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Suddenlink Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial and Operating Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. LOUIS (March 29, 2016) - Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC ("Cequel," and together with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "Suddenlink") today reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter 2015.

On December 21, 2015, Altice N.V., a public company with limited liability (naamloze vennootshcap) under Dutch law ("Altice"), as successor in interest to Altice S.A., certain other direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of Altice (the "Purchasers"), acquired approximately 70% of the total outstanding equity interests in our parent, Cequel Corporation (the "Altice Acquisition") from the direct and indirect stockholders of Cequel Corporation (the "Sellers").

Operating results and metrics and year-over-year changes described below are presented on a pro forma basis to include or exclude cable systems acquired or divested, respectively, during 2014.


Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $618.9 million grew 4.5% compared to the fourth quarter of the prior year, highlighted by growth in residential high-speed Internet and commercial services revenue. Excluding the effect of cyclical political advertising sales, total revenue grew 5.2% in the fourth quarter 2015 versus the fourth quarter 2014.
     
  • High-speed Internet revenue grew 17.1% in the fourth quarter 2015 versus the year-ago period. This growth was driven by the addition of 74,000 residential Internet customers, representing growth of 6.4% during the trailing twelve months; growth in home networking revenue; and continued success in selling higher speed tiers of service to new and existing customers.
     
  • Commercial revenue for the fourth quarter 2015 grew 9.2% versus the fourth quarter 2014, including 15.3% growth in our commercial high-speed data, telephone and on-net carrier revenue on a combined basis.
     
  • Before the impact of non-recurring expenses, Adjusted EBITDA (as defined herein) for the fourth quarter 2015 was $263.8 million, representing growth of 10.2%, compared to the same period in the prior year.
     
  • Total residential customer relationships were 1,467,000 at December 31, 2015, an increase of 39,800, or 2.8%, since December 31, 2014. Including commercial, total customer relationships were 1,565,300 at December 31, 2015, an increase of 48,200, or 3.2%, since December 31, 2014.
     
  • The Company completed the initial phases of Operation GigaSpeed, raising the flagship Internet speed in markets serving 90% of high-speed Internet customers to 50 megabits per second ("Mbps"), with top speeds of 150 Mbps in most markets, and up to 1 gigabit per second ("Gbps") in 28 markets, which serve approximately 50% of our residential high-speed Internet customers.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2014

Fourth quarter 2015 revenue increased 4.5%, largely attributable to the increase in residential high-speed Internet revenue and growth in revenue from our commercial business, including carrier services, offset in part by decreases in video revenue and advertising revenue. Excluding political advertising sales, total revenue increased 5.2%.

Video service revenue decreased 0.4% due primarily to basic and digital video customer losses in the trailing twelve months; digital customers purchasing fewer digital tiers of service on average; and decreased premium and pay-per-view revenues. Offsetting this decline, in part, was an increase in broadcast retransmission revenue; growth in converter rental revenue for HDTV and DVR capable digital converters; and the impact of video rate increases.

High-speed Internet service revenue rose 17.1% due primarily to an increase in residential high-speed Internet customers; the sell-in of higher tiers and the shift of existing customers to higher speed Internet products; growth in home networking revenue; growth in our commercial high-speed data services to small and medium sized businesses; growth in carrier services, including fiber to the tower; and growth in optical Internet and transport revenue. 

Telephone service revenue decreased 0.7% due primarily to the impact of bundle discounts to residential and commercial customers, offset, in part, by an increase in residential telephone customers and growth in our commercial telephone services to small and medium sized businesses.

Advertising revenue decreased 14.7% due largely to a decline in political advertising and local ad sales revenue.

Other revenue decreased 2.8% due primarily to a decrease in installation revenue, offset in part by an increase in equipment sales revenue.

Our commercial lines of business, embedded in the video, high-speed Internet, telephone service and other revenue, described above, are comprised of commercial and bulk video, commercial high-speed data, fiber based on- and off-net carrier services, and commercial telephone. Commercial revenue totaled $95.7 million, or 15.5% of total revenue, in the fourth quarter 2015, representing growth of 9.2% versus the fourth quarter 2014. Our commercial high-speed data, telephone, and on-net carrier revenue grew 15.3% on a combined basis.

Operating costs and expenses rose 22.0%, primarily due to $83.2 million of non-recurring expenses related to the Altice Acquisition (as defined in this Earnings Release). In addition the fourth quarter of 2015 was impacted by an increase in total programming costs and increased labor and employee related costs, offset in part by reductions in telephone subscriber line costs and marketing expense.  The fourth quarter 2014 includes $5.9 million of non-recurring expense primarily related to costs to migrate customers onto our internal telephone platform and acquisition due diligence costs.

Before the impact of non-recurring expense described above, Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2015 was $263.8 million, an increase of 10.2% compared to the fourth quarter last year, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 42.6% versus 40.4% in the fourth quarter 2014. After the impact of non-recurring expense, Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2015 was $181.5 million, a decrease of 22.3% from the same quarter last year, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 29.3% versus 39.4% in the fourth quarter 2014.

Loss from operations for the fourth quarter 2015 was $74.1 million, a decrease of 197.7%, compared to income from operations of $75.8 million for the fourth quarter 2014, due primarily to non-recurring expenses associated with the Altice Acquisition and an increase in non-cash share based compensation expense resulting from the Altice Acquisition, offset, in part, by improved operating results.

Net income was $20.0 million for the fourth quarter 2015, compared to net income of $7.4 million for the fourth quarter 2014.


Full Year 2015 Compared to Full Year 2014

Full year revenue for 2015 increased 3.7%, largely attributable to the increase in residential high-speed Internet revenue; the impact of video rate increases; growth in converter rental revenue for HDTV and DVR capable digital converters; growth in revenue from our commercial business, including carrier services; and growth in advertising revenue.

Video service revenue decreased 2.0% due primarily to the  the impact of basic video customer losses in the trailing twelve months; digital customers purchasing fewer digital tiers of service on average; and decreased premium and pay-per-view revenue. Offsetting this decrease, in part, was the impact of video rate increases; higher broadcast retransmission revenue; and customer growth in our digital and advanced video services, including converter rental revenue for HDTV and DVR capable digital converters.

High-speed Internet service revenue rose 16.2% due primarily to an increase in residential high-speed Internet customers; the impact of residential rate increases; the shift of customers to higher speed Internet products; growth in home networking revenue; growth in our commercial high-speed data services to small and medium sized businesses; and growth in carrier services, including fiber to the tower, and optical Internet and transport revenue. 

Telephone service revenue grew 1.4% due primarily to an increase in residential telephone customers and growth in our commercial telephone services to small and medium sized businesses, offset, in part, by the impact of bundle discounts to residential customers.

Advertising revenue decreased 13.4% due largely to a decline in political advertising and local ad sales revenue.

Other revenue increased 0.3% due primarily to increases in revenue from our tower services business and equipment sales revenue, offset in part by a decrease in installation revenue.

Commercial revenue totaled $370.9 million, or 15.3% of total revenue, in the 2015, representing growth of 11.1% versus the 2014. Our commercial high-speed data, telephone and on-net carrier revenue grew 15.7% year-over-year on a combined basis.

Operating costs and expenses rose 5.7%, primarily due to $84.2 million of non-recurring expenses related to the Altice Acquisition. In addition, 2015 was impacted by an increase in labor and employee related costs, offset in part by reductions in telephone subscriber line costs.  The full year 2014 includes $8.0 million of non-recurring expense non-recurring expense primarily related to costs to migrate customers onto our internal telephone platform and acquisition due diligence costs

Before the impact of non-recurring expense described above, Adjusted EBITDA for 2015 was $977.3 million, an increase of 8.0% compared to 2014, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 40.4%. After the impact of non-recurring expense, Adjusted EBITDA for 2015 was $893.9 million, an increase of 0.6% from 2014, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 36.9%.

Income from operations for the full year 2015 was $49.2 million, a decrease of 80.9%, compared to $258.0 million for the full year 2014, due primarily to non-recurring expenses associated with the Altice Acquisition and an increase in non-cash share based compensation expense resulting from the Altice Acquisition offset, in part, by improved operating results.

Net loss was $227.1 million for 2015, compared to net income of $19.0 million for 2014.


Key Operating Metrics

At December 31, 2015, Suddenlink served approximately 1,467,000 residential customers, an increase of 2.8% in the last twelve months. Including commercial, Suddenlink served approximately 1,565,300 customers, an increase of 3.2% in the last twelve months. Suddenlink's approximately 2.9 million PSUs as of December 31, 2015, increased 57,200, or 2.0%, in the last twelve months.  In addition, as of December 31, 2015, Suddenlink served approximately 72,300 commercial high-speed data and 47,500 commercial telephone customers, not included in our PSU or customer relationship totals. Including these commercial customers, our PSUs increased 73,300, or 2.5%, in the last twelve months. 

Approximately 410,700 of Suddenlink's residential customers receive video, high-speed Internet, and telephone services as part of a triple play bundle, representing 28.0% of Suddenlink's total residential customer relationships, compared to 27.8% a year ago. Growth of 13,900 triple play customers in the last twelve months represented an increase of 3.5%. Approximately 63.6% of Suddenlink's residential customers subscribe to two or more bundled services. Non-video residential customers of approximately 456,600 at December 31, 2015, represent 31.1% of total residential customer relationships, and grew 21.8% during the last twelve months.

Suddenlink's Average Revenue per Customer Relationship for the fourth quarter 2015 was $132.36, an increase of 1.1% compared to the fourth quarter 2014.

Basic video customers decreased by approximately 1,300 customers during the fourth quarter 2015.  During the last twelve months, basic video customers decreased 4.0%, which was impacted by the replacement of a major programmer in our channel line-up in the fourth quarter 2014. Estimated basic penetration at December 31, 2015, was 34.0% of estimated homes passed.

Residential high-speed Internet customers increased by approximately 20,700 during the fourth quarter 2015, and increased by approximately 74,000, or 6.4%, during the trailing twelve months. At December 31, 2015, estimated residential high-speed Internet penetration was 39.1% of high-speed Internet capable homes passed.  During the fourth quarter 2015, commercial high-speed data customers increased by approximately 2,100, or 3.0%, and increased 8,600, or 13.5%, during the trailing twelve months. These commercial customers are not included in total PSU counts. Including these commercial customers, our high-speed Internet customers increased 82,600, or 6.8%, in the last twelve months.

Residential telephone customers grew by approximately 15,200 during the fourth quarter 2015, and increased 28,800, or 5.3%, during the last twelve months. At December 31, 2015, estimated residential telephone penetration was 21.3% of telephone capable homes passed. During the fourth quarter 2015, commercial telephone customers increased by approximately 1,800 customers, and increased by approximately 7,500 during the last twelve months, or 18.8%. These commercial customers purchase 2.7 lines on average and are not included in total PSU counts. Including these commercial customers, our telephone customers increased 36,300, or 6.2%, in the last twelve months.


Liquidity and Capital Resources

The following discussion of liquidity and capital resources is presented on an actual basis and does not include historical pro forma adjustments reflecting the cable systems acquired from New Wave on October 1, 2014.

At December 31, 2015, the Company had approximately $80.5 million of cash on hand with $21.2 million of outstanding letters of credit, which reduced the availability under our revolving credit facility to approximately $328.8 million.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $153.2 million for the fourth quarter 2015, compared to $183.0 million for the fourth quarter 2014.

Capital expenditures were $113.1 million and $103.8 million for the fourth quarter 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Starting in the second half of 2014 and extending through 2017, we expect to invest up to $230 million of capital expenditures to significantly enhance our Internet speeds in markets serving 94% of our high-speed Internet customers and ultimately position our network to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps in markets serving nearly 85% of our high-speed Internet customers.  Internally known as "Operation GigaSpeed," this initiative will include expenditures to upgrade data network headend equipment, replace any remaining deployed Data over Cable Service Interface Specification ("DOCSIS") 2.0 customer premises equipment with DOCSIS 3.0 equipment, and complete our all-digital video conversion that began with Project Imagine, our three year bandwidth expansion plan that was completed in 2012.  We expect to complete these enhancements in a phased, market-by-market approach, focusing first on our largest and most competitive markets. Once fully phased in, the plan calls for our flagship Internet speed to increase from 15 to 200 Mbps and our top Internet speed to increase from over 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps in a vast majority of our markets. We completed the initial phases of Operation GigaSpeed in 112 markets, which serve over 90% of our residential high-speed Internet customers. Those investments allowed us to increase the flagship Internet speed from 15 Mbps to 50 Mbps and to increase our top Internet speed to up to 150 Mbps in those markets, with top speeds in 28 markets increasing to 1 Gbps, which serve approximately 50% of our residential high-speed Internet customers. For the twelve months ended months ended December 31, 2015, we spent approximately $81.3 million in capital expenditures related to this initiative. Since the inception of Operation GigaSpeed, we have incurred $116.5 million in capital expenditures related to this initiative.

Free Cash Flow for the fourth quarter 2015, was $4.7 million, compared to $67.5 million for the fourth quarter 2014, a decrease of 93.1%. The decrease in Free Cash Flow for the fourth quarter 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 is due primarily the impact of non-recurring expenses associated with the Altice Acquisition.

The Senior Secured Leverage Ratio (Consolidated Secured Debt to Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA) for Suddenlink as defined in and calculated in accordance with the Credit Agreement was 3.35x at December 31, 2015.

The Total Leverage Ratio (Consolidated Total Debt to Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA) for Cequel, as defined in and calculated in accordance with the indentures governing Cequel's outstanding 2020 Senior Notes and 2021 Senior Notes, was 6.25x at December 31, 2015.

The Total Leverage Ratio (Consolidated Total Debt to Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA) for Cequel, as defined in and calculated in accordance with the indentures governing Cequel's outstanding 2025 Senior Notes, was 6.25x at December 31, 2015.


Acquisition of Cable Systems

On October 1, 2014, the Company acquired two cable systems from New Wave for approximately $6.1 million, subject to a working capital adjustments, using cash on hand. The cable systems involved in this transaction are located in Nevada and serve nearly 3,000 residential and less than 100 commercial customers.


Altice Acquisition

On December 21, 2015, Altice, and the Purchasers, acquired approximately 70% of the total outstanding equity interests in Cequel Corporation from the Sellers.  Prior to the date hereof, Cequel Corporation was directly or indirectly owned by investment funds advised by BC Partners Limited ("BCP"), CPPIB-Suddenlink LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPPIB" and together with BCP, the "Sponsors"), and IW4MK Carry Partnership LP (the "Management Holder" and together with the Sponsors, the "Stockholders"). The consideration for the acquired equity interests was based on a total equity valuation for 100% of the capital and voting rights of Cequel Corporation of $4,132.0 million, which includes $2,956.4 million of cash consideration, $675.6 million of retained equity held by the Sponsors and $500 million funded by the issuance by an affiliate of Altice of a senior vendor note that is subscribed by the Sponsors. Following the closing of the Altice Acquisition, the Sponsors retained equity interests in Cequel Corporation representing, in the aggregate, 30% of Cequel Corporation's outstanding capital stock on a post-closing basis. In addition, the carry interest plans of the Stockholders were cashed out based on an agreement between the Sponsors and the Management Holder whereby payments were made to participants in such carry interest plans, including certain officers and directors of Cequel and Cequel Corporation.

In connection with the Altice Acquisition, on June 12, 2015, affiliates of Altice issued (i) $320 million principal amount of senior holdco notes due 2025 (the "Holdco Notes"), (ii) $300 million principal amount of senior notes due 2025 (the "2025 Senior Notes") and (iii) $1.1 billion principal amount of senior secured notes due 2023 (the "2025 Senior Secured Notes"), the proceeds from which were placed in escrow, to finance a portion of the purchase price for the Altice Acquisition.  The Holdco Notes were issued by Altice US Finance S.A. (the "Holdco Notes Issuer"), an indirect subsidiary of Altice, bear interest at a rate of 7.75% per annum and were issued at a price of 98.275%. The Senior Notes were issued by Altice US Finance II Corporation (the "Senior Notes Issuer"), an indirect subsidiary of Altice, bear interest at a rate of 7.75% per annum and were issued at a price of 100.00%. The Senior Secured Notes were issued by Altice US Finance I Corporation (the "Senior Secured Notes Issuer"), an indirect subsidiary of Altice, bear interest at a rate of 5.375% per annum and were issued at a price of 100.00%. Interest on the Holdco Notes, the 2025 Senior Notes and the Senior Secured Notes is payable semi-annually on January 15 and July 15. The Holdco Notes will automatically exchange into an equal aggregate principal amount of 2025 Senior Notes once the 2025 Senior Notes Issuer builds sufficient restricted payment capacity and the ability to incur additional indebtedness in excess of the aggregate amount of the Holdco Notes. Following the consummation of the Altice Acquisition and related transactions, (i) the indirect parent of the Holdco Notes Issuer owned 70% of Cequel Corporation, (ii) the 2025 Senior Notes Issuer merged into Cequel, the Senior Notes became the obligations of Cequel and Cequel Capital Corporation became the co-issuer of the 2025 Senior Notes, and (iii) the equity interests in the Senior Secured Notes Issuer were contributed through one or more intermediary steps to Suddenlink, and the Senior Secured Notes were guaranteed by Cequel Communications Holdings II LLC, Suddenlink and certain of the subsidiaries of Suddenlink and are secured by certain assets of Cequel Communications Holdings II LLC, Suddenlink and its subsidiaries.

In connection with the Altice Acquisition, we received consent from holders of the 2020 Notes to, among other things, waive any obligation that the Issuers may have under the 2020 Indenture to repurchase the 2020 Notes as a result of the consummation of the Altice Acquisition and make certain related changes to the 2020 Indenture (the "Indenture Amendments"), and the Issuers entered into a first supplemental indenture to the 2020 Indenture with U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee (the "First Supplemental Indenture"), containing the Indenture Amendments.  In exchange for this consent, we paid holders who consented to these amendments an aggregate fee of approximately $26.3 million at the closing of the Altice Acquisition, at which time the Indenture Amendments become effective.

In connection with the Altice Acquisition, we received consent from lenders under the credit and guaranty agreement, dated February 14, 2012, entered into by Cequel Communications, LLC, Cequel Communications Holdings II, LLC, certain subsidiaries of Cequel Communications, LLC and a syndicate of lenders, as amended, which provides for up to $2.7 billion of loans in the aggregate, consisting of a $2.2 billion term loan facility and a $500.0 million revolving credit facility (collectively, the "Existing Credit Facility"), to amend the definition of change of control and certain other related definitions therein so that the consummation of the Altice Acquisition did not constitute a change of control and corresponding event of default thereunder (the "Existing Credit Facility Amendments"), and we entered into a Second Amendment and Consent to the Existing Credit Facility (the "Second Amendment and Consent") with the lenders thereunder, containing, among other things, the Existing Credit Facility Amendments. In exchange for this consent, we paid lenders who consented to these amendments an aggregate fee of approximately $6.8 million.

In addition, lenders holding (a) $290.0 million of loans and commitments under the existing revolving credit facility under the Existing Credit Facility and (b) approximately $815.4 million of loans under the existing term loan facility under the Existing Credit Facility consented to roll over, on a cashless basis, such lenders' loans and commitments under the Existing Credit Facility into loans and commitments of the same amount under a new credit facility (the "New Credit Facility") made available to Altice US Finance I Corporation effective upon the consummation of the Altice Acquisition (the "Roll Consents"). The New Credit Facility will mature on December 21, 2022, or sooner if certain amounts of the 2020 Notes, the 2021 Notes or the Senior Secured Notes remain outstanding at certain future dates.  Upon the closing of the Altice Acquisition, the $290.0 million of loans and commitments under the existing revolving credit facility under the Existing Credit Facility that lenders have elected to rollover into the New Credit Facility, plus $60.0 million of new revolving commitments from other lenders, formed a new $350 million revolving credit facility under the New Credit Facility, and all remaining commitments under the then existing $500 million revolving credit facility under the Existing Credit Facility were terminated.


Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter results at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The dial-in information for the earnings call is as follows: 

Within the United States (800) 989-9806
International (850) 429-1388
Call Name Suddenlink Q4 Earnings Call
Conference ID 20175

A replay of this earnings call will be available at the Investor Relations link on the Company's website (suddenlink.com) shortly after the conclusion of the call.

During the conference call, representatives of the Company may discuss certain matters concerning the Company set forth in an earnings presentation, a copy of which is available on the Company's website (suddenlink.com). Matters discussed during the call may contain information that has not been previously disclosed.


Annual Report

The information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in the Company's annual report for the year ended December 31, 2015, which will be posted on the Company's website (suddenlink.com) on March 29, 2016.


Current Report

A current report containing this earnings release and the related earnings presentation will be posted on the Company's website (suddenlink.com) shortly after the conference call on March 29, 2016. 


Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses certain measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, that are not defined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") to evaluate various aspects of its business.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss), plus net interest expense, provision/(benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash share based compensation expense and loss on disposal of cable assets. As such, it eliminates the significant non-cash depreciation and amortization expense that results from the capital-intensive nature of the Company's businesses as well as other non-cash or special items, and is unaffected by the Company's capital structure or investment activities. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management and our board of directors to evaluate the performance of the Company's business. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA generally correlates to the covenant calculations under our Credit Agreements. However, this measure is limited in that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues and the cash cost of financing. Management and our board of directors evaluate these costs through other financial measures.

Free Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA, less capital expenditures, plus or minus changes in accounts payable and accrued expenses related to capital expenditures, less cash interest expense.

The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow provide information useful to investors in assessing the Company's performance and its ability to fund operations, service its debt and make additional investments with internally generated funds.

Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, as used herein, may not be necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.  Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, net income or loss, operating income, cash flow from operations or other combined income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of Net Income/(Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA is provided in Table 9. A reconciliation of Net Cash from Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow is provided in Table 10.


Company Description

The Company, which does business as Suddenlink Communications ("Suddenlink"), is the seventh largest cable operator in the United States. Suddenlink makes its services available over its advanced hybrid-fiber coaxial network to approximately 3.2 million homes in the United States and serves approximately 1.5 million customers as of December 31, 2015. The Company's customer base is clustered geographically with approximately 96% of our customers located in the ten states of Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, California, Missouri and Ohio, with 91% of our customers located within our top 20 primary systems. Suddenlink simplifies its customers' lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, telephone, and other services.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements in this Earnings Release are known as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this Earnings Release that are not historical facts. When used in this Earnings Release, the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the factors set forth below:

  • competition for video, high-speed Internet and telephone customers;
  • our ability to achieve anticipated customer and revenue growth and to successfully introduce new products and services;
  • our ability to complete our capital investment plans on time and on budget;
  • the effects of economic conditions or other factors which may negatively affect our customers' demand for our products or services;
  • increased difficulty negotiating programming and retransmission agreements on favorable terms, if at all, resulting in increased costs to us and/or the loss of popular programming;
  • increasing programming costs and delivery expenses related to our products and services;
  • changes in consumer preferences, laws and regulations or technology that may cause us to change our operational strategies;
  • our ability to effectively integrate acquisitions and to maximize expected operating efficiencies from our acquisitions;
  • our substantial indebtedness;
  • the restrictions contained in our financing agreements;
  • our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet our debt service obligations;
  • the process of integrating us into the Altice Group and expected synergies from the Altice Acquisition;
  • fluctuations in interest rates which may cause our interest expense to vary from quarter to quarter; and
  • other risks and uncertainties, including those listed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2015 which is available on our website (suddenlink.com).

You should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based on the information currently available to us and speak only as of the date of this Earnings Release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in our expectations or otherwise. However, your attention is directed to any further disclosures made on related subjects in our subsequent reports furnished to holders of our notes.


Tables

1 Consolidated Statements of Operations - three and twelve month periods
2 Pro Forma Consolidated Statements of Operations - three and twelve month periods
3 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
4 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
5 Capital Expenditures
6 Summary Operating Statistics
7 Pro Forma Summary Operating Statistics
8 Calculation of Free Cash Flow
9 Reconciliation of Net Income/Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
10 Reconciliation of Net Cash from Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
11 Reconciliation of Cash Interest Expense

TABLE 1
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
  December 31, Percent   December 31, Percent
  2015 2014 Change   2015 2014 Change
  Actual Actual     Actual Actual  
Revenues:              
Video $ 283,551   $ 284,766   -0.4 %   $ 1,141,408   $ 1,163,892   -1.9 %
High Speed Internet 230,678   196,537   17.4 %   873,303   748,842   16.6 %
Telephone 51,621   52,007   -0.7 %   207,586   204,693   1.4 %
Advertising Sales 25,212   29,573   -14.7 %   87,666   101,197   -13.4 %
Other 27,871   29,241   -4.7 %   110,349   112,073   -1.5 %
Total Revenues 618,933   592,124   4.5 %   2,420,312   2,330,697   3.8 %
               
Costs and Expenses:              
Operating (excluding depreciation and amortization) 221,101   224,249   1.4 %   898,894   930,085   3.4 %
Selling, general and administrative (excluding non-cash share based compensation expense) 216,375   134,364   -61.0 %   627,560   512,696   -22.4 %
Operating costs and expenses 437,476   358,613   -22.0 %   1,526,454   1,442,781   -5.8 %
               
Adjusted EBITDA 181,457   233,511   -22.3 %   893,858   887,916   0.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a) 29.3% 39.4%     36.9% 38.1%  
               
Depreciation and amortization 145,738   145,174   -0.4 %   555,094   594,459   6.6 %
Non-cash share based              
compensation expense 109,545   11,337   -866.3 %   287,691   30,681   -837.7 %
Loss on disposal of cable assets 264   1,521   82.6 %   1,837   4,277   57.0 %
               
(Loss)/income from operations (74,090 ) 75,479   -198.2 %   49,236   258,499   -81.0 %
               
Interest expense, net (64,708 ) (61,703 ) -4.9 %   (248,032 ) (230,156 ) -7.8 %
(Loss)/income before income taxes (138,798 ) 13,776   -1,107.5 %   (198,796 ) 28,343   -801.4 %
Benefit/(provision) for income taxes 158,799   (6,668 ) 2,481.5 %   (28,257 ) (8,861 ) -218.9 %
               
Net income/(loss) $ 20,001   $ 7,108   181.4 %   $ (227,053 ) $ 19,482   -1,265.5 %

(a) Represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue.


TABLE 2
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Pro Forma Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
  December 31, Percent   December 31, Percent
  2015 2014 Change   2015 2014 Change
  Actual Pro-Forma (b)     Actual Pro-Forma (b)  
Revenues:              
Video $ 283,551   $ 284,766   -0.4 %   $ 1,141,408   $ 1,165,220   -2.0 %
High Speed Internet 230,678   197,063   17.1 %   873,303   751,701   16.2 %
Telephone 51,621   52,008   -0.7 %   207,586   204,808   1.4 %
Advertising Sales 25,212   29,572   -14.7 %   87,666   101,221   -13.4 %
Other 27,871   28,682   -2.8 %   110,349   110,028   0.3 %
Total Revenues 618,933   592,091   4.5 %   2,420,312   2,332,978   3.7 %
               
Costs and Expenses:              
Operating (excluding depreciation and amortization) 221,101   224,216   1.4 %   898,894   931,479   3.5 %
Selling, general and administrative (excluding non-cash share based compensation expense) 216,375   134,356   -61.0 %   627,560   513,199   -22.3 %
Operating costs and expenses 437,476   358,572   -22.0 %   1,526,454   1,444,678   -5.7 %
               
Adjusted EBITDA 181,457   233,519   -22.3 %   893,858   888,300   0.6 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (a) 29.3 % 39.4 %     36.9 % 38.1 %  
               
Depreciation and amortization 145,738   145,159   -0.4 %   555,094   595,644   6.8 %
Non-cash share based              
compensation expense 109,545   11,337   -866.3 %   287,691   30,681   -837.7 %
Loss on sale of cable assets 264   1,231   78.6 %   1,837   3,987   53.9 %
               
(Loss)/income from operations (74,090 ) 75,792   -197.8 %   49,236   257,988   -80.9 %
               
Interest expense, net (64,708 ) (61,703 ) -4.9 %   (248,032 ) (230,156 ) -7.8 %
(Loss)/income before income taxes (138,798 ) 14,089   -1,085.2 %   (198,796 ) 27,832   -814.3 %
Benefit/(provision) for income taxes 158,799   (6,668 ) 2,481.5 %   (28,257 ) (8,861 ) -218.9 %
               
Net Income/(loss) $ 20,001   $ 7,421   169.5 %   $ (227,053 ) $ 18,971   -1,296.8 %

(a) Represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue.

(b) Pro forma to include the impact of the Nevada cable systems acquired from New Wave on October 1, 2014 and other immaterial divestitures in 2014, where applicable.


TABLE 3
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

  Successor   Predecessor
  Dec 31, 2015   Dec 31, 2014
ASSETS      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 80,456     $ 146,922  
Accounts receivable, net 192,667     190,063  
Deferred tax asset 20,866     14,021  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 23,445     26,078  
Total current assets 317,434     377,084  
       
Property, plant and equipment, net 2,224,112     1,777,172  
Intangible assets, net 8,116,828     4,947,363  
Other long-term assets, net 38,679     36,700  
Total assets $ 10,697,053     $ 7,138,319  
       
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER'S EQUITY      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 211,518     $ 225,453  
Deferred revenue 157,764     148,251  
Current portion of long-term debt 105,129     24,422  
Other current liabilities 90,376     65,121  
Total current liabilities 564,787     463,247  
       
Long-term debt, less current portion 6,054,063     5,067,588  
Deferred tax liabilities 1,932,369     684,376  
Other long-term liabilities 3,683     15,033  
Total liabilities 8,554,902     6,230,244  
       
Total member's equity 2,142,151     908,075  
Total liabilities and member's equity $ 10,697,053     $ 7,138,319  

TABLE 4
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 153,235   $ 183,004     $ 674,737   $ 690,663  
Net cash used in investing activities (114,520 ) (109,213 )   (480,287 ) (465,633 )
Net cash used in financing activities (227,435 ) (62,898 )   (260,916 ) (270,122 )
(Decrease)/Increase in cash and cash equivalents (188,720 ) 10,893     (66,466 ) (45,092 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 269,176   136,029     146,922   192,014  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 80,456   $ 146,922     $ 80,456   $ 146,922  

TABLE 5
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Capital Expenditures (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Customer premise equipment $ 12,138   $ 19,836     $ 105,859   $ 108,462  
Scalable infrastructure 21,544   13,188     77,810   48,058  
Line extensions 7,038   8,517     30,696   21,233  
Upgrade/rebuild 7,412   7,885     19,027   20,285  
Commercial 11,525   8,896     33,227   34,398  
Support capital 53,466   45,437     203,372   184,839  
Total capital expenditures $ 113,123   $ 103,759     $ 469,991   $ 417,275  
Changes in accounts payable and accrued expenses related to capital expenditures 1,938   (486 )   8,455   3,330  
Total capital purchases $ 115,061   $ 103,273     $ 478,446   $ 420,605  

TABLE 6
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Summary Operations Statistics (unaudited)
Approximate as of:

  Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
  Actual Actual Actual
Revenue Generating Units (RGU):      
Basic video customers (a) 1,092,800   1,094,100   1,138,400  
Residential high-speed Internet customers (b) 1,223,100   1,202,400   1,149,100  
Residential telephone customers (c) 576,500   561,300   547,700  
Total PSUs (d) 2,892,400   2,857,800   2,835,200  
Digital video customers (e) 880,000   870,700   871,900  
Total RGUs (f) 3,772,400   3,728,500   3,707,100  
       
Commercial data (g) 72,300   70,200   63,700  
Commercial telephone (h) 47,500   45,700   40,000  
       
Total PSUs, including commercial (i) 3,012,200   2,973,700   2,938,900  
Total RGUs, including commercial (j) 3,892,200   3,844,400   3,810,800  
       
Quarterly net customer additions (losses): Actual Actual Actual
Basic video customers (1,300 ) (8,500 ) (32,600 )
Residential high-speed Internet customers 20,700   21,600   13,600  
Residential telephone customers 15,200   3,500   (400 )
Total PSUs 34,600   16,600   (19,400 )
Digital video customers 9,300   11,600   (25,600 )
Total RGUs 43,900   28,200   (45,000 )
       
Commercial data 2,100   2,400   1,200  
Commercial telephone 1,800   1,600   1,700  
       
Total PSUs, including commercial 38,500   20,600   (16,500 )
Total RGUs, including commercial 47,800   32,200   (42,100 )
       
Average Revenue per Unit (ARPU): Actual Actual Actual
Average revenue per basic video customer (k) $ 188.45   $ 184.06   $ 171.11  
Average residential revenue per residential      
customer relationship (l) $ 113.53   $ 113.23   $ 110.76  
Average revenue per customer relationship (m) $ 132.36   $ 131.07   $ 129.97  
       
Residential Customer Relationships: Actual Actual Actual
Total customer relationships (n) 1,467,000   1,454,200   1,427,200  
Double play relationships (o) 521,600   526,000   528,400  
Double play penetration (p) 35.6 % 36.2 % 37.0 %
Triple play relationships (q) 410,700   397,300   396,800  
Triple play penetration (r) 28.0 % 27.3 % 27.8 %
Total bundled customers (s) 932,300   923,300   925,200  
Bundled penetration (t) 63.6 % 63.5 % 64.8 %
       
Non-video customer relationships (u) 456,600   443,100   374,800  
Non-video as a % of total      
customer relationships (v) 31.1 % 30.5 % 26.3 %
       
Quarterly net additions (losses): Actual Actual Actual
Total customer relationships 12,800   14,900   (1,000 )
Double play relationships (4,400 ) 4,100   (9,600 )
Triple play relationships 13,400   (500 ) (5,900 )
Total bundled customers 9,000   3,600   (15,500 )
Non-video customer relationships 13,500   22,000   34,500  
       
Estimated Customer Penetration: Actual Actual Actual
Estimated basic penetration (w) 34.0 % 34.2 % 36.0 %
Estimated digital penetration (x) 80.5 % 79.6 % 76.6 %
Estimated residential high-speed      
Internet penetration (y) 39.1 % 38.6 % 37.3 %
Estimated residential telephone penetration (z) 21.3 % 20.8 % 20.7 %
       
Commercial Customer Relationships: Actual Actual Actual
Total customer relationships (aa) 98,300   96,100   89,900  
Double play relationships (ab) 37,300   36,200   32,200  
Double play penetration (ac) 37.9 % 37.7 % 35.8 %
Triple play relationships (ad) 13,100   12,700   11,500  
Triple play penetration (ae) 13.3 % 13.2 % 12.8 %
Total bundled customers (af) 50,400   48,900   43,700  
Bundled penetration (ag) 51.3 % 50.9 % 48.6 %
       
Quarterly net additions: Actual Actual Actual
Total customer relationships 2,200   2,300   1,300  
Double play relationships 1,100   1,300   900  
Triple play relationships 400   300   600  
Total bundled customers 1,500   1,600   1,500  

TABLE 7
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Pro Forma Summary Operations Statistics (unaudited)
Approximate as of:

  Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
  Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Revenue Generating Units (RGU):      
Basic video customers (a) 1,092,800   1,094,100   1,138,400  
Residential high-speed Internet customers (b) 1,223,100   1,202,400   1,149,100  
Residential telephone customers (c) 576,500   561,300   547,700  
Total PSUs (d) 2,892,400   2,857,800   2,835,200  
Digital video customers (e) 880,000   870,700   871,900  
Total RGUs (f) 3,772,400   3,728,500   3,707,100  
       
Commercial data (g) 72,300   70,200   63,700  
Commercial telephone (h) 47,500   45,700   40,000  
       
Total PSUs, including commercial (i) 3,012,200   2,973,700   2,938,900  
Total RGUs, including commercial (j) 3,892,200   3,844,400   3,810,800  
       
Quarterly net customer additions (losses): Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Basic video customers (1,300 ) (8,500 ) (34,800 )
Residential high-speed Internet customers 20,700   21,600   11,600  
Residential telephone customers 15,200   3,500   (800 )
Total PSUs 34,600   16,600   (24,000 )
Digital video customers 9,300   11,600   (26,300 )
Total RGUs 43,900   28,200   (50,300 )
       
Commercial data 2,100   2,400   1,200  
Commercial telephone 1,800   1,600   1,900  
       
Total PSUs, including commercial 38,500   20,600   (20,900 )
Total RGUs, including commercial 47,800   32,200   (47,200 )
       
Average Revenue per Unit (ARPU): Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Average revenue per basic video customer (k) $ 188.45   $ 184.06   $ 171.05  
Average residential revenue per residential      
customer relationship (l) $ 113.53   $ 113.23   $ 110.78  
Average revenue per customer relationship (m) $ 132.36   $ 131.07   $ 129.99  
       
Residential Customer Relationships: Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Total customer relationships (n) 1,467,000   1,454,200   1,427,200  
Double play relationships (o) 521,600   526,000   528,400  
Double play penetration (p) 35.6 % 36.2 % 37.0 %
Triple play relationships (q) 410,700   397,300   396,800  
Triple play penetration (r) 28.0 % 27.3 % 27.8 %
Total bundled customers (s) 932,300   923,300   925,200  
Bundled penetration (t) 63.6 % 63.5 % 64.8 %
       
Non-video customer relationships (u) 456,600   443,100   374,800  
Non-video as a % of total      
customer relationships (v) 31.1 % 30.5 % 26.4 %
       
Quarterly net additions (losses): Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Total customer relationships 12,800   14,900   (3,500 )
Double play relationships (4,400 ) 4,100   (10,600 )
Triple play relationships 13,400   (500 ) (6,100 )
Total bundled customers 9,000   3,600   (16,700 )
Non-video customer relationships 13,500   22,000   33,500  
       
Estimated Customer Penetration: Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Estimated basic penetration (w) 34.0 % 34.2 % 36.0 %
Estimated digital penetration (x) 80.5 % 79.6 % 76.6 %
Estimated residential high-speed      
Internet penetration (y) 39.1 % 38.6 % 37.3 %
Estimated residential telephone penetration (z) 21.3 % 20.8 % 20.7 %
       
Commercial Customer Relationships: Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Total customer relationships (aa) 98,300   96,100   89,900  
Double play relationships (ab) 37,300   36,200   32,200  
Double play penetration (ac) 37.9 % 37.7 % 35.8 %
Triple play relationships (ad) 13,100   12,700   11,500  
Triple play penetration (ae) 13.3 % 13.2 % 12.8 %
Total bundled customers (af) 50,400   48,900   43,700  
Bundled penetration (ag) 51.3 % 50.9 % 48.6 %
       
Quarterly net additions: Actual Actual Pro Forma (ah)
Total customer relationships 2,200   2,300   1,200  
Double play relationships 1,100   1,300   900  
Triple play relationships 400   300   600  
Total bundled customers 1,500   1,600   1,500  

(a) Basic video customers include all residential customers who receive video cable services.  Also included are commercial or multi-dwelling accounts that are converted to equivalent basic units ("EBUs") by dividing the total bulk billed basic revenues of a particular system by the most prevalent retail rate paid by non-bulk basic customers in that market for a comparable level of service.  This conversion method is consistent with methodology used in determining costs paid to programmers.  Our methodology of calculating the number of basic video customers may not be identical to those used by other companies offering similar services.

(b) Residential high-speed Internet customers include all residential customers who subscribe to our high-speed Internet service.  Excluded from these totals are all commercial high-speed data customers, including small and medium sized commercial cable modem accounts, customers who take our broadband service optically, via fiber connections, and customers who receive our services via bulk Ethernet.

(c) Residential telephone customers include all residential customers who subscribe to our telephone service.  Residential customers who take multiple telephone lines are only counted once in the total.  Excluded from these totals are all commercial telephone customers.

(d) Total primary service units ("PSUs") represents the sum of basic video, residential high-speed Internet and residential telephone customers, not counting additional outlets within one household. This statistic is computed in accordance with guidelines of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association ("NCTA").

(e) Digital video customers include all basic video customers that have one or more digital set-top boxes or cable cards deployed.

(f) Total revenue generating units ("RGUs") represents the sum of basic video, digital video, residential high-speed Internet and residential telephone customers, not counting additional outlets within one household. This statistic is computed in accordance with guidelines of the NCTA.

(g) Commercial data customers consist of commercial accounts that receive high-speed Internet service via a cable modem and commercial accounts that receive broadband service optically, via fiber connections.

(h) Commercial telephone customers are commercial accounts that subscribe to our telephone service.

(i) Total PSUs, including commercial, represents the sum of total PSUs, commercial data and commercial telephone customers.

(j) Total RGUs, including commercial, represents the sum of basic video, digital video, residential high-speed Internet, residential telephone, commercial data and commercial telephone customers.

(k) Average revenue per basic video customer represents the total revenue for a quarter, divided by three, divided by the average basic video customers for the quarter.

(l) Average residential revenue per residential customer relationship represents the total residential revenue for a quarter, divided by three, divided by the average residential customer relationships for the quarter.

(m) Average revenue per customer relationship represents the total revenue for a quarter, divided by three, divided by the average total customer relationships for the quarter.

(n)Residential customer relationships represent the number of residential customers who pay for at least one level of service, encompassing video, high-speed Internet or telephone services, without regard to the number of services purchased. For example, a residential customer who purchases only high-speed Internet service and no basic video service will count as one customer relationship, and a residential customer who purchases both basic video and high-speed Internet services will also count as only one customer relationship.

(o) Residential double play customer numbers reflect residential customers who subscribe to two of our core services (video, high-speed Internet and telephone).

(p) Residential double play penetration represents double play customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(q) Residential triple play customer numbers reflect residential customers who subscribe to all three of our core services (video, high-speed Internet and telephone).

(r) Residential triple play penetration represents triple play customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(s) Total residential bundled customers represent the sum of residential double play and residential triple play customers.

(t) Total residential bundled penetration represents the sum of residential double play and residential triple play residential customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(u) Non-video customer relationships represents the number of residential customers who receive at least one level of service, encompassing high-speed Internet or telephone services, but do not receive video services

(v) Non-video as a percent of total customer relationships represents non-video customer relationships divided by total customer relationships.

(w) Estimated basic penetration is calculated as basic video customers divided by the estimated total homes passed of the Company.

(x) Estimated digital penetration is calculated as digital video customers divided by basic video customers.

(y) Estimated residential high-speed Internet penetration is calculated as residential high-speed Internet customers divided by the estimated homes passed of the Company where residential high-speed Internet service is currently available.

(z) Estimated residential telephone penetration is calculated as residential telephone customers divided by the estimated homes passed of the Company where residential telephone service is currently available.

(aa) Commercial customer relationships represent the number of commercial customers who pay for at least one level of service, encompassing video, high-speed data or telephone services, without regard to the number of services purchased. For example, a commercial customer who purchases only high-speed data service and no video service will count as one customer relationship, and a commercial customer who purchases both basic video and high-speed data services will also count as only one customer relationship. National carrier accounts are excluded from customer relationships.

(ab) Commercial double play customer numbers reflect commercial customers who subscribe to two of our core services (video, high-speed data and telephone).

(ac) Commercial double play penetration represents double play commercial customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(ad) Commercial triple play customer numbers reflect commercial customers who subscribe to all three of our core services (video, high-speed data and telephone).

(ae) Commercial triple play penetration represents triple play commercial customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(af) Total commercial bundled customers represent the sum of commercial double play and commercial triple play customers.

(ag) Total commercial bundled penetration represents the sum of commercial double play and commercial triple play residential customers as a percentage of customer relationships.

(ah) Pro forma to include the impact of cable systems acquired from Northland on January 2, 2014, the Nevada cable systems acquired from New Wave on October 1, 2014, and other immaterial divestitures in 2014, where applicable.


TABLE 8
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Calculation of Free Cash Flow (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Adjusted EBITDA $ 181,457   $ 233,511     $ 893,858   $ 887,916  
Capital purchases (115,061 ) (103,273 )   (478,446 ) (420,605 )
Change in accounts payable and accrued expenses related to capital expenditures 1,938   (486 )   8,455   3,330  
Cash interest expense (63,675 ) (62,241 )   (248,119 ) (233,193 )
Free Cash Flow $ 4,659   $ 67,511     $ 175,748   $ 237,448  

TABLE 9
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Reconciliation of Net Income/Loss to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)
(in thousands)

    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   December 31,
    2015 2014   2015 2014
             
Net income/(loss) $ 20,001   $ 7,108     $ (227,053 ) $ 19,482  
  Add back:          
  Interest expense, net 64,708   61,703     248,032   230,156  
  (Benefit)/provision for income taxes (158,799 ) 6,668     28,257   8,861  
  Depreciation and amortization 145,738   145,174     555,094   594,459  
  Non-cash share based compensation 109,545   11,337     287,691   30,681  
  Loss on disposal of cable assets 264   1,521     1,837   4,277  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 181,457   $ 233,511     $ 893,858   $ 887,916  

TABLE 10
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Reconciliation of Net Cash from Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 153,235   $ 183,004     $ 674,737   $ 690,663  
Add back:          
Capital purchases (115,061 ) (103,273 )   (478,446 ) (420,605 )
Change in accounts payable and accrued expenses related to capital expenditures 1,938   (486 )   8,455   3,330  
Cash income tax expense (8,381 ) 1,297     4,589   5,418  
Interest income (78 ) (53 )   (251 ) (224 )
Changes in assets and liabilities, net (26,994 ) (12,978 )   (33,336 ) (41,134 )
Free Cash Flow $ 4,659   $ 67,511     $ 175,748   $ 237,448  

TABLE 11
Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC
Reconciliation of Cash Interest Expense (unaudited)
(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2015 2014   2015 2014
           
Interest expense, net $ 64,708   $ 61,703     $ 248,032   $ 230,156  
Add: interest income 78   53     251   224  
Add: non-cash interest expense (1,111 ) 485     (164 ) 2,813  
Cash interest expense $ 63,675   $ 62,241     $ 248,119   $ 233,193  

Source:  Cequel Communications Holdings I, LLC

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