Cincinnati Bell Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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Cincinnati Bell Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Cincinnati Bell Inc.Josh Duckworth, 513-397-2292(Investor/Media)

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2012. For the quarter, revenue was $368 million, comparable to the third quarter of 2011. Net income of $4 million in the quarter resulted in diluted earnings per share of 1 cent compared to 7 cents in the third quarter of 2011, due primarily to $6 million of mark-to-market charges on compensation plans associated with a 53 percent increase in the company’s stock price during the third quarter of 2012 and an $8 million gain in 2011 on the sale of the company’s home security business. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) for the third quarter were $130 million, down from $133 million generated in the same period of 2011, as a result of the mark-to-market charges partially offset by growth in CyrusOne Adjusted EBITDA.

“Cincinnati Bell delivered strong financial results again this quarter, building on its performance from the first half of 2012,” said Jack Cassidy, president and chief executive officer. “During the third quarter, the company achieved its highest stock price in almost five years, up 88 percent since the beginning of the year.”

“The company’s strong third quarter results were led by CyrusOne’s 20 percent increase in revenue and 19 percent increase in Adjusted EBITDA compared to 2011,” said Kurt Freyberger, chief financial officer. “We were also happy to receive a favorable outcome on our private letter ruling request regarding CyrusOne’s qualification as a REIT, which continues our progress toward an IPO of this company.”

Wireline revenue of $182 million during the quarter was comparable to $183 million in the third quarter of 2011, as the growth of the company’s entertainment, data and VoIP product lines continue to offset the impact of access line losses. Operating income in the quarter decreased to $51 million from $65 million in the third quarter of 2011, driven primarily by the $8 million gain from the 2011 sale of the home security business and the impact of access line losses. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $84 million compared to $87 million in the third quarter of 2011, and the segment’s Adjusted EBITDA margin was 46 percent.

During the quarter, the company expanded its Fioptics network to pass 15,000 additional homes and businesses, ending the quarter with a total of 184,000 units passed. The segment added 5,000 new Fioptics entertainment and high-speed internet subscribers during the quarter, increasing the total number of such subscribers to 51,000 and 52,000, respectively, at the end of the quarter. Total high-speed internet subscribers at quarter-end increased to 260,000, up from 257,000 at the end of the second quarter in 2012, as the increase in Fioptics subscribers was partially offset by a decrease in DSL high-speed internet subscribers.

Wireless revenue for the quarter was $60 million, down from $68 million in the third quarter of 2011 due to subscriber losses. Despite falling revenue, continued focus on cost reduction during the quarter provided operating income of $13 million, up from $12 million in the third quarter of 2011, while Adjusted EBITDA of $21 million was also up from $20 million in the third quarter of 2011. As a result, the segment generated a strong Adjusted EBITDA margin of 35 percent during the quarter.

Total wireless subscribers at the end of the quarter decreased to 416,000 from 472,000 at the end of the third quarter in 2011. Wireless ended the quarter with a total of 126,000 smartphone subscribers, up from 120,000 at the end of the third quarter in 2011. Postpaid smartphone subscribers at quarter-end represented 38 percent of the total postpaid subscribers, up from 32 percent at the end of the third quarter in 2011.

CyrusOne revenue in the quarter grew to $57 million, an increase of $10 million or 20 percent compared to the third quarter in 2011, while the segment’s operating income of $11 million was comparable to the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $30 million, an increase of 19 percent compared to the third quarter in 2011. During the quarter, the company completed construction on 95,000 square feet of new data center space in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston, increasing capacity to 896,000 square feet. CyrusOne sold 11,000 square feet of new space in the third quarter, resulting in quarter-end utilization of 78 percent. The segment’s Adjusted EBITDA margin in the third quarter of 52 percent was comparable to 53 percent in both the third quarter of 2011 and the second quarter in 2012.

Revenue was $78 million in the quarter compared to $79 million in the third quarter of 2011, while Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin were both comparable to the same period in 2011 at $6 million and 8 percent, respectively.

Cincinnati Bell will host a conference call on October 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss its results for the third quarter of 2012. A live webcast of the call will be available via the Investor Relations section of . The conference call dial-in number is (866) 780-1235. Callers located outside of the U.S. and Canada may dial (816) 581-1572. A taped replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the conclusion of the call until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 13, 2012. For U.S. callers, the replay will be available at (888) 203-1112. For callers outside of the U.S. and Canada, the replay will be available at (719) 457-0820. The replay reference number is 6953549. An archived version of the webcast will also be available in the Investor Relations section of .

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This press release contains information about adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), Adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, net income excluding special items, and net debt. These are non-GAAP financial measures used by Cincinnati Bell management when evaluating results of operations and cash flow. Management believes these measures also provide users of the financial statements with additional and useful comparisons of current results of operations and cash flows with past and future periods. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as being more important than comparable GAAP measures. Detailed reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP financial measures have been included in the tables distributed with this release and are available in the Investor Relations section of .

provides a useful measure of operational performance. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP operating income plus depreciation, amortization, restructuring charges, asset impairments, components of pension and other retirement plan costs related to interest costs, asset returns, and amortization of actuarial gains and losses, and other special items.

provides a useful measure of operational performance. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Adjusted EBITDA margin should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with the measure as defined by other companies.

provides a useful measure of operational performance, liquidity and financial health. The company defines free cash flow as cash provided by (used in) operating, financing and investing activities, adjusted for the issuance and repayment of debt, debt issuance costs, the repurchase of common stock, and the proceeds from the sale or the use of funds from the purchase of business operations, including transaction costs. Free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flow from operating activities, or the change in cash on the balance sheet and may not be comparable with free cash flow as defined by other companies. Although the company feels that there is no comparable GAAP measure for free cash flow, the attached financial information reconciles free cash flow to the net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents.

provides a useful measure of operating performance. Net income excluding special items should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with net income excluding special items as defined by other companies.

provides a useful measure of liquidity and financial health. The company defines net debt as the sum of the face amount of short-term and long-term debt and unamortized premium and/or discount, offset by cash and cash equivalents.

With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) provides integrated communications solutions - including local, long distance, data, Internet, entertainment and wireless services - that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected with each other and with the world. In addition, Cincinnati Bell provides best-in-class data center colocation services to its enterprise customers through its facilities with fully redundant power and cooling solutions that are currently located in the Midwest, Texas, London and Singapore. Complementing the colocation products, Cincinnati Bell also offers complex information technology solutions like managed services and technology staffing. For more information, visit .