Verizon's third quarter better than expected; 584,000 postpaid adds

Summary:Verizon delivered a solid third quarter performance, but the net wireless retail postpaid subscriber tally trailed rival AT&T.

Verizon delivered a solid third quarter performance Friday, but the net wireless retail postpaid subscriber tally trailed rival AT&T.

Verizon on Friday reported third quarter net income of $2.92 billion, or 31 cents a share, on revenue of $26.5 billion, down 2.9 percent from a year ago. The dip is due to businesses that were divested. Earnings were hit by a pension charge of 25 cents a share. Non-GAAP earnings were 56 cents a share, two cents ahead of Wall Street estimates.

The company also said its earnings outlook for the rest of the year will be at the high end of its previous range by about 5 percent to 10 percent.

Verizon Wireless added 997,000 net customers in the third quarter. That tally includes 584,000 postpaid customers. For comparison, AT&T added 745,000 postpaid customers in the third quarter and 2.6 million wireless subscribers overall---mostly due to connected devices.

In a statement, Verizon said it was benefiting from smartphone adoption. About 23 percent of its subscriber base has smartphones.

By the numbers:

  • Churn in the quarter was 1.07 percent.
  • Verizon Wireless ended the quarter with 93.2 million customers.
  • At the end of the quarter, Verizon Wireless had 7.9 million other connections such as machine-to-machine and telematics subscribers.

  • Verizon Wireless service revenue was $13.5 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago. Data revenue for the quarter was $4.8 billion, up 22.8 percent. Service revenue for wireless was $14.2 billion, up 7.7 percent.

  • Verizon added 226,000 net FiOS Internet subscribers and 204,000 net FiOS TV customers. FiOS Internet customers at the end of the quarter: 3.9 million. FiOS TV customers at the end of the quarter: 3.3 million.
  • Verizon enterprise revenue was $3.9 billion, down 0.8 percent.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Banking, Mobility


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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