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Zayo Group, LLC Reports Financial Results for the Second Fiscal Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Colo., February 8, 2013 – Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo Group” or “the Company”), a leading provider of Bandwidth Infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and interconnection services, announced results for the three months ended December 31, 2012.

The Company has experienced sequential quarter revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth since inception.  Second quarter growth was a function of both organic growth and acquisition-related growth, resulting primarily from the recent acquisitions of FiberGate, USCarrier and  First Telecom Services.

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company made net capital expenditures of $58.9 million, which included adding 436 buildings to the network.

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Financial Highlights

FY 2013 Q2 compared to FY 2013 Q1

  • Zayo Group generated quarterly revenue of $243.5 million; a $13.8 million sequential quarter increase.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $137.3 million, which was $14.7 million higher than the prior quarter.
  • Loss from continuing operations of $20.0 million for the quarter was $33.4 million lower than the $53.4 million net loss for the previous quarter.

FY 2013 Q2 compared to FY 2012 Q2

  • Quarterly revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increased by $154.5 million and $92.2 million, respectively, over the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.
  • Quarterly loss from continuing operations increased by $18.9 million over the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.

Recent Developments

Acquisitions closed during FY 2013 Q2

USCarrier

In connection with the Company’s acquisition of American Fiber Systems on October 1, 2010, the Company acquired an ownership interest in USCarrier. As of June 30, 2012, the Company’s ownership in USCarrier was comprised of 55% of the outstanding Class A membership units and 34% of the outstanding Class B membership units. On October 1, 2012, the Company acquired the remaining equity interests in USCarrier not previously owned for total consideration of $15.9 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Beginning October 1, 2012, the Company began to recognize 100% of the results of USCarrier in its consolidated statement of operations. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand.

The USCarrier business operates a 3,700 route mile regional fiber network that connects major markets such as Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Nashville and Chattanooga along with 40 smaller cities throughout the Southeast region of the United States.

First Telecom Services

On December 14, 2012, the Company acquired 100% of the equity interest in First Telecom Services, an Ohio limited liability company, for total consideration of $110.4 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.  The First Telecom Services business operates an 8,000 route mile regional fiber network that connects markets throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. First Telecom Services provided dark fiber and wavelength services primarily to wireline and wireless carrier customers. The acquisition was funded with cash on hand.

Litecast

On December 31, 2012, the Company acquired 100% of the equity interest in Litecast, a provider of metro Bandwidth Infrastructure services in Baltimore, Maryland, for total consideration of $22.2 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.  The acquisition was paid with cash on hand.

Litecast owns and operates a Baltimore metropolitan fiber network, connecting over 110 on-net buildings, including the city’s major data centers and carrier hotel facilities. Litecast is focused on providing dark fiber and Ethernet-based services to a concentrated set of Baltimore enterprise and government customers, particularly within the healthcare and education segments.

Refinancing of Term Loan

On October 5, 2012, the Company amended the terms of its credit facilities. Among other changes, the interest rate was reduced by 187.5 basis points on both of the Company’s $1,620.0 million term loan and $225.0 million revolving credit facility. On October 5, 2012, the effective rate on the Company’s floating rate term loan was 5.25%.  The Company paid a $16.2 million early call premium during the second quarter of Fiscal 2013 in order to consummate the amendment.

 

Second Fiscal Quarter Financial Results

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and September 30, 2012

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Contributing to the sequential quarterly revenue increase of $13.8 million were the acquisitions of FiberGate, US Carrier and First Telecom Services.  Also contributing to the revenue growth was positive net installations during the quarter.  The Company generated additional monthly revenue of $4.7 million associated with gross installations accepted during the quarter ended December 31, 2012.  This increase in revenue related to organic growth was partially offset by total customer churn of $3.3 million in monthly revenue during the quarter.   Also contributing to the revenue growth was an increase of $2.2 million to other revenue recognized during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2012.  Other revenue recognized during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 primarily related to construction services and early termination charges.

Sequential quarter Adjusted EBITDA growth of $14.7 million was driven by revenue growth (both organic and acquisition related) and the realization of cost savings associated with the AboveNet acquisition.

Loss from continuing operations decreased by $33.4 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the previous quarter.  The decrease in the loss is attributed to the aforementioned growth and cost savings.  Additionally, a $65.0 million loss on extinguishment of debt was recognized in the first quarter of Fiscal 2013 as compared to a loss on extinguishment of debt of $5.7 million recognized in the second quarter of Fiscal 2013. Also contributing to the decrease in loss was a reduction in transaction costs (costs incurred as a result of acquiring companies) of $9.7 million and a reduction to interest expense of $9.9 million resulting from the Company’s October 2012 debt refinancing.  Transaction costs represent expenses which are directly related to the Company’s acquisitions.   Partially offsetting the quarter-over-quarter decreases to loss from continuing operations were a $23.0 million increase in non-cash stock-based compensation and a $33.3 million increase in the Company’s provision for income taxes during the current quarter.

 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011

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Revenue increased $154.5 million over the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 principally as a result of our Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2013 acquisitions. The remaining increase in revenue recognized during the three months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011 was a result of organic growth.  Since December 31, 2011, the company has received acceptance on gross installations that have resulted in additional monthly revenue of $12.5 million as of December 31, 2012 as compared to December 31, 2011. This increase in revenue related to our organic growth is partially offset by total customer churn of $9.3 million in monthly revenue since December 31, 2011.

Gross profit increased $138.9 million, principally as a result of our Fiscal 2012 and 2013 acquisitions.  The gross profit percentage increase by nine percentage points primarily as a result of gross installed revenues having a lower component of associated operating costs than the prior period’s installed revenue base due to a higher percentage of our newly installed revenue being supported by our owned infrastructure assets (i.e. on-net).  The gross profit percentage also benefited from a higher percentage of acquired revenue being on-net and from synergies realized related to our Fiscal 2012 and 2013 acquisitions.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $92.2 million as compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, due to the Adjusted EBITDA contribution from our Fiscal 2012 and 2013 acquisitions, synergies realized from those acquisitions, and organic revenue growth.

Conference Call

Zayo Group will hold a conference call to report fiscal year second quarter 2013 results at 11:00 a.m. EST,

February 8, 2013.  The dial in number for the call is (800) 773-0519.  A live webcast of the call can be found in the Investor Relations section of Zayo’s website or can be accessed directly at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/br0gy9s9ytb1.  During the call the company will review an earnings supplement presentation that summarizes the financial results of the quarter, which can be found at http://www.zayo.com/financial-earnings-release.

About Zayo Group

Based in Louisville, Colorado, privately owned Zayo Group (www.zayo.com) is a provider of fiber-based Bandwidth Infrastructure and network-neutral colocation and interconnection services.  Zayo Group is organized into autonomous operating segments supporting customers who require lit and dark fiber services and carrier-neutral colocation.  Zayo Group’s business units provide these services over international, national, regional, metro and fiber-to-the-tower networks.

Forward Looking Statements

Information contained or incorporated by reference in this earnings release,  in other SEC filings by the Company, in press releases and in presentations by the Company or its management that are not historical by nature constitute “forward-looking statements” which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “should,” or “anticipates” or the negatives thereof, other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy.  No assurance can be given that future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements will be achieved and actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Such statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those relating to the Company’s financial and operating prospects, current economic trends, future opportunities, ability to retain existing customers and attract new ones, outlook of customers and strength of competition and pricing.  In addition, there is risk and uncertainty in the Company’s acquisition strategy including its ability to integrate acquired companies assets.  Specifically, there is risk associated with the Company’s acquisitions of AboveNet, Fibergate, USCarrier, First Telecom and Litecast and the benefits thereof, including financial and operating results and synergy benefits that may be realized from the acquisitions and the timeframe for realizing those benefits.    Other factors and risks that may affect the Company’s business and future financial results are detailed in the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The Company cautions you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of their respective dates. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this presentation or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

This earnings release should be read together with the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the three months ended December 31, 2012 included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on February 8, 2013 and the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the year ended June 30, 2012 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on September 14, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company provides financial measures that are not defined under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, including earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), Adjusted EBITDA.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flows from operating activities as measures of liquidity.

“Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as EBITDA from continuing operations adjusted to exclude transaction costs, stock-based compensation, and certain non-cash or non-recurring items.  Management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate operating performance, and these financial measures are among the primary measures used by management for planning and forecasting future periods.  The Company further believes that the presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view results in a manner similar to the method used by management and makes it easier to compare our results with the results of other companies that have different financing and capital structures.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation from, or as substitutes for, analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.  For example, Adjusted EBITDA:

  • does not reflect capital expenditures, or future requirements for capital and major maintenance expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service the interest payments, on our debt; and
  • does not reflect cash required to pay income taxes.

The Company’s computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures computed by other companies because all companies do not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same fashion.

Because the Company has acquired numerous entities since inception and incurred transaction costs in connection with each acquisition, has borrowed money in order to finance operations, has used capital and intangible assets in the business, and because the payment of income taxes is necessary if taxable income is generated, any measure that excludes these items has material limitations.  As a result of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to invest in the growth of the business or as measures of liquidity.

In addition to Adjusted EBITDA, management uses Unlevered Free Cash Flow, which measures the ability of Adjusted EBITDA to cover capital expenditures.  Adjusted EBITDA is a performance, rather than cash flow measure.  Correlating our capital expenditures to our Adjusted EBITDA does not imply that we will be able to fund such capital expenditures solely with cash from operations.

Gross profit, defined as revenue less operating costs, excluding depreciation and amortization, is used by management to assess profitability prior to selling, general and administrative expenses, stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization.

Consolidated Financial Information

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Consolidated Statements of Operations

Unaudited

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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