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Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (CCOI) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Thursday, August 4, 2022

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc.

CIK: 1158324 Ticker: CCOI

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Cogent Contacts:   
For Public Relations:  For Investor Relations:
Jocelyn Johnson  John Chang
+ 1 (202) 295-4299  + 1 (202) 295-4212
jajohnson@cogentco.com  investor.relations@cogentco.com

 

Cogent Communications Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results and Increases its Regular Quarterly Dividend on its Common Stock by $0.025

 

Financial and Business Highlights

 

Cogent approved an increase of $0.025 per share to its regular quarterly dividend for a total of $0.905 per share for Q3 2022 as compared to $0.880 per share for Q2 2022 – Cogent’s fortieth consecutive quarterly dividend increase.

 

oThe Q3 2022 $0.905 dividend per share represents an annual increase of 12.4% from the dividend per share of $0.805 for Q3 2021.

 

Service revenue decreased from Q1 2022 to Q2 2022 by 0.5% and increased from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 by 0.4%.

 

oService revenue, on a constant currency basis, increased from Q1 2022 to Q2 2022 by 0.4% and increased from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 by 2.7%.

 

oService revenue, on a constant currency basis and adjusted for the impact of excise tax revenues, increased from Q1 2022 to Q2 2022 by 0.6% and increased from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022 by 3.6%.

 

EBITDA margin increased by 110 basis points from Q1 2022 to 39.4% for Q2 2022 and increased by 70 basis points from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022.

 

EBITDA increased by 2.3% from Q1 2022 to $58.5 million for Q2 2022 and increased by 2.2% from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022.

 

oNet cash provided by operating activities was $34.4 million for Q2 2022, $49.4 million for Q1 2022 and $39.7 million for Q2 2021. Included in net cash from operating activities for Q2 2022 are interest payments on Cogent note obligations totaling $16.8 million.

 

In June 2022 Cogent extinguished its 2024 €350.0 million Euro Notes at a Euro to USD rate of $1.06 (originally issued at a Euro to USD rate of $1.13) with the proceeds from the issuance of its $450.0 million 2027 Notes

 

Sales rep productivity – units per full time equivalent sales rep per month - increased from 4.7 for Q1 2022 to 4.9 for Q2 2022.

 

 

 

 

[WASHINGTON, D.C. August 4, 2022]

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) (“Cogent”) today announced service revenue of $148.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of 0.5% from the three months ended March 31, 2022 and an increase of 0.4% from the three months ended June 30, 2021. Foreign exchange rates negatively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended March 31, 2022 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 by $1.4 million and negatively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 by $3.4 million. On a constant currency basis, service revenue increased by 0.4% from the three months ended March 31, 2022 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 and increased by 2.7% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended June 30, 2022. The impact of excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense, negatively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended March 31, 2022 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 by $0.4 million and negatively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 by $1.4 million. On a constant currency basis, and adjusting for the impact of changes in excise tax revenue, service revenue increased by 0.6% from the three months ended March 31, 2022 to the three months ended June 30, 2022 and increased by 3.6% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to the three months ended June 30, 2022.

 

On-net service is provided to customers located in buildings that are physically connected to Cogent’s network by Cogent facilities. On-net revenue was $112.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, a decrease of 0.6% from the three months ended March 31, 2022 and an increase of 0.8% from the three months ended June 30, 2021.

 

Off-net customers are located in buildings directly connected to Cogent’s network using other carriers’ facilities and services to provide the last mile portion of the link from the customers’ premises to Cogent’s network. Off-net revenue was $36.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022; a decrease of 0.3% from the three months ended March 31, 2022 and a decrease of 1.1% from the three months ended June 30, 2021.

 

Non-core services are legacy services, which Cogent acquired and continues to support but does not actively sell.

 

GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity-based compensation included in network operations expense. GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue. GAAP gross profit decreased by 1.1% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $68.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and decreased by 0.3% from the three months ended March 31, 2022. GAAP gross margin was 46.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2022, 47.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 46.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation and amortization expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as Non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue. Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 0.3% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $92.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and increased by 0.2% from the three months ended March 31, 2022. Non-GAAP gross margin was 62.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2022, 62.1% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 61.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $3.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, $4.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and $3.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities decreased by 13.4% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $34.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and decreased by 30.4% from the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 2.2% from the three months ended June 30, 2021 to $58.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and increased by 2.3% from the three months ended March 31, 2022. EBITDA margin was 39.4% for the three months ended June 30, 2022, 38.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 38.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Basic net and diluted income (loss) per share was $0.24 for the three months ended June 30, 2022, $(0.05) for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and $0.02 for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange gains (losses) on Cogent’s 2024 Senior Euro Unsecured Notes were $23.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, $(5.3) million for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and $8.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

 

Total customer connections increased by 4.3% from June 30, 2021 to 95,777 as of June 30, 2022 and increased by 0.9% from March 31, 2022. On-net customer connections increased by 4.0% from June 30, 2021 to 82,277 as of June 30, 2022 and increased by 0.8% from March 31, 2022. Off-net customer connections increased by 6.2% from June 30, 2021 to 13,160 as of June 30, 2022 and increased by 1.8% from March 31, 2022.

 

The number of on-net buildings increased by 120 from June 30, 2021 to 3,095 as of June 30, 2022 and increased by 30 from March 31, 2022.

 

Quarterly Dividend Increase Approved

 

On August 4, 2022, Cogent’s Board approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.905 per share payable on August 31, 2022 to shareholders of record on August 18, 2022. This third quarter 2022 regular dividend represents an increase of $0.025 per share, or 2.8%, from the second quarter 2022 regular dividend of $0.880 per share and an annual increase of 12.4% from the third quarter 2021 dividend of $0.805 per share.

 

The payment of any future dividends and any other returns of capital will be at the discretion of the Board and may be reduced, eliminated or increased and will be dependent upon Cogent’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, limitations under Cogent’s debt indentures and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

 

Impact of COVID-19

 

Cogent continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying responses by governments around the world. The recent spread of variants of COVID-19 has introduced new uncertainty.

 

The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the spread of variant strains, and related government restrictions on Cogent’s business is unknown as a significant amount of uncertainty and volatility remains. Cogent does not know the ultimate scope and duration of the pandemic, the availability, efficacy and uptake of vaccines and therapeutic treatments, government actions that have been taken, or may be taken in the future in response to the pandemic and global economic conditions during and after the pandemic. Cogent has experienced a slight slowdown in the availability and delivery of networking equipment but Cogent believes it can adequately manage the operation, maintenance, upgrading and growth of its network. A worsening or prolonged slowdown may impact our ability to expand and augment our network. Most Cogent employees worldwide returned to its offices on a full-time basis in the first quarter of 2022. Cogent is implementing measures to protect its workforce, but it can provide no assurance that these measures will be sufficient. Cogent’s decisions to require its employees to return to its offices on a full-time basis and to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, where legally permitted, may impede its ability to retain existing employees or attract new employees. Moreover, Cogent’s results of operations may be adversely affected in the future as the pandemic and the related government restrictions continue or are reintroduced. Cogent may also experience slowdowns in new customer orders, find it difficult to collect from customers who are experiencing financial distress, undergo an increase in customer churn, encounter difficulties accessing the buildings and locations where Cogent installs new services and serves existing customers, or have difficulties procuring, shipping or installing necessary equipment on its network. Cogent may find that the impact of the pandemic on its vendors and their respective workforces may slow the delivery of services from these vendors to Cogent. Cogent may also find that its largest customer base, which is served primarily in its multi-tenant office buildings, may be adversely affected by falling demand for commercial office space in central business districts as companies located in these buildings elect not to return to their office space either on a temporary or even permanent basis or slow the pace of opening new offices. In addition, Cogent’s corporate customer base may reduce their overall number of locations due to adverse economic conditions or new working configurations which may adversely affect Cogent’s number of corporate connections and service revenues. As a result, the global economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may have prolonged effects that impact Cogent’s business well into the future. These and other risks are described in more detail in Cogent’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022.

 

 

 

 

Conference Call and Website Information

 

Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on August 4, 2022 to discuss Cogent’s operating results for the second quarter of 2022 and to discuss Cogent’s expectations for full year 2022. Investors and other interested parties may access a live audio webcast of the earnings call in the “Events” section of Cogent’s website at www.cogentco.com/events. A replay of the webcast, together with the press release, will be available on the website following the earnings call. A downloadable file of Cogent’s “Summary of Financial and Operational Results” and a transcript of its conference call will also be available on Cogent’s website following the conference call.

 

About Cogent Communications

 

Cogent Communications (NASDAQ: CCOI) is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high-speed Internet access, Ethernet transport, and colocation services. Cogent’s facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides services in 217 markets globally.

 

Cogent Communications is headquartered at 2450 N Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. For more information, visit www.cogentco.com. Cogent Communications can be reached in the United States at (202) 295-4200 or via email at info@cogentco.com.

 

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COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

Summary of Financial and Operational Results

 

   Q1 2021   Q2 2021   Q3 2021   Q4 2021   Q1 2022   Q2 2022 
Metric ($ in 000’s, except share and per share data) – unaudited                        
On-Net revenue  $109,947   $111,041   $111,099   $110,749   $112,634   $111,975 
% Change from previous Qtr.   2.6%   1.0%   0.1%   -0.3%   1.7%   -0.6%
Off-Net revenue  $36,723   $36,699   $36,656   $36,304   $36,387   $36,282 
% Change from previous Qtr.   0.1%   -0.1%   -0.1%   -1.0%   0.2%   -0.3%
Non-Core revenue (1)  $107   $139   $172   $155   $154   $193 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -10.8%   29.9%   23.7%   -9.9%   -0.6%   25.3%
Service revenue – total  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
% Change from previous Qtr.   2.0%   0.8%   0.0%   -0.5%   1.3%   -0.5%
Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – sequential quarters (6)   1.7%   0.6%   0.5%   0.1%   1.7%   0.4%
Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – year over year quarters (6)   2.3%   2.8%   3.6%   2.9%   2.9%   2.7%
Constant currency and excise tax impact on total revenue quarterly growth rate – sequential quarters (6)   1.4%   0.5%   0.5%   0.4%   2.1%   0.6%
Constant currency and excise tax impact on total revenue quarterly growth rate – year over year quarters (6)   1.8%   1.7%   2.9%   2.8%   3.5%   3.6%
Excise Taxes included in service revenue  $4,528   $4,811   $4,813   $4,336   $3,742   $3,448 
% Change from previous Qtr.   9.3%   6.3%   0.0%   -9.9%   -13.7%   -7.9%
Network operations expenses (2)  $55,016   $56,044   $56,482   $56,272   $57,305   $56,369 
% Change from previous Qtr.   0.9%   1.9%   0.8%   -0.4%   1.8%   -1.6%
GAAP gross profit (3)  $67,715   $69,603   $68,673   $68,223   $69,038   $68,865 
% Change from previous Qtr.   1.6%   2.8%   -1.3%   -0.7%   1.2%   -0.3%
GAAP gross margin (3)   46.1%   47.1%   46.4%   46.3%   46.3%   46.4%
Non-GAAP gross profit (4) (6)  $91,761   $91,835   $91,445   $90,936   $91,870   $92,081 

 

 

 

 

% Change from previous Qtr.   2.7%   0.1%   -0.4%   -0.6%   1.0%   0.2%
Non-GAAP gross margin (4) (6)   62.5%   62.1%   61.8%   61.8%   61.6%   62.0%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (5)  $36,211   $34,654   $33,692   $33,526   $34,715   $33,624 
% Change from previous Qtr.   7.4%   -4.3%   -2.8%   -0.5%   3.5%   -3.1%
Depreciation and amortization expense  $21,970   $22,096   $22,609   $22,567   $22,688   $23,071 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -2.2%   0.6%   2.3%   -0.2%   0.5%   1.7%
Equity-based compensation expense  $7,307   $6,874   $6,588   $6,053   $6,056   $5,907 
% Change from previous Qtr.   25.0%   -5.9%   -4.2%   -8.1%   0.0%   -2.5%
Operating income  $26,291   $28,211   $28,556   $36,165   $28,784   $29,566 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -4.0%   7.3%   1.2%   26.6%   -20.4%   2.7%
Interest expense  $15,836   $14,236   $14,273   $13,714   $14,168   $13,478 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -1.1%   -10.1%   0.3%   -3.9%   3.3%   -4.9%
Non-cash change in valuation – Swap agreement            $3,076   $5,939   $21,271   $7,510 
% Change from previous Qtr.                  93.1%   258.2%   -64.7%
Net income (loss)  $18,851   $(2,493)  $13,320   $18,507   $1,137   $11,164 
Foreign exchange gains (losses) on 2024 Euro Notes  $18,870   $(5,280)  $10,169   $8,763   $8,014   $23,547 
Basic net income (loss) per common share  $0.41   $(0.05)  $0.29   $0.40   $0.02   $0.24 
Diluted net income (loss) per common share  $0.41   $(0.05)  $0.28   $0.39   $0.02   $0.24 
Weighted average common shares – basic   46,067,096    46,229,603    46,293,524    46,420,168    46,575,848    46,691,142 
% Change from previous Qtr.   0.4%   0.4%   0.1%   0.3%   0.3%   0.2%
Weighted average common shares – diluted   46,507,258    46,229,603    46,866,929    46,992,639    46,929,191    47,029,446 
% Change from previous Qtr.   1.3%   -0.6%   1.4%   0.3%   -0.1%   0.2%
EBITDA (6)  $55,550   $57,181   $57,753   $57,410   $57,155   $58,457 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -0.2%   2.9%   1.0%   -0.6%   -0.4%   2.3%
EBITDA margin   37.8%   38.7%   39.0%   39.0%   38.3%   39.4%
Gains on asset related transactions  $18   $-   $-   $-   $-   $- 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA, as adjusted (6)  $55,568   $57,181   $57,753   $57,410   $57,155   $58,457 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -0.2%   2.9%   1.0%   -0.6%   -0.4%   2.3%
EBITDA, as adjusted, margin   37.9%   38.7%   39.0%   39.0%   38.3%   39.4%
Net cash provided by operating activities  $47,106   $39,749   $47,418   $35,984   $49,411   $34,403 
% Change from previous Qtr.   25.4%   -15.6%   19.3%   -24.1%   37.3%   -30.4%
Capital expenditures  $15,444   $17,217   $21,959   $15,296   $18,121   $17,288 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -2.6%   11.5%   27.5%   -30.3%   18.5%   -4.6%
Principal payments of capital (finance) lease obligations  $5,744   $6,192   $4,890   $6,228   $5,863   $5,236 
% Change from previous Qtr.   24.9%   7.8%   -21.0%   27.4%   -5.9%   -10.7%
Dividends paid  $36,081   $37,001   $37,654   $39,552   $41,298   $41,855 
Purchases of common stock  $-   $-   $-   $-   $-   $- 
Gross Leverage Ratio   4.39    5.13    5.07    5.02    4.94    5.22 
Net Leverage Ratio   3.31    3.45    3.50    3.58    3.58    3.70 
Customer Connections – end of period                              
On-Net   78,389    79,146    80,162    80,723    81,627    82,277 
% Change from previous Qtr.   1.4%   1.0%   1.3%   0.7%   1.1%   0.8%
Off-Net   12,216    12,386    12,495    12,669    12,922    13,160 
% Change from previous Qtr.   2.1%   1.4%   0.9%   1.4%   2.0%   1.8%
Non-Core (1)   320    336    334    334    335    340 
% Change from previous Qtr.   -1.5%   5.0%   -0.6%   -%    0.3%   1.5%
Total customer connections   90,925    91,868    92,991    93,726    94,884    95,777 
% Change from previous Qtr.   1.5%   1.0%   1.2%   0.8%   1.2%   0.9%

 

 

 

 

On-Net Buildings – end of period                              
Multi-Tenant office buildings   1,796    1,802    1,816    1,817    1,824    1,826 
Carrier neutral data center buildings   1,089    1,119    1,138    1,164    1,187    1,216 
Cogent data centers   54    54    54    54    54    53 
Total on-net buildings   2,939    2,975    3,008    3,035    3,065    3,095 
Total carrier neutral data center nodes   1,274    1,309    1,332    1,359    1,383    1,409 
Square feet – multi-tenant office buildings – on-net   978,095,164    979,876,141    984,753,702    986,941,224    992,336,259    993,590,499 
Network  – end of period                              
Intercity route miles   58,761    59,741    59,741    60,676    60,869    61,024 
Metro route miles   15,596    15,742    15,979    16,338    16,614    16,822 
Metro fiber miles   38,058    38,351    38,825    39,559    40,113    40,529 
Connected networks – AS’s   7,471    7,530    7,597    7,569    7,625    7,685 
Headcount – end of period                              
Sales force – quota bearing   547    565    516    490    479    477 
Sales force - total   693    710    662    633    620    619 
Total employees   1,066    1,087    1,031    1,001    987    988 
Sales rep productivity – units per full time equivalent sales rep (“FTE”) per month   4.3    4.5    4.3    4.2    4.7    4.9 
FTE – sales reps   522    511    521    467    453    449 

 

(1)Consists of legacy services of companies whose assets or businesses were acquired by Cogent.
(2)Network operations expense excludes equity-based compensation expense of $2,076, $136, $163, $146, $144 and $145 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 through June 30, 2022, respectively. Network operations expense includes excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees of $4,528, $4,811, $4,813, $4,336, $3,742 and $3,448 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 through June 30, 2022, respectively.
(3)GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity based compensation included in network operations expense. GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.
(4)Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation and amortization expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue. Management believes that non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin are relevant measures to provide investors. Management uses them to measure the margin available to the company after network service costs, in essence a measure of the efficiency of the Company’s network.
(5)Excludes equity-based compensation expense of $5,231, $6,738, $6,425, $5,907, $5,912 and $5,762 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 through June 30, 2022, respectively.
(6)See Schedules of Non-GAAP measures below for definitions and reconciliations to GAAP measures.

 

 

 

 

Schedules of Non-GAAP Measures

 

EBITDA, EBITDA, as adjusted, EBITDA margin and EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

 

EBITDA represents net cash flows provided by operating activities plus changes in operating assets and liabilities, cash interest expense and cash income tax expense. Management believes the most directly comparable measure to EBITDA calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company also believes that EBITDA is a measure frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of issuers. EBITDA, as adjusted, represents EBITDA plus net gains (losses) on asset related transactions. EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA divided by total service revenue. EBITDA, as adjusted, margin is defined as EBITDA, as adjusted, divided by total service revenue.

 

The Company believes that EBITDA, EBITDA, as adjusted, EBITDA margin and EBITDA as adjusted margin are useful measures of its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand its business. The measurements are an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information. EBITDA, EBITDA, as adjusted, EBITDA margin and EBITDA, as adjusted, margin are not recognized terms under GAAP and accordingly, should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for the analysis of results as reported under GAAP, but rather as a supplemental measure to GAAP. For example, these measures are not intended to reflect the Company’s free cash flow, as it does not consider certain current or future cash requirements, such as capital expenditures, contractual commitments, and changes in working capital needs, interest expenses and debt service requirements. The Company’s calculations of these measures may also differ from the calculations performed by its competitors and other companies and as such, its utility as a comparative measure is limited.

 

EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities in the table below.

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1
2021
   Q2
2021
   Q3
2021
   Q4
2021
   Q1
2022
   Q2
2022
 
Net cash provided by operating activities  $47,106   $39,749   $47,418   $35,984   $49,411   $34,403 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities  $(9,060)  $2,352   $(3,191)  $7,607   $(6,294)  $5,108 
Cash interest expense and income tax expense   17,504    15,080    13,526    13,819    14,038    18,946 
EBITDA  $55,550   $57,181   $57,753   $57,410   $57,155   $58,457 
PLUS: Gains on asset related transactions   18    -    -    -    -    - 
EBITDA, as adjusted  $55,568   $57,181   $57,753   $57,410   $57,155   $58,457 
EBITDA margin   37.8%   38.7%   39.0%   39.0%   38.3%   39.4%
EBITDA, as adjusted, margin   37.9%   38.7%   39.0%   39.0%   38.3%   39.4%

 

Constant currency revenue is reconciled to service revenue as reported in the tables below.

 

Constant currency impact on revenue changes – sequential periods

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1
2021
   Q2
2021
   Q3
2021
   Q4
2021
   Q1
2022
   Q2
2022
 
Service revenue, as reported – current period  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue   (447)   (150)   709    808    516    1,350 
Service revenue - as adjusted  for currency impact (1)  $146,330   $147,729   $148,636   $148,016   $149,691   $149,800 
Service revenue, as reported – prior sequential period  $143,901   $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175 
Constant currency increase  $2,429   $952   $757   $89   $2,483   $625 
Constant currency percent increase   1.7%   0.6%   0.5%   0.1%   1.7%   0.4%

 

(1)Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the prior sequential period. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly sequential revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of sequential revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

 

 

 

 

Constant currency impact on revenue changes – prior year periods

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1
2021
   Q2
2021
   Q3
2021
   Q4
2021
   Q1
2022
   Q2
2022
 
Service revenue, as reported – current period  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue   (2,608)   (2,965)   (555)   916    1,914    3,417 
Service revenue - as adjusted for currency impact  (2)  $144,169   $144,914   $147,372   $148,124   $151,089   $151,867 
Service revenue, as reported – prior year period  $140,915   $140,990   $142,302   $143,901   $146,777   $147,879 
Constant currency increase  $3,254   $3,924   $5,070   $4,223   $4,312   $3,988 
Constant currency percent increase   2.3%   2.8%   3.6%   2.9%   2.9%   2.7%

 

(2)Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the comparable prior year period. The Company believes that disclosing year over year revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies on service revenue is a useful measure of revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

 

Revenue on a constant currency basis and adjusted for the impact of excise taxes is reconciled to service revenue as reported in the tables below.

 

Constant currency and excise tax impact on revenue changes – sequential periods

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1
2021
   Q2
2021
   Q3
2021
   Q4
2021
   Q1
2022
   Q2
2022
 
Service revenue, as reported – current period  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue   (447)   (150)   709    808    516    1,350 
Impact of excise taxes on service revenue   (384)   (283)   (2)   477    594    294 
Service revenue - as adjusted  for currency and excise taxes impact (3)  $145,946   $147,446   $148,634   $148,493   $150,285   $150,094 
Service revenue, as reported – prior sequential period  $143,901   $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175 
Constant currency and excise taxes increase  $2,045   $669   $755   $566   $3,077   $919 
Constant currency and excise tax percent increase   1.4%   0.5%   0.5%   0.4%   2.1%   0.6%

 

(3)Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact and the impact of excise taxes, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the prior sequential period and adjusting for the changes in excise taxes recorded as revenue between the periods presented. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly sequential revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies and excise taxes on service revenue is a useful measure of sequential revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for the impact of foreign currency and excise taxes, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

 

Constant currency and excise tax impact on revenue changes – prior year periods

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1
2021
   Q2
2021
   Q3
2021
   Q4
2021
   Q1
2022
   Q2
2022
 
Service revenue, as reported – current period  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue   (2,608)   (2,965)   (555)   916    1,914    3,417 
Impact of excise taxes on service revenue   (785)   (1,513)   (911)   (192)   786    1,363 
Service revenue - as adjusted  for currency and excise taxes impact (4)  $143,384   $143,401   $146,461   $147,932   $151,875   $153,230 
Service revenue, as reported – prior year period  $140,915   $140,990   $142,302   $143,901   $146,777   $147,879 
Constant currency and excise taxes increase  $2,469   $2,411   $4,159   $4,031   $5,098   $5,351 
Constant currency and excise tax percent increase   1.8%   1.7%   2.9%   2.8%   3.5%   3.6%

 

 

 

 

(4)Service revenue, as adjusted for currency impact and the impact of excise taxes, is determined by translating the service revenue for the current period at the average foreign currency exchange rates for the prior year period and adjusting for the changes in excise taxes recorded as revenue between the periods presented. The Company believes that disclosing quarterly sequential revenue growth without the impact of foreign currencies and excise taxes on service revenue is a useful measure of sequential revenue growth. Service revenue, as adjusted for the impact of foreign currency and excise taxes, is an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information.

 

Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP gross margin

 

Non-GAAP gross profit and Non-GAAP gross margin are reconciled to GAAP gross profit and GAAP gross margin in the table below.

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  Q1 2021   Q2 2021   Q3 2021   Q4 2021   Q1 2022   Q2 2022 
Service revenue total  $146,777   $147,879   $147,927   $147,208   $149,175   $148,450 
Minus - Network operations expense including equity-based compensation and including depreciation and amortization expense   79,062    78,276    79,254    78,985    80,137    79,585 
GAAP Gross Profit (1)  $67,715   $69,603   $68,673   $68,223   $69,038   $68,865 
Plus  - Equity-based compensation – network operations expense   2,076    136    163    146    144    145 
Plus – Depreciation and amortization expense   21,970    22,096    22,609    22,567    22,688    23,071 
Non-GAAP Gross Profit (2)  $91,761   $91,835   $91,445   $90,936   $91,870   $92,081 
GAAP Gross Margin (1)   46.1%   47.1%   46.4%   46.3%   46.3%   46.4%
Non-GAAP Gross Margin (2)   62.5%   62.1%   61.8%   61.8%   61.6%   62.0%

 

(1)GAAP gross profit is defined as total service revenue less network operations expense, depreciation and amortization and equity-based compensation included in network operations expense. GAAP gross margin is defined as GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue.
(2)Non-GAAP gross profit represents service revenue less network operations expense, excluding equity-based compensation and amounts shown separately (depreciation and amortization expense). Non-GAAP gross margin is defined as non-GAAP gross profit divided by total service revenue. Management believes that non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin are relevant measures to provide to investors, as they are measures that management uses to measure the margin and amount available to the Company after network service costs, in essence these are measures of the efficiency of the Company’s network.

 

Gross and Net Leverage Ratios

 

Gross leverage ratio is defined as total debt divided by the trailing last 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted. Net leverage ratio is defined as total net debt (total debt minus cash and cash equivalents) divided by the trailing last 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted. Cogent’s gross leverage ratio and net leverage ratio are shown below.

 

($ in 000’s) – unaudited  As of March 31, 2022   As of June 30, 2022 
Cash and cash equivalents & restricted cash  $311,771   $349,847 
Debt          
Capital (finance) leases – current portion   17,147    17,562 
Capital (finance) leases – long term   228,102    236,652 
Senior Secured 2022 Notes   -    - 
Senior Secured 2026 Notes   500,000    500,000 
Senior Unsecured Euro 2024 Notes   389,019    - 
Senior Unsecured 2027 Notes   -    450,000 
Note payable   219    - 
Total debt   1,134,487    1,204,214 
Total net debt   822,716    854,367 
Trailing 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted   229,499    230,775 
Gross leverage ratio   4.94    5.22 
Net leverage ratio   3.58    3.70 

 

Cogent’s SEC filings are available online via the Investor Relations section of www.cogentco.com or on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

 

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF JUNE 30, 2022 AND DECEMBER 31, 2021

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)

 

  

June 30,
2022

  

December 31,
2021

 
  (Unaudited)    
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents  $312,051   $319,609 
Restricted cash   37,796    9,015 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $1,717 and $1,510, respectively   44,568    41,938 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   43,054    39,015 
Total current assets   437,469    409,577 
Property and equipment, net   461,381    457,880 
Right-of-use leased assets   98,576    101,687 
Deposits and other assets   17,158    15,413 
Total assets  $1,014,584   $984,557 
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable  $14,823   $11,923 
Accrued and other current liabilities   52,322    39,057 
Installment payment agreement, current portion, net of discount of $6       785 
Current maturities, operating lease liabilities   12,172    12,197 
Current maturities, finance lease obligations   17,562    17,048 
Total current liabilities   96,879    81,010 
Senior unsecured 2027 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $1,283 and net of discount of $2,686   446,031     
Senior secured 2026 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $1,032 and $1,156, respectively, and net of discounts of $1,371 and $1,536, respectively   497,597    497,308 
Senior unsecured 2024 Euro notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $2,121 and net of discount of $772       394,112 
Operating lease liabilities, net of current maturities   110,735    111,794 
Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities   236,652    228,822 
Other long-term liabilities   66,871    44,609 
Total liabilities   1,454,765    1,357,655 
Commitments and contingencies:        
Stockholders’ deficit:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 48,003,724 and 47,674,189 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   48    48 
Additional paid-in capital   561,161    547,734 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss — foreign currency translation   (20,661)   (11,003)
Accumulated deficit   (980,729)   (909,877)
Total stockholders’ deficit   (440,181)   (373,098)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit  $1,014,584   $984,557 

 

   

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022 AND JUNE 30, 2021

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

  

Three Months

Ended

June 30, 2022

  

Three Months

Ended

June 30, 2021

 
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
Service revenue  $148,450   $147,879 
Operating expenses:          
Network operations (including $145 and $136 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)   56,514    56,180 
Selling, general, and administrative (including $5,762 and $6,738 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)   39,386    41,392 
Depreciation and amortization   23,071    22,096 
Total operating expenses   118,971    119,668 
Gains on lease transactions   87     
Operating income   29,566    28,211 
Interest expense   (13,478)   (14,236)
Change in valuation – interest rate swap   (7,510)    
Foreign exchange gain (loss) - 2024 Euro Notes   23,547    (5,280)
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2024 Euro Notes   (11,885)    
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2022 Notes       (10,830)
Interest income and other, net   (522)   64 
Income (loss) before income taxes   19,718    (2,071)
Income tax expense   (8,554)   (422)
Net income (loss)  $11,164   $(2,493)
           
Comprehensive income (loss):          
Net income (loss)  $11,164   $(2,493)
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (7,493)   1,776 
Comprehensive income (loss)  $3,671   $(717)
           
Net income (loss) per common share:          
Basic net income (loss) per common share  $0.24   $(0.05)
Diluted net income (loss) per common share  $0.24   $(0.05)
Dividends declared per common share  $0.88   $0.78 
           
Weighted-average common shares - basic   46,691,142    46,229,603 
           
Weighted-average common shares - diluted   47,029,446    46,229,603 

 

   

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022 AND JUNE 30, 2021

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

  

Six Months

Ended

June 30, 2022

  

Six Months

Ended

June 30, 2021

 
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
Service revenue  $297,622   $294,656 
Operating expenses:          
Network operations (including $289 and $2,212 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below)   113,963    113,272 
Selling, general, and administrative (including $11,674 and $11,969 of equity-based compensation expense, respectively)   80,013    82,834 
Depreciation and amortization   45,762    44,065 
Total operating expenses   239,738    240,171 
Gains on equipment transactions   460    18 
Operating income   58,344    54,503 
Interest expense   (27,648)   (30,071)
Change in valuation – interest rate swap   (28,781)    
Foreign exchange gain - 2024 Euro Notes   31,561    13,590 
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption- 2024 Euro Notes   (11,885)    
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption- 2022 Notes       (14,698)
Interest income and other, net   (195)   807 
Income before income taxes   21,396    24,131 
Income tax expense   (9,095)   (7,773)
Net income  $12,301   $16,358 
           
Comprehensive income:          
Net income  $12,301   $16,358 
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (9,658)   (3,434)
Comprehensive income  $2,643   $12,924 
           
Net income per common share:          
Basic net income per common share  $0.26   $0.35 
Diluted net income per common share  $0.26   $0.35 
           
Dividends declared per common share  $1.735   $1.535 
           
Weighted-average common shares - basic   46,705,088    46,227,528 
           
Weighted-average common shares - diluted   47,050,911    46,744,070 

 

   

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022 AND JUNE 30, 2021

(IN THOUSANDS)

 

  

Three Months

Ended

June 30, 2022

  

Three Months

Ended

June 30, 2021

 
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income (loss)  $11,164   $(2,493)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   23,071    22,096 
Amortization of debt costs, discounts and premiums   412    453 
Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)   5,907    6,874 
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2024 Euro Notes   11,885     
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2022 Notes       10,830 
Foreign exchange (gain) loss – 2024 Euro Notes   (23,547)   5,280 
Gains - equipment transactions and other, net   1,155    (129)
Deferred income taxes   3,196    (939)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (3,605)   (2,330)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (2,197)   (130)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities   5,701    852 
Deposits and other assets   1,261    (615)
Net cash provided by operating activities   34,403    39,749 
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (17,288)   (17,217)
Net cash used in investing activities   (17,288)   (17,217)
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Dividends paid   (41,855)   (37,001)
Redemption and extinguishment -  2024 Euro Notes   (375,354)    
Redemption and extinguishment -  2022 Notes       (339,638)
Net proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured 2027 Notes - net of debt costs of $1,290   446,010     
Net proceeds from issuance of senior secured 2026 Notes - net of debt costs of $1,317       496,933 
Principal payments on installment payment agreement   (219)   (1,969)
Principal payments of finance lease obligations   (5,236)   (6,192)
Proceeds from exercises of stock options   130    660 
Net cash provided by financing activities   23,476    112,793 
Effect of exchange rates changes on cash   (2,515)   658 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   38,076    135,983 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period   311,771    237,980 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period  $349,847   $373,963 

 

   

 

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2022 AND JUNE 30, 2021

(IN THOUSANDS)

 

  

Six Months

Ended

June 30, 2022

  

Six Months

Ended

June 30, 2021

 
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited) 
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income  $12,301   $16,358 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization   45,762    44,065 
Amortization of debt costs, discounts and premiums   829    894 
Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)   11,963    14,181 
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2024 Euro Notes   11,885     
Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2022 Notes       14,698 
Foreign exchange gains – 2024 Euro Notes   (31,561)   (13,590)
Gains - equipment transactions and other, net   1,308    242 
Deferred income taxes   3,138    3,558 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (3,529)   90 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   (5,150)   2,696 
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities   37,014    3,804 
Deposits and other assets   (146)   (141)
Net cash provided by operating activities   83,814    86,855 
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (35,409)   (32,661)
Net cash used in investing activities   (35,409)   (32,661)
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Dividends paid   (83,153)   (73,082)
Redemption and extinguishment - 2024 Euro Notes   (375,354)    
Redemption and extinguishment - 2022 Notes       (459,317)
Net proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured 2027 Notes - net of debt costs of $1,290   446,010     
Net proceeds from issuance of senior secured 2026 Notes - net of debt costs of $1,317       496,933 
Principal payments on installment payment agreement   (790)   (4,347)
Principal payments of finance lease obligations   (11,099)   (11,936)
Proceeds from exercises of stock options   334    875 
Net cash used in financing activities   (24,052)   (50,874)
Effect of exchange rates changes on cash   (3,130)   (658)
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   21,223    2,662 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period   328,624    371,301 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period  $349,847   $373,963 

 

   

 

 

Except for historical information and discussion contained herein, statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to statements identified by words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets,” “projects” and similar expressions. The statements in this release are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Cogent’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Numerous factors could cause or contribute to such differences, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government policies; future economic instability in the global economy or a contraction of the capital markets which could affect spending on Internet services and our ability to engage in financing activities; the impact of changing foreign exchange rates (in particular the Euro to USD and Canadian dollar to USD exchange rates) on the translation of our non-USD denominated revenues, expenses, assets and liabilities; legal and operational difficulties in new markets; the imposition of a requirement that we contribute to the US Universal Service Fund on the basis of our Internet revenue; changes in government policy and/or regulation, including net neutrality rules  by the United States Federal Communications Commission and in the area of data protection; cyber-attacks or security breaches of our network; increasing competition leading to lower prices for our services; our ability to attract new customers and to increase and maintain the volume of traffic on our network; the ability to maintain our Internet peering arrangements on favorable terms; our reliance on an equipment vendor, Cisco Systems Inc., and the potential for hardware or software problems associated with such equipment; the dependence of our network on the quality and dependability of third-party fiber providers; our ability to retain certain customers that comprise a significant portion of our revenue base; the management of network failures and/or disruptions; and outcomes in litigation as well as other risks discussed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and our Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022. Cogent undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement or any information contained in this press release or in other public disclosures at any time.

 

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Ticker: CCOI
CIK: 1158324
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0001104659-22-086137
Submitted to the SEC: Thu Aug 04 2022 4:15:36 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Thu Aug 04 2022
Period: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Industry: Communications Services
Events:
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  2. Financial Exhibit

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