Feb 02, 2018
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) today reported operating results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, including its highest retail net additions in nearly three years with postpaid net additions of 256,000 and prepaid net additions of 63,000. The company also reported its eighth consecutive quarter of operating income and the highest fiscal third quarter adjusted EBITDA* in 11 years.
Net cash provided by operating activities of $1.2 billion improved by more than $500 million year-over-year. Adjusted free cash flow* of $397 million improved by more than $1 billion year-over-year and the company is raising its fiscal year 2017 expectation from around break-even to a range of $500 million to $700 million.
"Sprint has now added postpaid phone customers for 10 consecutive quarters and added prepaid customers for four consecutive quarters," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. "This momentum, along with a continued focus on the cost structure, is driving improvements in profitability metrics and adjusted free cash flow*."
Customer Growth Continues in Both Postpaid and Prepaid Businesses
Sprint's execution in both its postpaid and prepaid businesses resulted in the highest retail net additions in nearly three years. Postpaid net additions of 256,000 in the quarter included 184,000 phone net additions, the tenth consecutive quarter of postpaid phone net additions.
Sprint's prepaid business also continued to add customers with 63,000 net additions, its fourth consecutive quarter of net additions and a 523,000 improvement compared to the prior year. Prepaid churn improved year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter and prepaid gross additions grew year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter. The sustained improvement in prepaid customer trends has translated into better financial results, as prepaid wireless service revenue grew year-over-year for the first time in nearly three years.
More Progress on Cost Reduction Program
Sprint continued to make progress on its multi-year plan to improve its cost structure. Excluding approximately $100 million of hurricane-related and other non-recurring charges in the quarter, the company reported approximately $260 million of combined year-over-year reductions in cost of services and selling, general and administrative expenses, bringing the year-to-date total reduction to more than $1 billion. The year-to-date reductions were primarily driven by changes to the device insurance program, as well as lower network expenses.
Net income of $7.2 billion included $7.1 billion of non-cash benefit from tax reform, resulting from a re-measurement of our deferred tax assets and liabilities under provisions contained in the new tax law.