November 7, 2016

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Reports Third Quarter 2016 Revenue Increased to $156.8 Million Due to Acquisition of nTelos

Operating Loss of $3.9 Million, Adjusted OIBDA of $73.7 Million and Continuing OIBDA of $64.2 Million

EDINBURG, Va., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company ("Shentel") (NASDAQ:SHEN) announces financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Consolidated Third Quarter Results

For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported total revenues of $156.8 million, an increase of 84.1% compared to $85.2 million for the 2015 third quarter.  All segments reported revenue increases, with the largest being due to the nTelos acquisition which was completed May 6, 2016.  The integration of nTelos' operations and the transition of its assets and customers are progressing as expected, with Shentel currently ahead of its schedule on the migration of nTelos customers to the Sprint platform.

Wireless service revenues increased 132.3% as a result of increases in average postpaid and prepaid subscribers of 75% and 46%, respectively, and a reduction in postpaid fees retained by Sprint.  Cable segment revenues increased 12.9% due to a 6.8% increase in average Revenue Generating Units (RGUs), video price increases to offset increases in programming costs, and new and existing customers selecting higher-speed data packages.  Wireline segment revenues increased 8.4% due to higher fiber lease revenues, as well as higher internet service fees as customers upgraded their services.

Total operating expenses were $160.8 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $70.1 million in the prior year period.  Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2016 included $15.3 million of integration and acquisition costs associated with the nTelos acquisition, with $14.5 million in the Wireless segment and $0.8 million in the Other segment.  An additional $4.9 million of costs to operate and support the nTelos back office and billing functions until customers can migrate to Sprint platforms was included in cost of goods and services and selling, general and administrative expenses in the Wireless segment.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company reported a net loss of $7.6 million, compared to net income of $8.0 million in the third quarter of 2015, primarily reflecting increased depreciation and amortization expenses and acquisition and integration costs incurred for its acquisition of nTelos.

Adjusted OIBDA (Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization) increased 100.4% to $73.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 from $36.8 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Continuing OIBDA (Adjusted OIBDA less the benefit received from the waived Sprint management fee over the next six years) increased 74.5% to $64.2 million.

President and CEO Christopher E. French commented, "Our third quarter results reflect our first full quarter including the assets and customers gained through our acquisition of nTelos.  In addition to the resulting increases in wireless, revenue and OIBDA also increased in our cable and wireline segments.  As we complete the operational changes related to blending our wireless operations, we are increasingly energized by the opportunities across all segments and our larger footprint and presence in the Mid-Atlantic region.  We are focused on leveraging the consistent coverage and high speed access of our state-of-the-art networks to serve our large and growing customer base."

Wireless Segment

Third quarter wireless service revenues increased $63.2 million or 132.3%, primarily related to the addition of approximately 580,000 postpaid and prepaid customers from the nTelos acquisition.   Additionally, the segment benefited from a reduction in the postpaid fees retained by Sprint as part of the amended affiliate agreement.

During the third quarter of 2016, net postpaid subscribers increased by 1,222 as compared to 7,035 net postpaid subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2015, while net prepaid subscribers declined by 13,865 during third quarter 2016, compared to a decline of 327 in the third quarter of 2015.

Third quarter adjusted OIBDA in the Wireless segment was $62.5 million, an increase of 130% from the third quarter of 2015.  Continuing OIBDA in the Wireless segment was $53.0 million.

"The doubling of our wireless customer base and the addition of several new, complementary markets positions us well for continued growth.  During the quarter, we saw continued expenses related to the migration of certain nTelos customers to the Sprint billing platform.  Our upgraded networks are a competitive advantage and we continue to make progress bringing improved reliability and coverage in our acquired markets," Mr. French stated.

Cable Segment

Revenues in the Cable segment increased $3.1 million or 12.9% to $27.6 million, primarily due to 6.8% growth in average RGUs (the sum of voice, data, and video users), video rate increases implemented in January 2016 to pass through programming cost increases, new and existing customers selecting higher speed data access packages and growth in the number of higher speed data and phone customers.  Operating expenses increased 1.1% to $25.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. Third quarter operating income was $2.3 million compared to an operating loss of $0.6 million in the prior year.

Revenue generating units totaled 132,430 at September 30, 2016, an increase of 6.4% over September 30, 2015.

Adjusted OIBDA in the Cable segment for third quarter 2016 was $8.2 million, up 50.5% from $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Mr. French stated, "We are confident in the strength and performance of our Cable segment as customer expectations and demands increase related to the availability and capabilities of their cable service.  The performance of our state-of-the-art network has prompted many existing customers to upgrade their monthly subscription plans and attracted new customers seeking robust service selections."

Wireline Segment

Revenue in the Wireline segment increased 8.4% to $18.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, as compared to $17.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Carrier access and fiber revenue for the quarter was $12.4 million, an increase of 13.8% from the same quarter last year, as a result of new fiber contracts.  Operating expenses increased 4.8% or $0.6 million to $13.9 million for third quarter 2016, primarily due to costs to support new fiber contracts.

Adjusted OIBDA in the Wireline segment for third quarter 2016 was $7.7 million, as compared to $7.5 million in third quarter 2015.

Other Information

Capital expenditures were $42.7 million in the third quarter of 2016 compared to $14.5 million in the comparable 2015 period. 

Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2016 were $27.5 million, compared to $76.8 million at December 31, 2015. Total outstanding debt at September 30, 2016 totaled $809.6 million, net of unamortized loan costs, compared to $199.7 million as of December 31, 2015.  At September 30, 2016, debt as a percent of total assets was 56.5%. The amount available to the Company through its revolver facility was $75.0 million, and from the delayed draw term loan, $50.0 million.

"Our balance sheet remains strong, providing a secure foundation to drive the growth of our customer base, while also enabling us to continually improve our service offerings and capabilities.  The addition of the nTelos markets has significantly expanded our operations and we remain focused on adding new customers in new markets as we grow our position as one of the top six public wireless providers in the United States," Mr. French concluded.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast today, Monday, November 7, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

Teleconference Information:

Monday, November 7, 2016 8:30 A.M. (ET)
Dial in number: 1-888-695-7639

Password: 10988671
Audio webcast: http://investor.shentel.com/

An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call is complete, through November 14, 2016 by calling (855) 859-2056.

About Shenandoah Telecommunications

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.  The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and digital voice; fiber network and services; and regulated local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service ("PCS") Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.  

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of unforeseen factors. A discussion of factors that may cause actual results to differ from management's projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations is available in the Company's filings with the SEC. Those factors may include changes in general economic conditions, increases in costs, changes in regulation and other competitive factors.

SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)

  September 30,
2016
December 31,
2015
    
Cash and cash equivalents $27,531 $76,812 
Other current assets  113,998  51,135 
Total current assets  141,529  127,947 
        
Investments  10,113  10,679 
    
Building held for sale  4,950  - 
Net property, plant and equipment  667,741  410,018 
    
Intangible assets, net  458,401  66,993 
Goodwill  145,413  10 
Deferred charges and other assets, net  5,478  11,504 
Total assets $1,433,625 $627,151 
    
Total current liabilities  135,464  60,729 
Long-term debt, less current maturities  783,595  177,169 
Total other liabilities  216,260  99,315 
Total shareholders' equity  298,306  289,938 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,433,625 $627,151 
         

SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30,September 30,
  2016201520162015
                 
Operating revenues $156,836  $85,212  $379,716  $255,202 
      
Cost of goods and services  58,317   30,570   140,354   91,541 
Selling, general, and administrative  40,369   18,306    96,263   55,024 
Integration and acquisition expenses   15,272   2,129   35,801   3,153 
Depreciation and amortization  46,807   19,118   96,961   53,119 
Total operating expenses  160,765   70,123   369,379   202,837 
                 
Operating income (loss)  (3,929)  15,089   10,337   52,365 
      
Other income (expense):     
Interest expense  (8,845)   (1,808)  (16,369)  (5,663)
Gain on investments, net  127   (211)  237   (12)
Non-operating income, net  1,400   391   2,910   1,265 
                 
Income (loss) before taxes  (11,247)  13,461   (2,885 )  47,955 
      
Income tax expense (benefit)  (3,651)  5,465   (2,174)  19,199 
Net income (loss) $(7,596) $ 7,996  $(711) $28,756 
      
      
Earnings (loss) per share:      
Basic $(0.16) $0.17  $(0.01) $0.59 
Diluted $(0.16) $0.16  $(0.01) $0.59 
      
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic  48,909   48,406   48,768   48,364 
Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted  48,909   49,071   48,768   48,967 
                 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

In managing our business and assessing our financial performance, management supplements the information provided by financial statement measures prepared in accordance with GAAP with adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA, which are considered "non-GAAP financial measures" under SEC rules.

Adjusted OIBDA is defined by us as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, adjusted to exclude the effects of:  certain non-recurring transactions; impairment of assets; gains and losses on asset sales; straight-line adjustments for the waived management fee; amortization of the affiliate expansion asset; and share-based compensation expense.  Adjusted OIBDA should not be construed as an alternative to operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP as a measure of operating performance.  Continuing OIBDA is defined by us as adjusted OIBDA, less the benefit received from the waived management fee by Sprint over the next approximate six years.

In a capital-intensive industry such as telecommunications, management believes that adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA and the associated percentage margin calculations are meaningful measures of our operating performance.  We use adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA as supplemental performance measures because management believes they facilitate comparisons of our operating performance from period to period and comparisons of our operating performance to that of other companies by excluding potential differences caused by the age and book depreciation of fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expenses) as well as the other items described above for which additional adjustments were made.  In the future, management expects that the Company may again report adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA excluding these items and may incur expenses similar to these excluded items.  Accordingly, the exclusion of these and other similar items from our non-GAAP presentation should not be interpreted as implying these items are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual.

While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under generally accepted accounting principles, these expenses primarily represent the current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods, and accordingly may obscure underlying operating trends for some purposes.  By isolating the effects of these expenses and other items that vary from period to period without any correlation to our underlying performance, or that vary widely among similar companies, management believes adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance, which are used by management for business planning purposes, and also facilitates comparisons of our performance relative to that of our competitors.  In addition, we believe that adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA and similar measures are widely used by investors and financial analysts as measures of our financial performance over time, and to compare our financial performance with that of other companies in our industry.

Adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.  These limitations include the following:

  • they do not reflect capital expenditures;
  • many of the assets being depreciated and amortized will have to be replaced in the future and adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements;
  • they do not reflect costs associated with share-based awards exchanged for employee services;
  • they do not reflect interest expense necessary to service interest or principal payments on indebtedness;
  • they do not reflect gains, losses or dividends on investments;
  • they do not reflect expenses incurred for the payment of income taxes; and
  • other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In light of these limitations, management considers adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA as a financial performance measure that supplements but does not replace the information reflected in our GAAP results.

The following table shows adjusted OIBDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:

  Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
(in thousands) September 30,September 30,
  2016201520162015
Adjusted OIBDA $73,746  $36,804  $170,166  $110,759 
Continuing OIBDA $64,228  $36,804  $154,554  $110,759 
                 

The following table reconciles adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA to operating income (loss), which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:

Consolidated:     
(in thousands) Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
  September 30,September 30,
  2016
2015
2016
2015
Operating income (loss) $(3,929) $15,089  $10,337  $52,365 
Plus depreciation and amortization  46,807   19,113   96,961    53,119 
Plus (gain) loss on asset sales  (81)  (1)  (144)  229 
Plus share based compensation expense  496   469   2,570   1,893 
Plus temporary back office costs to support the billing operations through migration (1)  4,948   -   8,071   - 
Plus integration and acquisition related expenses (1)  15,272   2,129   35,801   3,153 
Plus straight line adjustment to reduce management fee waiver (2)  4,640   -   7,687   - 
Plus amortization of intangible netted in revenue (3)  5,593    -   8,883   - 
Adjusted OIBDA $73,746  $36,804  $170,166  $110,759 
Less waived management fee (2)   (9,518)  -   (15,612)  - 
Continuing OIBDA $64,228  $36,804  $154,554  $110,759 
                 

The following tables reconcile adjusted OIBDA and continuing OIBDA to operating income by major segment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:

Wireless Segment: Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(in thousands) September 30, September 30,
  2016 2015
 2016
 2015
Operating income $(5,407) $17,393 $20,905  $56,101
Plus depreciation and amortization  38,038   9,644  70,026   26,089
Plus loss on asset sales   (45)  40  (84)  73
Plus share based compensation expense  246   109  1,058   441
Plus temporary back office costs to support the billing operations through migration (1)  4,945   -  8,067   -
Plus integration and acquisition related expenses(1)  14,499    -  19,889   -
Plus straight line adjustment to reduce management fee waiver (2)  4,640   -  7,687   -
Plus amortization of intangible netted in revenue (3)  5,593   -  8,883   -
Adjusted OIBDA $62,509  $27,186 $136,431  $82,704
Less waived management fee (2)  (9,518)  -  (15,612)  -
Continuing OIBDA $52,991  $27,186 $120,819  $82,704
               


Cable Segment:    
(in thousands) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  20162015 20162015
                  
Operating income (loss) $2,282  $(603) $4,043  $(1,706)
Plus depreciation and amortization  5,860    5,948   17,834   17,286 
                 
Plus (gain) on asset sales  (19)  (39)  (53)  12 
Plus share based compensation expense  108   164   673   665 
Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA $8,231  $5,470  $22,497  $16,257 
                  


Wireline Segment:    
(in thousands) Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
  September 30,September 30,
   2016  2015  2016  2015 
                 
Operating income $  4,792  $  3,974  $  15,070  $  11,769 
Plus depreciation and amortization  2,822   3,404   8,789   9,411 
Plus loss on asset sales  -   (2)  40   132 
Plus share based compensation expense  49   84   284   330 
Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA $  7,663  $  7,460  $  24,183  $  21,642 
                 

(1) Integration and acquisition costs consist of severance accruals for short-term nTelos personnel to be separated as integration activities wind down, transaction related expenses, device costs to support the transition to Sprint billing platforms, and other transition costs to support the migration to Sprint back-office functions.  Once former nTelos customers migrate to the Sprint backoffice, the Company incurs certain postpaid fees retained by Sprint and prepaid costs passed to us by Sprint that would offset a portion of these savings.  For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, these offsets were estimated at $1.3 million and $3.1 million, respectively.
(2) As part of the Company's amended affiliate agreement, Sprint agreed to waive the management fee, which is historically presented as a contra-revenue by the Company, for a period of approximately six years.  The impact of Sprint's waiver of the management fee over the approximate six-year period is reflected as an increase in revenue, offset by the non-cash adjustment to recognize this impact on a straight-line basis over the contract term of approximately 14 years.
(3) Pursuant to the intangible asset exchange with Sprint, the Company recognized an intangible asset for the affiliate contract expansion received.  Consistent with the presentation of related service fees charged by Sprint, the Company recognizes the amortization of this intangible as a contra-revenue over the contract term of approximately 14 years.

Supplemental Information

Subscriber Statistics

The following tables show selected operating statistics of the Wireless segment as of the dates shown:

  Sept. 30, December 31, Sept. 30, December 31,
  2016 2015  2015 2014
Retail PCS Subscribers - Postpaid 718,785 312,512 303,527 287,867
Retail PCS Subscribers - Prepaid 275,446 142,840 145,104 145,162
PCS Market POPS (000) (1) 5,536 2,433 2,421 2,415
PCS Covered POPS (000) (1) 4,715 2,224 2,213 2,207
CDMA Base Stations (sites) 1,425 552 548 537
Towers Owned 181  158 154 154
Non-affiliate cell site leases 186 202 203 198
         

The changes from December 31, 2015 to September 30, 2016 shown above include the following amounts acquired in the nTelos acquisition and exchange with Sprint on May 6, 2016:

Acquired PCS Subscribers - Postpaid 404,444
Acquired PCS Subscribers - Prepaid 154,944
Acquired PCS Market POPS (000) (1) 3,099
Acquired PCS Covered POPS (000) (1)  2,298
Acquired CDMA Base Stations (sites) (2) 868
Towers 20
Non-affiliate Cell Site Leases 10
   


  Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
  September 30,September 30,
  2016201520162015
                
Gross PCS Subscriber Additions - Postpaid  41,563   19,638  85,104   54,477 
Net PCS Subscriber Additions  - Postpaid  1,222   7,035  1,829   15,660 
Gross PCS Subscriber Additions - Prepaid  35,202   20,228  83,786   63,806 
Net PCS Subscriber Additions (Losses) - Prepaid  (13,865)  (327) (22,338)  (58)
PCS Average Monthly Retail Churn % - Postpaid (3)  2.01%  1.40% 1.71%  1.47%
PCS Average Monthly Retail Churn % - Prepaid (3)  5.43%  4.72% 5.06%  4.85%
                 

1) POPS refers to the estimated population of a given geographic area and is based on information purchased from third party sources.  Market POPS are those within a market area which we are authorized to serve under our Sprint PCS affiliate agreements, and Covered POPS are those covered by our network.
2) Net of approximately 160 overlap cell sites we intend to shut down in coming months.
3) PCS Average Monthly Retail Churn is the average of the monthly subscriber turnover, or churn, calculations for the period.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, 2,880 and 4,410 former nTelos prepaid subscribers switched to postpaid subscribers as they migrated to the Sprint back-office platforms during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively.

The following table shows selected operating statistics of the Cable segment as of the dates shown:

   Sept. 30,  December 31,   Sept. 30,  December 31, 
    2016  2015   2015  2014 
Homes Passed (1)  184,698  172,538   172,388  171,589 
Customer Relationships (2)              
Video customers  48,924  48,184   48,421   49,247 
Non-video customers  28,469  24,550   23,816  22,051 
Total customer relationships  77,393  72,734   72,237  71,298 
Video      
Customers (3)  51,379  50,215   50,839  52,095 
Penetration (4)  27.8 % 29.1%  29.5% 30.4%
Digital video penetration (5)  76.3% 77.9%  75.2% 65.9%
High-speed Internet      
Available Homes (6)  183,814  172,538   172,388  171,589 
Customers (3)  59,852  55,131   53,960  50,686 
Penetration (4)  32.6% 32.0%  31.3% 29.5%
Voice              
Available Homes (6)  181,077  169,801   169,651  168,852 
Customers (3)  21,199  20,166   19,723  18,262 
Penetration (4)  11.7% 11.9%  11.6% 10.8%
Total Revenue Generating Units (7)  132,430  125,512   124,522  121,043 
Fiber Route Miles  3,124  2,844   2,842  2,834 
Total Fiber Miles (8)  84,945  76,949   75,021  72,694 
Average Revenue Generating Units  131,707  124,054   123,282  117,744 
               

1) Homes and businesses are considered passed ("homes passed") if we can connect them to our distribution system without further extending the transmission lines.  Homes passed is an estimate based upon the best available information. 
2) Customer relationships represent the number of customers who receive at least one of our services.
3) Generally, a dwelling or commercial unit with one or more television sets connected to our distribution system counts as one video customer.  Where services are provided on a bulk basis, such as to hotels and some multi-dwelling units, the revenue charged to the customer is divided by the rate for comparable service in the local market to determine the number of customer equivalents included in the customer counts shown above.  During the first quarter of 2016, we modified the way we count subscribers when a commercial customer upgrades its internet service via a fiber contract. We retroactively applied the new count methodology to prior periods, and applied similar logic to certain bulk customers; the net result was reductions in internet subscriber counts of 559, 660 and 673 subscribers to December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 totals, respectively.
4) Penetration is calculated by dividing the number of customers by the number of homes passed or available homes, as appropriate.
5) Digital video penetration is calculated by dividing the number of digital video customers by total video customers.  Digital video customers are video customers who receive any level of video service via digital transmission.  A dwelling with one or more digital set-top boxes or digital adapters counts as one digital video customer.
6) Homes and businesses are considered available ("available homes") if we can connect them to our distribution system without further extending the transmission lines and if we offer the service in that area.
7) Revenue generating units are the sum of video, voice and high-speed internet customers.
8) Fiber miles are measured by taking the number of fiber strands in a cable and multiplying that number by the route distance.  For example, a 10 mile route with 144 fiber strands would equal 1,440 fiber miles.

On January 1, 2016, the Company acquired the assets of Colane Cable Company.  With the acquisition, the Company acquired 3,299 video customers, 1,405 high-speed internet customers, and 302 voice customers.  The customers are included in the September 30, 2016 totals shown above.

The following table shows selected operating statistics of the Wireline segment as of the dates shown:

  Sept. 30,Dec. 31 , Sept. 30,Dec. 31,
  20162015 20152014
Telephone Access Lines (1) 18,73720,252 21,59821,612
Long Distance Subscribers 9,1869,476 9,6519,571
Video Customers (2) 5,2855,356 5,3755,692
DSL Subscribers (3) 14,19513,890 13,32313,094
Fiber Route Miles 1,9161,736 1,6251,556
Total Fiber Miles (4) 133,903123,891 107,43299,387
       

1) Effective October 1, 2015, we launched cable modem services on our cable plant, and eliminated the requirement that a customer have a telephone access line to purchase DSL service. 
2) The Wireline segment's video service passes approximately 16,000 homes.
3) September 2016 and December 2015 totals include 911 and 420 customers, respectively, served via the coaxial cable network.  During first quarter 2016, we modified the way we count subscribers when a commercial customer upgrades its internet service via a fiber contract. We retroactively applied the new count methodology to prior periods and the net result was increases in internet subscriber counts of 804, 489 and 352 subscribers to December 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 totals, respectively.
4) Fiber miles are measured by taking the number of fiber strands in a cable and multiplying that number by the route distance.  For example, a 10 mile route with 144 fiber strands would equal 1,440 fiber miles. Fiber counts were revised following a review of fiber records in the first quarter of 2015.

Segment Information

Operating segments are defined as components of an enterprise about which separate financial information is available that is evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision maker.  The Company has three reportable segments, which the Company operates and manages as strategic business units organized by lines of business: (1) Wireless, (2) Cable, and (3) Wireline.   A fourth segment, Other, primarily includes Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, the parent holding company.

The Wireless segment has historically provided digital wireless service to a portion of a four-state area covering the region from Harrisburg, York and Altoona, Pennsylvania, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, as a Sprint PCS Affiliate.  With the recent acquisition of nTelos, the Company's wireless service area expanded to include south-central and western Virginia, West Virginia, and small portions of Kentucky and Ohio. This segment also owns cell site towers built on leased land, and leases space on these towers to both affiliates and non-affiliated service providers.

The Cable segment provides video, internet and voice services in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, and leases fiber optic facilities throughout southern Virginia and West Virginia. It does not include video, internet and voice services provided to customers in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

The Wireline segment provides regulated and unregulated voice services, DSL internet access, and long distance access services throughout Shenandoah County and portions of Rockingham, Frederick, Warren and Augusta counties, Virginia. The segment also provides video and cable modem services in portions of Shenandoah County, and leases fiber optic facilities throughout the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, northern Virginia and adjacent areas along the Interstate 81 corridor through West Virginia, Maryland and portions of central and southern Pennsylvania.

Three months ended September 30, 2016       
        
(in thousands)       
        
  Wireless Cable Wireline Other Eliminations Consolidated
Totals
External revenues                       
Service revenues $111,001  $24,948 $4,948 $-  $-  $140,897 
Other  7,978   2,031  5,930  -   -   15,939 
Total external revenues  118,979   26,979  10,878  -   -   156,836 
Internal revenues  1,140   587  7,854  -   (9,581)  - 
Total operating revenues  120,119   27,566  18,732  -   (9,581)  156,836 
                       
Operating expenses                      
Costs of goods and services, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  43,097   14,654  9,442  -   (8,876)  58,317 
Selling, general and administrative, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  29,892   4,770  1,676  4,736   (705)  40,369 
Integration and acquisition expenses  14,499    -  -  773   -   15,272 
Depreciation and amortization  38,038   5,860  2,822  87   -   46,807 
Total operating expenses  125,526   25,284  13,940  5,596   (9,581)  160,765 
Operating income (loss) $(5,407) $2,282 $4,792 $(5,596) $-  $(3,929)
                       


Three months ended September 30, 2015                       
                         
(in thousands)                       
                          
  Wireless Cable  Wireline  Other  Eliminations  Consolidated
Totals
 
External revenues                       
Service revenues $47,793 $ 22,284  $4,904  $-  $-  $74,981 
Other  2,734  1,882   5,615   -   -   10,231 
Total external revenues  50,527  24,166   10,519   -   -   85,212 
Internal revenues  1,109  251   6,759    -   (8,119)  - 
Total operating revenues  51,636  24,417   17,278   -   (8,119)  85,212 
                        
Operating expenses                       
Costs of goods and services, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  15,572  14,124   8,212   -   (7,338)  30,570 
Selling, general and administrative, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  9,027  4,948   1,688   3,424   (781)  18,306 
Integration and acquisition expenses  -  -   -   2,129   -   2,129 
Depreciation and amortization  9,644  5,948   3,404   122   -   19,118 
Total operating expenses  34,243  25,020   13,304   5,675   (8,119)  70,123 
Operating income (loss) $17,393 $(603) $3,974  $(5,675) $-  $15,089 
                        


Nine months ended September 30, 2016       
        
(in thousands)       
  WirelessCableWirelineOtherEliminationsConsolidated
Totals
External revenues                      
Service revenues $250,053 $73,455  $14,727 $-  $-  $338,235 
Other  17,461  5,799   18,221  -   -   41,481 
Total external revenues   267,514  79,254   32,948  -    -   379,716 
Internal revenues  3,417  1,159   22,754  -   (27,330)  - 
Total operating revenues  270,931  80,413   55,702  -   (27,330)  379,716 
                       
Operating expenses                      
Costs of goods and services, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  94,892  43,864   26,892  -   (25,294)  140,354 
Selling, general and administrative, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  65,219  14,672   4,951  13,457   (2,036)  96,263 
Integration and acquisition expenses  19,889  -   -  15,912    35,801 
Depreciation and amortization  70,026  17,834   8,789  312   -   96,961 
Total operating expenses  250,026  76,370   40,632  29,681   (27,330)  369,379 
Operating income (loss) $20,905 $4,043  $15,070 $(29,681) $-  $10,337 
        
Nine months ended September 30, 2015                      
                       
(in thousands)                       
  WirelessCableWirelineOtherEliminationsConsolidated
Totals
External revenues       
Service revenues $144,917 $65,802  $14,543 $-  $ -  $225,262 
Other  8,611  5,495   15,834  -   -   29,940 
Total external revenues  153,528  71,297   30,377  -   -   255,202 
Internal revenues  3,319  585   18,950  -   (22,854)  - 
Total operating revenues  156,847  71,882   49,327  -   (22,854)  255,202 
                        
Operating expenses                      
Costs of goods and services, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  47,661  41,378   23,224  -   (20,722)  91,541 
Selling, general and administrative, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below  26,996  14,924   4,923  10,313   (2,132)  55,024 
Integration and acquisition expenses  -  -   -  3,153    3,153 
Depreciation and amortization  26,089  17,286   9,411  333   -   53,119 
Total operating expenses  100,746  73,588   37,558  13,799   (22,854)  202,837 
Operating income (loss) $56,101 $(1,706) $11,769 $(13,799) $-  $52,365 
        

Wireless Service Revenues

(in thousands) Three Months Ended       
  September 30, Change
Service Revenues 2016
 2015
 $ %
Postpaid net billings $97,470  $45,864  $51,606  112.5 
Sprint fees               
Management fee  (7,919)  (3,687)  (4,232) 114.8 
Net Service fee  (6,745)  (6,453)  (292) (4.5)
Waiver of management fee  7,996   -   7,996  NM
   (6,668)  (10,140)  3,472  (34.2)
Prepaid net billings               
Gross billings  25,156   12,760   12,396  97.1 
Sprint management fee  (1,521)  (766)  (755) NM 
Waiver of management fee   1,521   -   1,521  NM 
   25,156   11,994   13,162  109.7 
                
Travel and other revenues  5,276   75   5,201  NM 
Accounting adjustments               
Amortization of expanded contract  (5,593)  -   (5,593) NM 
Straight-line adjustment - management fee  waiver  (4,640)  -   (4,640) NM 
   (10,233)  -   (10,233) NM
 
Total Service Revenues   $111,001  $47,793   $63,208  132.3 
                


(in thousands)   
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Change
Service Revenues 2016
 2015
 $ %
Postpaid net billings $218,327  $139,342  $78,985   56.7 
Sprint fees                
Management fee  (17,914)  (11,124)  (6,790)  61.0 
Net Service fee  (15,986)  (19,468)  3,482   (17.9)
Waiver of management fee  13,126   -   13,126    NM 
   (20,774)  (30,592)  9,818   (32.1)
Prepaid net billings                 
Gross billings  58,744   38,255    20,489   53.6 
Sprint management fee  (3,524)  (2,305)  (1,219)  NM 
Waiver of management fee   1,486   -   2,486   NM 
   57,706   35,950   21,756   60.5 
                 
Travel and other revenues  11,364   217   11,147   NM 
Accounting adjustments                
Amortization of expanded contract  (8,883 )  -   (8,883)  NM 
Straight-line adjustment - management fee waiver  (7,687)  -   (7,687)  NM 
   (16,570)  -   (16,570)   NM 
Total Service Revenues   $250,053  $144,917  $105,136   72.5 
                 
CONTACTS:



Shenandoah Telecommunications, Inc.

Adele Skolits

CFO and VP of Finance

540-984-5161

Adele.skolits@emp.shentel.com



Or



John Nesbett/Jennifer Belodeau

Institutional Marketing Services (IMS)

203-972-9200

jnesbett@institutionalms.com

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