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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

OR

 

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from _______ to _______

Commission File Number: 001-36708

 

Uniti Group Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland

46-5230630

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

10802 Executive Center Drive

Benton Building Suite 300

Little Rock, Arkansas

72211

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (501) 850-0820

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock

UNIT

The NASDAQ Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes      No    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).     Yes        No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

 

  

Accelerated filer

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

  

  

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes      No  

As of April 29, 2021, the registrant had 233,448,317 shares of common stock, $0.0001 par value per share, outstanding.

 

 


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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements as defined under U.S. federal securities law. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements of fact and those regarding our intent, belief or expectations, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: our expectations regarding the settlement we have entered into with Windstream Holdings, Inc. (together with Windstream Holdings II, LLC, its successor in interest, and subsidiaries, “Windstream”);  the future prospects and financial health of Windstream; our expectations about our ability to maintain our status as a real estate investment trust (a “REIT”); our expectations regarding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our results of operations and financial condition, including the potential need to perform an interim goodwill analysis and report an impairment charge related thereto; our expectations regarding the effect of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “2021 Appropriations Act”) and other tax related legislation on our tax position; our expectations regarding the future growth and demand of the telecommunication industry, future financing plans, business strategies, growth prospects, operating and financial performance, and our future liquidity needs and access to capital; our expectations regarding levels of capital expenditures; expectations regarding the deductibility of goodwill for tax purposes; our expectations regarding reclassification of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) related to derivatives to interest expense; our expectations regarding the amortization of intangible assets; our expectations regarding remediation of the material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting as discussed in Part II, Item 9A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 5, 2021, as amended by Amendment No. 1 thereto filed on Form 10-K/A with the SEC on March 30, 2021 (the “Annual Report”); and our expectations regarding the payment of dividends.

 

Words such as “anticipate(s),” “expect(s),” “intend(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 have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects or which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, but are not limited to:

 

 

the future prospects of our largest customer, Windstream, following its emergence from bankruptcy;

 

adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our employees, our business, the business of our customers and other business partners and the global financial markets;

 

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; 

 

our ability to renew, extend or retain our contracts or to obtain new contracts with significant customers (including customers of the businesses that 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 or operate and integrate the acquired businesses; 

 

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; 

 

adverse impacts of changes to our business, economic trends or key assumptions regarding our estimates of fair value, including potential impacts of recent developments surrounding Windstream that could result in an impairment charge in the future, which could have a significant impact to our reported earnings;

 

the impact on our business or the business of our customers as a result of credit rating downgrades and fluctuating interest rates; 

 

adverse impacts of litigation or disputes involving us or our customers;

 

our ability to retain our key management personnel; 

 

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our ability to maintain our status as a REIT;

 

changes in the U.S. tax law and other federal, state or local laws, whether or not specific to REITs, including the impact of the 2017 U.S. tax reform legislation, the CARES Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the 2021 Appropriations Act;

 

covenants in our debt agreements that may limit our operational flexibility; 

 

the possibility that we may experience equipment failures, natural disasters, cyber attacks or terrorist attacks for which our insurance may not provide adequate coverage; 

 

the risk that we fail to fully realize the potential benefits of or have difficulty in integrating the companies we acquire; 

 

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 discussed in Part I, Item 2 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and Part II, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report, as well as those described from time to time in our future reports filed with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Quarterly Report. Except in the normal course of our public disclosure obligations, we expressly disclaim any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

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PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

5

 

Uniti Group Inc.

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

5

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

6

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

7

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Deficit

8

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

9

 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

10

 

1.Organization and Description of Business

10

 

2.Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

10

 

3.Revenues

12

 

4.Leases

14

 

5.Assets and Liabilities Held for Sale

17

 

6.Investments in Unconsolidated Entities

18

 

7.Fair Value of Financial Instruments

19

 

8.Property Plant and Equipment

21

 

9.Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities

21

 

10.Goodwill and Intangible Assets

23

 

11.Notes and Other Debt

24

 

12.Earnings Per Share

27

 

13.Segment Information

28

 

14.Commitments and Contingencies

30

 

15.Accumulated Other Comprehensive (Loss) Income

32

 

16.Subsequent Events

32

 

 

 

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

34

 

1.Overview

34

 

2.Results of Operations

36

 

3.Non-GAAP Financial Measures

43

 

4.Liquidity and Capital Resources

45

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

50

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

50

 

 

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

52

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

52

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

52

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

52

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

52

Item 5.

Other Information

52

Item 6.

Exhibits

53

 

 

 

Signatures

54

 

 

 

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

Uniti Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Thousands, except par value)

 

(Unaudited)

March 31, 2021

 

 

December 31, 2020

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

$

3,329,239

 

 

$

3,273,353

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

122,466

 

 

 

77,534

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

51,485

 

 

 

62,952

 

Goodwill

 

 

601,878

 

 

 

601,878

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

387,013

 

 

 

390,725

 

Straight-line revenue receivable

 

 

19,557

 

 

 

13,107

 

Other assets, net

 

 

108,208

 

 

 

152,883

 

Investment in unconsolidated entities

 

 

65,481

 

 

 

66,043

 

Deferred income tax assets, net

 

 

8,682

 

 

 

-

 

Assets held for sale

 

 

87,750

 

 

 

93,343

 

Total Assets

 

$

4,781,759

 

 

$

4,731,818

 

Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities, net

 

$

145,568

 

 

$

146,144

 

Settlement payable (Note 14)

 

 

398,887

 

 

 

418,840

 

Intangible liabilities, net

 

 

185,807

 

 

 

187,886

 

Accrued interest payable

 

 

68,845

 

 

 

95,338

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

1,021,627

 

 

 

995,123

 

Derivative liability, net

 

 

19,908

 

 

 

22,897

 

Dividends payable

 

 

36,894

 

 

 

36,725

 

Deferred income tax liabilities, net

 

 

-

 

 

 

10,540

 

Finance lease obligations

 

 

14,856

 

 

 

15,468

 

Contingent consideration

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,957

 

Notes and other debt, net

 

 

4,988,890

 

 

 

4,816,524

 

Liabilities held for sale

 

 

54,167

 

 

 

55,752

 

Total liabilities

 

 

6,935,449

 

 

 

6,804,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 231,694 shares at March 31, 2021 and 231,262 at December 31, 2020

 

 

23

 

 

 

23

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

1,150,550

 

 

 

1,209,141

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(17,580

)

 

 

(20,367

)

Distributions in excess of accumulated earnings

 

 

(3,355,423

)

 

 

(3,330,455

)

Total Uniti shareholders' deficit

 

 

(2,222,430

)

 

 

(2,141,658

)

Noncontrolling interests:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating partnership units

 

 

68,615

 

 

 

69,157

 

Cumulative non-voting convertible preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 3 shares authorized, 1 issued and outstanding

 

 

125

 

 

 

125

 

Total shareholders' deficit

 

 

(2,153,690

)

 

 

(2,072,376

)

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Deficit

 

$

4,781,759

 

 

$

4,731,818

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Uniti Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(Thousands, except per share data)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leasing

 

$

194,936

 

 

$

184,352

 

Fiber Infrastructure

 

 

77,650

 

 

 

77,407

 

Tower

 

 

-

 

 

 

3,720

 

Consumer CLEC

 

 

-

 

 

 

683

 

Total revenues

 

 

272,586

 

 

 

266,162

 

Costs and Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

140,581

 

 

 

178,393

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

70,964

 

 

 

86,121

 

General and administrative expense

 

 

25,823

 

 

 

27,133

 

Operating expense (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

 

 

38,084

 

 

 

40,310

 

Transaction related and other costs

 

 

4,137

 

 

 

15,972

 

Other expense, net

 

 

454

 

 

 

3,075

 

      Total costs and expenses

 

 

280,043

 

 

 

351,004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before income taxes and equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities

 

 

(7,457

)

 

 

(84,842

)

Income tax benefit

 

 

2,557

 

 

 

4,576

 

Equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities

 

 

398

 

 

 

-

 

Net loss

 

 

(4,502

)

 

 

(80,266

)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(64

)

 

 

(1,413

)

Net loss attributable to shareholders

 

 

(4,438

)

 

 

(78,853

)

Participating securities' share in earnings

 

 

(248

)

 

 

(200

)

Dividends declared on convertible preferred stock

 

 

(3

)

 

 

(3

)

Net loss attributable to common shareholders

 

$

(4,689

)

 

$

(79,056

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

(0.41

)

Diluted

 

$

(0.02

)

 

$

(0.41

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

231,469

 

 

 

192,236

 

Diluted

 

 

231,469

 

 

 

192,236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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Uniti Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(Thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net loss

 

$

(4,502

)

 

$

(80,266

)

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss on derivative contracts

 

 

-

 

 

 

(7,036

)

Interest rate swap termination

 

 

2,829

 

 

 

1,666

 

Other comprehensive income (loss):

 

 

2,829

 

 

 

(5,370

)

Comprehensive loss

 

 

(1,673

)

 

 

(85,636

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

(22

)

 

 

(1,508

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to common shareholders

 

$

(1,651

)

 

$

(84,128

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.


 

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Uniti Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Deficit

(unaudited)

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

(Thousands, except share data)

 

Preferred Stock

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Additional Paid-in Capital

 

 

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

 

Distributions in Excess of Accumulated Earnings

 

 

Noncontrolling Interest - OP Units

 

 

Noncontrolling Interest - Non-voting Preferred Shares

 

 

Total Shareholders' Deficit

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2019

 

 

-

 

 

$

-

 

 

 

192,141,634

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

951,295

 

 

$

(23,442

)

 

$

(2,494,740

)

 

$

83,704

 

 

$

-

 

 

$

(1,483,164

)

Net loss

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(78,853

)

 

 

(1,413

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(80,266

)

Other comprehensive loss

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(5,275

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(95

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(5,370

)

Common stock dividends declared ($0.15 per share)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(29,184

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(29,184

)

Distributions to noncontrolling interest

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(520

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(520

)

Cumulative non-voting convertible preferred stock

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

125

 

 

 

125

 

Payments related to tax withholding for share-based compensation

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(373

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(373

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

95,609

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,995

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,995

 

Issuance of common stock - employee stock purchase plan

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

43,849

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

306

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

306

 

Balance at March 31, 2020

 

 

-

 

 

$

-

 

 

 

192,281,092

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

954,223

 

 

$

(28,717

)

 

$

(2,602,777

)

 

$

81,676

 

 

$

125

 

 

$

(1,595,451

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

 

-

 

 

$

-

 

 

 

231,261,958

 

 

$

23

 

 

$

1,209,141

 

 

$

(20,367

)

 

$

(3,330,455

)

 

$

69,157

 

 

$

125

 

 

$

(2,072,376

)

Cumulative effect adjustment for adoption of new accounting standard

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(59,908

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

14,598

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(45,310

)

Net loss

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(4,438

)

 

 

(64

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(4,502

)

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,787

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

2,829

 

Common stock dividends declared ($0.15 per share)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(35,128

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(35,128

)

Distributions to noncontrolling interest

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(520

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(520

)

Payments related to tax withholding for share-based compensation

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(2,306

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(2,306

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

396,481

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

3,335