Shentel Reports 2019 Strong Fourth Quarter and Year End Operating Statistics

January 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM EST

EDINBURG, Va., Jan. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) (NASDAQ: SHEN) announces preliminary operating statistics for the fourth quarter and year-end 2019.

“We achieved our second consecutive quarter of record postpaid wireless gross and net postpaid additions in the fourth quarter 2019, driven in part by our network and distribution investments in the recently acquired Parkersburg expansion areas.  We grew postpaid gross and net additions in 2019 by 24% and 142%, respectively, giving us strong sales momentum in our Wireless business as we enter 2020,” said President and CEO Christopher French “Our Cable and Wireline focus on increasing broadband penetration, together with the acquisition of Big Sandy Broadband, produced 11.3% year-over-year growth in cable broadband RGUs with broadband penetration increasing to 40.7% as of December 31, 2019.  We continue to see the benefits of the recently completed DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades which have enabled 1 Gigabit download speeds across our footprint, while our new rate card and ongoing improvements in customer service and operations have significantly increased customer satisfaction and retention.”

WIRELESS   December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
Retail PCS subscribers – postpaid   844,194   795,176
Retail PCS subscribers – prepaid   274,012   258,704
Total PCS subscribers   1,118,206   1,053,880


    Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
WIRELESS   2019   2018     2019   2018  
Gross PCS subscriber additions – postpaid   71,830   54,517     235,953   190,334  
Net PCS subscriber additions – postpaid   20,777   9,639     49,018   20,236 (1)
Gross PCS subscriber additions – prepaid   39,352   38,225     152,098   150,662  
Net PCS subscriber additions – prepaid   2,461   3,242     15,308   17,191 (1)
PCS average monthly retail churn % – postpaid   2.05%   1.90%     1.92%   1.82%  
PCS average monthly retail churn % – prepaid   4.52%   4.55%     4.26%   4.45%  

   (1)  Results exclude 38,343 postpaid and 15,691 prepaid subscribers acquired on February 1, 2018 in the Richmond Expansion Area.


CABLE AND WIRELINE   December 31, 2019 (2)     December 31, 2018
    Cable (3) Wireline Total     Cable Wireline Total
Cable homes passed   189,762   16,500   206,262       185,119   16,500   201,619  
                   
Video RGUs   48,613   5,024   53,637       53,086   5,586   58,672  
Penetration   25.6%   30.4%
  26.0%       28.7%   33.9%   29.1%
 
                   
Broadband RGUs   77,227   6,689   83,916       70,183   5,206   75,389  
Penetration   40.7%   40.5%
  40.7%       37.9%   31.6%   37.4%
 
                   
Voice RGUs   24,152   7,213   31,365       23,810   5,664   29,474  
Penetration   12.7%   43.7%
  15.2%
      12.9%   34.3%   14.6%
 
                   
Total Cable RGUs   149,992   18,926   168,918       147,079   16,456   163,535  


CABLE AND WIRELINE   December 31, 2019 (2)     December 31, 2018
    Cable Wireline Total     Cable Wireline Total
Rural Local Exchange Carrier ("RLEC")                  
RLEC homes passed   25,495   25,495       25,457   25,457  
RLEC RGUs                  
Data RLEC   7,797   7,797       9,104   9,104  
Penetration   30.6%   30.6%       35.8%   35.8%
 
Voice RLEC   14,332   14,332       15,698   15,698  
Penetration   56.2%   56.2%       61.7%   61.7%  
Total RLEC RGUs   22,129   22,129       24,802   24,802  

   (2)  Homes passed are as of September 30, 2019.
   (3)  Excludes Glo Fiber results.


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 a multi-state area covering large portions of central and western Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio. For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.

CONTACTS:
Shenandoah Telecommunications, Inc.
Jim Volk
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
540-984-5990
Jim.Volk@emp.shentel.com

Or
John Nesbett/Jennifer Belodeau
IMS Investor Relations
203-972-9200
jnesbett@institutionalms.com

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Source: Shenandoah Telecommunications Co

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