Shares are up about 1% in pre-market trading after AT&T reported that gains in its wireless and digital operations outweighed the losses in its conventional wired phone business in Q2. The company reported net income of $3.9B, up 8.7% vs the same period last year, on revenues of $31.6B, +0.3%. The revenue figure was just a little behind the $31.7B that Wall Street expected. The latest figure would be +2% if you strip out AT&T’s Advertising Solutions business which it sold in May. But the earnings, at 66 cents a share, were well ahead of the 63 cents analysts forecast. The company says that wireless data revenues grew 18.8%, or $1B from last year. AT&T had 105.2M wireless customers, up 1.3M in the quarter. With 5.1M smartphone sales in Q2, about a third of AT&T’s post-paid customers now have a 4G-capable device. The telecom giant also says that it added 155,000 U-verse TV customers, bringing the total to 4.1M. About 90% of the new TV customers also subscribe to the U-verse broadband service.
On the flip side, AT&T lost more than 1M wireline voice connections, bringing the total down 10.5% vs a year ago to 36.8M. Revenues from wireleine voice fell 10.1% to $5.7B. CEO Randall Stephenson says that “with disciplined cost management our cash generation continues to be strong. This allows us to invest aggressively in our growth platforms while returning substantial value to shareowners through dividends and share repurchases.”