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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

Form 8-K
FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS CORP false 0000020520 0000020520 2019-11-05 2019-11-05

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): November 5, 2019

 

Frontier Communications Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware

(State or other jurisdiction
 of incorporation)

001-11001

 

06-0619596

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

     

401 Merritt 7, Norwalk, Connecticut

 

06851

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

(203) 614-5600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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

Title of Each Class

 

Trading

Symbol

 

Name of Each Exchange

Common Stock, $0.25 par value

 

FTR

 

The NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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.  

 

 


Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On November 5, 2019, Frontier Communications Corporation (“Frontier”) issued a press release announcing its third quarter 2019 financial results. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein.

As previously announced, Frontier will hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on November 5, 2019, to discuss its financial results for the third quarter of 2019. Also furnished and incorporated by reference herein as Exhibit 99.2 is supplemental material to be used in connection with the conference call. This information is available on Frontier’s Investor Relations website at www.frontier.com/ir.

The information provided pursuant to this Item 2.02, including Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any of Frontier’s other filings under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit

Number

   

Description

         
 

99.1

   

Press Release

         
 

99.2

   

Presentation Regarding Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

         
 

104

   

Cover Page Interactive Data File (included within the Inline XBRL document).


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

FRONTIER Communications CORPORATION

             

Date: November 5, 2019

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Mark D. Nielsen

 

 

 

Mark D. Nielsen

 

 

 

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief

Transaction Officer and Secretary

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)

EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO

401 Merritt 7

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 614-5600

www.frontier.com

Frontier Communications Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

 

   

Total third quarter revenue of $1,997 million

 

   

Net loss of $345 million, including a goodwill impairment of $276 million and a loss of $30 million on anticipated sale of operations in four Northwest states

 

   

Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA1 of $804 million

 

   

Net broadband unit losses of 71,000

 

   

Liquidity of $683 million as of September 30, 2019

Norwalk, Conn., Nov. 5, 2019 – Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“Third quarter results reflect our ongoing commitment to investing in our assets that have the strongest potential for future growth, while actively managing the parts of the business that are experiencing secular decline,” said Dan McCarthy, President and CEO. “Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $804 million reflects a sequential decline in revenue, an increase in accounts receivable reserves, and increased adjusted operating expenses1. In Consumer we achieved sequential improvement in broadband trends in fiber markets, with competitive headwinds continuing to impact copper broadband markets. The decline in Commercial revenues was driven primarily by wholesale revenue. While we continue to take action to improve our financial position, we also remain focused on the operational aspects of our business and serving the needs of our residential and business customers.”

 

1 

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating expenses are non-GAAP measure. See “Non-GAAP Measures” for a description of this measure and its calculation. See Schedule A on page 12 for a reconciliation to net income/(loss).


Consolidated Results

Consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $1,997 million, as compared with $2,067 million in the second quarter. Within third quarter consolidated revenue, Consumer revenue was $1,024 million, Commercial revenue was $882 million, and subsidy revenue was $91 million.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2019 was $345 million, representing a net loss per common share of $3.31. Net loss included a $276 million goodwill impairment before and after tax resulting in the net goodwill balance being zero at the end of the third quarter. There was also an additional $30 million loss on the anticipated sale of operations and assets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $804 million, representing an Adjusted EBITDA margin2 of 40.3%. This compares with Adjusted EBITDA of $882 million in the second quarter of 2019. The sequential decline in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily driven by the $70 million sequential decline in revenue, which included a $17 million sequential increase in accounts receivable reserves, and an increase in adjusted operating expenses of $8 million.

Net cash provided from operating activities for the third quarter of 2019 was $246 million and operating free cash flow3 was ($72) million. Third quarter interest payments totaling $496 million are considerably larger than second quarter payments of $187 million. For the four-quarter period ended September 30, 2019, net cash provided from operating activities4 was $1,706 million and operating free cash flow was $563 million.

Consumer Business Highlights

 

   

Revenue of $1,024 million, with the sequential decline driven by customer losses.

 

   

Customer churn of 2.24%, an increase from the second quarter of 2019.

 

   

Consumer fiber broadband net losses were 1,000 and consumer copper broadband net losses were 52,000. Broadband revenue continued to grow as a percentage of Consumer revenue and remains more than 40% of the total. The rate of video services revenue decline increased in the third quarter because of sequential declines in subscribers and advertising revenue. The rate of decline of voice services revenue improved sequentially because of an increase in the USF rate.

 

   

Average Revenue Per Customer (ARPC) of $88.45, a decrease reflecting, in part, ongoing video customer declines.

 

2 

Adjusted EBITDA margin is a non-GAAP measure of performance, calculated as Adjusted EBITDA, divided by total revenue. See “Non-GAAP Measures” on page 4 for a description of this measure and its calculation. See Schedule A on page 12 for a reconciliation of EBITDA to net loss.

3

Operating free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure of liquidity derived from net cash provided from operating activities. See “Non-GAAP Measures” on page 4 for a description of this measure and its calculation and Schedule A on page 12 for a reconciliation to net cash provided from operating activities.

4 

Operating free cash flow for the trailing-four-quarter period ended September 30, 2019 consists of net cash provided from operating activities less capital expenditures of $1,143 million over the same period. Operating free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure. See note 3 above.

 

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Commercial Business Highlights

 

   

Revenue of $882 million, with the largest portion of the decline in wholesale.

 

   

Total commercial customers of 381,000 compared with 390,000 at the end of the second quarter of 2019.

 

   

Commercial wholesale revenue declined approximately 7% sequentially, driven by a $17 million increase in accounts receivables reserves for wholesale billing disputes and declines in legacy data products and Ethernet. Wireless backhaul declined approximately 2% and continues to represent less than 3% of total company revenue. Wholesale represented approximately half of Commercial revenue in the third quarter.

 

   

Commercial SME revenue declined approximately 1% sequentially. There was a sequential improvement in the decline rate of voice services revenue because of a higher USF billing rate. Voice revenue continued to account for more than half of SME revenue in the third quarter.

Capital Structure

As previously announced, the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors is evaluating Frontier’s capital structure. This includes considering, evaluating and negotiating capital markets and/or financing transactions and/or strategic alternatives. Frontier remains committed to reducing debt and improving its leverage profile.

Developments include the following:

 

   

As of September 30, 2019, Frontier’s leverage ratio5 was 4.81:1.

 

   

As of September 30, 2019, the company had total liquidity6 of $683 million.

 

   

In the second quarter we entered into a definitive agreement to sell operations and all associated assets in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana for $1,352 million in cash at closing subject to certain closing adjustments.

 

5 

Leverage ratio is calculated as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the most recent four quarters. See Schedule C on page 14 for its calculation.

6 

Total liquidity as of September 30, 2019 consists of cash and cash equivalents of $683 million, including $749 million borrowings under the revolver.

 

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Frontier uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating its performance, including EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, operating free cash flow, adjusted operating expenses, and leverage ratio, each of which is described below. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to (i) assist in analyzing Frontier’s underlying financial performance from period to period, (ii) analyze and evaluate strategic and operational decisions, (iii) establish criteria for compensation decisions, and (iv) assist in the understanding of Frontier’s ability to generate cash flow and, as a result, to plan for future capital and operational decisions. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding Frontier’s financial condition and results of operations because these measures, when used in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures (i) provide a more comprehensive view of Frontier’s core operations and ability to generate cash flow, (ii) provide investors with the financial analytical framework upon which management bases financial, operational, compensation, and planning decisions and (iii) present measurements that investors and rating agencies have indicated to management are useful to them in assessing Frontier and its results of operations.

A reconciliation of these measures to the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is included in the accompanying tables. These non-GAAP financial measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP, nor are they alternatives to GAAP measures and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) less income tax expense (benefit), interest expense, investment and other income (loss), pension settlement costs, gains/losses on extinguishment of debt, and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing EBITDA by total revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, as described above, adjusted to exclude, certain pension/OPEB expenses, restructuring costs and other charges, stock-based compensation expense, goodwill impairment charges, and certain other non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total revenue.

Management uses EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin to assist it in comparing performance from period to period and as measures of operational performance. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information for investors in evaluating Frontier’s operational performance from period to period because they exclude depreciation and amortization expenses related to investments made in prior periods and are determined without regard to capital structure or investment activities. By excluding capital expenditures, debt repayments and dividends, among other factors, these non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings. Management compensates for these shortcomings by utilizing these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders and excludes, restructuring costs and other charges, pension settlement costs, goodwill impairment charges, certain income tax items and the income tax effect of these items, and certain other non-recurring items. Adjusting for these items allows investors to better understand and analyze Frontier’s financial performance over the periods presented.

 

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Management defines operating free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, as net cash provided from operating activities less capital expenditures. Management uses operating free cash flow to assist it in comparing liquidity from period to period and to obtain a more comprehensive view of Frontier’s core operations and ability to generate cash flow. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors in evaluating cash available to service debt and pay dividends. This non-GAAP financial measure has certain shortcomings; it does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, as items such as debt repayments and preferred stock dividends are not deducted in determining such measure. Management compensates for these shortcomings by utilizing this non-GAAP financial measure in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measure.

Adjusted operating expenses is defined as operating expenses adjusted to exclude depreciation and amortization, restructuring and other charges, goodwill impairment charges, certain pension/OPEB expenses, stock-based compensation expense, and certain other non-recurring items. Investors have indicated that this non-GAAP measure is useful in evaluating Frontier’s performance.

Leverage ratio is calculated as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the most recent four quarters. Investors have indicated that this non-GAAP measure is useful in evaluating Frontier’s debt levels.

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in Frontier’s documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call and Webcast

Frontier will host a conference call today at 4:30 P.M. Eastern time. Management will present prepared remarks. There will not be a question and answer session. In connection with the conference call and as a convenience to investors, Frontier furnished today, under cover of a Current Report on Form 8-K, additional materials regarding results. The conference call will be webcast and may be accessed in the Webcasts & Presentations section of Frontier’s Investor Relations website at www.frontier.com/ir.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available in the Webcasts & Presentations section of Frontier’s Investor Relations website at www.frontier.com/ir.

About Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) is a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure® digital protection solutions. Frontier Business offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains “forward-looking statements,” related to future events. Forward-looking statements address Frontier’s expected future business, financial performance, and financial condition, and contain words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “see,” “may,” “will,” “would,” or “target.” Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For Frontier, particular uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different than those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: declines in revenue from Frontier’s voice services, switched and non-switched access and video and data services that it cannot stabilize or offset with increases in revenue from other

 

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products and services; Frontier’s ability to successfully implement strategic initiatives, including opportunities to enhance revenue and realize productivity improvements; Frontier’s ability to repay or refinance its debt through, among other things, accessing the capital markets, notes repurchases and/or redemptions, tender offers and exchange offers; adverse changes in the ratings given to Frontier’s debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations; covenants in Frontier’s indentures and credit agreements that may limit Frontier’s operational and financial flexibility as well as its ability to access the capital markets in the future; adverse changes in the credit markets, which could impact the availability and cost of financing; competition from cable, wireless and wireline carriers, satellite, and OTT companies, and the risk that Frontier will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; Frontier’s ability to successfully adjust to changes in the communications industry, including the effects of technological changes and competition on its capital expenditures, products and service offerings; risks related to disruptions in Frontier’s networks, infrastructure and information technology that may result in customer loss and/or incurrence of additional expenses; the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches or other cyber attacks or other disruptions; Frontier’s ability to retain or attract new customers and to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; Frontier’s ability to secure, continue to use or renew intellectual property and other licenses used in our business; Frontier’s ability to hire or retain key personnel; Frontier’s ability to realize anticipated benefits from recent acquisitions; Frontier’s ability to dispose of certain assets or asset groups on terms that are attractive to it, or at all; Frontier’s ability to effectively manage its operations, operating expenses, capital expenditures, debt service requirements and cash paid for income taxes and liquidity; Frontier’s ability to defend against litigation and potentially unfavorable results from current pending and future litigation; the effects of state regulatory requirements that could limit Frontier’s ability to transfer cash among its subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; the effects of governmental legislation and regulation on Frontier’s business; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; government infrastructure projects that impact capital expenditures; continued reductions in switched access revenue as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to Frontier and its competitors; Frontier’s ability to meet its remaining CAF II funding obligations and the risk of penalties or obligations to return certain CAF II funds; Frontier’s ability to obtain future subsidies, including participation in the proposed RDOF program; Frontier’s ability to effectively manage service quality and meet mandated service quality metrics; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices; the impact of potential future impairment charges with respect intangible assets or additional losses on assets held for sale; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments, including the risk that such changes may benefit Frontier’s competitors more than it, as well as potential future decreases in the value of Frontier’s deferred tax assets; the effects of increased medical expenses and pension and postemployment expenses; Frontier’s ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts; changes in pension plan assumptions, interest rates, discount rates, regulatory rules and/or the value of Frontier’s pension plan assets, which could require Frontier to make increased contributions to its pension plans; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions in the markets that Frontier serves; the effects of severe weather events or other natural or man-made disasters, which may increase operating and capital expenses or adversely impact customer revenue; and the risks and other factors contained in Frontier’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent report on Form 10-K and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Frontier has no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements and does not undertake to do so.

 

INVESTOR CONTACT:    MEDIA CONTACTS:     
Luke Szymczak    Javier Mendoza      Brigid Smith
Vice President    Vice President   or                    Assistant Vice President
(203) 614-5044    (562) 305-2345      (203) 614-5042
[email protected]    [email protected]      [email protected]

 

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Frontier Communications Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Data

 

     For the quarter ended     For the nine months ended  

($ in millions and shares in thousands, except per  share amounts)

   September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

Statement of Operations Data

          

Revenue

   $ 1,997     $ 2,067     $ 2,126     $ 6,165     $ 6,487  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses:

          

Network access expenses

     307       318       353       963       1,094  

Network related expenses

     464       445       476       1,365       1,437  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     445       445       445       1,346       1,374  

Depreciation and amortization

     422       454       471       1,360       1,462  

Goodwill impairment

     276       5,449       400       5,725       400  

Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations

     30       384       —         414       —    

Restructuring costs and other charges

     27       31       14       86       20  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     1,971       7,526       2,159       11,259       5,787  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     26       (5,459     (33     (5,094     700  

Investment and other income (loss), net

     (10     (9     3       (28     16  

Pension settlement costs

     —         —         9       —         34  

Gain (Loss) on early extinguishment of debt

     —         —         (2     (20     31  

Interest expense

     382       383       389       1,144       1,148  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Loss before income taxes

     (366     (5,851     (430     (6,286     (435

Income tax benefit

     (21     (534     (4     (537     (11
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss

     (345     (5,317     (426     (5,749     (424

Less: Dividends on preferred stock

     —         —         —         —         107  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Frontier common shareholders

   $ (345   $ (5,317   $ (426   $ (5,749   $ (531
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

     104,135       104,118       103,665       104,031       87,138  

Basic and diluted net loss per common share

   $ (3.31   $ (51.07   $ (4.11   $ (55.26   $ (6.09
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Financial Data:

          

Capital expenditures

   $ 318     $ 275     $ 329     $ 898     $ 947  

Dividends declared - Preferred stock

   $ —       $ —       $ —       $ —       $ 107  

 

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Frontier Communications Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Financial Data

 

     For the quarter ended      For the nine months ended  

($ in millions)

   September 30, 2019      June 30, 2019      September 30, 2018      September 30, 2019      September 30, 2018  
Selected Statement of Operations Data Revenue:               

Data and Internet services

   $ 928      $ 963      $ 961      $ 2,858      $ 2,919  

Voice services

     621        629        669        1,900        2,053  

Video services

     244        260        260        772        810  

Other

     113        120        141        357        416  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Customer revenue

     1,906        1,972        2,031        5,887        6,198  

Subsidy revenue

     91        95        95        278        289  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 1,997      $ 2,067      $ 2,126      $ 6,165      $ 6,487  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other Financial Data

Revenue:

              

Consumer

   $ 1,024      $ 1,050      $ 1,069      $ 3,151      $ 3,292  

Commercial

     882        922        962        2,736        2,906  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Customer revenue

     1,906        1,972        2,031        5,887        6,198  

Subsidy revenue

     91        95        95        278        289  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 1,997      $ 2,067      $ 2,126      $ 6,165      $ 6,487  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Frontier Communications Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Financial and Operating Data

 

    For the quarter ended     For the nine months ended  
    September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

Customers (in thousands)

    4,193       4,292       4,574       4,193       4,574  

Consumer customer metrics

         

Customers (in thousands)

    3,812       3,902       4,152       3,812       4,152  

Net customer additions (losses)

    (90     (93     (86     (248     (245

Average monthly consumer revenue per customer

  $ 88.45     $ 88.68     $ 84.92     $ 88.79     $ 85.54  

Customer monthly churn

    2.24     2.14     2.03     2.12     2.03

Commercial customer metrics

         

Customers (in thousands)

    381       390       422       381       422  

Broadband subscriber metrics (in thousands)

         

Broadband subscribers

    3,555       3,626       3,802       3,555       3,802  

Net subscriber additions (losses)

    (71     (71     (61     (180     (136

Video (excl. DISH) subscriber metrics (in thousands)

         

Video subscribers

    698       738       873       698       873  

Net subscriber additions (losses)

    (40     (46     (29     (140     (88

Video - DISH subscriber metrics (in thousands)

         

DISH subscribers

    181       190       211       181       211  

Net subscriber additions (losses)

    (9     (8     (8     (24     (24

Employees

    19,132       19,872       21,375       19,132       21,375  

 

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Frontier Communications Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

 

     (Unaudited)        

($ in millions)

   September 30, 2019     December 31, 2018  

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 683     $ 354  

Accounts receivable, net

     654       723  

Assets held for sale

     1,402       —    

Other current assets

     270       253  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     3,009       1,330  

Property, plant and equipment, net

     12,973       14,187  

Other assets

     1,579       8,142  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 17,561     $ 23,659  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Long-term debt due within one year

   $ 994     $ 814  

Liabilities held for sale

     134       —    

Accounts payable and other current liabilities

     1,612       1,747  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     2,740       2,561  

Deferred income taxes and other liabilities

     2,619       3,140  

Long-term debt

     16,305       16,358  

Equity (deficit)

     (4,103     1,600  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity (deficit)

   $ 17,561     $ 23,659  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Frontier Communications Corporation

Unaudited Consolidated Cash Flow Data

 

     For the nine months ended  

($ in millions)

   September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

Cash flows provided from (used by) operating activities:

    

Net loss

   $ (5,749   $ (424

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided from (used by) operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     1,360       1,462  

(Gain) Loss on extinguishment of debt

     20       (31

Pension settlement costs

     —         34  

Stock-based compensation expense

     10       14  

Amortization of deferred financing costs

     23       26  

Other adjustments

     2       (24

Deferred income taxes

     (541     (12

Goodwill impairment

     5,725       400  

Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations

     414       —    

Change in accounts receivable

     17       43  

Change in accounts payable and other liabilities

     (153     (239

Change in prepaid expenses, income taxes, and other assets

     (25     (40
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided from operating activities

     1,103       1,209  

Cash flows provided from (used by) investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (898     (947

Proceeds on sale of assets

     76       11  

Other

     2       4  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used by investing activities

     (820     (932

Cash flows provided from (used by) financing activities:

    

Long-term debt payments

     (2,003     (1,997

Proceeds from long-term debt borrowings

     1,650       1,840  

Proceeds from revolving debt

     949       —    

Repayment of revolving debt

     (475     —    

Financing costs paid

     (44     (43

Dividends paid on preferred stock

     —         (107

Premium paid to retire debt

     —         (17

Finance lease obligation payments

     (26     (30

Other

     (5     (11
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided from (used by) financing activities

     46       (365

Decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

     329       (88

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at January 1,

     404       376  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at September 30,

   $ 733     $ 288  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

    

Cash paid during the period for:

    

Interest

   $ 1,208     $ 1,266  

Income tax payments, net

   $ 5     $ 5  

 

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SCHEDULE A
Frontier Communications Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

    For the quarter ended     For the nine months ended  

($ in millions)

  September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

EBITDA

         

Net loss

  $ (345   $ (5,317   $ (426   $ (5,749   $ (424

Add back (subtract):

         

Income tax benefit

    (21     (534     (4     (537     (11

Interest expense

    382       383       389       1,144       1,148  

Investment and other (income) loss, net

    10       9       (3     28       (16

Pension settlement costs

    —         —         9       —         34  

(Gain) Loss on extinguishment of debt

    —         —         2       20       (31
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

    26       (5,459     (33     (5,094     700  

Depreciation and amortization

    422       454       471       1,360       1,462  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA

  $ 448     $ (5,005   $ 438     $ (3,734   $ 2,162  

Add back:

         

Pension/OPEB expense

    20       19       21       59       66  

Restructuring costs and other charges

    27       31       14       86       20  

Stock-based compensation expense

    3       4       5       10       14  

Storm-related insurance proceeds

    —         —         —         (1     —    

Work stoppage costs

    —         —         —         —         8  

Goodwill impairment

    276       5,449       400       5,725       400  

Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations

    30       384       —         414       —    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

  $ 804     $ 882     $ 878     $ 2,559     $ 2,670  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA margin

    22.4     -242.1     20.6     -60.6     33.3

Adjusted EBITDA margin

    40.3     42.7     41.3     41.5     41.2

Free Cash Flow

         

Net cash provided from operating activities

  $ 246     $ 575     $ 286     $ 1,103     $ 1,209  

Capital expenditures

    (318     (275     (329     (898     (947
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating free cash flow

  $ (72   $ 300     $ (43   $ 205     $ 262  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE B

Frontier Communications Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

    For the quarter ended     For the nine months ended  
    September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019     September 30, 2018     September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

  Net Income
(Loss)
    Basic
Earnings
(Loss) Per
Share
    Net Income
(Loss)
    Basic
Earnings
(Loss) Per
Share
    Net Income
(Loss)
    Basic
Earnings
(Loss) Per
Share
    Net Income
(Loss)
    Basic
Earnings
(Loss) Per
Share
    Net Income
(Loss)
    Basic
Earnings
(Loss) Per
Share
 

Net loss attributable to Frontier common shareholders

  $ (345   $ (3.31   $ (5,317   $ (51.07   $ (426   $ (4.11   $ (5,749   $ (55.26   $ (531   $ (6.09
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Restructuring costs and other charges

    27         31         14         86         20    

Pension settlement costs

    —           —           9         —           34    

(Gain) Loss on extinguishment of debt

    —           —           2         20         (31  

Goodwill impairment

    276         5,449         400         5,725         400    

Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations

    30         384         —           414         —      

Storm-related insurance proceeds

    —           —           —           (1       —      

Work stoppage costs

    —           —           —           —           8    

Certain other tax items (1)

    2         87         46         119         38    

Income tax effect on above items:

                   

Restructuring costs and other charges

    (6       (8       (3       (19       (4  

Pension settlement costs

    —           —           (2       —           (8  

(Gain) Loss on extinguishment of debt

    —           —           (1       (4       8    

Goodwill impairment

    —           (524       (46       (524       (46  

Work stoppage costs

    —           —           —           —           (2  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
  $ 329     $ 3.16     $ 5,419     $ 52.05     $ 419     $ 4.04     $ 5,816     $ 55.91     $ 417     $ 4.79  

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders(2)

  $ (16   $ (0.15   $ 102     $ 0.98     $ (7   $ (0.07   $ 67     $ 0.64     $ (114   $ 1.31  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1)

Includes impact arising from federal research and development credits, changes in certain deferred tax balances, state tax law changes, state filing method change, and the net impact of uncertain tax positions.

(2) 

Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders may not sum due to rounding.

 

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SCHEDULE C

Frontier Communications Corporation

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

     For the quarter ended      For the nine months ended  

($ in millions)

   September 30, 2019     June 30, 2019      September 30, 2018      September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018  

Adjusted Operating Expenses

            

Total operating expenses

   $ 1,971     $ 7,526      $ 2,159      $ 11,259     $ 5,787  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Subtract:

            

Depreciation and amortization

     422       454        471        1,360       1,462  

Goodwill impairment

     276       5,449        400        5,725       400  

Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations

     30       384        —          414       —    

Pension/OPEB expense

     20       19        21        59       66  

Restructuring costs and other charges

     27       31        14        86       20  

Stock-based compensation expense

     3       4        5        10       14  

Storm-related insurance proceeds

     —         —          —          (1     —    

Work stoppage costs

     —         —          —          —         8  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted operating expenses

   $ 1,193     $ 1,185      $ 1,248      $ 3,606     $ 3,817  
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
     As of
September 30, 2019
       

Leverage Ratio

  

Numerator

  

Long-term debt

   $ 16,305  

Long-term debt due within one year

     994  

Cash and cash equivalents

     (683
  

 

 

 
   $ 16,616
  

 

 

 

Denominator

  

Adjusted EBITDA - last 4 quarters

   $ 3,454  
  

 

 

 

Leverage Ratio

     4.81

 

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Section 3: EX-99.2 (EX-99.2)

EX-99.2

Slide 1

INVESTOR UPDATE Third Quarter 2019 November 5, 2019 Exhibit 99.2


Slide 2

Agenda STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL REVIEW DANIEL McCARTHY President & Chief Executive Officer FINANCIAL REVIEW SHELDON BRUHA Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer


Slide 3

Business Update Consumer revenue of $1,024 million Consumer customer churn of 2.24%, a sequential increase Consumer ARPC of $88.45, a sequential decline Commercial revenue of $882 million includes $17 million reserve for billing disputes Commercial customers of 381,000 $1,997M TOTAL REVENUE $345M Adjusted EBITDA2 Impacted by both revenue declines and expense increases $804M $1,352M 1 Includes goodwill impairment of $276 million, loss on disposal of Northwest Operations of $30 million, and restructuring expenses of $27 million 2 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure – see Appendix for its calculation Asset sale of four Northwest states Closing anticipated by Q2 2020; Q3 revenue of $148 million Net loss1 Includes goodwill impairment of $276 million and an additional $30 million loss on sale of Northwest Operations


Slide 4

Broadband Unit Trends Fiber improvement reflects sequential increase in gross adds and slight sequential improvement in churn Copper losses reflect sequential churn increase partly offset by a sequential gross add increase Total Broadband (Consumer & Commercial) Consumer Copper Broadband Consumer Fiber Broadband Commercial Broadband Net Adds (000s) Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2019 2018 Q3


Slide 5

Customer Churn Trends Impact of customer save credit rolloffs has receded from Q2 levels Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q3 Q2 2019 2018 Increase in Q3 churn over prior year reflects a higher number of acquisition-related promotions rolling off


Slide 6

FINANCIAL REVIEW SHELDON BRUHA Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Agenda STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL REVIEW DANIEL McCARTHY President & Chief Executive Officer STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL REVIEW DANIEL McCARTHY President & Chief Executive Officer


Slide 7

Key Financial Highlights  ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Total Revenue $2,199 $2,162 $2,126 $2,124 $2,101 $2,067 $1,997 Customer $2,102 $2,065 $2,031 $2,030 $2,009 $1,972 $1,906 Subsidy $97 $97 $95 $94 $92 $95 $91 Net Income (Loss) $20 ($18) ($426) ($219) ($87) ($5,317) ($345) Net Cash Provided from Operating Activities $251 $672 $286 $603 $282 $575 $246 Adjusted Operating Expenses* $1,291 $1,278 $1,248 $1,229 $1,228 $1,185 $1,193 Adjusted EBITDA* $908 $884 $878 $895 $873 $882 $804 Adjusted EBITDA Margin* 41.3% 40.9% 41.3% 42.1% 41.6% 42.7% 40.3% CapEx $297 $321 $329 $245 $305 $275 $318 LTM Operating Free Cash Flow* $632 $721 $604 $620 $643 $592 $563 Q3 revenue declined 3.4% sequentially and 6.1% yr/yr Q3 operating expenses include a $10 million sequential increase driven by higher USF billing rates Goodwill impairment of $276 million and loss on asset sale of $30 million Operating FCF* of $563M for trailing four quarters * Adjusted Operating Expenses, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Operating Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures - see Appendix for their calculations


Slide 8

Product & Customer Revenue Data & Internet Services revenue sequential decline driven by wholesale Voice services revenue declines moderated because of a sequentially-higher USF rate Consumer revenue declined 2.5% sequentially Commercial revenue decline driven predominantly by wholesale, including a $17 million sequential reserve increase  ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Data & Internet Services $985 $973 $961 $959 $967 $963 $928 Voice Services $702 $682 $669 $668 $650 $629 $621 Video Services $280 $270 $260 $275 $268 $260 $244 Other $135 $140 $141 $128 $124 $120 $113 Total Customer Revenue $2,102 $2,065 $2,031 $2,030 $2,009 $1,972 $1,906 Consumer $1,128 $1,095 $1,069 $1,088 $1,077 $1,050 $1,024 Commercial $974 $970 $962 $942 $932 $922 $882 Total Customer Revenue $2,102 $2,065 $2,031 $2,030 $2,009 $1,972 $1,906 Subsidy Revenue $97 $97 $95 $94 $92 $95 $91 Total Revenue $2,199 $2,162 $2,126 $2,124 $2,101 $2,067 $1,997


Slide 9

Consumer ARPC Customers Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 ARPC Consumer ARPC decreased slightly sequentially Base management techniques continue to contribute positively, partly offsetting video declines 2018 Q3 2019 Q2 4.0M 4.1M 4.2M 4.2M 4.3M 3.9M 3.8M


Slide 10

Capital Spending Update Projects Completed & Underway FTTH Upgrade to 10 Gbps Complete--Enables 10 Gbps Ethernet, expanding 5G backhaul capacity, and Gigabit Consumer broadband CAF II: ~526K locations enabled with CAF II broadband Building FTTH to ~19K rural locations leveraging state funding sources Fixed wireless broadband builds continue in CAF areas Northwest operations sale preparation work added ~$3 million to Q3 capex spending $318M in CapEx Spent in 3Q 2019


Slide 11

Appendix


Slide 12

Safe Harbor Statement Forward-looking Language This earnings release contains "forward-looking statements," related to future events. Forward-looking statements address Frontier’s expected future business, financial performance, and financial condition, and contain words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "see," "may," "will," "would," or "target." Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For Frontier, particular uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different than those expressed in such forward-looking statements include: declines in revenue from Frontier’s voice services, switched and non-switched access and video and data services that it cannot stabilize or offset with increases in revenue from other products and services; Frontier’s ability to successfully implement strategic initiatives, including opportunities to enhance revenue and realize productivity improvements; Frontier’s ability to repay or refinance its debt through, among other things, accessing the capital markets, notes repurchases and/or redemptions, tender offers and exchange offers; adverse changes in the ratings given to Frontier’s debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations; covenants in Frontier’s indentures and credit agreements that may limit Frontier’s operational and financial flexibility as well as its ability to access the capital markets in the future; adverse changes in the credit markets, which could impact the availability and cost of financing; competition from cable, wireless and wireline carriers, satellite, and OTT companies, and the risk that Frontier will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; Frontier’s ability to successfully adjust to changes in the communications industry, including the effects of technological changes and competition on its capital expenditures, products and service offerings; risks related to disruptions in Frontier’s networks, infrastructure and information technology that may result in customer loss and/or incurrence of additional expenses; the impact of potential information technology or data security breaches or other cyber attacks or other disruptions; Frontier’s ability to retain or attract new customers and to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; Frontier’s ability to secure, continue to use or renew intellectual property and other licenses used in our business; Frontier’s ability to hire or retain key personnel; Frontier’s ability to realize anticipated benefits from recent acquisitions; Frontier’s ability to dispose of certain assets or asset groups on terms that are attractive to it, or at all; Frontier’s ability to effectively manage its operations, operating expenses, capital expenditures, debt service requirements and cash paid for income taxes and liquidity; Frontier’s ability to defend against litigation and potentially unfavorable results from current pending and future litigation; the effects of state regulatory requirements that could limit Frontier’s ability to transfer cash among its subsidiaries or dividend funds up to the parent company; the effects of governmental legislation and regulation on Frontier’s business; the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; government infrastructure projects that impact capital expenditures; continued reductions in switched access revenue as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal service funding or other subsidies to Frontier and its competitors; Frontier’s ability to meet its remaining CAF II funding obligations and the risk of penalties or obligations to return certain CAF II funds; Frontier’s ability to obtain future subsidies, including participation in the proposed RDOF program; Frontier’s ability to effectively manage service quality and meet mandated service quality metrics; the effects of changes in accounting policies or practices; the impact of potential future impairment charges with respect intangible assets or additional losses on assets held for sale; the effects of changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments, including the risk that such changes may benefit Frontier’s competitors more than it, as well as potential future decreases in the value of Frontier’s deferred tax assets; the effects of increased medical expenses and pension and postemployment expenses; Frontier’s ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts; changes in pension plan assumptions, interest rates, discount rates, regulatory rules and/or the value of Frontier’s pension plan assets, which could require Frontier to make increased contributions to its pension plans; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions in the markets that Frontier serves; the effects of severe weather events or other natural or man-made disasters, which may increase operating and capital expenses or adversely impact customer revenue; and the risks and other factors contained in Frontier’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent report on its Form 10-K and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual future results to be materially different than those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Frontier has no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements and does not undertake to do so.


Slide 13

Non-GAAP Financial Measures Frontier uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating its performance, including EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, operating free cash flow, and adjusted operating expenses, each of which is described below. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to (i) assist in analyzing Frontier's underlying financial performance from period to period, (ii) analyze and evaluate strategic and operational decisions, (iii) establish criteria for compensation decisions, and (iv) assist in the understanding of Frontier's ability to generate cash flow and, as a result, to plan for future capital and operational decisions. Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding Frontier’s financial condition and results of operations because these measures, when used in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures (i) provide a more comprehensive view of Frontier’s core operations and ability to generate cash flow, (ii) provide investors with the financial analytical framework upon which management bases financial, operational, compensation, and planning decisions and (iii) present measurements that investors and rating agencies have indicated to management are useful to them in assessing Frontier and its results of operations. A reconciliation of these measures to the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is included in the accompanying tables. These non-GAAP financial measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP, nor are they alternatives to GAAP measures and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) less income tax expense (benefit), interest expense, investment and other income (loss), pension settlement costs, gains/losses on extinguishment of debt, and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing EBITDA by total revenue. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA, as described above, adjusted to exclude certain pension/OPEB expenses, restructuring costs and other charges, stock-based compensation expense, goodwill impairment charges, and certain other non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing adjusted EBITDA by total revenue. Management uses EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin to assist it in comparing performance from period to period and as measures of operational performance. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information for investors in evaluating Frontier’s operational performance from period to period because they exclude depreciation and amortization expenses related to investments made in prior periods and are determined without regard to capital structure or investment activities. By excluding capital expenditures, debt repayments and dividends, among other factors, these non-GAAP financial measures have certain shortcomings. Management compensates for these shortcomings by utilizing these non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures. Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Frontier common shareholders and excludes restructuring costs and other charges, pension settlement costs, goodwill impairment charges, certain income tax items and the income tax effect of these items, and certain other non-recurring items. Adjusting for these items allows investors to better understand and analyze Frontier’s financial performance over the periods presented. Management defines operating free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, as net cash provided from operating activities less capital expenditures. Management uses operating free cash flow to assist it in comparing liquidity from period to period and to obtain a more comprehensive view of Frontier’s core operations and ability to generate cash flow. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is useful to investors in evaluating cash available to service debt and pay dividends. This non-GAAP financial measure has certain shortcomings; it does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, as items such as debt repayments and preferred stock dividends are not deducted in determining such measure. Management compensates for these shortcomings by utilizing this non-GAAP financial measure in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measure. Adjusted operating expenses is defined as operating expenses adjusted to exclude depreciation and amortization, restructuring and other charges, goodwill impairment charges, certain pension/OPEB expenses, stock-based compensation expense, and certain other non-recurring items. Investors have indicated that this non-GAAP measure is useful in evaluating Frontier’s performance. Leverage ratio is calculated as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the most recent four quarters. Investors have indicated that this non-GAAP measure is useful in evaluating Frontier’s debt levels. The information in this presentation should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in Frontier’s documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


Slide 14

 ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Net Income (Loss) 20 (18) (426) (219) (87) (5,317) (345) Add back (Subtract): Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 13 (20) (4) (51) 18 (534) (21) Interest Expense 374 385 389 388 379 383 382 Investment and Other (Income) Loss, Net (8) (5) (3) 3 9 9 10 Pension Settlement Costs - 25 9 7 - - - (Gain) Loss on Extinguishment of Debt (33) - 2 (1) 20 - - Operating Income (Loss) 366 367 (33) 127 339 (5,459) 26 Depreciation and Amortization 505 486 471 492 484 454 422 EBITDA $871 $853 $438 $619 $823 ($5,005) $448 Add back: Pension/OPEB Expense 22 23 21 19 20 19 20 Restructuring Costs and Other Charges 4 2 14 15 28 31 27 Stock-based Compensation Expense 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 Work Stoppage Costs 7 1 - - - - - Storm Related Insurance Proceeds - - - (3) (1) - - Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations - - - - - 384 30 Goodwill Impairment - - 400 241 - 5,449 276 Adjusted EBITDA $908 $884 $878 $895 $873 $882 $804 EBITDA Margin 39.6% 39.5% 20.6% 29.1% 39.1% -242.1% 22.4% Adjusted EBITDA Margin 41.3% 40.9% 41.3% 42.1% 41.6% 42.7% 40.3% Non-GAAP Financial Measures


Slide 15

Non-GAAP Financial Measures  ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Total Operating Expenses $1,833 $1,795 $2,159 $1,997 $1,762 $7,526 $1,971 Subtract: Depreciation and Amortization 505 486 471 492 484 454 422 Goodwill Impairment - - 400 241 - 5,449 276 Loss on disposal of Northwest Operations - - - - - 384 30 Pension/OPEB Expense 22 23 21 19 20 19 20 Restructuring Costs and Other Charges 4 2 14 15 28 31 27 Stock-based Compensation Expense 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 Work Stoppage Costs 7 1 - - - - - Storm Related Insurance Proceeds - - - (3) (1) - - Adjusted Operating Expenses $1,291 $1,278 $1,248 $1,229 $1,228 $1,185 $1,193


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Non-GAAP Financial Measures Quarterly Results  ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Net Cash Provided from Operating Activities $251 $672 $286 $603 $282 $575 $246 Capital Expenditures – Business Operations (297) (321) (329) (245) (305) (275) (318) Operating Free Cash Flow ($46) $351 ($43) $358 ($23) $300 ($72) Trailing Four Quarter Results  ($ in Millions) Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Net Cash Provided from Operating Activities $1,801 $1,944 $1,874 $1,812 $1,843 $1,746 $1,706 Capital Expenditures – Business Operations (1,136) (1,194) (1,255) (1,192) (1,200) (1,154) (1,143) Capital Expenditures – Integration (33) (29) (15) - - - - Operating Free Cash Flow $632 $721 $604 $620 $643 $592 $563


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Debt Maturity Schedule As of September 30, 2019 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031+ 1 Secured Debt includes Frontier’s Term Loan B and Revolving Credit Facility which will be subject to springing maturity under certain circumstances as described in Frontier’s SEC filings. 2 Letters of Credit issued under the Revolver decrease borrowing capacity but are not included in total indebtedness. Unsecured Debt Secured Debt1 $850M Revolving Credit Facility Drawn Revolver Balance Letters of Credit under Revolver2

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