Cogent Increments Its Dividend Again

August 8th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Like tw telecom, Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI, news, filings) has been finding ways to return cash to shareholders, but unlike them they have been taking the dividend route and boosting the amount every quarter.  They continued on with that game plan for Q2 as they posted another quarter of forward progress.  Revenues and EPS were up sequentially but a bit below projections this time, while both margins and EBITDA were higher than anticipated.  Their numbers in some context:

$ in millions Q2/12 Q3/12 Q4/12 Q1/13 Q2/13
 - On-net 57.3 58.1 60.4 61.7 62.7
 - Off-net 19.9 20.9 21.6 22.3 22.6
 - Other 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5
Revenue 77.8 79.7 82.6 84.6 85.8
EBITDA 25.3 26.2 28.5 28.3 29.6
Earnings per share -0.04 0.00 -0.01 0.01 0.03
Gross Margin 55.0% 54.3% 54.6% 56.1% 56.9%
Adj. EBITDA Margin 32.6% 32.9% 34.6% 33.5% 34.5%
On-net Buildings 1799 1832 1867 1890 1921

Off-net revenues grew more slowly during the quarter than they have lately, while on-net building additions continued to maintain the pace they've been on for years now.

Cogent raised its quarterly dividend by another penny to $0.14, up 7.7% sequentially.   However, they have also decided to return another $10M quarterly to shareholders via some combination of stock buybacks or special dividend starting in Q3, at least until the company's ratio of net debt to ttm EBITDA rises to 2.5.

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