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TMCNet:  Sprint Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

[February 11, 2014]

Sprint Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --(Business Wire)--

Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) today reported operating revenue, which grew year-over-year to more than $9.1 billion for the fourth quarter and to $35.5 billion for the full year 2013. Operating loss was $576 million in the fourth quarter, a 22 percent year-over-year improvement. Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA* of $1.15 billion improved nearly 40 percent year-over-year. Annual Adjusted EBITDA* of $5.4 billion improved by 13 percent.

"In 2013 Adjusted EBITDA* and Sprint platform wireless revenues grew significantly while we made investments to improve network performance and expand 4G LTE to more than 200 million people," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "As we roll out Sprint SparkTM and create innovative offers like Sprint FramilySM, we are building a foundation for future success."

Sprint Platform Subscriber Net Additions of 682,000 and Record Smartphone Sales Mix

Sprint ended the year with 53.9 million Sprint platform subscribers - its highest level ever - after adding 58,000 postpaid subscribers, 322,000 prepaid subscribers and 302,000 wholesale and affiliate subscribers in the fourth quarter. Sprint sold 5.6 million smartphones in the fourth quarter and 20.5 million smartphones for the year with smartphone sales mix reaching 95 percent for postpaid and 66 percent for prepaid in the quarter.

Net Income and Operating Loss Improve Year-Over-Year; Adjusted EBITDA* Up Nearly 40 percent Year-Over-Year

Quarterly net loss was $1 billion in the fourth quarter as compared to a loss of $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating loss for the quarter was $576 million as compared to an operating loss of $738 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA* of $1.15 billion improved nearly 40 percent year-over-year as growth in Sprint platform service revenue, network savings resulting from the Nextel platform shutdown and lower net subsidy expense were partially offset by the loss of Nextel platform revenue and the consolidation of Clearwire's results.

LTE Coverage Now Available to More than 200 Million People; Sprint Spark TM Now in 14 Markets

Sprint currently has nearly 33,000 Network Vision sites on air, an increase of more than 24,000 sites over the last 12 months. LTE coverage is now available to more than 200 million people. The company continues to expect that by the middle of this year LTE coverage will reach 250 million people and the voice/3G network modernization deployment will be complete.

During the fourth quarter the company unveiled Sprint Spark - a combination of advanced network and device technology with the potential to surpass wireless speeds of any U.S. network provider, capable of delivering 50-60 Megabits per second peak speeds today with potential speeds three times as fast by late 2015. Sprint Spark leverages the company's 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz spectrum together with devices offering tri-band capability and high-definition voice1.

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America's largest cities during the next three years. By the end of this year, 100 million Americans are expected to have Sprint Spark coverage. Today, Sprint Spark launches in Philadelphia and Baltimore and, with the recent launch in Kansas City, is currently available in 14 markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Ten Sprint Spark-capable devices are currently available, including the recently updated Samsung Galaxy S® 4, Samsung Galaxy MEGA™, HTC One® max, LG G Flex and NETGEAR® Zing Mobile Hotspot™.

Sprint Framily Pricing Program Lets Customers Decide

Earlier this year, Sprint introduced Sprint Framily, a new pricing program available to new and existing customers that lets consumers decide who they consider family. With Sprint Framily, the more people added to the group (up to 10 phone lines), the greater the savings for everyone on the plan.

For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network. For each additional new Sprint customer who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. With a group of at least seven people, each customer gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network for $25 per month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

All members of the group can customize their plan and for an additional $20 per month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data plus get a new phone every year. Each account can be billed separately.

Sprint Garners Third-Party Recognition

Sprint received notable awards in the fourth quarter. In particular, CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain companies, named Sprint as Technology Supplier of the Year. Pinsight Media+, Sprint's mobile media company, received the 2013 North American Mobile Advertising Product Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan, and Dan Hesse was named Corporate Responsibility Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2013. Last month, Compass Intelligence named Sprint the most "Eco Focused Wireless Carrier," and Sprint was the only U.S. telecommunications company to be named an Efficiency Leader to the 2014 National Capital Leaders Index by GreenBiz Group and Trucost. Additionally, for the second year in a row, Sprint was rated 16th in Chief Executive Magazine's Best Companies for Leaders list.

Forecast

The company expects 2014 Adjusted EBITDA* to be between $6.5 billion and $6.7 billion.

The company expects 2014 capital expenditures of approximately $8 billion.




                     
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/13     9/30/13     12/31/12

12/31/13

   

12/31/12

Net (Losses) Additions (in thousands)
Sprint platform:
Postpaid (3) 58 (360 ) 401 (96 ) 1,516
Prepaid (4) 322 84 525 488 2,305
Wholesale and affiliate       302       181       (243 ) 31       944  
Total Sprint platform 682 (95 ) 683 423 4,765
Nextel platform:
Postpaid (3) - - (644 ) (1,632 ) (2,653 )
Prepaid (4)       -       -       (376 ) (454 )     (1,507 )

Total Nextel platform

- - (1,020 ) (2,086 ) (4,160 )
Transactions: (a)
Postpaid (3) (127 ) (175 ) - (481 ) -
Prepaid (4) (103 ) (56 ) - (179 ) -
Wholesale       25       13       -   38       -  
Total transactions (205 ) (218 ) - (622 ) -
 
Total retail postpaid net losses (69 ) (535 ) (243 ) (2,209 ) (1,137 )
Total retail prepaid net additions (losses) 219 28 149 (145 ) 798
Total wholesale and affiliate net additions (losses)       327       194       (243 ) 69       944  
Total Wireless Net Additions (Losses)       477       (313 )     (337 ) (2,285 )     605  
 
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)
Sprint platform:

Postpaid (3)

30,149 30,091 30,245 30,149 30,245
Prepaid (4) 15,621 15,299 15,133 15,621 15,133
Wholesale and affiliate       8,164       7,862       8,162   8,164       8,162  

Total Sprint platform

53,934 53,252 53,540 53,934 53,540
Nextel platform:
Postpaid (3) - - 1,632 - 1,632
Prepaid (4)       -       -       454   -       454  
Total Nextel platform - - 2,086 - 2,086
Transactions: (a)
Postpaid (3) 688 815 - 688 -
Prepaid (4) 601 704 - 601 -
Wholesale       131       106       -   131       -  
Total transactions 1,420 1,625 - 1,420 -
 
Total retail postpaid end of period subscribers 30,837 30,906 31,877 30,837 31,877
Total retail prepaid end of period subscribers 16,222 16,003 15,587 16,222 15,587
Total wholesale and affiliate end of period subscribers       8,295       7,968       8,162   8,295       8,162  
Total End of Period Subscribers       55,354       54,877       55,626   55,354       55,626  
 
Supplemental Data - Connected Devices
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)
Retail postpaid 922 834 813 922 813
Wholesale and affiliate       3,578       3,298       2,670   3,578       2,670  
Total       4,500       4,132       3,483   4,500       3,483  
 
 
Churn
Sprint platform:
Postpaid 2.07 % 1.99 % 1.98 % 1.93 % 1.89 %
Prepaid 3.01 % 3.57 % 3.02 % 3.72 % 3.01 %
Nextel platform:
Postpaid - - 5.27 % 16.40 % 3.24 %
Prepaid - - 9.79 % 18.58 % 8.55 %
Transactions: (a)
Postpaid 5.48 % 6.38 % - 7.65 % -
Prepaid 8.18 % 8.84 % - 8.66 % -
 
Total retail postpaid churn 2.15 % 2.09 % 2.18 % 2.24 % 2.02 %
Total retail prepaid churn 3.22 % 3.78 % 3.30 % 3.94 % 3.45 %
 
Nextel Platform Subscriber Recaptures
Subscribers (in thousands) (5):
Postpaid - - 333 628 1,508
Prepaid - - 188 168 620
Rate (6):
Postpaid - - 51 % 38 % 55 %
Prepaid - - 50 % 37 % 33 %
 

(a) We acquired approximately 352,000 postpaid subscribers and 59,000 prepaid subscribers through the acquisition of assets from U.S. Cellular when the transaction closed on May 17, 2013. We acquired approximately 788,000 postpaid subscribers, 721,000 prepaid subscribers, 93,000 wholesale subscribers and transferred 29,000 Sprint wholesale subscribers that were originally recognized through our Clearwire MVNO arrangement to Transactions postpaid subscribers as a result of the Clearwire acquisition when the transaction closed on July 9, 2013.

                 
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited) (continued)
Successor Predecessor

Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/13 7/10/13   7/10/13   12/31/12   12/31/12
ARPU (b)
Sprint platform:
Postpaid $ 64.11 $ 64.24 $ 64.17 $ 64.71 $ 63.98 $ 63.04 $ 63.05
Prepaid $ 26.78 $ 25.14 $ 26.01 $ 26.99 $ 26.49 $ 26.30 $ 25.92
Nextel platform:
Postpaid $ - $ - $ - $ - $ 35.84 $ 37.27 $ 39.65
Prepaid $ - $ - $ - $ - $ 32.60 $ 35.59 $ 35.91
Transactions: (a)
Postpaid $ 36.30 $ 37.44 $ 36.89 $ 35.75 $ 56.98 $ - $ -
Prepaid $ 40.80 $ 40.62 $ 40.71 $ 12.78 $ 18.26 $ - $ -
 
Total retail postpaid ARPU $ 63.44 $ 63.48 $ 63.46 $ 64.55 $ 63.10 $ 61.47 $ 60.84
Total retail prepaid ARPU $ 27.34 $ 25.86 $ 26.64 $ 26.96 $ 26.57 $ 26.69 $ 26.72
 

(a) We acquired approximately 352,000 postpaid subscribers and 59,000 prepaid subscribers through the acquisition of assets from U.S. Cellular when the transaction closed on May 17, 2013. We acquired approximately 788,000 postpaid subscribers, 721,000 prepaid subscribers, 93,000 wholesale subscribers and transferred 29,000 Sprint wholesale subscribers that were originally recognized through our Clearwire MVNO arrangement to Transactions postpaid subscribers as a result of the Clearwire acquisition when the transaction closed on July 9, 2013.

(b) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the average number of subscribers in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect subscribers for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to subscribers, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new subscribers and deactivating subscribers.

             
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited) (continued)
 
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/12 12/31/13   12/31/12
ARPU (b)
Sprint platform:
Postpaid $ 64.11 $ 64.28 $ 63.04 $ 64.07 $ 63.05
Prepaid $ 26.78 $ 25.33 $ 26.30 $ 26.26 $ 25.92
Nextel platform:
Postpaid $ - $ - $ 37.27 $ 35.84 $ 39.65
Prepaid $ - $ - $ 35.59 $ 32.60 $ 35.91
Transactions: (a)
Postpaid $ 36.30 $ 40.00 $ - $ 39.96 $ -
Prepaid $ 40.80 $ 43.20 $ - $ 41.55 $ -
 
Total retail postpaid ARPU $ 63.44 $ 63.69 $ 61.47 $ 63.29 $ 60.84
Total retail prepaid ARPU $ 27.34 $ 26.04 $ 26.69 $ 26.62 $ 26.72
 

(a) We acquired approximately 352,000 postpaid subscribers and 59,000 prepaid subscribers through the acquisition of assets from U.S. Cellular when the transaction closed on May 17, 2013. We acquired approximately 788,000 postpaid subscribers, 721,000 prepaid subscribers, 93,000 wholesale subscribers and transferred 29,000 Sprint wholesale subscribers that were originally recognized through our Clearwire MVNO arrangement to Transactions postpaid subscribers as a result of the Clearwire acquisition when the transaction closed on July 9, 2013.

(b) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the average number of subscribers in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect subscribers for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to subscribers, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new subscribers and deactivating subscribers. Combined ARPU for the quarter-to-date September 30, 2013 period aggregate service revenue of the ten days ended July 10, 2013 Predecessor period and the quarter-to-date September 30, 2013 Successor period divided by the sum of the average subscribers during the quarter. Combined ARPU for the year-to-date December 31, 2013 period aggregate service revenue of the 191 days ended July 10, 2013 Predecessor period and the year-to-date December 31, 2013 Successor period divided by the sum of the average subscribers during the year-to-date period. Combined ARPU for the quarter-to-date December 31, 2013 period is not affected by Predecessor activity and, therefore, is consistent with the information presented in the previous table for the quarter-to-date December 31, 2013 Successor ARPU. Combined ARPU for the quarter and year-to-date December 31, 2012 periods are not affected by Successor activity, and, therefore, is consistent with the information presented in the previous table for the quarter and year-to-date Predecessor ARPU.

 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions, except per Share Data)
    Successor     Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  87 Days

Ended

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/12   12/31/13 7/10/13   7/10/13   12/31/12   12/31/12
           
Net Operating Revenues     $ 9,142     $ 7,749     $ -     $ 16,891   $ 932     $ 18,602     $ 9,005     $ 35,345  
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,704 2,470 - 5,174 286 5,673 2,659 10,936
Cost of products 2,731 1,872 - 4,603 281 4,872 2,993 9,905
Selling, general and administrative 2,546 2,259 33 4,841 289 5,067 2,557 9,765
Depreciation and amortization 1,531 1,403 - 2,934 121 3,245 1,493 6,543
Other, net       206       103       -       309     (5 )     630       8       16  
Total net operating expenses       9,718       8,107       33       17,861     972       19,487       9,710       37,165  
Operating Loss       (576 )     (358 )     (33 )     (970 )   (40 )     (885 )     (705 )     (1,820 )
Interest expense (502 ) (416 ) - (918 ) (275 ) (1,135 ) (432 ) (1,428 )
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated investments and other, net       55       165       10       73     2,905       2,463       (140 )     (923 )
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes (1,023 ) (609 ) (23 ) (1,815 ) 2,590 443 (1,277 ) (4,171 )
Income tax expense       (15 )     (90 )     (4 )     (45 )   (1,508 )     (1,601 )     (44 )     (154 )
Net (Loss) Income     $ (1,038 )   $ (699 )   $ (27 )   $ (1,860 ) $ 1,082     $ (1,158 )   $ (1,321 )   $ (4,325 )
 
Basic Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share     $ (0.26 )   $ (0.18 )     NM     $ (0.54 ) $ 0.35     $ (0.38 )   $ (0.44 )   $ (1.44 )
Diluted Net (Loss) Income Per Common Share     $ (0.26 )   $ (0.18 )     NM     $ (0.54 ) $ 0.30     $ (0.38 )   $ (0.44 )   $ (1.44 )
Basic Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding       3,944       3,802       NM       3,475     3,086       3,027       3,007       3,002  
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding       3,944       3,802       NM       3,475     3,640       3,027       3,007       3,002  
 
Effective Tax Rate       -1.5 %     -14.8 %     -17.4 %     -2.5 %   58.2 %     361.4 %     -3.4 %     -3.7 %
 
 
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Successor Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  87 Days

Ended

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/12   12/31/13 7/10/13   7/10/13   12/31/12   12/31/12
 
Net (Loss) Income     $ (1,038 )   $ (699 )   $ (27 )   $ (1,860 ) $ 1,082     $ (1,158 )   $ (1,321 )   $ (4,325 )
Income tax expense       15       90       4       45     1,508       1,601       44       154  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes (1,023 ) (609 ) (23 ) (1,815 ) 2,590 443 (1,277 ) (4,171 )
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated investments and other, net (55 ) (165 ) (10 ) (73 ) (2,905 ) (2,463 ) 140 923
Interest expense       502       416       -       918     275       1,135       432       1,428  
Operating Loss       (576 )     (358 )     (33 )     (970 )   (40 )     (885 )     (705 )     (1,820 )
Depreciation and amortization       1,531       1,403       -       2,934     121       3,245       1,493       6,543  
EBITDA*       955       1,045       (33 )     1,964     81       2,360       788       4,723  
Severance and exit costs (7) 206 103 - 309 (5 ) 652 (10 ) 196
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (8) - - - - - - - (29 )
Asset impairments and abandonments (9) - - - - - - 18 36
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - - - - - - - (170 )
Access costs (11) - - - - - - - (17 )
Litigation (12) - - - - - (22 ) - -
Business combinations (13) - 100 - 100 19 53 19 19
Hurricane Sandy (14)       (7 )     -       -       (7 )   -       -       45       45  
Adjusted EBITDA*     $ 1,154     $ 1,248     $ (33 )   $ 2,366   $ 95     $ 3,043     $ 860     $ 4,803  
Capital expenditures (2)       1,901       1,666       -       3,567     175       3,884       1,923       5,370  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex     $ (747 )   $ (418 )   $ (33 )   $ (1,201 ) $ (80 )   $ (841 )   $ (1,063 )   $ (567 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 14.5 % 17.5 % NM 15.7 % 11.1 % 18.0 % 10.7 % 15.0 %
 
 
Selected item:
Deferred tax asset valuation allowance $ 381 $ 327 $ 4 $ 708 $ 524 $ 1,410 $ 546 $ 1,756
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)                
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
 
Net Operating Revenues       $ 9,142     $ 8,681     $ 9,005   $ 35,493     $ 35,345  
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,704 2,756 2,659 10,847 10,936
Cost of products 2,731 2,153 2,993 9,475 9,905
Selling, general and administrative 2,546 2,548 2,590 9,908 9,798
Depreciation and amortization 1,531 1,524 1,493 6,179 6,543
Other, net         206       98       8     939       16  
Total net operating expenses         9,718       9,079       9,743     37,348       37,198  
Operating Loss         (576 )     (398 )     (738 )   (1,855 )     (1,853 )
Interest expense (502 ) (691 ) (432 ) (2,053 ) (1,428 )
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated investments and other, net         55       3,070       (130 )   2,536       (913 )
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes (1,023 ) 1,981 (1,300 ) (1,372 ) (4,194 )
Income tax expense         (15 )     (1,598 )     (48 )   (1,646 )     (158 )
Net (Loss) Income       $ (1,038 )   $ 383     $ (1,348 ) $ (3,018 )   $ (4,352 )
 
 
 
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED EBITDA* (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
 
Net (Loss) Income       $ (1,038 )   $ 383     $ (1,348 ) $ (3,018 )   $ (4,352 )
Income tax expense         15       1,598       48     1,646       158  
(Loss) Income before Income Taxes (1,023 ) 1,981 (1,300 ) (1,372 ) (4,194 )
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated investments and other, net (55 ) (3,070 ) 130 (2,536 ) 913
Interest expense         502       691       432     2,053       1,428  
Operating Loss         (576 )     (398 )     (738 )   (1,855 )     (1,853 )
Depreciation and amortization         1,531       1,524       1,493     6,179       6,543  
EBITDA*         955       1,126       755     4,324       4,690  
Severance and exit costs (7) 206 98 (10 ) 961 196
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (8) - - - - (29 )
Asset impairments and abandonments (9) - - 18 - 36
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - - - - (170 )
Access costs (11) - - - - (17 )
Litigation (12) - - - (22 ) -
Business combinations (13) - 119 19 153 19
Hurricane Sandy (14)         (7 )     -       45     (7 )     45  
Adjusted EBITDA*         1,154       1,343       827     5,409       4,770  
Capital expenditures (2)         1,901       1,841       1,923     7,451       5,370  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex       $ (747 )   $ (498 )   $ (1,096 ) $ (2,042 )   $ (600 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 14.5 % 16.8 % 10.3 % 16.9 % 14.9 %
 
 
Selected item:
Deferred tax asset valuation allowance $ 381 $ 851 $ 550 $ 2,118 $ 1,760
 
             
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)      
Successor Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/13     7/10/13       7/10/13       12/31/12       12/31/12  
Net Operating Revenues
Service revenue
Sprint platform:
Postpaid (3) $ 5,782 $ 5,201 $ 10,983 $ 634 $ 12,242 $ 5,674 $ 22,247
Prepaid (4) 1,237 1,028 2,265 132 2,602 1,170 4,377
Wholesale, affiliate and other         132       116       248     15       279       135       483  
Total Sprint platform         7,151       6,345       13,496     781       15,123       6,979       27,107  
Nextel platform:
Postpaid (3) - - - - 217 218 1,454
Prepaid (4)         -       -       -     -       50       68       525  
Total Nextel platform         -       -       -     -       267       286       1,979  
Transactions:
Postpaid (3) 81 89 170 2 26 - -
Prepaid (4) 80 81 161 1 2 - -
Wholesale         10       8       18     -       -       -       -  
Total transactions         171       178       349     3       28       -       -  
 
Equipment revenue         1,161       636       1,797     74       1,707       1,010       3,248  
Total net operating revenues         8,483       7,159       15,642     858       17,125       8,275       32,334  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,248 2,087 4,335 240 4,703 2,210 9,034
Cost of products 2,731 1,872 4,603 281 4,872 2,993 9,905
Selling, general and administrative 2,444 2,100 4,544 256 4,780 2,436 9,290
Depreciation and amortization 1,470 1,338 2,808 110 3,029 1,391 6,128
Other, net         187       93       280     (5 )     627       3       28  
Total net operating expenses         9,080       7,490       16,570     882       18,011       9,033       34,385  
Operating Loss       $ (597 )   $ (331 )   $ (928 ) $ (24 )   $ (886 )   $ (758 )   $ (2,051 )
 
Supplemental Revenue Data
Total retail service revenue $ 7,180 $ 6,399 $ 13,579 $ 769 $ 15,139 $ 7,130 $ 28,603
Total service revenue $ 7,322 $ 6,523 $ 13,845 $ 784 $ 15,418 $ 7,265 $ 29,086
 
 
 
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Successor Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/13     7/10/13       7/10/13       12/31/12       12/31/12  
 
Operating Loss $ (597 ) $ (331 ) $ (928 ) $ (24 ) $ (886 ) $ (758 ) $ (2,051 )
Severance and exit costs (7) 187 93 280 (5 ) 649 (10 ) 196
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (8) - - - - - - (29 )
Asset impairments and abandonments (9) - - - - - 13 31
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - - - - - - (170 )
Litigation (12) - - - - (22 ) - -
Business combinations (13) - 25 25 - - - -
Hurricane Sandy (14) (7 ) - (7 ) - - 42 42
Depreciation and amortization         1,470       1,338       2,808     110       3,029       1,391       6,128  
Adjusted EBITDA*         1,053       1,125       2,178     81       2,770       678       4,147  
Capital expenditures (2)         1,716       1,527       3,243     156       3,590       1,786       4,884  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex       $ (663 )   $ (402 )   $ (1,065 ) $ (75 )   $ (820 )   $ (1,108 )   $ (737 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 14.4 % 17.2 % 15.7 % 10.3 % 18.0 % 9.3 % 14.2 %
 
               
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
Net Operating Revenues
Service revenue
Sprint platform:
Postpaid (3) $ 5,782 $ 5,835 $ 5,674 $ 23,225 $ 22,247
Prepaid (4) 1,237 1,160 1,170 4,867 4,377
Wholesale, affiliate and other         132       131       135     527       483  
Total Sprint platform         7,151       7,126       6,979     28,619       27,107  
Nextel platform:
Postpaid (3) - - 218 217 1,454
Prepaid (4)         -       -       68     50       525  
Total Nextel platform         -       -       286     267       1,979  
Transactions:
Postpaid (3) 81 91 - 196 -
Prepaid (4) 80 82 - 163 -
Wholesale         10       8       -     18       -  
Total transactions         171       181       -     377       -  
 
Equipment revenue         1,161       710       1,010     3,504       3,248  
Total net operating revenues         8,483       8,017       8,275     32,767       32,334  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,248 2,327 2,210 9,038 9,034
Cost of products 2,731 2,153 2,993 9,475 9,905
Selling, general and administrative 2,444 2,356 2,436 9,324 9,290
Depreciation and amortization 1,470 1,448 1,391 5,837 6,128
Other, net         187       88       3     907       28  
Total net operating expenses         9,080       8,372       9,033     34,581       34,385  
Operating Loss       $ (597 )   $ (355 )   $ (758 ) $ (1,814 )   $ (2,051 )
 
Supplemental Revenue Data
Total retail service revenue $ 7,180 $ 7,168 $ 7,130 $ 28,718 $ 28,603
Total service revenue $ 7,322 $ 7,307 $ 7,265 $ 29,263 $ 29,086
 
 
 
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
 
Operating Loss $ (597 ) $ (355 ) $ (758 ) $ (1,814 ) $ (2,051 )
Severance and exit costs (7) 187 88 (10 ) 929 196
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (8) - - - - (29 )
Asset impairments and abandonments (9) - - 13 - 31
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - - - - (170 )
Litigation (12) - - - (22 ) -
Business combinations (13) - 25 - 25 -
Hurricane Sandy (14) (7 ) - 42 (7 ) 42
Depreciation and amortization         1,470       1,448       1,391     5,837       6,128  
Adjusted EBITDA*         1,053       1,206       678     4,948       4,147  
Capital expenditures (2)         1,716       1,683       1,786     6,833       4,884  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex       $ (663 )   $ (477 )   $ (1,108 ) $ (1,885 )   $ (737 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 14.4 % 16.5 % 9.3 % 16.9 % 14.2 %
 
 
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)                    
Successor Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/13     7/10/13       7/10/13       12/31/12       12/31/12  
Net Operating Revenues
Voice $ 386 $ 333 $ 719 $ 42 $ 771 $ 385 $ 1,627
Data 81 57 138 7 188 96 398
Internet 374 373 747 47 913 451 1,781
Other         18       14       32     2       29       17       75  
Total net operating revenues         859       777       1,636     98       1,901       949       3,881  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Costs of services and products 659 576 1,235 72 1,402 671 2,784
Selling, general and administrative 95 84 179 11 227 100 451
Depreciation and amortization 62 61 123 10 213 102 412
Other, net         20       10       30     -       3       5       (12 )
Total net operating expenses         836       731       1,567     93       1,845       878       3,635  
Operating Income       $ 23     $ 46     $ 69   $ 5     $ 56     $ 71     $ 246  
 
 
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Successor Predecessor
Quarter

To

Date

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

10 Days

Ended

  191 Days

Ended

  Quarter

To

Date

  Year

To

Date

  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/13     7/10/13       7/10/13       12/31/12       12/31/12  
 
Operating Income $ 23 $ 46 $ 69 $ 5 $ 56 $ 71 $ 246
Severance and exit costs (7) 20 10 30 - 3 - -
Asset impairments and abandonments (8) - - - - - 5 5
Access costs (11) - - - - - - (17 )
Hurricane Sandy (14) - - - - - 3 3
Depreciation and amortization         62       61       123     10       213       102       412  
Adjusted EBITDA*         105       117       222     15       272       181       649  
Capital expenditures (2)         82       73       155     11       165       58       242  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex       $ 23     $ 44     $ 67   $ 4     $ 107     $ 123     $ 407  
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 12.2 % 15.1 % 13.6 % 15.3 % 14.3 % 19.1 % 16.7 %
 
               
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
Net Operating Revenues
Voice $ 386 $ 375 $ 385 $ 1,490 $ 1,627
Data 81 64 96 326 398
Internet 374 420 451 1,660 1,781
Other         18       16       17     61       75  
Total net operating revenues         859       875       949     3,537       3,881  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Costs of services and products 659 648 671 2,637 2,784
Selling, general and administrative 95 95 100 406 451
Depreciation and amortization 62 71 102 336 412
Other, net         20       10       5     33       (12 )
Total net operating expenses         836       824       878     3,412       3,635  
Operating Income       $ 23     $ 51     $ 71   $ 125     $ 246  
 
 
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date Combined (1) Year to Date
  12/31/13       9/30/13       12/31/12     12/31/13       12/31/12  
 
Operating Income $ 23 $ 51 $ 71 $ 125 $ 246
Severance and exit costs (7) 20 10 - 33 -
Asset impairments and abandonments (8) - - 5 - 5
Access costs (11) - - - - (17 )
Hurricane Sandy (14) - - 3 - 3
Depreciation and amortization         62       71       102     336       412  
Adjusted EBITDA*         105       132       181     494       649  
Capital expenditures (2)         82       84       58     320       242  
Adjusted EBITDA* less Capex       $ 23     $ 48     $ 123   $ 174     $ 407  
 
Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 12.2 % 15.1 % 19.1 % 14.0 % 16.7 %
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)           Successor   Predecessor
Year     Year
To 87 Days 191 Days To
Date   Ended Ended   Date
12/31/13 12/31/12 7/10/13 12/31/12
Operating Activities
Net loss $ (1,860 ) $ (27 ) $ (1,158 ) $ (4,325 )
Depreciation and amortization 2,934 - 3,245 6,543
Provision for losses on accounts receivable 261 - 194 561
Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense 98 - 37 82
Deferred income taxes 32 1 1,586 209
Gain on previously-held equity interests - - (2,926 ) -
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments, net - - 482 1,114
Interest expense related to beneficial conversion feature on convertible bond - - 247 -
Contribution to pension plan (7 ) - - (108 )
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - - - (170 )
Call premiums on debt redemptions (180 ) - - -
Amortization and accretion of long-term debt premiums and discounts (160 ) - 9 4
Other working capital changes, net (924 ) (3 ) 728 (802 )
Other, net                     (255 )     29       227       (109 )
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities                     (61 )     -       2,671       2,999  
 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (2) (3,847 ) - (3,140 ) (4,261 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses (146 ) - (125 ) (198 )
Change in short-term investments, net (4 ) - 1,224 (1,699 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (14,112 ) - (4,039 ) -
Investment and derivative in Sprint Communications, Inc. - (3,100 ) - -
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities) - - (308 ) (228 )
Other, net                     1       -       3       11  
Net cash used in investing activities                     (18,108 )     (3,100 )     (6,385 )     (6,375 )
 
Financing Activities
Proceeds from debt and financings 9,500 - 204 9,176
Debt financing costs (147 ) - (11 ) (134 )
Repayments of debt and capital lease obligations (3,378 ) - (362 ) (4,791 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net 18,567 3,105 60 29
Other, net                     (14 )     -       -       -  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities                     24,528       3,105       (109 )     4,280  
 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents 6,359 5 (3,823 ) 904
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period                     5       -       6,351       5,447  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $ 6,364 $ 5 $ 2,528 $ 6,351
 
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions) Successor   Predecessor
Quarter Quarter Year Quarter Year
To To To 87 Days 10 Days 191 Days To To
Date   Date   Date   Ended Ended   Ended   Date   Date
12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/13   12/31/12 7/10/13   7/10/13   12/31/12   12/31/12
 
Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities $ (761 ) $ 694 $ (61 ) $ - $ 496 $ 2,671 $ 216 $ 2,999
 
Capital expenditures (2) (1,969 ) (1,878 ) (3,847 ) - (188 ) (3,140 ) (1,477 ) (4,261 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net (115 ) (31 ) (146 ) - (2 ) (125 ) (46 ) (198 )
Other investing activities, net     1       -       1       -       -       3       (2 )     11  
Free Cash Flow*     (2,844 )     (1,215 )     (4,053 )     -       306       (591 )     (1,309 )     (1,449 )
 
Debt financing costs (40 ) (107 ) (147 ) - - (11 ) (44 ) (134 )
(Decrease) increase in debt and other, net (207 ) 6,329 6,122 - - (158 ) 3,316 4,385
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (14,112 ) (14,112 ) - (3,530 ) (4,039 ) - -
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net 15 18,552 18,567 3,105 9 60 8 29
Increase in restricted cash 3,050 (3,050 ) - - - - - -
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities) - - - - (68 ) (308 ) (100 ) (228 )
Investment and derivative in Sprint Communications, Inc. - - - (3,100 ) - - - -
Other financing activities, net     1       (14 )     (14 )     -       -       -       -       -  
Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments   $ (25 )   $ 6,383     $ 6,363     $ 5     $ (3,283 )   $ (5,047 )   $ 1,871     $ 2,603  
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
        Combined (1) Year to Date
12/31/13   12/31/12
Operating Activities  
Net loss $ (3,018 ) $ (4,352 )
Depreciation and amortization 6,179 6,543
Provision for losses on accounts receivable 455 561
Share-based and long-term incentive compensation expense 135 82
Deferred income taxes 1,618 210
Gain on previously-held equity interests (2,926 ) -
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments, net 482 1,114
Interest expense related to beneficial conversion feature on convertible bond 247 -
Contribution to pension plan (7 ) (108 )
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (10) - (170 )
Call premiums on debt redemptions (180 ) -
Amortization and accretion of long-term debt premiums and discounts (151 ) 4
Other working capital changes, net (196 ) (805 )
Other, net                 (28 )     (80 )
Net cash provided by operating activities                 2,610       2,999  
 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (2) (6,987 ) (4,261 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses (271 ) (198 )
Change in short-term investments, net 1,220 (1,699 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (18,151 ) -
Investment and derivative in Sprint Communications, Inc. - (3,100 )
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities) (308 ) (228 )
Other, net                 4       11  
Net cash used in investing activities                 (24,493 )     (9,475 )
 
Financing Activities
Proceeds from debt and financings 9,704 9,176
Debt financing costs (158 ) (134 )
Repayments of debt and capital lease obligations (3,740 ) (4,791 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net 18,627 3,134
Other, net                 (14 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities                 24,419       7,385  
 
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents 2,536 909
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period                 3,828       5,447  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $ 6,364 $ 6,356
 
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Combined (1) Quarter to Date

Combined (1) Year to Date

12/31/13   9/30/13   12/31/12 12/31/13   12/31/12
 
Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities $ (761 ) $ 1,190 $ 216 $ 2,610 $ 2,999
 
Capital expenditures (2) (1,969 ) (2,066 ) (1,477 ) (6,987 ) (4,261 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net (115 ) (33 ) (46 ) (271 ) (198 )
Other investing activities, net     1       -       (2 )   4       11  
Free Cash Flow*     (2,844 )     (909 )     (1,309 )   (4,644 )     (1,449 )
- -
Debt financing costs (40 ) (107 ) (44 ) (158 ) (134 )
(Decrease) increase in debt and other, net (207 ) 6,329 3,316 5,964 4,385
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (17,642 ) - (18,151 ) -
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants, net 15 18,561 3,113 18,627 3,134
Increase in restricted cash 3,050 (3,050 ) - - -
Investment in Clearwire (including debt securities) - (68 ) (100 ) - (228 )
Investment and derivative in Sprint Communications, Inc. - - (3,100 ) (308 ) (3,100 )
Other financing activities, net     1       (14 )     -     (14 )     -  

Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments

 

  $ (25 )   $ 3,100     $ 1,876   $ 1,316     $ 2,608  
 
     
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Successor Predecessor
12/31/13   12/31/12 12/31/12
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,364 $ 5 $ 6,351
Short-term investments 1,105 - 1,849
Accounts and notes receivable, net 3,570 6 3,658
Device and accessory inventory 1,205 - 1,200
Deferred tax assets 186 - 1
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     628       -       700  
Total current assets 13,058 11 13,759
 
Investments and other assets 601 3,104 1,833
Property, plant and equipment, net 16,164 - 13,607
Goodwill 6,434 - 359
FCC licenses and other 41,824 - 20,677
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     8,014       -       1,335  
Total   $ 86,095     $ 3,115     $ 51,570  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 3,312 $ - $ 3,487
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 6,363 4 5,008
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     994       -       379  
Total current liabilities 10,669 4 8,874
 
Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations 32,017 - 23,962
Deferred tax liabilities 14,227 1 7,047
Other liabilities     3,598       -       4,600  
Total liabilities     60,511       5       44,483  
 
Shareholders' equity
Common shares 39 - 6,019
Paid-in capital 27,330 3,137 47,016
Accumulated deficit (1,887 ) (27 ) (44,815 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     102       -       (1,133 )
Total shareholders' equity     25,584       3,110       7,087  
Total   $ 86,095     $ 3,115     $ 51,570  
 
 
NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Successor Predecessor
12/31/13   12/31/12   12/31/12
 
Total Debt $ 33,011 $ - $ 24,341
Less: Cash and cash equivalents (6,364 ) - (6,351 )
Less: Short-term investments     (1,105 )     -       (1,849 )
Net Debt*   $ 25,542     $ -     $ 16,141  
 
     
SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)
(Millions)
12/31/13

ISSUER

COUPON   MATURITY   PRINCIPAL
Sprint Corporation
7.25% Notes due 2021 7.250% 09/15/2021 $ 2,250
7.875% Notes due 2023 7.875% 09/15/2023 4,250
7.125% Notes due 2024   7.125%   06/15/2024   2,500
Sprint Corporation           9,000
 
Sprint Communications, Inc.
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 2) 3.618% 12/15/2015 500
6% Senior Notes due 2016 6.000% 12/01/2016 2,000
9.125% Senior Notes due 2017 9.125% 03/01/2017 1,000
8.375% Senior Notes due 2017 8.375% 08/15/2017 1,300
9% Guaranteed Notes due 2018 9.000% 11/15/2018 3,000
7% Guaranteed Notes due 2020 7.000% 03/01/2020 1,000
7% Senior Notes due 2020 7.000% 08/15/2020 1,500
11.5% Senior Notes due 2021 11.500% 11/15/2021 1,000
9.25% Debentures due 2022 9.250% 04/15/2022 200
6% Senior Notes due 2022   6.000%   11/15/2022   2,280
Sprint Communications, Inc.           13,780
 
Sprint Capital Corporation
6.9% Senior Notes due 2019 6.900% 05/01/2019 1,729
6.875% Senior Notes due 2028 6.875% 11/15/2028 2,475
8.75% Senior Notes due 2032   8.750%   03/15/2032   2,000
Sprint Capital Corporation           6,204
 
Clearwire Communications LLC
14.75% First-Priority Senior Secured Notes due 2016 14.750% 12/01/2016 300
8.25% Exchangeable Notes due 2040   8.250%   12/01/2040   629
Clearwire Communications LLC           929
 
iPCS Inc.
Second Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2014   3.492%   05/01/2014   181
iPCS Inc.           181
 
EKN Secured Equipment Facility ($1 Billion) 2.030% 03/30/2017 889
 
Vendor financing notes - Clearwire Communications LLC 2015 20
 
Tower financing obligation 6.092% 09/30/2021 339
Capital lease obligations and other       2014 - 2022   187
TOTAL PRINCIPAL           31,529
 
Net premiums           1,482
TOTAL DEBT           $ 33,011
 

Supplemental information:

The Company had $2.1 billion of borrowing capacity available under our unsecured revolving bank credit facility as of December 31, 2013. Our unsecured revolving bank credit facility expires in February 2018.

In May 2012, certain of our subsidiaries entered into a $1.0 billion secured equipment credit facility to finance equipment-related purchases for Network Vision. The facility is equally divided into two consecutive tranches of $500 million, with the drawdown availability contingent upon Sprint's acquisition of equipment-related purchases from Ericsson, up to the maximum of each tranche, ending on May 31, 2013 and May 31, 2014, for the first and second tranche, respectively. Interest and principal are payable semi-annually with a final maturity of March 2017 for both tranches.

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(1) Except for the quarter-to-date December 31, 2013 period, financial results for 2013 and 2012 include a Predecessor period from January 1, 2012, through the closing of the SoftBank transaction on July 10, 2013, and a Successor period from October 5, 2012 through December 31, 2013. In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful calendar period-to-period comparison, we have combined the current year results of operations for the Predecessor and Successor periods. For purposes of presenting the comparative financial information in the tables, we have labeled the quarter-to-date December 31, 2013 period as Combined, however, these results are not combined but rather represent the consolidated results of operations in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).

(2) Capital expenditures is an accrual based amount that includes the changes in unpaid capital expenditures and excludes capitalized interest. Cash paid for capital expenditures includes total capitalized interest of $1 million, $13 million and $29 million for the predecessor third and second quarters and year-to-date periods of 2013, respectively, $16 million, $14 million and $30 million for the successor fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2013, respectively, and $52 million, $102 million, and $269 million for the third and second quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, respectively, and can be found in the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Information and the Reconciliation to Free Cash Flow*.

(3) Postpaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail subscribers on the CDMA network, including subscribers utilizing WiMax and LTE technology. Postpaid subscribers previously on the Nextel platform are defined as retail postpaid subscribers on the iDEN network through June 30, 2013. Postpaid subscribers from transactions are defined as retail postpaid subscribers acquired from U.S. Cellular in May 2013 and Clearwire in July 2013 who had not deactivated or been recaptured on the Sprint platform. Included in net additions for the Sprint platform are tablets and connected devices, which generally generate a significantly lower ARPU than other postpaid subscribers. During the fourth quarter 2013, net additions for the Sprint platform included approximately 466,000 tablets.

(4) Prepaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers and session-based tablet users who utilize the CDMA network and WiMax and LTE technology via our multi-brand offerings. Prepaid subscribers previously on the Nextel platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers who utilized iDEN technology through June 30, 2013. Prepaid subscribers from transactions are defined as retail prepaid subscribers acquired from U.S. Cellular in May 2013 and Clearwire in July 2013 who had not deactivated or been recaptured on the Sprint platform.

(5) Nextel Subscriber Recaptures are defined as the number of subscribers that deactivated service from the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during each period but remained with the Company as subscribers on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively. Subscribers that deactivated service from the Nextel platform and activated service on the Sprint platform are included in the Sprint platform net additions for the applicable period.

(6) The Postpaid and Prepaid Nextel Recapture Rates are defined as the portion of total subscribers that left the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during the period and were retained on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively.

(7) Severance and lease exit costs are primarily associated with workforce reductions and with exit costs associated with the Nextel platform and acquisition of Clearwire.

(8) For the first quarter of 2012, gains from asset dispositions and exchanges are primarily due to spectrum exchange transactions.

(9) For the first quarter of 2012, asset impairment and abandonment activity includes $18 million related to a change in our backhaul architecture in connection to our Network Vision design from microwave to a more cost effective fiber backhaul.

(10) On March 16, 2012, we elected to terminate the arrangement with LightSquared LP and LightSquared, Inc. (LightSquared). As we have no future service obligations with respect to the arrangement with LightSquared, we recognized $236 million of the advanced payments as other operating income in the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the termination of the hosting agreement, we impaired capitalized costs specific to LightSquared's 1.6 GHz spectrum that the company no longer intends to deploy which totaled $66 million.

(11) Favorable developments during the first quarter of 2012 relating to disagreements with local exchange carriers resulted in a reduction in expected access costs of $17 million.

(12) For the first quarter of 2013, litigation activity is primarily a result of favorable developments in connection with a tax (non-income) related contingency.

(13) For the third and second quarters of 2013, included in selling, general and administrative expenses are fees paid to unrelated parties for the transaction with SoftBank and our acquisition of Clearwire.

(14) Hurricane Sandy amounts for the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2013 represent insurance recoveries. Hurricane Sandy charges for the fourth quarter of 2012, represent estimated hurricane-related charges of $45 million, consisting of customer credits, incremental roaming costs, network repairs and replacements.

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

On July 9, 2013, Sprint Communications, Inc. (formerly Sprint Nextel Corporation) completed its acquisition of Clearwire. On July 10, 2013 we consummated the SoftBank Merger with Starburst II, which immediately changed its name to Sprint Corporation (now referred to as the Company or Sprint). As a result of these transactions, the assets and liabilities of Sprint Communications, Inc. and Clearwire were adjusted to fair value on the respective closing dates. The Company's financial statement presentations herein distinguish between a predecessor period relating to Sprint Communications, Inc. for periods prior to the SoftBank Merger (Predecessor) and a successor period (Successor). The Successor information includes the activity and accounts of Sprint Corporation as of and for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2013 and as of and for the 87 days ended December 31, 2012, which includes the activity and accounts of Sprint Communications, Inc., prospectively, beginning on July 11, 2013. The Predecessor information contained herein represents the historical basis of presentation for Sprint Communications, Inc. for all periods prior to the SoftBank Merger date on July 10, 2013. As a result of the valuation of assets acquired and liabilities assumed at fair value at the time of the SoftBank Merger and Clearwire Acquisition, the financial statements for the successor period are presented on a measurement basis different than the predecessor period, which was Sprint Communication's historical cost, and are, therefore, not comparable.

In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful calendar period-to-period comparison, we have combined the current and prior year results of operations for the predecessor with successor results of operations on an unaudited combined basis. The combined information for the period October 5, 2012 (date of Starburst II incorporation) through December 31, 2013 does not purport to represent what our consolidated results of operations would have been if the acquisition had occurred as of the beginning of the first period presented. For purposes of presenting the comparative financial information in the tables, we have labeled the quarter-to-date December 31, 2013 results as combined, however, these results are not combined but rather represent the consolidated results of operations in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).

Sprint provides financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Other than the use of non-GAAP combined results as described above, we have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

Sprint provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

EBITDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues for Wireless and Adjusted EBITDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, spectrum acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and definite-lived intangible assets. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments, including changes in restricted cash, and amounts included as investments in Clearwire and Sprint Communications, Inc. during the period. We believe that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations after interest and dividends, if any, and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and if any, restricted cash. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. The words "may," "could," "should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "target," "plan," "providing guidance," and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future - including statements relating to our network, subscriber growth, and liquidity, and statements expressing general views about future operating results - are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management's judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, the ability to operationalize the anticipated benefits from the SoftBank, Clearwire and U.S. Cellular transactions, the development and deployment of new technologies; efficiencies and cost savings of new technologies and services; customer and network usage; customer growth and retention; service, speed, coverage and quality; availability of devices; the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date when made. Sprint undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Sprint Nextel's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2013, our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, and when filed our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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