Charter Communications ( CHTR Quick Quote CHTR - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2020 earnings of $6.50 per share that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 22.7% and jumped 84.5% year over year. Revenues of $12.6 billion increased 7.3% on a year-over-year basis, owing to growth in Internet, mobile and advertising segments. The figure marginally beat the consensus mark by 0.5%. Segmental Details
Residential revenues came in at $9.72 billion, up 5% from the year-ago quarter.
Monthly residential revenues per customer (excluding mobile) totaled $111.85, down 1.7% year over year. Internet revenues grew 11.9% year over year to $4.86 billion driven by growth in Internet customers, promotional rate step-ups and rate adjustments. Video revenues fell 1.2% to $4.4 billion due to lower pay-per-view and video on demand revenues and lower installation revenues, partly offset by rate adjustments and promotional rate step-ups. Moreover, voice revenues decreased 0.2% to $449 million due to a decline in wireline voice customers over the last 12 months. Subscriber Statistics
As of Dec 31, 2020, Charter had 31.1 million total customer relationships, with 1.9 million customers added in 2020. The figure increased 6.5% year over year.
Moreover, the company had 29.079 million residential Internet customers, up 6.6% year over year. As of Dec 31, 2020, over 85% of residential Internet customers subscribed to tiers that provided 100 Mbps or more of speed, and over 50% subscribed to tiers that provided 200 Mbps or more of speed. During the fourth quarter, Charter doubled its starting download speed to 200 Mbps in 17 markets. Charter added 216K residential Internet customers in the reported quarter. Further, Charter added 315K mobile lines in the fourth quarter. As of Dec 31, 2020, the company served a total of 2.4 million mobile lines. However, the company lost 120K voice customers in the fourth quarter of 2020. Operating Details
Total operating costs and expenses increased 5.5% from the year-ago quarter to $7.63 billion.
Programming costs increased 3.6% year over year to $2.9 billion due to a rise in renewals and contractual programming. Regulatory, connectivity and produced-content costs were down 10.7% to $532 million. Costs to service customers increased 4.4% year over year to $1.8 billion. Marketing costs were $758 million, up 1.4% year over year. Notably, mobile costs jumped 40.5% year over year to $522 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.2% year over year to $4.9 billion. Moreover, adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 110 basis points (bps) to 39.6%. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Dec 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $998 million compared with $1.28 billion as of Sep 30, 2020. The company’s credit facilities provided roughly $4.7 billion of additional liquidity.
Further, as of Dec 31, 2020, total debt was $82.1 billion compared with debt of $79.1 billion as of Sep 30. Cash flows from operating activities totaled $4.41 billion compared with $3.35 billion in the year-ago quarter. Property, plant and equipment expenditures totaled $2.1 billion in the reported quarter compared with $2.3 billion in the year-ago quarter, primarily driven by declines in scalable infrastructure and support spending. Free cash flow was $2.1 billion compared with $1.6 billion in the year-ago quarter. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Charter carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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