10-Q 1 q3_10q.htm AT&T 2012 FORM 10-Q q3_10q.htm
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 10-Q
 

 
(Mark One)
   

 
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
       
   
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012
 
       
   
or
 
       
 
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
       
For the transition period from       to     
 
Commission File Number 1-8610

AT&T INC.

Incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware
I.R.S. Employer Identification Number 43-1301883
 
208 S. Akard St., Dallas, Texas 75202
Telephone Number:  (210) 821-4105


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes [X]   No [   ]
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes [X]   No [   ]
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See definition of “accelerated filer,” “large accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer
[X]
 
Accelerated filer
[   ]
Non-accelerated filer
[   ]
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company
[   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes [   ]   No [X]
 
At October 31, 2012 there were 5,680 million common shares outstanding.


 
 

 

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.  Financial Statements

AT&T INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
(Unaudited)
   
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
   
September 30,
   
September 30,
   
2012 
   
2011 
   
2012 
   
2011 
Operating Revenues
                     
Wireless service
$
14,906 
 
$
14,261 
 
$
44,237 
 
$
42,379 
Data
 
7,977 
   
7,459 
   
23,695 
   
21,979 
Voice
 
5,565 
   
6,242 
   
17,155 
   
19,132 
Directory
 
   
803 
   
1,049 
   
2,512 
Other
 
3,011 
   
2,713 
   
8,720 
   
8,218 
Total operating revenues
 
31,459 
   
31,478 
   
94,856 
   
94,220 
Operating Expenses
                     
Cost of services and sales (exclusive of depreciation
                     
   and amortization shown separately below)
 
12,718 
   
12,656 
   
38,000 
   
38,225 
Selling, general and administrative
 
8,192 
   
7,969 
   
24,330 
   
23,983 
Depreciation and amortization
 
4,512 
   
4,618 
   
13,571 
   
13,804 
Total operating expenses
 
25,422 
   
25,243 
   
75,901 
   
76,012 
Operating Income
 
6,037 
   
6,235 
   
18,955 
   
18,208 
Other Income (Expense)
                     
Interest expense
 
(824)
   
(889)
   
(2,624)
   
(2,583)
Equity in net income of affiliates
 
182 
   
193 
   
537 
   
649 
Other income (expense) – net
 
47 
   
46 
   
122 
   
132 
Total other income (expense)
 
(595)
   
(650)
   
(1,965)
   
(1,802)
Income Before Income Taxes
 
5,442 
   
5,585 
   
16,990 
   
16,406 
Income tax expense
 
1,741 
   
1,899 
   
5,672 
   
5,594 
Net Income
 
3,701 
   
3,686 
   
11,318 
   
10,812 
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest
 
(66)
   
(63)
   
(197)
   
(190)
Net Income Attributable to AT&T
$
3,635 
 
$
3,623 
 
$
11,121 
 
$
10,622 
Basic Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T
$
0.63 
 
$
0.61 
 
$
1.90 
 
$
1.79 
Diluted Earnings Per Share Attributable to AT&T
$
0.63 
 
$
0.61 
 
$
1.90 
 
$
1.79 
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares
                     
   Outstanding – Basic (in millions)
 
5,771 
   
5,936 
   
5,848 
   
5,931 
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares
                     
   Outstanding with Dilution (in millions)
 
5,792 
   
5,954 
   
5,869 
   
5,950 
Dividends Declared Per Common Share
$
0.44 
 
$
0.43 
 
$
1.32 
 
$
1.29 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
                     
 
 
 

 

AT&T INC.
                     
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                 
Dollars in millions
                     
(Unaudited)
                     
 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012 
 
2011 
 
2012 
 
2011 
Net income
$
3,701 
 
$
3,686 
 
$
11,318 
 
$
10,812 
Other comprehensive income, net of tax:
                     
     Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of
           taxes of $33, $(280), $109 and $(157)
 
57 
   
(519)
   
199 
   
(291)
     Net unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities:
                     
        Unrealized gains (losses), net of taxes of $31, $(88), $58
           and $(59)
 
59 
   
(165)
   
108 
   
(110)
        Reclassification adjustment realized in net income, net of
           taxes of $(28), $(2), $(34) and $(23)
 
(51)
   
(2)
   
(63)
   
(43)
     Net unrealized gains (losses) on cash flow hedges:
                     
        Unrealized gains (losses), net of taxes of $126, $(135),
           $68 and $(143)
 
232 
   
(249)
   
125 
   
(263)
        Reclassification adjustment included in net income,
           net of taxes of $4, $1, $11 and $4
 
   
   
21 
   
     Defined benefit postretirement plans:
                     
        Net actuarial loss from equity method investees arising
           during period, net of taxes of $0, $0, $(29) and $0
 
 - 
   
 - 
   
(53)
   
 - 
        Amortization of net prior service credit included in
           net income, net of taxes of $(84), $(69), $(255)
           and $(206)
 
(137)
   
(112)
   
(411)
   
(336)
     Other
 
(1)
   
 2 
   
 - 
   
 1 
Other comprehensive income (loss)
 
167 
   
(1,043)
   
(74)
   
(1,035)
Total comprehensive income
 
3,868 
   
2,643 
   
11,244 
   
9,777 
Less: Total comprehensive income attributable to
     noncontrolling interest
 
(66)
   
(63)
   
(197)
   
(190)
Total Comprehensive Income Attributable to AT&T
$
3,802 
 
$
2,580 
 
$
11,047 
 
$
9,587 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
                     
 
 
 

 

AT&T INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
2012 
 
2011 
Assets
(Unaudited)
     
Current Assets
         
Cash and cash equivalents
$
2,217 
 
$
3,185 
Accounts receivable - net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $606 and $878
 
12,398 
   
13,606 
Prepaid expenses
 
1,337 
   
1,155 
Deferred income taxes
 
1,312 
   
1,470 
Other current assets
 
1,694 
   
3,611 
Total current assets
 
18,958 
   
23,027 
Property, plant and equipment
 
267,639 
   
260,279 
   Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization
 
(159,422)
 
 
(153,192)
Property, Plant and Equipment – Net
 
108,217 
   
107,087 
Goodwill
 
69,762 
   
70,842 
Licenses
 
52,082 
   
51,374 
Customer Lists and Relationships – Net
 
1,622 
   
2,757 
Other Intangible Assets – Net
 
5,038 
   
5,212 
Investments in and Advances to Equity Affiliates
 
4,563 
   
3,718 
Other Assets
 
6,607 
   
6,327 
Total Assets
$
266,849 
 
$
270,344 
           
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
         
Current Liabilities
         
Debt maturing within one year
$
3,433 
 
$
3,453 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
18,936 
   
19,858 
Advanced billing and customer deposits
 
3,709 
   
3,872 
Accrued taxes
 
2,209 
   
1,003 
Dividends payable
 
2,511 
   
2,608 
Total current liabilities
 
30,798 
   
30,794 
Long-Term Debt
 
60,314 
   
61,300 
Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities
         
Deferred income taxes
 
29,092 
   
25,748 
Postemployment benefit obligation
 
33,842 
   
34,011 
Other noncurrent liabilities
 
11,529 
   
12,694 
Total deferred credits and other noncurrent liabilities
 
74,463 
   
72,453 
           
Stockholders’ Equity
         
Common stock ($1 par value, 14,000,000,000 authorized at September 30, 2012 and
         
   December 31, 2011: issued 6,495,231,088 at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011)
 
6,495 
   
6,495 
Additional paid-in capital
 
90,982 
   
91,156 
Retained earnings
 
28,907 
   
25,453 
Treasury stock (788,169,469 at September 30, 2012 and 568,719,202
         
   at December 31, 2011, at cost)
 
(28,533)
   
(20,750)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
 
3,106 
   
3,180 
Noncontrolling interest
 
317 
   
263 
Total stockholders’ equity
 
101,274 
   
105,797 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
$
266,849 
 
$
270,344 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
         
 
 
 

 

AT&T INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Dollars in millions
(Unaudited)
 
Nine months ended
 
September 30,
 
2012 
 
2011 
Operating Activities
         
Net income
$
 11,318 
 
$
 10,812 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
         
   Depreciation and amortization
 
 13,571 
   
 13,804 
   Undistributed earnings from investments in equity affiliates
 
 (483)
   
 (539)
   Provision for uncollectible accounts
 
 835 
   
 805 
   Deferred income tax expense and noncurrent unrecognized tax benefits
 
 3,441 
   
 4,942 
   Net (gain) loss from sale of investments, net of impairments
 
 (27)
   
 (57)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
         
   Accounts receivable
 
 (450)
   
 (573)
   Other current assets
 
 1,459 
   
 1,342 
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
 387 
   
 (2,533)
Other - net
 
 (1,107)
   
 (853)
Total adjustments
 
 17,626 
   
 16,338 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
 
 28,944 
   
 27,150 
           
Investing Activities
         
Construction and capital expenditures:
         
   Capital expenditures
 
 (13,619)
   
 (14,625)
   Interest during construction
 
 (197)
   
 (119)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
 
 (551)
   
 (430)
Dispositions
 
 807 
   
 76 
Sales (purchases) of securities, net
 
 311 
   
 45 
Other
 
 (2)
   
 28 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
 
 (13,251)
   
 (15,025)
           
Financing Activities
         
Net change in short-term borrowings with original maturities of three months or less
 
 - 
   
 (1,620)
Issuance of long-term debt
 
 6,935 
   
 7,935 
Repayment of long-term debt
 
 (8,042)
   
 (1,298)
Purchase of treasury stock
 
 (8,374)
   
 - 
Issuance of treasury stock
 
 460 
   
 216 
Dividends paid
 
 (7,738)
   
 (7,627)
Other
 
 98 
   
 (406)
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
 
 (16,661)
   
 (2,800)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
 (968)
   
 9,325 
Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year
 
 3,185 
   
 1,437 
Cash and Cash Equivalents End of Period
$
 2,217 
 
$
 10,762 
Cash paid during the nine months ended September 30 for:
         
   Interest
$
 3,335 
 
$
 3,066 
   Income taxes, net of refunds
$
 390 
 
$
 (121)
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 
 

 

AT&T INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Dollars and shares in millions except per share amounts
(Unaudited)
 
September 30, 2012
 
Shares
 
Amount
Common Stock
       
Balance at beginning of year
6,495 
 
$
 6,495 
Issuance of stock
 - 
   
 - 
Balance at end of period
6,495 
 
$
 6,495 
         
Additional Paid-In Capital
       
Balance at beginning of year
   
$
 91,156 
Issuance of treasury stock
     
 119 
Share-based payments
     
 (133)
Share of equity method investee capital transactions
     
 (160)
Balance at end of period
   
$
 90,982 
         
Retained Earnings
       
Balance at beginning of year
   
$
 25,453 
Net income attributable to AT&T ($1.90 per diluted share)
     
 11,121 
Dividends to stockholders ($1.32 per share)
     
 (7,646)
Other
     
 (21)
Balance at end of period
   
$
 28,907 
         
Treasury Stock
       
Balance at beginning of year
 (568)
 
$
(20,750)
Purchase of stock
 (245)
   
(8,374)
Issuance of treasury stock
25 
   
 591 
Balance at end of period
 (788)
 
$
 (28,533)
         
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income Attributable to AT&T, net of tax
       
Balance at beginning of year
   
$
 3,180 
Other comprehensive loss attributable to AT&T
     
 (74)
Balance at end of period
   
$
 3,106 
         
Noncontrolling Interest
       
Balance at beginning of year
   
$
 263 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
     
 197 
Distributions
     
 (143)
Balance at end of period
   
$
 317 
         
Total Stockholders’ Equity at beginning of year
   
$
 105,797 
Total Stockholders’ Equity at end of period
   
$
 101,274 
See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 
 
 

 
AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

NOTE 1. PREPARATION OF INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Basis of Presentation  Throughout this document, AT&T Inc. is referred to as “AT&T,” “we” or the “Company.” We believe that these consolidated financial statements include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring accruals) necessary to present fairly the results for the presented interim periods. The results for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of those for the full year. You should read this document in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and our majority-owned subsidiaries and affiliates. Our subsidiaries and affiliates operate in the communications services industry both in the United States and internationally, providing wireless communications services, local exchange services, long-distance services, data/broadband and Internet services, video services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking and wholesale services. On May 8, 2012, we completed the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for approximately $740 in cash after closing adjustments, a $200 note and a 47% equity interest in the new entity, YP Holdings LLC (YP Holdings). Our operating results include the results of the Advertising Solutions segment through May 8. Beginning on May 9, we included our 47% equity in YP Holdings in equity in net income of affiliates in our Other segment and on our consolidated income statement.

All significant intercompany transactions are eliminated in the consolidation process. Investments in partnerships and less than majority-owned subsidiaries where we have significant influence are accounted for under the equity method. Earnings from certain foreign equity investments accounted for using the equity method are included for periods ended within up to one month of our period end. We also record our proportionate share of our equity method investees’ other comprehensive income items, including actuarial gains and losses on pension and other postretirement benefit obligations.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes, including estimates of probable losses and expenses. Actual results could differ from those estimates. We have reclassified certain amounts in prior-period financial statements to conform to the current period’s presentation, including a reclassification of certain operating expenses based on an enhanced activity-based expense tracking system.

Employee Separations  We established obligations for expected termination benefits provided under existing plans to former or inactive employees after employment but before retirement. At September 30, 2012, we had severance accruals of $118 and at December 31, 2011, we had severance accruals of $335. The decline was primarily due to payments during the period.

Stock Repurchase Program  In December 2010, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 300 million shares of AT&T common stock. We began buying back stock under this program in the first quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we had repurchased approximately 245 million shares totaling $8,374. In July 2012, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 300 million shares. We intend to continue repurchasing shares.

To implement these authorizations, we use open market repurchase programs, relying on Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 where feasible. We also use accelerated share repurchase programs with large financial institutions to repurchase our stock.


 

 
AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

NOTE 2. EARNINGS PER SHARE

A reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of basic earnings per share and diluted earnings per share for net income attributable to AT&T for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, are shown in the table below:

 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012 
 
2011 
 
2012 
 
2011 
Numerators
                     
Numerator for basic earnings per share:
                     
   Net Income
$
3,701 
 
$
3,686 
 
$
11,318 
 
$
10,812 
   Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
 
(66)
   
(63)
   
(197)
   
(190)
   Net Income attributable to AT&T
 
3,635 
   
3,623 
   
11,121 
   
10,622 
   Dilutive potential common shares:
                     
      Other share-based payment
 
   
   
   
Numerator for diluted earnings per share
$
3,638 
 
$
3,626 
 
$
11,130 
 
$
10,630 
Denominators (000,000)
                     
Denominator for basic earnings per share:
                     
   Weighted average number of common shares outstanding
 
5,771 
   
5,936 
   
5,848 
   
5,931 
   Dilutive potential common shares:
                     
      Stock options
 
   
   
   
      Other share-based payment
 
17 
   
15 
   
17 
   
15 
Denominator for diluted earnings per share
 
5,792 
   
5,954 
   
5,869 
   
5,950 
Basic earnings per share attributable to AT&T
$
0.63 
 
$
0.61 
 
$
1.90 
 
$
1.79 
Diluted earnings per share attributable to AT&T
$
0.63 
 
$
0.61 
 
$
1.90 
 
$
1.79 

At September 30, 2012 and 2011, we had issued and outstanding options to purchase approximately 18 million and 85 million shares of AT&T common stock. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, the exercise prices of 2 million and 58 million options were above the market price of AT&T stock for the respective periods. Accordingly, we did not include these amounts in determining the dilutive potential common shares. At September 30, 2012 and 2011, the exercise prices of 16 million and 24 million vested stock options were below market price.


 

 
AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

NOTE 3. SEGMENT INFORMATION

Our segments are strategic business units that offer different products and services over various technology platforms and are managed accordingly. We analyze our various operating segments based on segment income before income taxes. We make our capital allocations decisions based on our strategic direction of the business, needs of the network (wireless or wireline) providing services and other assets needed to provide emerging services to our customers. Actuarial gains and losses from pension and other postretirement benefits, interest expense and other income (expense) – net, are managed only on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. The customers and long-lived assets of our reportable segments are predominantly in the United States. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, we have three reportable segments: (1) Wireless, (2) Wireline, and (3) Other. Our operating results prior to May 9, 2012, also included Advertising Solutions. On May 8, 2012, we completed the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment and received a 47 percent equity interest in the new entity YP Holdings (see Note 1).

The Wireless segment uses our nationwide network to provide consumer and business customers with wireless voice and advanced data communications services. The Wireless segment results have been reclassified to include the operating results of a subsidiary that provides services for subscribers to wirelessly monitor their home that was previously reported in the Wireline segment.

The Wireline segment uses our regional, national and global network to provide consumer and business customers with landline voice and data communications services, AT&T U-verse® TV, high-speed broadband and voice services and managed networking to business customers. Additionally, we receive commissions on sales of satellite television services offered through our agency arrangements. The Wireline segment results have been reclassified to exclude the operating results of the home monitoring business moved to our Wireless segment and to include the operating results of customer information services, which were previously reported in our Other segment’s results.

The Advertising Solutions segment included our directory operations, which published Yellow and White Pages directories and sold directory advertising and Internet-based advertising and local search.

The Other segment includes our portion of the results from our international equity investments, our 47 percent equity interest in YP Holdings and all corporate and other operations. Also included in the Other segment are impacts of corporate-wide decisions for which the individual operating segments are not being evaluated, including interest cost and expected return on plan assets for our pension and postretirement benefit plans. The Other segment results have been reclassified to exclude the operating results of customer information services, which are now reported in our Wireline segment’s results.
 
In the following tables, we show how our segment results are reconciled to our consolidated results reported.
 
 
 

 
AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
 
For the three months ended September 30, 2012
         
 
         
 
 
   
Wireless
   
Wireline
    Advertising Solutions    
Other
   
Consolidations
    Consolidated Results  
Total segment operating revenues
  $ 16,632     $ 14,813     $ -     $ 14     $ -     $ 31,459  
Operations and support expenses
    10,549       10,134       -       227       -       20,910  
Depreciation and amortization expenses
    1,730       2,774       -       8       -       4,512  
Total segment operating expenses
    12,279       12,908       -       235       -       25,422  
Segment operating income (loss)
    4,353       1,905       -       (221 )     -       6,037  
Interest expense
    -       -       -       -       824       824  
Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates
    (17 )     -       -       199       -       182  
Other income (expense) – net
    -       -       -       -       47       47  
Segment income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 4,336     $ 1,905     $ -     $ (22 )   $ (777 )   $ 5,442  
                                                 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2012
           
 
                 
   
Wireless
   
Wireline
    Advertising Solutions    
Other
   
Consolidations
    Consolidated Results  
Total segment operating revenues
  $ 49,121     $ 44,645     $ 1,049     $ 41     $ -     $ 94,856  
Operations and support expenses
    30,337       30,516       773       704       -       62,330  
Depreciation and amortization expenses
    5,092       8,348       106       25       -       13,571  
Total segment operating expenses
    35,429       38,864       879       729       -       75,901  
Segment operating income (loss)
    13,692       5,781       170       (688 )     -       18,955  
Interest expense
    -       -       -       -       2,624       2,624  
Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates
    (45 )     (1 )     -       583       -       537  
Other income (expense) – net
    -       -       -       -       122       122  
Segment income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 13,647     $ 5,780     $ 170     $ (105 )   $ (2,502 )   $ 16,990  
                                                 
For the three months ended September 30, 2011
           
 
                 
   
Wireless
   
Wireline
    Advertising Solutions    
Other
   
Consolidations
    Consolidated Results  
Total segment operating revenues
  $ 15,606     $ 15,055     $ 803     $ 14     $ -     $ 31,478  
Operations and support expenses
    9,376       10,295       554       400       -       20,625  
Depreciation and amortization expenses
    1,620       2,892       94       12       -       4,618  
Total segment operating expenses
    10,996       13,187       648       412       -       25,243  
Segment operating income (loss)
    4,610       1,868       155       (398 )     -       6,235  
Interest expense
    -       -       -       -       889       889  
Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates
    (8 )     -       -       201       -       193  
Other income (expense) – net
    -       -       -       -       46       46  
Segment income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 4,602     $ 1,868     $ 155     $ (197 )   $ (843 )   $ 5,585  
                                                 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011
           
 
                 
   
Wireless
   
Wireline
    Advertising Solutions    
Other
   
Consolidations
    Consolidated Results  
Total segment operating revenues
  $ 46,519     $ 45,136     $ 2,512     $ 53     $ -     $ 94,220  
Operations and support expenses
    29,023       30,752       1,707       726       -       62,208  
Depreciation and amortization expenses
    4,741       8,726       301       36       -       13,804  
Total segment operating expenses
    33,764       39,478       2,008       762       -       76,012  
Segment operating income (loss)
    12,755       5,658       504       (709 )     -       18,208  
Interest expense
    -       -       -       -       2,583       2,583  
Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates
    (19 )     -       -       668       -       649  
Other income (expense) – net
    -       -       -       -       132       132  
Segment income (loss) before income taxes
  $ 12,736     $ 5,658     $ 504     $ (41 )   $ (2,451 )   $ 16,406  
 

 
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AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

NOTE 4. PENSION AND POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS

Substantially all of our employees are covered by one of various noncontributory pension and death benefit plans. We also provide certain medical, dental and life insurance benefits to certain retired employees under various plans and accrue actuarially determined postretirement benefit costs as active employees earn these benefits. Our objective in funding these plans, in combination with the standards of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), is to accumulate assets sufficient to meet the plans’ obligations to provide benefits to employees upon their retirement. No significant cash contributions are required under ERISA regulations during 2012. In October 2012, we filed an application with the U.S. Department of Labor for approval to contribute a preferred equity interest in our Mobility business to the trust used to pay pension benefits, under plans sponsored by AT&T. The preferred equity interest is estimated to be valued at $9,500 upon contribution. We anticipate approval in 2013, and expect to make the contribution at that time.

The following table details pension and postretirement benefit costs included in operating expenses (in cost of services and sales, and selling, general and administrative expenses) in the accompanying consolidated statements of income. We recognize actuarial gains and losses from remeasuring our pension and postretirement plan obligations and assets in our operating results at our annual measurement date of December 31, unless earlier remeasurements are required.

In the following table, expense credits are denoted with parentheses. A portion of these benefit costs is capitalized as part of the benefit load on internal construction projects, providing a small reduction in the net expense recorded.

 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
2012 
 
2011 
 
2012 
 
2011 
Pension cost:
                     
   Service cost – benefits earned during the period
$
301 
 
$
297 
 
$
915 
 
$
890 
   Interest cost on projected benefit obligation
 
700 
   
740 
   
2,100 
   
2,219 
   Expected return on assets
 
(880)
   
(923)
   
(2,640)
   
(2,767)
   Amortization of prior service (credit)
 
(3)
   
(4)
   
(11)
   
(12)
   Net pension cost
$
118 
 
$
110 
 
$
364 
 
$
330 
                       
Postretirement cost:
                     
   Service cost – benefits earned during the period
$
81 
 
$
90 
 
$
247 
 
$
271 
   Interest cost on accumulated postretirement benefit obligation
 
446 
   
513 
   
1,340 
   
1,538 
   Expected return on assets
 
(200)
   
(260)
   
(601)
   
(780)
   Amortization of prior service (credit)
 
(215)
   
(173)
   
(647)
   
(520)
   Net postretirement cost
$
112 
 
$
170 
 
$
339 
 
$
509 
                       
   Combined net pension and postretirement cost
$
230 
 
$
280 
 
$
703 
 
$
839 

Our combined net pension and postretirement cost decreased $50 in the third quarter and $136 for the first nine months of 2012. The decreases were related to higher amortization of prior service credits due to our plan change that provides prescription drug benefits on a group basis under Medicare Part D, as allowed under federal healthcare law. The combined net pension and postretirement cost also reflects the prior year’s performance of the U.S. securities markets and declining bond rates, which contribute to lower interest costs on the projected benefit obligation largely offset by lower expected return on plan assets.

We also provide senior- and middle-management employees with nonqualified, unfunded supplemental retirement and savings plans. Net supplemental retirement pension benefits cost, which is not included in the table above, was $31 in the third quarter of 2012, of which $29 was interest cost, and $94 for the first nine months, of which $87 was interest cost. In 2011, net supplemental retirement pension benefits cost was $35 in the third quarter, of which $31 was interest cost, and $106 for the first nine months, of which $94 was interest cost.
 
 
 
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AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

NOTE 5. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS AND DISCLOSURE

The Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure framework provides a three-tiered fair value hierarchy that gives highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described below:

Level 1
Inputs to the valuation methodology are unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets that we have the ability to access.

Level 2
Inputs to the valuation methodology include:
·  
Quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets.
·  
Quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets.
·  
Inputs other than quoted market prices that are observable for the asset or liability.
·  
Inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

Level 3
Inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.
·  
Fair value is often based on developed models in which there are few, if any, external observations.

The fair value measurement level of an asset or liability within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of any input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Valuation techniques used should maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs.

The valuation methodologies described above may produce a fair value calculation that may not be indicative of future net realizable value or reflective of future fair values. We believe our valuation methods are appropriate and consistent with other market participants. The use of different methodologies or assumptions to determine the fair value of certain financial instruments could result in a different fair value measurement at the reporting date. There have been no changes in the methodologies used since December 31, 2011.

Long-Term Debt and Other Financial Instruments
The carrying amounts and estimated fair values of our long-term debt, including current maturities and other financial instruments, are summarized as follows:

 
September 30, 2012
 
December 31, 2011
 
Carrying
 
Fair
 
Carrying
 
Fair
 
Amount
 
Value
 
Amount
 
Value
Notes and debentures
$
 63,510 
 
$
 76,432 
 
$
 64,514 
 
$
 73,738 
Investment securities
 
 1,950 
   
 1,950 
   
 2,092 
   
 2,092 

The fair values of our notes and debentures were estimated based on quoted market prices, where available. The carrying value of debt with an original maturity of less than one year approximates market value. The fair value measurements used for notes and debentures are considered Level 2 under the Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure framework.
 
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

Investment Securities
Our investment securities consist of primarily available-for-sale instruments, which include equities, fixed income bonds and other securities. A substantial portion of the fair values of our available-for-sale securities were estimated based on quoted market prices. Investments in securities not traded on a national securities exchange are valued using pricing models, quoted prices of securities with similar characteristics or discounted cash flows. Realized gains and losses on securities are included in “Other income (expense) – net” in the consolidated statements of income using the specific identification method. Unrealized gains and losses, net of tax, on available-for-sale securities are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (accumulated OCI). Unrealized losses that are considered other than temporary are recorded in “Other income (expense) – net” with the corresponding reduction to the carrying basis of the investment. Fixed income investments of $11 have maturities of less than one year, $103 within one to three years, $233 within three to five years, and $252 for five or more years.

Our short-term investments, other short- and long-term held-to-maturity investments (including money market securities) and customer deposits are recorded at amortized cost, and the respective carrying amounts approximate fair values.

Our investment securities maturing within one year are recorded in “Other current assets,” and instruments with maturities of more than one year are recorded in “Other Assets” on the consolidated balance sheets.

Following is the fair value leveling for available-for-sale securities and derivatives as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:

   
September 30, 2012
   
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Available-for-Sale Securities
                     
   Domestic equities
$
 865 
 
$
 - 
 
$
 - 
 
$
 865 
   International equities
 
 445 
   
 - 
   
 - 
   
 445 
   Fixed income bonds
 
 - 
   
 599 
   
 - 
   
 599 
Asset Derivatives
                     
   Interest rate swaps
 
 - 
   
 306 
   
 - 
   
 306 
   Cross-currency swaps
 
 - 
   
 472 
   
 - 
   
 472 
   Foreign exchange contracts
 
 - 
   
 1 
   
 - 
   
 1 
Liability Derivatives
                     
   Cross-currency swaps
 
 - 
   
 (791)
   
 - 
   
 (791)
   Foreign exchange contracts
 
 - 
   
 (2)
   
 - 
   
 (2)
                         
   
December 31, 2011
   
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Available-for-Sale Securities
                     
   Domestic equities
$
 947 
 
$
 - 
 
$
 - 
 
$
 947 
   International equities
 
 495 
   
 - 
   
 - 
   
 495 
   Fixed income bonds
 
 - 
   
 562 
   
 - 
   
 562 
Asset Derivatives
                     
   Interest rate swaps
 
 - 
   
 521 
   
 - 
   
 521 
   Cross-currency swaps
 
 - 
   
 144 
   
 - 
   
 144 
   Foreign exchange contracts
 
 - 
   
 2 
   
 - 
   
 2 
Liability Derivatives
                     
   Cross-currency swaps
 
 - 
   
 (820)
   
 - 
   
 (820)
   Interest rate locks
 
 - 
   
 (173)
   
 - 
   
 (173)
   Foreign exchange contracts
 
 - 
   
 (9)
   
 - 
   
 (9)
1
 Derivatives designated as hedging instruments are reflected as other assets, other liabilities and, for a portion of interest rate swaps, accounts receivable.
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

Derivative Financial Instruments
We employ derivatives to manage certain market risks, primarily interest rate risk and foreign currency exchange risk. This includes the use of interest rate swaps, interest rate locks, foreign exchange forward contracts and combined interest rate foreign exchange contracts (cross-currency swaps). We do not use derivatives for trading or speculative purposes. We record derivatives on our consolidated balance sheets at fair value that is derived from observable market data, including yield curves and foreign exchange rates (all of our derivatives are Level 2). Cash flows associated with derivative instruments are presented in the same category on the consolidated statements of cash flows as the item being hedged.

The majority of our derivatives are designated either as a hedge of the fair value of a recognized asset or liability or of an unrecognized firm commitment (fair value hedge), or as a hedge of a forecasted transaction or of the variability of cash flows to be received or paid related to a recognized asset or liability (cash flow hedge).

Fair Value Hedging We designate our fixed-to-floating interest rate swaps as fair value hedges. The purpose of these swaps is to manage interest rate risk by managing our mix of fixed-rate and floating-rate debt. These swaps involve the receipt of fixed-rate amounts for floating interest rate payments over the life of the swaps without exchange of the underlying principal amount. Accrued and realized gains or losses from interest rate swaps impact interest expense on the consolidated statements of income. Unrealized gains on interest rate swaps are recorded at fair market value as assets, and unrealized losses on interest rate swaps are recorded at fair market value as liabilities. Changes in the fair value of the interest rate swaps offset changes in the fair value of the fixed-rate notes payable they hedge due to changes in the designated benchmark interest rate and are recognized in interest expense. Gains or losses realized upon early termination of our fair value hedges are recognized in interest expense. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, no ineffectiveness was measured.

Cash Flow Hedging Unrealized gains on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges are recorded at fair value as assets, and unrealized losses on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges are recorded at fair value as liabilities, both for the period they are outstanding. For derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges, the effective portion is reported as a component of accumulated OCI until reclassified into interest expense in the same period the hedged transaction affects earnings. The gain or loss on the ineffective portion is recognized as other income or expense in each period.

We designate our cross-currency swaps as cash flow hedges. We have entered into multiple cross-currency swaps to hedge our exposure to variability in expected future cash flows that are attributable to foreign currency risk generated from the issuance of our Euro and British pound sterling denominated debt. These agreements include initial and final exchanges of principal from fixed foreign denominations to fixed U.S. denominated amounts, to be exchanged at a specified rate, which was determined by the market spot rate upon issuance. They also include an interest rate swap of a fixed foreign-denominated rate to a fixed U.S. denominated interest rate. We evaluate the effectiveness of our cross-currency swaps each quarter. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, no ineffectiveness was measured.

Periodically, we enter into and designate interest rate locks to partially hedge the risk of changes in interest payments attributable to increases in the benchmark interest rate during the period leading up to the probable issuance of fixed-rate debt. We designate our interest rate locks as cash flow hedges. Gains and losses when we settle our interest rate locks are amortized into income over the life of the related debt, except where a material amount is deemed to be ineffective, which would be immediately reclassified to income. Over the next 12 months, we expect to reclassify $45 from accumulated OCI to interest expense due to the amortization of net losses on historical interest rate locks. In February 2012, we utilized $800 notional value of interest rate locks related to our February 2012 debt issuance.

We hedge a portion of the exchange risk involved in anticipation of highly probable foreign currency-denominated transactions. In anticipation of these transactions, we often enter into foreign exchange contracts to provide currency at a fixed rate. Some of these instruments are designated as cash flow hedges while others remain nondesignated, largely based on size and duration. Gains and losses at the time we settle or take delivery on our designated foreign exchange contracts are amortized into income in the same period the hedged transaction affects earnings, except where an amount is deemed to be ineffective, which would be immediately reclassified to income. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, no ineffectiveness was measured.
 
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED) - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

Collateral and Credit-Risk Contingency  We have entered into agreements with our derivative counterparties establishing collateral thresholds based on respective credit ratings and netting agreements. At September 30, 2012, we had posted collateral of $25 (a deposit asset) and held collateral of $469 (a receipt liability). Under the agreements, if our credit rating had been downgraded one rating level by Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch, Inc. before the final collateral exchange in September, we would have been required to post additional collateral of $174. At December 31, 2011, we had posted collateral of $98 (a deposit asset) and had no held collateral (a receipt liability). We do not offset the fair value of collateral, whether the right to reclaim cash collateral (a receivable) or the obligation to return cash collateral (a payable), against the fair value of the derivative instruments.

Following is the notional amount of our outstanding derivative positions:

   
September 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Interest rate swaps
  $ 3,000     $ 8,800  
Cross-currency swaps
    9,481       7,502  
Interest rate locks
    -       800  
Foreign exchange contracts
    122       207  
Total
  $ 12,603     $ 17,309  
 
Following is the related hedged items affecting our financial position and performance:
             
                         
Effect of Derivatives on the Consolidated Statements of Income
                   
 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
 
September 30,
 
September 30,
 
Fair Value Hedging Relationships   2012     2011     2012     2011  
Interest rate swaps (Interest expense):
                       
Gain (Loss) on interest rate swaps
  $ (21 )   $ 92     $ (158 )   $ 81  
Gain (Loss) on long-term debt
    21       (92 )     158       (81 )

In addition, net swap settlements that accrued and settled in the periods above were offset against interest expense.
 
 
Three months ended
   
Nine months ended
 
 
September 30,
   
September 30,
 
Cash Flow Hedging Relationships   2012     2011     2012     2011  
Cross-currency swaps:
                       
Gain (Loss) recognized in accumulated OCI
  $ 355     $ (266 )   $ 190     $ (415 )
                                 
Interest rate locks:
                               
Gain (Loss) recognized in accumulated OCI
    -       (105 )     -       17  
Interest income (expense) reclassified from
   accumulated OCI into income
     (12 )      (3 )      (32 )     (11 )
                                 
Foreign exchange contracts:
                               
Gain (Loss) recognized in accumulated OCI
    3       (13 )     3       (8 )

The balance of the unrealized derivative gain (loss) in accumulated OCI was $(275) at September 30, 2012 and $(421) at December 31, 2011.
 
 
 
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AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

For ease of reading, AT&T Inc. is referred to as “we,” “AT&T” or the “Company” throughout this document, and the names of the particular subsidiaries and affiliates providing the services generally have been omitted. AT&T is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates operate in the communications services industry in both the United States and internationally, providing wireless communications services, local exchange services, long-distance services, data/broadband and Internet services, video services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking and wholesale services. You should read this discussion in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements, accompanying notes and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. A reference to a “Note” in this section refers to the accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. In the tables throughout this section, percentage increases and decreases that are not considered meaningful are denoted with a dash.

Consolidated Results  Our financial results in the third quarter and for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 are summarized as follows:
 
   
Third Quarter
 
Nine-Month Period
    2012     2011    
Percent Change
  2012     2011    
Percent Change
Operating Revenues
  $ 31,459     $ 31,478       (0.1) %   $ 94,856     $ 94,220       0.7 %
Operating expenses
                                               
Cost of services and sales
    12,718       12,656       0.5       38,000       38,225       (0.6 )
Selling, general and administrative
    8,192       7,969       2.8       24,330       23,983       1.4  
Depreciation and amortization
    4,512       4,618       (2.3)       13,571       13,804       (1.7 )
Total Operating Expenses
    25,422       25,243       0.7       75,901       76,012       (0.1 )
Operating Income
    6,037       6,235       (3.2)       18,955       18,208       4.1  
  Income Before Income Taxes
    5,442       5,585       (2.6)       16,990       16,406       3.6  
Net Income
    3,701       3,686       0.4       11,318       10,812       4.7  
Net Income Attributable to AT&T
  $ 3,635     $ 3,623       0.3 %   $ 11,121     $ 10,622       4.7 %

Overview
Operating income decreased $198, or 3.2%, in the third quarter and increased $747, or 4.1%, for the first nine months of 2012. Both operating revenues and expenses for the quarter were affected by the May 2012 sale of our Advertising Solutions segment, as discussed below. Operating income in the third quarter and for the first nine months reflects continued growth in wireless service and equipment revenue, driven mostly by data revenue growth, along with increased revenues from AT&T U-verse® (U-verse) services and strategic business services. Growth in wireless and wireline revenues in the third quarter was more than offset by higher expenses driven primarily by increased wireless equipment, commissions and administrative costs. Our operating income margin in the third quarter decreased from 19.8% in 2011 to 19.2% in 2012 and for the first nine months increased from 19.3% in 2011 to 20.0% in 2012.

Operating revenues decreased $19, or 0.1%, in the third quarter and increased $636, or 0.7%, for the first nine months of 2012. The sale of our Advertising Solutions segment reduced revenues $803 in the third quarter and $1,463 in the first nine months. The third-quarter decrease from Advertising Solutions was offset by higher wireless service and equipment revenues and higher wireline data revenues from U-verse and strategic business services. The increase in operating revenues for the first nine months was primarily due to the continued growth in wireless service and equipment revenues and higher wireline data revenues. These increases were partially offset by the Advertising Solutions segment sale and continued declines in wireline voice.

 
 
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AT&T INC.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

Revenue growth continues to be tempered by declines in our wireline voice revenues. Total switched access lines decreased 12.8% since September 30, 2011. Customers disconnecting access lines switched to wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and cable offerings for voice and data or terminated service permanently as businesses closed or consumers left residences. While we lose wireline voice revenues, we have the opportunity to increase wireless service or wireline data revenues should the customer choose us as their wireless or VoIP provider. We also continue to expand our VoIP service for customers who have access to our U-verse video service.

Cost of services and sales expenses increased $62, or 0.5%, in the third quarter and decreased $225, or 0.6%, for the first nine months of 2012. The sale of our Advertising Solutions segment reduced expenses $277 in the third quarter and $499 for the first nine months. The increase in the third quarter was primarily due to higher wireless handset costs related to smartphone sales including the launch of the latest iPhone model and wireline costs attributable to growth in U-verse subscribers, which were mostly offset by lower non-employee related charges and the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment. The decrease for the first nine months is primarily due to the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment and lower non-employee related expenses, partially offset by higher U-verse, wireless handset and wireless network costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $223, or 2.8%, in the third quarter and $347, or 1.4%, for the first nine months of 2012. The increases were primarily due to higher wireless commissions and administrative costs. The increases were partially offset by decreased sales and advertising costs, employee related expenses, and the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment, which reduced expenses $277 in the third quarter and $435 for the first nine months.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased $106, or 2.3%, in the third quarter and $233, or 1.7%, for the first nine months of 2012. The sale of our Advertising Solutions segment reduced expenses $94 in the third quarter and $195 for the first nine months. Expenses also decreased due to lower amortization of intangibles for customer lists related to acquisitions, partially offset by increased depreciation associated with ongoing capital spending for network upgrades and expansion.

Interest expense decreased $65, or 7.3%, in the third quarter and increased $41, or 1.6%, for the first nine months of 2012. The decrease in the third quarter was due to our lower average debt balances and interest rates, partially offset by call premiums paid on the early redemption of debt in September 2012. The increase for the first nine months was primarily due to a net charge of approximately $151 related to call premiums paid for the early redemption of debt, which were partially offset by net gains on the settlement of associated interest-rate swaps. The increase from the early debt redemptions was partially offset by lower expense resulting from lower average debt balances and interest rates and an increase in the amount of interest capitalized on wireless spectrum that will be used in the future.

Equity in net income of affiliates decreased $11, or 5.7%, in the third quarter and $112, or 17.3%, for the first nine months of 2012. Decreased equity in net income of affiliates was due to decreased earnings at América Móvil, S.A. de C.V. (América Móvil), resulting from foreign exchange losses and increased taxes. Partially offsetting the decreases were earnings from YP Holdings LLC (YP Holdings).

Other income (expense) – net We had other income of $47 in the third quarter and $122 for the first nine months of 2012, compared to other income of $46 in the third quarter and $132 for the first nine months of 2011. Income in the third quarter and for the first nine months of 2012 included interest and dividend income of $17 and $51, leveraged lease income of $5 and $46 and net gains on the sale of investments of $83 and $82. This income was partially offset by a third-quarter investment impairment of $55.

Other income in the third quarter and for the first nine months of 2011 included interest and dividend income of $13 and $56 and leveraged lease income of $4 and $15, respectively. In addition, third quarter 2011 results included an $8 gain on the sale of nonstrategic assets along with foreign exchange gains of $7, while results for the first nine months of 2011 included a net gain of $66 from sale of investments.

Income taxes decreased $158, or 8.3%, in the third quarter and increased $78, or 1.4%, for the first nine months of 2012. Our effective tax rate was 32.0% for the third quarter and 33.4% for the first nine months of 2012, as compared to 34.0% for the third quarter and 34.1% for the first nine months of 2011. The decrease in effective tax rate in this quarter is due primarily to recognition of benefits related to resolution of audit issues.
 
 
 
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
 
Selected Financial and Operating Data
           
   
September 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Wireless subscribers (000)
    105,871       100,738  
Network access lines in service (000)
    33,088       37,956  
Total wireline broadband connections (000)
    16,392       16,476  
Debt ratio
    38.6 %     38.5 %
Ratio of earnings to fixed charges
    5.36       5.41  
Number of AT&T employees
    241,130       256,210  
1
Debt ratios are calculated by dividing total debt (debt maturing within one year plus long-term debt) by total capital (total debt plus total stockholders’ equity) and do not consider cash available to pay down debt. See our “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section for discussion.
2
See Exhibit 12.
3
Includes the reduction of approximately 8,200 employees as a result of the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment.

 
Segment Results

Our segments are strategic business units that offer different products and services over various technology platforms and are managed accordingly. Our operating segment results presented in Note 3 and discussed below for each segment follow our internal management reporting. We analyze our various operating segments based on segment income before income taxes. We make our capital allocations decisions based on our strategic direction of the business, needs of the network (wireless or wireline) providing services and other assets needed to provide emerging services to our customers. Actuarial gains and losses from pension and other postretirement benefits, interest expense and other income (expense) – net, are managed only on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. We have three reportable segments: (1) Wireless, (2) Wireline, and (3) Other. Our operating results prior to May 9, 2012, also included Advertising Solutions. On May 8, 2012, we completed the sale of our Advertising Solutions segment and received a 47 percent equity interest in the new entity YP Holdings (see Note 1).

The Wireless segment uses our nationwide network to provide consumer and business customers with wireless voice and advanced data communications services. The Wireless segment results have been reclassified to include the operating results of a subsidiary that provides services for subscribers to wirelessly monitor their homes that was previously reported in the Wireline segment’s results.

The Wireline segment uses our regional, national and global network to provide consumer and business customers with landline voice and data communications services, U-verse TV, high-speed broadband and voice services and managed networking to business customers. Additionally, we receive commissions on sales of satellite television services offered through our agency arrangements. The Wireline segment results have been reclassified to exclude the operating results of the home monitoring business moved to our Wireless segment and to include the operating results of customer information services, which were previously reported in our Other segment’s results.

The Advertising Solutions segment included our directory operations, which published Yellow and White Pages directories and sold directory advertising and Internet-based advertising and local search.

The Other segment includes our portion of the results from our international equity investments, our 47 percent equity interest in YP Holdings, and all corporate and other operations. Also included in the Other segment are impacts of corporate-wide decisions for which the individual operating segments are not being evaluated, including interest cost and expected return on plan assets for our pension and postretirement benefit plans. The Other segment results have been reclassified to exclude the operating results of customer information services, which are now reported in our Wireline segment’s results.
 
 
 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts

Operations and support expenses include bad debt expense; advertising costs; sales and marketing functions, including customer service centers; real estate costs, including maintenance and utilities on all buildings; credit and collection functions; and corporate support costs, such as finance, legal, human resources and external affairs. Pension and postretirement service costs, net of amounts capitalized as part of construction labor, are also included to the extent that they are associated with these employees. Our Wireless and Wireline segments also include certain network planning and engineering expenses, information technology, repair technicians and repair services, and property taxes as operations and support expenses.

The following tables show components of results of operations by segment. Significant segment results are discussed following each table. Capital expenditures for each segment are discussed in “Liquidity and Capital Resources.”
 
Wireless
                                   
Segment Results
                                   
   
Third Quarter
 
Nine-Month Period
    2012   2011  
Percent Change
  2012   2011  
Percent Change
                                     
Segment operating revenues
                                   
Service
  $ 14,906     $ 14,261       4.5 %   $ 44,237     $ 42,379       4.4 %
Equipment
    1,726       1,345       28.3       4,884       4,140       18.0  
Total Segment Operating Revenues
    16,632       15,606       6.6       49,121       46,519       5.6  
Segment operating expenses
                                               
Operations and support
    10,549       9,376       12.5       30,337       29,023       4.5  
Depreciation and amortization
    1,730       1,620       6.8       5,092       4,741       7.4  
Total Segment Operating Expenses
    12,279       10,996       11.7       35,429       33,764       4.9  
Segment Operating Income
    4,353       4,610       (5.6)       13,692       12,755       7.3  
Equity in Net Income (Loss) of Affiliates
    (17)       (8)       -       (45)       (19)       -  
Segment Income
  $ 4,336     $ 4,602       (5.8) %   $ 13,647     $ 12,736       7.2 %

 
 
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Dollars in millions except per share amounts
 
The following table highlights other key measures of performance for the Wireless segment:
             
                                     
   
Third Quarter
 
Nine-Month Period
   
2012
 
2011
 
Percent Change
 
2012
 
2011
 
Percent Change
Wireless Subscribers (000)1
                      105,871       100,738       5.1 %
     Gross Subscriber Additions (000)2
    4,914       5,946       (17.4 )%     15,162       17,154       (11.6 )
     Net Subscriber Additions (000)2
    678       2,123       (68.1 )     2,670       5,202       (48.7 )
     Total Churn4
    1.34 %     1.28 %  
6 BP
      1.33 %     1.36 %  
(3) BP
 
                                                 
Postpaid Subscribers (000)
                            69,747       68,614       1.7 %
     Net Postpaid Subscriber Additions (000)2
    151       319       (52.7 )%     658       712       (7.6 )
     Postpaid Churn4
    1.08 %     1.15 %  
(7) BP
      1.05 %     1.16 %  
(11) BP
 
                                                 
Prepaid Subscribers (000)
                            7,545       7,059       6.9 %
     Net Prepaid Subscriber Additions (000)2
    77       293       (73.7 )%     294       515       (42.9 )
                                                 
Reseller Subscribers (000)
                            14,573       13,028       11.9 %
     Net Reseller Subscriber Additions (000)2
    137       473       (71.0 )%     793       1,282       (38.1 )
                                                 
Connected Device Subscribers (000)3
                            14,006       12,037       16.4 %
     Net Connected Device Subscriber Additions (000)
    313       1,038       (69.8 )%     925       2,693       (65.7 )
1
Represents 100% of AT&T Mobility customers.
2
Excludes merger and acquisition-related additions during the period.
3
Includes data-centric devices such as eReaders, home security and automobile monitoring systems, and fleet management. Tablets are primarily reflected in our prepaid subscriber category, with the remainder in postpaid.
4
Calculated by dividing the aggregate number of wireless subscribers who canceled service during a period divided by the total number of wireless subscribers at the beginning of that period. The churn rate for the period is equal to the average of the churn rate for each month of that period.

Wireless Subscriber Relationships
As the wireless industry continues to mature, we believe that future wireless growth will increasingly depend on our ability to offer innovative services and devices and a wireless network that has sufficient spectrum and capacity to support these innovations and make them available to more subscribers. To attract and retain subscribers, we offer a broad handset line and a wide variety of service plans.
 
 
 
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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Continued
Dollars in millions except per share amounts
 
Our handset offerings include at least 16 smartphones (handsets with voice and data capabilities using an advanced operating system to better manage data and Internet access) from nine manufacturers. As technology evolves, rapid changes are occurring in the handset and device industry with the continual introduction of new models (e.g., various Android, Apple, Windows and other smartphones) or significant revisions of existing models. We believe a broad offering of a wide variety of smartphones reduces dependence on any single operating system or manufacturer as these products continue to evolve in terms of technology and subscriber appeal. In the first nine months of 2012, we continued to see increasing use of smartphones by our postpaid subscribers. Of our total postpaid subscriber base, 63.8% (or 44.5 million subscribers) use smartphones, up from 52.6% (or 36.1 million subscribers) a year earlier. As is common in the industry, most of our subscribers’ phones are designed to work only with our wireless technology, requiring subscribers who desire to move to a new carrier with a different technology to purchase a new device. From time to time, we offer and have offered attractive handsets on an exclusive basis. As these exclusivity arrangements expire, we expect to continue to offer such handsets (based on historical industry practice), and we believe our service plan offerings will help to retain our subscribers by providing incentives not to migrate to a different carrier. We do not expect exclusivity terminations to have a material impact on our Wireless segment income, consolidated operating margin or our cash flows from operations.

Our postpaid subscribers typically sign a two-year contract, which includes discounted handsets and early termination fees. About 89% of our postpaid smartphone subscribers are on FamilyTalk® Plans (family plans), Mobile Share plans or business discount plans (discount plans), which provide for service on multiple devices at discounted rates, and such subscribers tend to have higher retention and lower churn rates. During the first quarter of 2011, we introduced our Mobile to Any Mobile feature, which enables our new and existing subscribers with qualifying messaging plans to make unlimited mobile calls to any mobile number in the United States, subject to certain conditions. We also offer data plans at different price levels (usage-based data plans) to attract a wide variety of subscribers and to differentiate us from our competitors. Our postpaid subscribers on data plans increased 10.8% year ov