CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As previously announced, U.S. Cellular will hold a teleconference Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. CST. Listen to the live call via the Conference Calls page of www.teldta.com or www.uscellular.com.
United States Cellular Corporation /quotes/zigman/244512/quotes/nls/usm USM -3.67% reported service revenues of $1,008.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, versus $1,030.0 million for the comparable period one year ago. Net loss attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders was $39.6 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2011, net income attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders was $2.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.
As previously announced on Nov. 7, 2012, U.S. Cellular reached a definitive agreement to sell its Chicago, St. Louis, central Illinois and three other markets (the "Divestiture Markets") to subsidiaries of Sprint Nextel Corporation /quotes/zigman/240259/quotes/nls/s S +0.17% for $480 million (the "Divestiture Transaction"). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in mid-2013. In the fourth quarter of 2012, U.S. Cellular's operating income was reduced by $44.5 million due to divestiture-related costs, including a $10.7 million write-down of assets, $12.6 million in employee-related costs, including severance, and $20 million in accelerated depreciation, amortization and accretion.
The table below provides pro forma performance highlights for U.S. Cellular's Total Consolidated Markets, Divestiture Markets, and Core Markets for the fourth quarter of 2012. Core Markets are the markets that U.S. Cellular will continue to own upon completion of the Divestiture Transaction.
($ in millions except ARPU) Total Consolidated Divestiture Markets Core Markets (1) Markets (1) Postpaid gross additions 241,000 23,000 218,000 Postpaid churn 1.83% 3.35% 1.67% Postpaid net additions (losses) (41,000) (25,000) (16,000) Prepaid net additions (losses) 37,000 (1,000) 38,000 Service revenues (1) $1,008.9 $101.4 $907.5 Postpaid ARPU (1) $54.56 $60.91 $53.92
(1) Total Consolidated Markets amounts represent GAAP financial measures and Divestiture Markets and Core Markets amounts represent non-GAAP financial measures. U.S. Cellular believes that the amounts under Divestiture Markets and Core Markets may be useful to investors and other users of its financial information.
The following table highlights the performance of the Core Markets for the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2011.
% ($ in millions except ARPU) Q4 2012 Q4 2011 Change Postpaid gross additions 218,000 209,000 4% Postpaid churn 1.67% 1.48% (13%) Postpaid net additions (losses) (16,000) (2,000) (>100%) Prepaid net additions 38,000 6,000 >100% Retail net additions 22,000 4,000 >100% Service revenues (1) $907.5 $917.5 (1%) Postpaid ARPU (1) $53.92 $52.62 2% Smartphones sold as % of total devices 62.9% 52.6% 20% 4G/LTE smartphones as % of total smartphones sold 75% 0% >100% Capital expenditures (1) $241 $253 (5%) Cell sites in service 6,292 6,154 2% Owned towers 3,847 3,755 2%
(1) The Core Markets amounts for Q4 2012 and Q4 2011 represent non-GAAP financial measures. U.S. Cellular believes that the amounts under Core Markets may be useful to investors and other users of its financial information.
"Our aggressive sales and marketing strategies in the fourth quarter drove a strong increase in smartphone penetration, and encouraged more customers in more markets to migrate to 4G LTE," said Mary N. Dillon, U.S. Cellular president and CEO. "The announcement of the Divestiture Transaction resulted in an anticipated increase in postpaid churn and lower net additions in the Divestiture Markets. In our Core Markets, however, we had positive net retail additions in the quarter. The improved results were driven by prepaid additions, as postpaid additions continued to be negatively impacted by elevated churn.
"Smartphones were 63 percent of the devices we sold in our Core Markets during the quarter, and the number of 4G LTE smartphones sold nearly doubled from the third quarter. Although revenue from customers increased, overall service revenues declined due to reduced regulatory support revenues and lower roaming revenues as a result of lower negotiated rates. The lower negotiated rates also had a positive effect on roaming expense. Profitability was impacted by the lower service revenues and higher subsidies for 4G LTE smartphones in particular. As customers migrate to the more efficient 4G LTE network, we expect longer-term benefits, including growth in ARPU and lower capital expenditures for our legacy networks."
"We are moving forward rapidly on our strategies to differentiate our outstanding customer experience even further from our competitors. We're integrating and enhancing all of our channels to provide seamless shopping, and looking for more opportunities to expand distribution and be where our customers want to shop. As we continue to invest in our future through expanded 4G LTE access and devices, as well as the implementation of our new billing and operational system, we're also simplifying our operations and processes to increase efficiency and reduce complexity and cost.
"As we move through the regulatory approval process for the Divestiture Transaction, we're maintaining high-quality service and support for our customers in these markets, helping many of our associates to transition to new roles at U.S. Cellular, and preparing for a smooth transition later in 2013."
U.S. Cellular's estimates of full-year 2013 results are shown below. Such estimates represent U.S. Cellular's views as of the date of filing of U.S. Cellular's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Such forward--looking statements should not be assumed to be current as of any future date. U.S. Cellular undertakes no duty to update such information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. There can be no assurance that final results will not differ materially from such estimated results.
U.S. Cellular has changed the measures which it uses to present estimates of operating results. U.S. Cellular previously presented Adjusted OIBDA, defined as operating income excluding the effects of: depreciation, amortization and accretion (OIBDA); the loss on impairment of assets; and the net gain or loss on asset disposals and exchanges. U.S. Cellular believes Adjusted income before income taxes, as defined below, is a measure which provides a more comprehensive and meaningful view of U.S. Cellular's recurring results of operations.
2013 Estimated Results (1) Core Divestiture U.S. Cellular Markets (2) Markets (2)(3) Consolidated (2)(3) (Dollars in millions) Service revenues $3,600 - $3,700 $165 - $185 $3,765 - $3,885 Adjusted income before income taxes (4) $765 - $865 $15 - $35 $780 - $900 Capital expenditures Approx. $600 -- Approx. $600
(1) These estimates are based on U.S. Cellular's current plans, which include a multi-year deployment of 4G LTE technology which commenced in 2011. New developments or changing conditions (such as, but not limited to, regulatory developments, customer net growth, customer demand for data services or possible acquisitions, dispositions or exchanges) could affect U.S. Cellular's plans and, therefore, its 2013 estimated results. (2) The U.S. Cellular Consolidated amounts represent GAAP financial measures and include the results of both the Core Markets and the Divestiture Markets. As used herein, "Core Markets" represents U.S. Cellular's total Consolidated Markets excluding the Divestiture Markets. The Core Markets and Divestiture Markets amounts represent non-GAAP financial measures. U.S. Cellular believes that the Core Markets and Divestiture Markets amounts may be useful to investors and other users of its financial information in evaluating the pro forma results for the Core Markets. (3) These estimates assume the Divestiture Transaction closes July 1, 2013. Actual effects could vary significantly from these estimates as a result of a change in the expected timing of the Divestiture Transaction. (4) Adjusted income before income taxes is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as income before: Income taxes, Depreciation, amortization and accretion, net Gain or loss on sale of business and other exit costs, and Interest expense. Adjusted income before income taxes is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Income before income taxes as an indicator of the Company's operating performance or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. U.S. Cellular believes Adjusted income before income taxes is a meaningful measure of U.S. Cellular's operating results before significant recurring non-cash charges, discrete gains and losses and financing charges (Interest expense). The following tables provide a reconciliation of Income before income taxes to Adjusted income before income taxes for 2013 Estimated Results and 2012, 2011and 2010 actual results:
2013 Estimated Results Core Divestiture U.S. Cellular Markets (2) Markets (2)(3) Consolidated (2)(3) (Dollars in millions) Income before income taxes (5) $165-$265 ($180)-($160) ($15)-$105 Depreciation, amortization and Approx. $545 Approx. $195 Approx. $740 accretion expense (6) Interest expense Approx. $55 -- Approx. $55 Adjusted income before income taxes $765 - $865 $15 - $35 $780 - $900 U.S. Cellular Consolidated Actual Results Year Ended December 31, 2012 2011 2010 (Dollars in millions) Income before income taxes $ 205.1 $ 312.8 $ 241.1 Depreciation, amortization and 608.6 573.6 571.0 accretion expense (6) (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net 21.0 - - Interest expense 42.4 65.6 61.6 Adjusted income before income taxes $ 877.1 $ 952.0 $ 873.7 (5) This amount does not include any estimate for (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net, as the timing of such amount is not readily estimable. (6) The 2013 estimated amounts for depreciation, amortization and accretion expense in the Divestiture Markets include approximately $120 million of incremental accelerated depreciation resulting from the Divestiture Transaction. The 2012 actual results include $20.1 million of incremental accelerated depreciation resulting from the Divestiture Transaction.
Conference Call Information
U.S. Cellular will hold a conference call on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. CST.
-- Access the live call on the Conference Calls page of uscellular.com or at http://ir.teldta.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=67422&p=irol-eventDetails&EventId=4917451.
-- Access the call by phone at 877/407-8029 (US/Canada), no pass code required.
Before the call, certain financial and statistical information to be discussed during the call will be posted to the Conference Calls page of uscellular.com. The call will be archived on the Conference Calls page of uscellular.com.
About U.S. Cellular�
United States Cellular Corporation provides a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support, and a high-quality network to 5.8 million customers in 26 states. The Chicago-based company had 8,100 full- and part-time associates as of Dec. 31, 2012. At the end of the year, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. owned 84 percent of U.S. Cellular. For more information about U.S. Cellular, visit uscellular.com.
Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All information set forth in this news release, except historical and factual information, represents forward-looking statements. This includes all statements about the company's plans, beliefs, estimates, and expectations. These statements are based on current estimates, projections, and assumptions, which involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: impacts of the Divestiture Transaction including, but not limited to, the ability to obtain regulatory approvals, successfully complete the transaction and the financial impacts of such transaction; the ability of the company to successfully manage and grow its markets; the overall economy; competition; the ability to obtain or maintain roaming arrangements with other carriers on acceptable terms; the state and federal telecommunications regulatory environment; the value of assets and investments; adverse changes in the ratings afforded our debt securities by accredited ratings organizations; industry consolidation; advances in telecommunications technology; uncertainty of access to the capital markets; pending and future litigation; changes in income tax rates, laws, regulations or rulings; acquisitions/divestitures of properties and/or licenses; and changes in customer growth rates, average monthly revenue per user, churn rates, roaming revenue and terms, the availability of handset devices, or the mix of products and services offered by the company. Investors are encouraged to consider these and other risks and uncertainties that are discussed in the Form 8-K Current Report used by U.S. Cellular to furnish this press release to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are incorporated by reference herein.
For more information about U.S. Cellular, visit uscellular.com.
United States Cellular Corporation Total Markets Summary Operating Data (Unaudited) Quarter Ended 12/31/2012 9/30/2012 6/30/2012 3/31/2012 12/31/2011 Total population Consolidated markets (1) 93,244,000 92,996,000 92,684,000 92,684,000 91,965,000 Consolidated operating markets (1) 46,966,000 46,966,000 46,966,000 46,966,000 46,888,000 Market penetration at end of period Consolidated markets (2) 6.2% 6.2% 6.3% 6.3% 6.4% Consolidated operating markets (2) 12.3% 12.4% 12.3% 12.4% 12.6% All customers Total at end of period 5,798,000 5,808,000 5,799,000 5,837,000 5,891,000 Gross additions 363,000 364,000 290,000 285,000 306,000 Net additions (losses) (10,000) 9,000 (38,000) (49,000) (41,000) Smartphones sold as a percent 62.9% 53.0% 51.9% 54.1% 52.5% of total devices sold (3) Retail customers Total at end of period 5,557,000 5,561,000 5,542,000 5,570,000 5,608,000 Postpaid smartphone penetration (3) (4) 41.8% 38.6% 36.8% 34.4% 30.5% Gross additions 348,000 350,000 277,000 273,000 298,000 Net retail additions (losses) (5) (4,000) 19,000 (28,000) (34,000) (13,000) Net postpaid additions (losses) (41,000) (38,000) (48,000) (38,000) (20,000) Net prepaid additions (losses) 37,000 57,000 20,000 4,000 7,000 Service revenue components (000s) Retail service $ 886,014 $ 884,219 $ 889,219 $ 888,527 $ 882,091 Inbound roaming 76,090 106,132 86,363 80,132 93,353 Other 46,820 46,019 54,160 55,161 54,601 Total service revenues (000s) $ 1,008,924 $ 1,036,370 $ 1,029,742 $ 1,023,820 $ 1,030,045 Total ARPU (6) $ 58.00 $ 59.57 $ 59.05 $ 58.21 $ 58.13 Billed ARPU (7) $ 50.94 $ 50.83 $ 50.99 $ 50.52 $ 49.78 Postpaid ARPU (8) $ 54.56 $ 54.34 $ 54.42 $ 54.00 $ 53.35 Postpaid churn rate (9) 1.8% 1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 1.6% Capital expenditures (000s) $ 253,100 $ 199,100 $ 183,200 $ 201,300 $ 276,400 Cell sites in service 8,028 7,984 7,932 7,875 7,882
(1) Used only to calculate market penetration of consolidated markets and consolidated operating markets, respectively. See footnote (2) below. (2) Market Penetration is calculated by dividing the number of wireless customers at the end of the period by the total population of consolidated markets and consolidated operating markets, respectively, as estimated by Claritas�. (3) Smartphones represent wireless devices which run on an Android(TM), BlackBerry�, or Windows Mobile� operating system, excluding tablets. (4) Smartphone penetration is calculated by dividing postpaid smartphone customers by total postpaid customers. (5) Includes net postpaid additions (losses) and net prepaid additions (losses). (6) Total ARPU - Average monthly service revenue per user includes retail service, inbound roaming and other service revenues and is calculated by dividing total service revenues by the number of months in the period and by the average total customers during the period. (7) Billed ARPU - Average monthly billed revenue per user is calculated by dividing total retail service revenues by the number of months in the period and by the average total customers during the period. Retail service revenues include revenues attributable to postpaid, prepaid and reseller customers. (8) Postpaid ARPU - Average monthly revenue per postpaid user is calculated by dividing total retail service revenues from postpaid customers by the number of months in the period and by the average postpaid customers during the period. (9) Represents the percentage of the postpaid customer base that disconnects service each month. This amount represents the average postpaid churn rate for each respective quarterly period.
United States Cellular Corporation Consolidated Statement of Operations Highlights Three Months Ended December 31, (Unaudited, dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) Increase (Decrease) 2012 2011 Amount Percent Operating revenues Service $ 1,008,924 $ 1,030,045 $ (21,121) (2%) Equipment sales 106,282 69,588 36,694 53% Total operating revenues 1,115,206 1,099,633 15,573 1% Operating expenses System operations (excluding Depreciation, amortization and accretion reported below) 221,169 242,123 (20,954) (9%) Cost of equipment sold 309,182 228,085 81,097 36% Selling, general and administrative 449,110 467,265 (18,155) (4%) Depreciation, amortization and accretion 169,242 141,976 27,266 19% Loss on asset disposals and exchanges, net 2,121 3,868 (1,747) (45%) (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net 25,170 - 25,170 N/M Total operating expenses 1,175,994 1,083,317 92,677 9% Operating income (loss) (60,788) 16,316 (77,104) >(100%) Investment and other income (expense) Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities 18,780 18,277 503 3% Interest and dividend income 821 929 (108) (12%) Gain (loss) on investment 10 (2,000) 2,010 >(100%) Interest expense (7,121) (13,709) 6,588 48% Other, net 327 (631) 958 >(100%) Total investment and other income (expense) 12,817 2,866 9,951 >100% Income (loss) before income taxes (47,971) 19,182 (67,153) >(100%) Income tax expense (benefit) (18,647) 11,307 (29,954) >(100%) Net income (loss) (29,324) 7,875 (37,199) >(100%) Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax (10,298) (5,074) (5,224) >100% Net income (loss) attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ (39,622) $ 2,801 $ (42,423) >(100%) Basic weighted average shares outstanding 84,568 84,559 9 - Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ (0.47) $ 0.03 $ (0.50) >(100%) Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 84,568 85,005 (437) (1%) Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ (0.47) $ 0.03 $ (0.50) >(100%)
United States Cellular Corporation Consolidated Statement of Operations Highlights Twelve Months Ended December 31, (Unaudited, dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts) Increase (Decrease) 2012 2011 Amount Percent Operating revenues Service $ 4,098,856 $ 4,053,797 $ 45,059 1% Equipment sales 353,228 289,549 63,679 22% Total operating revenues 4,452,084 4,343,346 108,738 3% Operating expenses System operations (excluding Depreciation, amortization and accretion reported below) 946,805 929,379 17,426 2% Cost of equipment sold 935,947 791,802 144,145 18% Selling, general and administrative 1,764,933 1,769,701 (4,768) - Depreciation, amortization and accretion 608,633 573,557 35,076 6% (Gain) loss on asset disposals and exchanges, net 18,088 (1,873) 19,961 >(100%) (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net 21,022 - 21,022 N/M Total operating expenses 4,295,428 4,062,566 232,862 6% Operating income 156,656 280,780 (124,124) (44%) Investment and other income (expense) Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities 90,364 83,566 6,798 8% Interest and dividend income 3,644 3,395 249 7% Gain (loss) on investment (3,718) 11,373 (15,091) >(100%) Interest expense (42,393) (65,614) 23,221 35% Other, net 500 (678) 1,178 >(100%) Total investment and other income (expense) 48,397 32,042 16,355 51% Income before income taxes 205,053 312,822 (107,769) (34%) Income tax expense 63,977 114,078 (50,101) (44%) Net income 141,076 198,744 (57,668) (29%) Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax (30,070) (23,703) (6,367) (27%) Net income attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ 111,006 $ 175,041 $ (64,035) (37%) Basic weighted average shares outstanding 84,645 84,877 (232) - Basic earnings per share attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ 1.31 $ 2.06 $ (0.75) (36%) Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 85,067 85,335 (268) - Diluted earnings per share attributable to U.S. Cellular shareholders $ 1.30 $ 2.05 $ (0.75) (37%)
United States Cellular Corporation Consolidated Balance Sheet Highlights (Unaudited, dollars in thousands) ASSETS December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 378,358 $ 424,155 Short-term investments 100,676 127,039 Accounts receivable from customers and others 445,220 441,821 Inventory 155,886 127,056 Income taxes receivable 1,612 74,791 Prepaid expenses 62,560 55,980 Net deferred income tax asset 35,419 31,905 Other current assets 16,745 10,096 1,196,476 1,292,843 Assets held for sale 216,763 49,647 Investments Licenses 1,456,794 1,470,769 Goodwill 421,743 494,737 Customer lists, net 102 314 Investments in unconsolidated entities 144,531 138,096 Notes and interest receivable--long-term - 1,921 Long-term investments 50,305 30,057 2,073,475 2,135,894 Property, plant and equipment In service and under construction 7,478,428 7,008,449 Less: accumulated depreciation 4,455,840 4,218,147 3,022,588 2,790,302 Other assets and deferred charges 78,148 59,290 Total assets $ 6,587,450 $ 6,327,976
United States Cellular Corporation Consolidated Balance Sheet Highlights (Unaudited, dollars in thousands) LIABILITIES AND EQUITY December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 Current liabilities Current portion of long-term debt $ 92 $ 127 Accounts payable Affiliated 10,725 12,183 Trade 310,936 303,779 Customer deposits and deferred revenues 192,113 181,355 Accrued taxes 35,834 34,095 Accrued compensation 90,418 69,551 Other current liabilities 114,881 121,190 754,999 722,280 Liabilities held for sale 19,594 1,051 Deferred liabilities and credits Net deferred income tax liability 849,818 799,190 Other deferred liabilities and credits 288,441 248,213 Long-term debt 878,858 880,320 Noncontrolling interests with redemption features 493 1,005 Equity U.S. Cellular shareholders' equity Series A Common and Common Shares, par value $1 per share 88,074 88,074 Additional paid-in capital 1,412,453 1,387,341 Treasury shares (165,724) (152,817) Retained earnings 2,399,052 2,297,363 Total U.S. Cellular shareholders' equity 3,733,855 3,619,961 Noncontrolling interests 61,392 55,956 Total equity 3,795,247 3,675,917 Total liabilities and equity $ 6,587,450 $ 6,327,976
United States Cellular Corporation Schedule of Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments (Unaudited, dollars in thousands) The following table presents U.S. Cellular's cash and cash equivalents and investments at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011. December 31, December 31, 2012 2011 Cash and cash equivalents $ 378,358 $ 424,155 Amounts included in short-term investments (1)(2) Government-backed securities (3) 100,676 127,039 Amounts included in long-term investments (1)(4) Government-backed securities (3) 50,305 30,057 Total cash and cash equivalents and investments $ 529,339 $ 581,251
(1) Designated as held-to-maturity investments and are recorded at amortized cost on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. (2) Maturities are less than twelve months from the respective balance sheet dates. (3) Includes U.S. treasury securities and corporate notes guaranteed under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. (4) Maturities range between 14 and 23 months from the balance sheet date.
United States Cellular Corporation Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows Twelve Months Ended December 31, (Unaudited, dollars in thousands) 2012 2011 Cash flows from operating activities Net income $ 141,076 $ 198,744 Add (deduct) adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities Depreciation, amortization and accretion 608,633 573,557 Bad debts expense 67,372 62,157 Stock-based compensation expense 21,466 20,183 Deferred income taxes, net 49,244 203,264 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities (90,364) (83,566) Distributions from unconsolidated entities 84,417 91,768 (Gain) loss on asset disposals and exchanges, net 18,088 (1,873) (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net 21,022 - (Gain) loss on investment 3,718 (11,373) Noncash interest expense (1,822) 10,040 Other operating activities 546 102 Changes in assets and liabilities from operations Accounts receivable (64,816) (82,175) Inventory (28,786) (14,640) Accounts payable - trade (4,977) 28,410 Accounts payable - affiliate (1,458) 1,392 Customer deposits and deferred revenues 30,353 34,927 Accrued taxes 73,064 (39,984) Accrued interest 167 225 Other assets and liabilities (27,652) (3,296) 899,291 987,862 Cash flows from investing activities Cash used for additions to property, plant and equipment (826,400) (771,798) Cash paid for acquisitions and licenses (122,690) (23,773) Cash paid for investments (120,000) (110,000) Cash received for divestitures 49,932 - Cash received for investments 125,000 145,250 Other investing activities (2,453) 718 (896,611) (759,603) Cash flows from financing activities Repayment of long-term debt (145) (330,338) Issuance of long-term debt - 342,000 Common shares reissued for benefit plans, net of tax payments (2,205) 1,935 Common shares repurchased (20,045) (62,294) Payment of debt issuance costs (514) (11,400) Distributions to noncontrolling interests (22,970) (21,094) Payments to acquire additional interest in subsidiaries (3,167) - Other financing activities 569 172 (48,477) (81,019) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (45,797) 147,240 Cash and cash equivalents Beginning of period 424,155 276,915 End of period $ 378,358 $ 424,155
United States Cellular Corporation Financial Measures and Reconciliations (Unaudited, dollars in thousands) Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012 2011 2012 2011 Service revenues $ 1,008,924 $ 1,030,045 $ 4,098,856 $ 4,053,797 Operating income (loss) (60,788) 16,316 156,656 280,780 Add: Depreciation, amortization and accretion 169,242 141,976 608,633 573,557 Loss on impairment of assets - - - - (Gain) loss on asset disposals and exchanges, net 2,121 3,868 18,088 (1,873) (Gain) loss on sale of business and other exit costs, net 25,170 - 21,022 - Adjusted OIBDA (1) $ 135,745 $ 162,160 $ 804,399 $ 852,464 Adjusted OIBDA margin (2) 13.5% 15.7% 19.6% 21.0% 2012 2011 2012 2011 Cash flows from operating activities $ 290,857 $ 249,041 $ 899,291 $ 987,862 Deduct: Cash used for additions to property, plant and 214,969 309,471 826,400 771,798 equipment Free cash flow (3) $ 75,888 $ (60,430) $ 72,891 $ 216,064
(1) Adjusted OIBDA is defined as operating income excluding the effects of: depreciation, amortization and accretion (OIBDA); the loss on impairment of assets (if any); the net gain or loss on asset disposals and exchanges (if any); and the net gain or loss on sale of business and other exit costs (if any). (2) Adjusted OIBDA margin is defined as adjusted OIBDA divided by service revenues. Equipment revenues are excluded from the denominator of the calculation since equipment is generally sold at a net loss, and such net loss is included in adjusted OIBDA as a cost of earning service revenues for purposes of assessing business results. U.S. Cellular believes that this calculation method is consistent with the method used by certain investors to assess U.S. Cellular's business results. Adjusted OIBDA margin may also be commonly referred to by management as operating cash flow margin. U.S. Cellular believes this measure provides useful information to investors regarding U.S. Cellular's financial condition and results of operations because it highlights certain key cash and non-cash items and their impacts on cash flows from operating activities. (3) Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less Cash used for additions to property, plant and equipment. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. U.S. Cellular believes that free cash flow as reported by U.S. Cellular may be useful to investors and other users of its financial information in evaluating the amount of cash generated by business operations, after consideration of capital expenditures.
SOURCE United States Cellular Corporation