Strong Growth in Wireless and U-verse Drives Revenue and Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth in AT&T's Fourth-Quarter Results

Full-Year 2012: Strong Earnings, Record Cash Flows, $23 Billion Returned to Shareowners

2013 Outlook: Solid Revenue Gains, EPS Growth in Upper-Single Digits with Continuing Free Cash Flow Strength

  • $(0.68) diluted EPS in the fourth quarter compared to $(1.12) diluted EPS in the year-ago period. Excluding significant items and adjusting for the sale of Advertising Solutions, EPS was $0.44 versus $0.40, up 10 percent year over year
  • For full-year 2012, excluding significant items and adjusting for the sale of Advertising Solutions, EPS was up 8.5 percent year over year
  • Consolidated revenues of $32.6 billion, up 0.2 percent versus reported results for the year-earlier period, and up 2.8 percent excluding Advertising Solutions and Superstorm Sandy impact
  • Record cash from operations of $39.2 billion and record free cash flow for full-year 2012
  • $4.4 billion in stock buybacks in the fourth quarter with 126.6 million shares repurchased; for the full year, the company repurchased 371 million shares, or about 6 percent of shares outstanding, for $12.8 billion
  • $23 billion returned to shareowners in 2012 through dividends and share repurchases

Record Smartphone Sales and Strong Wireless Postpaid Net Adds

  • Wireless revenues up 5.7 percent versus the year-ago quarter; wireless service revenues up 4.2 percent
  • 780,000 wireless postpaid net adds, largest increase in three years; 1.1 million increase in total net wireless subscribers
  • Record smartphone sales of 10.2 million, the most ever sold by any U.S. carrier; postpaid smartphone customer base now 47.1 million, up 2.5 million from third-quarter 2012
  • Smartphones 89 percent of postpaid phone sales
  • Postpaid wireless subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 1.9 percent to $64.98

Wireline Consumer Revenue Growth Accelerates

  • Wireline consumer revenue growth continues to accelerate, with revenues up 3.0 percent versus the year-earlier period, their strongest growth in more than four years
  • 36.3 percent growth in U-verse® revenues
  • 8.0 million total U-verse subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) in service; a net gain of 192,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 609,000 high speed Internet subscribers
  • Total wireline broadband data ARPU up more than 10 percent year over year

Note: AT&T's fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at www.att.com/investor.relations.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today reported fourth-quarter results highlighted by strong wireless revenue growth, record smartphone sales, the highest postpaid net adds in three years and accelerating consumer wireline revenue growth thanks to U-verse services.

"We had an excellent 2012," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. "We grew revenues, increased adjusted earnings per share by 8.5 percent and generated cash from operations at record levels. We used this cash to invest aggressively in the future of our business and returned $23 billion to shareowners through dividends and share repurchases.

"Looking ahead, our key growth platforms — mobile data, U-verse and strategic business services — all have good momentum with a lot of headroom," Stephenson said. "We're off to a strong start executing Project VIP, our plan to expand our high-growth platforms to millions more customers, and our 4G LTE network deployment is ahead of schedule, delivering outstanding performance."

Fourth-Quarter Financial Results

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.6 billion, up 0.2 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and up an even stronger 2.8 percent when excluding revenues primarily from the divested Advertising Solutions business unit as well as the impact of Superstorm Sandy.

Compared with results for the fourth quarter of 2011, operating expenses were $38.5 billion versus $41.5 billion; operating loss was $6.0 billion, compared to a loss of $9.0 billion; and AT&T's operating income margin was (18.3) percent, compared to (27.7) percent. Excluding previously noted adjustments, operating expenses were $28.4 billion, compared to an adjusted $27.5 billion in the year-ago quarter, up 3.3 percent; operating income was $4.2 billion, flat versus a year ago; and operating income margin was 12.9 percent.

Fourth-quarter 2012 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $(3.9) billion, or $(0.68) per diluted share, compared to $(6.7) billion, or $(1.12) per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter. Excluding adjustments of $(1.10) from the non-cash actuarial loss on benefit plans, $(0.02) from storm impacts and adjusted for Advertising Solutions, earnings per share was up 10 percent, $0.44 compared to an adjusted $0.40 in the year-ago quarter.

(The actuarial loss on benefit plans was driven by a reduction in the discount rate from 5.3 percent to 4.3 percent. While our investment returns were better than assumptions, they were not enough to offset the lower discount rate.)

Fourth-quarter 2012 cash from operating activities totaled $10.5 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $5.9 billion. Free cash flow — cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures — totaled $4.6 billion.

Full-Year Results

For full year 2012, compared with 2011 results, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $127.4 billion versus $126.7 billion; when excluding the divested Advertising Solutions business unit, revenues were up 2.4 percent for the year. Operating expenses were $114.4 billion, compared with $117.5 billion, down 2.6 percent; net income attributable to AT&T was $7.3 billion versus $3.9 billion; and earnings per diluted share was $1.25 compared with $0.66. Excluding adjustments for both years, earnings per share totaled $2.31, compared with $2.13, an increase of 8.5 percent.

AT&T's full-year cash from operating activities was a record $39.2 billion, up from $34.7 billion in 2011. Capital expenditures, including capitalized interest, totaled $19.7 billion versus $20.3 billion, including a 10.6 percent increase in wireless-related capital investment versus 2011, as AT&T aggressively deployed next-generation mobile broadband networks. Full-year free cash flow also was a record at $19.4 billion.

Share Repurchases

During the quarter, the company repurchased 126.6 million of its shares for $4.4 billion. AT&T has completed its initial 300 million share repurchase authorization and began buying back shares on its second 300 million share repurchase authorization. At the end of the quarter, about 229 million shares remained on the second authorization. In 2012, the company repurchased 371 million shares, or about 6 percent of outstanding shares, for $12.8 billion.

Outlook

AT&T is well positioned to deliver solid revenue and earnings per share growth with stable margins while returning substantial value to shareowners in 2013. At the same time, AT&T is investing in future growth with Project Velocity IP (Project VIP). In 2013, AT&T expects:

  • Consolidated revenue growth exceeding 2 percent with continuing strength in wireless service and wireline consumer revenues;
  • Earnings per share growth to be upper-single digits or higher;
  • Consolidated margins to be stable, with expanding wireless margins offsetting Project VIP investments;
  • Led by investments in Project VIP growth initiatives, capital spending to be in the $21 billion range with increased spending in wireless and stable wireline investments;
  • LTE build to cover 250 million or more of the U.S. population by yearend;
  • Free cash flow exceeding $14 billion: and
  • Completion of the company's 300 million share repurchase authorization as early as mid-year, depending upon market conditions.

2013 outlook assumes little improvement in the economy and is adjusted for impacts from the 2012 sale of Advertising Solutions and other adjustments including non-cash mark-to-market benefit-plan adjustments.

WIRELESS OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

AT&T delivered strong revenue growth, solid postpaid gains and record smartphone sales in the fourth quarter. Highlights included:

Wireless Revenues Continue Solid Growth. Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 5.7 percent year over year to $17.6 billion. Wireless service revenues increased 4.2 percent in the fourth quarter, to $14.9 billion. Wireless data revenues — driven by mobile Internet access, access to applications, messaging and related services — increased by 14.7 percent from the year-earlier quarter to $6.8 billion. Data revenue growth was slowed somewhat by the growth of Mobile Share plans. Fourth-quarter wireless operating expenses totaled $15.1 billion, up 6.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, driven by record smartphone volumes, and wireless operating income was $2.6 billion, down 1.2 percent year over year.

Strongest Postpaid Net Adds in Three Years. AT&T posted a net increase in total wireless subscribers of 1.1 million in the fourth quarter to reach 107.0 million in service. Subscriber additions for the quarter included postpaid net adds of 780,000, the best gain in 12 quarters. Connected device net adds were 246,000, and reseller net adds were 234,000. Prepaid had a net loss of 166,000 subscribers primarily due to declines in GoPhone and session-based tablets. Fourth-quarter postpaid net adds reflect accelerated adoption of smartphones, sales of tablets and growth in Mobile Premise services.

Branded computing subscribers, which are included in the previous categories, reached a total of 6.4 million, up 26 percent from a year ago. Branded computing devices includes tablets, tethering plans and other data-only devices. Branded computing sales also have been slowed by the introduction of Mobile Share plans, which include tethering. AT&T added almost 400,000 postpaid tablets in the quarter, with new subscribers and prepaid tablet subscribers migrating to postpaid plans.

Postpaid ARPU Increases. Postpaid subscriber ARPU increased 1.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $64.98. When adjusted for the Superstorm Sandy impact, postpaid ARPU grew 2.1 percent. This marked the 16th consecutive quarter AT&T has posted a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU.

Smartphones Represent 89 Percent of Postpaid Phone Sales. AT&T sold a record 10.2 million smartphones in the fourth quarter. Smartphones represented 86 percent of postpaid device sales and 89 percent of postpaid phone sales in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, 69.6 percent, or 47.1 million, of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers had smartphones, up from 58.5 percent, or 39.4 million, a year earlier. AT&T's ARPU for smartphones is twice that of non-smartphone subscribers, and about 90 percent of smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk®, Mobile Share or business plans. Churn levels for these subscribers are significantly lower than for other postpaid subscribers. About 55 percent of AT&T's postpaid smartphone customers now use a 4G-capable device.

In the quarter, the company activated a record 8.6 million iPhones, with 16 percent new to AT&T. The company also had its best-ever sales quarter for Android smartphones.

More than 6.6 Million Postpaid Subscribers on Mobile Share Plans. The number of subscribers on usage-based data plans (tiered data and Mobile Share plans) continues to increase. More than two-thirds, or 31.7 million, of all smartphone subscribers, are on usage-based data plans. This compares to 56 percent, or 22.1 million, a year ago and 31 percent two years ago. More than three-quarters of customers on tiered data plans have chosen the higher-priced plans.

Mobile Share plans continue to be popular. More than 6.6 million customers, or 9 percent of postpaid subscribers, have already signed up for Mobile Share plans. The number of Mobile Share accounts reached 2.2 million in the fourth quarter for an average of about three devices per account. Take rates on the higher-data plans continue to be much stronger than expected with more than a quarter of Mobile Share accounts 10 gigabytes or higher.

Postpaid Churn Down. For the fourth quarter, postpaid churn was 1.19 percent, down when compared to 1.21 percent in the year-ago fourth quarter. Total churn was 1.42 percent versus 1.39 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Record Smartphone Sales Impact Margins. In the fourth quarter, wireless margins reflected record-setting smartphone sales (800,000 more than fourth-quarter 2011), strong customer upgrade levels and the impact of Superstorm Sandy. This was offset in part by further revenue gains from the company's high-value smartphone subscribers and improved operating efficiencies. AT&T's fourth-quarter wireless operating income margin was 14.5 percent versus 15.5 percent in the year-earlier quarter, primarily driven by depreciation and amortization. AT&T's wireless EBITDA service margin was 29.1 percent, or about the same as 29.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Without the Superstorm Sandy impact, EBITDA service margin would have been nearly 30 percent. (EBITDA service margin is operating income before depreciation and amortization, divided by total service revenues.)

WIRELINE OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

AT&T's fourth-quarter wireline results were led by strong U-verse TV and high speed Internet gains and accelerating wireline consumer revenue growth. Highlights included:

Wireline Revenues Increase Sequentially. Total fourth-quarter wireline revenues were $14.9 billion, down 0.5 percent versus the year-earlier quarter but up 0.7 percent sequentially. Fourth-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.1 billion, down 0.9 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2011. AT&T's wireline operating income totaled $1.8 billion, up 1.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Positive consumer revenue trends helped to partially offset declines in revenues from business customers. Fourth-quarter wireline operating income margin was 12.0 percent, compared to 11.7 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

Consumer Revenue Growth Accelerating. Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.5 billion, an increase of 3.0 percent versus the fourth quarter a year ago and the strongest growth in more than four years. Continued strong growth in consumer IP data services in the fourth quarter more than offset lower revenues from voice and legacy products. The fourth quarter marked the tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues. For full-year 2012, consumer revenues were up 1.9 percent versus 2011.

U-verse continues to transform wireline consumer. IP revenues now represent 61 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 53 percent in the year-earlier quarter and 45 percent two years ago. Increased AT&T U-verse penetration and a significant number of subscribers purchasing multiple services drove 17.7 percent year-over-year growth in IP revenues from residential customers (broadband, U-verse TV and U-verse Voice) and 4.0 percent sequential growth. Total U-verse revenues grew 36.3 percent compared with the year-ago fourth quarter and were up 7.2 percent versus the third quarter of 2012.

Total U-verse Subscribers Reach 8 Million. Total U-verse subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) reached 8.0 million in the fourth quarter. U-verse TV added 192,000 subscribers to reach 4.5 million in service. U-verse High Speed Internet delivered a fourth-quarter net gain of 609,000 subscribers to reach a total of 7.7 million, helping offset losses from DSL, and for the first time, the company has more consumer U-verse High Speed Internet subscribers than DSL subscribers. Overall, AT&T wireline broadband subscribers were flat; however, total broadband ARPU was up more than 10 percent year over year.

Fifty-five percent of U-verse broadband subscribers have a plan delivering speeds up to 12 Mbps or higher — up from 46 percent in the year-ago quarter. About 90 percent of new U-verse TV customers also signed up for U-verse High Speed Internet in the fourth quarter. About 70 percent of AT&T U-verse TV subscribers take three or four services from AT&T. ARPU for U-verse triple-play customers was more than $170, up year over year. U-verse TV penetration of customer locations continues to grow and was at 18.7 percent at the end of the fourth quarter.

Strategic Business Services Lead Wireline Business. Total business revenues were $9.1 billion, down 2.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and up 0.6 percent from the third quarter of 2012. Business service revenues declined 2.3 percent year over year and were up slightly sequentially. Business revenues were impacted by a slow economy and weak government and business spending. Overall, declines in legacy products were partially offset by continued growth in strategic business services. Revenues from strategic business services, the next-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including Ethernet, VPN, hosting, IP conferencing and application services — grew 10.6 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, continuing trends in this area. Total business IP data revenues grew 2.4 percent year over year, continuing the transition from legacy data products to next-generation data services.

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NOTE: EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA differs from Segment Operating Income (loss), as calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. EBITDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. EBITDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

NOTE: Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus capital expenditures. We believe this metric provides useful information to our investors because management regularly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views it as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.

NOTE: Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Expenses, Adjusted Operating Revenues, Adjusted Operating Income Margin and Adjusted diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues, operating expenses and equity in net income of affiliates certain significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature, including dispositions. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends. Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Expenses, Adjusted Operating Revenues, Adjusted Operating Income Margin and Adjusted diluted EPS should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculations of Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted diluted EPS, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

                                   
Financial Data                                  
                                   
AT&T Inc.                                  
Consolidated Statements of Income                                  
Dollars in millions except per share amounts                                  
Unaudited   Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
      12/31/2012     12/31/2011   % Chg       12/31/2012     12/31/2011   % Chg
Operating Revenues                                  
Wireless service   $ 14,949     $ 14,347     4.2 %     $ 59,186     $ 56,726     4.3 %
Data     8,103       7,581     6.9 %       31,798       29,560     7.6 %
Voice     5,464       5,994     -8.8 %       22,619       25,126     -10.0 %
Directory     -       781     -         1,049       3,293     -68.1 %
Other     4,062       3,800     6.9 %       12,782       12,018     6.4 %
Total Operating Revenues     32,578       32,503     0.2 %       127,434       126,723     0.6 %
                                   
Operating Expenses                                  
Cost of services and sales (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)
    17,552       16,865     4.1 %       55,215       54,836     0.7 %
Selling, general and administrative     16,412       17,145     -4.3 %       41,079       41,382     -0.7 %
Impairment of intangible assets     -       2,910     -         -       2,910     -  
Depreciation and amortization     4,572       4,573     -         18,143       18,377     -1.3 %
Total Operating Expenses     38,536       41,493     -7.1 %       114,437       117,505     -2.6 %
Operating Income (Loss)     (5,958 )     (8,990 )   33.7 %       12,997       9,218     41.0 %
Interest Expense     820       952     -13.9 %       3,444       3,535     -2.6 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates     215       135     59.3 %       752       784     -4.1 %
Other Income (Expense) - Net     12       117     -89.7 %       134       249     -46.2 %
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes     (6,551 )     (9,690 )   32.4 %       10,439       6,716     55.4 %
Income Tax (Benefit) Expense     (2,772 )     (3,062 )   9.5 %       2,900       2,532     14.5 %
Net Income (Loss)     (3,779 )     (6,628 )   43.0 %       7,539       4,184     80.2 %
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest     (78 )     (50 )   -56.0 %       (275 )     (240 )   -14.6 %
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to AT&T   $ (3,857 )   $ (6,678 )   42.2 %     $ 7,264     $ 3,944     84.2 %
                                   
                                   
Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to AT&T   $ (0.68 )   $ (1.12 )   39.3 %     $ 1.25     $ 0.66     89.4 %
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (000,000)
    5,661       5,933     -4.6 %       5,801       5,928     -2.1 %
                                   
Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Attributable to AT&T   $ (0.68 )   $ (1.12 )   39.3 %     $ 1.25     $ 0.66     89.4 %
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding with Dilution (000,000)
    5,680       5,955     -4.6 %       5,821       5,950     -2.2 %
                                   
                                               
Financial Data                                              
                                               
AT&T Inc.                                              
Statements of Segment Income                                              
Dollars in millions                                              
Unaudited                                              
    Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
                                               
Wireless     12/31/2012     12/31/2011     % Chg       12/31/2012     12/31/2011   % Chg
Segment Operating Revenues                                              
Service   $ 14,949       $ 14,347       4.2 %     $ 59,186  
 
 
$
56,726       4.3 %
Equipment     2,693         2,349       14.6 %       7,577         6,489       16.8 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues     17,642         16,696       5.7 %       66,763         63,215       5.6 %
                                               
Segment Operating Expenses                                              
Operations and support     13,296         12,513       6.3 %       43,296         41,282       4.9 %
Depreciation and amortization     1,781         1,588       12.2 %       6,873         6,329       8.6 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses     15,077         14,101       6.9 %       50,169         47,611       5.4 %
Segment Operating Income     2,565         2,595       -1.2 %       16,594         15,604       6.3 %
Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Affiliates     (17 )       (10 )     -70.0 %       (62 )       (29 )     -  
Segment Income   $ 2,548       $ 2,585       -1.4 %     $ 16,532  
 
 
$
15,575       6.1 %
                                               
Segment Operating Income Margin     14.5  
%
 
 
15.5   %             24.9   %     24.7   %      
                                               
Wireline                                              
Segment Operating Revenues                                              
Data   $ 8,103       $ 7,581       6.9 %     $ 31,798  
 
 
$
29,560       7.6 %
Voice     5,464         5,994       -8.8 %       22,619         25,126       -10.0 %
Other     1,355         1,429       -5.2 %       5,150         5,454       -5.6 %
Total Segment Operating Revenues     14,922         15,004       -0.5 %       59,567         60,140       -1.0 %
                                               
Segment Operating Expenses                                              
Operations and support     10,354         10,354       -         41,207         41,360       -0.4 %
Depreciation and amortization     2,775         2,889       -3.9 %       11,123         11,615       -4.2 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses     13,129         13,243       -0.9 %       52,330         52,975       -1.2 %
Segment Operating Income     1,793         1,761       1.8 %       7,237         7,165       1.0 %
Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Affiliates     (1 )       -       -         (2 )       -       -  
Segment Income   $ 1,792       $ 1,761       1.8 %     $ 7,235  
 
 
$
7,165       1.0 %
                                               
Segment Operating Income Margin     12.0  
%
 
 
11.7   %             12.1   %     11.9   %      
                                               
Advertising Solutions                                              
Segment Operating Revenues   $ -       $ 781       -       $ 1,049  
 
 
$
3,293       -68.1 %
                                               
Segment Operating Expenses                                              
Operations and support     -         558       -         773         2,265       -65.9 %
Impairment of Intangible Assets     -         2,910       -         -         2,910       -  
Depreciation and amortization     -         85       -         106         386       -72.5 %
Total Segment Operating Expenses     -         3,553       -         879         5,561       -84.2 %
Segment Income (Loss)   $ -       $ (2,772 )     -       $ 170  
 
 
$
(2,268 )     -  
                                               
Segment Income Margin     -         -                 16.2   %     (68.9 ) %      
                                               
Other                                              
Segment Operating Revenues   $ 14       $ 22       -36.4 %     $ 55  
 
 
$
75       -26.7 %
Segment Operating Expenses     336         4,316       -92.2 %       1,065         5,078       -79.0 %
Segment Operating Income (Loss)     (322 )       (4,294 )     92.5 %       (1,010 )       (5,003 )     79.8 %
Equity in Net Income of Affiliates     233         145       60.7 %       816         813       0.4 %
Segment Income (Loss)   $ (89 )     $ (4,149 )     97.9 %     $ (194 )
 
 
$
(4,190 )     95.4 %
                                                       
             
Financial Data            
             
AT&T Inc.            
Consolidated Balance Sheets            
Dollars in millions except per share amounts            
Unaudited  
December 31,
      2012     2011
             
Assets            
Current Assets            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,868     $ 3,045  
Accounts receivable - net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $547 and $878
    12,657       13,231  
Prepaid expenses     1,035       1,102  
Deferred income taxes     1,036       1,470  
Other current assets     3,110       4,137  
Total current assets     22,706       22,985  
Property, Plant and Equipment - Net     109,767       107,087  
Goodwill     69,773       70,842  
Licenses     52,352       51,374  
Customer Lists and Relationships - Net     1,391       2,757  
Other Intangible Assets - Net     5,032       5,212  
Investments in and Advances to Equity Affiliates     4,581       3,718  
Other Assets     6,713       6,467  
Total Assets   $ 272,315     $ 270,442  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current Liabilities            
Debt maturing within one year   $ 3,486     $ 3,453  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     20,911       19,956  
Advanced billing and customer deposits     3,808       3,872  
Accrued taxes     1,026       1,003  
Dividends payable     2,556       2,608  
Total current liabilities     31,787       30,892  
Long-Term Debt     66,358       61,300  
Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities            
Deferred income taxes     28,491       25,748  
Postemployment benefit obligation     41,392       34,011  
Other noncurrent liabilities     11,592       12,694  
Total deferred credits and other noncurrent liabilities     81,475       72,453  
Stockholders' Equity            
Common stock     6,495       6,495  
Additional paid-in capital     91,038       91,156  
Retained earnings     22,481       25,453  
Treasury stock     (32,888 )     (20,750 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     5,236       3,180  
Noncontrolling interest     333       263  
Total stockholders' equity     92,695       105,797  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 272,315     $ 270,442  
                 
                   
Financial Data                  
                   
AT&T Inc.                  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                  
Dollars in millions                  
Unaudited                  
      2012     2011     2010
                   
Operating Activities                  
Net income   $ 7,539     $ 4,184     $ 20,179  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
                 
Depreciation and amortization     18,143       18,377       19,379  
Undistributed earnings from investments in equity affiliates     (615 )     (623 )     (603 )
Provision for uncollectible accounts     1,117       1,136       1,334  
Deferred income tax expense and noncurrent unrecognized tax benefits
    1,285       2,937       (3,280 )
Net (gain) loss from sale of investments, net of impairments     (19 )     (89 )     (802 )
Impairment of intangible assets     -       2,910       85  
Remeasurement of pension and postretirement benefits     9,994       6,280       2,521  
Income from discontinued operations     -       -       (779 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                  
Accounts receivable     (1,365 )     (1,164 )     (101 )
Other current assets     1,017       (397 )     (185 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     1,798       (341 )     (1,230 )
Retirement benefit funding     -       (1,000 )     -  
Other - net     282       2,533       (1,296 )
Total adjustments     31,637       30,559       15,043  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
    39,176       34,743       35,222  
                   
Investing Activities                  
Construction and capital expenditures:                  
Capital expenditures     (19,465 )     (20,110 )     (19,530 )
Interest during construction     (263 )     (162 )     (772 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (828 )     (2,368 )     (2,906 )
Dispositions     812       1,301       1,830  
Sales (purchases) of securities, net     65       62       (100 )
Other     (1 )     27       29  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (19,680 )     (21,250 )     (21,449 )
                   
Financing Activities                  
Net change in short-term borrowings with original maturities of three months or less
    1       (1,625 )     1,592  
Issuance of long-term debt     13,486       7,936       2,235  
Repayment of long-term debt     (8,733 )     (7,574 )     (9,294 )
Purchase of treasury stock     (12,752 )     -       -  
Issuance of treasury stock     477       237       50  
Dividends paid     (10,241 )     (10,172 )     (9,916 )
Other     89       (451 )     (516 )
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
    (17,673 )     (11,649 )     (15,849 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     1,823       1,844       (2,076 )
Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year     3,045       1,201       3,277  
Cash and Cash Equivalents End of Year   $ 4,868     $ 3,045     $ 1,201  
                   
                           
Financial Data                          
                             
AT&T Inc.                          
Supplementary Operating and Financial Data                      
Dollars in millions except per share amounts, subscribers and connections in (000s)    
Unaudited   Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
      12/31/2012   12/31/2011   % Chg     12/31/2012   12/31/2011   % Chg
                             
Wireless                          
Volumes                          
  Total                 106,957     103,247     3.6 %
  Postpaid                 70,497     69,309     1.7 %
  Prepaid                 7,328     7,225     1.4 %
  Reseller                 14,875     13,644     9.0 %
  Connected Devices                 14,257     13,069     9.1 %
                             
Wireless Net Adds                          
  Total   1,094     2,497     -56.2 %     3,764     7,699     -51.1 %
  Postpaid   780     717     8.8 %     1,438     1,429     0.6 %
  Prepaid   (166 )   159     -       128     674     -81.0 %
  Reseller   234     592     -60.5 %     1,027     1,874     -45.2 %
  Connected Devices   246     1,029     -76.1 %     1,171     3,722     -68.5 %
  M&A Activity, Partitioned Customers and Other Adjs.   (8 )   12     -       (54 )   12     -  
                             
Wireless Churn                          
  Postpaid Churn   1.19 %   1.21 %   -2 BP     1.09 %   1.18 %   -9 BP
  Total Churn   1.42 %   1.39 %   3 BP     1.35 %   1.37 %   -2 BP
                             
Other                          
  Branded Computing Subscribers1                 6,429     5,105     25.9 %
  Licensed POPs (000,000)                 313     313     -  
                             
Wireline                          
Voice                          
  Total Wireline Voice Connections                 34,792     39,012     -10.8 %
  Net Change   (1,029 )   (1,086 )   5.2 %     (4,220 )   (4,551 )   7.3 %
                             
Broadband                          
  Total Wireline Broadband Connections                 16,390     16,427     -0.2 %
 
Net Change2
  (2 )   (49 )   95.9 %     (37 )   118     -  
                             
Video                          
  U-verse                 4,536     3,791     19.7 %
  Satellite                 1,600     1,765     -9.3 %
  Total Video Connections                 6,136     5,556     10.4 %
  Net Change   159     164     -3.0 %     580     639     -9.2 %
                             
Consumer Revenue Connections                          
  Broadband3                 14,531     14,492     0.3 %
  Video Connections4                 6,114     5,542     10.3 %
  Voice5                 18,614     21,232     -12.3 %
Total Consumer Revenue Connections                 39,259     41,266     -4.9 %
  Net Change   (418 )   (586 )   28.7 %     (2,007 )   (2,161 )   7.1 %
                             
AT&T Inc.                          
  Construction and capital expenditures                          
  Capital expenditures   $ 5,846     $ 5,485     6.6 %     $ 19,465     $ 20,110     -3.2 %
  Interest during construction   $ 66     $ 43     53.5 %     $ 263     $ 162     62.3 %
  Dividends Declared per Share   $ 0.45     $ 0.44     2.3 %     $ 1.77     $ 1.73     2.3 %
  End of Period Common Shares Outstanding (000,000)             5,581     5,927     -5.8 %
  Debt Ratio6                 43.0 %   38.0 %   500 BP
  Total Employees                 241,810     256,420     -5.7 %
                             
1
Branded Computing Subscribers includes tablets, tethering plans, aircards, mobile Wi-Fi hot spots and other data-only devices.
2
Prior year amounts restated to conform to current period reporting methodology.
3
Consumer wireline broadband connections include DSL lines, U-verse High Speed Internet access and satellite broadband.
4
Video connections include sales under agency agreements with EchoStar and DirecTV customers and U-verse connections.
5
Includes consumer U-verse Voice over Internet Protocol connections of 2,905 as of December 31, 2012.
6
Total long-term debt plus debt maturing within one year divided by total debt plus total stockholders' equity.
 
Note: For the end of 4Q12, total switched access lines were 31,887, retail business switched access lines totaled 14,274, and wholesale and coin switched access lines totaled 1,904.
   
                               
Financial Data                              
                               
AT&T Inc.                              
Non-GAAP Wireless Reconciliation                              
Wireless Segment EBITDA                          
Dollars in millions                              
Unaudited                              
    Three Months Ended  
 
Twelve Months Ended
    12/31/11   3/31/12   6/30/12   9/30/12   12/31/12     12/31/11   12/31/12
                               
Segment Operating Revenues                              
Service   $ 14,347     $ 14,566     $ 14,765     $ 14,906     $ 14,949       $ 56,726     $ 59,186  
Equipment     2,349       1,570       1,588       1,726       2,693         6,489       7,577  
Total Segment Operating Revenues     16,696       16,136       16,353       16,632       17,642         63,215       66,763  
                               
Segment Operating Expenses                              
Operations and support     12,513       9,978       9,590       10,432       13,296         41,282       43,296  
Depreciation and amortization     1,588       1,666       1,696       1,730       1,781         6,329       6,873  
Total Segment Operating Expenses     14,101       11,644       11,286       12,162       15,077         47,611       50,169  
                               
Segment Operating Income     2,595       4,492       5,067       4,470       2,565         15,604       16,594  
Segment Operating Income Margin     15.5 %     27.8 %     31.0 %     26.9 %     14.5 %       24.7 %     24.9 %
                               
Plus: Depreciation and amortization     1,588       1,666       1,696       1,730       1,781         6,329       6,873  
EBITDA     4,183       6,158       6,763       6,200       4,346         21,933       23,467  
EBITDA as a % of Service Revenue     29.2 %     42.3 %     45.8 %     41.6 %     29.1 %       38.7 %     39.6 %
                               
EBITDA is defined as Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization. Annual Service EBITDA Margin is calculated as the sum of quarterly EBITDA divided by the sum of quarterly Service Revenues.
 
               
Financial Data              
               
AT&T Inc.              
Non-GAAP Wireless Reconciliation              
Wireless Segment Adjusted EBITDA              
Dollars in millions              
Unaudited              
    Three Months Ended
 
Twelve Months Ended
        12/31/12     12/31/12
               
Reported Service Revenues       $ 14,949     $ 59,186
Adjustments:              
Storm Impacts         22       22
Total Adjusted Service Revenues       $ 14,971     $ 59,208
               
EBITDA       $ 4,346     $ 23,467
Adjustments:              
Storm Impacts         128       128
Adjusted EBITDA       $ 4,474     $ 23,595
Adjusted EBITDA as a % of Adjusted Service Revenues         29.9%       39.9%
               
EBITDA is defined as Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization. Annual Service EBITDA Margin is calculated as the sum of quarterly EBITDA divided by the sum of quarterly Service Revenues.
 
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by excluding from operating revenues and operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that this measure provides relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.
 
Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of EBITDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 
                 
Financial Data                
                 
AT&T Inc.                
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation                
Free Cash Flow                
Dollars in Millions                
Unaudited                
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 7,489     $ 10,520     $ 34,743     $ 39,176  
                 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures     (5,528 )     (5,912 )     (20,272 )     (19,728 )
                 
Free Cash Flow   $ 1,961     $ 4,608     $ 14,471     $ 19,448  
                 
                 
                 
                 
Free Cash Flow after Dividends                
Dollars in Millions                
Unaudited                
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 7,489     $ 10,520     $ 34,743     $ 39,176  
                 
Less: Construction and capital expenditures     (5,528 )     (5,912 )     (20,272 )     (19,728 )
                 
Free Cash Flow     1,961       4,608       14,471       19,448  
                 
Less: Dividends paid     (2,545 )     (2,503 )     (10,172 )     (10,241 )
                 
Free Cash Flow After Dividends   $ (584 )   $ 2,105     $ 4,299     $ 9,207  
                 
Free cash flow includes reimbursements of certain postretirement benefits paid.
 
Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus construction and capital expenditures. Free cash flow after dividends is defined as cash from operations minus construction, capital expenditures and dividends. We believe these metrics provide useful information to our investors because management regularly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views free cash flow as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.
 
                     
Financial Data                    
                     
AT&T Inc.                    
Non-GAAP Consolidated Reconciliation                    
Net-Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA Ratio                    
Dollars in millions                    
Unaudited                    
    Three Months Ended    
    3/31/12   6/30/12   9/30/12   12/31/12   2012
                     
Operating Revenues   $ 31,822   $ 31,575   $ 31,459   $ 32,578     $ 127,434
Operating Expenses     25,721     24,758     25,422     38,536       114,437
Total Operating Income     6,101     6,817     6,037     (5,958 )     12,997
Add Back Depreciation and Amortization     4,560     4,499     4,512     4,572       18,143
Consolidated Reported EBITDA     10,661     11,316     10,549     (1,386 )     31,140
Add Back:                    
Actuarial Loss on Benefit Plan                 9,994       9,994
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA*     10,661     11,316     10,549     8,608       41,134
End-of-period current debt                     3,486
End-of-period long-term debt                     66,358
Total End-of-Period Debt                     69,844
Less Cash and Cash Equivalents                     4,868
Net Debt Balance                     64,976
                     
Net-Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA Ratio                     1.58
                     
                     
*Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of the benefit plan actuarial loss in order to better represent AT&T's operational performance.
 
Adjusted EBITDA excludes all actuarial losses ($10 billion loss in 2012) associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans, which we immediately recognize in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains/losses. As a result, the Adjusted EBITDA reflects an expected return on plan assets of $4.3 billion (based on an average expected return on plan assets of 8.25%), rather than the actual return on plan assets of $6.3 billion (actual return of 12.1%), as included in the GAAP measure of income.
 
Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 
                 
Financial Data                
                 
AT&T Inc.                
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation                
Adjusted Operating Revenues                
Dollars in Millions                
Unaudited                
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
Reported Operating Revenues   $ 32,503     $ 32,578     $ 126,723     $ 127,434  
Adjustments:                
Removal of Advertising Solutions     (781 )     -       (3,293 )     (1,049 )
Storm Impacts     -       27       -       27  
Adjusted Operating Revenues   $ 31,722     $ 32,605     $ 123,430     $ 126,412  
Year-over-year growth - Adjusted
        2.8 %         2.4 %
                 
                 
Adjusted Operating Revenues is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by excluding from operating revenues significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature, including dispositions. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.
                 
Adjusted Operating Revenues should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculations of Adjusted Operating Revenues may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
                 
                 
                 
Adjusted Operating Income                
Dollars in Millions                
Unaudited                
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
Reported Operating Income   $ (8,990 )   $ (5,958 )   $ 9,218     $ 12,997  
Adjustments:                
Removal of Advertising Solutions     2,772       -       2,268       (170 )
Storm Impacts     -       176       -       176  
Actuarial Loss on Benefit Plan     6,280       9,994       6,280       9,994  
Termination of T-Mobile Acquisition     4,181       -       4,181       -  
                 
Adjusted Operating Income   $ 4,243     $ 4,212     $ 21,947     $ 22,997  
Year-over-year growth - Adjusted         -0.7 %         4.8 %
                 
                 
Adjusted Operating Income is a non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues and operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that this measure provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.
 
Adjusted Operating Income excludes all actuarial losses ($10 billion loss in 2012) associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans, which we immediately recognize in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains/losses. As a result, the Adjusted Operating Income reflects an expected return on plan assets of $4.3 billion (based on an average expected return on plan assets of 8.25%), rather than the actual return on plan assets of $6.3 billion (actual return of 12.1%), as included in the GAAP measure of income.
 
Adjusted Operating Income should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted Operating Income, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 
                 
Financial Data                
                 
AT&T Inc.                
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation                
Adjusted Operating Expenses                
Dollars in Millions                
Unaudited                
            Three Months Ended
            December 31,
            2011   2012
Reported Operating Expenses           $ 41,493     $ 38,536  
Adjustments:                
Removal of Advertising Solutions             (3,553 )     -  
Storm Impacts             -       (149 )
Actuarial Loss on Benefit Plan             (6,280 )     (9,994 )
Termination of T-Mobile Acquisition             (4,181 )     -  
                 
Adjusted Operating Expenses           $ 27,479     $ 28,393  
Year-over-year growth - Adjusted                 3.3 %
                 
                 
Adjusted Operating Expenses is a non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating expenses significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature. Management believes that this measure provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.
 
Adjusted Operating Expenses excludes all actuarial losses ($10 billion loss in 2012) associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans, which we immediately recognize in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains/losses. As a result, the Adjusted Operating Expenses reflects an expected return on plan assets of $4.3 billion (based on an average expected return on plan assets of 8.25%), rather than the actual return on plan assets of $6.3 billion (actual return of 12.1%), as included in the GAAP measure of income.
 
Adjusted Operating Expenses should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted Operating Expenses, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 
                 
Financial Data                
                 
AT&T Inc.                
Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation                
Adjusted Diluted EPS                
Unaudited                
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2011   2012   2011   2012
Reported Diluted EPS   $ (1.12 )   $ (0.68 )   $ 0.66     $ 1.25  
Significant Items:                
Removal of Advertising Solutions     0.46       -       0.41       (0.03 )
Storm Impacts     -       0.02       -       0.02  
Actuarial Loss on Benefit Plan     0.65       1.10       0.65       1.07  
Termination of T-Mobile Acquisition     0.44       -       0.44       -  
Tax Adjustments     (0.03 )     -       (0.03 )     -  
Adjusted Diluted EPS   $ 0.40     $ 0.44     $ 2.13     $ 2.31  
Year-over-year growth - Adjusted         10.0 %         8.5 %
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding with Dilution (000,000)
    5,955       5,680       5,950       5,821  
                 
Adjusted diluted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated by excluding from operating revenues, operating expenses and equity in net income of affiliates certain significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature, including dispositions. Management believes that this measure provides relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.
 
Adjusted diluted EPS excludes all actuarial losses ($10 billion loss in 2012) associated with our pension and postemployment benefit plans, which we immediately recognize in the income statement, pursuant to our accounting policy for the recognition of actuarial gains/losses. As a result, the Adjusted diluted EPS reflects an expected return on plan assets of $4.3 billion (based on an average expected return on plan assets of 8.25%), rather than the actual return on plan assets of $6.3 billion (actual return of 12.1%), as included in the GAAP measure of income.
 
Adjusted diluted EPS should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted diluted EPS, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
 

EBITDA DISCUSSION

For AT&T, EBITDA is defined as operating income before depreciation and amortization. EBITDA service margin is calculated as EBITDA divided by service revenues. EBITDA differs from Segment Operating Income (Loss), as calculated in accordance with GAAP, in that it excludes depreciation and amortization. EBITDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. EBITDA is not presented as an alternative measure of operating results or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Our calculation of EBITDA, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

We believe these measures are relevant and useful information to our investors as they are part of AT&T Mobility's internal management reporting and planning processes and are important metrics that AT&T Mobility's management uses to evaluate the operating performance of its regional operations. These measures are used by management as a gauge of AT&T Mobility's success in acquiring, retaining and servicing subscribers because we believe these measures reflect AT&T Mobility's ability to generate and grow subscriber revenues while providing a high level of customer service in a cost-effective manner. Management also uses these measures as a method of comparing AT&T Mobility's performance with that of many of its competitors. The financial and operating metrics which affect EBITDA include the key revenue and expense drivers for which AT&T Mobility's operating managers are responsible and upon which we evaluate their performance.

EBITDA does not give effect to cash used for debt service requirements and thus does not reflect available funds for distributions, reinvestment or other discretionary uses. EBITDA excludes other income (expense) – net, net income attributable to noncontrolling interest and equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, as these do not reflect the operating results of AT&T Mobility's subscriber base and its national footprint that AT&T Mobility utilizes to obtain and service its customers. Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates represents AT&T Mobility's proportionate share of the net income (loss) of affiliates in which it exercises significant influence, but does not control. As AT&T Mobility does not control these entities, our management excludes these results when evaluating the performance of our primary operations. EBITDA excludes interest expense and the provision for income taxes. Excluding these items eliminates the expenses associated with its capitalization and tax structures. Finally, EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization, in order to eliminate the impact of capital investments.

We believe EBITDA as a percentage of service revenues to be a more relevant measure of AT&T Mobility's operating margin than EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue. AT&T Mobility generally subsidizes a portion of its handset sales, all of which are recognized in the period in which AT&T Mobility sells the handset. This results in a disproportionate impact on its margin in that period. Management views this equipment subsidy as a cost to acquire or retain a subscriber, which is recovered through the ongoing service revenue that is generated by the subscriber. AT&T Mobility also uses service revenues to calculate margin to facilitate comparison, both internally and externally with its competitors, as they calculate their margins using service revenues as well.

There are material limitations to using these non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA and EBITDA service margin, as we have defined them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Furthermore, these performance measures do not take into account certain significant items, including depreciation and amortization, interest expense, tax expense and equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, which directly affect AT&T Mobility's net income. Management compensates for these limitations by carefully analyzing how its competitors present performance measures that are similar in nature to EBITDA as we present it, and considering the economic effect of the excluded expense items independently as well as in connection with its analysis of net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and EBITDA service margin should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

FREE CASH FLOW DISCUSSION

Free cash flow is defined as cash from operations minus construction and capital expenditures. Free cash flow after dividends is defined as cash from operations minus construction, capital expenditures and dividends. Free cash flow yield is defined as cash from continuing operations less construction and capital expenditures as a percentage of market capitalization computed on the last trading day of the quarter. Market capitalization is computed by multiplying the end of period stock price by the end of period shares outstanding. We believe these metrics provide useful information to our investors because management monthly reviews free cash flow as an important indicator of how much cash is generated by normal business operations, including capital expenditures, and makes decisions based on it. Management also views it as a measure of cash available to pay debt and return cash to shareowners.

ADJUSTING ITEMS DISCUSSION

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Expenses, Adjusted Operating Revenues, Adjusted Operating Income Margin and Adjusted diluted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures calculated by excluding from operating revenues, operating expenses and equity in net income of affiliates certain significant items that are non-operational or non-recurring in nature, including dispositions. Management believes that these measures provide relevant and useful information to investors and other users of our financial data in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends.

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Operating Expenses, Adjusted Operating Revenues, Adjusted Operating Income Margin and Adjusted diluted EPS should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Our calculations of Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted diluted EPS, as presented, may differ from similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Contact:

AT&T Inc.
McCall Butler, 917-209-5792
mb8191@att.com