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Sprint Corp – ‘8-K’ for 2/10/10 – EX-99.1

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EX-99.1   —   Press Release Announcing Fourth Quarter 2009 and Year End Results


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  Press Release Announcing Fourth Quarter 2009 and Year End Results  

Exhibit 99.1

LOGO

Contacts:

Media Relations

James Fisher

703-433-8677

james.w.fisher@sprint.com

Investor Relations

Yijing Brentano

800-259-3755

Investor.relations@sprint.com

SPRINT NEXTEL REPORTS

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2009 RESULTS

 

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Achieved positive net post-paid subscriber growth for Sprint-branded services+, leading to best sequential and year-over-year improvement in net post-paid subscriber results in Sprint Nextel history

 

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Free Cash Flow* of $666 million in the fourth quarter and $2.8 billion for 2009; highest annual Free Cash Flow* in Sprint Nextel history

 

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Eight consecutive quarters of improvement in Customer Care Satisfaction and First Call Resolution

 

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Invested more than $1.1 billion of additional funding in Clearwire; extended 4G leadership into 27 markets

 

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Completed acquisitions of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc.

The company’s fourth quarter earnings conference call will be held at 8 a.m. EST today. Participants may dial 800-938-1120 in the U.S. or Canada (706-634-7849 internationally) and provide the following ID: 49169223, or may listen via the Internet at www.sprint.com/investor.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – February 10, 2010 — Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported fourth quarter and full-year 2009 financial results. The company generated $666 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter, and $2.8 billion for full-year 2009, the highest annual Free Cash Flow* since the Sprint Nextel merger. As of December 31, 2009, Sprint had more than $3.9 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $2.7 billion in borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility, for a total liquidity of $6.6 billion.

 

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The company reported fourth quarter consolidated net operating revenues of almost $7.9 billion, a net loss of $980 million, which includes a non-cash $306 million charge to increase the valuation allowance on deferred taxes, and a diluted loss per share of 34 cents. Full-year 2009 results included consolidated net operating revenues of $32.3 billion and a diluted loss per share of 84 cents.

Sprint lost a total of 69,000 net retail subscribers in the quarter. The company’s year-over-year post-paid gross addition improvement was the best in Sprint Nextel history. Net post-paid subscriber losses improved by more than 40 percent in the second half of 2009, as compared to the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009. For the fourth quarter, net post-paid subscriber losses improved by almost 300,000 sequentially, and by more than 600,000 year-over-year.

“Sprint’s performance built notable momentum during the second half of 2009, leading to a fourth quarter with the best sequential and year-over-year improvement in net post-paid subscriber results in Sprint Nextel history, and positive post-paid net subscriber growth for services carrying the ‘Sprint’ brand,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel CEO. “The company’s continued focus on clear, simple offers, exciting devices, a better customer experience, dependable network performance, and industry leadership in 4G services is resonating with customers. A recent Yankee Group report, in association with Mobile Enterprise magazine, ranked Sprint #1 in overall satisfaction for both wireless voice and wireless data service providers for large businesses, underscoring our progress.

“We continue to closely manage costs, and in 2009 we generated the highest annual Free Cash Flow* since the merger. The fourth quarter completion of the Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc., acquisitions, as well as our additional large investment in Clearwire, are important to our future,” Hesse said.

Sprint 4G is now available in 27 markets serving more than 30 million people, and is expected to cover up to 120 million people by the end of 2010. Sprint 4G service is planned for deployment in many additional markets in 2010, including the following major metropolitan areas: Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

+Sprint-branded wireless services are only available on the CDMA network, which gained more than 3,000 post-paid customers after a net transfer of 93,000 customers from the iDEN network.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

TABLE NO. 1 Selected Unaudited Financial Data (dollars in millions, except per share data)

 

     Quarter To Date           Year To Date        
Financial Data    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
 

Net operating revenues

   $ 7,868      $ 8,430      (7 )%    $ 32,260      $ 35,635      (9 )% 

Adjusted OIBDA*, (1)

     1,409        1,735      (19 )%      6,407        7,664      (16 )% 

Adjusted OIBDA margin*, (1)

     19.1     21.7       21.1     22.8  

Net loss

     (980     (1,621   40     (2,436     (2,796   13

Diluted loss per common share

   $ (0.34   $ (0.57   40   $ (0.84   $ (0.98   14

Capital Expenditures (1), (2)

   $ 554      $ 548      1   $ 1,597      $ 3,039      (47 )% 

Free cash flow*

   $ 666      $ 536      24   $ 2,802      $ 1,776      58

 

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Consolidated net operating revenues of $7.9 billion for the quarter were 7% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2008 and 2% lower than in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decline is primarily due to a lower contribution from post-paid wireless service revenues as well as wireline revenues, partially offset by an increase in prepaid wireless service and equipment revenues.

 

   

Adjusted OIBDA* was $1.4 billion for the quarter, compared to $1.7 billion for the fourth quarter of 2008 and $1.5 billion for the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decline in Adjusted OIBDA* was due to revenue declines as a result of fewer post-paid subscribers, partially offset by lower cost of service and lower SG&A expenses. Sequentially, Adjusted OIBDA* decreased due to the decline in operating revenue, increased customer acquisition expenses related to higher sequential gross adds and increased variable costs that exceeded the reduction in cost of service.

 

   

Capital expenditures were $554 million in the quarter, compared to $548 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $431 million in the third quarter of 2009.

 

   

Free Cash Flow* was $666 million for the quarter, compared to $536 million for the fourth quarter of 2008 and $664 million for the third quarter of 2009. Third quarter 2009 Free Cash Flow* reflected a $200 million cash contribution to Sprint’s defined benefit pension plan. During the fourth quarter, the company repaid in full $1.0 billion of the outstanding borrowings under its $4.5 billion revolving credit facility, provided $1.1 billion additional investment in Clearwire and paid $560 million in net cash as part of the purchase price to acquire Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc.

WIRELESS RESULTS

TABLE NO. 2 Selected Unaudited Financial Data (dollars in millions)

 

     Quarter To Date           Year To Date        
Financial Data    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
 

Net operating revenues

   $ 6,816      $ 7,192      (5 )%    $ 27,786      $ 30,427      (9 )% 

Adjusted OIBDA*

     1,152        1,461      (21 )%      5,198        6,776      (23 )% 

Adjusted OIBDA margin*

     18.2     21.6       20.1     23.8  

Capital Expenditures (2)

   $ 427      $ 304      40   $ 1,161      $ 1,832      (37 )% 

Wireless Customers

 

   

The company served 48.1 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to 48.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2009. This includes 34.0 million post-paid subscribers (26.0 million on CDMA, 7.3 million on iDEN, and 725,000 Power Source users who utilize both networks), 10.7 million prepaid subscribers (5.7 million on iDEN and 5.0 million on CDMA) and almost 3.5 million wholesale and affiliate subscribers, all of whom utilize our CDMA network.

 

   

On November 24, 2009, Sprint completed the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. at which time 4.5 million, or 58%, of Sprint’s wholesale customers became retail prepaid customers and 104,000, or 1%, became retail post-paid customers. On December 4, 2009, Sprint completed its acquisition of iPCS, Inc. at which time 731,000, or 75%, of Sprint’s affiliate customers became retail post-paid customers. Total transfers of subscribers from wholesale and affiliates to retail during the quarter as a result of the acquisitions were 5.4 million.

 

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For the quarter, net retail subscribers, excluding transfers from business combinations, declined by a total of 69,000, and net wireless customers declined by approximately 148,000, including net losses of 504,000 post-paid customers.

 

   

The Sprint CDMA network gained more than 3,000 post-paid customers (after a net transfer of 93,000 customers from the iDEN network), the first net subscriber gain in six quarters; while iDEN lost 507,000 customers (including transfers to the CDMA network).

 

   

The company gained a net 483,500 prepaid iDEN customers, offset by net losses of 48,500 prepaid CDMA customers. The company also experienced a net loss of 79,000 wholesale and affiliate subscribers as a result of subscriber losses from its mobile virtual network operators.

 

   

The credit quality of our post-paid customers remained relatively flat sequentially at over 84% prime and improved slightly year-over-year from the fourth quarter of 2008.

 

   

More than 9% of post-paid customers upgraded their handsets during the fourth quarter, resulting in continued strength in contract renewals.

 

   

During the fourth quarter, the company added to its device line-up with the HTC Hero™, Samsung Intrepid™, Motorola Debut™, Samsung Moment™, Palm® Pixi™ and Blackberry® Curve™ 8530. In January, Sprint launched the OverdriveTM 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, LG Lotus Elite™, Motorola BruteTM i680 and announced availability of LG Rumor Touch™. In addition, Skiff has signed a multi-year agreement with Sprint to provide 3G connectivity for Skiff’s dedicated e-reading devices in the United States.

Wireless Churn

 

   

Post-paid churn in the quarter was 2.11% compared to 2.16% in the year-ago period and 2.17% in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year improvement in churn is primarily due to improved credit quality of our customer base. The sequential improvement in churn is mostly due to seasonality.

 

   

Prepaid churn in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 5.56%, compared to 8.20% in the year-ago period and 6.65% in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year improvement in churn is due to increased subscriber additions related to our national Boost Monthly Unlimited offering. Prepaid churn benefited from the inclusion of Virgin Mobile customers since the acquisition as Virgin Mobile customers on average have lower churn than that of Boost Mobile customers. The sequential improvement in prepaid churn is also due to reductions in deactivations of Boost customers as a result of enhanced retention offers in response to competitors’ holiday promotions.

Wireless Service Revenues

 

   

Wireless service revenues of $6.2 billion for the quarter declined 5% year-over-year and less than 1% sequentially. The year-over-year and sequential decline is primarily due to fewer post-paid subscribers, partially offset by the increased number of prepaid subscribers.

 

   

Wireless post-paid ARPU for the quarter declined year-over-year and sequentially from approximately $56 to approximately $55. The year-over-year decline is due to declines in usage and roaming, partially offset by reductions in credits issued to customers resulting from an improved customer experience. The sequential decline is due to lower casual text and data usage and lower overage revenues as a result of greater popularity of fixed-rate bundle plans and seasonality.

 

   

Data revenues contributed more than $16.75 to overall post-paid ARPU in the fourth quarter, led by growth in CDMA data ARPU++. CDMA data ARPU increased to greater than $19.50, an industry-best that now represents more than 35% of total CDMA ARPU.

 

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Prepaid ARPU in the quarter was approximately $31 compared to $30 in the year-ago period and $35 in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year increase reflects a growing contribution from prepaid subscribers on unlimited plans. Sequentially, prepaid ARPU was negatively impacted by the inclusion of Virgin Mobile customers since the acquisition as Virgin Mobile customers on average have lower ARPU than that of Boost Mobile customers.

 

   

Wholesale, affiliate and other revenues were down 48% compared to the year-ago period and down 28% sequentially. Service revenues from Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc., subsequent to their respective acquisition dates, are reported as wireless service revenues, resulting in a decline in wholesale, affiliate and other revenues. The year-over-year decline is also due to subscriber losses from two of our large telecom carrier customers.

Wireless Operating Expenses and Adjusted OIBDA*

 

   

Total Wireless operating expenses were $7.5 billion in the fourth quarter, compared to $9.0 billion in the year-ago period and $7.4 billion in the third quarter of 2009.

 

   

Wireless Equipment subsidy in the fourth quarter was approximately $960 million (equipment revenue of $475 million, less cost of products of $1.43 billion) as compared to approximately $800 million in the year-ago period and approximately $950 million in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year increase in subsidy is a combination of a greater mix of post-paid handsets sold with higher functionality, and an increase in the number of prepaid handsets sold as a result of the national Boost Monthly Unlimited offering.

 

   

Wireless SG&A expenses declined 4% year-over-year from the fourth quarter of 2008, and increased 6% sequentially from the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year improvement is due to lower customer care and labor expenses. On a sequential basis, the SG&A expenses increased primarily due to higher variable costs.

 

   

Adjusted OIBDA* of $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 compares to $1.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2009. The year-over-year decline in Adjusted OIBDA* was primarily due to fewer post-paid subscribers, partially offset by more prepaid subscribers and an improvement of over $100 million in SG&A expenses. Sequentially, Adjusted OIBDA* was $32 million lower as a result of a decline in service revenue and higher SG&A expenses, partially offset by seasonally lower cost of service.

Wireless Capital Spending

Wireless capital expenditures were $427 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $304 million spent in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $310 million in the third quarter of 2009. During the quarter, the company invested capital in the quality and performance of its networks by adding capacity, expanding coverage and modernizing acquired affiliate networks. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2009, Sprint’s dependable networks continue to operate at best-ever levels.

 

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WIRELINE RESULTS

TABLE NO. 3 Selected Unaudited Financial Data (dollars in millions)

 

     Quarter To Date           Year To Date        
Financial Data    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    %
D
 

Net operating revenues

   $ 1,325      $ 1,521      (13 )%    $ 5,629      $ 6,332      (11 )% 

Adjusted OIBDA*

     259        326      (21 )%      1,221        1,175      4

Adjusted OIBDA margin*

     19.5     21.4       21.7     18.6  

Capital Expenditures (2)

   $ 62      $ 110      (44 )%    $ 258      $ 452      (43 )% 

 

   

Wireline revenues of $1.3 billion for the quarter declined 13% year-over-year and were 6% lower sequentially primarily associated with reductions in rate and volume.

 

   

Internet revenues grew almost 7% in 2009, reflecting strong enterprise demand for Global MPLS services and the slight increase in the base of cable subscribers who utilize our VoIP services. While customer migrations to IP services have slowed, Internet revenues as a percent of wireline revenues have increased from 34% in 2008 to 41% in 2009.

 

   

Total operating expenses were $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009. Year-over-year, total operating expenses improved 9% due to declines in costs of service as IP becomes a larger percent of the Wireline base, and improvement in SG&A expenses. Total operating expenses were flat sequentially.

 

   

Wireline Adjusted OIBDA* was $259 million compared to $326 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $324 million reported for the third quarter of 2009.

 

   

Wireline capital expenditures were $62 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $110 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and $72 million in the third quarter of 2009. The company made significant capital investments in prior years to build out its IP network, and less capital was required year-over-year.

Forecast

Sprint Nextel expects that both post-paid and total subscriber losses will improve in 2010, as compared to 2009. The company expects full-year capital expenditures in 2010 to be up to $2 billion. In addition, the company expects to continue to generate positive Free Cash Flow* during 2010.

++ Average monthly data service revenue per subscriber for the quarter is calculated by dividing quarterly data service revenue by the sum of the average number of subscribers for each month in the quarter. Data service revenues include revenues from data services, as well as an estimated portion of data revenues from fixed rate bundle plans.

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

Sprint Nextel provides financial measures determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

 

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Sprint Nextel provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint Nextel does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint Nextel does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

OIBDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation, amortization, asset impairments and abandonments. Adjusted OIBDA is OIBDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted OIBDA Margin represents Adjusted OIBDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues adjusted for certain non-recurring revenue adjustments for Wireless and Adjusted OIBDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, spectrum acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and intangible assets. Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments during the period. Free cash flow results in the change in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments less the change in debt and proceeds from other financing activities, net. We believe that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations after interest and dividends and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release regarding the business outlook, expected performance and forward-looking guidance, as well as other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. The words “estimate,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe,” “target,” “providing guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management’s judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, customer and network usage, customer growth and retention, pricing, operating costs, the timing of various events and the economic and regulatory environment.

 

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Future performance cannot be assured. Actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Some factors that could cause actual results to differ include:

 

 

our ability to attract and retain subscribers;

 

 

the effects of vigorous competition on a highly penetrated market, including the impact of competition on the price we are able to charge subscribers for services and equipment we provide and our ability to attract new subscribers and retain existing subscribers; the overall demand for our service offerings, including the impact of decisions of new subscribers between our post-paid and prepaid services offerings and between our two network platforms; and the impact of new, emerging and competing technologies on our business;

 

 

the effect of limiting capital and operating expenditures on our ability to improve and enhance our networks and service offerings, implement our business strategies and provide competitive new technologies;

 

 

our ability to obtain additional financing on terms acceptable to us, or at all, including at the expiration of our current credit facility, which expires in December 2010;

 

 

volatility in the trading price of our common stock, current economic conditions and our ability to access capital;

 

 

the impact of unrelated parties not meeting our business requirements, including a significant adverse change in the ability or willingness of such parties to provide handset devices or infrastructure equipment for our CDMA network, or Motorola, Inc.’s ability or willingness to provide related handset devices, infrastructure equipment and software applications, or to develop new technologies or features, for our iDEN network;

 

 

the costs and business risks associated with providing new services and entering new geographic markets;

 

 

the financial performance of Clearwire and its deployment of a WiMAX network;

 

 

the impact of difficulties we may encounter in connection with the integration of the businesses and assets of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc., including the risk that these difficulties may limit our ability to fully integrate the operations of these businesses and the risk that we may be unable to continue to retain key employees;

 

 

the effects of mergers and consolidations and new entrants in the communications industry and unexpected announcements or developments from others in the communications industry;

 

 

unexpected results of litigation filed against us or our suppliers or vendors;

 

 

the impact of adverse network performance;

 

 

the costs and/or potential customer impacts of compliance with regulatory mandates;

 

 

equipment failure, natural disasters, terrorist acts, or other breaches of network or information technology security;

 

 

one or more of the markets in which we compete being impacted by changes in political, economic or other factors such as monetary policy, legal and regulatory changes or other external sociological factors over which we have no control; and

 

 

other risks referenced from time to time in this report and other filings of ours with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in Part I, Item IA “Risk Factors” of our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and, when filed, our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Sprint Nextel believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. Sprint Nextel is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

 

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ABOUT SPRINT NEXTEL

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(Millions, except per Share Data)

TABLE NO. 4

 

     Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Net Operating Revenues

   $ 7,868      $ 8,042      $ 8,430      $ 32,260      $ 35,635   
                                        

Net Operating Expenses

          

Cost of services

     2,649        2,787        2,884        10,890        11,852   

Cost of products

     1,430        1,482        1,238        5,545        4,894   

Selling, general and administrative

     2,415        2,267        2,573        9,453        11,355   

Depreciation

     1,481        1,476        1,504        5,827        5,964   

Amortization

     321        344        488        1,589        2,443   

Goodwill impairment

     —          —          963        —          963   

Other, net

     116        (60     509        354        806   
                                        

Total net operating expenses

     8,412        8,296        10,159        33,658        38,277   
                                        

Operating Loss

     (544     (254     (1,729     (1,398     (2,642

Interest expense, net

     (359     (355     (314     (1,416     (1,265

Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (3)

     (93     (156     (136     (680     (153
                                        

Loss before Income Taxes

     (996     (765     (2,179     (3,494     (4,060

Income tax benefit (4)

     16        287        558        1,058        1,264   
                                        

Net Loss

   $ (980   $ (478   $ (1,621   $ (2,436   $ (2,796
                                        

Basic and Diluted Loss Per Common Share

   $ (0.34   $ (0.17   $ (0.57   $ (0.84   $ (0.98
                                        

Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding

     2,899        2,877        2,859        2,886        2,854   
                                        

Effective Tax Rate (4)

     1.6     37.5     25.6     30.3     31.1

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION – NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED OIBDA* (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 5

 

     Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Net Loss

   $ (980   $ (478   $ (1,621   $ (2,436   $ (2,796

Income tax benefit (4)

     16        287        558        1,058        1,264   
                                        

Loss before Income Taxes

     (996     (765     (2,179     (3,494     (4,060

Depreciation

     1,481        1,476        1,504        5,827        5,964   

Amortization

     321        344        488        1,589        2,443   

Interest expense, net

     359        355        314        1,416        1,265   

Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (3)

     93        156        136        680        153   
                                        

OIBDA*

     1,258        1,566        263        6,018        5,765   

Severance and exit costs (5)

     77        25        20        400        355   

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (6)

     (8     (60     —          (68     (29

Asset impairments and abandonments

     47        —          489        47        480   

Access costs (7)

     —          (25     —          (25     —     

Merger and integration expense (8)

     —          —          —          —          130   

Acquisitions (9)

     35        —          —          35        —     

Goodwill impairment

     —          —          963        —          963   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA*, (1)

     1,409        1,506        1,735        6,407        7,664   

Capital expenditures (1), (2)

     554        431        548        1,597        3,039   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex

   $ 855      $ 1,075      $ 1,187      $ 4,810      $ 4,625   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA Margin*, (1)

     19.1     20.0     21.7     21.1     22.8

Selected items (net of taxes, if applicable):

          

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance (4)

     306        —          —          306        —     

Severance and exit costs (5)

     48        15        14        247        221   

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (6)

     (5     (37     —          (42     (18

Asset impairments and abandonments

     29        —          302        37        303   

Goodwill impairment

     —          —          899        —          899   

Amortization

     195        209        295        965        1,476   

Access costs (7)

     —          (16     —          (16     —     

Merger and integration expenses (8)

     —          —          —          —          80   

Acquisitions (9)

     22        —          —          22        —     

Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (3)

     51        97        92        406        92   

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND STATISTICS (Unaudited)

(Millions, except subscriber counts and metrics)

TABLE NO. 6

 

     Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Net Operating Revenues

          

Service

   $ 6,239      $ 6,261      $ 6,561      $ 25,286      $ 27,492   

Equipment

     475        529        434        1,954        1,992   

Wholesale, affiliate and other

     102        141        197        546        943   
                                        

Total net operating revenues

     6,816        6,931        7,192        27,786        30,427   
                                        

Net Operating Expenses

          

Cost of services

     2,035        2,164        2,156        8,384        8,745   

Cost of products

     1,430        1,482        1,237        5,545        4,859   

Selling, general and administrative

     2,234        2,101        2,338        8,694        10,047   

Depreciation

     1,337        1,331        1,350        5,252        5,375   

Amortization

     320        343        486        1,586        2,440   

Goodwill impairment

     —          —          963        —          963   

Merger and integration expenses (8)

     —          —          —          —          101   

Other, net

     95        (42     479        280        704   
                                        

Total net operating expenses

     7,451        7,379        9,009        29,741        33,234   
                                        

Operating Loss

   $ (635   $ (448   $ (1,817   $ (1,955   $ (2,807
                                        

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

          
     Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Operating Loss

   $ (635   $ (448   $ (1,817   $ (1,955   $ (2,807

Severance and exit costs (5)

     62        18        7        307        270   

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (6)                            

     (8     (60     —          (68     (29

Asset impairments and abandonments

     41        —          472        41        463   

Goodwill impairment

     —          —          963        —          963   

Merger and integration expenses (8)

     —          —          —          —          101   

Acquisitions (9)

     35        —          —          35        —     

Depreciation

     1,337        1,331        1,350        5,252        5,375   

Amortization

     320        343        486        1,586        2,440   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA*

     1,152        1,184        1,461        5,198        6,776   

Capital expenditures (2)

     427        310        304        1,161        1,832   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex

   $ 725      $ 874      $ 1,157      $ 4,037      $ 4,944   
                                        

Adjusted OIBDA Margin*

     18.2     18.5     21.6     20.1     23.8

OPERATING STATISTICS

          
     Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Retail Post-Paid Subscribers

          

Service revenue (in millions)

   $ 5,546      $ 5,699      $ 6,224      $ 23,205      $ 25,994   

ARPU

   $ 55      $ 56      $ 56      $ 56      $ 56   

Churn

     2.11     2.17     2.16     2.15     2.18

Net losses (in thousands)

     (504     (801     (1,105     (3,546     (4,073

End of period subscribers (in thousands) (a)

     33,967        33,636        36,678        33,967        36,678   

Hours per subscriber

     15        15        15        15        15   

Retail Prepaid Subscribers

          

Service revenue (in millions)

   $ 693      $ 562      $ 337      $ 2,081      $ 1,498   

ARPU

   $ 31      $ 35      $ 30      $ 33      $ 30   

Churn

     5.56     6.65     8.20     6.25     8.44

Net additions (losses) (in thousands)

     435        666        (314     2,552        (981

End of period subscribers (in thousands) (a)

     10,688        5,714        3,597        10,688        3,597   

Hours per subscriber

     20        22        14        20        13   

Wholesale and Affiliate Subscribers

          

Net (losses) additions (in thousands)

     (79     (410     146        (138     472   

End of period subscribers (in thousands) (a)

     3,478        8,931        8,990        3,478        8,990   

Total Subscribers

          

Net losses (in thousands)

     (148     (545     (1,273     (1,132     (4,582

End of period subscribers (in thousands)

     48,133        48,281        49,265        48,133        49,265   

 

 

(a)

Due to the acquisitions of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. and iPCS, Inc. during the quarter ended December 31, 2009, end of period subscribers reflect the transfer of subscribers from Wholesale and Affiliate to Retail Post-paid and Prepaid prospectively from the date of each acquisition.

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND STATISTICS (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 7

 

    Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
    December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Net Operating Revenues

         

Voice

  $ 611      $ 648      $ 714      $ 2,563      $ 3,079   

Data

    142        150        209        662        959   

Internet

    548        585        568        2,293        2,148   

Other

    24        28        30        111        146   
                                       

Total net operating revenues

    1,325        1,411        1,521        5,629        6,332   
                                       

Net Operating Expenses

         

Costs of services and products

    887        924        974        3,663        4,192   

Selling, general and administrative

    179        163        221        745        965   

Depreciation

    144        147        150        568        554   

Other, net

    21        (18     8        74        75   
                                       

Total net operating expenses

    1,231        1,216        1,353        5,050        5,786   
                                       

Operating Income

  $ 94      $ 195      $ 168      $ 579      $ 546   
                                       

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

       
    Quarter To Date     Year To Date  
    December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Operating Income

  $ 94      $ 195      $ 168      $ 579      $ 546   

Severance and exit costs (5)

    15        7        (7     93        62   

Asset impairments and abandonments

    6        —          15        6        13   

Depreciation

    144        147        150        568        554   

Access costs (7)

    —          (25     —          (25     —     
                                       

Adjusted OIBDA*

    259        324        326        1,221        1,175   

Capital expenditures (2)

    62        72        110        258        452   
                                       

Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex

  $ 197      $ 252      $ 216      $ 963      $ 723   
                                       

Adjusted OIBDA Margin*

    19.5     23.0     21.4     21.7     18.6

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 8

 

     Year to Date Period Ended  
     December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Operating Activities

    

Net loss

   $ (2,436   $ (2,796

Goodwill and asset impairments

     47        1,443   

Depreciation and amortization

     7,416        8,407   

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

     398        652   

Share-based compensation expense

     79        267   

Deferred and other income taxes

     (850     (1,263

Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net

     680        153   

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges

     (68     (29

Contribution to pension plan

     (200     —     

Other, net

     (175     (655
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

     4,891        6,179   
                

Investing Activities

    

Capital expenditures

     (1,603     (3,882

Expenditures relating to FCC licenses

     (591     (801

Change in short-term investments, net

     (77     153   

Proceeds from equity method investments

     —          213   

Investment in Clearwire

     (1,118     —     

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (560     —     

Other, net

     105        67   
                

Net cash used in investing activities

     (3,844     (4,250
                

Financing Activities

    

(Repayments) borrowings under credit facility, net

     (1,000     1,000   

Proceeds from (maturities of) commercial paper, net

     —          (379

Proceeds from (payments of) debt and capital leases, net

     55        (1,807

Proceeds from financing obligation

     22        645   

Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net

     4        57   
                

Net cash used in financing activities

     (919     (484
                

Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

     128        1,445   

Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period

     3,691        2,246   
                

Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period

   $ 3,819      $ 3,691   
                

RECONCILIATION TO FREE CASH FLOW (NON-GAAP)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 9

 

     Quarter To Date     Year to Date  
     December 31,
2009
    September 30,
2009
    December 31,
2008
    December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

   $ 1,215      $ 1,161      $ 1,078      $ 4,891      $ 6,179   

Capital expenditures

     (484     (402     (610     (1,603     (3,882

Expenditures relating to FCC licenses

     (120     (143     (146     (591     (801

Proceeds from equity method investments

     —          —          213        —          213   

Other investing activities, net

     55        48        1        105        67   
                                        

Free Cash Flow*

     666        664        536        2,802        1,776   

(Decrease) increase in debt and other, net

     (1,012     671        (1,010     (923     (541

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (560     —          —          (560     —     

Investment in Clearwire

     (1,118     —          —          (1,118     —     

Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net

     4        —          9        4        57   
                                        

Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments

   $ (2,020   $ 1,335      $ (465   $ 205      $ 1,292   
                                        

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 10

 

     December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Assets

    

Current assets

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 3,819      $ 3,691   

Short-term investments

     105        28   

Accounts and notes receivable, net

     2,996        3,361   

Device and accessory inventory

     628        528   

Deferred tax assets

     295        93   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     750        643   
                

Total current assets

     8,593        8,344   

Investments and other assets

     5,089        4,649   

Goodwill

     373        —     

Property, plant and equipment, net

     18,280        22,373   

FCC licenses and trademarks

     19,911        19,320   

Customer relationships, net

     1,131        1,932   

Other intangible assets, net

     2,047        1,634   
                

Total

   $ 55,424      $ 58,252   
                

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

    

Current liabilities

    

Accounts payable

   $ 2,267      $ 2,138   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     3,750        3,525   

Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations

     768        618   
                

Total current liabilities

     6,785        6,281   

Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations

     20,293        20,992   

Deferred tax liabilities

     6,693        6,886   

Other liabilities

     3,558        4,178   
                

Total liabilities

     37,329        38,337   
                

Shareholders’ equity

    

Common shares

     6,015        5,902   

Paid-in capital

     46,793        47,332   

Treasury shares, at cost

     (582     (1,939

Accumulated deficit

     (33,779     (30,856

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (352     (524
                

Shareholders’ equity

     18,095        19,915   
                

Total

   $ 55,424      $ 58,252   
                

NET DEBT (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 11

 

     December 31,
2009
    December 31,
2008
 

Total Debt

   $ 21,061      $ 21,610   

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

     (3,819     (3,691

Less: Short-term investments

     (105     (28
                

Net Debt*

   $ 17,137      $ 17,891   
                

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)

(Millions)

TABLE NO. 12

 

                December 31,
2009

ISSUER

   COUPON     MATURITY    PRINCIPAL

Sprint Nextel Corporation

       

Floating Rate Notes due 2010

   0.651   06/28/2010      750

Export Development Canada Facility

   3.389   03/30/2012      750

6% Notes due 2016

   6.000   12/01/2016      2,000

8.375% Notes due 2017

   8.375   08/15/2017      1,300

9.25% Debentures due 2022

   9.250   04/15/2022      200
           

Sprint Nextel Corporation

          5,000

Sprint Capital Corporation

       

7.625% Notes due 2011

   7.625   01/30/2011      1,650

8.375% Notes due 2012

   8.375   03/15/2012      2,000

6.9% Notes due 2019

   6.900   05/01/2019      1,729

6.875% Notes due 2028

   6.875   11/15/2028      2,475

8.75% Notes due 2032

   8.750   03/15/2032      2,000
           

Sprint Capital Corporation

          9,854

Nextel Communications Inc.

       

6.875% Senior Serial Redeemable Notes due 2013

   6.875   10/31/2013      1,473

5.95% Senior Serial Redeemable Notes due 2014

   5.950   03/15/2014      1,170

7.375% Senior Serial Redeemable Notes due 2015

   7.375   08/01/2015      2,137
           

Nextel Communications Inc.

          4,780

iPCS Inc.

       

First Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2013

   2.406   05/01/2013      300

Second Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2014

   4.281   05/01/2014      179
           

iPCS Inc.

          479

Tower financing obligation

   9.500   01/15/2030      698

Capital lease obligations and other

          190
           

TOTAL PRINCIPAL

          21,001

Net premiums

          60
           

TOTAL DEBT

        $ 21,061
           

 

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Sprint Nextel Corporation

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

 

(1)

In the fourth quarter 2008 and full year 2008, Adjusted OIBDA* and capital expenditures include $59 million and $286 million in non-recurring operating expenses and $90 million and $559 million in non-recurring capital expenditures, respectively, associated with the company’s WiMAX efforts prior to the closing of the Clearwire transaction in November 2008.

 

(2)

Capital expenditures is an accrual based amount that includes the changes in unpaid capital expenditures and excludes capitalized interest. Cash paid for capital expenditures can be found in the condensed consolidated cash flow information on Table No. 8 and the reconciliation to free cash flow on Table No. 9.

 

(3)

In the first quarter 2009, a pre-tax charge of $154 million ($96 million after tax) was recorded related to Clearwire’s issuance of shares to other investors, to finalize ownership percentages. In the fourth quarter 2009, in connection with the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (VMU), Sprint recognized the estimated fair value of its 14.1% interest in VMU, resulting in a gain of $151 million ($92 million after tax).

 

(4)

In the fourth quarter 2009, we recognized a $306 million non-cash charge to increase the valuation allowance for deferred taxes.

 

(5)

For the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, we recorded severance and exit costs primarily related to work force reductions and continued organizational realignment initiatives.

 

(6)

For the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, gains from asset dispositions and exchanges are primarily due to spectrum exchange transactions.

 

(7)

Favorable developments during the third quarter of 2009 relating to disagreements with local exchange carriers resulted in a reduction of $25 million in expected access costs associated with prior periods.

 

(8)

All merger and integration costs are related to the Sprint-Nextel merger and/or the PCS Affiliates and Nextel Partners’ acquisitions prior to 2009 and are generally non-recurring in nature. These expenses are classified as selling, general and administrative, cost of products, or equipment revenues, as appropriate, in our consolidated statement of operations.

 

(9)

Included in selling, general and administrative expenses are fourth quarter 2009 costs related to the acquisitions of VMU and iPCS, Inc. (iPCS) which include $11 million in fees paid to unrelated parties necessary to complete the transactions and $24 million for the effective settlement of outstanding litigation between iPCS and Sprint.

 

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