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T-Mobile Reports Q4 Earnings

T-Mobile Press Release | Feb 6, 2020

T-Mobile Reports Record Financials and Strong Customer Growth in FY 2019, Beating Increased Guidance while Balancing Growth and Profitability

In Q4 2019 Total Net Additions of 1.9M, Branded Postpaid Phone Net Additions of 1.0M, Record Service Revenues of $8.7B, Strong Q4 Net Income of $751M and Record Q4 Adj. EBITDA of $3.2B

Record Financial Performance (all percentages year-over-year)

  • Record Service revenues of $8.7 billion, up 6% in Q4 2019 – up 6% to $34.0 billion in 2019
  • Record Total revenues of $11.9 billion, up 4% in Q4 2019 – up 4% to $45.0 billion in 2019
  • Strong Net income of $751 million, up 17% in Q4 2019 – up 20% to $3.5 billion in 2019
  • Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.87, up 16% in Q4 2019 – up 20% to $4.02 in 2019
  • Record Q4 Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $3.2 billion, up 9% in Q4 2019 – up 8% to $13.4 billion in 2019
  • Strong Net cash provided by operating activities of $1.5 billion, up 61% in Q4 2019 – up 75% to $6.8 billion in 2019
  • Record Free Cash Flow(1) of $1.4 billion, up 15% in Q4 2019 – up 22% to $4.3 billion in 2019


Strong Customer Growth

  • 1.9 million total net additions in Q4 2019 – 7.0 million in 2019 – 6th year in a row of more than 5 million total net additions
  • 1.3 million branded postpaid net additions in Q4 2019, best in industry – 4.5 million in 2019, best in industry
  • 1.0 million branded postpaid phone net additions in Q4 2019, best in industry – 3.1 million in 2019, best in industry
  • 77,000 branded prepaid net additions in Q4 2019 – 339,000 in 2019
  • Branded postpaid phone churn of 1.01% in Q4 2019, up 2 bps YoY – 0.89% in 2019, down 12 bps from 2018


First Nationwide 5G Network

  • Launched the first nationwide 5G network utilizing 600 MHz spectrum, forming the foundational 5G coverage layer for New T-Mobile; network covers more than 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns
  • 4G LTE on 600 MHz now covers 248 million people and 1.5 million square miles
  • Currently, more than 33 million 600 MHz compatible devices already on our network


Strong Standalone Outlook for 2020

  • Branded postpaid net additions of 2.6 to 3.6 million
  • Net income is not available on a forward-looking basis(2)
  • Adjusted EBITDA target of $13.7 to $14.0 billion, which includes leasing revenues of $450 to $550 million
  • Cash purchases of property and equipment, including capitalized interest of approximately $400 million, are expected to be $5.9 to $6.2 billion. Cash purchases of property and equipment, excluding capitalized interest, are expected to be $5.5 to $5.8 billion
  • In Q1 2020, pre-close merger-related costs are expected to be $200 to $300 million before taxes
  • Net cash provided by operating activities, excluding payments for merger-related costs and any settlement of interest rate swaps, is expected to be in the range of $7.9 to $8.5 billion
  • Free Cash Flow, excluding payments for merger-related costs and any settlement of interest rate swaps, is expected to be in the range of $5.4 to $5.8 billion



(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information provided in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations for these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures are provided in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures tables

(2) We are not able to forecast Net income on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts due to the high variability and difficulty in predicting certain items that affect GAAP Net income including, but not limited to, Income tax expense, stock-based compensation expense and Interest expense. Adjusted EBITDA should not be used to predict Net income as the difference between the two measures is variable.

BELLEVUE, Wash. – February 6, 2020 – T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) once again delivered incredible results in the fourth quarter of 2019, reporting strong net customer additions including 1.9 million total net customer additions, the 27th quarter in a row with more than 1 million total net customer additions. Our 1.0 million branded postpaid phone net customer additions led the industry once again. For full-year 2019, T-Mobile had 7.0 million total net customer additions, including 4.5 million branded postpaid net customer additions – beating its increased customer guidance range of 4.1 to 4.3 million for the full-year 2019. In addition, we reported all-time record-high financial results, including service and total revenues, as well as record Q4 Adjusted EBITDA. These results concluded another record-breaking year for the Un-carrier, in which we delivered strong customer growth and record financial results for the full-year 2019 – once again beating our full-year guidance.

In December 2019, T-Mobile launched America’s first nationwide 5G network, including prepaid 5G with Metro by T-Mobile, covering more than 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns across the United States with 5G. In addition, we introduced two new 600 MHz 5G capable superphones, the exclusive OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and anticipate offering an industry-leading smartphone portfolio built to work on nationwide 5G in 2020. This 5G network is the foundational layer of 5G coverage and it’s just the beginning! With the New T-Mobile, we will be able to combine this foundational layer of 5G with Sprint’s 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum, resulting in a broad and deep nationwide 5G experience for everyone, everywhere. And, T-Mobile continues to invest in building its nationwide 4G LTE network, which now covers 327 million Americans, and continues to rapidly deploy its 600 MHz spectrum, which now covers 248 million people, and is live in nearly 8,900 cities and towns across 49 states and Puerto Rico.

“T-Mobile continues to deliver incredible results quarter after quarter! In Q4 we set new financial records across the board and recorded our 27th consecutive quarter with over 1 million total net customer additions,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “We achieved these spectacular results all while launching the first and only nationwide 5G network, announcing Un-carrier 1.0 for New T-Mobile, and delivering a compelling and fact-based argument in court to support our pending merger. Our results continue to show that the Un-carrier strategy works, and it delivers for both customers and shareholders. I couldn’t be more confident and excited about our future and We Won’t Stop!”

Original T Mobile press release

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