With Canada in Tow, Zayo Aims at More of Texas

May 5th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Zayo posted its fiscal Q3 earnings today, with the biggest feature being the effects of the acquired Allstream assets in Canada.  Meanwhile, they also revealed a bit more color on their latest move down on the Texas front.  First things first though, so here are a few of Zayo's numbers in some context:

$ in millions Fiscal
Q3/15
Fiscal
Q4/15
Fiscal
Q1/16
Fiscal
Q2/16
Fiscal
Q3/16
 – Dark Fiber 133.5 135.3 135.0 137.7 144.3
 – Network Connectivity 163.0 163.0 167.0 168.7 172.5
 – Colo & Cloud 38.5 57.6 58.3 58.5 60.3
 – Other+Canada 5.7 6.0 6.5 4.7 100.9
Total Revenue 340.7 361.9 366.8 369.6 478.0
Adjusted EBITDA 199.0 210.9 215.4 218.9 242.8
Adj. EBITDA Margin 58.4% 58.3%  58.7% 59.2% 50.8%
Capex 130.1 155.5 159.2 172.4 185.1
Buildings on-net 17,479 17,973 18,528 19,341 23,418

Quarterly revenues are closing in on the $500M mark, so it won't be long before the annualized run-rate breaks $2B.  With the Viatel deal closing in the middle of last quarter and the Allstream deal in the middle of January, it's particularly difficult this time to tell the organic from the inorganic.  But for now, it looks like all the Allstream revenue has been put in the Other bucket, perhaps to be redistributed over time as Zayo integrates that business and rolls out its plans for addressing the Canadian marketplace.  Those revenues were lower margin of course, and that brought down EBITDA margins.  And it also brought along a few thousand on-net buildings to boost Zayo's numbers in that regard.  Capex went up some as well, but not as dramatically, as Allstream wasn't spending that much.

ScreenHunter_39 May. 05 23.27Meanwhile, Zayo made good on its recent promise to disclose more about its largest expansion projects with some more data on the new FTT buildout in Austin and San Antonio.  The project, which will initially add more than 700 route miles and hook up more than 300 towers, will require some $75M in capex.  When Zayo announced it a few weeks ago, they hadn't put it up on their network map yet, but they have now as you can see from the snapshot to the left.

Is the last DASH market of Houston next on the list?  Could be, but I'm actually betting that the next big market region that Zayo would really like to find a FTT anchor customer or M&A target is over in Florida.

As for market expectations for this quarters' earnings numbers, I'm not sure anyone was watching the EPS needle too closely on this one as there are too many balls in the air.  The question is what they think of Zayo's fearlessly aggressive and open stance toward the whole infrastructure sector.

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