updated 05:23 pm EST, Thu January 24, 2013
Company claims 55 percent of user base using 4G phones
Adding to the rash of major company quarterly results, AT&T has posted its own numbers. For the quarter that concluded on December 31, the company's revenues totaled $32.6 billion, up 0.2 percent versus the same time period in 2011, but posted a $6 billion loss regardless of earnings. Fourth-quarter 2012 cash from operating activities grew to $10.5 billion, and capital expenditures totaled $5.9 billion.
AT&T reported a 5.7 percent growth in wireless revenue, with $17.6 billion. Data revenues driven by mobile Internet usage increased by 14.7 percent from the same quarter in 2011 to $6.8 billion, with AT&T claiming that the new family sharing plans it implemented slowed growth somewhat, with 6.6 million subscribers on such a plan.
A record of 10.2 million smartphones were sold by the company in the fourth quarter, with the company claiming that 55 percent of the company's postpaid smartphone customers using a 4G-capable device. The company activated a record 8.6 million iPhones, with 16 percent of these users new to AT&T.
Factors affecting AT&Ts bottom line were the repair activity required after Hurricane Sandy, the large volume of smartphone sales which are heavily subsidized, and the previously-announced one-time charge to offset pension plan investment losses.
"We had an excellent 2012," AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said of the results. "We grew revenues, increased adjusted earnings per share by 8.5 percent and generated cash from operations at record levels. We used this cash to invest aggressively in the future of our business and returned $23 billion to shareowners through dividends and share repurchases."