03 Aug SBA Communications Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results; Updates Full Year 2020 Outlook; and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAC) (“SBA” or the “Company”) today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
Highlights of the second quarter include:
Net income of $22.8 million or $0.20 per share and site leasing revenue of $482.4 million
AFFO per share growth of 14.8% over the year earlier period on a constant currency basis
Tower Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA margins of 81.8% and 72.8%, respectively
Subsequent to quarter end, issued $1.35 billion of Tower Securities at a blended rate of 2.081%
“We are very pleased with our second quarter results”, commented Jeffrey A. Stoops. “Through the entire period in all of our markets we operated under Covid-19 conditions, and I am extremely proud of the way in which our team members performed, the levels at which they performed and the fine results we were able to provide our customers and the communities we serve. Our operational performance, as best evidenced by our margins, continues to be excellent, and I commend all of our team members. In the US, activity levels were similar to first quarter levels but slower than the comparable year-ago period. We’ve seen a slower start than we expected to new revenue bookings post the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, but recent increases in leasing activities and backlogs give us confidence in the rest of the year. We expect to see increasing levels of operational activity in the US as we move through the year, with the reported financial results to follow. Internationally, demand remains solid as well although several of our markets have been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 crisis, which we anticipate temporarily affecting the level of capital investment by some of our international wireless carrier customers. However, in these markets in particular the pandemic has highlighted the critical role of wireless as the primary source of broadband services, even before consideration of all of the benefits 5G service will bring. As business and consumer economic conditions improve in these markets we expect wireless capital spending will increase even more.”
“In addition to our strong operational performance, during the second quarter and early third quarter, we took advantage of very favorable capital markets conditions to build a fortress balance sheet. We lowered our weighted average interest rate, extended our maturities and increased liquidity to record levels. We are comfortable at current leverage levels, with future capital allocation priorities first to our dividend and then the substantial remaining amount of investable capital to opportunistic portfolio growth and stock repurchases. During these challenging times, we realize and appreciate the essential nature and mission-criticality of our business. We expect to stay very busy serving our customers and communities, helping to continuously improve wireless service in general, and deploying 5G service in particular, while we execute well against increasing operational demand and grow AFFO per share materially”.
The table below details select financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and comparisons to the prior year period.
($ in millions, except per share amounts)
Site leasing revenue
Site development revenue
Tower cash flow (1)
Earnings per share – diluted
Adjusted EBITDA (1)
AFFO per share (1)
See the reconciliations and other disclosures under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” later in this press release.
Total revenues in the second quarter of 2020 were $507.2 million compared to $500.1 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 1.4%. Site leasing revenue in the quarter of $482.4 million was comprised of domestic site leasing revenue of $388.0 million and international site leasing revenue of $94.4 million. Domestic cash site leasing revenue was $387.1 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to $366.7 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 5.6%. International cash site leasing revenue was $95.0 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to $89.4 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 6.2%, or 30.2% excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Site development revenues were $24.8 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to $41.1 million in the year earlier period, a decrease of 39.7%.
Site leasing operating profit was $390.8 million, an increase of 6.9% over the year earlier period. Site leasing contributed 98.8% of the Company’s total operating profit in the second quarter of 2020. Domestic site leasing segment operating profit was $323.9 million, an increase of 6.7% over the year earlier period. International site leasing segment operating profit was $66.9 million, an increase of 8.0% over the year earlier period.
Tower Cash Flow for the second quarter of 2020 of $394.1 million was comprised of Domestic Tower Cash Flow of $326.2 million and International Tower Cash Flow of $67.9 million. Domestic Tower Cash Flow for the quarter increased 6.6% over the prior year period and International Tower Cash Flow increased 9.7% over the prior year period, or 33.2% on a constant currency basis. Tower Cash Flow Margin was 81.8% for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to 80.7% for the year earlier period.
Net income for the second quarter of 2020 was $22.8 million, or $0.20 per share, and included a $20.4 million loss, net of taxes, on the currency related remeasurement of U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loans with foreign subsidiaries. Net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $32.0 million, or $0.28 per share, and included a $6.0 million gain, net of taxes, on the currency related remeasurement of U.S. dollar denominated intercompany loans with foreign subsidiaries.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $368.8 million, a 6.2% increase over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 72.8% in the second quarter of 2020 compared to 69.8% in the second quarter of 2019.
Net Cash Interest Expense was $95.0 million in the second quarter of 2020 compared to $95.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of 0.9%.
AFFO for the quarter was $259.9 million, an 8.3% increase over the prior year period. AFFO per share for the second quarter of 2020 was $2.29, a 9.6% increase over the prior year period, and 14.8% on a constant currency basis.
During the second quarter of 2020, SBA acquired 16 communication sites for total cash consideration of $13.4 million. SBA also built 79 towers during the second quarter of 2020. As of June 30, 2020, SBA owned or operated 32,610 communication sites, 16,478 of which are located in the United States and its territories, and 16,132 of which are located internationally. In addition, the Company spent $12.9 million to purchase land and easements and to extend lease terms. Total cash capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2020 were $57.2 million, consisting of $8.3 million of non-discretionary cash capital expenditures (tower maintenance and general corporate) and $48.9 million of discretionary cash capital expenditures (new tower builds, tower augmentations, acquisitions, and purchasing land and easements).
Subsequent to the second quarter of 2020, the Company acquired 25 communication sites and one data center for an aggregate consideration of $61.6 million in cash. In addition, the Company has agreed to purchase and anticipates closing on 100 additional communication sites for an aggregate amount of $42.0 million. The Company anticipates that the majority of these acquisitions will be consummated by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.
Financing Activities and Liquidity
SBA ended the second quarter of 2020 with $10.7 billion of total debt, $7.3 billion of total secured debt, $475.0 million of cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash, and short-term investments, and $10.2 billion of Net Debt. SBA’s Net Debt and Net Secured Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDA Leverage Ratios were 6.9x and 4.6x, respectively.
On May 26, 2020, the Company issued an additional $500.0 million of unsecured Senior Notes at 99.500% of par value under the same series of securities as the $1.0 billion, 3.875% Senior Notes due February 14, 2027 issued on February 4, 2020 (collectively the “2020 Senior Notes”). Interest on the 2020 Senior Notes is due semi-annually on February 15 and August 15 of each year, beginning on August 15, 2020. Net proceeds from this offering were used to repay the entire amount outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility and for general corporate purposes.
On July 14, 2020, the Company, through a trust, issued $750.0 million of 1.884% Secured Tower Revenue Securities Series 2020-1C which have an anticipated repayment date of January 9, 2026 and a final maturity date of July 11, 2050 and $600.0 million of 2.328% Secured Tower Revenue Securities Series 2020-2C which have an anticipated repayment date of January11, 2028 and a final maturity date of July 9, 2052 (collectively the “2020 Tower Securities”). The aggregate $1.35 billion of 2020 Tower Securities have a blended interest rate of 2.081% and a weighted average life through the anticipated repayment date of 6.4 years. Net proceeds from this offering were used to repay the entire aggregate principal amount of the 2015-1C Tower Securities ($500.0 million) and the 2016-1C Tower Securities ($700.0 million). The remaining net proceeds were used for general corporate purposes.
As of the date of this press release, the Company had no amount outstanding under the $1.25 billion Revolving Credit Facility.
The Company did not repurchase any shares of its Class A common stock during the second quarter. As of the date of this filing, the Company has $424.3 million of authorization remaining under its approved repurchase plan.
In the second quarter of 2020, the Company declared and paid a cash dividend of $52.0 million.
In addition, the Company announced today, August 3, 2020, that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.465 per share of the Company’s Class A common stock. The distribution is payable September 22, 2020 to the shareholders of record at the close of business on August 25, 2020.
The Company is updating its full year 2020 Outlook for anticipated results. The Outlook provided is based on a number of assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable at the time of this press release. Information regarding potential risks that could cause the actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements is set forth below and in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Company’s full year 2020 Outlook assumes the acquisitions of only those communication sites under contract and anticipated to close at the time of this press release. The Company may spend additional capital in 2020 on acquiring revenue producing assets not yet identified or under contract, the impact of which is not reflected in the 2020 guidance. The Outlook also does not contemplate any additional repurchases of the Company’s stock during 2020, although the Company may ultimately spend capital to repurchase some of its stock during the year.
The Company’s Outlook assumes an average foreign currency exchange rate of 5.45 Brazilian Reais to 1.0 U.S. Dollar, 1.37 Canadian Dollars to 1.0 U.S. Dollar, and 17.3 South African Rand to 1.0 U.S. Dollar throughout the last two quarters of 2020. When compared to the Company’s full year 2020 Outlook provided May 5, 2020, the variances in the actual second quarter foreign currency exchange rates versus the Company’s assumptions, and the changes in the Company’s foreign currency rate assumptions for the remainder of the year, positively impacted the 2020 full year Outlook by the amounts indicated in the chart below.
May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Full Year 2020
Due to FX (7)
Excluding FX (7)
Site leasing revenue (1)
Site development revenue
Tower Cash Flow (2)
Adjusted EBITDA (2)
Net cash interest expense (3)
Non-discretionary cash capital expenditures (4)
AFFO per share (2) (5)
Discretionary cash capital expenditures (6)
The Company’s Outlook for site leasing revenue includes revenue associated with pass through reimbursable expenses.
See the reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure presented below under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Net cash interest expense is defined as interest expense less interest income. Net cash interest expense does not include amortization of deferred financing fees or non-cash interest expense.
Consists of tower maintenance and general corporate capital expenditures.
Outlook for AFFO per share is calculated by dividing the Company’s outlook for AFFO by an assumed weighted average number of diluted common shares of 113.9 million. Our Outlook does not include the impact of any potential future repurchases of the Company’s stock during 2020.
Consists of new tower builds, tower augmentations, communication site acquisitions and ground lease purchases. Does not include expenditures for acquisitions of revenue producing assets not under contract at the date of this press release.
Changes from prior outlook are measured based on the midpoint of outlook ranges provided.
Conference Call Information
SBA Communications Corporation will host a conference call on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EDT) to discuss the quarterly results. The call may be accessed as follows:
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM (EDT), please dial-in by 4:45 PM
SBA Second Quarter Results
August 3, 2020 at 11:00 PM to August 17, 2020 at 12:00 AM (TZ: Eastern)
(866) 207-1041 – Access Code: 1062990
Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release and our earnings call include forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company’s expectations or beliefs regarding (i) operational and leasing activity and backlog in 2020 and customer demand, (ii)the level of capital investment by international wireless carrier customers and the impact of economic conditions on capital spending, including the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, (iii) the impact of carrier network investment and 5G deployment in 2020, (iv) the Company’s leverage levels and future capital allocation strategy, (v) the Company’s financial and operational performance in 2020, including growth in AFFO per share, (vi) the Company’s revised financial and operational guidance for the full year 2020, the assumptions it made and the drivers contributing to its full year guidance and the changes thereto, (vii) the timing of closing for currently pending acquisitions, and (viii) foreign exchange rates and their impact on the Company’s financial and operational guidance.
The Company wishes to caution readers that these forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Company’s business as well as other important factors may have affected and could in the future affect the Company’s actual results and could cause the Company’s actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of the Company. With respect to the Company’s expectations regarding all of these statements, including its financial and operational guidance, such risk factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the ability and willingness of wireless service providers to maintain or increase their capital expenditures; (2) the Company’s ability to identify and acquire sites at prices and upon terms that will provide accretive portfolio growth; (3) the Company’s ability to accurately identify and manage any risks associated with its acquired sites, to effectively integrate such sites into its business and to achieve the anticipated financial results; (4) the Company’s ability to secure and retain as many site leasing tenants as planned at anticipated lease rates; (5) the impact of continued consolidation among wireless service providers, including the impact of the completed T-Mobile and Sprint merger, on the Company’s leasing revenue; (6) the Company’s ability to successfully manage the risks associated with international operations, including risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates; (7) the Company’s ability to secure and deliver anticipated services business at contemplated margins; (8) the Company’s ability to maintain expenses and cash capital expenditures at appropriate levels for its business while seeking to attain its investment goals; (9) the Company’s ability to acquire land underneath towers on terms that are accretive; (10) the economic climate for the wireless communications industry in general and the wireless communications infrastructure providers in particular in the United States, Brazil, South Africa and in other international markets; (11) the ability of Dish to become and compete as a nationwide carrier; (12) the Company’s ability to obtain future financing at commercially reasonable rates or at all; (13) the ability of the Company to achieve its long-term stock repurchases strategy, which will depend, among other things, on the trading price of the Company’s common stock, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the repurchase program, market and business conditions; (14) the Company’s ability to achieve the new builds targets included in its anticipated annual portfolio growth goals, which will depend, among other things, on obtaining zoning and regulatory approvals, weather, availability of labor and supplies and other factors beyond the Company’s control that could affect the Company’s ability to build additional towers in 2020; (15) the extent and duration of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the global economy, on the Company’s business and results of operations, and on foreign currency exchange rates; and (16) the Company’s ability to meet its total portfolio growth, which will depend, in addition to the new build risks, on the availability of sufficient towers for sale to meet our targets, competition from third parties for such acquisitions and our ability to negotiate the terms of, and acquire, these potential tower portfolios on terms that meet our internal return criteria. With respect to its expectations regarding the ability to close pending acquisitions, these factors also include satisfactorily completing due diligence, the amount and quality of due diligence that the Company is able to complete prior to closing of any acquisition and its ability to accurately anticipate the future performance of the acquired towers, the ability to receive required regulatory approval, the ability and willingness of each party to fulfill their respective closing conditions and their contractual obligations and the availability of cash on hand or borrowing capacity under the Revolving Credit Facility to fund the consideration. With respect to the repurchases under the Company’s stock repurchase program, the amount of shares repurchased, if any, and the timing of such repurchases will depend on, among other things, the trading price of the Company’s common stock, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the repurchase program, market and business conditions, the availability of stock, the Company’s financial performance or determinations following the date of this announcement in order to use the Company’s funds for other purposes. Furthermore, the Company’s forward-looking statements and its 2020 outlook assumes that the Company continues to qualify for treatment as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes and that the Company’s business is currently operated in a manner that complies with the REIT rules and that it will be able to continue to comply with and conduct its business in accordance with such rules. In addition, these forward-looking statements and the information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 24, 2020 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Commission on May 6, 2020.
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures and the other Regulation G information is presented below under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
This press release will be available on our website at www.sbasite.com.
About SBA Communications Corporation
SBA Communications Corporation is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North, Central, and South America and South Africa. By “Building Better Wireless,” SBA generates revenue from two primary businesses – site leasing and site development services. The primary focus of the Company is the leasing of antenna space on its multi-tenant communication sites to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts. For more information please visit: www.sbasite.com.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited) (in thousands, except per share amounts)
For the three months
For the six months
ended June 30,
ended June 30,
Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation, accretion, and amortization shown below):
Cost of site leasing
Cost of site development
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (1)
Acquisition and new business initiatives related adjustments and expenses
Asset impairment and decommission costs
Depreciation, accretion, and amortization
Total operating expenses
Other income (expense):
Non-cash interest expense
Amortization of deferred financing fees
Loss from extinguishment of debt, net
Other (expense) income, net
Total other expense, net
Income (loss) before income taxes
Benefit (provision) for income taxes
Net income (loss)
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net income (loss) attributable to SBA Communications Corporation
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to SBA Communications Corporation:
Weighted average number of common shares
Mark DeRussy, CFA
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