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08/04/22

Uniti Group Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

Raises 2022 Outlook

Highest Level of Gross Install Monthly Recurring Revenue Activity Since 2017

  • Net Income of $53.8 million for the Second Quarter; 8.3% Increase from the Prior Year Second Quarter
  • Net Income of $0.21 Per Diluted Common Share for the Second Quarter; 5.0% Increase from the Prior Year Second Quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO Grew 5.3% and 11.3% for the Second Quarter, Respectively, from the Prior Year Second Quarter
  • AFFO Per Diluted Common Share of $0.44 for the Second Quarter; 7.3% Increase from the Prior Year Second Quarter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniti Group Inc. (“Uniti” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: UNIT) today announced its results for the second quarter 2022.

“Demand for our mission critical fiber infrastructure continues to accelerate across virtually all customer segments as evidenced by our fifth consecutive quarter of elevated new sales bookings and our highest level of gross install activity since 2017. With the second largest independent fiber network in the country consisting of 133,000 route miles, Uniti is enabling broadband connectivity across the spectrum for our customers, from offering 1 Gbps service to small businesses to 1.2 terabit super waves connecting cities for carriers,” commented Kenny Gunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Gunderman continued, “With the tailwinds in our industry and the relatively untapped capacity in our network, we remain confident that we will be able to attain sustainable and profitable growth for many years. Uniti is well positioned to weather any potential sustained economic headwinds through our $7 billion of revenue under contract with an average remaining term of 8.5 years, the strengthening of our balance sheet, lower capital intensity, and with 96% of our debt fixed-rate and no significant debt maturities before mid-2024.”

QUARTERLY RESULTS

Consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2022 were $284.0 million. Net income and Adjusted EBITDA were $53.8 million and $227.2 million, respectively, for the same period. Net income attributable to common shares was $53.4 million for the period. Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) attributable to common shareholders was $114.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted common share, an increase of 11.3% when compared to the second quarter of 2021.

Uniti Fiber contributed $78.4 million of revenues and $33.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2022, achieving Adjusted EBITDA margins of approximately 43%, up from 41% Adjusted EBITDA margins for the second quarter of 2021. Uniti Fiber’s net success-based capital expenditures during the quarter were $30.1 million.

Uniti Leasing contributed revenues of $205.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $200.3 million for the second quarter, representing growth of 4.9% and 4.3%, respectively, when compared to the second quarter of 2021. During the quarter, Uniti Leasing deployed capital expenditures of $53.1 million primarily related to the construction of approximately 1,700 new route miles of valuable fiber infrastructure.

INVESTMENT TRANSACTIONS

On June 21, 2022, Uniti completed the sale of its remaining investment interest in Harmoni Towers to Palistar Capital LP (formerly known as Melody Investment Advisors) (“Palistar”) for total cash consideration of $32.5 million, resulting in a gain on sale of $7.9 million. Uniti previously sold 90% of its U.S. tower business to Palistar in June 2020.

LIQUIDITY

At quarter-end, the Company had approximately $361.4 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, and undrawn borrowing availability under its revolving credit agreement. The Company’s leverage ratio at quarter-end was 5.64x based on net debt to second quarter 2022 annualized Adjusted EBITDA.

On July 29, 2022, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share, payable on September 23, 2022, to stockholders of record on September 9, 2022.

UPDATED FULL YEAR 2022 OUTLOOK

The Company is updating its 2022 outlook primarily for business unit level revisions and the impact of transaction related and other costs incurred to date. Our 2022 outlook excludes future acquisitions, capital market transactions, and future transaction-related and other costs not mentioned herein.

The Company’s consolidated outlook for 2022 is as follows (in millions):

  Full Year 2022  
Revenue $ 1,122 to $ 1,140  
Net income attributable to common shareholders   189 to   207  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   887 to   905  
Interest expense, net(2)   390 to   390  
             
Attributable to common shareholders:            
FFO(1)   401 to   419  
AFFO(1)   441 to   459  
             
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – diluted   267 to   267  

(1) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
(2) See “Components of Interest Expense” below.


CONFERENCE CALL

Uniti will hold a conference call today to discuss this earnings release at 8:30 AM Eastern Time (7:30 AM Central Time). The conference call will be webcast live on Uniti’s Investor Relations website at investor.uniti.com. Those parties interested in participating via telephone may register on the Company’s Investor Relations website or by clicking here. A replay of the call will be available on the Investor Relations website beginning today at approximately 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

ABOUT UNITI

Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of fiber and other wireless solutions for the communications industry. As of June 30, 2022, Uniti owns approximately 133,000 fiber route miles, 7.8 million fiber strand miles, and other communications real estate throughout the United States. Additional information about Uniti can be found on its website at www.uniti.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release and today’s conference call may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended from time to time. Those forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements of fact, including, without limitation, our 2022 financial outlook, expectations regarding strong demand trends, our business strategies, growth prospects, our ability to sustain difficult economic conditions, industry trends, sales opportunities, and operating and financial performance.

Words such as "anticipate(s)," "expect(s)," "intend(s)," “estimate(s),” “foresee(s),” "plan(s)," "believe(s)," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seek(s)" and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could lead to actual results differing materially from those projected, forecasted or expected. Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained. Factors which could materially alter our expectations include, but are not limited to, the future prospects of Windstream, our largest customer; the ability and willingness of our customers to meet and/or perform their obligations under any contractual arrangements entered into with us, including master lease arrangements; the ability of our customers to comply with laws, rules and regulations in the operation of the assets we lease to them; the ability and willingness of our customers to renew their leases with us upon their expiration, and the ability to reposition our properties on the same or better terms in the event of nonrenewal or in the event we replace an existing tenant; the adverse impact of litigation affecting us or our customers; our ability to renew, extend or obtain contracts with significant customers (including customers of the businesses we acquire); the availability of and our ability to identify suitable acquisition opportunities and our ability to acquire and lease the respective properties on favorable terms; the risk that we fail to fully realize the potential benefits of acquisitions or have difficulty integrating acquired companies; our ability to generate sufficient cash flows to service our outstanding indebtedness and fund our capital funding commitments; our ability to access debt and equity capital markets; the impact on our business or the business of our customers as a result of credit rating downgrades and fluctuating interest rates; our ability to retain our key management personnel; our ability to qualify or maintain our status as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”); changes in the U.S. tax law and other state, federal or local laws, whether or not specific to REITs; covenants in our debt agreements that may limit our operational flexibility; our expectations regarding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our results of operations and financial condition; other risks inherent in the communications industry and in the ownership of communications distribution systems, including potential liability relating to environmental matters and illiquidity of real estate investments; and additional factors described in our reports filed with the SEC.

Uniti expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any of the forward-looking statements set forth in this press release and today’s conference call to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

NON-GAAP PRESENTATION

This release and today’s conference call contain certain supplemental measures of performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). Such measures should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP. Further information with respect to and reconciliations of such measures to the nearest GAAP measure can be found herein.



Uniti Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data)

  June 30,
2022
  December 31,
2021
Assets:      
Property, plant and equipment, net $ 3,615,532     $ 3,508,939  
Cash and cash equivalents   61,405       58,903  
Accounts receivable, net   45,679       38,455  
Goodwill   601,878       601,878  
Intangible assets, net   349,737       364,630  
Straight-line revenue receivable   55,621       41,323  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   82,162       80,271  
Other assets   84,976       38,900  
Investment in unconsolidated entities   39,309       64,223  
Deferred income tax assets, net   18,907       11,721  
Total Assets $ 4,955,206     $ 4,809,243  
           
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit          
Liabilities:          
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities $ 131,073     $ 86,868  
Settlement payable   245,171       239,384  
Intangible liabilities, net   172,439       177,786  
Accrued interest payable   131,080       109,826  
Deferred revenue   1,170,004       1,134,236  
Derivative liability, net   4,067       10,413  
Dividends payable   745       1,264  
Operating lease liabilities   60,829       57,355  
Finance lease obligations   15,214       15,348  
Notes and other debt, net   5,099,782       5,090,537  
Total Liabilities   7,030,404       6,923,017  
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
Shareholders’ Deficit:          
Preferred stock, $ 0.0001 par value, 50,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding   -       -  
Common stock, $ 0.0001 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, issued
and outstanding: 235,700 shares at June 30, 2022 and 234,779 shares at December 31, 2021
  24       23  
Additional paid-in capital   1,224,427       1,214,830  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (3,516 )     (9,164 )
Distributions in excess of accumulated earnings   (3,298,455 )     (3,333,481 )
Total Uniti shareholders’ deficit   (2,077,520 )     (2,127,792 )
Noncontrolling interests – operating partnership units and non-voting convertible preferred stock   2,322       14,018  
Total shareholders’ deficit   (2,075,198 )     (2,113,774 )
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Deficit $ 4,955,206     $ 4,809,243  



Uniti Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  
Revenues:                      
Leasing $ 205,614     $ 196,057     $ 410,255     $ 390,993  
Fiber Infrastructure   78,361       72,123       151,754       149,773  
Total revenues   283,975       268,180       562,009       540,766  
                       
Costs and expenses:                      
Interest expense, net   96,377       106,388       192,549       246,969  
Depreciation and amortization   72,303       69,671       143,760       140,635  
General and administrative expense   25,085       24,900       48,955       50,723  
Operating expense (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)   36,917       33,185       71,893       71,269  
Transaction related and other costs   3,235       424       4,949       4,561  
Gain on sale of real estate   (250 )     (442 )     (250 )     (442 )
Gain on sale of operations   -       (28,143 )     -       (28,143 )
Other (income) expense, net   (7,930 )     8,021       (8,328 )     8,475  
Total costs and expenses   225,737       214,004       453,528       494,047  
                       
Income before income taxes and equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities   58,238       54,176       108,481       46,719  
Income tax expense   4,944       5,084       2,873       2,527  
Equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities   (480 )     (547 )     (1,024 )     (945 )
Net income   53,774       49,639       106,632       45,137  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   77       732       205       668  
Net income attributable to shareholders   53,697       48,907       106,427       44,469  
Participating securities’ share in earnings   (340 )     (333 )     (671 )     (581 )
Dividends declared on convertible preferred stock   (5 )     (2 )     (10 )     (5 )
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 53,352     $ 48,572     $ 105,746     $ 43,883  
                       
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders – Basic $ 53,352     $ 48,572     $ 105,746     $ 43,883  
Impact of if-converted securities   3,000       2,974       5,994       -  
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders – Diluted $ 56,352     $ 51,546     $ 111,740     $ 43,883  
                       
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                      
Basic   235,656       231,801       235,352       231,636  
Diluted   267,361       262,268       267,045       231,862  
                       
Earnings (loss) per common share:                      
Basic $ 0.23     $ 0.21     $ 0.45     $ 0.19  
Diluted $ 0.21     $ 0.20     $ 0.42     $ 0.19  



Uniti Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)

  Six Months Ended June 30,
  2022     2021  
Cash flow from operating activities:      
Net income $ 106,632     $ 45,137  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   143,760       140,635  
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount   9,015       9,371  
Loss on debt extinguishment   -       43,369  
Interest rate swap termination   5,659       5,658  
Deferred income taxes   (7,185 )     605  
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities   (1,024 )     (945 )
Distributions of cumulative earnings from unconsolidated entities   1,969       1,950  
Cash paid for interest rate swap settlement   (6,346 )     (6,110 )
Straight-line revenues and amortization of below-market lease intangibles   (21,148 )     (14,215 )
Stock-based compensation   6,513       6,797  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   -       21  
Gain on sale of unconsolidated entity   (7,923 )     -  
Gain on sale of real estate   (250 )     (442 )
Gain on sale of operations   -       (28,143 )
Loss (gain) on asset disposals   586       (218 )
Accretion of settlement obligation   5,787       8,889  
Other   (630 )     143  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:          
Accounts receivable   (7,224 )     19,965  
Other assets   559       39,019  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   5,858       46,991  
Net cash provided by operating activities   234,608       318,477  
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Capital expenditures   (184,039 )     (177,934 )
Proceeds from sale of unconsolidated entity   32,527       -  
Proceeds from sale of real estate, net of cash   325       1,034  
Proceeds from sale of operations   -       62,113  
Proceeds from sale of other equipment   431       399  
Net cash used in investing activities   (150,756 )     (114,388 )
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Repayment of debt   -       (1,660,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of notes   -       1,680,000  
Dividends paid   (71,771 )     (70,386 )
Payments of settlement payable   -       (49,011 )
Payments of contingent consideration   -       (2,979 )
Distributions paid to noncontrolling interests   (186 )     (1,039 )
Payment for exchange of noncontrolling interest   (4,620 )     -  
Borrowings under revolving credit facility   105,000       205,000  
Payments under revolving credit facility   (105,000 )     (220,000 )
Finance lease payments   (601 )     (1,393 )
Payments for financing costs   -       (25,156 )
Payment of tender premium   -       (25,800 )
Employee stock purchase program   264       319  
Payments related to tax withholding for stock-based compensation   (4,436 )     (2,642 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (81,350 )     (173,087 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   2,502       31,002  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   58,903       77,534  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 61,405     $ 108,536  



Uniti Group Inc.
Reconciliation of Net Income to FFO and AFFO
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2022       2021     2022     2021  
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 53,352     $ 48,572     $ 105,746     $ 43,883  
Real estate depreciation and amortization   52,424       52,178       104,317       105,555  
Gain on sale of real estate, assets, net of tax   (250 )     (442 )     (250 )     (442 )
Participating securities share in earnings   340       333       671       581  
Participating securities share in FFO   (904 )     (681 )     (1,562 )     (1,025 )
Real estate depreciation and amortization from unconsolidated entities   806       614       1,496       1,230  
Adjustments for noncontrolling interests   (82 )     (771 )     (211 )     (1,567 )
FFO attributable to common shareholders   105,686       99,803       210,207       148,215  
Transaction related and other costs   3,235       424       4,949       4,561  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration   -       -       -       21  
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount   4,501       4,412       9,015       9,371  
Write off of deferred financing costs and debt discount   -       2,413       -       22,828  
Costs related to the early repayment of debt   -       10,935       -       28,485  
Stock based compensation   3,201       3,462       6,513       6,797  
Gain on sale of unconsolidated entity, net of tax   (1,212 )     -       (1,212 )     -  
Gain on sale of operations   -       (28,143 )     -       (28,143 )
Non-real estate depreciation and amortization   19,879       17,493       39,443       35,080  
Straight-line revenues and amortization of below-market lease intangibles   (10,126 )     (7,309 )     (21,148 )     (14,215 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (2,456 )     (2,408 )     (4,822 )     (4,384 )
Other, net   (8,060 )     1,961       (16,230 )     (2,009 )
Adjustments for equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities   269       258       565       614  
Adjustments for noncontrolling interests   (20 )     (52 )     (41 )     (870 )
AFFO attributable to common shareholders $ 114,897     $ 103,249     $ 227,239     $ 206,351  
                       
Reconciliation of Diluted FFO and AFFO:                      
FFO Attributable to common shareholders – Basic $ 105,686     $ 99,803     $ 210,206     $ 148,215  
Impact of if-converted dilutive securities   3,000       2,979       5,994       5,953  
FFO Attributable to common shareholders – Diluted $ 108,686     $ 102,782     $ 216,201     $ 154,168  
                       
AFFO Attributable to common shareholders – Basic $ 114,897     $ 103,249     $ 227,239     $ 206,351  
Impact of if-converted dilutive securities   3,450       3,450       6,900       6,900  
AFFO Attributable to common shareholders – Diluted $ 118,347     $ 106,699     $ 234,139     $ 213,251  
                       
Weighted average common shares used to calculate basic earnings (loss) per common share   235,656       231,801       235,352       231,636  
Impact of dilutive non-participating securities   359       135       347       226  
Impact of if-converted dilutive securities   31,346       30,332       31,346       30,332  
Weighted average common shares used to calculate diluted FFO and AFFO per common share   267,361       262,268       267,045       262,194  
                       
Per diluted common share:                      
EPS $ 0.21     $ 0.20     $ 0.42     $ 0.19  
FFO $ 0.41     $ 0.39     $ 0.81     $ 0.59  
AFFO $ 0.44     $ 0.41     $ 0.88     $ 0.81  



Uniti Group Inc.
Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
(In thousands)

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2022       2021       2022       2021  

Net income
$ 53,774     $ 49,639     $ 106,632     $ 45,137  
Depreciation and amortization   72,303       69,671       143,760       140,635  
Interest expense, net   96,377       106,388       192,549       246,969  
Income tax expense   4,944       5,084       2,873       2,527  
EBITDA   227,398       230,782       445,814       435,268  
Stock-based compensation   3,201       3,462       6,513       6,797  
Transaction related and other costs   3,235       424       4,949       4,561  
Gain on sale of operations   -       (28,143 )     -       (28,143 )
Gain on sale of real estate   (250 )     (442 )     (250 )     (442 )
Other, net   (7,495 )     8,779       (7,134 )     10,097  
Adjustments for equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities   1,075       872       2,061       1,844  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 227,164     $ 215,734     $ 451,953     $ 429,982  
                       
Adjusted EBITDA:                      
Leasing $ 200,349     $ 192,137     $ 399,322     $ 383,634  
Fiber Infrastructure   33,583       29,439       65,042       59,160  
Corporate   (6,768 )     (5,842 )     (12,411 )     (12,812 )
  $ 227,164     $ 215,734     $ 451,953     $ 429,982  
                       
Annualized Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 908,656                    
                       
                       
As of June 30, 2022:                      
Total Debt(2) $ 5,190,214                    
Cash and cash equivalents   61,405                    
Net Debt $ 5,128,809                    
                       
Net Debt/Annualized Adjusted EBITDA   5.64x                    

(1) Calculated as Adjusted EBITDA for the most recently reported three-month period, multiplied by four. Annualized Adjusted EBITDA has not been prepared on a pro forma basis in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.
(2) Includes $15.2 million of finance leases, but excludes $75.2 million of unamortized discounts and deferred financing costs.


Uniti Group Inc.
Projected Future Results (1)
(In millions)

  Year Ended
December 31, 2022
Net income attributable to common shareholders – Basic   $ 189 to $ 207  
Noncontrolling interest share in earnings   1  
Participating securities’ share in earnings   1  
Net income(2)   191 to 209  
Interest expense, net(3)   390  
Depreciation and amortization   290  
Income tax expense   2  
EBITDA(2)   873 to 891  
Stock-based compensation   13  
Gain on sale of unconsolidated entities(4)   (8)  
Transaction related and other costs(5)   6  
Adjustment for unconsolidated entities   3  
Adjusted EBITDA(2)   $ 887 to $ 905  

(1) These ranges represent management’s best estimates based on the underlying assumptions as of the date of this press release. Future acquisitions, capital market transactions, changes in market conditions, and other factors are excluded from our projections. There can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth above.
(2) The components of projected future results may not add due to rounding.
(3) See “Components of Projected Interest Expense” below.
(4) Represents gain on sale of remaining investment interest in Harmoni Towers.
(5) Future transaction related and other costs are not included in our current outlook.



Uniti Group Inc.
Projected Future Results (1)
(Per Diluted Share) 

  Year Ended
December 31, 2022
Net income attributable to common shareholders – Basic   $ 0.80 to $ 0.88  
Real estate depreciation and amortization   0.89  
Participating securities share in earnings   -  
Participating securities share in FFO   -  
Adjustments for noncontrolling interests   -  
Adjustments for unconsolidated entities   0.01  
FFO attributable to common shareholders – Basic (2)   $ 1.70 to $ 1.78  
Impact of if-converted securities   (0.16)  
FFO attributable to common shareholders – Diluted (2) $ 1.54 to $ 1.61
   
FFO attributable to common shareholders – Basic (2)   $ 1.70 to $ 1.78  
Transaction related and other costs (3)   0.02  
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discount   0.08  
Accretion of settlement payable (4)   0.05  
Stock-based compensation   0.06  
Non-real estate depreciation and amortization   0.34  
Straight-line revenues   (0.17)  
Maintenance capital expenditures   (0.03)  
Other, net (5)   (0.17)  
Adjustments for noncontrolling interests   -  
AFFO attributable to common shareholders – Basic (2)   $ 1.87 to $ 1.95  
Impact of if-converted securities   (0.17)  
AFFO attributable to common shareholders – Diluted (2)   $ 1.70 to $ 1.77  
   

(1) These ranges represent management’s best estimates based on the underlying assumptions as of the date of this press release. Future acquisitions, capital market transactions, changes in market conditions, and other factors are excluded from our projections. There can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth above.
(2) The components of projected future results may not add to FFO and AFFO attributable to common shareholders due to rounding.
(3) Future transaction related and other costs are not included in our current outlook.
(4) Represents the accretion of the Windstream settlement payable to its stated value. At the effective date of the settlement, we recorded the payable on the balance sheet at its initial fair value, which will be accreted based on an effective interest rate of 4.7% and reduced by the scheduled quarterly payments.
(5) Includes gain on sale of the remaining investment interest in Harmoni Towers.



Components of Projected Interest Expense (1)
(In millions)

  Year Ended
December 31, 2022
Interest expense on debt obligations   $ 351  
Capitalized interest   -  
Accretion of Windstream settlement payable   12  
Amortization of deferred financing cost and debt discounts   18  
Swap termination (2)   9  
Interest expense, net (3)   $ 390  

(1) These ranges represent management’s best estimates based on the underlying assumptions as of the date of this press release. Future acquisitions, capital market transactions, changes in market conditions, and other factors are excluded from our projections. There can be no assurance that our actual results will not differ materially from the estimates set forth above.
(2) Represents recognition of deferred interest expense attributable to the discontinuance of hedge accounting on interest rate swaps.
(3) The components of interest expense may not add to the total due to rounding.


NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

We refer to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Funds From Operations (“FFO”) (as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”)) and Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) in our analysis of our results of operations, which are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). While we believe that net income, as defined by GAAP, is the most appropriate earnings measure, we also believe that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and AFFO are important non-GAAP supplemental measures of operating performance for a REIT.

We define “EBITDA” as net income, as defined by GAAP, before interest expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA before stock-based compensation expense and the impact, which may be recurring in nature, of transaction and integration related costs, costs associated with Windstream’s bankruptcy, costs associated with litigation claims made against us, and costs associated with the implementation of our enterprise resource planning system, (collectively, “Transaction Related and Other Costs”), costs related to the settlement with Windstream, goodwill impairment charges, executive severance costs, amortization of non-cash rights-of-use assets, the write off of unamortized deferred financing costs, costs incurred as a result of the early repayment of debt, including early tender and redemption premiums and costs associated with the termination of related hedging activities, gains or losses on dispositions, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration and financial instruments, and other similar or infrequent items (although we may not have had such charges in the periods presented). Adjusted EBITDA includes adjustments to reflect the Company’s share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities. We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are important supplemental measures to net income because they provide additional information to evaluate our operating performance on an unleveraged basis. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is calculated similar to defined terms in our material debt agreements used to determine compliance with specific financial covenants. Since EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered as alternatives to net income determined in accordance with GAAP.

Because the historical cost accounting convention used for real estate assets requires the recognition of depreciation expense except on land, such accounting presentation implies that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. However, since real estate values have historically risen or fallen with market and other conditions, presentations of operating results for a REIT that uses historical cost accounting for depreciation could be less informative. Thus, NAREIT created FFO as a supplemental measure of operating performance for REITs that excludes historical cost depreciation and amortization, among other items, from net income, as defined by GAAP. FFO is defined by NAREIT as net income attributable to common shareholders computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains or losses from real estate dispositions, plus real estate depreciation and amortization and impairment charges, and includes adjustments to reflect the Company’s share of FFO from unconsolidated entities. We compute FFO in accordance with NAREIT’s definition.

The Company defines AFFO, as FFO excluding (i) Transaction Related and Other Costs; (ii) costs related to the litigation settlement with Windstream, accretion on our settlement obligation, and gains on the prepayment of our settlement obligation as these items are not reflective of ongoing operating performance; (iii) goodwill impairment charges; (iv) certain non-cash revenues and expenses such as stock-based compensation expense, amortization of debt and equity discounts, amortization of deferred financing costs, depreciation and amortization of non-real estate assets, amortization of non-cash rights-of-use assets, straight line revenues, non-cash income taxes, and the amortization of other non-cash revenues to the extent that cash has not been received, such as revenue associated with the amortization of tenant capital improvements; and (v) the impact, which may be recurring in nature, of the write-off of unamortized deferred financing fees, additional costs incurred as a result of the early repayment of debt, including early tender and redemption premiums and costs associated with the termination of related hedging activities, executive severance costs, taxes associated with tax basis cancellation of debt, gains or losses on dispositions, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration and financial instruments and similar or infrequent items less maintenance capital expenditures. AFFO includes adjustments to reflect the Company’s share of AFFO from unconsolidated entities. We believe that the use of FFO and AFFO, and their respective per share amounts, combined with the required GAAP presentations, improves the understanding of operating results of REITs among investors and analysts, and makes comparisons of operating results among such companies more meaningful. We consider FFO and AFFO to be useful measures for reviewing comparative operating performance. In particular, we believe AFFO, by excluding certain revenue and expense items, can help investors compare our operating performance between periods and to other REITs on a consistent basis without having to account for differences caused by unanticipated items and events, such as transaction and integration related costs. The Company uses FFO and AFFO, and their respective per share amounts, only as performance measures, and FFO and AFFO do not purport to be indicative of cash available to fund our future cash requirements. While FFO and AFFO are relevant and widely used measures of operating performance of REITs, they do not represent cash flows from operations or net income as defined by GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to those measures in evaluating our liquidity or operating performance.

Further, our computations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and AFFO may not be comparable to that reported by other REITs or companies that do not define FFO in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or that interpret the current NAREIT definition or define EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and AFFO differently than we do.

INVESTOR AND MEDIA CONTACTS:

Paul Bullington, 251-662-1512
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
paul.bullington@uniti.com

Bill DiTullio, 501-850-0872
Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
bill.ditullio@uniti.com

 


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