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Jul 30, 2009

Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2009 Results

SALEM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI - News) today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009.

Second Quarter Financial Results

For the three months ended June 30, 2009, revenue was $60.3 million, 20% above the $50.4 million reported for the second quarter of 2008 and an 8% sequential increase over the first quarter. Wireless revenue increased 47% year-over-year and 15% sequentially, driven by significant growth in the Company's U.S. domestic wireless business, which more than offset the year-over-year and sequential decrease in international long distance revenue from the Company's Guyana operations. Revenue for 2008 included revenue from Bermuda Digital Communications (BDC) beginning on May 15, 2008, the date the Company began consolidating BDC's operating results. BDC revenue, prior to consolidation, for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2008 was approximately $3.3 million and $8.6 million, respectively.

Despite the significant increase in revenue, operating income remained unchanged at $18.1 million as a result of costs associated with the revenue growth, as well as:

  • $1.5 million of operating losses at two earlier stage businesses acquired in the third quarter of 2008

  • $0.8 million of costs associated with the previously announced termination of our digital television services in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)

  • $0.4 million related to the Company's pending acquisition of the Alltel properties

  • The reduction in high-margin international long distance revenue

Net income attributable to ATN's stockholders1 was $9.6 million for the quarter compared to $10.2 million for the same period in 2008 and $8.8 million for the first quarter of 2009. On a per share basis, net income attributable to ATN's stockholders decreased 6% to $0.63 per diluted share from $0.67 per diluted share for last year's second quarter but was up 9% from the $0.58 per diluted share earned in the first quarter of 2009.

Commenting on second quarter results, Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive Officer said, "This was another quarter of solid financial and operating performance for ATN, reflecting the resilience of our network and our ability to provide attractive alternatives to customers in underserved domestic and international markets. While we are not immune to the current economic environment, we succeeded in posting strong revenue growth resulting from our expanded U.S. network footprint and higher volumes of voice and data traffic. Operating income was $18.1 million, or 30% of revenue, despite the costs of expanding our network and terminating our television services in the USVI. Although the early stage businesses we acquired in the second half of 2008 have also negatively impacted operating income, we are pleased overall with the strong growth in revenue and believe we are increasing the size of our platform for future cash flow and profit growth."

Recent Corporate Development

On June 9, 2009 the Company announced a definitive agreement to acquire certain wireless assets from Verizon Wireless, which were part of Alltel Corporation prior to its acquisition by Verizon Wireless. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will acquire wireless properties, including wireless spectrum licenses and network assets serving approximately 800,000 subscribers primarily in rural areas across Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho for approximately $200 million in cash. Initial expectations are for this transaction to add approximately $450 million in revenue and be accretive upon completion. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including the receipt of required consents and approvals from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.

"This acquisition is an ideal fit for the Company because it greatly increases our U.S. wireless network footprint and builds on the services we currently offer. It also provides us with greater revenue diversification and significant scale," Mr. Prior said. "Upon the completion of this transaction, we expect to have more than one million retail wireless subscribers in the U.S. and internationally. We will be offering our new customers the plans and differentiated service offerings they currently enjoy, plus a variety of new choices that have been popular with consumers in our other domestic markets. We are confident that this transaction will be very positive for all of our constituents. Please note, however, that transactional expenses are expected to increase significantly in the next two quarters and will reduce earnings until the acquisition closes. Once closed, we expect the acquisition to be significantly accretive to earnings."

Second Quarter 2009 Operating Highlights

The following operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 are compared against the same period in 2008 unless otherwise indicated.

Wireless Revenue

Wireless revenue increased 47%, to $36.5 million from $24.8 million. Our U.S. rural wireless business increased revenue by 53%, to $25.8 million from $16.9 million benefiting from our ongoing investment in new base stations and the growth in recurring voice and data traffic. We ended the second quarter with a total of 537 base stations in our U.S. network, up from 367 base stations at the end of last year's second quarter and 484 base stations at the end of the 2009 first quarter. Of the increase in wireless revenue, $2.6 million was attributable to the consolidation of the operating results of BDC for the entire second quarter of 2009 as compared to only a portion of the second quarter of 2008. Wireless revenue in Guyana increased by $0.2 million. At the end of the second quarter, we had approximately 266,000 subscribers in Guyana, below the 277,000 we had at the end of last year's second quarter, but up from 248,000 as of December 31, 2008.

Local Telephone and Data Revenue

Local telephone and data revenue increased 10% to $13.5 million compared to $12.3 million in 2008. Sovernet's local telephone and data revenue increased 27%, to $4.7 million from $3.7 million in 2008, mainly due to its acquisition of ION in August 2008. Local telephone and data revenue generated by our Guyana operations increased 3% to $7.6 million compared to $7.4 million in 2008, while access lines increased 5% to 142,000 from 135,000. Data revenue at our Virgin Islands subsidiary remained fairly stable.

International Long Distance Revenue

International long distance revenue, all of which is generated by our GT&T subsidiary, declined 20% to $9.9 million from $12.4 million in 2008. We believe this decrease is a result of a considerable increase in illegal bypass activities in the quarter resulting in lost revenue opportunities, as well as an overall reduction in call volume into Guyana attributable to the current difficult economic environment.

First Half 2009 Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2009, revenue was $116.3 million, up 21% from the $96.0 million reported for last year's first half. Net income attributable to ATN's stockholders1 was $18.4 million for the year, as compared to $18.1 million for the same period in 2008, an increase of $0.3 million or 2%. On a per share basis, net income attributable to ATN's stockholders1 increased by 3% to $1.21 per diluted share from $1.18 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2008.

Conference Call Information

Atlantic Tele-Network will host a conference call tomorrow, Friday, July 31, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its second quarter results for 2009. 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) 920-4315 and International: (212) 231-2901. A replay of the call will be available from 12:30 p.m. (ET) July 31, 2009 until 12:30 p.m. (ET) on August 7, 2009. The replay dial-in numbers are US/Canada: (800) 633-8284 and International: (402) 977-9140, access code 21432610.

About Atlantic Tele-Network

Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNI - News) is a telecommunications company operating high quality digital wireless, wireline, and both terrestrial and submarine fiber optic networks in North America, South America and the Caribbean. Its principal subsidiaries include: Commnet Wireless, LLC, which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for U.S. and international carriers in rural areas throughout the United States; Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Company, Ltd., which is the national telephone service provider for all local, long-distance and international services in Guyana, as well as a wireless service provider; Bermuda Digital Communications, Ltd., which is the leading provider of wireless voice and data services in Bermuda operating as Cellular One, and also an early-stage wireless provider in Turks & Caicos through its IslandCom subsidiary; Sovernet, Inc., which provides wireline voice and data services to businesses and homes in New England and high capacity communications network transport services in New York State through its ION subsidiary; and Choice Communications, LLC, which provides wireless broadband services in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other matters, the future financial performance and results of operations of the Company; the proposed transaction with Verizon Wireless, including whether the transaction will be completed and the expected timetable for such completion; 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) the ability of ATN to secure financing for the balance of the purchase price of the Alltel acquisition, which is dependent on market conditions; there can be no assurances that such financing will be available to ATN at all or on terms that are favorable to ATN; (2) the ability of ATN to operate a retail wireless business and integrate these operations into its existing operations; (3) the ability to receive the requisite regulatory consents and approvals to consummate the transaction; (4) the general performance of the acquired Alltel operations; (5) significant political and regulatory risk facing our exclusive license to provide local exchange and international voice and data services in Guyana; (6) any significant decline in the price or volume, including bypass activities, of international long distance calls to Guyana; (7) the regulation of rates that GT&T may charge for local wireline telephone service; (8) significant tax disputes between GT&T and the Guyanese tax authorities; (9) the derivation of a significant portion of our U.S. wireless revenue from a small number of customers and the extent to which our wholesale customers build or acquire overlapping networks; (10) our ability to maintain favorable roaming arrangements, including the rates Commnet charges its wholesale customers; (11) the current global economic recession, along with difficult and volatile conditions in the capital and credit markets; (12) increased competition; (13) economic, political and other risks facing our foreign operations; (14) regulatory changes affecting our businesses; (15) the loss of certain FCC licenses; (16) rapid and significant technological changes in the telecommunications industry; (17) our reliance on a limited number of key suppliers and vendors for timely supply of equipment and services relating to our network infrastructure; (18) any loss of any key members of management; (19) the adequacy and expansion capabilities of our network capacity and customer service system to support our customer growth; (20) dependence of our wireless and wireline revenue on the reliability and performance of our network infrastructure; (21) the occurrence of severe weather and natural catastrophes; and (22) 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, 2008 and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, which are 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.



Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in Thousands)

  June 30,


  December 31,


Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 90,210   $ 79,665
Other Current Assets   41,022     51,656
Total Current Assets   131,232     131,321
Fixed Assets, net   205,100     198,230
Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, net   76,701     76,351
Other Assets   12,004     13,919
Total Assets $ 425,037   $ 419,821
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:          
Current Liabilities $ 45,465   $ 47,912
Long Term Debt   72,978     73,311
Other Liabilities   33,750     36,938
Total Liabilities   152,193     158,161
Stockholders’ Equity   272,844     261,660
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 425,037   $ 419,821



Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

  Three Months Ended

June 30,

  Six Months Ended

June 30,

  2009   2008   2009   2008
Wireless $ 36,515     $ 24,786     $ 68,240     $ 44,539  
Local Telephone and Data   13,500       12,267       26,553       24,514  
International Long Distance   9,878       12,387       20,279       24,942  
Other Revenue   402       974       1,189       2,049  
Total Revenue   60,295       50,414       116,261       96,044  

Operating Expenses:

Termination and Access Fees   10,887       8,376       21,333       15,964  
Internet and Programming   397       863       1,186       1,762  
Engineering and Operations   7,511       5,930       14,457       11,785  
Sales, Marketing and Customer Services   3,807       2,944       7,399       5,618  
General and Administrative   9,787       6,819       18,003       12,702  
Depreciation and Amortization   9,794       7,424       18,994       14,501  
Total Operating Expenses   42,183       32,356       81,372       62,332  
Operating Income   18,112       18,058       34,889       33,712  

Other Income (Expense):

Interest Income (Expense), net   (828 )     (254 )     (1,646 )     (338 )
Other Income   10       143       36       368  
Other Income (Expense), net   (818 )     (111 )     (1,610 )     30  
Income Before Income Taxes   17,294       17,947       33,279       33,742  
Income Taxes   7,342       6,642       14,298       14,032  
Income Before Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates   9,952       11,305       18,981       19,710  
Equity in Earnings of Unconsolidated Affiliates   -       272       -       735  
Net Income   9,952       11,577       18,981       20,445  
Less: Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests, net of tax   (315 )     (1,373 )     (543 )     (2,374 )
Net Income Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders $ 9,637     $ 10,204     $ 18,438     $ 18,071  
Net Income Weighted Average Per Share Attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders                              
Basic $ 0.63     $ 0.67     $ 1.21     $ 1.19  
Diluted $ 0.63     $ 0.67     $ 1.21     $ 1.18  
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding                              
Basic   15,232       15,217       15,231       15,223  
Diluted   15,282       15,260       15,267       15,274  



Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Statement

(in Thousands)

  Six Months Ended June 30,
  2009   2008
Net Income $ 18,981     $ 20,445  
Depreciation and Amortization   18,994       14,501  
Change in Working Capital   5,845       (17,769 )
Other   2,062       2,163  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   45,882       19,340  
Capital Expenditures   (27,541 )     (20,900 )
Acquisitions of Businesses, Net of Cash Acquired   (24 )     (11,924 )
Other   2,956       4,711  
Net Cash Used by Investing Activities   (24,609 )     (28,113 )
Dividends Paid on Common Stock   (5,483 )     (4,867 )
Distributions to Non-Controlling Interests   (5,120 )     (1,620 )
Other   (125 )     (860 )
Net Cash Used by Financing Activities   (10,728 )     (7,347 )
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents   10,545       (16,120 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period   79,665       71,173  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period $ 90,210     $ 55,053  


1 As a result of our adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 160, Non-Controlling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements- an Amendment of ARB No. 51, the financial statement line item that had been entitled “Net income” under the previous reporting method is now entitled “Net income attributable to Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Stockholders

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

Justin D. Benincasa
Chief financial Officer