OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 05, 2015 - Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) today reported operating results for the third fiscal quarter of 2014, including adding nearly 1 million Sprint platform connections – a 42 percent increase year-over-year – as customers responded positively to the company’s new value proposition. The company also reported consolidated net operating revenues of $9 billion, an operating loss of $2.5 billion, which included non-cash charges of $2.1 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA* of $1.04 billion.
“We are pleased with the growth in sales in the quarter and the improving quality of our customer base as we begin our turnaround plan,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “However, we acknowledge there is a long way to go to reach our goals, including lowering our postpaid churn rates to competitive levels. Our network performance continues to improve, and we are now focused on a strategy that will unlock the true potential of our spectrum assets. I am confident that we have the right plan in place to be successful.”
“I am encouraged by the progress and improving trends in the Sprint business,” said Masayoshi Son, Sprint chairman. “Marcelo and his team have developed, and are executing against, a clear plan that will make Sprint more competitive and better positioned for long-term growth.”
New Offers Lead to Sales Growth and Higher Value Customers
Sprint continues to launch simple, straightforward offers designed to save customers money. During the quarter, Sprint offered to cut rate plans in half for AT&T and Verizon customers, expanded the industry-first leasing plan for iPhone® to additional devices and lease terms, and launched the new Data Boost plans on Boost Mobile. These actions, among others, resulted in improvement in Sprint platform sales.
This growth was accompanied by a simultaneous improvement in the quality of sales during the quarter.
Sprint Platform Adds Nearly 1 Million Connections
Quarterly Financial Results
Significant Network Performance Improvements
Sprint is focused on leveraging its spectrum portfolio to provide a network that delivers the consistent reliability, capacity and speed that customers demand. During the quarter, Sprint’s 800 MHz voice deployment reached nationwide availability, 4G LTE coverage expanded to cover 270 million people, and the 2.5 GHz 4G LTE deployment now covers 125 million people. As a result, network performance continued to improve in third-party measurements.
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Financial results in the enclosed tables include a predecessor period related to the results of operations of Sprint Communications, Inc. (formerly Sprint Nextel) prior to the closing of the SoftBank transaction on July 10, 2013, and the applicable successor periods. In order to present financial results in a way that offers investors a more meaningful comparison of the year-to-date results, we have combined the 2013 results of operations for the predecessor and successor periods. For additional information, please reference the section titled Financial Measures. Trended financial performance metrics on a combined basis can also be found at our Investor Relations website at www.sprint.com/investors.