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April 25, 2014
09:52 EDTFTRFrontier Communications, CWA agree to extend contract to May 31
Frontier Communications and the local West Virginia Communications Workers of America, or CWA, have extended their existing contract until Saturday, May 31. The parties have negotiated since mid-June 2013. The contract expired in August 2013, and Frontier and the CWA have worked on numerous and complex issues during a series of contract extensions. East Region Area President Ken Arndt said, “We continue to make progress during our discussions with the CWA, and we’re hopeful we can build on the common ground that we have established to come to a resolution soon. Frontier continues to bargain in good faith as we strive to reach a balanced contract that treats employees fairly, allows the company to provide the highest levels of customer service and gives us the ability to succeed in the highly competitive communications industry we continue to face."
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April 20, 2015
17:32 EDTFTRFrontier Communications files automatic mixed securities shelf
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13:41 EDTFTREarnings Watch: Verizon shares up marginally since Q4 results
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $32.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 89c-$1.00 on revenue of $31.74B-$32.97B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 71c against estimates for 72c on revenue of $33.19B against estimates for $32.69B. For Q4 in Wireless, the company reported 2.1M net retail connections; 2.0M net retail postpaid connections, including net additions of 672,000 postpaid phones; retail postpaid churn of 1.14%; 108.2M total retail connections and 102.1M total retail postpaid connections. In Wireline, it reported 4.1% year-over-year quarterly increase in consumer revenues. Verizon reported Q4 retail postpaid ARPA, or average revenue per account, increased 1.0% over Q4 of 2013 to $158.82 per month, and 3.9% over the full year. Verizon reported Q4 FiOS consumer revenue growth of 11.1%; 6.6M FiOS Internet subscribers, with 145K net additions; 5.6M FiOS Video subscribers, with 116K net additions. For 2015, Verizon expects consolidated revenue growth of at least 4%. It sees sustained profitability with a consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin at a level consistent with full-year 2014 performance. It also expects strong free cash flow generation with consolidated capital spending of $17.5B-$18.0B. On February 5, Frontier Communications (FTR) announced a definitive agreement with Verizon under which Frontier will acquire Verizon’s wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for $10.54B in cash. On the same day, Verizon announced a $5B accelerated share-repurchase program and agreed to lease the rights to over 11,300 of its company-owned wireless towers to American Tower (AMT), which will also purchase approximately 165 Verizon towers, for a total upfront payment of approximately $5B. American Tower will have exclusive rights to lease and operate over 11,300 Verizon cell towers, a significant majority of the towers the company currently owns. In addition, Verizon will sell approximately 165 towers outright. On March 10 at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said there was “not much change” in the competitive environment since Q4-end, Q1 volume should return to "more normal levels," and Q1 churn is likely to be elevated from year ago, but not "something that is going to be concerning." PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are up marginally since the company's Q4 report. Over the past twelve months, they are up about 3.3%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q1 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.5%.
April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTFTRUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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April 7, 2015
10:05 EDTFTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
08:00 EDTFTRFrontier Communications upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson
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