Exhibit 99(a)

 
For additional information contact:                                                                                                  Andrew Moreau 501-905-7962
                                                                 VP – Corporate Communications
                                                                 andrew.moreau@alltel.com

                                                                 Tim Hicks 501-905-8991
                                                                 Director – Investor Relations            
                                                                 alltel.investor.relations@alltel.com


Release Date:                                                                                                        Oct. 19, 2007

Alltel posts record growth in third quarter; expects to close merger
with TPG Capital, Goldman Sachs before year end

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Alltel achieved record growth in the third quarter as the company reached new milestones in wireless revenues and post-pay net additions. Alltel reported fully diluted earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of 81 cents and fully diluted earnings per share of 80 cents from current businesses, a 33 percent increase from a year ago.
 
“The Alltel team produced another record quarter as we surpassed $2 billion in quarterly wireless service revenues for the first time and achieved post-pay net adds of 213,000, more than doubling post-pay growth over the same period last year,” said Alltel President and CEO Scott Ford. “As to our pending merger with TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs, we are very pleased with the progress we have made on this transaction  and expect it to close before year-end.”
 
Among the highlights for the third quarter:
 
·  
Revenues were $2.3 billion, a 14 percent increase from a year ago. Net income under GAAP was $283 million, a 51 percent increase. Net income from current businesses was $279 million, a 21 percent increase from a year ago.
 
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Total net additions were 205,000, up 103 percent. Post-pay net adds were 213,000, a 182 percent increase from a year ago.
 
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Wireless service revenue was $2.1 billion, an increase of 15 percent from a year ago.
 
·  
Post-pay churn was 1.31 percent and total churn was 1.90 percent. This is the seventh consecutive quarter that both metrics have improved year-over-year.
 
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Average revenue per wireless customer (ARPU) was $55.96, a 4 percent increase from last year. Data revenue per customer was $6.36, up 70 percent from last year and 13 percent sequentially.
 
·  
Equity free cash flow from current businesses was $347 million, a 62 percent increase. Net cash provided from operations was $726 million, a 105 percent increase from last year.
 
Upon closing of the pending merger with TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs, Alltel shareholders will receive $71.50 per share in cash. Alltel is awaiting Federal Communications Commission approval and the company expects a favorable FCC vote soon.
 
Alltel operates America’s largest wireless network, which delivers voice and advanced data services nationwide to 12 million customers. Headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., Alltel is a Forbes 500 company with annual revenues of nearly $8 billion.
 
Alltel claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties that could cause actual future events and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs, and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events and results. Actual future events and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. Representative examples of these factors include (without limitation) occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement with TPG and GS Capital; the inability to complete the merger due to the failure to satisfy certain conditions, including the receipt of all regulatory approvals related to the merger; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations; adverse changes in economic conditions in the markets served by Alltel; the extent, timing, and overall effects of competition in the communications business; material changes in the communications industry generally that could adversely affect vendor relationships with equipment and network suppliers and customer relationships with wholesale customers; changes in communications technology; the risks associated with the integration of acquired businesses; adverse changes in the terms and conditions of the wireless roaming agreements of Alltel; the potential for adverse changes in the ratings given to Alltel's debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations; the uncertainties related to Alltel’s strategic investments; the effects of litigation; and the effects of federal and state legislation, rules, and regulations governing the communications industry. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes.

-end-
Alltel, NYSE: AT
www.alltel.com


 
 

The following information was filed by Alltel Corp on Friday, October 19, 2007 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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