AT&T (T) Reports Profits Up Over 3 Percent
Shares of AT&T Inc. (T) traded lower in after hours trading, dropping -0.63 or 1.62 percent to $38.37 per share Tuesday afternoon, after the company announced a +3.2 percent rise in first quarter profits. Despite earnings being on target according to analyst estimates, shares were weaker due to the company missing its first quarter revenue forecast. AT&T shares closed at $39.00 per share, up +0.27 or +0.70% in Tuesday's regular trading session.
AT&T's first quarter earnings came in at $0.64 per share on revenues of $31.4 billion. Analysts expected earnings per share of $0.64 on revenues of $31.75 billion. While earnings were on target, the lower revenue figure was in part attributed to AT&T's loss of market share in the wireless subscriber market to Verizon Wireless (VZ
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Dallas, Texas based AT&T Inc. was founded in 1885 as the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and split up into several regional companies in 1983 following the settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit. As of last year, AT&T was the 17th largest company in the world by market value. The multinational corporation is the largest provider of fixed and mobile telephone services in the United States and also a major provider of broadband television subscriptions. While the company kept to its two percent estimate for 2013 revenue growth, AT&T is getting significant competition from Verizon Wireless. Verizon is attracting considerably more subscribers for their cell phone service, which is the most lucrative, while AT&T's subscription growth has come primarily from users of tablets and other devices which have a lower monthly fee. According to AT&T, the company added 296,000 subscribers to its services in the first quarter versus 187,000 in the same period one year ago. The figure included the net addition of 365,000 tablet users, implying a loss of 69,000 higher paying telephone subscribers. Analysts expected the company to get 195,000 new subscribers in Q1. In the company's post earnings conference call, CFO John Stevens stated that, "In wireless, it's all about the mobile Internet. Data growth was strong; Smartphone sales set another first quarter record. Tablet showed post-paid growth with an exceptional quarter, and customers continued to flock to our mobile share plans making it easier than ever to add new devices and drive further growth. This resulted in improved revenues, better margins, post-paid ARPU growth and lower churn." The addition of new subscriptions brings the total of AT&T subscribers top over 107 million. In addition to the increased number of subscriptions, the company also reported the sale of 4.8 million iPhones, keeping AT&T in the number one position for iPhone carriers in the United States. Despite the lower than expected revenue in the first quarter, AT&T stock is up more than fifteen percent year to date. The company announced a quarterly dividend of $0.45 payable on May 10th and a repurchase plan for 300,000 of its shares, representing 5.5 percent of the company's shares outstanding. If the company's commitment to buying its own shares is any indication, AT&T Inc. stock could continue being a sound investment. Other News About T AT&T Reports First Quarter Earnings With 72% of Subscribers Wielding a Smartphone
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Published on Apr 24, 2013
By Jay Hawk