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WOW! Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone (WOW!), a leading, fully-integrated provider of residential and commercial high-speed data, video and telephony services to customers in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States, today reported financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Financial & Operating Highlights (1)(2)

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, WOW! reported total Revenue of $312.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $109.0 million, representing a sequential increase of $7.6 million (or 2.5%) and $0.5 million, respectively, over the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013 and representing an increase of $13.5 million (or 4.5%) and $3.7 million (or 3.5%), respectively, over the pro forma first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Additionally, WOW! reported an increase in total customers of 11,800 and an increase in total RGUs of 11,700 over December 31, 2013 subscriber counts primarily as a result of continued, strong customer acquisition activity of high-speed data (“HSD”) subscribers during the first quarter.

Conference Call

WOW! will host a conference call on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm Eastern to discuss the operating and financial results contained in this press release. Conference call information is as follows:

Call Date:           Monday, May 12, 2014           Call Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Dial In: (877) 541-5069 Intn’l Dial In: (443) 842-7607
Conf. ID: 35165431
 

A recording of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call until June 12, 2014. The dial in number for this replay is (855) 859-2056. Additionally, a copy of the transcript will be available approximately forty-eight hours after the call, at www.wowway.com.

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(1)

  Certain pro forma financial information for periods presented herein has been prepared giving effect to our September 27, 2013 asset acquisition of Bluemile, Inc. as if such transaction had been completed at the beginning of each respective period presented. Therefore, pro forma financial information includes unaudited financial information for Bluemile for the period from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013. See “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information” and the accompanying tables in this release.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles. For a definition of Adjusted EBITDA, information about management’s reasons for providing data with respect to this measurement and the limitations associated with its use and a quantitative reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), see “Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial and Operating Metrics”, “Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures” and the accompanying tables in this release.
 

The following provides a summary of our statements of operations as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively:

 

WideOpenWest Finance, LLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
($ in millions)

 
  Three months ended

 

March 31,

2014   2013
Revenue:
Residential subscription $ 258.2 $ 251.5
Commercial subscription   23.5     22.6  
Total subscription 281.7 274.1
Other commercial services 6.5 4.6
Other   23.9     17.7  
  312.1     296.4  
Costs and expenses:
Operating (excluding depreciation & amortization) 178.0 165.7
Selling, general and administrative 30.0 34.8
Depreciation and amortization 66.0 64.8
Management fee to related party   0.4     0.4  
  274.4     265.7  
Income from operations 37.7 30.7
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (57.8 ) (66.9 )

Realized and unrealized gain on derivative instruments, net

1.0 1.0
Other (expense) income, net   (0.1 )   0.1  
 
Loss before provision for income taxes (19.2 ) (35.1 )
Income tax expense   (1.1 )   -  
 
Net loss $ (20.3 ) $ (35.1 )
 
 

The unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations above and the information in this press release should be read in conjunction with our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as filed with the SEC on May 9, 2014 and our Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2013 as filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014. For ease of use, references in this press release to “WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone” or “WOW!” mean WideOpenWest Finance, LLC and its consolidated subsidiaries.

About WOW!

WOW! has been one of the nation’s leading providers of high-speed Internet, cable TV, and phone serving communities in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio since 1996. In July 2012, WOW! acquired Knology, Inc. and began serving communities in the Southeast and Midwest. Our operating philosophy is to deliver an employee and customer experience that lives up to its name. WOW! is privately owned and controlled by Avista Capital Partners. For more information, please visit www.wowway.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks and uncertainties. You should review our filings with the SEC, including the section titled “Risk Factors” contained in our Form 10-K Annual Report filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014.

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information

The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been developed by applying pro forma adjustments to the individual historical unaudited financial information of Bluemile, Inc. (“Bluemile”). The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information for the periods presented herein have been prepared giving effect to our acquisition of certain Bluemile assets on September 27, 2013, as if such transaction had been completed at the beginning of the periods presented. Therefore, unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information includes the unaudited financial information for Bluemile for the period from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013. The historical consolidated financial information has been adjusted to give effect to pro forma events that are (1) directly attributable to such transactions, (2) factually supportable and (3) expected to have a continuing impact on the combined results.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information is for informational purposes only and does not purport to represent what our results of operations or financial information would have been if the Bluemile asset acquisition had occurred at any date, nor does such information purport to project the results of operations for any future period.

The unaudited pro forma financial statements should be read in conjunction with the information contained in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” the consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes appearing in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as filed with the SEC on May 9, 2014 and our Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2013 as filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014.

The following table provides a summary of our pro forma adjustments for the three months ended March 31, 2013, related to Bluemile:

 

WideOpenWest Finance, LLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
($ in millions)

 
   

Pro Forma

Three months

ended

Three months

ended

March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
Revenue $ 312.1 $ 296.4
Pro Forma adjustment, Bluemile   -   2.2
Pro Forma Revenue, including Bluemile $ 312.1 $ 298.6
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 109.0 $ 104.6
Pro Forma adjustment, Bluemile   -   0.7
Pro Forma EBITDA, including Bluemile $ 109.0 $ 105.3
 
 

Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Operating Metrics

We have included certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release including Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA. We believe that these non-GAAP measures enhance an investor’s understanding of our financial performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful financial metrics to assess our operating performance from period to period by excluding certain items that we believe are not representative of our core business. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with useful information for assessing the comparability between periods of our ability to generate cash from operations sufficient to pay taxes, to service debt and to undertake capital expenditures. We use these non-GAAP measures for business planning purposes and in measuring our performance relative to that of our competitors. We believe these non-GAAP measures are measures commonly used by investors to evaluate our performance and that of our competitors.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined by WOW! as net income (loss) before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (including impairments), gains (losses) realized and unrealized on derivative instruments, management fees to related party, the write-up or write-off of any asset, debt modification expenses, loss on extinguishment of debt, integration and restructuring expenses and all non-cash charges and expenses (including equity based compensation expense) and certain other income and expenses, as further defined in our credit facilities. Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and our use of the term Adjusted EBITDA varies from others in our industry. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss), operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance or operating cash flows or as measures of liquidity.

Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. For example, Adjusted EBITDA:

  • excludes certain tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us;
  • does not reflect any cash capital expenditure requirements for the assets being depreciated and amortized that may have to be replaced in the future;
  • does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and
  • does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debt.

Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA in this release is (i) sometimes presented on a Pro Forma basis, giving effect to our Bluemile asset acquisition on September 27, 2013 as if such transaction had been completed at the beginning of each period presented (see “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information above for complete discussion), and (ii) sometimes further adjusted to include the estimated run-rate cost savings we expect to achieve in connection with our Knology merger, Bluemile asset acquisition and transitioning our billing system from one provider to another which is calculated in accordance with the definitions in our senior secured credit facilities.

See “Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures” below and the accompanying tables for reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA to our net income (loss), which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

In addition, we use the following operating metrics in this release:

  • Homes Passed – We report homes passed as the number of residential units, such as single residence homes, apartments and condominium units, passed by our broadband network and listed in our database excluding those we believe are covered by exclusive arrangements with other providers of competing services.
  • Total Customers - Because we deliver multiple services to our customers, we report the total number of customers as those who receive at least one of our video (“Video”), high-speed data (“HSD”) or telephony (“Telephony”) services, without regard to which or how many of those services they subscribe. We report Video subscribers as the number of basic cable subscribers and do not include customers who only subscribe to HSD or Telephony services in this total. The combined total of Video, HSD and Telephony subscribers is referred to as Revenue Generating Units (“RGUs”).

Subscriber information for acquired entities is preliminary and subject to adjustment until we have completed our review of such information and determined that it is presented in accordance with our policies.

As of the end of each of the following respective quarters, the Company’s operating metrics were as follows:

 
                % Change           % Change
4Q-13 1Q-13
2Q-13     3Q-13     4Q-13     vs. 3Q-13 1Q-14     vs. 4Q-13
Homes Passed 2,981,000 2,987,000 2,995,000 0.27 % 2,997,100 0.07 %
Total Customers 814,500 831,200 841,100 1.19 % 852,900 1.40 %
Video Subscribers 682,300 690,700 694,400 0.54 % 694,300 -0.01 %
HSD Subscribers 709,100 725,400 740,000 2.01 % 756,700 2.26 %
Telephony Subscribers 429,500     426,700     423,700     -0.70 % 418,800     -1.16 %
Total RGUs 1,820,900     1,842,800     1,858,100 0.83 % 1,869,800 0.63 %
 

Improved sequential net subscriber activity during first quarter ended March 31, 2014 was driven primarily by continued strong trends in customer acquisition activity. In addition, the first quarter increases in total customers, video subscribers and total RGUs in the table above includes an increase of 400 total customers, video subscribers and total RGUs attributable to a change in reported subscribers in certain former Knology markets to conform to the Company’s reporting methodology related to bulk customers in multi-dwelling units.

Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures

The following table provides an unaudited reconciliation of our net loss to Adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively:

 

WideOpenWest Finance, LLC
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures (Unaudited)
($ in millions)

 
  Three months ended
March 31,   March 31,
2014   2013
 
Net loss $ (20.3 ) $ (35.1 )
Depreciation and amortization 66.0 64.8
Management fee to related party 0.4 0.4
Interest expense 57.8 66.9

Realized and unrealized gain on derivative instruments, net

(1.0 ) (1.0 )

Non-recurring prof. fees, M&A integration and restructuring expense

4.9 8.7
Other expense (income), net 0.1 (0.1 )
Income tax expense   1.1       -  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 109.0     $ 104.6  
Plus: Pro Forma adjustment, Bluemile   -       0.7  

Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA - including Bluemile

$ 109.0     $ 105.3  
 
 

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