Charter Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results
Stamford, Connecticut - July 27, 2017 - Charter Communications, Inc. (formerly known as CCH I, LLC, along with its subsidiaries, the “Company” or “Charter”) today reported financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. On May 18, 2016, Charter completed its transactions between the Company, Time Warner Cable Inc. ("Legacy TWC") and Charter Communications, Inc. ("Legacy Charter"), and Legacy Charter and Bright House Networks, LLC ("Legacy Bright House") (collectively, the “Transactions”). Pro forma1 results give effect to the Transactions as if they had closed on January 1, 2015 and include the operations of Legacy Charter, Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.
During the second quarter of 2017, Charter completed the roll-out of its high-value Spectrum pricing, packaging and brand across the Legacy TWC and Legacy Bright House residential footprints, with the launch of Spectrum in Hawaii, in June.
Second quarter total customer relationships increased 211,000, compared to 231,000 on a pro forma basis during the
second quarter of 2016, when excluding the impact of customer disconnect activity related to Legacy Bright House’s seasonal customer plan in 2016.2 Second quarter total residential and SMB primary service units ("PSUs") increased by 243,000, while pro forma second quarter 2016 PSUs grew by 422,000, when adjusted for seasonal customer program changes at Legacy Bright House.
Second quarter revenues of $10.4 billion grew 3.9% on a pro forma basis, as compared to the prior year period, driven by residential revenue growth of 3.8% and commercial revenue growth of 9.5%. On an actual basis, second quarter revenue grew 68.1% year-over-year, driven primarily by the Transactions.
Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA3 of $3.8 billion grew 8.6% year-over-year on a pro forma basis, and 8.7% when excluding transition costs. On an actual basis, second quarter Adjusted EBITDA grew by 73.3%, driven primarily by the Transactions.
Net income attributable to Charter shareholders in the second quarter declined to $139 million from $248 million on a pro forma basis during the same period last year. The decline in year-over-year net income was driven by a pension curtailment gain in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase in depreciation and amortization in the second quarter of 2017, partly offset by a year-over-year increase in Adjusted EBITDA. On an actual basis, net income declined to $139 million from $3.1 billion during the second quarter of 2016, primarily driven by an income tax benefit in the prior year quarter.
“With the rollout of our new pricing and packaging completed in June, we are now offering a simple, high value product across our 50 million passings, under one brand, Spectrum. That product is working in the marketplace, and we continue to see higher year-over-year customer connect volumes across our new footprint,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications, Inc. “As we move forward with our integration, more of our customers are getting better products at better prices, which will drive higher customer satisfaction, lower churn and greater value into our business.”
1 See Exhibit 99.1 in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2016, which includes reconciliations of the pro forma information to actual information for each quarter of 2015 and the first and second quarters of 2016. See the “Use of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Pro Forma Information” section of this document for additional information.
2 In the second quarter of 2017, Charter conformed the seasonal customer program in the Legacy Bright House footprint to Charter's program. For additional information, see footnote j on page 6 of the addendum to this release.
3 Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are defined in the “Use of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Pro Forma Information” section and are reconciled to consolidated net income and net cash flows from operating activities, respectively, in the addendum of this news release.