Rye, NY – August 9, 2013 – LICT Corporation (Pink Sheets®: LICT) today announced its second quarter 2013 earnings. See attachment A.
SECOND QUARTER RESULTS –During the second quarter of 2013, our revenues were $23.7 million as compared to $24.0 million in 2012, a decrease of $261,000. EBITDA before corporate costs was $9.1 million versus $10.0 million, or down by $0.9, as million compared to 2012 in part traceable to lower cash distributions from our equity affiliates of $344,000, and lower earnings from operations.
Regulated revenues were $14.2 million in the 2013 quarter, versus $15.0 million in the prior year quarter. Non-regulated revenues increased $538,000, or 6.0%, during the second quarter, due primarily to increased broadband and competitive local exchange carrier (“CLEC”) sales. Of note, non-regulated revenues in 2012 included a $150,000 non-recurring fee from a 2007 LICT spin-off, CIBL, Inc.. Operating costs increased by $321,000, from $14.6 million to $14.9 million, due to start-up costs in non-regulated activities. Corporate expenses were $797,000, a decrease of $140,000 compared to the second quarter of 2012.
On a consolidated basis, net income per share during the second quarter was $77.84 in 2013 versus $79.76 in 2012.
FULL YEAR FORECAST – LICT Corporation currently expects 2013 revenues to be approximately $96 million compared to $95 million in 2012. Prior to corporate costs, EBITDA, including cash received from our equity affiliates, is expected to be about $37.4 million in 2013, compared to $39.6 million in 2012.
Lenny Higgins, Chief Operating Officer, said “We continue to grow our non-regulated business, offsetting anticipated declines in regulated revenue due to changes in technology and regulation. Our local management teams are delivering revenue growth in broadband, CLEC, cell backhaul, and video business segments. Several of our subsidiary companies had strong cell backhaul sales over the first half of 2013 which should result in new revenue streams over the next 6 to 12 months as new customers are turned up. We’re also extending our regional fiber networks to several areas with high concentrations of businesses that will provide CLEC customer growth in 2014.”
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND DEPRECIATION EXPENSE – Capital expenditures were $7.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $5.5 million in 2012, reflecting our continued investment in the improvement of our products and investment in our network infrastructure, in particular, our broadband networks. Through upgraded electronics and fiber extensions deeper into our networks, we have improved both the speed and capacity of our broadband service offerings. We will continue to review capital spending throughout 2013, focusing a significant portion of the $12 to $17 million of expected net expenditures to “success based” fiber and cell backhaul projects.
BROADBAND REGULATION – In November 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) ordered significant modifications to Intercarrier Compensation (‘ICC’) and the Universal Service Fund (“USF”), and issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”). Due to the numerous items in the FNPRM impacting “rate-of-return carriers”, including many of our companies, it is not possible to fully predict the impact the FCC’s ICC and USF reforms will have on LICT’s future revenues at this time. ICC and USF programs generate, on a combined basis, approximately 40% of our revenues, largely due to the cost structure necessary to serve our rural communities. We believe that government policy will continue to encourage and subsidize communication services in rural areas, but there is no certainty that such subsidies will be maintained at historical levels. Because of this and because of the opportunities created by new technologies, including the internet, we have focused on developing non-regulated, high speed businesses, such as broadband through DSL service, to supplement our traditional rural telephone services.
OPERATING STATISTICS – As of June 30, 2013, the company’s in-territory DSL penetration, based on total ILEC voice lines, was 67.8%, compared to 65.3% as of December 31, 2012. Our summary operating statistics are as follows:
|ILEC voice lines||38,360||39,078||(718)||(1.8%)|
|CLEC voice lines||7,554||7,154||400||5.6%|
|Total voice lines||45,914||46,232||(318)||(0.7%)|
|LD Resale lines||25,277||24,077||1,200||5.0%|
(a) In February 2013, we sold a 500 subscriber CATV operation in Ely, Nevada.
BALANCE SHEET – As of June 30, 2013, the company had $8.3 million in cash and $74.3 million in total debt, resulting in net debt of $66.0 million, compared to net ebt of $69.2 million as of December 31, 2012. The debt reduction was achieved through operating cash flows.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES – Our operating subsidiaries are in the process of developing and launching several wireless and wireline broadband initiatives. These initiatives will provide an excellent complement to our strong RLEC base, and provide the communities that we serve with the telephony and broadband tools necessary to compete in today’s economy. Net costs associated with these initiatives of approximately $400,000 were incurred in the second quarter. We spent these initiatives to add to revenues in future periods.
REFINANCING THE COMPANY – Despite the repayment of bank debt mentioned above, our debt structure still consists of a maze of loans from federally-backed institutions, commercial banks, and seller notes. This structure is cumbersome and costly in terms of maintenance of facilities and flexibility with regard to terms of potential mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other shareholder initiatives. As such, the company is considering various initiatives which will enhance our ability to take the financial and operational steps necessary to position the organization for future success.
SHARE REPURCHASES – During the first six months of 2013, we repurchased 441 shares for $1,026,337 at an average price of $2,375 per share. As of June 30, 2013, 22,684 shares were outstanding.
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This release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including without limitation future financial results, anticipated financing, capital expenditures and corporate transactions. It should be recognized that such information is based upon certain assumptions, projections and forecasts, including without limitation business conditions and financial markets, regulatory and other approvals, and the cautionary statements set forth in documents filed by LICT on its website, www.lictcorp.com. As a result, there can be no assurance that any possible transactions will be accomplished or be successful or that financial targets will be met, and such information is subject to uncertainties, risks and inaccuracies, which could be material.
LICT Corporation is a holding company with subsidiaries in broadband and other telecommunications services that actively seeks acquisitions, principally in its existing business areas.
LICT Corporation is listed on the Pink Sheets® under the symbol LICT. Its World Wide Web address is: http://www.lictcorp.com.
Contact: Robert E. Dolan
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer