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AT&T -3.3% post-earnings; reactions to wireless numbers mixed

  • Though investors aren't thrilled with AT&T's (T -3.3%) Q1 wireless numbers, Wells Fargo (Outperform) calls them "big time solid." The firm notes net adds and churn were better-than-expected, and thinks Q1 results suggest the telco's 2014 guidance is "quite achievable."
  • Morgan Stanley (Equal-Weight) is less charitable: It estimates 500K of AT&T's 625K postpaid net adds came from tablets, and notes cheaper Mobile Share plans - launched following intense price competition and promotional efforts from T-Mobile (TMUS -3%) - led wireless service revenue growth to fall.
  • Canaccord observes strong uptake for Next upgrade plans boosted subscriber adds, but expects the trend to moderate. The firm has cut its 2014 EPS estimate to $2.69 from $2.78 (consensus is at $2.71).
  • On the CC (transcript), management talked up the ability of Next adoption to lower subsidy expenses, and mentioned U-verse revenue is now on a ~$14B/year run rate.
  • Strong U-verse growth has narrowed AT&T's wireline revenue declines, albeit while pressuring margins. The company promises wireline margins (-110 bps in Q1 to 10%) will improve in 2016.
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  • slyolefox
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    I think that AT&T rebuilt T-Mobile with that cancellation fee incurred. Again, without Verizon and AT&T leasing line capacity, T-Mobile would be nothing. It
    harkens back to the days when MCI built itself on the back of AT&T, leasing prime routes between major cities.
    23 Apr 2014, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • slyolefox
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    I am a retiree from AT&T and long on my investment with them.
    23 Apr 2014, 09:27 PM Reply Like
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