and Legere's fuzzy math on ' after-tax impact' of a spectrum gain? Yikes....Mr Market isn't impressed though..
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Before today's opening bell, the Bellevue, WA-based wireless carrier reported earnings of 56 cents per share, boosted by 46 cents per share by an after-tax impact of a spectrum gain on earnings, the Wall Street Journal reports. Excluding the gain, adjusted earnings were 10 cents per share.
finally Cramer and I agree on something......
Cramer referring to Legere's 'stellar sub adds'...
"I still don't know where all these people are coming from," TheStreet's Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Squawk on the Street this morning.
so, since VZ lost 8,000 postpaid subs, Tmus added 877,000 postpaid subs, this leaves AT&T who reports today after market close and then Sprint on 5-3 before market opens. IF Tmus churn rose, as alleged below due to Sprint's aggressive competition, then all the pressure must be on AT&T.
T-Mobile said it added 2.2 million subscribers in Q1, up from 1.8 million in the year earlier period. Prepaid subscriber additions jumped to 807,000 from 73,000. T-Mobile added 877,000 postpaid phone lines vs. 748,000 a year earlier.
“Bad debt declined sequentially, highlighting efforts to improve credit policies,” said Mike McCormack, analyst at Jefferies, in a report.
Verizon on April 21 reported Q1 results and said it lost 8,000 postpaid phone subscribers. AT&T reports Q1 earnings after the market close today.
Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile raised its 2016 postpaid phone subscriber forecast to 3.4 million at its midpoint of guidance, up from its earlier estimate of 2.9 million.
Tmus "Churn ticked up slightly, likely on the heels of more aggressive competition from Sprint," New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin said in a research note
Numbers look good. Legere deserves credit. Marcelo, it's almost ShowTime.
In terms of free cash flow for 2016, investors are looking for $1.5 billion to $2 billion and "we are at $1.9 billion," Chaplin said.
T-Mobile said revenue jumped 10.6 percent to $8.6 billion. Analysts on average had expected revenue of $8.43 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
It reported net income of $479 million, or 56 cents per share, for the first quarter, compared with a loss of $63 million, or 9 cents per share, a year earlier. This blew past analysts' expectations of 10 cents per share.
To enhance its network capacity, T-Mobile has filed to participate in the U.S. government's auction of low-frequency spectrum, or airwaves, that kicked off in March. It has said it plans to spend about $10 billion in the auction.
T-Mobile expects a "successful outcome" in the auction and is investing in adding new retail locations, Legere said on an earnings call.
Churn, or the rate at which subscribers defect to other networks, for postpaid users was 1.33 percent in the quarter, up slightly from 1.3 percent a year ago.
"Churn ticked up slightly, likely on the heels of more aggressive competition from Sprint," New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin said in a research note.
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Looks like Sprint is making big red (and its debt+quarterly divvy payments) realign its strategy going forward. Is Marcellos turnaround plan taking hold ?
Verizon’s Profit Rises, but Revenue Misses EstimatesCarrier reaffirms that earnings may plateau this year as it works through changes it made to keep wireles plans in line with competitors
By RYAN KNUTSON and ANNE STEELE
Updated April 21, 2016 8:42 p.m. ET
Verizon Communication Inc.’s deal to acquire AOL last year is starting to pay off.
The company said its AOL unit posted its highest first-quarter revenue in five years, helping the carrier to post a slim gain in revenue to $32.17 billion. Without its contribution of $669 million, revenue would have declined 1.5%.
The acquisition is part of Verizon’s continued push into mobile video and advertising as it seeks to broaden its...
VZ reported yesterday. Met street expectations, but the union strike kept the buyers at bay. AT&T and TMUS report next week. Then Sprint the following week. Will Mr Market start to extrapolate VZ-AT&T and Tmus results against Sprint and come up with a positive or negative spin on the red headed stepchild?
yep, tmus is the da' bomb.....
T-Mobile’s postpaid growth versus peers in 4Q15
During 4Q15, T-Mobile’s postpaid customer growth continued to be significantly higher than witnessed by the other top US wireless players: Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Sprint (S). T-Mobile’s postpaid subscribers grew by a significant ~16.6% YoY to reach ~31.7 million in 4Q15.
Meanwhile, AT&T’s wireless postpaid subscribers in the domestic operations increased by ~1.8% YoY to ~77.1 million. Additionally, Verizon’s postpaid customers increased by ~4.4% YoY to ~106.5 million. Moreover, Sprint’s postpaid customers increased ~4.7% YoY to reach ~30.9 million at the end of the same quarter.
Haven't heard anything new on this recently.
Google unveils 'Project Fi' MVNO with Sprint and T-Mobile as partners
April 22, 2015 | By
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is officially getting into the wireless business, and unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS). The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks, and will also give customers credits for their unused mobile data, as had been expected.
The service will only work right now with a special SIM card for Google's Nexus 6 smartphone, which was designed by Motorola Mobility. Google said it is the first smartphone that supports the hardware and software to work with the service, and that Nexus 6 users can request to get invitations to join the Project Fi service.
The no-contract service starts at $20 per month plus taxes and fees for unlimited domestic voice and texting, unlimited international texting, low-cost international calls, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in more than 120 countries. Then, customers pay $10 per GB of data on top of that. If users need go over their data plan Google will simply charge users at a pro-rated rate of $10 per GB, according to The Verge. At the end of the month, Google will credit users for their unused data in dollars and cents, so that users only pay for what they use (if a customer paid for 3 GB for $30 and only used 1.4 GB in one month they would get $16 back).
AT&T buys DTV. VZ buys AOL and is now looking to buy Yahoo. The sector seems to understand how saturated the 'wireless only' business is becoming and Sprint is still currently a one trick pony. Will that change as Marcelo rebrands Sprint into a more marketable enterprise?
VZ is placing a bid because it wants something new to drive the company’s growth. Although Verizon’s industry is consolidated, it is still a competitive space where rivals like Sprint S are threatening to steal customers away with attractive pricing. Verizon’s largest segment is maturing, so if the company can shift some of its risk by having a top tier advertising platform, VZ shares should be better off as a result over the long run.
Google and Facebook are the biggest digital advertising platforms out there. If Verizon can actually combine customer data from smartphones with advertising inventory from AOL and Yahoo to create an elite advertising platform, then it will be an attractive buy. Can Verizon do this effectively enough to actually compete with the likes of Facebook and Google though?
It will be interesting to see what kind of a bid Verizon places on Yahoo. Some speculate that the bid will be between $6-$8 billion. There was a list of about 40 companies who seemed to be interested in purchasing Yahoo, but that number has dropped as the internet company placed an April 18th deadline to place a bid.
The plot thickens....SB still owns 36.4% of Yahoo Japan.
Although Verizon remains the likely top bidder to come out of this first round of bidding, don't discount Alibaba or Softbank from making a play, said Jackson. Yahoo's 15% stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) is worth about $30 billion and its 35.5% stake in Yahoo Japan is worth as much as $9 billion. Softbank co-founded Yahoo Japan with Yahoo in 1996 and it still owns 36.4%.
A Softbank representative could not be reached for comment.
"I wouldn’t surprised me at all if all of a sudden you have one of these big players saying, 'Hey before this goes down we want to offer you X to buy back our own stake," Jackson said.
Yahoo is soliciting bids for all or part of its business under pressure of activist shareholders, including hedge fund investor Starboard Value, which supports a proxy battle for Yahoo's board in this summer's election.
"Things are going slower than they should, but the train is moving on the track and that’s good," Jackson said.
Claure is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He realizes that a simple , unsolicited gesture like hmmm, Will generate speculation. Mr. market will have the final say. They will either reward or punish sprints shareprice after they digest the data in upcoming earnings report. Messageboard analysts who cannot find legitimate work elsewhere will continue guessing on what happens next with Sprint.
5-G? Where's the money coming from to implement? Perhaps a partnership?
To give customers faster speeds and connectivity in densely populated areas such as New York, Sprint ha
Sprint has been deploying its high-frequency or 2.5 GHz airwaves and relaying signals from big wireless towers to small cells placed on lampposts and rooftops that transmit and deliver them to users' mobile devices.
The company is also working on adding channels to its 2.5 GHz bands to accommodate more wireless signals and increase network capacity.
Using airwaves in this way, "prepares us for 5G," Sprint's chief operating officer Gunther Ottendorfer, said in an interview.
5G, the next-generation of cellular technology is expected to offer 1,000-fold gains in capacity over existing networks and the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices from connected cars to machines and devices.
Wells Fargo expects Sprint to report 75,000 net postpaid phone losses but will enjoy increasing wireless margins. And Verizon is expected to post 120,000 net postpaid phone losses and a total revenue margin of 44.5 percent, up from 38.4 percent sequentially.
Softbank, the 84% owner of Sprint, accordinging to Fitch, seems to be committed to Sprint;
16 Feb 2016 11:55 AM EST
Fitch Ratings-Chicago-16 February 2016: Fitch Ratings affirms the 'B+' Issuer Default Rating (IDR) assigned to Sprint Corporation (Sprint) and its wholly owned subsidiaries Sprint Communications Inc. and Clearwire Communications LLC. The Rating Outlook for Sprint's ratings is Stable. A full list of ratings follows at the end of the release.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
SoftBank's Support Key to Sprint's Rating
Fitch's affirmation of Sprint with a Stable Outlook is primarily supported by the material benefit Sprint's IDR receives from SoftBank's tangible support, which essentially sets a floor to the rating at 'B+'. Additionally, Fitch does not perceive SoftBank's support toward Sprint as having changed or diminished during the past year.
Marcelo's Job 1. Turn Sprint into a marketable enterprise. Improve network. cut costs.
Excerpt from PR Newswire 4-15-16
Sprint (NYSE:S) customers across the New York Metropolitan Area are now experiencing faster, stronger, more reliable service with the availability of Sprint’s LTE Plus Network. LTE Plus, now available in New York City and 190 other markets across the country, takes advantage of Sprint’s rich triband spectrum portfolio and uses some of the world’s most advanced technologies in wireless.
While T-Mobile continues to grow its subscriber base and ramp up wireless service revenues simultaneously, its competitors are recently choosing to focus on the bottom line rather than market share. AT&T is expected to post services revenues of $14.9 billion, which would mark the first positive growth since the first quarter of 2014, but is predicted to suffer net handset losses of 200,000. Wells Fargo expects Sprint to report 75,000 net postpaid phone losses but will enjoy increasing wireless margins. And Verizon is expected to post 120,000 net postpaid phone losses and a total revenue margin of 44.5 percent, up from 38.4 percent sequentially.