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Verizon reports 2Q and first-half 2022 results

Verizon Communications Inc. reported its second-quarter and half-year 2022 results.

“As the market leader, in a very competitive industry, we are determined to improve our operational and financial performance for the second half of the year,” said Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg. “With our network-as-a-service foundation, our new consumer mobility plans, and recent pricing actions, we are being deliberate in our decisions to improve our profitable growth opportunities today and into the future.”

For second-quarter 2022, Verizon reported EPS of $1.24, compared with $1.40 in second-quarter 2021. On an adjusted basis1, excluding special items, EPS was $1.31 in second-quarter 2022, compared with adjusted EPS1 of $1.39 in second-quarter 20212.

Second-quarter 2022 EPS included a pre-tax loss from special items of approximately $435 million, including a net pre-tax charge of $198 million related to a mark-to-market adjustment for pension liabilities. In addition, the impact of amortization of intangible assets related to TracFone and other acquisitions was $237 million.

“Although recent performance did not meet our expectations, we remain confident in our long-term strategy,” said Verizon Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis. “We believe that our assets position us well to generate long-term shareholder value.”

Consolidated results
Total consolidated operating revenue in second-quarter 2022 of $33.8 billion, relatively flat from second-quarter 2021. Wireless service revenue growth and higher wireless equipment revenue were offset primarily by wireline declines and the net impact of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in 2021.

Total wireless service revenue growth of 9.1 percent, reflecting the company’s ownership of TracFone, further progress on its premium Unlimited strategy and its strong Business volumes.

Service and other revenue declined 3.9 percent year over year in second-quarter 2022, as the revenue lost from Verizon Media more than offset net incremental revenue from the company’s acquisition of TracFone.

Net income of $5.3 billion, a decrease of 10.7 percent from second-quarter 2021, and adjusted EBITDA1 of $11.9 billion, a decline of 2.6 percent year over year, due to the divestiture of Verizon Media, higher device subsidies and promotional spending associated with increased wireless activations, wireline revenue declines and inflationary cost pressures.

First-half 2022 cash flow from operating activities totaled $17.7 billion, compared with $20.4 billion in first-half 2021. The reduction was primarily due to working capital impacts from higher device activations, and increased inventory levels as part of the company’s supply chain management in the current environment.

Capital expenditures in first-half 2022 were $10.5 billion, including C-Band spending of $2.8 billion.

Verizon’s unsecured debt as of the end of second-quarter 2022 decreased by $4.8 billion sequentially to $132.5 billion. The company’s net unsecured debt1 balance decreased sequentially by $5.0 billion to $130.6 billion, and its net unsecured debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio1 at quarter-end was approximately 2.7 times.

Verizon Consumer results
Total Verizon Consumer revenue was $25.6 billion, an increase of 9.1 percent year over year, driven by the inclusion of TracFone, higher equipment revenue and core wireless service revenue growth.

Wireless service revenue increased 10.5 percent year over year, driven by the inclusion of TracFone and growth in postpaid Average Revenue Per Account (ARPA).

Consumer wireless retail postpaid churn was 0.93 percent in second-quarter 2022, and wireless retail postpaid phone churn was 0.75 percent.
Consumer reported 168,000 fixed wireless net additions and 30,000 Fios Internet net additions in second-quarter 2022. Consumer Fios revenue was $2.9 billion in second-quarter 2022, flat year over year.

In second-quarter 2022, Consumer reported 215,000 wireless retail postpaid phone net losses, due to a year over year increase in churn and a year over year decline in phone gross additions. Consumer ended second-quarter 2022 with nearly half of its wireless phone customers having 5G-capable devices.

In second-quarter 2022, Consumer operating income was $7.2 billion, a decrease of 4.6 percent year over year, and segment operating income margin was 27.9 percent, a decrease from 31.9 percent in second-quarter 2021. Segment EBITDA1 in second-quarter 2022 was $10.4 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent year over year. A higher contribution from TracFone was more than offset primarily by higher promotional activity. Segment EBITDA margin1 was 40.5 percent, a decrease from 44.3 percent in second-quarter 2021.

Verizon Business results
Total Verizon Business revenue was $7.6 billion in second-quarter 2022, down 1.8 percent year over year.

Business wireless service revenue was $3.2 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent year over year. This increase was driven by momentum in Small and Medium Business, and the best performance in Global Enterprise since first-quarter 2020.

Business reported 430,000 wireless retail postpaid net additions in second-quarter 2022, including 227,000 postpaid phone net additions. This was the third consecutive quarter that Business reported more than 200,000 postpaid phone net additions. Phone gross additions in Business increased nearly 30 percent year over year.

Wireless retail postpaid churn was 1.37 percent in second-quarter 2022, and wireless retail postpaid phone churn was 1.07 percent.
Business reported 88,000 fixed wireless net additions in second-quarter 2022.

In second-quarter 2022, Verizon Business operating income was $675 million, a decrease of 21.1 percent year over year, and segment operating income margin was 8.9 percent, a decrease from 11.0 percent in second-quarter 2021. Segment EBITDA1 was $1.7 billion in second-quarter 2022, a decrease of 6.5 percent year over year. In addition to Wireline revenue declines, Business experienced elevated device subsidies related to wireless activations in the quarter. Segment EBITDA margin1 was 22.9 percent, a decrease from 24.1 percent in second-quarter 2021.

CT Bureau

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