Rye, NY – August 16, 2022 – LICT Corporation (“LICT” or the “Company”; OTC Pink®: LICT) reports unaudited, financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.
Driven by broadband sales, non-regulated revenues for the second quarter of 2022 increased 5.4%, to $17.7 million from the prior year’s second quarter $16.8 million. Non-regulated EBITDA was $7.5 million, versus the $7.3 million earned in the same period last year.
Regulated revenues were $15.0 million in the second quarter of 2022 versus the prior year’s second quarter of $15.5 million. Regulated EBITDA was $7.2 million compared to $7.5 million last year.
Total revenues in the second quarter of 2022 were $32.7 million compared to $32.3 million for the corresponding quarter in 2021. EBITDA was $14.7 million in the second quarter of 2022 as compared to $14.8 million in 2021.
Aureon Investment – YTD investment income includes a dividend of $0.5 million from a minority investment in Aureon versus $0.2 million in the prior year. We carry this investment at the historical cost of $3.0 million, however, LICT’s share of the book value of the investment is estimated to be closer to $9.0 million.
ALTERNATIVE – CONNECT AMERICA COST MODEL (“A-CAM”) PROGRAM –All LICT telephone companies participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) A-CAM and A-CAM II programs. The A-CAM program is designed to increase broadband speed and expand the deployment of broadband capabilities throughout the nation’s rural areas with mandatory build-out requirements for receipt of support. LICT received $8.0 million in each of the second quarters of 2022 and 2021 for A-CAM and A-CAM II revenues. LICT is actively building and expanding broadband facilities.
AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM – LICT is actively participating in the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) (previously the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program) to support our ongoing commitment to provide affordable broadband to the rural communities we serve and help close the digital divide. This program provides consumers who are eligible, a broadband credit of up to $30 per month (up to $75 for households on Tribal Lands) towards their qualifying internet plan. We offer a variety of broadband options that qualify under the ACP.
BALANCE SHEET – During the first quarter of 2022, LICT received back $12.3 million from its 2021 deposit of $20.0 million related to FCC Spectrum Auction 110. Additionally, LICT drew down $15.0 million in cash from the CoBank revolving credit facility in the second quarter of 2022, with an interest rate of 3.03%.
2022 OUTLOOK – LICT’s guidance for 2022 Revenues and EBITDA remains unchanged at approximately $131 million and $58 million respectively. In addition, capital expenditures are expected to exceed the $32 million of 2021. Full year earnings per share are estimated to be about $1,350 per share in 2022.
FCC SPECTRUM AUCTIONS – LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC (“LICT Wireless”), a wholly owned subsidiary, is currently participating in Auction 108 – 2.5 GHz band licenses. LICT Wireless previously participated in FCC Auction 110 – 3.45- 3.55 GHz band licenses which ended on November 16, 2021. The FCC announced the results of this auction on January 14, 2022, and LICT acquired twelve licenses for $7.7 million.
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES – In the second quarter of 2022, capital expenditures were $10.4 million as compared to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2021. Our capital spending will enable us to offer enhanced broadband speeds, increase the overall fiber route miles in our network and meet and exceed our A-CAM requirements. As of June 30, 2022, LICT owns and operates 6,080 miles of fiber optic cable, 11,529 miles of copper cable, 819 miles of coaxial cable and 84 towers.
We are pleased to announce that LICT has recently accepted a $6.3 million ReConnect III grant award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build fiber to provide 1 Gig broadband to additional customers in Kansas. We are awaiting announcements by USDA on the balance of the ReConnect III applications.
SHARE REPURCHASES – During the six months ended June 30, 2022, the Company repurchased 358 shares for $8.6 million, with an average price of $24,020 per share. On June 30, 2022, 17,513 shares were outstanding.
OPERATING STATISTICS/BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT – As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s broadband penetration in its franchised telephone service territories, based on its total Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (“ILEC”) voice lines, was 97.5%, as compared to 93.3% at December 31, 2021. During the second quarter, the Company’s broadband lines grew by 3% to 45,250 units.
|June 30,||December 31,||Percent|
|Out of franchise||7,082||7,043||39||0.6%|
|Revenue Generating Units||79,632||78,743||889||1.1%|
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 anticipated financial results, 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. Such forward-looking 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 OTC Pink® under the symbol LICT. For further information visit our website at http://www.lictcorp.com.
|Statements of Operations|
|(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)|
|STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Cost and Expenses:|
|Cost of revenue||15,114||14,519||30,349||28,998|
|General and administrative costs at operations||2,970||3,016||6,193||6,189|
|Corporate office expenses||1,219||917||2,353||1,863|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,912||4,655||10,073||9,291|
|Total Costs and Expenses||24,215||23,290||49,109||46,524|
|Other Income (Expense)|
|Equity in earnings of affiliated companies||23||21||73||206|
|Income Before Income Tax Provision||8,098||8,699||16,393||18,100|
|Provision for Income Taxes||(2,204)||(2,413)||(4,327)||(4,840)|
|Weighted Average Shares- Basic and Diluted||17,560||18,185||17,672||18,318|
|Actual shares outstanding at end of period||17,513||18,080||17,513||18,080|
|Earnings Per Share||$336||$346||$683||$724|
|June 30, 2022||December 31, 2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$33,309||$42,466|
|Accounts receivable, less allowances of $152 and $169, respectively||6,743||7,180|
|Material and supplies||9,893||8,212|
|Prepaid expenses, and other current assets||11,830||24,068|
|Total current assets||61,775||81,926|
|Property, plant, and equipment||130,064||123,473|
|Investments in and advances to affiliated entities||2,805||3,822|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Trade accounts payable||$3,833||$4,388|
|Accrued interest payable||106||154|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||300||25,577|
|Total current liabilities||12,781||37,839|
|Deferred income taxes||24,722||25,025|
|Total shareholders’ equity||193,670||190,202|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$277,335||$284,137|
Statements of Operations and Selected Balance Sheet Data-Continued
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
|SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA||June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$33,309||$42,466|
|Other short-term investments||7,500||20,000|
|Long-Term Debt (including current portion)||(36,748)||(47,325)|
|Net Cash||$ 4,061||$15,141|
EBITDA is an established measure of operating performance and liquidity that is commonly reported and widely used by analysts, investors, and other interested parties in the telecommunications industry because it eliminates many differences in financial, capitalization, and tax structures. We believe that EBITDA trends are a valuable indicator of whether our operations can produce sufficient operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, service debt obligations, and fund capital expenditures.
EBITDA is calculated as Operating Profit from Continuing Operations plus depreciation and amortization expense and charitable contributions.
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Operating Profit from Continuing Operations||$ 8,513||$8,997||$ 16,084||$17,778|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,912||4,655||10,073||9,291|
|EBITDA from Operations Before Corporate Expenses||14,664||14,752||28,651||29,115|
|EBITDA||$ 13,425||$ 13,652||$ 26,157||$ 27,069|