Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Reports First Quarter 2023 Results
EDINBURG, Va., April 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (Nasdaq:SHEN) announced first quarter 2023 financial and operating results.
First Quarter 2023 Highlights
- Glo Fiber Markets data net additions were 4,507 or 87.3% higher than the first quarter of 2022.
- Consolidated revenue grew 11.3% to $71.7 million compared to the first quarter of 2022. Glo Fiber Markets revenue grew 104.7% to $7.0 million and Broadband revenue grew 12.5% to $67.2 million over the same period.
- Consolidated net income was $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared with net loss of $0.6 million in the first quarter of 2022.
- Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA grew 28.6% to $22.4 million compared to the first quarter of 2022. Broadband Adjusted EBITDA grew 25.0% to $26.3 million over the same period.
“We had a record quarter for Glo Fiber Markets data net additions and revenue, and for Broadband revenue and Adjusted EBITDA,” said President and CEO, Christopher E. French. "We are beginning to see the operating leverage and margin expansion in our Broadband business as Glo Fiber accelerates growth and increases scale."
Shentel's first-quarter earnings conference call will be webcast at 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 28, 2023. The webcast and related materials will be available on Shentel’s Investor Relations website at https://investor.shentel.com/.
Consolidated First Quarter 2023 Results
- Revenue in the first quarter of 2023 grew 11.3% to $71.7 million compared with the first quarter of 2022, due to Broadband segment revenue growth of 12.5%, partially offset by Tower segment revenue decline of 5.6%.
- Net income per share was $0.04 in the first quarter of 2023 compared with net loss per share of $0.01 in the first quarter of 2022.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $22.4 million in the first quarter of 2023 compared with $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2022 due to Broadband segment growth of 25.0% partially offset by Tower segment decline of 9.4% .
- Total Cable Markets and Glo Fiber Markets broadband data Revenue Generating Units ("RGUs") as of March 31, 2023, were 138,713, representing 14.6% year over year growth. Penetration for Cable Markets and Glo Fiber Markets were 52% and 17%, respectively, compared to 51% and 15%, respectively, as of March 31, 2022. Total Glo Fiber Markets passings grew year over year by 71,447 from 93,611 to 165,058.
- Broadband revenue in the first quarter of 2023 grew $7.5 million, or 12.5%, to $67.2 million compared with $59.7 million in the first quarter of 2022, primarily driven by a $3.6 million, or 104.7%, increase in Residential & Small and Medium Business ("SMB") - Glo Fiber Markets revenue. Residential & SMB - Glo Fiber Markets increased due to a 108.9% increase in broadband data RGUs. In addition, Residential & SMB - Cable Markets revenue grew $1.3 million, or 2.9%, due to a 2.5% increase in data RGUs and 2.4% increase in data ARPU. Commercial Fiber revenue increased $2.6 million, or 29.1%, primarily due to $1.8 million in non-recurring early termination fees and a $0.8 million increase in recurring revenue. T-Mobile disconnected 188 backhaul circuits during the first quarter as part of their previously announced rationalization of the former Sprint network. The Company expects 174 additional backhaul disconnects in 2023 as part of the network rationalization.
- Cost of services increased approximately $0.3 million, or 1.0%, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2022 due to higher costs associated with consumable materials and supplies, maintenance and rent, partially offset by lower medical costs.
- Selling, general and administrative expense increased $2.1 million, or 15.4%, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2022, due primarily to higher advertising costs associated with the Company's expansion of Glo Fiber and a change in strategy to drive more gross adds to low cost sales channels, higher information technology costs as a result of the Company's investment in upgraded systems, and higher property taxes associated with increased network assets associated with the expansion of Glo Fiber.
- Depreciation and amortization expense increased $2.0 million, or 15.5%, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2022, primarily as a result of the Company's expansion of its Glo Fiber network.
- Broadband operating income was $11.3 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $8.2 million in the first quarter of 2022.
- Broadband Adjusted EBITDA was $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2023 compared to $21.1 million in the first quarter of 2022.
- Revenue decreased approximately $0.3 million, or 5.6%, for the three months ended March 31, 2023 compared with the three months ended March 31, 2022, primarily due to lower application fee revenue.
- Tower operating income was $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2022.
- Tower Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2023 decreased 9.4% to $2.9 million, compared with $3.2 million for the first quarter of 2022.
- As of March 31, 2023, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $48.4 million and the availability under our delayed draw term loans and revolving line of credit was $300.0 million, for total available liquidity of $348.4 million. We expect to draw the remaining $200.0 million in delay draw term loans by June 30, 2023.
- Capital expenditures were $67.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023 compared with $45.7 million in the comparable 2022 period. The $22.0 million increase in capital expenditures was primarily due to higher spending in the Broadband segment to enable our Glo Fiber market expansion.
Earnings Call Webcast
Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
Time: 8:00 A.M. (ET)
Listen via Internet: https://investor.shentel.com/
A replay of the call will be available for a limited time on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website.
About Shenandoah Telecommunications
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides broadband services through its high speed, state-of-the-art cable and fiber optic networks to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The Company’s services include: broadband internet, video, and voice; fiber optic Ethernet, wavelength and leasing; and tower colocation leasing. The Company owns an extensive regional network with over 8,600 route miles of fiber and over 220 macro cellular towers. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.
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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer