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  • First quarter revenue of $458.8 million
  • First quarter net loss attributable to Intelsat S.A. of $218.8 million
  • First quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $294.0 million or 64 percent of revenue
  • March 31, 2020 contracted backlog of $6.6 billion

 

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intelsat S.A. (OTC: INTEQ), today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Intelsat reported total revenue of $458.8 million and net loss attributable to Intelsat S.A. of $218.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Intelsat reported EBITDA1, or earnings before net interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization, of $263.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA1 of $294.0 million, or 64 percent of revenue, for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Intelsat’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, said, “Like many companies, we were not immune to the effects of COVID-19, which created challenges for our underlying business. Our first quarter results reflect the decline in sea and air travel which negatively impacted our network services business. The media business also experienced disruptions primarily related to the decline in “occasional use” services for sporting events and concerts which were cancelled to comply with the broad stay-at-home orders issued during the period. We were pleased with the resilience of the government services business which delivered stable results in a challenging environment while generating renewals and new business contracts.”

Spengler concluded, “Last week we announced our decision to opt into the FCC Accelerated C-band Clearing Plan. We are already working closely with our customers and vendors to ensure we achieve the agreed upon milestones. Intelsat is committed to helping the U.S. maintain its leadership in developing advanced telecommunications technologies. Our role in clearing the C-band will help create a winning formula for America in the race to deploy 5G networks.”

First Quarter 2020 Business Highlights

Intelsat provides critical communications infrastructure to customers in the network services, media and government sectors. Our customers use our services for broadband connectivity to deliver fixed and mobile telecommunications, enterprise, video distribution and government applications.

Network Services

Network services revenue was $149.4 million (or 33 percent of Intelsat’s total revenue) for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of 27 percent compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decline in network services revenue was related to non-renewals and renewals at lower pricing coupled with two unusual items, including a one-time recognition of accelerated revenue in the first quarter of 2019 and lower revenue in the current quarter when compared with the same period last year due to the loss of Intelsat 29e (“IS-29e”) in April 2019.

Media

Media revenue was $205.8 million (or 45 percent of Intelsat’s total revenue) for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of 9 percent compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Government

Government revenue was $95.8 million (or 21 percent of Intelsat’s total revenue) for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of 3 percent compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Average Fill Rate

Intelsat’s average fill rate at March 31, 2020 on our approximately 1,676 36 MHz station-kept wide-beam transponders was 78.5 percent, as compared to an average fill rate at December 31, 2019 of 78 percent on 1,800 transponders. In addition, at March 31, 2020 our fleet included approximately 1,218 36 MHz equivalent transponders of high-throughput Intelsat Epic capacity as compared to 1,200 high-throughput transponders at December 31, 2019.

Contracted Backlog

At March 31, 2020, Intelsat’s contracted backlog, representing expected future revenue under existing contracts with customers, was $6.6 billion, as compared to $7.0 billion at December 31, 2019.

C-band Proceeding at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”)

On March 3, 2020, the FCC issued its final order in the C-band proceeding. The order determined that acceleration incentive payments totaling $9.7 billion would be made to certain C-band satellite operators, subject to the achievement of certain milestones, of which Intelsat would receive $4.87 billion, payable in two tranches. The order also outlined a cost reimbursement framework that would apply to the various stakeholders in the proceeding, as well as technical specifications and other elements. To participate in the accelerated clearing process and qualify to receive the incentive payments, C-band satellite operators were required to file a written commitment to opt in by the May 29th deadline.

Last week, in advance of the FCC’s filing deadline, Intelsat announced its decision to opt into the FCC Accelerated C-band Clearing Plan while also filing a Petition for Reconsideration requesting limited technical changes to the order. There is no assurance that the FCC will accept any of our proposed changes to the order.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

Total revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $69.6 million to $458.8 million, or 13 percent, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019. By service type, our revenues increased or decreased due to the following:

Total On-Network Revenues decreased by $67.2 million, or 14 percent, to $404.0 million as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019 due to the following:

  • Transponder services reported an aggregate decrease of $46.0 million, driven by non-renewals and renewals at lower capacity in both our media and network services business, in addition to loss of revenue from IS-29e.
  • Managed services reported an aggregate decrease of $20.9 million, primarily due to a decline in mobility solutions resulting from termination of a network services contract and loss of revenue from IS-29e.

Total Off-Network and Other Revenues decreased by $2.5 million, or 4 percent, to $54.8 million, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019 due to the following:

  • Transponder, mobile satellite services (“MSS”) and other Off-Network services revenues decreased by an aggregate amount of $6.2 million to $43.7 million, primarily related to the accounting treatment of a sales-type lease which increased revenue in the year ago period with no comparable revenue in the current period, and offset by the loss of IS-29e which resulted in restoration of services with off-network operators.
  • Satellite-related services reported an increase of $3.7 million, to $11.1 million, primarily due to increased revenues from services that support third-party satellites.

Direct costs of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization) decreased by $0.3 million, to $105.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily due to normal fluctuations in staff-related and operational expenses.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by $29.3 million, or 57 percent, to $81.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to a $19.5 million increase in bad debt expense, largely as a result of a customer that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased by $8.0 million, or 5 percent, to $163.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2019, primarily due to the write-off of IS-29e in April 2019.

Impairment of Non-Amortizable Intangible Assets increased by $12.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 relating to the Intelsat trade name intangible asset. No comparable amounts were recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

Interest expense, net consists of the gross interest expense we incur, together with gains and losses on interest rate cap contracts we hold (which reflect the change in their fair value), offset by interest income earned and the amount of interest we capitalize related to assets under construction. As of March 31, 2020, we held interest rate cap contracts with an aggregate notional amount of $2.4 billion to mitigate the risk of interest rate increases on the floating-rate term loans under our senior secured credit facilities. The interest rate caps have not been designated as hedges for accounting purposes.

Interest expense, net increased by $1.7 million, or 1 percent, to $318.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $316.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was principally due to the following:

  • an increase of $7.3 million primarily resulting from our financing activities in 2019; and
  • an increase of $4.6 million from lower capitalized interest primarily resulting from decreased levels of satellites and related assets under construction; partially offset by
  • a decrease of $8.3 million corresponding to the decrease in fair value of the interest rate cap contracts.

The non-cash portion of total interest expense, net was $39.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, primarily consisting of interest expense related to the significant financing component identified in customer contracts, amortization of deferred financing fees, amortization and accretion of discounts and premiums and the loss resulting from the decrease in fair value of the interest rate cap contracts we hold.

Other income, net was $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to other income, net of $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Other income, net for the three months ended March 31, 2020 primarily resulted from a $6.0 million gain on sale of assets, partially offset by foreign currency loss of $4.3 million largely related to our business conducted in Brazilian reals.

Provision for income taxes was $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, as compared to $5.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease was principally attributable to the relaxed limitations on the deductibility of interest and use of net operating losses (NOLs) related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) enacted on March 27, 2020.

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds, totaled $1.9 million and $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Net Income, Net Income per Diluted Common Share attributable to Intelsat S.A., EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Net loss attributable to Intelsat S.A. was $218.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to a net loss of $120.6 million for the same period in 2019.

Net loss per diluted common share attributable to Intelsat S.A. was $1.55 for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to net loss of $0.87 per diluted common share for the same period in 2019.

EBITDA was $263.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $372.8 million for the same period in 2019, reflecting lower revenue and higher operating costs, as described above.

Adjusted EBITDA was $294.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, or 64 percent of revenue, compared to $380.3 million, or 72 percent of revenue, for the same period in 2019, reflecting lower revenue and higher operating costs, as described above.

Free Cash Flow Used In Operations1

Net cash provided by operating activities was $14.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Free cash flow used in operations was $18.1 million for the same period. Free cash flow from (used in) operations is defined as net cash provided by operating activities and other proceeds from satellites from investing activities, less payments for satellites and other property and equipment (including capitalized interest). Payments for satellites and other property and equipment from investing activities, net during the three months ended March 31, 2020 were $38.0 million, and other proceeds from satellites were $5.6 million.

Conference Call Information

In light of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries’ decision to file voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Company will not host a financial results conference call this quarter. Additional details regarding the Company’s results and the bankruptcy proceedings are included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2020, which we expect to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission later today. Additional operational and financial details are also available on our Investor Relations website at investors.intelsat.com.

1In this release, financial measures are presented both in accordance with U.S. GAAP and also on a non-U.S. GAAP basis. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA (or AEBITDA), free cash flow from (used in) operations and related margins included in this release are non-U.S. GAAP financial measures. Please see the condensed consolidated financial information below for information reconciling non-U.S. GAAP financial measures to comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures.

About Intelsat

As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat S.A. (OTC: INTEQ) operates the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is uniquely positioned to help our customers turn possibilities into reality – transformation happens when businesses, governments and communities use Intelsat’s next-generation global network and managed services to build their connected future. Imagine Here, with us, at Intelsat.com.

Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement:

Some of the information and statements contained in this earnings release and certain oral statements made from time to time by representatives of Intelsat constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. When used in this earnings release, the words “may,” “will,” “might,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “project,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend,” “potential,” “outlook,” and “continue,” and the negative of these terms, and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding: the effects of the Company and certain of its subsidiaries’ voluntary commencement of cases under Chapter 11 (the “Chapter 11 Cases”) of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Bankruptcy Court”) on our liquidity or results of operations or business prospects; our ability to obtain approval from the Bankruptcy Court with respect to motions or other requests made to the Bankruptcy Court; our ability to confirm and consummate a plan of reorganization; the effects of the Chapter 11 Cases on our business and the interests of various constituents; the length of time that we will operate under Chapter 11 protection; risks associated with third-party motions in the Chapter 11 Cases; our belief as to the likelihood of the cause of the failure of Intelsat 29e occurring on our other satellites; our guidance regarding our expectation that the launches of our satellites in the future will position us for growth; our plans for satellite launches in the near to mid-term; our intention to maximize the value of our spectrum rights; our expectations as to our ability to comply with the final U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order regarding clearing C-band spectrum in North America, including the availability of adequate resources and funds required to comply and the receipt of accelerated clearing payments set forth in the FCC order; our belief that the scale of our fleet can reduce the financial impact of any satellite anomalies or launch failures and protect against service interruptions; our belief that the diversity of our revenue allows us to benefit from changing market conditions and lowers our risk from revenue fluctuations in our service applications and geographic regions; our belief that developing differentiated services and investing in related software- and standards-based technology will allow us to unlock opportunities that are essential to providing global broadband connectivity; and our assessments regarding how long satellites that have experienced anomalies in the past should be able to provide service on their transponders.

The forward-looking statements reflect Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, outlook, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Intelsat’s control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from historical results or those anticipated or predicted by these forward-looking statements include: risks associated with operating our in-orbit satellites; satellite launch failures, satellite launch and construction delays and in-orbit failures or reduced satellite performance; potential changes in the number of companies offering commercial satellite launch services and the number of commercial satellite launch opportunities available in any given time period that could impact our ability to timely schedule future launches and the prices we pay for such launches; our ability to obtain new satellite insurance policies with financially viable insurance carriers on commercially reasonable terms or at all, as well as the ability of our insurance carriers to fulfill their obligations; possible future losses on satellites that are not adequately covered by insurance; U.S. and other government regulation; changes in our contracted backlog or expected contracted backlog for future services; pricing pressure and overcapacity in the markets in which we compete; our ability to access capital markets for debt or equity; the competitive environment in which we operate; customer defaults on their obligations to us; the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our business, the economic environment and our expected financial results; risks and uncertainties regarding the Chapter 11 Cases; the conditions to which our debtor-in-possession financing is subject and the risk that these conditions may not be satisfied for various reasons, including reasons outside of our control; our international operations and other uncertainties associated with doing business internationally; and litigation. Known risks include, among others, the risks described in Intelsat’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the political, economic, regulatory and legal conditions in the markets we are targeting for communications services or in which we operate, and other risks and uncertainties inherent in the telecommunications business in general and the satellite communications business in particular. Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat’s intentions, plans, expectations, anticipations, projections, estimations, predictions, outlook, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

INTELSAT S.A.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2020

Revenue

$

528,449

 

 

$

458,820

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Direct costs of revenue (excluding depreciation and amortization)

105,405

 

 

105,085

 

Selling, general and administrative

51,658

 

 

80,967

 

Depreciation and amortization

171,094

 

 

163,048

 

Impairment of non-amortizable intangible assets

 

 

12,200

 

Total operating expenses

328,157

 

 

361,300

 

Income from operations

200,292

 

 

97,520

 

Interest expense, net

316,602

 

 

318,329

 

Other income, net

1,413

 

 

2,735

 

Loss before income taxes

(114,897)

 

 

(218,074)

 

Provision for income taxes

5,145

 

 

141

 

Net loss

(120,042)

 

 

(218,215)

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(580)

 

 

(556)

 

Net loss attributable to Intelsat S.A.

$

(120,622)

 

 

$

(218,771)

 

Net loss per common share attributable to Intelsat S.A.:

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.87)

 

 

$

(1.55)

 

Diluted

$

(0.87)

 

 

$

(1.55)

 

 

INTELSAT S.A.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA

($ in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2020

Net loss

$

(120,042)

 

 

$

(218,215)

 

Add:

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

316,602

 

 

318,329

 

Provision for income taxes

5,145

 

 

141

 

Depreciation and amortization

171,094

 

 

163,048

 

EBITDA

$

372,799

 

 

$

263,303

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA Margin

71

%

 

57

%

Note:

Intelsat calculates a measure called EBITDA to assess the operating performance of Intelsat S.A. EBITDA consists of earnings before net interest, loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt, taxes and depreciation and amortization. Given our high level of leverage, refinancing activities are a frequent part of our efforts to manage our costs of borrowing. Accordingly, we consider loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt an element of interest expense. EBITDA is a measure commonly used in the Fixed Satellite Services (“FSS”) sector, and we present EBITDA to enhance the understanding of our operating performance. We use EBITDA as one criterion for evaluating our performance relative to that of our peers. We believe that EBITDA is an operating performance measure, and not a liquidity measure, that provides investors and financial analysts with a measure of operating results unaffected by differences in capital structures, capital investment cycles and ages of related assets among otherwise comparable companies.

EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under U.S. GAAP, and our EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income (loss) or net income (loss), determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of our operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, as an indicator of cash flows, or as a measure of liquidity.

INTELSAT S.A.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA

($ in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019

 

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2020

Net loss

$

(120,042)

 

 

$

(218,215)

 

Add:

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

316,602

 

 

318,329

 

Provision for income taxes

5,145

 

 

141

 

Depreciation and amortization

171,094

 

 

163,048

 

EBITDA

372,799

 

 

263,303

 

Add:

 

 

 

Compensation and benefits(1)

2,707

 

 

3,706

 

Non-recurring and other non-cash items(2)

4,774

 

 

10,899

 

Impairment of non-amortizable intangible assets(3)

 

 

12,200

 

Proportionate share from unconsolidated joint venture(4):

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

1,080

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

2,815

 

Adjusted EBITDA(5)(6)

380,280

 

 

294,003

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA margin

72

%

 

64

%

Contacts

Tahmin Clarke

Vice President, Investor Relations

[email protected]
+1 703 559 7406 (o)

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