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Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported fourth quarter consolidated net operating revenue of $9 billion and full year 2012 consolidated net operating revenue of $35.3 billion. Sprint reported record quarterly and annual Sprint platform wireless service revenues of nearly $7 billion and $27.1 billion, respectively. Driven by increasing postpaid ARPU and continued Sprint platform subscriber growth, wireless service revenues for the Sprint platform grew 12 percent year-over-year for the quarter and nearly 15 percent for the full year.

The company reported a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.44 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.43 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sprint’s fourth quarter 2012 results include accelerated depreciation of approximately $400 million, or negative $.13 per share (pre-tax), primarily related to Network Vision, including the expected shutdown of the Nextel platform, and $45 million or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax) related to impacts from Hurricane Sandy.

The Sprint platform postpaid subscriber base grew for the eleventh consecutive quarter, with net additions of 401,000 driven by a postpaid Nextel recapture rate of 51 percent, or 333,000 subscribers, and strong 4G LTE smartphone sales. Sprint platform prepaid net additions equaled 525,000 due in part to the best ever quarterly prepaid Nextel recapture rate of 50 percent, or 188,000 subscribers. Sprint sold approximately 2.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter with 38 percent purchased by new customers. As of the end of the fourth quarter, Sprint had sold more than 4 million 4G LTE smartphones.

“Sprint’s strong performance was fueled by record wireless service revenue on the Sprint platform due to year-over-year postpaid ARPU growth and Sprint platform net additions,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “As a result, quarterly Adjusted OIBDA* performance improved year-over-year in spite of significant cost increases related to Network Vision and the iPhone, both of which are key investments for our business that we expect will improve the customer experience and lead to growth in the years ahead.”

NETWORK VISION HIGHLIGHTS

Sprint continues to make significant progress on Network Vision deployment. The number of sites that are either ready for construction or already underway has grown to more than 19,500 – approximately half the total number of sites to be upgraded. To date more than 8,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Recent weekly construction starts are up 56 percent from the third quarter. Sprint continues to expect to have 12,000 sites on air by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

As part of Network Vision, Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 58 cities and expects that 4G LTE will be available in nearly 170 additional cities in the coming months. During 2012 Sprint launched 15 4G LTE devices including Apple iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display, LG Optimus G™ and Samsung Galaxy Note® II in the fourth quarter.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND BRAND HIGHLIGHTS

During the fourth quarter, Sprint received the Frost & Sullivan North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in Mobile Communications and Collaboration. Sprint was also named to Connected World magazine’s annual list of the 100 most important and influential providers of machine-to-machine services and is number 16 on Chief Executive magazine’s 2013 Best Companies for Leaders list. For the fourth straight year, Newsweek’s annual Green Rankings recognized Sprint as one of the greenest companies in the U.S., ranking the company third among the greenest companies in America in its 2012 report. Finally, the Global Reporting Initiative verified Sprint is the first U.S. telecom company to deliver an “A+” Corporate Responsibility Performance Report.

During the fourth quarter, Sprint introduced a variety of products and services that benefit customers across its brands. Sprint launched Pinsight Media+™, a new advertising service that gives advertisers the power to reach consumers on their mobile device in a more personalized way. Sprint unveiled Sprint VelocitySM, a pioneering capability that encompasses the development, integration and marketing of in-vehicle communications systems. Automakers can use Sprint Velocity as a complete turnkey solution or on a modular basis to suit their customized needs. Sprint’s Global Wholesale & Emerging Solutions group introduced two new products: Sprint Phone Connect for Wholesale, a plug-and-play device product that allows mobile virtual network operators to provide their customers with a low-cost, high-quality home phone service without the need for a landline or broadband service, and Mobile Broadband on Demand, which allows international, retail, travel and hospitality companies to generate new revenue streams through the sale or rental of mobile broadband devices on Sprint’s trusted networks. Sprint’s Assurance Wireless® brand for eligible low-income consumers, launched service in Idaho and New Mexico in the fourth quarter and its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand began offering the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S® II 4G.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

During the fourth quarter, Sprint raised additional debt financing of nearly $2.3 billion and used the proceeds to retire nearly $1.2 billion of 2014 debt maturities and more than $1.1 billion of 2015 maturities. The remaining outstanding principal balances of Sprint’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 maturities are $366 million, $247 million and $566 million, respectively. Sprint also received $3.1 billion from SoftBank in exchange for a newly issued 1 percent, seven-year convertible bond related to the companies’ pending merger.

As of December 31, 2012, the company’s liquidity was approximately $9.5 billion consisting of $8.2 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $1.3 billion of undrawn borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility. Additionally, the company has borrowed $296 million to-date of available funding under the secured equipment credit facility, reducing the remaining undrawn availability to $704 million. Sprint generated $216 million of cash flow from operating activities and negative Free Cash Flow* of $1.3 billion in the quarter.

FORECAST

The company expects 2013 Adjusted OIBDA* to be between $5.2 billion and $5.5 billion.

             
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/12     9/30/12     12/31/11   12/31/12     12/31/11  
Net Additions (Losses) (in thousands)
Sprint platform:

Postpaid(2)

401 410 539 1,516 1,283

Prepaid(3)

525 459 899 2,305 4,293

Wholesale and affiliate

  (243 )   14     954   944     2,697  
Total Sprint platform 683 883 2,392 4,765 8,273
Nextel platform:

Postpaid(2)

(644 ) (866 ) (378 ) (2,653 ) (1,381 )

Prepaid(3)

  (376 )   (440 )   (392 ) (1,507 )   (1,781 )
Total Nextel platform (1,020 ) (1,306 ) (770 ) (4,160 ) (3,162 )
 
Total retail postpaid net (losses) additions (243 ) (456 ) 161 (1,137 ) (98 )
Total retail prepaid net additions 149 19 507 798 2,512
Total wholesale and affiliate net (losses) additions   (243 )   14     954   944     2,697  
Total Wireless Net (Losses) Additions   (337 )   (423 )   1,622   605     5,111  
 
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)
Sprint platform:

Postpaid(2)

30,245 29,844 28,729 30,245 28,729

Prepaid(3)

15,133 14,608 12,828 15,133 12,828
Wholesale and affiliate   8,162     8,405     7,218   8,162     7,218  
Total Sprint platform 53,540 52,857 48,775 53,540 48,775
Nextel platform:

Postpaid(2)

1,632 2,276 4,285 1,632 4,285

Prepaid(3)

  454     830     1,961   454     1,961  
Total Nextel platform 2,086 3,106 6,246 2,086 6,246
 
Total retail postpaid end of period subscribers 31,877 32,120 33,014 31,877 33,014
Total retail prepaid end of period subscribers 15,587 15,438 14,789 15,587 14,789
Total wholesale and affiliate end of period subscribers   8,162     8,405     7,218   8,162     7,218  
Total End of Period Subscribers   55,626     55,963     55,021   55,626     55,021  
 
Supplemental Data - Connected Devices
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)
Retail postpaid 813 817 783 813 783
Wholesale and affiliate   2,670     2,542     2,077   2,670     2,077  
Total   3,483     3,359     2,860   3,483     2,860  
 
Churn
Sprint platform:
Postpaid 1.98 % 1.88 % 1.99 % 1.89 % 1.85 %
Prepaid 3.02 % 2.93 % 3.07 % 3.01 % 3.28 %
Nextel platform:
Postpaid 5.27 % 4.38 % 1.89 % 3.24 % 1.92 %
Prepaid 9.79 % 9.39 % 7.18 % 8.55 % 7.10 %
 
Total retail postpaid churn 2.18 % 2.09 % 1.98 % 2.02 % 1.86 %
Total retail prepaid churn 3.30 % 3.37 % 3.68 % 3.45 % 4.05 %
 
ARPU (a)
Sprint platform:
Postpaid $ 63.04 $ 63.21 $ 61.22 $ 63.05 $ 59.76
Prepaid $ 26.30 $ 26.19 $ 25.16 $ 25.92 $ 25.43
Nextel platform:
Postpaid $ 37.27 $ 38.65 $ 41.91 $ 39.65 $ 43.25
Prepaid $ 35.59 $ 34.73 $ 34.91 $ 35.91 $ 35.17
 
Total retail postpaid ARPU $ 61.47 $ 61.18 $ 58.59 $ 60.84 $ 57.27
Total retail prepaid ARPU $ 26.69 $ 26.77 $ 26.62 $ 26.72 $ 27.40
 
Nextel Platform Subscriber Recaptures
Subscribers (in thousands) (4):
Postpaid 333 516 168 1,508 508
Prepaid 188 152 152 620 724
Rate (5):
Postpaid 51 % 59 % 39 % 55 % 30 %
Prepaid 50 % 34 % 25 % 33 % 24 %

 

(a) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the average number of subscribers in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect subscribers for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to subscribers, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new subscribers and deactivating subscribers.

             
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions, except per Share Data)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11   12/31/12   12/31/11
 
Net Operating Revenues   $ 9,005     $ 8,763     $ 8,722   $ 35,345     $ 33,679  
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,659 2,702 2,788 10,936 10,958
Cost of products 2,993 2,391 2,631 9,905 8,057
Selling, general and administrative 2,557 2,391 2,461 9,765 9,592
Depreciation and amortization 1,493 1,488 1,174 6,543 4,858
Other, net     8       22       106     16       106  
Total net operating expenses     9,710       8,994       9,160     37,165       33,571  
Operating (Loss) Income     (705 )     (231 )     (438 )   (1,820 )     108  
Interest expense (432 ) (377 ) (287 ) (1,428 ) (1,011 )
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6)     (140 )     (112 )     (472 )   (923 )     (1,733 )
Loss before Income Taxes (1,277 ) (720 ) (1,197 ) (4,171 ) (2,636 )
Income tax expense     (44 )     (47 )     (106 )   (154 )     (254 )
Net Loss (7)   $ (1,321 )   $ (767 )   $ (1,303 ) $ (4,325 )   $ (2,890 )
 
Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Common Share (7)   $ (0.44 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.43 ) $ (1.44 )   $ (0.96 )
Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding 3,007 3,003 2,997 3,002 2,995
Effective Tax Rate     -3.4 %     -6.5 %     -8.9 %   -3.7 %     -9.6 %
 
 
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED OIBDA* (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11 12/31/12   12/31/11
 

Net Loss(7)

  $ (1,321 )   $ (767 )   $ (1,303 ) $ (4,325 )   $ (2,890 )
Income tax expense     (44 )     (47 )     (106 )   (154 )     (254 )
Loss before Income Taxes (1,277 ) (720 ) (1,197 ) (4,171 ) (2,636 )
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6) 140 112 472 923 1,733
Interest expense     432       377       287     1,428       1,011  
Operating (Loss) Income     (705 )     (231 )     (438 )   (1,820 )     108  
Depreciation and amortization     1,493       1,488       1,174     6,543       4,858  
OIBDA*     788       1,257       736     4,723       4,966  
Severance and lease exit costs (8) (10 ) 22 28 196 28

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges(9)

- - - (29 ) -
Asset impairments and abandonments (10) 18 - 78 36 78
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (11) - - - (170 ) -
Access costs (12) - - - (17 ) -
Business combinations (13) 19 - - 19 -
Hurricane Sandy (14)     45       -       -     45       -  
Adjusted OIBDA*     860       1,279       842     4,803       5,072  
Capital expenditures (1)     1,923       1,489       900     5,370       2,855  
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ (1,063 )   $ (210 )   $ (58 ) $ (567 )   $ 2,217  
 
Adjusted OIBDA Margin* 10.7 % 16.0 % 10.8 % 15.0 % 16.5 %
 
 
Selected item:
Deferred tax asset valuation allowance $ 546 $ 308 $ 569 $ 1,756 $ 1,223
 
             
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11 12/31/12   12/31/11
Net Operating Revenues
Service revenue
Sprint platform:
Postpaid (2) $ 5,674 $ 5,625 $ 5,217 $ 22,247 $ 20,052
Prepaid (3) 1,170 1,127 929 4,377 3,325
Wholesale, affiliate and other     135       121       74     483       261  
Total Sprint platform     6,979       6,873       6,220     27,107       23,638  
Nextel platform:
Postpaid (2) 218 311 563 1,454 2,582
Prepaid (3)     68       108       227     525       1,170  
Total Nextel platform     286       419       790     1,979       3,752  
 
Equipment revenue     1,010       750       910     3,248       2,911  
Total net operating revenues     8,275       8,042       7,920     32,334       30,301  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Cost of services 2,210 2,256 2,291 9,034 8,907
Cost of products 2,993 2,391 2,631 9,905 8,057
Selling, general and administrative 2,436 2,277 2,330 9,290 9,070
Depreciation and amortization 1,391 1,377 1,070 6,128 4,425
Other, net     3       22       98     28       98  
Total net operating expenses     9,033       8,323       8,420     34,385       30,557  
Operating Loss   $ (758 )   $ (281 )   $ (500 ) $ (2,051 )   $ (256 )
 
Supplemental Revenue Data
Total retail service revenue $ 7,130 $ 7,171 $ 6,936 $ 28,603 $ 27,129
Total service revenue $ 7,265 $ 7,292 $ 7,010 $ 29,086 $ 27,390
 
 
 
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11 12/31/12   12/31/11
 
Operating Loss $ (758 ) $ (281 ) $ (500 ) $ (2,051 ) $ (256 )
Severance and lease exit costs (8) (10 ) 22 25 196 25
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (9) - - - (29 ) -
Asset impairments and abandonments (10) 13 - 73 31 73
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (11) - - - (170 ) -
Hurricane Sandy (14) 42 - - 42 -
Depreciation and amortization     1,391       1,377       1,070     6,128       4,425  
Adjusted OIBDA*     678       1,118       668     4,147       4,267  
Capital expenditures (1)     1,786       1,376       774     4,884       2,416  
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ (1,108 )   $ (258 )   $ (106 ) $ (737 )   $ 1,851  
 
Adjusted OIBDA Margin* 9.3 % 15.3 % 9.5 % 14.2 % 15.6 %
 
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)              
(Millions)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
  12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11     12/31/12       12/31/11  
Net Operating Revenues
Voice $ 385 $ 399 $ 475 $ 1,627 $ 1,915
Data 96 95 103 398 460
Internet 451 428 459 1,781 1,878
Other     17       17       17     75       73  
Total net operating revenues     949       939       1,054     3,881       4,326  
 
Net Operating Expenses
Costs of services and products 671 667 748 2,784 3,005
Selling, general and administrative 100 114 128 451 521
Depreciation 102 106 109 412 431
Other, net     5       -       9     (12 )     9  
Total net operating expenses     878       887       994     3,635       3,966  
Operating Income   $ 71     $ 52     $ 60   $ 246     $ 360  
 
 
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Quarter To Date Year To Date
  12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11     12/31/12       12/31/11  
 
Operating Income $ 71 $ 52 $ 60 $ 246 $ 360
Severance and lease exit costs (8) - - 3 - 3
Asset impairments and abandonments (10) 5 - 6 5 6
Access costs (12) - - - (17 ) -
Hurricane Sandy (14) 3 - - 3 -
Depreciation     102       106       109     412       431  
Adjusted OIBDA*     181       158       178     649       800  
Capital expenditures (1)     58       60       34     242       158  
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ 123     $ 98     $ 144   $ 407     $ 642  
 
Adjusted OIBDA Margin* 19.1 % 16.8 % 16.9 % 16.7 % 18.5 %
         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Year to Date
  12/31/12       12/31/11  
Operating Activities
Net loss $ (4,325 ) $ (2,890 )
Depreciation and amortization 6,543 4,858
Provision for losses on accounts receivable 561 559
Share-based compensation expense 82 73
Deferred income taxes 209 231
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6) 923 1,733
Contribution to pension plan (108 ) (136 )

Spectrum hosting contract termination, net(11)

(170 ) -
Other working capital changes, net (802 ) (877 )
Other, net                 86       140  
Net cash provided by operating activities                 2,999       3,691  
 
Investing Activities
Capital expenditures (1) (4,261 ) (3,130 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses (198 ) (258 )
Reimbursements relating to FCC licenses (15) - 135
Change in short-term investments, net (1,699 ) 150
Investment in Clearwire (228 ) (331 )
Other, net                 11       (9 )
Net cash used in investing activities                 (6,375 )     (3,443 )
 
Financing Activities
Proceeds from debt and financings 9,176 4,000
Debt financing costs (134 ) (86 )
Repayments of debt and capital lease obligations (4,791 ) (3,906 )
Other, net                 29       18  
Net cash provided by financing activities                 4,280       26  
 
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents 904 274
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period                 5,447       5,173  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $ 6,351 $ 5,447
 
 
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)
Quarter Ended Year to Date
  12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11     12/31/12       12/31/11  
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 216 $ 628 $ 1,089 $ 2,999 $ 3,691
 
Capital expenditures (1) (1,477 ) (1,073 ) (909 ) (4,261 ) (3,130 )
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net (15) (46 ) (45 ) 76 (198 ) (123 )
Other investing activities, net     (2 )     3       1     11       (9 )
Free Cash Flow*     (1,309 )     (487 )     257     (1,449 )     429  
 
Debt financing costs (44 ) (33 ) (83 ) (134 ) (86 )
Increase in debt and other, net 3,316 73 1,749 4,385 94
Investment in Clearwire (100 ) - (331 ) (228 ) (331 )
Other financing activities, net     8       14       4     29       18  

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments

 

  $ 1,871     $ (433 )   $ 1,596   $ 2,603     $ 124  
   
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
(Millions)
  12/31/12       12/31/11  
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,351 $ 5,447
Short-term investments 1,849 150
Accounts and notes receivable, net 3,658 3,206
Device and accessory inventory 1,200 913
Deferred tax assets 1 130
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     700       491  
Total current assets 13,759 10,337
 
Investments and other assets 1,833 2,609
Property, plant and equipment, net 13,607 14,009
Goodwill 359 359
FCC licenses and other 20,677 20,453
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     1,335       1,616  
Total   $ 51,570     $ 49,383  
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 3,487 $ 2,348
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 5,008 4,143
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     379       8  
Total current liabilities 8,874 6,499
 
Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations 23,962 20,266
Deferred tax liabilities 7,047 6,986
Other liabilities     4,600       4,205  
Total liabilities     44,483       37,956  
 
Shareholders' equity
Common shares 6,019 5,992
Paid-in capital 47,016 46,716
Accumulated deficit (44,815 ) (40,489 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,133 )     (792 )
Total shareholders' equity     7,087       11,427  
Total   $ 51,570     $ 49,383  
 
 
NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)
(Millions)
  12/31/12       12/31/11  
 
Total Debt $ 24,341 $ 20,274
Less: Cash and cash equivalents (6,351 ) (5,447 )
Less: Short-term investments     (1,849 )     (150 )
Net Debt*   $ 16,141     $ 14,677  
 
     
SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)
(Millions)
12/31/12
ISSUER   COUPON   MATURITY   PRINCIPAL
Sprint Nextel Corporation
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 2) 5.393% 12/15/2015 $ 500
6% Senior Notes due 2016 6.000% 12/01/2016 2,000
9.125% Senior Notes due 2017 9.125% 03/01/2017 1,000
8.375% Senior Notes due 2017 8.375% 08/15/2017 1,300
9% Guaranteed Notes due 2018 9.000% 11/15/2018 3,000
1% Convertible Bond due 2019 1.000% 10/15/2019 3,100
7% Guaranteed Notes due 2020 7.000% 03/01/2020 1,000
7% Senior Notes due 2020 7.000% 08/15/2020 1,500
11.5% Senior Notes due 2021 11.500% 11/15/2021 1,000
9.25% Debentures due 2022 9.250% 04/15/2022 200
6% Senior Notes due 2022   6.000%   11/15/2022   2,280
Sprint Nextel Corporation           16,880
 
Sprint Capital Corporation
6.9% Senior Notes due 2019 6.900% 05/01/2019 1,729
6.875% Senior Notes due 2028 6.875% 11/15/2028 2,475
8.75% Senior Notes due 2032   8.750%   03/15/2032   2,000
Sprint Capital Corporation           6,204
 
iPCS Inc.
First Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2013 2.438% 05/01/2013 300
Second Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2014   3.563%   05/01/2014   181
iPCS Inc.           481
 
EKN Secured Equipment Facility 2.030% 03/30/2017 296
 
Tower financing obligation 9.500% 01/15/2030 698
Capital lease obligations and other       2014 - 2022   74
TOTAL PRINCIPAL           24,633
 
Beneficial conversion feature on convertible bond (247)
Net discounts           (45)
TOTAL DEBT           $ 24,341
 

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(1) Capital expenditures is an accrual based amount that includes the changes in unpaid capital expenditures and excludes capitalized interest. Cash paid for capital expenditures includes total capitalized interest of $9 million, $52 million and $278 million for the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, respectively, and $109 million and $413 million for the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011, and can be found in the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Information and the Reconciliation to Free Cash Flow*.

(2) Postpaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail postpaid subscribers on the CDMA network, including subscribers with PowerSource devices, and those utilizing WiMax and LTE technology. Postpaid subscribers on the Nextel platform are defined as retail postpaid subscribers on the iDEN network.

(3) Prepaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers and session-based tablet users who utilize CDMA and WiMax technology via our multi-brand offerings. Prepaid subscribers on the Nextel platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers who utilize iDEN technology.

(4) Nextel Subscriber Recaptures are defined as the number of subscribers that deactivated service from the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during each period but remained with the Company as subscribers on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively. Subscribers that deactivate service from the Nextel platform and activate service on the Sprint platform are included in the Sprint platform net additions for the applicable period.

(5) The Postpaid and Prepaid Nextel Recapture Rates are defined as the portion of total subscribers that left the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during the period and were retained on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively.

(6) The second quarter of 2012 includes a non-cash impairment of $204 million to reflect a reduction of our investment in Clearwire to its estimated fair value at June 30, 2012. The fourth quarter of 2011 includes a non-cash impairment of $135 million to reflect a reduction of our investment in Clearwire to its estimated fair value at December 31, 2011, and a dilution loss of approximately $27 million associated with the fourth quarter reduction of Sprint's economic interest from 53.5% to 51.5% as a result of Clearwire's fourth quarter 2011 equity offering.

(7) Results include pre-tax, non-cash "Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net" of $140 million ($.05 per share), $112 million ($.04 per share) and $923 million ($.31 per share) in the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, respectively, and $472 million ($.16 per share) and $1.7 billion ($.58 per share) in the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011.

(8) For the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, lease exit costs are primarily associated with taking Nextel platform sites off air. For the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011, severance and exit costs are primarily related to work force reductions, lease termination charges, and organizational realignment initiatives.

(9) For the year-to-date period of 2012, gains from asset dispositions and exchanges are primarily due to spectrum exchange transactions.

(10) For the year-to-date period of 2012, asset impairments and abandonments include $18 million related to a change in our backhaul architecture in connection to our Network Vision design from microwave to a more cost effective fiber backhaul. The remaining 2012 activity of $18 million, as well as the year-to-date 2011 activity of $78 million, is primarily related to network asset equipment in our Wireless segment, no longer necessary for management's strategic plans.

(11) On March 16, 2012, we elected to terminate the arrangement with LightSquared LP and LightSquared, Inc. (LightSquared). As we have no future service obligations with respect to the arrangement with LightSquared, we recognized $236 million of the advanced payments as other operating income in the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the termination of the hosting agreement, we impaired capitalized costs specific to LightSquared's 1.6 GHz spectrum that the company no longer intends to deploy which totaled $66 million.

(12) Favorable developments during the first quarter of 2012 relating to disagreements with local exchange carriers resulted in a reduction in expected access costs of $17 million.

(13) For the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2012, included in selling, general and administrative expenses are fees paid to unrelated parties necessary for the proposed transactions with SoftBank and our acquisition of Clearwire.

(14) Hurricane Sandy charges for the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2012, represent estimated hurricane-related charges of $45 million, consisting of customer credits, incremental roaming costs, network repairs and replacements.

(15) $135 million in reimbursements were received in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the mobile satellite service (MSS) entrants for their pro rata share of our costs of clearing a portion of the 1.9 GHz spectrum related to spectrum reconfiguration under the FCC's Report and Order.

Supplemental information:

The Company had $1.3 billion of borrowing capacity available under our revolving bank credit facility as of December 31, 2012. Our revolving bank credit facility expires in October 2013.

In May 2012, certain of our subsidiaries entered into a $1.0 billion secured equipment credit facility to finance equipment-related purchases for Network Vision. The facility is equally divided into two consecutive tranches of $500 million, with the drawdown availability contingent upon Sprint's acquisition of equipment-related purchases from Ericsson, up to the maximum of each tranche, ending on May 31, 2013 and May 31, 2014, for the first and second tranche, respectively. Interest and principal are payable semi-annually with a final maturity of March 2017 for both tranches.

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

Sprint Nextel provides financial measures determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

Sprint Nextel provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint Nextel does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint Nextel does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

OIBDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation and amortization. Adjusted OIBDA is OIBDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted OIBDA Margin represents Adjusted OIBDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues for Wireless and Adjusted OIBDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, spectrum acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and definite-lived intangible assets. Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments and equity method investments during the period. We believe that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations after interest and dividends, if any, and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and if any, restricted cash. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws. The words “may,” “could,” “should,” “estimate,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “target,” “plan,” “providing guidance,” and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to network performance, subscriber growth, and liquidity, and statements expressing general views about future operating results — are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management’s judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, development and deployment of new technologies; efficiencies and cost savings of multimode technologies; customer and network usage; customer growth and retention; service, coverage and quality; availability of devices; the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint Nextel believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date when made. Sprint Nextel undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and are incorporated herein by reference and when filed Part I, Item IA “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

Clearwire’s fourth quarter 2012 results from operations have not yet been finalized. As a result, the amount reflected for Sprint’s share of Clearwire’s results of operations for the quarter and year-to-date ended December 31, 2012, is an estimate and, based upon the finalization of Clearwire’s results, may need to be revised if our estimate materially differs from Clearwire’s actual results. Changes in our estimate, if any, would affect the carrying value of our investment in Clearwire, net loss, basic and diluted net loss per common share, and comprehensive loss but would have no effect on Sprint’s operating income, OIBDA*, Adjusted OIBDA* or consolidated statement of cash flows.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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