Competitive services provider TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) has released its first quarter 2010 results, turning in yet another solid performance. Revenues and earnings per share (not including debt extinguishment charges) were both above estimates. Here is a quick table summarizing their results in the context of the prior four quarters:
|– Intercarrier Compensation||8.6||8.4||7.8||9.8||8.5|
|Cost of Revenue||123.7||123.2||127.2||129.9||128.9|
|Earnings per share||0.02||0.04||0.05||0.07||0.08|
|Free Cash Flow||14.5||23.6||33.8||25.7||17.5|
Revenue & Churn: You can set a clock by TW Telecom’s revenue progression, and as always $311.2M was a solid number. With an improving economy though, it’s time to start expecting a bit of an acceleration isn’t it? They just might, actually, as churn fell rather sharply and the company mentioned a 5 month (Dec-Apr) surge in bookings.
M-EBITDA & Margins: The first quarter traditionally sees somewhat higher costs as salary increases kick in and other expenses tend to come due, and thus while modified EBITDA went up sequentially, it didn’t go up much and m-EBITDA margin fell slightly. That was entirely expected, and margins were still solidly up from Q1/09’s 35.1%.
Free Cash Flow and Capex: Cash flows also have some seasonality across the sector, and while TW Telecom feels it less than others like Level 3 and Global Crossing it is still there somewhat. Capex was relatively high for the quarter, as the company saw both success-based sales increases and made investments in its product portfolio. The company is now guiding capex to the high end of the $275-300M range they previously gave, and seems to be gearing up for those higher growth rates I’d like to see.
Lit Buildings: As always, the company added another pile of buildings to its on-net footprint, this time 240, giving them connectivity to 10,647 lit enterprise buildings.
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