Cincinnati Bell Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

August 6, 2020

  • Revenue of $380 million generated operating income of $28 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $107 million, up 4% year-over-year
  • Entertainment and Communications revenue was $240 million – Adjusted EBITDA increased 2% year-over-year, totaling $95 million
  • IT Services and Hardware revenue was $147 million – Adjusted EBITDA increased 24% from the prior year, totaling $16 million
  • Cash provided by operating activities totaled $45 million with free cash flow2 of $5 million
  • Cincinnati Bell shareholders approved the proposal to adopt the merger agreement (the "MIP merger agreement") with a controlled subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners ("MIP"), with more than 99% of votes cast in favor of the proposal

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB), today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2020.

Leigh Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati Bell, commented, “Given the uncertainty and volatility surrounding COVID-19, our second quarter results were strong. For E&C, even when impacted by our involvement in the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge and COVID business disruption, our performance demonstrates the importance of high-speed data connectivity provided by our robust fiber networks. Additionally, the growth in our recurring IT services more than offset volatility in hardware purchasing during this period, driving an impressive 24% increase in Adjusted EBITDA year-over-year.”

Mr. Fox concluded, “We appreciate our shareholders’ continued support and adoption of the MIP merger agreement. Our team has been working closely with MIP, which has made significant progress on all major regulatory filings as we continue working to ensure a successful close in the first half of 2021.”

  • Consolidated revenue totaled $380 million for second quarter of 2020 and $760 million year-to-date
  • Operating income of $28 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $32 million year-to-date, excluding approximately $25 million for the break-up fee paid in connection with the termination of Cincinnati Bell's previously announced merger agreement (the “Brookfield merger agreement”) with Brookfield Infrastructure ("Brookfield")
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $107 million for the second quarter of 2020 and $209 million year-to-date

Entertainment and Communications Segment
  • Entertainment and Communications revenue totaled $240 million for the second quarter of 2020, down 4% year-over-year as a result of consumers migrating to over-the-top video services and continued legacy decline
  • Cincinnati revenue totaled $165 million in the second quarter
  • Fioptics revenue totaled $89 million for the second quarter, consistent with the prior year
  • FTTP internet subscribers totaled 230,600 at the end of the second quarter, adding 6,300 customers during the quarter
  • FTTP is available to 60% of Greater Cincinnati, or 489,600 addresses
  • Hawaii revenue totaled $74 million in the second quarter
  • Consumer / SMB Fiber revenue totaled $21 million in the second quarter, consistent with the prior year
  • FTTP internet subscribers totaled 57,400 at the end of the second quarter, adding 1,000 customers during the quarter
  • FTTP is available to 35% of Hawaii, or 176,200 addresses
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $95 million for the second quarter of 2020, up 2% year-over-year

IT Services and Hardware Segment
  • IT Services and Hardware revenue totaled $147 million for the second quarter, up 5% compared to a year ago
  • Communications revenue was $55 million in the second quarter, up 14% year-over-year
  • Consulting revenue totaled $47 million for the second quarter, up 24% compared to a year ago
  • Cloud revenue was $20 million during the second quarter of 2020, down 11% from the prior year primarily due to the impact of insourcing initiatives from General Electric Company (“GE”) completed during the second quarter of 2019
  • Infrastructure Solutions revenue totaling $24 million in the second quarter, decreasing 22% year-over-year partially due to the impacts of COVID-19 and customers migrating to managed services
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $16 million for the second quarter, up 24% year-over-year

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Transaction Details
On March 13, 2020, Cincinnati Bell Inc. ("Cincinnati Bell" or the "Company"), together with MIP, announced an agreement through which an MIP-controlled subsidiary will acquire all outstanding shares of Cincinnati Bell for $15.50 per share in a cash transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including debt (the "Transaction").

The Transaction follows the determination by Cincinnati Bell's Board of Directors, after consultation with its legal and financial advisors, that the MIP proposal constitconstituted a "Superior Company Proposal" as defined in Cincinnati Bell's previously announced Brookfield merger agreement. Consistent with that determination, and following the expiration of the negotiation period during which Brookfield declined to propose an amendment to the Brookfield merger agreement, Cincinnati Bell terminated the Brookfield merger agreement. In connection with the termination, Cincinnati Bell paid Brookfield an approximately $25 million break-up fee.

On May 7, 2020, Cincinnati Bell’s shareholders adopted the MIP merger agreement at a virtual special meeting of shareholders.

MIP is a fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets ("MIRA"). In addition to MIP, certain Special Opportunities funds or co-investment vehicles managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) ("Ares Management"), and entities controlled by the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (“REST”), an Australian superannuation fund managed by Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited, have agreed to provide equity financing for the Transaction.

MIRA is a global alternative asset manager with extensive experience in investing in the communications infrastructure industry. For more than two decades, MIRA has partnered with investors, governments, and communities to manage, develop, and enhance assets relied on by more than 100 million people each day. As of March 31, 2020, MIRA had $136.95 billion in assets under management (based on proportionate enterprise value), of which $107.9 billion were invested in infrastructure assets.

Ares Management is a global alternative investment manager operating three integrated businesses across Credit, Private Equity, and Real Estate. Ares Management’s global platform had $149 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2020 and employs approximately 1,200 employees in over 20 offices in more than 10 countries.

REST is a widely held Australian public offer pension fund managing over AUD 52 billion (USD $36 billion) on behalf of approximately 1.7 million members.

The Transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

Kei Lawson, 513-565-0510
Josh Pichler, 513-565-0310
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  • we operate in highly competitive industries, and customers may not continue to purchase products or services, which would result in reduced revenue and loss of market share;
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  • litigation in connection with the Transaction may result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability;
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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains information about adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), Adjusted EBITDA margin, net debt, net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items and free cash flow. 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​​

1Adjusted EBITDA provides a useful measure of operational performance. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as GAAP operating income plus depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, restructuring and severance related charges, (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets, transaction and integration costs, transaction related employee retention agreements, asset impairments, and other special items. Adjusted EBITDA 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.

Adjusted EBITDA margin 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.

2Free cash flow provides a useful measure of operational performance, liquidity and financial health. The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided by (used in) operating activities, adjusted for restructuring and severance related payments, transaction and integration payments, less capital expenditures and preferred stock dividends. 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 there is no comparable GAAP measure for free cash flow, the attached financial information reconciles cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow.

Net debt 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, unamortized premium and/or discount and unamortized note issuance costs, offset by cash and cash equivalents.

Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items in total and per share provides a useful measure of operating performance. Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders excluding special items should not be considered as an alternative to comparable GAAP measures of profitability and may not be comparable with net income (loss) excluding special items as defined by other companies.