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T-Mobile beats estimates, raises free cash flow forecast

T-Mobile US, Inc. reported third quarter 2023 results today, outpacing the industry on customer growth, fueled by its best network and value combination across its unique growth opportunities. The Company continues to translate its industry-leading customer growth into best-in-class growth in service revenues, profitability and cash flow, while raising full-year 2023 guidance. T-Mobile continues delivering on its plan to return value to stockholders, buying back $2.7 billion of common stock throughout the quarter, while announcing the second tranche of its substantial capital return program and introducing a dividend for the first time in Company history. The Company also announced its Ultra Capacity 5G network now covers 300 million people with dedicated mid-band spectrum, reaching its 2023 goal over two months ahead of schedule.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: in this competitive environment, only T-Mobile can deliver the type of stellar results we saw in Q3 because only we can consistently deliver the best network and best value combination that customers want,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “This quarter’s best-in-class customer and financial growth, including our industry-leading postpaid net customer AND account adds and highest cash flow in Un-carrier history, paint a clear picture of a durable and differentiated strategy that is working. Our unmatched offering is bringing more and more consumers and businesses to the Un-carrier, including, for the first time ever, the highest share of postpaid switchers in smaller markets and rural areas. At the same time, we’re delivering significant shareholder value that will propel us into a future where we have plenty of room to run.”

Industry-Leading Customer Growth Fueled by Best Network and Value Combination

  • Postpaid net account additions of 386 thousand were relatively flat year-over-year, reflecting continued industry-leading share of net account additions despite fewer High Speed Internet only net account additions.
  • Postpaid net customer additions of 1.2 million decreased 401 thousand year-over-year. Postpaid net customer additions continue to reflect industry-leading net additions in postpaid phone and High Speed Internet, partially offset by deactivations of lower ARPU mobile internet devices in the educational sector that were originally activated during the Pandemic and no longer needed.
  • Postpaid phone net customer additions of 850 thousand were relatively flat year-over-year, reflecting increased gross additions and lower churn, offset by increased deactivations from a customer base that grew 4%. Postpaid phone churn of 0.87% improved 1 basis point year-over-year.
  • Prepaid net customer additions of 79 thousand decreased 26 thousand year-over-year, and Prepaid churn was 2.81%.
  • High Speed Internet net customer additions of 557 thousand decreased 21 thousand year-over-year, reflecting continued growth in gross additions driven by increasing customer demand and lower churn, offset by increased deactivations from a customer base that doubled year-over-year, ending the quarter at 4.2 million customers.
  • Total net customer additions of 1.3 million decreased 427 thousand year-over-year. The total customer count increased to a record high of 117.9 million.

Translating Customer Growth Into Industry-Leading Financial Growth

  • Total service revenues of $15.9 billion increased 4% year-over-year, and Postpaid service revenues of $12.3 billion increased 6% year-over-year.
  • Net income of $2.1 billion increased $1.6 billion year-over-year, which included Merger-related costs, net of tax, of $114 million and severance and related costs associated with the August 2023 workforce reduction, net of tax, of $353 million. Diluted EPS of $1.82 per share increased $1.42 per share year-over-year.
  • Core Adjusted EBITDA of $7.5 billion increased 12% year-over-year, primarily due to Service revenue growth and increased synergy realization.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $5.3 billion increased 21% year-over-year, which included cash payments for Merger-related costs of $345 million.
  • Cash purchases of property and equipment, including capitalized interest, of $2.4 billion decreased 33% year-over-year, driven by increased capital efficiencies from accelerated investments in the nationwide 5G network in 2022.
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $4.0 billion increased 94% year-over-year, which included cash payments for Merger-related costs of $345 million.
  • Stockholder Returns included 19.3 million shares of common stock repurchased for $2.7 billion in Q3 2023, with 104.3 million cumulative shares repurchased for $14.7 billion as of October 20, 2023. Including a declared $0.65 per share dividend that will be paid on December 15, 2023, the remaining authorization for additional stock repurchases and dividends through December 2024 is $17.5 billion.

T-Mobile Reaches Major Network Milestone and Continues Reign as Nationwide Overall Network Leader

T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network covers 300 million people, over three times the square miles of AT&T and two times Verizon. Total 5G covers more than 330 million people (98% of Americans) and two million square miles, more square miles than AT&T and Verizon combined.

T-Mobile’s 5G leadership has translated into overall network leadership while 5G is increasingly becoming the overall network experience for customers. The Un-carrier continues its third-party report winning streak for overall network and 5G:

  • Ookla: In its latest Speedtest Global Index Market Analysis, T-Mobile beat the competition, winning every single category for overall network, including fastest provider, lowest latency, most consistent and best mobile video. The Company also remained undefeated for 5G performance for the fifth quarter in a row, including repeat wins for best 5G performance and 5G consistency.
  • Opensignal: In its latest Global Mobile Network Experience Report, T-Mobile was named best in the world for 5G availability. For the third year in a row, the Company was the only US operator to win a 5G global award.

Raising 2023 Guidance

  • Postpaid net customer additions are expected to be between 5.7 million and 5.9 million, an increase from prior guidance of 5.6 million to 5.9 million.
  • Core Adjusted EBITDA, which is Adjusted EBITDA less lease revenues, is expected to be between $29.0 billion and $29.2 billion, an increase from prior guidance of $28.9 billion to $29.2 billion.
  • Merger synergies are expected to be approximately $7.5 billion.
  • Merger-related costs are expected to be approximately $1.0 billion before taxes. These costs are excluded from Core Adjusted EBITDA but will impact Net income, Net cash provided by operating activities and Adjusted Free Cash Flow.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities, including payments for Merger-related costs, is expected to be between $18.3 billion and $18.5 billion, an increase from prior guidance of $18.0 billion to $18.3 billion.
  • Cash purchases of property and equipment, including capitalized interest, are expected to be between $9.6 billion and $9.8 billion, an increase from the prior guidance of $9.5 billion to $9.7 billion.
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow, including payments for Merger-related costs, is expected to be between $13.4 billion and $13.6 billion, an increase from prior guidance of $13.2 billion to $13.6 billion. Adjusted Free Cash Flow guidance does not assume any material net cash inflows from securitization.

Doing Good — The Un-carrier Way — Industry Leader in Building a More Connected and Sustainable Future

T-Mobile continues to stay true to its commitment to use its network, scale and resources for good, building a more connected, equitable and sustainable future. Most recently:

  • T-Mobile’s Network, Emergency Management and Community Support teams supported Maui residents, communities and first responders. T-Mobile’s Emergency Response team also worked closely with FEMA, the State of Hawaii and other agencies to provide connectivity in critical locations as well as activated phones with Wireless Priority Service during the Maui wildfires.
  • Since announcing the significant five-year commitment to small towns in April 2021, the Un-carrier has given over $10 million in Hometown Grants to a total of 225 communities to bring community projects to life across 42 states and support stronger, healthier and more connected communities.
  • RE100 announced T-Mobile as a finalist in the Changemaker category for the RE100 Annual Leadership Award, recognizing the Un-carrier’s renewable electricity achievements.

CT Bureau

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