ATN International, Inc.
May 3, 2011

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Financial Highlights:

BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

"As expected, first quarter operating results continued to be impacted by transition initiatives and overlapping expenses related to our acquisition of certain former Alltel wireless assets. However, we were pleased that certain metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA and operating income, showed sequential improvement over fourth quarter 2010 levels. This reflected reductions in several expense categories related to our U.S. wireless business and resulted in the expansion of our Adjusted EBITDA margin for this segment from 16% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 18% this quarter," said Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive Officer. "Looking ahead, we believe that second quarter 2011 results are likely to be our most challenging of the year, as we absorb the full expense of the final stage of our transition efforts, continue to experience customer attrition, and we work through any short-term difficulties that may arise during the systems conversion which is scheduled to be completed in the middle of this year. By contrast, second half 2011 operating results are expected to show marked improvement, demonstrating our ability to generate significantly improved EBITDA margins once the transition is completed."

Total revenues for the first quarter were $188.2 million, compared to $54.8 million for the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 243%. Total wireless service revenues represented $159.3 million, or 85% of total revenue. This significant increase over last year's first quarter total revenues was primarily a result of the Company's acquisition of certain former Alltel wireless assets, which was completed on April 26, 2010. U.S. Wireless service revenues were $144.4 million, or 77% of total revenues, for the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA1 for the 2011 first quarter was $35.4 million compared to $22.3 million in the 2010 first quarter and $31.3 million in the 2010 fourth quarter. Consistent with the past several quarters, first quarter 2011 U.S. Wireless segment results were impacted by significant costs associated with the transition of the recently acquired Alltel wireless assets. We estimate that duplicate transition-related expenses and the net impact of other one-time items were approximately $9.3 million this quarter.

Total operating income for the first quarter of 2011 was $10.4 million compared to $7.4 million in last year's first quarter and $9.3 million in the 2010 fourth quarter. First quarter 2011 operating income included a $14.7 million increase in depreciation and amortization expenses over the prior year's first quarter and $0.3 million in acquisition-related charges. Last year's first quarter operating income included $4.8 million in acquisition-related charges. Net income attributable to ATN's stockholders was $4.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to $4.0 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010 and $3.3 million, or $0.21 per share in the 2010 fourth quarter.

"Building the stability and value of our domestic retail customer base remains a high priority, and we have implemented several initiatives that expand the array of available devices, improve network quality for voice and high speed data and provide our customers with affordable and flexible wireless plans, " Mr. Prior noted. "Our ability to customize offerings and fully utilize our point of sale opportunities with customers, however, has been limited during the transition period. In the second half of 2011, with the transition behind us, we expect to take advantage of the significant marketing expertise we have within our organization as well as the existing Alltel brand equity to work on reducing churn and improving sales metrics throughout our domestic wireless markets.

"International operations and U.S. Wireline operations showed steady progress in this year's first quarter," Mr. Prior said. "International revenues benefited from an 8% increase in the number of wireless subscribers over last year's first quarter; and US Wireline saw a modest uptick overall from growth in our wholesale capacity business in the New York State."

First Quarter 2011 Operating Highlights

U.S. Wireless Service Revenues

U.S. wireless service revenues include voice and data service revenues from the Company's prepaid and postpaid retail operations as well as its wholesale roaming operations. Total service revenues from the U.S. wireless businesses amounted to $144.4 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $22.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. Total service revenues from the acquired Alltel properties for the quarter were $121.9 million.

U.S. Retail wireless service revenues were $99.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. The Company did not have a U.S. retail wireless business in the first quarter of 2010. At the end of the 2011 first quarter, the Company had approximately 674,000 U.S. retail subscribers, of which approximately 504,000 were postpaid subscribers and approximately 170,000 were prepaid subscribers. Additional operating data on our U.S. retail wireless business can be found in Table 4 of this release.

U.S. Wholesale wireless revenues were $44.7 million, an increase of 95% over the $22.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. Wholesale revenues from the acquired Alltel properties were $22.3 million. Data revenues accounted for 40% of wholesale wireless revenues for the quarter, compared to 22% a year earlier. As expected, wholesale revenues in legacy "roam only" markets were marginally impacted by revenue lost as a result of AT&T's acquisition and network conversion of certain former Alltel markets. The Company expects this lost revenue amount to increase and to continue to negatively impact wholesale wireless revenues in coming quarters, likely more than offsetting any organic year-on-year growth in this revenue stream.

International Wireless Revenues

International wireless revenues include retail and wholesale voice and data wireless revenues from international operations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, including Guyana. Total revenues from international wireless (which includes revenues from fixed wireless data services) amounted to $14.9 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of $4.0 million, or 37%, over the $10.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. This increase primarily resulted from growth in the number of wireless subscribers in Guyana and expansion elsewhere in the Caribbean. International wireless revenue is expected to show an even larger increase over the next four quarters, mainly as a result of the business combination in Bermuda that the Company announced this morning in a separate release.

Wireline Revenues

Wireline revenues are generated by the Company's wireline operations in Guyana, including international telephone calls in and out of that country, its integrated voice and data operations in New England and its wholesale transport operations in New York State. Total revenues from wireline amounted to $20.7 million in the first quarter of 2011, a slight increase of $0.2 million from $20.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2010. A decline in long distance revenue in Guyana was offset by data revenue growth in Guyana and wholesale capacity revenue growth in New York State.

Reportable Operating Segments

The Company has four reportable segments: i) U.S. Wireless, ii) International Integrated Telephony, which operates in Guyana, iii) U.S. Wireline and iv) Island Wireless, which generates its revenues and has its assets located in Bermuda and the Caribbean. Financial data on our reportable operating segments for the three months ended March 31, 2011 are as follows:

     

 

       

 

       

 

   

 

       

U.S.
Wireless

   

International
Integrated
Telephony

   

U.S.
Wireline

   

Island
Wireless

   

Reconciling
Items 1

   

Total

 
Total Revenue $ 152,106 $ 22,249 $ 5,030 $ 8,769 $ - $ 188,154
Adjusted EBITDA 27,835 10,791 746 190 (4,131 ) 35,431
Operating Income (Loss)         10,427       6,244       (40 )       (1,663 )       (4,578 )       10,390

(1) Reconciling items are comprised of corporate general and administrative costs and acquisition-related charges.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2011 were $47.0 million. Long-term debt was $277.5 million. For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, net cash provided by operating activities was $21.0 million and capital expenditures were $16.3 million. The Company still expects full year 2011 capital expenditures to approximate $105 to $120 million, of which $70 to $80 million is expected to be allocated to the U.S. Wireless segment.

Conference Call Information

Atlantic Tele-Network will host a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its first quarter results for 2011. 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: 877-734-4582 and International: 678-905-9376, conference ID 60752751. The conference call will also be simulcast online (listen only) at ir.atni.com. A replay of the call will be available at ir.atni.com beginning at 1:00 p.m. (ET) May 4, 2011.

About Atlantic Tele-Network

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI), headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, provides telecommunications services to rural, niche and other under-served markets and geographies in the United States, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Through our operating subsidiaries, we provide both wireless and wireline connectivity to residential and business customers, including a range of mobile wireless solutions, local exchange services and broadband internet services and are the owner and operator of terrestrial and submarine fiber optic transport systems. For more information, please visit www.atni.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other matters, our future financial performance and results of operations; the competitive environment in our key markets, demand for our services and industry trends; the outcome of regulatory matters; our continued access to the credit and capital markets; the pace of our network expansion and improvement, including our level of estimated future capital expenditures and 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) our ability to operate a large scale retail wireless business in the United States and complete the timely and efficient integration of these operations into our existing operations; (2) the general performance of our U.S. operations, including operating margins, and the future retention and turnover of the our subscriber base; (3) our ability to maintain favorable roaming arrangements; (4) increased competition; (5) economic, political and other risks facing our foreign operations; (6) the loss of certain FCC and other licenses and other regulatory changes affecting our businesses; (7) rapid and significant technological changes in the telecommunications industry; (8) any loss of any key members of management; (9) our reliance on a limited number of key suppliers and vendors for timely supply of equipment and services relating to our network infrastructure and retail wireless business; (10) the adequacy and expansion capabilities of our network capacity and customer service system to support our customer growth; (11) the occurrence of severe weather and natural catastrophes; (12) the current difficult global economic environment, along with difficult and volatile conditions in the capital and credit markets; and (13) our ability to realize the value that we believe exists in businesses that we may or have acquired. 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, 2010, filed with the SEC on March 16, 2011. 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.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this news release also contains non-GAAP financial measures. Specifically, ATN has presented Adjusted EBITDA and ARPU measures. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to ATN, Inc. stockholders before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition related charges, other income, bargain purchase gain, net income attributable to non-controlling interests, and equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates. ARPU, or monthly average revenue per subscriber/unit, is computed by dividing total retail service revenues per period by the weighted average number of subscribers with service during that period, and then dividing that result by the number of months in the period. The Company believes that the inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of the Company's core operating results and enhance comparing such performance with prior periods, without the distortion of the recent increased expenses associated with the Alltel transaction. ATN's management uses these non-GAAP measures, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as the basis for measuring our core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this news release are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in the text of, and the accompanying tables to, this news release.

Table 1

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in Thousands)
         
March 31, December 31,
2011 2010
Assets:
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 47,043 $ 37,330
Other Current Assets 100,803 116,959
   
Total Current Assets 147,846 154,289
 
Fixed Assets, net 457,981 463,891
Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, net 185,107 187,762
Other Assets 22,964 22,254
   
Total Asset $ 813,898 $ 828,196
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Current Liabilities $ 118,837 $ 138,302
 
Long Term Debt, Net of Current Portion 277,492 272,049
Other Liabilities 86,024 88,809
   
Total Liabilities 482,353 499,160
 
Stockholders' Equity 331,545 329,036
   
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 813,898 $ 828,196
 

Table 2

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in Thousands, Except per Share Data)
         
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2011

2010 (a)

Revenues:
U.S. Wireless Services:
Retail $ 99,669 $ -
Wholesale 44,697 22,936
International Wireless 14,943 10,918
Wireline 20,671 20,520
Equipment and Other   8,174     458  
 
Total Revenue 188,154 54,832
 
Operating Expenses:
Termination and Access Fees 51,975 11,256
Engineering and Operations 21,835 6,412
Sales, Marketing and Customer Services 32,108 3,394
Equipment Expense 21,192 713
General and Administrative 25,613 10,773
Acquisition-Related Charges 250 4,793
Depreciation and Amortization   24,791     10,069  
 
Total Operating Expenses   177,764     47,410  
 
Operating Income 10,390 7,422
 
Other Income (Expense):
Interest Expense, net (3,692 ) (1,112 )
Other Income 595 4
Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates   516     -  
 
Other Income (Expense), net (2,581 ) (1,108 )
 
Income Before Income Taxes 7,809 6,314
Income Taxes   3,830     2,456  
 
Net Income 3,979 3,858
Net Loss (Income) Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests, net of tax   518     148  
 
Net Income Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders $ 4,497   $ 4,006  
 
Net Income Per Weighted Average Share Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders:
Basic $ 0.29 $ 0.26
Diluted $ 0.29 $ 0.26
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic 15,384 15,260
Diluted 15,485 15,447
 
 
a) Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period amounts to conform to the current presentation

Table 3

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement
(in Thousands)
         
Three Months Ended March 31,

2011

2010

 
Net Income $ 3,979 $ 3,858
Gain on Bargain Purchase, Net of Tax - -
Depreciation and Amortization 24,791 10,069
Change in Working Capital (12,772 ) (4,108 )
Other   4,996     269  
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 20,994 10,088
 
Capital Expenditures (16,270 ) (16,889 )
Acquisitions of Businesses, Net of Cash Acquired - (57 )
Other   467     2,862  
 
Net Cash Used by Investing Activities (15,803 ) (14,084 )
 
Borrowings Under Credit Facility 11,000 -
Principal Repayments of Long Term Debt (3,048 ) (923 )
Payment of Debt Issuance Costs - (3,339 )
Dividends Paid on Common Stock (3,384 ) (3,055 )
Distributions to Non-Controlling Interests (462 ) (31 )
Other   416     125  
 
Net Cash Used by Financing Activities 4,522 (7,223 )
 
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents 9,713 (11,219 )
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period   37,330     90,247  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period $ 47,043   $ 79,028  
           

Table 4

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
Operating Data for U.S. Retail Wireless Operations
                       
Three Months Ended:     JUN 2010   SEP 2010   DEC 2010   MAR 2011    
827,370 807,327 766,556 717,745
Beginning Subscribers
Prepay 242,385 230,334 216,854 194,795
Postpay 584,985 576,993 549,702 522,950
 
Gross Additions 44,208 64,118 51,882 46,680
Prepay 25,892 37,527 27,136 19,922
Postpay 18,316 26,591 24,746 26,758
 
Net Additions (20,043 ) (40,771 ) (48,811 ) (43,665 )
Prepay (12,051 ) (13,480 ) (22,059 ) (25,122 )
Postpay (7,992 ) (27,291 ) (26,752 ) (18,543 )
 
Ending Subscribers 807,327 766,556 717,745 674,080
Prepay 230,334 216,854 194,795 169,673
Postpay 576,993 549,702 522,950 504,407
                       
 

Note: Beginning subscribers for quarter ended June 30, 2010 are as of April 30, 2010 following the close of the Alltel transaction on April 26, 2010.

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
U.S. Retail Wireless Operations Key Performance Indicators
                   
Three Months Ended:     JUN 2010   SEP 2010   DEC 2010   MAR 2011
         
 
 
Average Subscribers (weighted monthly) 821,637 786,295 741,228 695,399
 
Monthly Average Revenues per Subscriber/Unit (ARPU)
 
● Subscriber ARPU $ 45.13 $ 45.67 $ 45.88 $ 47.23
 
● Postpaid Subscriber ARPU $ 53.85 $ 53.81 $ 53.71 $ 53.78
 
Monthly Postpay Subscriber Churn 2.24 % 3.16 % 3.18 % 2.93 %
 
Monthly Blended Subscriber Churn 3.85 % 4.41 % 4.48 % 4.29 %

Table 5

ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(In Thousands)
               
                             
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2009 and 2010
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2010
       

U.S
Wireless

 

International
Integrated
Telephony

 

U.S. Wireline

 

Island
Wireless

 

Reconciling
Items

 

Total

 
Net Income Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders $ 4,006
Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests, net of tax (148 )
Income Taxes 2,456
Other Income (4 )
Interest Expense, net   1,112  
Operating Income (Loss) $ 9,069 $ 7,456 $ (115 ) $ (998 ) $ (7,990 ) $ 7,422
Depreciation and Amortization 4,070 4,283 699 976 41 10,069
Acquisition-Related Charges   -     -     -       -       4,793       4,793  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 13,139 $ 11,739 $ 584 $ (22 ) $ (3,156 ) $ 22,284
                             
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
       

U.S
Wireless

 

International
Integrated
Telephony

 

U.S. Wireline

 

Island
Wireless

 

Reconciling
Items

 

Total

 
Net Income Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders $ 4,497
Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests, net of tax (518 )
Income Taxes 3,830
Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates (516 )
Other Income (595 )
Interest Expense, net   3,692  
Operating Income (Loss) $ 10,427 $ 6,244 $ (40 ) $ (1,663 ) $ (4,578 ) $ 10,390
Depreciation and Amortization 17,408 4,547 786 1,853 197 24,791
Acquisition-Related Charges   -     -     -       -       250       250  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,835 $ 10,791 $ 746 $ 190 $ (4,131 ) $ 35,431

1 See Table 5 for reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA.

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.
Michael T. Prior, 978-619-1300
Chief Executive Officer
or
Justin D. Benincasa, 978-619-1300
Chief Financial Officer

Source: Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.

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