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January 18, 2013
11:51 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon says Sandy’s impact on Q4 results may be significant
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report Q4 earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 22, 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 EPS of 52c on revenue of $29.75B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 39c-62c on revenue of $29.35B-$30.2B... LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported Q3 EPS of 64c against estimates for 64c on revenue of $29.01B against estimates for $29B. In the Q3 earnings report, CEO Lowell McAdam commented, "In Q3, Verizon continued to deliver double-digit earnings growth and strong cash generation, and we remain solidly on track to meet our financial objectives for the year.” However on November 2, shortly after Hurricane Sandy landed, the company said the impact from the storm on Q4 operating results “could be significant.” The company’s Northeast network was not restored to pre-storm levels until November 15. At the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on December 4, CEO McAdam noted that momentum from Q3 was carrying over into Q4, and that he “felt good” going into 2013... STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q4 earnings report. Negative sentiment came on January 14 when UBS downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing lower profitability due to higher subsidies and indirect channel costs in wireless and increased costs in wireline. UBS lowered its price target to $44 from $48. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares fell approximately 11% following the company's Q3 report. However, in mid-November, the stock mounted a modest rebound, but then dipped again in the first two weeks of this year. In late morning trading ahead of Tuesday's Q4 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.40% to $42.30.
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:22 EDTVZVerizon technical commentary before earnings
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13:41 EDTVZEarnings 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%.
07:16 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:03 EDTVZESPN raises objections to Verizon FiOS TV packages, WSJ reports
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April 17, 2015
12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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06:17 EDTVZVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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