Charter Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results
Stamford, Connecticut - October 26, 2017 - Charter Communications, Inc. (along with its subsidiaries, the “Company” or “Charter”) today reported financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 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 nine months ended September 30, 2016.
Third quarter total customer relationships increased 212,000, compared to 275,000 during the third quarter of 2016, when excluding the impact of customer activity related to Legacy Bright House's seasonal customer plan in 2016.2 Third quarter total residential and SMB primary service units ("PSUs") increased by 257,000, while third quarter 2016 PSUs grew by 395,000, when adjusted
for the seasonal customer program changes at Legacy Bright House.
Third quarter revenues of $10.5 billion grew 4.2%, as compared to the prior year period, driven by residential revenue growth of 4.4% and commercial revenue growth of 8.0%, partly offset by a decline in advertising revenue of 11.1%, due to lower political revenue.
Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA3 of $3.8 billion grew 5.0% year-over-year, and 4.7% when excluding transition costs.
Net income attributable to Charter shareholders in the third quarter declined to $48 million from $189 million during the same period last year. The decline was driven by an increase in depreciation and amortization in the third quarter of 2017, partly offset by a year-over-year increase in Adjusted EBITDA.
Third quarter capital expenditures totaled $2.4 billion, and $2.3 billion when excluding transition capital expenditures.
During the third quarter, Charter purchased approximately 10.9 million shares of Charter Class A common stock and Charter Holdings common units for approximately $4.0 billion.
“Our integration is going well and remains on schedule. And despite the complexity that comes with changing the way we do business in 75% of our footprint, we continue to generate solid customer, revenue and EBITDA growth," said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications, Inc. "Through our integration, we are creating one company, with a unified and centralized operating strategy, which will put Charter on a path to be able to grow quickly over a multi-year period.”
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.