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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

Quarterly Operating Income Increased 47.9% to $24.8 million
Highest first quarter organic net growth in Wireless subscribers in Company history

EDINBURG, Va., May 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (SHEN) announced strong first quarter results, reflecting continued revenue growth and significantly improved profitability. Wireless service revenue demonstrated solid growth driven by the net addition of 5,776 postpaid wireless customers and 8,516 prepaid wireless subscribers, including record gross activations for the Boost brand. Postpaid gross and net activations reached an all-time high as compared to any historical first quarter. Growth in the Cable Segment was bolstered primarily by continued increases in broadband subscribers.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Operating revenue of $158.8 million grew 3.1%
  • Operating income grew 47.9% to $24.8 million
  • Net income of $13.9 million, or $0.28 per share
  • Adjusted OIBDA of $73.0 million grew 6.3%
  • Acquired  Big Sandy Broadband, Inc. ("Big Sandy"), adding approximately 4,800 revenue generating units

Please refer to our First Quarter 2019 Earnings Presentation Supplement available at https://investor.shentel.com/ for additional information, including matters that will be referenced during the Company’s conference call. Included in this release are certain non-GAAP financial measures that are not determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Please refer to page 7 for additional information for non-GAAP measures.

Results

Consolidated First Quarter 2019 Results

  • Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $13.9 million, resulting in net income per share of $0.28, compared with $0.13 per share in the first quarter of 2018, reflecting an increase of approximately 115%.

  • Operating revenue for the first quarter of 2019 was $158.8 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 3.1%, driven by strong subscriber growth in the Wireless and Cable segments.

  • Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $134.1 million, compared with $137.4 million for the equivalent quarter in the prior year primarily due to a decline in network costs for the Wireless segment attributable to repricing backhaul circuits and migrating voice traffic from traditional circuit-switched facilities to more cost effective VoIP facilities. The decrease was offset by higher costs for the Cable segment primarily due to our deployment of higher-speed data access packages and infrastructure investments necessary to support its growing cable and fiber networks.

  • Operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased 47.9% to $24.8 million from $16.8 million in the prior year quarter.

  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 6.3% to $73.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, driven by subscriber growth in the Wireless and Cable segments.

Wireless

  • Shentel served 800,952 wireless postpaid customers at March 31, 2019, an increase of 3.4% over 774,861 subscribers as of March 31, 2018. As of March 31, 2019, tablets and data devices were 9.8% of the postpaid base.

  • Shentel served 267,220 wireless prepaid customers at March 31, 2019, an increase of 6.8% over 250,191 subscribers as of March 31, 2018.  First quarter prepaid churn was 4.14%, representing an improvement of 28 basis points compared with the prior year.

  • Wireless operating revenue increased 2.5%, to $115.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared with $112.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, primarily driven by a 3.4% increase in postpaid subscribers and a 6.8% increase in prepaid PCS subscribers.

  • Wireless operating expenses decreased 5.5% in the first quarter of 2019 to $90.3 million, compared with $95.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a $2.9 million decrease in depreciation and amortization as a result of the retirement of assets acquired in the nTelos acquisition; a $1.3 million decrease in cost of goods sold as a result of decreased equipment costs; a $0.3 million decrease in cost of services due to the repricing of Wireless backhaul circuits to market rates and migrating Wireless voice traffic from traditional circuit-switched facilities to more cost effective VoIP facilities; and a $0.8 million decrease in selling, general and administrative due to a prior year reassessment of property taxes in West Virginia.

  • Wireless Adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased 7.4% to $61.8 million, compared with $57.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Wireless Continuing OIBDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $52.2 million, compared with $48.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Cable

  • Total Revenue Generating Units increased 4.5% in the first quarter of 2019 to 139,504 which includes the addition of approximately 4,800 Big Sandy subscribers, compared with 133,439 for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

  • Cable operating revenue for the first quarter of 2019 was $33.7 million, representing a quarter over quarter increase of 6.3% compared with $31.7 million for the prior year first quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to increases in broadband and voice subscribers, higher video rates implemented to pass through programming cost increases, and customers selecting or upgrading to higher-speed data access packages.

  • Cable operating expenses for the first quarter of 2019 were $28.0 million, a quarter over quarter increase of 7.0% compared with $26.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to our deployment of higher-speed data access packages and investments in infrastructure necessary to support the growth of the cable and fiber network.

  • Cable Adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $12.1 million, compared with $11.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

Wireline

  • Wireline operating revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $18.9 million, compared with $19.7 million for the prior year first quarter. The decrease in operating revenue was primarily attributable to repricing Wireless backhaul circuits to market rates and migrating Wireless voice traffic from traditional circuit-switched facilities to more cost effective VoIP facilities.

  • Wireline operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $14.6 million, a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 2.5% compared with $14.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decline in operating expenses was primarily attributable to a reduction in network costs.

  • Wireline Adjusted OIBDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $7.8 million, compared with $8.1 million for the prior year equivalent quarter.

“Shentel delivered solid first quarter results, building on the success we achieved in 2018. We achieved consolidated revenue growth, dramatically increased operating income, significantly improved profitability, and continued OIBDA growth in the first quarter,” said President and CEO Chris E. French, “We saw customer growth in all of our operating segments, highlighted by record customer additions in both our Wireless and Cable businesses.

“The investments we’ve made to improve the reliability and coverage of our network and to expand our base of stores have elevated brand recognition in the markets we serve, enabling us to attract new customers and drive growth in both our postpaid and prepaid customer base.  Our Cable segment continued to see increased RGUs and revenue as customers upgraded their service plans to accommodate a growing need for higher bandwidth. We were pleased to add the assets of Big Sandy Broadband, which expands our service area in Kentucky.  Shentel is well-positioned to continue to provide our customers with the best service in our expanding footprint and we look forward to driving continued growth as we move through 2019.”

Other Information

  • Capital expenditures budgeted for 2019 have been updated to reflect the acquisition of Big Sandy and are expected to be approximately $149.5 million, including $64.1 million in the Wireless segment primarily for wireless network capacity improvements. In addition, $55.0 million is budgeted primarily to support growth in our Cable segment including new fiber routes and continuing investments in DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades, $20.5 million in Wireline projects including expansion of the fiber network, and $9.9 million primarily for IT and other miscellaneous projects.

  • Capital expenditures were $44.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared with $24.4 million in the comparable 2018 period.

  • The Company expanded its Cable segment into the adjacent market of eastern Kentucky through the acquisition of Big Sandy on February 28, 2019.

  • Outstanding debt at March 31, 2019 totaled $751.3 million, net of unamortized loan costs, compared to $770.2 million as of December 31, 2018.  During the quarter, the Company reduced debt $19.9 million, including a voluntary $15.0 million prepayment in addition to the scheduled quarterly payment.  As of March 31, 2019, no amounts were outstanding under the revolving line of credit. The total leverage ratio as of March 31, 2019 was 2.42.

Conference Call and Webcast

Teleconference Information:

Date: May 9, 2019   
Time: 10:00 A.M. (ET)
Dial in number: 1-888-695-7639

Password: 4992749
 
Audio webcast: http://investor.shentel.com/

An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call is complete, through June 2, 2019 by calling (855) 859-2056.

About Shenandoah Telecommunications
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.  The Company’s services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and digital voice; fiber network and services; and regulated local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service (“PCS”) Affiliate of Sprint in a multi-state area covering large portions of central and western Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio.  For more information, please visit www.shentel.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of unforeseen factors. A discussion of factors that may cause actual results to differ from management's projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations is available in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Those factors may include changes in general economic conditions, increases in costs, changes in regulation and other competitive factors.

CONTACTS:
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company
James F. Woodward
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540-984-5990
Jim.Woodward@emp.shentel.com

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SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2019   2018
Operating revenue:      
Service revenue and other $ 143,231     $ 136,559  
Equipment revenue 15,612     17,579  
Total operating revenue 158,843     154,138  
Operating expenses:      
Cost of services 49,518     49,342  
Cost of goods sold 14,637     15,805  
Selling, general and administrative 28,722     28,750  
Depreciation and amortization 41,179     43,487  
Total operating expenses 134,056     137,384  
Operating income (loss) 24,787     16,754  
Other income (expense):      
Interest expense (7,954 )   (9,332 )
Gain (loss) on investments, net 250     (32 )
Non-operating income (loss), net 1,037     1,021  
Income (loss) before income taxes 18,120     8,411  
Income tax expense (benefit) 4,210     1,828  
Net income (loss) $ 13,910     $ 6,583  
       
Net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted:      
Basic net income (loss) per share $ 0.28     $ 0.13  
Diluted net income (loss) per share $ 0.28     $ 0.13  
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic 49,775     49,474  
Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted 50,115     50,024  
       

SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)

  March 31,
 2019
  December 31,
 2018
       
Cash and cash equivalents $ 69,859     $ 85,086  
Other current assets 117,926     125,116  
Total current assets 187,785     210,202  
       
Investments 11,274     10,788  
Property, plant and equipment, net 701,980     701,359  
Intangible assets, net 339,714     366,029  
Goodwill 149,070     146,497  
Operating lease assets 361,564      
Deferred charges and other assets 48,325     49,891  
Total assets $ 1,799,712     $ 1,484,766  
       
Total current liabilities 119,121     88,539  
Long-term debt, less current maturities 726,970     749,624  
Other liabilities 501,007     204,356  
Total shareholders’ equity 452,614     442,247  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 1,799,712     $ 1,484,766  

SHENANDOAH TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $ 13,910     $ 6,583  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation 35,520     36,634  
Amortization 5,659     6,853  
Bad debt expense 367     369  
Stock based compensation expense, net of amount capitalized 1,714     2,037  
Waived management fee 9,628     9,048  
Deferred income taxes (3,378 )   (3,684 )
Other adjustments (23 )   705  
Changes in assets and liabilities (1,734 )   2,315  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 61,663     $ 60,860  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment $ (44,420 )   $ (24,382 )
Cash disbursed for acquisition, net of cash acquired (10,000 )   (52,000 )
Proceeds from sale of assets 53     263  
Cash distributions (contributions) from investments and other (8 )   1  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities $ (54,375 )   $ (76,118 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Principal payments on long-term debt $ (19,889 )   $ (12,125 )
Proceeds from revolving credit facility borrowings     15,000  
Principal payments on revolving credit facility     (15,000 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock option 72      
Taxes paid for equity award issuances (2,698 )   (1,754 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ (22,515 )   $ (13,879 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ (15,227 )   $ (29,137 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 85,086     78,585  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 69,859     $ 49,448  
       

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In managing our business and assessing our financial performance, management supplements the information provided by the financial statement measures prepared in accordance with GAAP with Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA, which are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under SEC rules.

Adjusted OIBDA is defined as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, adjusted to exclude the effects of: certain non-recurring transactions; impairment of assets; gains and losses on asset sales; actuarial gains and losses on pension and other post-retirement benefit plans; and share-based compensation expense, amortization of deferred contract costs, and adjusted to include the benefit received from the waived management fee by Sprint. Continuing OIBDA is defined as Adjusted OIBDA, less the benefit received from the waived management fee by Sprint. Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA should not be construed as an alternative to operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP as a measure of operating performance.

In a capital-intensive industry such as telecommunications, management believes that Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA and the associated percentage margin calculations are meaningful measures of our operating performance. We use Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA as supplemental performance measures because management believes these measures facilitate comparisons of our operating performance from period to period and comparisons of our operating performance to that of our peers and other companies by excluding potential differences caused by the age and book depreciation of fixed assets (affecting relative depreciation expenses) as well as the other items described above for which additional adjustments were made. In the future, management expects that the Company may again report Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA excluding these items and may incur expenses similar to these excluded items. Accordingly, the exclusion of these and other similar items from our non-GAAP presentation should not be interpreted as implying these items are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual.

While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under generally accepted accounting principles, these expenses primarily represent the current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods, and accordingly may obscure underlying operating trends for some purposes. By isolating the effects of these expenses and other items that vary from period to period without any correlation to our underlying performance, or that vary widely among similar companies, management believes Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA facilitates internal comparisons of our historical operating performance, which are used by management for business planning purposes, and also facilitates comparisons of our performance relative to that of our competitors. In addition, we believe that Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA and similar measures are widely used by investors and financial analysts as measures of our financial performance over time, and to compare our financial performance with that of other companies in our industry.

Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA have limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. These limitations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • they do not reflect capital expenditures;
  • they do not reflect the impacts of non-cash amortization of deferred contract costs;
  • many of the assets being depreciated and amortized will have to be replaced in the future and Adjusted and Continuing OIBDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements;
  • they do not reflect costs associated with share-based awards exchanged for employee services;
  • they do not reflect interest expense necessary to service interest or principal payments on indebtedness;
  • they do not reflect gains, losses or dividends on investments;
  • they do not reflect expenses incurred for the payment of income taxes; and
  • other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate Adjusted and Continuing OIBDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In light of these limitations, management considers Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA as a financial performance measure that supplements but does not replace the information reflected in our GAAP results.

The following tables reconcile Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA to operating income, which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the first quarter 2019 and 2018:

Adjusted OIBDA and Continuing OIBDA

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019                    
(in thousands)   Wireless   Cable   Wireline   Other   Consolidated
 Operating income $ 25,337    $ 5,703    $ 4,346    $ (10,599 $ 24,787 
Non-cash amortization of deferred contract costs   (4,211 )   (237 )   (64 )   (2 )   (4,514 )
Depreciation and amortization   31,050     6,458     3,533     138     41,179  
Share-based compensation expense               1,714     1,714  
Benefit received from the waived management fee (1)   9,628                 9,628  
Actuarial (gains) losses on pension plans               (38 )   (38 )
Other   19     136         65     220  
Adjusted OIBDA   61,823     12,060     7,815     (8,722 )   72,976  
Waived management fee   (9,628 )               (9,628 )
Continuing OIBDA   52,195     12,060   $
  7,815     (8,722 )   63,348  


Three Months Ended March 31, 2018                    
(in thousands)   Wireless   Cable   Wireline   Other   Consolidated
 Operating income $ 17,267    $ 5,527    $ 4,772    $ (10,812 ) $ 16,754
Non-cash amortization of deferred contract costs   (2,760 )   141     (35 )       (2,654 )
Depreciation and amortization   33,925     6,024     3,394     144     43,487  
Share-based compensation expense               2,037     2,037  
Benefit received from the waived management fee (1)   9,048                 9,048  
Actuarial (gains) losses on pension plans               (82 )   (82 )
Other   81                 81  
Adjusted OIBDA   57,561     11,692     8,131     (8,713 )   68,671  
Waived management fee   (9,048 )               (9,048 )
Continuing OIBDA $   48,513   $   11,692   $   8,131   $   (8,713 ) $  59,623  

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  1. Under our amended affiliate agreement, Sprint agreed to waive the Management Fees charged on both postpaid and prepaid revenue, up to $4.2 million per month, until the total amount waived reaches approximately $255.6 million, which is expected to occur in 2022.

Segment Results

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019                    
(in thousands)   Wireless   Cable   Wireline   Other   Eliminations   Consolidated
External revenue
                       
Service revenue   $ 97,075     $ 29,705     $ 5,485     $     $     $ 132,265  
Equipment revenue   15,291     270     51             15,612  
Other   2,018     2,265     6,683             10,966  
Total external revenue   114,384     32,240     12,219             158,843  
Internal revenue   1,270     1,469     6,690         (9,429 )    
Total operating revenue   115,654     33,709     18,909         (9,429 )   158,843  
Operating expenses                        
Cost of services   33,478     15,647     9,151         (8,758 )   49,518  
Cost of goods sold   14,427     175     36         (1 )   14,637  
Selling, general and administrative   11,362     5,726     1,843     10,461     (670 )   28,722  
Depreciation and amortization   31,050     6,458     3,533     138         41,179  
Total operating expenses   90,317     28,006     14,563     10,599     (9,429 )   134,056  
Operating income (loss)   $ 25,337     $ 5,703     $ 4,346     $ (10,599 )   $     $ 24,787  


Three Months Ended March 31, 2018                    
(in thousands)   Wireless   Cable   Wireline   Other   Eliminations   Consolidated
External revenue
                       
Service revenue   $ 92,165     $ 28,471     $ 5,308     $     $     $ 125,944  
Equipment revenue   17,374     159     46             17,579  
Other   2,026     2,050     6,539             10,615  
Total external revenue   111,565     30,680     11,893             154,138  
Internal revenue   1,239     1,031     7,814         (10,084 )    
Total operating revenue   112,804     31,711     19,707         (10,084 )   154,138  
Operating expenses                        
Cost of services   33,750     15,156     9,802         (9,366 )   49,342  
Cost of goods sold   15,727     56     22             15,805  
Selling, general and administrative   12,135     4,948     1,717     10,668     (718 )   28,750  
Depreciation and amortization   33,925     6,024     3,394     144         43,487  
Total operating expenses   95,537     26,184     14,935     10,812     (10,084 )   137,384  
Operating income (loss)   $ 17,267     $ 5,527     $ 4,772     $ (10,812 )   $     $ 16,754  

Supplemental Information

Subscriber Statistics

The following table indicates selected operating statistics of Wireless, including Sprint subscribers:

  March 31,
 2019 (2)
  March 31,
 2018 (2)
Postpaid:      
Retail PCS subscribers - postpaid 800,952     774,861  
Gross PCS subscriber additions - postpaid 50,847     43,077  
Net PCS subscriber additions (losses) - postpaid (3) 5,776     38,264  
PCS average monthly retail churn % - postpaid 1.89 %   1.89 %
Prepaid:      
Retail PCS subscribers - prepaid 267,220     250,191  
Gross PCS subscriber additions - prepaid 40,979     40,111  
Net PCS subscriber additions (losses) - prepaid (4) 8,516     24,369  
PCS average monthly retail churn % - prepaid 4.14 %   4.42 %
       
PCS market POPS (000) (1) 7,023     7,023  
PCS covered POPS (000) (1) 6,261     5,889  
CDMA base stations (sites) 1,874     1,742  
Towers owned 211     193  
Non-affiliate cell site leases 195     192  

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  1. "POPS" refers to the estimated population of a given geographic area. Market POPS are those within a market area which we are authorized to serve under our Sprint PCS affiliate agreement, and Covered POPS are those covered by our network. The data source for POPS is U.S. census data.
  2. Beginning February 1, 2018 includes Richmond Expansion Area except for gross PCS subscriber additions.
  3. March 31, 2018 Net PCS subscriber additions - postpaid were a loss of 79, excluding the acquisition of the expansion area on February 1, 2018.
  4. March 31, 2018 Net PCS subscriber additions - prepaid were 8,678, excluding the acquisition of the expansion area on February 1, 2018.

The subscriber stats above, excluding gross additions, include the Richmond Expansion Area as follows:

  February 1,
 2018
  Expansion Area
PCS subscribers - postpaid 38,343  
PCS subscribers - prepaid 15,691  
Acquired PCS market POPS (000) 1,082  
Acquired PCS covered POPS (000) 602  
Acquired CDMA base stations (sites) 105  

The following table indicates selected operating statistics of Cable:

  March 31,
 2019 (8)
  March 31,
2018
Homes passed (1) 189,613     184,975  
Customer relationships (2)      
Video users 42,752     43,264  
Non-video customers 41,107     35,133  
Total customer relationships 83,859     78,397  
Video      
Customers (3) 44,119     45,555  
Penetration (4) 23.3 %   24.6 %
Digital video penetration (5) 85.7 %   75.8 %
Broadband      
Users (3) 71,549     65,141  
Penetration (4) 37.7 %   35.2 %
Voice      
Users (3) 23,836     22,743  
Penetration (4) 12.6 %   12.3 %
Total revenue generating units (6) 139,504     133,439  
Fiber route miles 3,629     3,371  
Total fiber miles (7) 141,230     124,701  
Average revenue generating units 136,911     132,865  

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  1. Homes and businesses are considered passed (“homes passed”) if we can connect them to our distribution system without further extending the transmission lines. Homes passed is an estimate based upon the best available information. Homes passed have access to video, broadband and voice services.
  2. Customer relationships represent the number of billed customers who receive at least one of our services.
  3. Generally, a dwelling or commercial unit with one or more television sets connected to our distribution system counts as one video customer. Where services are provided on a bulk basis, such as to hotels and some multi-dwelling units, the revenue charged to the customer is divided by the rate for comparable service in the local market to determine the number of customer equivalents included in the customer counts shown above.
  4. Penetration is calculated by dividing the number of users by the number of homes passed or available homes, as appropriate.
  5. Digital video penetration is calculated by dividing the number of digital video users by total video users. Digital video users are video customers who receive any level of video service via digital transmission. A dwelling with one or more digital set-top boxes or digital adapters counts as one digital video user.
  6. Revenue generating units are the sum of video, voice and broadband users.
  7. Total fiber miles are measured by taking the number of fiber strands in a cable and multiplying that number by the route distance. For example, a 10 mile route with 144 fiber strands would equal 1,440 fiber miles.
  8. Beginning February 28, 2019, includes approximately 4,800 subscribers from the Big Sandy acquisition.
     
     

The following table includes selected operating statistics of the Wireline operations:

    March 31,
 2019
  March 31,
 2018
Long distance subscribers   9,623     8,980  
Video customers (1)   4,656     4,912  
Broadband customers   14,588     14,695  
Fiber route miles   2,170     2,078  
Total fiber miles (2)   162,281     155,188  

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  1. Wireline’s video service passes approximately 16,500 homes.
  2. Fiber miles are measured by taking the number of fiber strands in a cable and multiplying that number by the route distance. For example, a 10 mile route with 144 fiber strands would equal 1,440 fiber miles.