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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-Q

 

þ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2010

OR

 

¨ 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

1-33409

METROPCS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware   20-0836269

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

2250 Lakeside Boulevard

Richardson, Texas

  75082-4304
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(214) 570-5800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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 þ 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 þ 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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer þ    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 þ

On July 30, 2010, there were 353,890,321 shares of the registrant’s common stock, $0.0001 par value, outstanding.

 

 

 


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METROPCS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)

  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 and 2009

   2

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 and 2009

   3

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

   4

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   28

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   42

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

   43
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION   

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

   44

Item 1A. Risk Factors

   44

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

   *

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

   *

Item 4. (Removed and Reserved)

   *

Item 5. Other Information

   *

Item 6. Exhibits

   46

SIGNATURES

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* No reportable information under this item.


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PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share information)

(Unaudited)

 

    June 30,
2010 (1)
  December 31,
2009 (1)
 

CURRENT ASSETS:

   

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 776,540      $ 929,381   

Short-term investments

    299,859      224,932   

Inventories, net

    195,363      147,401   

Accounts receivable (net of allowance for uncollectible accounts of $2,396 and $2,045 at June 30, 2010 and
December 31, 2009, respectively)

    47,786      51,536   

Prepaid expenses

    65,407      48,353   

Deferred charges

    64,787      59,414   

Deferred tax assets

    5,959      1,948   

Other current assets

    31,824      28,426   
             

Total current assets

    1,487,525      1,491,391   

Property and equipment, net

    3,306,443      3,252,213   

Restricted cash and investments

    13,132      15,438   

Long-term investments

    6,319      6,319   

FCC licenses

    2,471,930      2,470,181   

Other assets

    193,773      150,475   
             

Total assets

  $ 7,479,122      $ 7,386,017   
             

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

   

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

  $ 426,444      $ 558,366   

Current maturities of long-term debt

    19,921      19,326   

Deferred revenue

    196,864      187,654   

Other current liabilities

    34,345      32,123   
             

Total current liabilities

    677,574      797,469   

Long-term debt, net

    3,628,544      3,625,949   

Deferred tax liabilities

    583,835      512,306   

Deferred rents

    91,236      80,487   

Other long-term liabilities

    81,389      81,664   
             

Total liabilities

    5,062,578      5,097,875   

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (See Note 11)

   

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

   

Preferred stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized; no shares of preferred stock issued and
outstanding at June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009

        0   

Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 353,603,839 and 352,711,263 shares
issued and outstanding at June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively

    35      35   

Additional paid-in capital

    1,659,854      1,634,754   

Retained earnings

    767,269      664,693   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (9,762)     (11,340

Less treasury stock, at cost, 126,855 and no treasury shares at June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively

    (852)     0   
             

Total stockholders’ equity

    2,416,544      2,288,142   
             

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

  $         7,479,122      $         7,386,017   
             

 

(1)  As a result of the adoption of certain provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 810 (Topic 810, “Consolidation”), the Company is required to separately disclose on its condensed consolidated balance sheets the assets of its consolidated variable interest entity (“VIE”) that can be used only to settle obligations of the VIE and liabilities for which creditors do not have recourse to the Company.

    As of June 30, 2010, $851.7 million related to the consolidated VIE were included in the Company’s total assets, which consist of $14.7 million of cash and cash equivalents, $0.1 million of accounts receivable, net, $8.0 million of prepaid expenses, $1.3 million of other current assets, $511.8 million of property and equipment, net, $0.3 million of restricted cash and investments, $293.6 million of FCC licenses and $21.9 million of other assets.

    As of December 31, 2009, $807.2 million related to the consolidated VIE were included in the Company’s total assets, which consist of $16.8 million of cash and cash equivalents, $0.1 million of accounts receivable, net, $7.6 million of prepaid expenses, $0.5 million of other current assets, $463.7 million of property and equipment, net, $0.3 million of restricted cash and investments, $293.6 million of FCC licenses and $24.6 million of other assets.

    As of June 30, 2010, $49.3 million related to the consolidated VIE were included in the Company’s total liabilities, which consist of $14.7 million of accounts payable and accrued expenses, $0.2 million of current maturities of long-term debt, $12.1 million of long-term debt, net, $13.2 million of deferred rents, and $9.1 million of other long-term liabilities.

    As of December 31, 2009, $33.7 million related to the consolidated VIE were included in the Company’s total liabilities, which consist of $9.4 million of accounts payable and accrued expenses, $0.1 million of current maturities of long-term debt, $4.4 million of long-term debt, net, $10.9 million of deferred rents, and $8.9 million of other long-term liabilities.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(in thousands, except share and per share information)

(Unaudited)

 

    For the three months  ended
June 30,
  For the six months  ended
June 30,
    2010   2009   2010   2009

REVENUES:

       

Service revenues

   $ 922,137     $ 766,850     $ 1,775,420     $ 1,493,548 

Equipment revenues

    90,399      92,762      207,619      161,393 
                       

Total revenues

    1,012,536      859,612      1,983,039      1,654,941 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

       

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization expense
of $95,883, $80,253, $190,826 and $152,572, shown separately
below)

    308,168      268,733      592,820      514,308 

Cost of equipment

    235,354      227,400      549,092      452,419 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding
depreciation and amortization expense of $13,419, $11,122,
$26,276 and $20,549, shown separately below)

    158,600      142,321      318,510      278,731 

Depreciation and amortization

    109,302      91,375      217,102      173,121 

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

    2,700      14,010      1,872      (10,898) 
                       

Total operating expenses

    814,124      743,839      1,679,396      1,407,681 
                       

Income from operations

    198,412      115,773      303,643      247,260 

OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME):

       

Interest expense

    65,503      70,535      132,985      128,967 

Interest income

    (392)      (474)      (856)      (1,265) 

Other expense (income), net

    479      394      934      1,010 

Impairment loss on investment securities

        532          1,453 
                       

Total other expense

    65,590      70,987      133,063      130,165 

Income before provision for income taxes

    132,822      44,786      170,580      117,095 

Provision for income taxes

    (52,907)      (18,590)      (68,004)      (46,926) 
                       

Net income

   $ 79,915     $ 26,196     $ 102,576     $ 70,169 
                       

Other comprehensive income:

       

Unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities, net of
tax

    91      27      124      (112) 

Unrealized (losses) gains on cash flow hedging derivatives, net
of tax

    (4,191)      3,338      (10,218)      (3,627) 

Reclassification adjustment for gains on available-for-sale
securities included in net income, net of tax

    (53)      (19)      (133)      (19) 

Reclassification adjustment for losses on cash flow hedging
derivatives included in net income, net of tax

    5,071      8,116      11,805      14,838 
                       

Comprehensive income

   $ 80,833     $ 37,658     $ 104,154     $ 81,249 
                       

Net income per common share: (See Note 10)

       

Basic

   $ 0.22     $ 0.07     $ 0.29     $ 0.20 
                       

Diluted

   $ 0.22     $ 0.07     $ 0.29     $ 0.20 
                       

Weighted average shares:

       

Basic

    353,278,423      351,912,464      353,032,030      351,503,933 
                       

Diluted

    355,685,446      357,087,331      355,151,112      356,940,117 
                       

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

    For the six months  ended
June 30,
    2010   2009

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

   

Net income

    $ 102,576       $ 70,169  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

   

Depreciation and amortization

    217,102       173,121  

Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable

    58       111  

Deferred rent expense

    10,915       11,889  

Cost of abandoned cell sites

    903       4,607  

Stock-based compensation expense

    23,333       23,341  

Non-cash interest expense

    6,412       5,157  

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

    1,872       (10,898) 

Gain on sale of investments

    (217)      0  

Impairment loss on investment securities

    0       1,453  

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

    1,285       2,397  

Other non-cash expense

    963       772  

Deferred income taxes

    65,700       44,998  

Changes in assets and liabilities:

   

Inventories, net

    (47,962)      56,078  

Accounts receivable, net

    3,692       (19,604) 

Prepaid expenses

    (17,243)      (19,400) 

Deferred charges

    (5,374)      796  

Other assets

    11,082       12,618  

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

    (51,936)      87,107  

Deferred revenue

    9,211       19,816  

Other liabilities

    5,079       1,465  
           

Net cash provided by operating activities

    337,451       465,993  

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

   

Purchases of property and equipment

    (315,337)      (455,110) 

Change in prepaid purchases of property and equipment

    (18,551)      14,608  

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

    6,356       3,571  

Purchase of investments

    (312,225)      (261,856) 

Proceeds from maturity of investments

    237,500       37,500  

Proceeds from sale of restricted cash and investments

    1,762       0  

Acquisitions of FCC licenses

    (1,976)      (12,371) 

Proceeds from exchange of FCC licenses

    0       949  
           

Net cash used in investing activities

    (402,471)      (672,709) 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

   

Change in book overdraft

    (80,337)      (99,429) 

Proceeds from 9 1/4% Senior Notes

    0       492,250  

Debt issuance costs

    0       (11,925) 

Repayment of debt

    (8,000)      (8,000) 

Payments on capital lease obligations

    (1,224)      (1,450) 

Purchase of treasury stock

    (852)      0  

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

    2,592       7,112  
           

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

    (87,821)      378,558  
           

(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

    (152,841)      171,842  

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

    929,381       697,948  
           

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

    $     776,540       $     869,790  
           

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

1. Basis of Presentation:

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements include the balances and results of operations of MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (“MetroPCS”) and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”). MetroPCS indirectly owns, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, 85% of the limited liability company member interest in Royal Street Communications, LLC (“Royal Street Communications”). The condensed consolidated financial statements include the balances and results of operations of MetroPCS and its wholly-owned subsidiaries as well as the balances and results of operations of Royal Street Communications and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, “Royal Street”). The Company consolidates its interest in Royal Street in accordance with ASC 810 as a VIE. The Company examined specific criteria and considered factors such as design of Royal Street, risk and reward sharing, voting rights, and involvement in significant capital and operating decisions in reaching its conclusion to consolidate Royal Street. All intercompany accounts and transactions between MetroPCS and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and Royal Street have been eliminated in the consolidated financial statements. The redeemable ownership interest in Royal Street is included in other current liabilities as of June 30, 2010 due to the controlling member exercising its right to put to MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. (“Wireless”) its entire membership interest in Royal Street Communications in April 2010. The purchase of the membership interest in Royal Street Communications is conditioned on receipt of Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) consent and is expected to close on or after December 22, 2010. The redeemable ownership interest in Royal Street is included in other long-term liabilities as of December 31, 2009.

The condensed consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income and cash flows for the periods ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, and the related footnotes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”).

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included herein reflect all adjustments (consisting of normal, recurring adjustments) which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to state fairly the results for the interim periods presented. Certain amounts reported in previous periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. The results of operations for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected for any subsequent interim period or for the fiscal year.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The Company has thirteen operating segments based on geographic region within the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando/Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco and Tampa/Sarasota. Effective January 1, 2010, in accordance with the provisions of ASC 280 (Topic 280, “Segment Reporting”), the Company aggregates its thirteen operating segments into one reportable segment.

Federal Universal Service Fund (“FUSF”), E-911 and various other fees are assessed by various governmental authorities in connection with the services that the Company provides to its customers. Beginning in January 2010, the Company introduced a new family of service plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees (“tax inclusive plans”). The Company reports fees for the tax inclusive plans in cost of service on the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. When the Company separately assesses these fees on its customers for those service plans that do not include taxes or regulatory fees, the Company reports these regulatory fees on a gross basis in service revenues and cost of service on the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. For the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company recorded $21.5 million and $39.3 million, respectively, of FUSF, E-911 and other fees on a gross basis. For the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company recorded $44.6 million and $76.6 million, respectively, of FUSF, E-911 and other fees on a gross basis. Sales, use and excise taxes for all service plans are reported on a net basis in selling, general and administrative expenses on the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

 

 

 

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Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

2.  Share-based Payments:

In accordance with ASC 718 (Topic 718, “Compensation – Stock Compensation”), the Company recognizes stock-based compensation expense in an amount equal to the fair value of share-based payments, which includes stock options granted and restricted stock awards to employees. The Company records stock-based compensation expense in cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses. Stock-based compensation expense was $11.9 million and $12.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Cost of service for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 includes $0.7 million and $1.3 million, respectively, of stock-based compensation. For the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, selling, general and administrative expenses include $11.2 million and $11.4 million, respectively, of stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation expense was $23.3 million and $23.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Cost of service for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 includes $1.8 million and $2.0 million, respectively, of stock-based compensation. For the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, selling, general and administrative expenses include $21.5 million and $21.3 million, respectively, of stock-based compensation.

Restricted Stock Awards

Restricted stock awards are share awards that entitle the holder to receive shares of the Company’s common stock which become fully tradable upon vesting. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, pursuant to the Amended and Restated MetroPCS Communications, Inc. 2004 Equity Incentive Compensation Plan, the Company issued 15,500 and 1,851,674 restricted stock awards, respectively, to certain employees and, in 2010, the directors of MetroPCS. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, pursuant to the Amended and Restated MetroPCS Communications, Inc. 2004 Equity Incentive Compensation Plan, the Company issued 44,600 and 1,355,110 restricted stock awards, respectively, to certain employees. The restricted stock awards granted to employees generally vest on a four-year vesting schedule with 25% vesting on the first anniversary date of the award and the remainder pro-rata on a monthly or quarterly basis thereafter. The Company determined the grant-date fair value of the restricted stock awards granted during the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 to be $0.1 million and $0.7 million, respectively, based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the grant dates. The Company determined the grant-date fair value of the restricted stock awards granted during the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 to be $11.8 million and $19.6 million, respectively, based on the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on the grant dates. The estimated compensation cost of the restricted stock awards, which is equal to the fair value of the awards on the date of grant, will be recognized on a ratable basis over the four-year vesting period.

Vesting in the restricted stock awards triggers an income tax obligation for the employee that is required to be remitted to the relevant tax authorities. To effect the tax withholding, the Company has agreed to repurchase sufficient common shares from the employee to cover the income tax obligation. The stock repurchase is being accounted for as treasury stock. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, the Company repurchased 28,406 and 126,855 shares of stock, respectively, from certain employees to settle the income tax obligation associated with vesting in restricted stock awards.

3.  Short-term Investments:

The Company’s short-term investments consist of securities classified as available-for-sale, which are stated at fair value. The securities include U.S. Treasury securities with an original maturity of over 90 days. Unrealized gains, net of related income taxes, for available-for-sale securities are reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss, a component of stockholders’ equity, until realized. The estimated fair values of investments are based on quoted market prices as of the end of the reporting period.

 

 

 

 

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MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Short-term investments, with an original maturity of over 90 days, consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

    As of June 30, 2010
    Amortized
Cost
  Unrealized
Gain in
Accumulated

OCI
  Unrealized
Loss in
Accumulated

OCI
  Aggregate
Fair
Value

Equity Securities

   $    $    $ (6)     $

U.S. Treasury Securities

    299,731      127                  0      299,858 
                       

Total short-term investments

   $     299,738     $         127     $ (6)     $   299,859 
                       
    As of December 31, 2009
    Amortized
Cost
  Unrealized
Gain in
Accumulated

OCI
  Unrealized
Loss in
Accumulated

OCI
  Aggregate
Fair
Value

Equity Securities

   $    $    $ (5)     $

U.S. Treasury Securities

    224,790      140          224,930 
                       

Total short-term investments

   $ 224,797     $ 140     $ (5)     $ 224,932 
                       

The cost and aggregate fair values of short-term investments by contractual maturity at June 30, 2010 were as follows (in thousands):

 

    Amortized
Cost
  Aggregate
Fair
Value

Less than one year

   $     299,731      $     299,858  
           

4. Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities:

On November 21, 2006, Wireless entered into a three-year interest rate protection agreement to manage the Company’s interest rate risk exposure and fulfill a requirement of Wireless’ senior secured credit facility, as amended, (the “Senior Secured Credit Facility”), pursuant to which Wireless may borrow up to $1.7 billion. The agreement covered a notional amount of $1.0 billion and effectively converted this portion of Wireless’ variable rate debt to fixed-rate debt at an annual rate of 7.169%. The interest rate protection agreement expired on February 1, 2010.

On April 30, 2008, Wireless entered into an additional two-year interest rate protection agreement to manage the Company’s interest rate risk exposure. The agreement was effective on June 30, 2008 and covered an aggregate notional amount of $500.0 million and effectively converted this portion of Wireless’ variable rate debt to fixed rate debt at an annual rate of 5.464%. This interest rate protection agreement expired on June 30, 2010.

In March 2009, Wireless entered into three separate two-year interest rate protection agreements to manage the Company’s interest rate risk exposure under its Senior Secured Credit Facility. These agreements were effective on February 1, 2010 and cover a notional amount of $1.0 billion and effectively convert this portion of Wireless’ variable rate debt to fixed rate debt at a weighted average annual rate of 4.381%. The monthly interest settlement periods began on February 1, 2010. These agreements expire on February 1, 2012.

Interest rate protection agreements are entered into to manage interest rate risk associated with the Company’s variable-rate borrowings under the Senior Secured Credit Facility. The interest rate protection agreements have been designated as cash flow hedges. If a derivative is designated as a cash flow hedge and the hedging relationship qualifies for hedge accounting under the provisions of ASC 815 (Topic 815, “Derivatives and Hedging”), the effective portion of the change in fair value of the derivative is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and reclassified to interest expense in the period in which the hedged transaction affects earnings. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of a derivative qualifying for hedge accounting is recognized in earnings in the period of the change. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, the change in fair value did not result in ineffectiveness.

At the inception of the cash flow hedges and quarterly thereafter, the Company performs an assessment to determine whether changes in the fair values or cash flows of the derivatives are deemed highly effective in offsetting changes in the fair values or cash flows of the hedged transaction. If at any time subsequent to the inception of the cash flow hedges, the assessment indicates that the derivative is no longer highly effective as a hedge, the Company will discontinue hedge accounting and recognize all subsequent derivative gains and losses in results of operations. The Company estimates that approximately $15.9 million of net losses that are reported in accumulated other comprehensive loss at June 30, 2010 are expected to be reclassified into earnings within the next 12 months.

 

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Cross-default Provisions

The Company’s interest rate protection agreements contain cross-default provisions to the Company’s Senior Secured Credit Facility. The Company’s Senior Secured Credit Facility allows interest rate protection agreements to become secured if the counterparty to the agreement is a current lender under the Senior Secured Credit Facility. If the Company were to default on the Senior Secured Credit Facility, it would trigger these provisions, and the counterparties to the interest rate protection agreements could request immediate payment on interest rate protection agreements in net liability positions, similar to their existing rights as a lender. There are no collateral requirements in the interest rate protection agreements. The aggregate fair value of interest rate protection agreements with cross-default provisions that are in a net liability position on June 30, 2010 is $22.3 million.

 

Fair Values of Derivative Instruments
(in thousands)   

Liability Derivatives

    

As of June 30, 2010

    

As of December 31, 2009

    

Balance Sheet Location

     Fair Value     

Balance Sheet Location

     Fair Value

Derivatives designated as hedging

instruments under ASC 815

                 
 Interest rate protection agreements    Other current liabilities       $     (15,932)       Other current liabilities       $     (24,157) 
 Interest rate protection agreements    Other long-term liabilities        (6,341)       Other long-term liabilities        (702) 
                         

Total derivatives designated as

hedging instruments under ASC

815

         $ (22,273)             $ (24,859) 
                         

 

The Effect of Derivative Instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income and Comprehensive Income

For the Three Months Ended June 30,

   Derivatives in ASC 815 Cash    

   Flow Hedging Relationships    

     Amount of Gain (Loss)
Recognized in OCI on Derivative
(Effective Portion)
     Location of Gain
(Loss) Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Income
(Effective Portion)
     Amount of Gain (Loss)
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI  into
Income (Effective Portion)
     2010    2009           2010    2009

Interest rate protection agreements

      $     (6,849)      $     5,463       Interest expense       $     (8,285)      $     (13,253) 
                                    

The Effect of Derivative Instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income and Comprehensive Income

For the Six Months Ended June 30,

   Derivatives in ASC 815 Cash

   Flow Hedging Relationships    

     Amount of Gain (Loss)
Recognized in OCI on Derivative
(Effective Portion)
     Location of Gain
(Loss) Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Income
(Effective Portion)
     Amount of Gain (Loss)
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI into
Income (Effective Portion)
     2010    2009           2010    2009

Interest rate protection agreements

      $ (16,655)      $ (5,961)       Interest expense       $ (19,241)      $ (24,281) 
                                    

 

 

 

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5. Property and Equipment:

Property and equipment, net, consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

     June 30,
2010
   December  31,
2009

Construction-in-progress

    $ 342,304      $ 283,365 

Network infrastructure (1)

     3,908,977       3,756,300 

Office equipment and software

     177,941       158,732 

Leasehold improvements

     56,904       55,631 

Furniture and fixtures

     14,787       14,033 

Vehicles

     401       401 
             
     4,501,314       4,268,462 

Accumulated depreciation and amortization (1)

     (1,194,871)       (1,016,249) 
             

Property and equipment, net

    $     3,306,443      $     3,252,213 
             

 

 

(1) As of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, approximately $192.0 million and $183.4 million, respectively, of network infrastructure assets were held by the Company under capital lease arrangements. Accumulated amortization relating to these assets totaled $18.3 million and $9.8 million as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

6. FCC Licenses:

The Company operates wireless broadband mobile networks under licenses granted by the FCC for a particular geographic area on spectrum allocated by the FCC for terrestrial wireless broadband services. The Company holds personal communications services (“PCS”) licenses granted or acquired on various dates, and in November 2006, the Company acquired a number of advanced wireless services (“AWS”) licenses which can be used to provide services comparable to the wireless broadband mobile services provided by the Company, and other advanced wireless services. In June 2008, the Company acquired a 700 MHz license that also can be used to provide similar services. The PCS licenses previously included, and the AWS licenses currently include, the obligation and resulting costs to relocate existing fixed microwave users of the Company’s licensed spectrum if the Company’s use of its spectrum interferes with their systems and/or reimburse other carriers (according to FCC rules) that relocated prior users if the relocation benefits the Company’s system. Accordingly, the Company incurred costs related to microwave relocation in constructing its PCS and AWS networks.

FCC Licenses on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets includes the Company’s microwave relocation costs. The licenses and microwave relocation costs are recorded at cost. Although PCS, AWS and 700 MHz licenses are issued with a stated term, ten years in the case of the PCS licenses, fifteen years in the case of the AWS licenses and approximately ten years for 700 MHz licenses, the renewal of PCS, AWS and 700 MHz licenses is generally a routine matter without substantial cost and the Company has determined that no legal, regulatory, contractual, competitive, economic, or other factors currently exist that limit the useful life of its PCS, AWS and 700 MHz licenses. As such, under the provisions of ASC 350 (Topic 350, “Intangibles-Goodwill and Other”), the Company does not amortize PCS, AWS and 700 MHz licenses and microwave relocation costs (collectively, its “indefinite-lived intangible assets”) as they are considered to have indefinite lives and together represent the cost of the Company’s spectrum. The carrying value of FCC licenses and microwave relocation costs was approximately $2.5 billion as of June 30, 2010.

In accordance with the requirements of ASC 350, the Company performs its annual indefinite-lived intangible assets impairment test as of each September 30th or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the indefinite-lived intangible assets might be impaired. The impairment test consists of a comparison of the estimated fair value with the carrying value. The Company estimates the fair value of its indefinite-lived intangible assets using a direct value methodology in accordance with ASC 805 (Topic 805, “Business Combinations”). An impairment loss would be recorded as a reduction in the carrying value of the related indefinite-lived intangible assets and charged to results of operations.

The Company’s indefinite-lived intangible assets are aggregated and combined into a single unit of accounting in accordance with ASC 350 based on the management of the business on a national scope. The Company believes that utilizing its indefinite-lived intangible assets as a group represents the highest and best use of the assets, and the value of the indefinite-lived intangible assets would not be significantly impacted by a sale of one or a portion of the indefinite-lived intangible assets. Furthermore, if any of the indefinite-lived intangible assets are subsequently determined to have a finite useful life, such assets would be tested for impairment in accordance with ASC 360 (Topic 360,“Property, Plant, and Equipment”), and the intangible assets would then be amortized prospectively over the estimated remaining useful life. There also have been no subsequent indicators of impairment, and accordingly, no subsequent interim impairment tests were performed.

 

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Other Spectrum Acquisitions

During the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, the Company closed on various agreements for the acquisition and exchange of spectrum in the net aggregate amount of approximately $3.3 million and $10.3 million, respectively, in cash.

On February 2, 2010, the Company entered into a like-kind spectrum exchange agreement covering licenses in certain markets with another service provider (“Service Provider”). The Service Provider will acquire 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana; and an additional 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in certain other Washington markets, as well as an additional 10 MHz of PCS spectrum in Sacramento, California. The Company will acquire 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana; and an additional 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in Santa Barbara, California, and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida. Consummation of this spectrum exchange agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including final FCC consent, which was granted on July 9, 2010, but has not yet become final. In addition, the Company entered into short-term lease agreements with the Service Provider that, subject to FCC approval, authorize the Service Provider and the Company to use the spectrum covered by the spectrum exchange agreement until the spectrum exchange is consummated. The short-term lease agreements were approved by the FCC on February 23, 2010. The interim lease payments have been deferred and are included with other current liabilities as of June 30, 2010.

On July 23, 2010, the Company entered into a like-kind spectrum exchange agreement for licenses in certain metropolitan areas with the Service Provider. Consummation of this spectrum exchange agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including final FCC consent. The Company will acquire 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in Orlando in exchange for 10 MHz of PCS spectrum in Ft. Pierce-Vero Beach-Stuart, Florida, 20 MHz of partitioned AWS spectrum in the Salt Lake City and Portland cellular marketing areas and a cash payment. In addition, the Company entered into a short-term lease agreement with the Service Provider that, subject to FCC approval, will allow the Company to use the spectrum to be exchanged until the spectrum exchange agreement is consummated.

7. Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

     June 30,
2010
   December  31,
2009

Accounts payable

    $     139,098      $     164,246 

Book overdraft

     4,101       84,438 

Accrued accounts payable

     112,442       131,644 

Accrued liabilities

     18,649       26,009 

Payroll and employee benefits

     34,401       30,923 

Accrued interest

     33,748       42,098 

Taxes, other than income

     76,573       71,513 

Income taxes

     7,432       7,495 
             

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

    $     426,444      $     558,366 
             

 

 

 

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8. Long-term Debt:

Long-term debt consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

     June 30,
2010
   December  31,
2009

9 1/4 % Senior Notes

    $     1,950,000      $     1,950,000 

Senior Secured Credit Facility

     1,540,000       1,548,000 

Capital Lease Obligations

     189,830       181,194 
             

Total long-term debt

     3,679,830       3,679,194 

Add: unamortized discount on debt

     (31,365)       (33,919) 
             

Total debt

     3,648,465       3,645,275 

Less: current maturities

     (19,921)       (19,326) 
             

Total long-term debt

    $ 3,628,544      $ 3,625,949 
             

9  1/4% Senior Notes due 2014

On November 3, 2006, Wireless completed the sale of $1.0 billion of principal amount of 9 1/4% Senior Notes due 2014 (the “Initial Notes”). On June 6, 2007, Wireless completed the sale of an additional $400.0 million of 9 1/4 % Senior Notes due 2014 (the “Additional Notes”) under the existing indenture governing the Initial Notes at a price equal to 105.875% of the principal amount of such Additional Notes. On January 20, 2009, Wireless completed the sale of an additional $550.0 million of 9 1/4 % Senior Notes due 2014 (the “New 9 1/4% Senior Notes” and, together with the Initial Notes and Additional Notes, the “9 1/4% Senior Notes”) under a new indenture substantially similar to the indenture governing the Initial Notes at a price equal to 89.50% of the principal amount of such New 9 1/4% Senior Notes resulting in net proceeds of approximately $480.3 million.

The 9 1/4% Senior Notes are unsecured obligations and are guaranteed by MetroPCS, MetroPCS, Inc., and all of Wireless’ direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, but are not guaranteed by Royal Street and MetroPCS Finance, Inc. (“MetroPCS Finance”). Interest is payable on the 9 1/4% Senior Notes on May 1 and November 1 of each year. Wireless may, at its option, redeem some or all of the 9 1/4% Senior Notes at any time on or after November 1, 2010 for the redemption prices set forth in the indentures governing the 9 1/4% Senior Notes. Wireless may also, at its option, prior to November 1, 2010, redeem some or all of the 9 1/4% Senior Notes at the “make whole” price set forth in the indentures governing the 9 1/4% Senior Notes.

Senior Secured Credit Facility

On November 3, 2006, Wireless entered into the Senior Secured Credit Facility, which consists of a $1.6 billion term loan facility and a $100.0 million revolving credit facility. On November 3, 2006, Wireless borrowed $1.6 billion under the Senior Secured Credit Facility. The term loan facility is repayable in quarterly installments in annual aggregate amounts equal to 1% of the initial aggregate principal amount of $1.6 billion. The term loan facility will mature in November 2013 and the revolving credit facility will mature in November 2011.

The facilities under the Senior Secured Credit Facility are guaranteed by MetroPCS, MetroPCS, Inc. and each of Wireless’ direct and indirect present and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries. The facilities are not guaranteed by Royal Street and MetroPCS Finance, but Wireless pledged the promissory note that Royal Street has given it in connection with amounts borrowed by Royal Street from Wireless and the limited liability company member interest held by Wireless in Royal Street Communications. The Senior Secured Credit Facility contains customary events of default, including cross-defaults. The obligations are also secured by the capital stock of Wireless as well as substantially all of Wireless’ present and future assets and the capital stock and substantially all of the assets of each of its direct and indirect present and future wholly-owned subsidiaries (except as prohibited by law and certain permitted exceptions), but excludes Royal Street.

Under the Senior Secured Credit Facility, Wireless is subject to certain limitations, including limitations on its ability to incur additional debt, make certain restricted payments, sell assets, make certain investments or acquisitions, grant liens and pay dividends. Wireless is also subject to certain financial covenants, including maintaining a maximum senior secured consolidated leverage ratio and, under certain circumstances, maximum consolidated leverage and minimum fixed charge coverage ratios.

 

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The interest rate on the outstanding debt under the Senior Secured Credit Facility is variable. The rate as of June 30, 2010 was 3.765%, which includes the impact of our interest rate protection agreements (See Note 4).

Capital Lease Obligations

The Company has entered into various non-cancelable capital lease agreements, with varying expiration terms through 2025. Assets and future obligations related to capital leases are included in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets in property and equipment and long-term debt, respectively. Depreciation of assets held under capital leases is included in depreciation and amortization expense. As of June 30, 2010, the Company had approximately $189.8 million of capital lease obligations, with $3.9 million and $185.9 million recorded in current maturities of long-term debt and long-term debt, respectively.

9. Fair Value Measurements:

The Company has adopted the provisions of ASC 820 (Topic 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures”), for financial assets and liabilities. ASC 820 became effective for financial assets and liabilities on January 1, 2008. The Company adopted the provisions of ASC 820 for non-financial assets and liabilities upon its effectiveness on January 1, 2009. ASC 820 defines fair value, thereby eliminating inconsistencies in guidance found in various prior accounting pronouncements, and increases disclosures surrounding fair value calculations.

ASC 820 establishes a three-tiered fair value hierarchy that prioritizes inputs to valuation techniques used in fair value calculations. The three levels of inputs are defined as follows:

 

   

Level 1 - Unadjusted quoted market prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets that the Company has the ability to access.

 

   

Level 2 - Quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets; quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets; or valuations based on models where the significant inputs are observable (e.g., interest rates, yield curves, prepayment speeds, default rates, loss severities, etc.) or can be corroborated by observable market data.

 

   

Level 3 - Valuations based on models where significant inputs are not observable. The unobservable inputs reflect the Company’s own assumptions about the assumptions that market participants would use.

ASC 820 requires the Company to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. If a financial instrument uses inputs that fall in different levels of the hierarchy, the instrument will be categorized based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value calculation. The Company’s financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis include cash and cash equivalents, short and long-term investments securities and derivative financial instruments.

Included in the Company’s cash and cash equivalents are cash on hand, cash in bank accounts, investments in money market funds consisting of U.S. Treasury securities with an original maturity of 90 days or less. Included in the Company’s short-term investments are securities classified as available-for-sale, which are stated at fair value. The securities include U.S. Treasury securities with an original maturity of over 90 days. Fair value is determined based on observable quotes from banks and unadjusted quoted market prices from identical securities in an active market at the reporting date. Significant inputs to the valuation are observable in the active markets and are classified as Level 1 in the hierarchy.

 

 

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Included in the Company’s long-term investments securities are certain auction rate securities, some of which are secured by collateralized debt obligations with a portion of the underlying collateral being mortgage securities or related to mortgage securities. Due to the lack of availability of observable market quotes on the Company’s investment portfolio of auction rate securities, the fair value was estimated based on valuation models that rely exclusively on unobservable Level 3 inputs including those that are based on expected cash flow streams and collateral values, including assessments of counterparty credit quality, default risk underlying the security, discount rates and overall capital market liquidity. The valuation of the Company’s investment portfolio is subject to uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Factors that may impact the Company’s valuation include changes to credit ratings of the securities as well as the underlying assets supporting those securities, rates of default of the underlying assets, underlying collateral values, discount rates, counterparty risk and ongoing strength and quality of market credit and liquidity. Significant inputs to the investments valuation are unobservable in the active markets and are classified as Level 3 in the hierarchy.

Included in the Company’s derivative financial instruments are interest rate swaps. Derivative financial instruments are valued in the market using discounted cash flow techniques. These techniques incorporate Level 1 and Level 2 inputs such as interest rates. These market inputs are utilized in the discounted cash flow calculation considering the instrument’s term, notional amount, discount rate and credit risk. Significant inputs to the derivative valuation for interest rate swaps are observable in the active markets and are classified as Level 2 in the hierarchy.

The following table summarizes assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis at June 30, 2010, as required by ASC 820 (in thousands):

 

     Fair Value Measurements
     Level 1    Level 2    Level 3    Total

Assets

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 776,540    $ 0    $ 0    $ 776,540

Short-term investments

     299,859      0      0      299,859

Restricted cash and investments

     13,132      0      0      13,132

Long-term investments

     0      0      6,319      6,319
                           

Total assets measured at fair value

   $ 1,089,531    $ 0    $     6,319    $ 1,095,850
                           

Liabilities

           

Derivative liabilities

   $ 0    $ 22,273    $ 0    $ 22,273
                           

Total liabilities measured at fair value

   $ 0    $     22,273    $ 0    $ 22,273
                           

The following table summarizes assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis at December 31, 2009, as required by ASC 820 (in thousands):

 

     Fair Value Measurements
     Level 1    Level 2    Level 3    Total

Assets

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 929,381    $ 0    $ 0    $ 929,381

Short-term investments

     224,932      0      0      224,932

Restricted cash and investments

     15,438      0      0      15,438

Long-term investments

     0      0      6,319      6,319
                           

Total assets measured at fair value

   $ 1,169,751    $ 0    $     6,319    $ 1,176,070
                           

Liabilities

           

Derivative liabilities

   $ 0    $ 24,859    $ 0    $ 24,859
                           

Total liabilities measured at fair value

   $ 0    $     24,859    $ 0    $ 24,859
                           

 

 

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The following table summarizes the changes in fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities included in Level 2 assets, as required by ASC 820 (in thousands):

 

Fair Value Measurements of Derivative Liabilities Using Level 2 Inputs

   Derivative Liabilities
     Three Months Ended June 30,
     2010    2009

Beginning balance

    $ 23,709      $ 55,359 

Total losses (realized or unrealized):

     

  Included in earnings (1)

     8,285       13,253 

  Included in accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (6,849)       5,463 

  Transfers in and/or out of Level 2

         

  Purchases, sales, issuances and settlements

         
             

Ending balance

    $         22,273      $         36,643 
             

 

 

(1) Losses included in earnings that are attributable to the reclassification of the effective portion of those derivative liabilities still held at the reporting date as reported in interest expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

 

Fair Value Measurements of Derivative Liabilities Using Level 2 Inputs

   Derivative Liabilities
           Six Months Ended June 30,         
     2010    2009

Beginning balance

    $ 24,859      $ 54,963 

Total losses (realized or unrealized):

     

  Included in earnings (2)

     19,241       24,281 

  Included in accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (16,655)       (5,961) 

  Transfers in and/or out of Level 2

         

  Purchases, sales, issuances and settlements

         
             

Ending balance

    $         22,273      $         36,643 
             

 

 

(2) Losses included in earnings that are attributable to the reclassification of the effective portion of those derivative liabilities still held at the reporting date as reported in interest expense in the condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

The following table summarizes the changes in fair value of the Company’s Level 3 assets, as required by ASC 820 (in thousands):

 

Fair Value Measurements of Assets Using Level 3 Inputs

   Long-Term Investments
         Three Months Ended June 30,    
     2010    2009

Beginning balance

    $ 6,319      $ 4,612 

Total losses (realized or unrealized):

     

  Included in earnings (3)

          532 

  Included in accumulated other comprehensive loss

          243 

  Transfers in and/or out of Level 3

         

  Purchases, sales, issuances and settlements

         
             

Ending balance

    $           6,319      $           3,837 
             

 

 

(3) Losses included in earnings that are attributable to the change in unrealized losses relating to those assets still held at the reporting date as reported in impairment loss on investment securities in the condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

 

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Fair Value Measurements of Assets Using Level 3 Inputs

   Long-Term Investments
     Six Months Ended June 30,
     2010   2009

Beginning balance

    $         6,319     $         5,986 

 Total losses (realized or unrealized):

    

  Included in earnings (4)

         1,453 

  Included in accumulated other comprehensive loss

         696 

  Transfers in and/or out of Level 3

        

  Purchases, sales, issuances and settlements

        
            

Ending balance

    $ 6,319     $ 3,837 
            

 

 

 

(4) Losses included in earnings that are attributable to the change in unrealized losses relating to those assets still held at the reporting date as reported in impairment loss on investment securities in the condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt is estimated based on the quoted market prices for the same or similar issues or on the current rates offered to the Company for debt of the same remaining maturities.

The estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments are as follows (in thousands):

 

    June 30, 2010   December 31, 2009
    Carrying
Amount
  Fair Value   Carrying
Amount
  Fair Value

Senior Secured Credit Facility

   $   1,540,000     $   1,468,775     $   1,548,000     $   1,470,600 

9 1/4 % Senior Notes

    1,950,000      2,002,250      1,950,000      1,979,250 

Cash flow hedging derivatives

    22,273      22,273      24,859      24,859 

Short-term investments

    299,859      299,859      224,932      224,932 

Long-term investments

    6,319      6,319      6,319      6,319 

Although the Company has determined the estimated fair value amounts using available market information and commonly accepted valuation methodologies, considerable judgment is required in interpreting market data to develop fair value estimates. The fair value estimates are based on information available at June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009 and have not been revalued since those dates. As such, the Company’s estimates are not necessarily indicative of the amount that the Company, or holders of the instruments, could realize in a current market exchange and current estimates of fair value could differ significantly.

10. Net Income Per Common Share:

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted net income per common share for the periods indicated (in thousands, except share and per share data):

 

    Three Months
Ended June 30,
  Six Months
Ended June 30,
    2010   2009   2010   2009

Basic EPS:

       

  Net income applicable to common stock

  $ 79,915   $ 26,196   $ 102,576   $ 70,169

  Amount allocable to common shareholders

    99.2%     99.6%     99.2%     99.6%
                       

  Rights to undistributed earnings

  $ 79,291   $ 26,098   $ 101,775   $ 69,906
                       

  Weighted average shares outstanding—basic

            353,278,423             351,912,464             353,032,030             351,503,933
                       

  Net income per common share—basic

  $ 0.22   $ 0.07   $ 0.29   $ 0.20
                       

Diluted EPS:

       

  Rights to undistributed earnings

  $ 79,291   $ 26,098   $ 101,775   $ 69,906
                       

  Weighted average shares outstanding—basic

    353,278,423     351,912,464     353,032,030     351,503,933

  Effect of dilutive securities:

       

Stock options

    2,407,023     5,174,867     2,119,082     5,436,184
                       

  Weighted average shares outstanding—diluted

    355,685,446     357,087,331     355,151,112     356,940,117
                       

  Net income per common share—diluted

  $ 0.22   $ 0.07   $ 0.29   $ 0.20
                       

In accordance with ASC 260 (Topic 260, “Earnings Per Share”), unvested share-based payment awards that contain rights to receive non-forfeitable dividends or dividend equivalents, whether paid or unpaid, are considered a “participating security” for purposes of computing earnings or loss per common share and the two-class method of computing earnings per share is required for all periods presented. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company issued restricted stock awards. Unvested shares of restricted stock are participating securities such that they have rights to receive forfeitable dividends. In accordance with ASC 260, the unvested restricted stock was considered a “participating security” for purposes of computing earnings per common share and was therefore included in the computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share.

 

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Under the restricted stock award agreements, unvested shares of restricted stock have rights to receive non-forfeitable dividends. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company has calculated diluted earnings per share under both the treasury stock method and the two-class method. There was not a significant difference in the per share amounts calculated under the two methods, and the two-class method is disclosed. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, approximately 2.8 million of restricted common shares issued to employees have been excluded from the computation of basic net income per common share since the shares are not vested and remain subject to forfeiture. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, approximately 1.3 million of restricted common shares issued to employees have been excluded from the computation of basic net income per common share since the shares are not vested and remain subject to forfeiture.

For the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, 25.8 million and 16.3 million, respectively, of stock options were excluded from the calculation of diluted net income per common share since the effect was anti-dilutive. For the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, 25.2 million and 15.4 million, respectively, of stock options were excluded from the calculation of diluted net income per common share since the effect was anti-dilutive.

11. Commitments and Contingencies:

The Company has entered into pricing agreements with various handset manufacturers for the purchase of wireless handsets at specified prices. The terms of these agreements expire on various dates through February 28, 2011. The total aggregate commitment outstanding under these pricing agreements is approximately $143.9 million.

Litigation

The Company is involved in litigation from time to time, including litigation regarding intellectual property claims, that the Company considers to be in the normal course of business. Other than the matter listed below, the Company is not currently party to any pending legal proceedings that it believes would, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

Legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, and the matters in which the Company is involved often present complex legal and factual issues. The Company intends to vigorously pursue defenses in all matters in which it is involved and engage in discussions where possible to resolve these matters on terms favorable to the Company. The Company believes that any amounts alleged in the matters discussed below for which the Company is allegedly liable are not necessarily meaningful indicators of the Company’s potential liability. The Company determines whether it should accrue an estimated loss for a contingency in a particular legal proceeding by assessing whether a loss is deemed probable and can be reasonably estimated. The Company reassesses its views on estimated losses on a quarterly basis to reflect the impact of any developments in the matters in which it is involved. It is possible, however, that the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations in future periods could be materially adversely affected by increased expense, significant settlement costs and/or unfavorable damage awards relating to such matters.

The Company, certain current officers and a director (collectively the “defendants”) have been named as defendants in a securities class action lawsuit filed on December 15, 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Civil Action No. 3:09-CV-2392. Plaintiff, alleges that the defendants violated Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder, and Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act. The complaint alleges that the defendants made false and misleading statements about the Company’s business, prospects and operations. The claims are based upon various alleged public statements made during the period from February 26, 2009 through November 4, 2009. The lawsuit seeks, among other relief, a determination that the alleged claims may be asserted on a class-wide basis, unspecified compensatory damages, attorney’s fees, other expenses, and costs. Pursuant to the parties’ agreed schedule, defendants’ motion to dismiss or answer is due on August 9, 2010. Due to the complex nature of the legal and factual issues involved in this action, the outcome is not presently determinable nor is a loss considered probable or reasonably estimatable. If this matter were to proceed beyond the pleading stage, the Company could be required to incur substantial costs and expenses to defend this matter and/or be required to pay substantial damages or settlement costs, which could materially adversely affect the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

 

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12. Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

 

     Six Months Ended
June 30,
     2010   2009
     (in thousands)

Cash paid for interest

    $     134,690     $     113,036 

Cash paid for income taxes

     2,237      2,640 

Non-cash investing activities

The Company’s accrued purchases of property and equipment were approximately $81.8 million and $18.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Included within the Company’s accrued purchases are estimates by management for construction services received based on a percentage of completion.

During the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, the Company returned obsolete network infrastructure assets to one of its vendors in exchange for $17.8 million and $0.3 million, respectively, in credit towards the purchase of additional network infrastructure assets with the vendor.

Assets acquired under capital lease obligations were $10.4 million and $47.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

During the six months ended June 30, 2009, the Company received $52.3 million in fair value of FCC licenses in exchanges with other parties.

13. Related-Party Transactions:

One of the Company’s current directors is a managing director of various investment funds affiliated with one of the Company’s greater than 5% stockholders. These funds own in the aggregate an approximate 17% interest in a company that provides services to the Company’s customers, including handset insurance programs. Pursuant to the Company’s agreement with this related-party, the Company bills its customers directly for these services and remits the fees collected from its customers for these services to the related-party. Transactions associated with these services are included in various line items in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets and condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. The Company had the following transactions with this related-party (in millions):

 

    Three Months Ended
June  30,
  Six Months Ended
June  30,
    2010   2009   2010   2009

Fees received by the Company as compensation for providing billing and collection services included in service revenues

   $       2.3        $       1.9        $       4.5        $       3.8    

Handsets sold to the related-party included in equipment revenues

    6.8         3.8         9.9         7.2    

 

     June 30,
2010
  December  31,
2009

Accruals for fees collected from customers included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

    $         4.8      $         4.2  

Receivables from the related-party included in other current assets

     2.2       1.2  

 

 

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One of the Company’s current directors is the chairman of an equity firm that holds various investment funds affiliated with one of the Company’s greater than 5% stockholders. The equity firm is affiliated with a current director of a company that provides wireless caller ID with name services to the Company. Pursuant to an additional agreement with this related-party, the Company receives compensation for providing access to the Company’s line information database/calling name data storage to the related-party. Transactions associated with these services are included in various line items in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income. The Company had the following transactions with this related-party (in millions):

 

     Three Months Ended
June  30,
   Six Months Ended
June  30,
     2010    2009    2010    2009

Fees received by the Company as compensation for providing access to the Company’s line information database /calling name data storage included in service revenues

    $     0.6       $ 0       $     0.6       $ 0  

Fees paid by the Company for wireless caller ID with name services included in cost of service

     2.1            0.2        3.3            0.3  

One of the Company’s current directors is a managing director of various investment funds affiliated with one of the Company’s greater than 5% stockholders. These funds own in the aggregate an approximate 16% interest in a company that provides advertising services to the Company. The Company paid approximately $1.0 million and $1.1 million to the company for these services during the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The Company paid approximately $2.8 million and $2.5 million to the company for these services during the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

One of the Company’s current directors is a managing director of various investment funds affiliated with one of the Company’s greater than 5% stockholders. These funds own in the aggregate an approximate 62% interest in a company that provides DAS leases and maintenance to wireless carriers, including the Company. In addition, another of the Company’s current directors is a general partner of various investment funds which own in the aggregate an approximate 13% interest in the same company. These DAS leases are accounted for as capital or operating leases in the Company’s financial statements. Transactions associated with these leases are included in various line items in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets, condensed consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income, and condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. The Company had the following transactions with this related-party (in millions):

 

     Three Months Ended
June  30,
   Six Months Ended
June  30,
     2010    2009    2010    2009

Operating lease payments and related expenses included in cost of service

    $       2.6       $      3.1       $       5.2       $       5.4  

Capital lease maintenance expenses included in cost of service

     1.2        0.4        2.3        0.7  

DAS equipment depreciation included in depreciation expense

     6.3        5.0        11.7        7.6  

Capital lease interest included in interest expense

     3.5        3.0        7.0        5.6  

 

     June 30,
2010
   December  31,
2009

Network service fees included in prepaid charges

     $ 2.5       $ 2.3 

DAS equipment included in property and equipment, net

             297.0               257.0 

Deferred network service fees included in other assets

     19.1       22.1 

Lease payments and related fees included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

     2.6       4.9 

Current portion of capital lease obligations included in current maturities of long-term debt

     3.2       2.8 

Non-current portion of capital lease obligations included in long-term debt, net

     154.4       146.0 

Deferred DAS service fees included in other long-term liabilities

     1.6       1.3 

 

 

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     Six Months Ended
June  30,
     2010   2009

Capital lease payments included in financing activities

    $             1.0     $             1.1 

14.  Guarantor Subsidiaries:

In connection with Wireless’ sale of the 9 1/4% Senior Notes and the entry into the Senior Secured Credit Facility, MetroPCS, MetroPCS Inc., and each of Wireless’ direct and indirect present and future wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries (the “guarantor subsidiaries”), provided guarantees on the 9 1/4% Senior Notes and Senior Secured Credit Facility. These guarantees are full and unconditional as well as joint and several. Certain provisions of the Senior Secured Credit Facility and the indentures relating to the 9 1/4% Senior Notes restrict the ability of Wireless to loan funds to MetroPCS. However, Wireless is allowed to make certain permitted payments to MetroPCS under the terms of the Senior Secured Credit Facility and the indentures relating to the 9 1/4% Senior Notes. Royal Street and MetroPCS Finance (the “non-guarantor subsidiaries”) are not guarantors of the 9 1/4% Senior Notes or the Senior Secured Credit Facility.

The following information presents condensed consolidating balance sheets as of June 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, condensed consolidating statements of income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, and condensed consolidating statements of cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 of the parent company (MetroPCS), the issuer (Wireless), the guarantor subsidiaries and the non-guarantor subsidiaries (Royal Street and MetroPCS Finance). Investments in subsidiaries held by the parent company and the issuer have been presented using the equity method of accounting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Consolidated Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2010

 

    Parent   Issuer   Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Eliminations   Consolidated
    (in thousands)

CURRENT ASSETS:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 571,419     $ 189,772     $ 683     $ 14,666     $    $ 776,540 

Short-term investments

    299,859                      299,859 

Inventories, net

        183,226      12,137              195,363 

Accounts receivable, net

        47,689          97          47,786 

Prepaid expenses

        223      57,220      7,964          65,407 

Deferred charges

        64,787                  64,787 

Deferred tax assets

        5,959                  5,959 

Current receivable from subsidiaries

        583,339          17,244      (600,583)     

Advances to subsidiaries

    632,205      721,103          2,486      (1,355,794)     

Other current assets

    138      12,910      17,447      1,329          31,824 
                                   

Total current assets

    1,503,621      1,809,008      87,487      43,786      (1,956,377)      1,487,525 

Property and equipment, net

        26,538      2,735,263      544,642          3,306,443 

Restricted cash and investments

        12,807          325          13,132 

Long-term investments

    6,319                      6,319 

Investment in subsidiaries

    908,187      2,385,531              (3,293,718)     

FCC licenses

        3,800      2,174,531      293,599          2,471,930 

Long-term receivable from subsidiaries

        776,435              (776,435)     

Other assets

        108,286      63,597      21,890          193,773 
                                   

Total assets

   $ 2,418,127     $ 5,122,405     $ 5,060,878     $ 904,242     $ (6,026,530)     $ 7,479,122 
                                   

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

           

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

   $ 10     $ 92,105     $ 302,345     $ 31,984     $    $ 426,444 

Current maturities of long-term debt

        16,000      2,923      998          19,921 

Current payable to subsidiaries

            17,244      583,339      (600,583)     

Deferred revenue

        42,707      154,157              196,864 

Advances to subsidiaries

            1,354,018      1,776      (1,355,794)     

Other current liabilities

        24,844      9,470      31          34,345 
                                   

Total current liabilities

    10      175,656      1,840,157      618,128      (1,956,377)      677,574 

Long-term debt

        3,442,635      140,712      45,197          3,628,544 

Long-term payable to subsidiaries

                776,435      (776,435)     

Deferred tax liabilities

    1,573      582,262                  583,835 

Deferred rents

            78,055      13,181          91,236 

Other long-term liabilities

        13,665      58,615      9,109          81,389 
                                   

Total liabilities

    1,583      4,214,218      2,117,539      1,462,050      (2,732,812)      5,062,578 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

           

Preferred stock

                       

Common stock

   
35 
                    35 

Additional paid-in capital

    1,659,854              20,000      (20,000)      1,659,854 

Retained earnings (deficit)

    767,269      920,097      2,943,339      (577,808)      (3,285,628)      767,269 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

    (9,762)      (11,910)              11,910      (9,762) 

Less treasury stock, at cost

    (852)                      (852) 
                                   

Total stockholders’ equity

    2,416,544      908,187      2,943,339      (557,808)      (3,293,718)      2,416,544 
                                   

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $     2,418,127     $     5,122,405     $     5,060,878     $ 904,242     $     (6,026,530)     $     7,479,122 
                                   

 

 

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Consolidated Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2009

 

    Parent   Issuer   Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
  Eliminations   Consolidated
    (in thousands)

CURRENT ASSETS:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 642,089     $ 269,836     $ 682     $ 16,774     $    $ 929,381 

Short-term investments

    224,932                      224,932 

Inventories, net

        131,599      15,802              147,401 

Accounts receivable, net

        51,438          98          51,536 

Prepaid expenses

        201      40,547      7,605          48,353 

Deferred charges

        59,414                  59,414 

Deferred tax assets

        1,948                  1,948 

Current receivable from subsidiaries

        423,275          14,574      (437,849)     

Advances to subsidiaries

    610,505      999,234          866      (1,610,605)     

Other current assets

    199      7,848      19,913      466          28,426 
                                   

Total current assets

    1,477,725      1,944,793      76,944      40,383      (2,048,454)      1,491,391 

Property and equipment, net

        34,128      2,722,813      495,272          3,252,213 

Restricted cash and investments

        15,113          325          15,438 

Long-term investments

    6,319                      6,319 

Investment in subsidiaries

    804,847      2,162,686              (2,967,533)     

FCC licenses

        3,800      2,172,782      293,599          2,470,181 

Long-term receivable from subsidiaries

        829,360              (829,360)     

Other assets

        92,973      32,885      24,617          150,475 
                                   

Total assets

   $ 2,288,891     $ 5,082,853     $ 5,005,424     $ 854,196     $ (5,845,347)     $ 7,386,017 
                                   

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

           

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

   $    $ 223,973     $ 310,097     $ 24,296     $    $ 558,366 

Current maturities of long-term debt

        16,000      2,451      875          19,326 

Current payable to subsidiaries

            14,574      423,275      (437,849)     

Deferred revenue

        38,502      149,152              187,654 

Advances from subsidiaries

            1,610,605          (1,610,605)     

Other current liabilities

        24,241      7,851      31          32,123 
                                   

Total current liabilities

        302,716      2,094,730      448,477      (2,048,454)      797,469 

Long-term debt

        3,448,081      142,096      35,772          3,625,949 

Long-term payable to subsidiaries

                829,360      (829,360)     

Deferred tax liabilities

    749      511,557                  512,306 

Deferred rents

            69,574      10,913          80,487 

Other long-term liabilities

        15,652      57,084      8,928          81,664 
                                   

Total liabilities

    749      4,278,006      2,363,484      1,333,450      (2,877,814)      5,097,875 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

           

Preferred stock

                       

Common stock

    35                      35 

Additional paid-in capital

    1,634,754              20,000      (20,000)      1,634,754 

Retained earnings (deficit)

    664,693      818,343      2,641,940      (499,254)      (2,961,029)      664,693 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

    (11,340)      (13,496)              13,496      (11,340) 
                                   

Total stockholders’ equity

    2,288,142      804,847      2,641,940      (479,254)      (2,967,533)      2,288,142 
                                   

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $     2,288,891     $     5,082,853     $     5,005,424     $ 854,196     $     (5,845,347)     $     7,386,017 
                                   

 

 

 

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Consolidated Statement of Income

Three Months Ended June 30, 2010

 

           Parent                Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries   
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations       Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

REVENUES:

           

Service revenues

    $     $     $ 924,459      $ 51,681      $ (54,003)      $ 922,137 

Equipment revenues

        6,336      84,063              90,399 
                                   

Total revenues

        6,336      1,008,522      51,681      (54,003)      1,012,536 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

           

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

            331,389      30,782      (54,003)      308,168 

Cost of equipment

        6,004      229,350              235,354 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

        331      153,099      5,170          158,600 

Depreciation and amortization

        54      91,816      17,432          109,302 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

        (19)      2,527      192          2,700 
                                   

Total operating expenses

        6,370      808,181      53,576      (54,003)      814,124 
                                   

(Loss) income from operations

        (34)      200,341      (1,895)          198,412 

OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME):

           

Interest expense

        63,023      2,180      38,379      (38,079)      65,503 

Other expense (income), net

        493      858      (872)          479 

Earnings from consolidated subsidiaries

    (79,548)      (157,921)              237,469     

Interest income

    (367)      (38,084)      (18)      (2)      38,079      (392) 
                                   

Total other (income) expense

    (79,915)      (132,489)      3,020      37,505      237,469      65,590 

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

    79,915      132,455      197,321     (39,400)      (237,469)      132,822 

Provision for income taxes

        (52,907)                  (52,907) 
                                   

Net income (loss)

    $ 79,915      $ 79,548      $ 197,321      $ (39,400)      $ (237,469)      $ 79,915 
                                   

 

 

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Consolidated Statement of Income

Three Months Ended June 30, 2009

 

           Parent                Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries   
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations       Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

REVENUES:

           

Service revenues

    $     $     $ 767,724      $ 40,032      $ (40,906)    $ 766,850 

Equipment revenues

        3,777      88,985              92,762 
                                   

Total revenues

        3,777      856,709      40,032      (40,906)      859,612 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

           

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

            283,525      26,114      (40,906)      268,733 

Cost of equipment

        3,395      224,005              227,400 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

        382      136,682      5,257          142,321 

Depreciation and amortization

        (7)      79,645      11,737          91,375 

Loss on disposal of assets

            13,815      195          14,010 
                                   

Total operating expenses

        3,770      737,672      43,303      (40,906)      743,839 
                                   

Income (loss) from operations

            119,037      (3,271)          115,773 

OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME):

           

Interest expense

        69,175      1,829      32,570      (33,039)      70,535 

Earnings from consolidated subsidiaries

    (26,282)      (81,362)              107,644     

Other expense (income), net

        394                  394 

Interest income

    (446)      (33,072)      10      (5)      33,039      (474) 

Impairment loss on investment securities

    532                      532 
                                   

Total other (income) expense

    (26,196)      (44,865)      1,839      32,565      107,644      70,987 

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

    26,196      44,872      117,198      (35,836)      (107,644)      44,786 

Provision for income taxes

        (18,590)                  (18,590) 
                                   

Net income (loss)

    $ 26,196      $ 26,282      $ 117,198      $ (35,836)      $ (107,644)    $ 26,196 
                                   

 

 

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Consolidated Statement of Income

Six Months Ended June 30, 2010

 

           Parent                 Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries  
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations       Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

REVENUES:

           

Service revenues

  $   $ 0   $ 1,779,228    $ 98,861    $ (102,669)    $ 1,775,420 

Equipment revenues

        9,471     198,148              207,619 
                                   

Total revenues

        9,471     1,977,376      98,861      (102,669)      1,983,039 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

           

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

        0     636,542      58,947      (102,669)      592,820 

Cost of equipment

        9,035     540,057              549,092 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

        436     307,956      10,118          318,510 

Depreciation and amortization

        85     183,205      33,812          217,102 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

        (19)     2,245      (354)          1,872 
                                   

Total operating expenses

        9,537     1,670,005      102,523      (102,669)      1,679,396 
                                   

(Loss) income from operations

        (66)     307,371      (3,662)          303,643 

OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME):

           

Interest expense

        128,202      4,297      76,605      (76,119)      132,985 

Other expense (income), net

        950      1,696      (1,712)          934 

Earnings from consolidated subsidiaries

    (101,753)      (222,845)              324,598     

Interest income

    (823)      (76,130)      (20)      (2)      76,119      (856) 
                                   

Total other (income) expense

    (102,576)      (169,823)      5,973      74,891      324,598      133,063 

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

    102,576      169,757      301,398      (78,553)      (324,598)      170,580 

Provision for income taxes

        (68,004)                  (68,004) 
                                   

Net income (loss)

    $ 102,576      $ 101,753      $ 301,398      $ (78,553)      $ (324,598)      $ 102,576 
                                   

 

 

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Consolidated Statement of Income

Six Months Ended June 30, 2009

 

           Parent                 Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries   
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations       Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

REVENUES:

           

Service revenues

      $     $     $ 1,495,316      $ 75,667      $ (77,435)      $ 1,493,548 

Equipment revenues

        7,206      154,187              161,393 
                                   

Total revenues

        7,206      1,649,503      75,667      (77,435)      1,654,941 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

           

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

            539,904      51,839      (77,435)      514,308 

Cost of equipment

        6,721      445,698              452,419 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

        485      267,622      10,624          278,731 

Depreciation and amortization

        102      148,569      24,450          173,121 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

            (11,164)      266          (10,898) 
                                   

Total operating expenses

        7,308      1,390,629      87,179      (77,435)      1,407,681 
                                   

(Loss) income from operations

        (102)      258,874      (11,512)          247,260 

OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME):

           

Interest expense

        132,031      216      61,593      (64,873)      128,967 

Earnings from consolidated subsidiaries

    (68,224)      (185,584)              253,808     

Other expense (income), net

        1,010                  1,010 

Interest income

    (3,398)      (62,709)      (24)      (7)      64,873      (1,265) 

Impairment loss on investment securities

    1,453                      1,453 
                                   

Total other (income) expense

    (70,169)      (115,252)      192      61,586      253,808      130,165 

Income (loss) before provision for income taxes

    70,169      115,150      258,682      (73,098)      (253,808)      117,095 

Provision for income taxes

        (46,926)                  (46,926) 
                                   

Net income (loss)

      $ 70,169      $ 68,224      $ 258,682      $ (73,098)      $ (253,808)      $ 70,169 
                                   

 

 

 

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Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Six Months Ended June 30, 2010

 

           Parent                 Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries  
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations       Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

           

Net income (loss)

    $ 102,576      $ 101,753      $ 301,398      $ (78,553)      $ (324,598)      $ 102,576 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

           

Depreciation and amortization

        85      183,205      33,812          217,102 

Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable

        58                  58 

Deferred rent expense

            8,519      2,397          10,915 

Cost of abandoned cell sites

            905      (2)          903 

Stock-based compensation expense

            23,333              23,333 

Non-cash interest expense

        6,412                  6,412 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

        (19)      2,245      (354)          1,872 

Gain on sale of investments

    (216)      (2)                  (217) 

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

            1,212      73          1,285 

Other non-cash expense

        963                  963 

Deferred income taxes

        65,700                  65,700 

Changes in assets and liabilities

    (101,683)      (285,932)      (32,708)      2,274      324,598      (93,451) 
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

    677      (110,982)      488,109      (40,353)          337,451 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

           

Purchases of property and equipment

        (49,899)      (212,548)      (52,890)          (315,337) 

Change in prepaid purchases of property and equipment

        (18,551)                  (18,551) 

Proceeds from sale of plant and equipment

            429      5,927          6,356 

Purchase of investments

    (312,225)                      (312,225) 

Proceeds from maturity of investments

    237,500                      237,500 

Proceeds from sale of restricted cash and investments

        1,762                  1,762 

Change in advances – affiliates

    1,638      285,848              (287,486)     

Issuance of related party debt

        (333,000)              333,000     

Proceeds from related party debt

        233,152              (233,152)     

Acquisitions of FCC licenses

            (1,976)              (1,976) 
                                   

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

    (73,087)      119,312      (214,095)      (46,963)      (187,638)      (402,471) 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

           

Change in book overdraft

        (80,394)          57          (80,337) 

Proceeds from long-term loan

                333,000      (333,000)     

Change in advances – affiliates

            (272,877)      (14,609)      287,486     

Repayment of debt

        (8,000)          (233,152)      233,152      (8,000) 

Payments on capital lease obligations

            (1,136)      (88)          (1,224) 

Purchase of treasury stock

    (852)                      (852) 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

    2,592                      2,592 
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    1,740      (88,394)      (274,013)      85,208      187,638      (87,821) 
                                   

(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

    (70,670)      (80,064)          (2,108)          (152,841) 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

    642,089      269,836      682      16,774          929,381 
                                   

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

    $ 571,419      $ 189,772      $ 683      $ 14,666      $     $ 776,540 
                                   

 

 

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(Unaudited)

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Six Months Ended June 30, 2009

 

           Parent                 Issuer          Guarantor
  Subsidiaries   
  Non-Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations        Consolidated 
    (in thousands)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

           

Net income (loss)

  $ 70,169    $ 68,224    $ 258,682    $ (73,098)    $ (253,808)    $ 70,169 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

           

Depreciation and amortization

        102      148,569      24,450          173,121 

Provision for uncollectible accounts receivable

        111                  111 

Deferred rent expense

            9,932      1,957          11,889 

Cost of abandoned cell sites

            2,704      1,903          4,607 

Stock-based compensation expense

            23,341              23,341 

Non-cash interest expense

        5,164      (7)              5,157 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets

            (11,164)      266          (10,898) 

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

            2,059      338          2,397 

Other non-cash expense

        772                  772 

Impairment loss in investment securities

    1,453                      1,453 

Deferred income taxes

        44,998                  44,998 

Changes in assets and liabilities

    185,703      (149,674)      (11,163)      (4,421)      118,431      138,876 
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

    257,325      (30,303)      422,953      (48,605)      (135,377)      465,993 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

           

Purchases of property and equipment

        (4,710)      (414,579)      (35,821)          (455,110) 

Change in prepaid purchases of property and equipment

        14,608                  14,608 

Proceeds from sale of plant and equipment

            746      2,825          3,571 

Purchase of investments

    (261,856)      (220,000)              220,000      (261,856) 

Proceeds from maturity of investments

    37,500                      37,500 

Acquisitions of FCC licenses

        (3,800)      (8,571)              (12,371) 

Proceeds from exchange of FCC licenses

            949              949 
                                   

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

    (224,356)      (213,902)      (421,455)      (32,996)      220,000      (672,709) 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

           

Change in book overdraft

        (97,227)          (2,202)          (99,429) 

Proceeds from long-term loan

                220,000      (220,000)     

Proceeds from 9 1/4% Senior Notes Due 2014

        492,250                  492,250 

Debt issuance costs

        (11,925)                  (11,925) 

Repayment of debt

        (8,000)          (127,853)      127,853      (8,000) 

Payments on capital lease obligations

            (1,450)      (7,524)      7,524      (1,450) 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

    7,112                      7,112 
                                   

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    7,112      375,098      (1,450)      82,421      (84,623)      378,558 
                                   

INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

    40,081      130,893      48      820          171,842 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

    598,823      78,121      624      20,380          697,948 
                                   

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

    $ 638,904      $ 209,014      $ 672      $ 21,200      $     $ 869,790 
                                   

 

 

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15.  Subsequent Events:

On July 16, 2010, Wireless entered into an Amendment and Restatement and Resignation and Appointment Agreement (the “Amendment”) which amends and restates the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2007 (“Original Credit Agreement”). The Amendment amends the Original Credit Agreement to, among other things, extend the maturity of $1.0 billion of existing term loans under the Original Credit Agreement to November 2016 as well as increase the interest rate to LIBOR plus 3.50% on the extended portion only. The remaining $540 million will mature in 2013 and the interest rate continues to be LIBOR plus 2.25%.

 

 

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements made in this report that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about our beliefs, opinions and expectations, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and should be evaluated as such. Forward-looking statements include our expectations of customer growth, the effect of seasonality on our business, the difficulty of obtaining financing in the future if and when we need it, the impact of the current adverse economic and financial conditions in the credit and capital markets on our liquidity, cash flow, financial flexibility and ability to fund operations, whether existing cash, cash equivalents and short term investments and anticipated cash flows from operations will be sufficient to fully fund planned operations, our belief that increased services areas and capacity will improve our service offerings, help us to attract additional customers, retain existing customer, and increase revenues, our projections of capital expenditures for 2010, the effect of inflation on our operations, the effect of adoption of new accounting standards on us, the effect of changes in aggregate fair value of financial assets and liabilities, whether litigation may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or operations, and other statements that may relate to our plans, objectives, strategies, goals, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, outcomes of litigation and other information that is not historical information. These forward-looking statements often include words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “suggests,” “plan,” “believe,” “intend,” “estimates,” “targets,” “views,” “projects,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “forecast,” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are contained throughout this report, including the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Legal Proceedings,” and “Risk Factors.”

We base the forward-looking statements made in this report on our current expectations, plans, opinions, and assumptions that have been made in light of our experience in the industry, as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances and at such times. As you read and consider this report, you should understand that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and no assurances can be given that such statements will be obtained. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions at the time they are made, you should be aware that many of these factors are beyond our control and that many factors could affect our actual financial results, performance or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may materially affect such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited, to:

 

   

the highly competitive nature of our industry;

 

   

our ability to maintain our cost structure;

 

   

our and our competitors’ current and planned promotions, marketing and sales initiatives and our ability to respond and support them;

 

   

our ability to negotiate and maintain acceptable roaming arrangements;

 

   

the seasonality of our business and any failure to have strong customer growth in the first and fourth quarters;

 

   

increases or changes in taxes and regulatory fees;

 

   

the rapid technological changes in our industry;

 

   

the current economic environment in the United States and the state of the capital markets in the United States;

 

   

our exposure to counterparty risk in our financial agreements;

 

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our ability to meet the demands and expectations of our customers, to maintain adequate customer care and manage our churn rate;

 

   

our ability to achieve planned growth and churn rates;

 

   

our ability to manage our rapid growth, train additional personnel and maintain our financial and disclosure controls and procedures;

 

   

our ability to secure the necessary products, services, spectrum, content and network infrastructure equipment;

 

   

our ability to respond to technology changes, and to maintain and upgrade our networks and business systems;

 

   

our deployment of new technologies, such as long term evolution, or LTE, in our networks and its success and our ability to offer new services using such new technology;

 

   

our ability to adequately enforce or protect our intellectual property rights and defend against suits filed by others;

 

   

governmental regulation affecting our services and the costs of compliance and our failure to comply with such regulations;

 

   

our capital structure, including our indebtedness amounts and the limitations imposed by the covenants in our indebtedness;

 

   

changes in consumer preferences or demand for our products;

 

   

our inability to attract and retain key members of management;

 

   

our reliance on third parties to provide distribution, products, software and services that are integral to our business;

 

   

the performance of our suppliers and other third parties on whom we rely; and

 

   

other factors described under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 as updated or supplemented under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in each of our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC, including this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

These forward-looking statements speak only as to the date made and are subject to and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our ability to control or ability to predict. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this report. The results presented for any period, including the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, may not be reflective of results for any subsequent period or for the fiscal year. All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by our cautionary statements. We do not intend to, and do not undertake a duty to, update any forward-looking statement in the future to reflect the occurrence of events or circumstances, except as required by law.

Company Overview

Except as expressly stated, the financial condition and results of operations discussed throughout Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are those of MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, including MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. and Royal Street Communications, LLC. References to “MetroPCS,” “MetroPCS Communications,” “our Company,” “the Company,” “we,” “our,” “ours” and “us” refer to MetroPCS Communications, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

 

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We are a wireless telecommunications carrier that currently offers wireless broadband mobile services primarily in the greater Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando/Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco and Tampa/Sarasota metropolitan areas. In 2005, Royal Street Communications, LLC, or Royal Street Communications, and with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, or collectively, Royal Street, was granted licenses by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, in Los Angeles and various metropolitan areas throughout northern Florida. We own 85% of the limited liability company member interest in Royal Street Communications, but may only elect two of the five members of Royal Street Communications’ management committee. We have a wholesale arrangement with Royal Street under which we purchase up to 85% of the engineered capacity of Royal Street’s systems allowing us to sell our standard products and services under the MetroPCS brand to the public. Additionally, upon Royal Street’s request, we have provided and will provide financing to Royal Street under a loan agreement. As of June 30, 2010, the maximum amount that Royal Street could borrow from us under the loan agreement was approximately $2.4 billion of which Royal Street had borrowed approximately $1.6 billion and had net outstanding borrowings of approximately $1.2 billion through June 30, 2010. Royal Street has incurred an additional $11.4 million in net borrowings through July 31, 2010. Under that certain Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of Royal Street Communications, LLC, C9 Wireless, or C9, the controlling member of Royal Street Communications, has the right to put its member interest in Royal Street Communications to us for a return of capital plus a fixed return, or the put. The put is subject to customary closing conditions, including consent of the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC. On April 26, 2010, we received a written notice from C9 that it was exercising its put with the closing to not occur before the fifth anniversary of the grant of FCC licenses to Royal Street, or on or after December 22, 2010.

As a result of the significant growth we have experienced since we launched operations, our results of operations to date are not necessarily indicative of the results that can be expected in future periods. Moreover, we expect that our number of customers will continue to increase, which will continue to contribute to increases in our revenues and operating expenses.

We sell products and services to customers through our Company-owned retail stores as well as indirectly through relationships with independent retailers. We offer service which allows our customers to place unlimited local calls from within our local service area and to receive unlimited calls from any area while in our local service area, under simple and affordable flat-rate monthly service plans. In January 2010, we introduced a new family of service plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees, offering nationwide voice, text and web services beginning at $40 per month. For an additional $5 to $20 per month, our customers may select alternative service plans that offer additional features on an unlimited basis. For additional usage fees, we also provide certain other value-added services. All of these plans require payment in advance for one month of service. If no payment is made in advance for the following month of service, service is suspended at the end of the month that was paid for by the customer and, if the customer does not pay within 30 days, the customer is terminated. Our flat-rate plans differentiate our service from the more complex plans and long-term contract requirements of traditional wireless carriers. In addition, the above products and services are offered by us under the MetroPCS brand in the metropolitan areas where we purchase services from Royal Street.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of certain assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements. We have discussed those estimates that we believe are critical and require the use of complex judgment in their application in “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” of our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on March 1, 2010.

Other than the adoption of Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, Accounting Standards Update, or ASU, 2009-17, “Improvements to Financial Reporting by Enterprises Involved with Variable Interest Entities” and ASU 2010-06, “Improving Disclosures about Fair Value Measurements,” our accounting policies and the methodologies and assumptions we apply under them have not changed from our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

 

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Revenues

We derive our revenues from the following sources:

Service. We sell wireless broadband mobile services. The various types of service revenues associated with wireless broadband mobile for our customers include monthly recurring charges for airtime, monthly recurring charges for optional features (including nationwide long distance, unlimited international long distance, unlimited text messaging, international text messaging, voicemail, downloads, ringtones, games and content applications, unlimited directory assistance, enhanced directory assistance, ring back tones, mobile Internet browsing, mobile instant messaging, push e-mail and nationwide roaming) and charges for long distance service. Service revenues also include intercarrier compensation and nonrecurring reactivation service charges to customers.

Equipment. We sell wireless broadband mobile handsets and accessories that are used by our customers in connection with our wireless services. This equipment is also sold to our independent retailers to facilitate distribution to our customers.

Costs and Expenses

Our costs and expenses include:

Cost of Service. The major components of our cost of service are:

 

   

Cell Site Costs. We incur expenses for the rental of cell sites, network facilities, engineering operations, field technicians and related utility and maintenance charges.

 

   

Intercarrier Compensation. We pay charges to other telecommunications companies for their transport and termination of calls originated by our customers and destined for customers of other networks. These variable charges are based on our customers’ usage and generally applied at pre-negotiated rates with other carriers, although some carriers have sought to impose such charges unilaterally.

 

   

Variable Long Distance. We pay charges to other telecommunications companies for long distance service provided to our customers. These variable charges are based on our customers’ usage, applied at pre-negotiated rates with the long distance carriers.

 

   

Customer Support. We pay charges to nationally recognized third-party providers for customer care, billing and payment processing services.

Cost of Equipment. Cost of equipment primarily includes the cost of handsets and accessories purchased from third-party vendors to resell to our customers and independent retailers in connection with our services. We do not manufacture any of this equipment.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Our selling expenses include advertising and promotional costs associated with marketing and selling to new customers and fixed charges such as retail store rent and retail associates’ salaries. General and administrative expenses include support functions, including technical operations, finance, accounting, human resources, information technology and legal services. We record stock-based compensation expense in cost of service and in selling, general and administrative expenses for expense associated with employee stock options and restricted stock awards, which is measured at the date of grant, based on the estimated fair value of the award.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation is applied using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets once the assets are placed in service, which are seven to ten years for network infrastructure assets, three to ten years for capitalized interest, up to fifteen years for capital leases, three to eight years for office equipment, which includes software and computer equipment, three to seven years for furniture and fixtures and five years for vehicles. Leasehold improvements are amortized over the term of the respective leases, which includes renewal periods that are reasonably assured, or the estimated useful life of the improvement, whichever is shorter.

 

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Interest Expense and Interest Income. Interest expense includes interest incurred on our borrowings and capital lease obligations, amortization of debt issuance costs and amortization of discounts and premiums on long-term debt. Interest income is earned primarily on our cash, cash equivalents and short term investments.

Income Taxes. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, we paid no federal income taxes. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 we paid approximately $2.2 million in state income taxes. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, we paid approximately $2.6 million in state income taxes.

Seasonality

Our customer activity is influenced by seasonal effects related to traditional retail selling periods and other factors that arise from our target customer base. Based on historical results, we generally expect net customer additions to be strongest in the first and fourth quarters. Softening of sales and increased customer turnover, or churn, in the second and third quarters of the year usually combine to result in fewer net customer additions. However, sales activity and churn can be strongly affected by the launch of new and surrounding metropolitan areas and promotional activity, which could reduce or outweigh certain seasonal effects.

Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30, 2010 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2009

Operating Items

Set forth below is a summary of certain consolidated financial information for the periods indicated:

 

    Three Months
Ended June 30,
   
    2010   2009   Change
    (in thousands)    

REVENUES:

     

Service revenues

   $ 922,137     $     766,850    20% 

Equipment revenues

    90,399      92,762    (3)% 
               

Total revenues

    1,012,536      859,612    18% 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

     

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization disclosed separately below)(1)

    308,168      268,733    15% 

Cost of equipment

    235,354      227,400    3% 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization disclosed separately below)(1)

    158,600      142,321    11% 

Depreciation and amortization

    109,302      91,375    20% 

Loss on disposal of assets

    2,700      14,010            (81)% 
               

Total operating expenses

    814,124      743,839    9% 
               

Income from operations

   $ 198,412     $ 115,773    71% 
               

 

(1) Cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses include stock-based compensation expense. For the three months ended June 30, 2010, cost of service includes $0.7 million and selling, general and administrative expenses includes $11.2 million of stock-based compensation expense. For the three months ended June 30, 2009, cost of service includes $1.3 million and selling, general and administrative expenses includes $11.4 million of stock-based compensation expense.

Service Revenues. Service revenues increased approximately $155.3 million, or 20%, to $922.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $766.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in service revenues is primarily attributable to net customer additions of approximately 1.4 million customers for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010.

Equipment Revenues. Equipment revenues decreased approximately $2.4 million, or approximately 3%, to approximately $90.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from approximately $92.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in equipment revenue is primarily driven by $24.7 million that would have been recognized as service revenues but was classified as equipment revenues during the three months ended June 30, 2009, in accordance with FASB Accounting Standards Codification, or ASC, 605, (Topic 605, “Revenue Recognition”), because the consideration received from customers was less than the fair value of promotionally priced handsets. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in upgrade handset sales to existing customers accounting for approximately $15.5 million and a higher average price of handsets activated accounting for approximately $5.8 million.

 

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Cost of Service. Cost of service increased approximately $39.5 million, or approximately 15%, to approximately $308.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $268.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in cost of service is primarily attributable to the 22% growth in our customer base during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010, the deployment of additional network infrastructure during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 and costs associated with our unlimited international calling product. In addition, stock-based compensation expense included in cost of service decreased $0.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.

Cost of Equipment. Cost of equipment increased approximately $8.0 million, or 3%, to approximately $235.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $227.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase is primarily attributable to higher upgrade handset costs to existing customers which led to an approximate $55.7 million increase, partially offset by a lower average cost of handsets accounting for approximately $21.5 million, coupled with a decrease in gross customer additions accounting for an approximate $25.2 million decrease.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased approximately $16.3 million, or 11%, to $158.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $142.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. Selling expenses increased by approximately $11.9 million, or 16%, for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in selling expenses is primarily attributable to an approximate $13.8 million increase in marketing and advertising expenses as well as an approximate $1.4 million increase in employee related costs to support our growth. These increases were partially offset by a $2.9 million decrease in MetroFLASH® expense. General and administrative expenses increased approximately $4.6 million, or 8%, for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2009 primarily due to the growth in our business. In addition, stock-based compensation expense included in selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased $17.9 million, or approximately 20%, to $109.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from approximately $91.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase related primarily to an increase in network infrastructure assets placed into service during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 to support the continued growth and expansion of our network.

Loss on Disposal of Assets. Loss on disposal of assets decreased $11.3 million, or approximately 81%, to $2.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $14.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in the loss on disposal of assets was primarily related to a significant amount of certain network technology that was retired and replaced with newer technology during the three months ended June 30, 2009.

Non-Operating Items

 

    Three Months
Ended June 30,
   
        2010           2009         Change  
    (in thousands)    

Interest expense

  $     65,503    $     70,535    (7)% 

Provision for income taxes

    52,907      18,590    185% 

Net income

    79,915      26,196    205% 

Interest Expense. Interest expense decreased $5.0 million, or 7%, to $65.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $70.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in interest expense was primarily attributable to a $7.3 million reduction in interest expense on the senior secured credit facility as a result of a lower weighted average annual interest rate due to the interest rate protection agreements that were effective on February 1, 2010, partially offset by a $2.0 million decrease in capitalized interest costs. Our weighted average interest rate decreased to 7.43% for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to 8.26% for the three months ended June 30, 2009. Average debt outstanding for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 was $3.5 billion.

 

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Provision for Income Taxes. Income tax expense was $52.9 million and $18.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The effective tax rate was approximately 39.8% and 41.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. For the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, our effective rate differs from the statutory federal rate of 35.0% due to net state and local taxes, tax credits, non-deductible expenses and a net change in uncertain tax positions.

Net Income. Net income increased $53.7 million, or 205%, to $79.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2010 compared to approximately $26.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. The increase was primarily attributable to a 71% increase in income from operations and a 7% decrease in interest expense, partially offset by an approximate 185% increase in provision for income taxes.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2009

Operating Items

Set forth below is a summary of certain consolidated financial information for the periods indicated:

 

     Six Months
Ended June 30,
    
     2010    2009    Change
     (in thousands)     

REVENUES:

        

Service revenues

    $     1,775,420      $     1,493,548     19% 

Equipment revenues

     207,619       161,393     29% 
                  

Total revenues

     1,983,039       1,654,941     20% 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

        

Cost of service (excluding depreciation and amortization disclosed separately below)(1)

     592,820       514,308     15% 

Cost of equipment

     549,092       452,419     21% 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization disclosed separately below)(1)

     318,510       278,731     14% 

Depreciation and amortization

     217,102       173,121     25% 

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

     1,872       (10,898)     (117)% 
                  

Total operating expenses

     1,679,396       1,407,681     19% 
                  

Income from operations

   $ 303,643     $ 247,260     23% 
                  

 

(1) Cost of service and selling, general and administrative expenses include stock-based compensation expense. For the six months ended June 30, 2010, cost of service includes approximately $1.8 million and selling, general and administrative expenses includes $21.5 million of stock-based compensation expense. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, cost of service includes $2.0 million and selling, general and administrative expenses includes $21.3 million of stock-based compensation expense.

Service Revenues. Service revenues increased approximately $281.9 million, or approximately 19%, to approximately $1.8 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from approximately $1.5 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in service revenues is primarily attributable to net customer additions of approximately 1.4 million customers for the twelve months ended June 30, 2010.

Equipment Revenues. Equipment revenues increased $46.2 million, or approximately 29%, to $207.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from approximately $161.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in upgrade handset sales to existing customers accounting for approximately $34.9 million as well as a higher average price of handsets activated accounting for approximately $33.0 million. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $23.9 million that would have been recognized as service revenues but was classified as equipment revenues during the six months ended June 30, 2009, in accordance with ASC 605, because the consideration received from customers was less than the fair value of promotionally priced handsets.

 

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Cost of Service. Cost of service increased $78.5 million, or 15%, to $592.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $514.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in cost of service is primarily attributable to the 22% growth in our customer base during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010, the deployment of additional network infrastructure during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 and costs associated with our unlimited international calling product. In addition, stock-based compensation expense included in cost of service decreased $0.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.

Cost of Equipment. Cost of equipment increased approximately $96.7 million, or 21%, to approximately $549.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $452.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase is primarily attributable to higher upgrade handset costs to existing customers which led to an approximate $121.2 million increase, partially offset by a decrease in gross customer additions accounting for an approximate $23.0 million decrease.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased approximately $39.8 million, or 14%, to $318.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $278.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Selling expenses increased by approximately $26.2 million, or approximately 18%, for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in selling expenses is primarily attributable to a $29.0 million increase in marketing and advertising expenses as well as an approximate $3.2 million increase in employee related costs to support our growth. These increases were partially offset by a $6.3 million decrease in MetroFLASH® expense. General and administrative expenses increased $13.4 million, or 12%, for the six months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2009 primarily due to the growth in our business. In addition, stock-based compensation expense included in selling, general and administrative expenses increased $0.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased approximately $44.0 million, or 25%, to $217.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $173.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase related primarily to an increase in network infrastructure assets placed into service during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010 to support the continued growth and expansion of our network.

Loss (gain) on Disposal of Assets. Loss on disposal of assets was approximately $1.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to a gain on disposal of assets of approximately $10.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. This loss was due primarily to the disposal of assets related to certain network technology that was retired and replaced with newer technology during the six months ended June 30, 2010. The gain on disposal of assets during the six months ended June 30, 2009 was due primarily to asset sales and exchanges consummated during the period, partially offset by loss on disposal of assets primarily related to a significant amount of certain network technology that was retired and replaced with newer technology.

Non-Operating Items

 

     Six Months
Ended June 30,
    
         2010            2009          Change  
     (in thousands)     

Interest expense

   $     132,985     $     128,967     3% 

Provision for income taxes

     68,004       46,926     45% 

Net income

     102,576       70,169     46% 

Interest Expense. Interest expense increased $4.0 million, or 3%, to approximately $133.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from approximately $129.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to an $11.7 million decrease in capitalized interest costs, interest on an additional $550.0 million of 9 1/4% senior notes due 2014, or New 9 1/4% Senior Notes, that were issued in January 2009 and a $1.9 million increase in interest on capital lease obligations that were placed into service during the twelve months ended June 30, 2010. These increases were partially offset by an approximate $12.1 million decrease in interest expense on the senior secured credit facility as a result of a lower weighted average annual interest rate due to our interest rate protection agreements that were effective on February 1, 2010. Our weighted average interest rate decreased to 7.57% for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to 8.21% for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Average debt outstanding for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009 was $3.5 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively.

 

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Provision for Income Taxes. Income tax expense was $68.0 million and $46.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The effective tax rate was approximately 39.9% and 40.1% for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, our effective rate differs from the statutory federal rate of 35.0% due to net state and local taxes, tax credits, non-deductible expenses and a net change in uncertain tax positions.

Net Income. Net income increased $32.4 million, or 46%, to approximately $102.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to approximately $70.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The increase was primarily attributable to an approximate 23% increase in income from operations, partially offset by an approximate 45% increase in provision for income taxes as well as a 3% increase in interest expense.

Performance Measures

In managing our business and assessing our financial performance, we supplement the information provided by financial statement measures with several customer-focused performance metrics that are widely used in the wireless industry. These metrics include average revenue per user per month, or ARPU, which measures service revenue per customer; cost per gross customer addition, or CPGA, which measures the average cost of acquiring a new customer; cost per user per month, or CPU, which measures the non-selling cash cost of operating our business on a per customer basis; and churn, which measures turnover in our customer base. For a reconciliation of non-GAAP performance measures and a further discussion of the measures, please read “— Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

The following table shows metric information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009.

 

     Three Months
Ended June 30,
   Six Months
Ended June 30,
     2010    2009    2010    2009

Customers:

           

End of period

     7,634,135       6,256,112       7,634,135       6,256,112 

Net additions

     303,009       205,585       994,611       889,279 

Churn:

           

Average monthly rate

     3.3%       5.8%       3.5%       5.4% 

ARPU

     $ 39.84       $ 40.52       $ 39.83       $ 40.46 

CPGA

     $         164.29       $         159.87       $         153.72       $         145.95 

CPU

     $ 17.90       $ 16.82       $ 18.33       $ 16.75 

Customers. Net customer additions were 303,009 for the three months ended June 30, 2010, compared to 205,585 for the three months ended June 30, 2009, an increase of 47%. Net customer additions were 994,611 for the six months ended June 30, 2010, compared to 889,279 for the six months ended June 30, 2009, an increase of approximately 12%. Total customers were 7,634,135 as of June 30, 2010, an increase of 22% over the customer total as of June 30, 2009 and approximately 15% over the customer total as of December 31, 2009. The increase in total customers is primarily attributable to the continued demand for our service offerings.

Churn. As we do not require a long-term service contract, our churn percentage is expected to be higher than traditional wireless carriers that require customers to sign a one- to two-year contract with significant early termination fees. Average monthly churn represents (a) the number of customers who have been disconnected from our system during the measurement period less the number of customers who have reactivated service, divided by (b) the sum of the average monthly number of customers during such period. We classify delinquent customers as churn after they have been delinquent for 30 days. In addition, when an existing customer establishes a new account in connection with the purchase of an upgraded or replacement phone and does not identify themselves as an existing customer, we count the phone leaving service as a churn and the new phone entering service as a gross customer addition (“false churn”). Churn for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, was 3.3% and 5.8%, respectively. Churn for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, was 3.5% and 5.4%, respectively. The decrease in churn was primarily related to the acceptance of our Wireless for All tax and regulatory fee inclusive service plans including a decline in false churn. Our customer activity is influenced by seasonal effects related to traditional retail selling periods and other factors that arise from our target customer base. Based on historical results, we generally expect net customer additions to be strongest in the first and fourth quarters. Softening of sales and increased churn in the second and third quarters of the year usually combine to result in fewer net customer additions during these quarters. See – “Seasonality.”

 

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Average Revenue Per User. ARPU represents (a) service revenues plus impact to service revenues of promotional activity less pass through charges for the measurement period, divided by (b) the sum of the average monthly number of customers during such period. ARPU was $39.84 and $40.52 for three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, a decrease of $0.68. ARPU was $39.83 and $40.46 for six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, a decrease of $0.63. The decrease in ARPU for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, when compared to the same period in 2009, was primarily attributable to our new Wireless for All service plans that were introduced in January 2010, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees.

Cost Per Gross Addition. CPGA is determined by dividing (a) selling expenses plus the total cost of equipment associated with transactions with new customers less equipment revenues associated with transactions with new customers during the measurement period adjusted for impact to service revenues of promotional activity by (b) gross customer additions during such period. Retail customer service expenses and equipment margin on handsets sold to existing customers when they are identified, including handset upgrade transactions, are excluded, as these costs are incurred specifically for existing customers. CPGA costs increased to $164.29 for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $159.87 for the three months ended June 30, 2009. CPGA costs increased to $153.72 for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $145.95 for the six months ended June 30, 2009. This was primarily driven by lower gross additions.

Cost Per User. CPU is determined by dividing (a) cost of service and general and administrative costs (excluding applicable stock-based compensation expense included in cost of service and general and administrative expense) plus net loss on handset equipment transactions unrelated to initial customer acquisition, divided by (b) the sum of the average monthly number of customers during such period. CPU increased to $17.90 for the three months ended June 30, 2010 from $16.82 for the three months ended June 30, 2009. CPU increased to $18.33 for the six months ended June 30, 2010 from $16.75 for the six months ended June 30, 2009. This was primarily driven by the increase in handset subsidies on existing customers, the inclusion of regulatory fees in the tax-inclusive service pricing on our Wireless for All customers, as well as the costs associated with our unlimited international calling service.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial Measures

We utilize certain financial measures and key performance indicators that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP to assess our financial and operating performance. A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that (i) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income or statement of cash flows; or (ii) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the comparable measure so calculated and presented.

ARPU, CPGA, and CPU are non-GAAP financial measures utilized by our management to judge our ability to meet our liquidity requirements and to evaluate our operating performance. We believe these measures are important in understanding the performance of our operations from period to period, and although every company in the wireless industry does not define each of these measures in precisely the same way, we believe that these measures (which are common in the wireless industry) facilitate key liquidity and operating performance comparisons with other companies in the wireless industry. The following tables reconcile our non-GAAP financial measures with our financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP.

ARPU — We utilize ARPU to evaluate our per-customer service revenue realization and to assist in forecasting our future service revenues. ARPU is calculated exclusive of pass through charges that we collect from our customers and remit to the appropriate government agencies.

 

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Average number of customers for any measurement period is determined by dividing (a) the sum of the average monthly number of customers for the measurement period by (b) the number of months in such period. Average monthly number of customers for any month represents the sum of the number of customers on the first day of the month and the last day of the month divided by two. ARPU for the six months ended June 30, 2010 includes approximately $0.8 million and ARPU for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 includes $24.7 million, respectively, that would have been recognized as service revenues but were classified as equipment revenues because the consideration received from customers was less than the fair value of promotionally priced handsets. The following table shows the calculation of ARPU for the periods indicated.

 

    

Three Months

Ended June 30,

  

Six Months

Ended June 30,

     2010    2009    2010    2009
    

(in thousands, except average number

of customers and ARPU)

Calculation of Average Revenue Per User (ARPU):

           

Service revenues

   $ 922,137    $ 766,850    $ 1,775,420    $ 1,493,548

Add:

           

Impact to service revenues of promotional activity

          24,728      778      24,728

Less:

           

Pass through charges

     (24,189)      (39,641)      (47,934)      (77,284)
                           

Net service revenues

   $ 897,948    $ 751,937    $   1,728,264    $   1,440,992
                           

Divided by: Average number of customers

     7,513,202      6,185,116      7,231,177      5,935,473
                           

ARPU

   $ 39.84    $ 40.52    $ 39.83    $ 40.46
                           

CPGA — We utilize CPGA to assess the efficiency of our distribution strategy, validate the initial capital invested in our customers and determine the number of months to recover our customer acquisition costs. This measure also allows us to compare our average acquisition costs per new customer to those of other wireless broadband mobile providers. Equipment revenues related to new customers, adjusted for the impact to service revenues of promotional activity, are deducted from selling expenses in this calculation as they represent amounts paid by customers at the time their service is activated that reduce our acquisition cost of those customers. Additionally, equipment costs associated with existing customers, net of related revenues, are excluded as this measure is intended to reflect only the acquisition costs related to new customers. The following table reconciles total costs used in the calculation of CPGA to selling expenses, which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to CPGA.

 

    

Three Months

Ended June 30,

  

Six Months

Ended June 30,

     2010    2009    2010    2009
    

(in thousands, except gross customer

additions and CPGA)

Calculation of Cost Per Gross Addition (CPGA):

           

Selling expenses

   $ 86,194    $ 74,272    $ 175,341    $ 149,178

Less: Equipment revenues

     (90,399)      (92,762)      (207,619)      (161,393)

Add: Impact to service revenues of promotional activity

          24,728      778      24,728

Add: Equipment revenue not associated with new customers

     54,392      41,829      117,705      83,044

Add: Cost of equipment

     235,354      227,400      549,092      452,419

Less: Equipment costs not associated with new customers

     (113,377)      (69,424)      (248,122)      (136,482)
                           

Gross addition expenses

   $ 172,164    $ 206,043    $ 387,175    $ 411,494
                           

Divided by: Gross customer additions

     1,047,898      1,288,818      2,518,763      2,819,383
                           

CPGA

   $ 164.29    $ 159.87    $ 153.72    $ 145.95
                           

CPU — We utilize CPU as a tool to evaluate the non-selling cash expenses associated with ongoing business operations on a per customer basis, to track changes in these non-selling cash costs over time, and to help evaluate how changes in our business operations affect non-selling cash costs per customer. In addition, CPU provides management with a useful measure to compare our non-selling cash costs per customer with those of other wireless providers. We believe investors use CPU primarily as a tool to track changes in our non-selling cash costs over time and to compare our non-selling cash costs to those of other wireless providers, although other wireless carriers may calculate this measure differently. The following table reconciles total costs used in the calculation of CPU to cost of service, which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to CPU.

 

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Three Months

Ended June 30,

  

Six Months

Ended June 30,

     2010    2009