     -  
                     
    Total Operating Expenses     29,117       32,356       59,604       62,332  
                     
    Operating Income     16,040       18,058       29,473       33,712  

    Other Income (Expense):

                   
    Interest Income (Expense), net     (144 )     (254 )     225       (338 )
    Other Income     1,514       143       1,768       368  
                     
    Other Income (Expense), net     1,370       (111 )     1,993       30  
                     
    Income Before Income Taxes, Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates and Minority Interests     17,410       17,947       31,466       33,742  
    Income Taxes     7,250       6,642       13,914       14,032  
                     
    Income Before Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates and Minority Interests     10,160       11,305       17,552       19,710  
    Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates     642       272       1,098       735  
    Minority Interests     (1,753 )     (1,373 )     (2,703 )     (2,374 )
                     
    Net Income   $ 9,049     $ 10,204     $ 15,947     $ 18,071  
                     
    Net Income Per Share                
    Basic   $ 0.60     $ 0.67     $ 1.05     $ 1.19  
    Diluted   $ 0.59     $ 0.67     $ 1.04     $ 1.18  
    Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding                
    Basic     15,161       15,187       15,156       15,192  
    Diluted     15,286       15,253       15,288       15,267  

     

    Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.
    Michael T. Prior
    Chief Executive Officer
    978-619-1300

    Justin D. Benincasa
    Chief Financial Officer
    978-619-1300