Michael J. Viola AT&T, Inc.
John J. Stephens AT&T, Inc.
John C. Hodulik UBS Securities LLC
Amir Rozwadowski Barclays Capital, Inc.
Simon Flannery Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Mike McCormack Guggenheim Securities LLC
Brett Feldman Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Philip A. Cusick JPMorgan Securities LLC
David Barden Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Amy Yong Macquarie Capital (NYSE:USA), Inc.
Frank Garreth Louthan Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patients and standing by, and welcome to the AT&T first quarter 2018 earnings call. At this time, all of your participant phone lines are in a listen-only mode. And later, there'll be an opportunity here for your questions. Instructions will be given at that time. I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Michael Viola, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. sir. ahead, go Please

Michael J. Viola

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John J. Stephens

and on us Thanks, for the today. call thanks Mike, joining

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Michael J. Viola

Thanks. Okay.

to we're questions. take ready Justin,


Certainly. Thank you.

of the John UBS. First, line we Hodulik have of

Your line open. is

John C. Hodulik

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John J. Stephens


effectively is publishing quarter. So the first you've under got comparability XXXX historical year's last first so old accounting the quarter results method with rules,

John C. Hodulik

platform. You subs expect on of evolve if that, to to basis. from some guess, put we Should maybe of you're and the on Entertainment should that talked and about new so, if range and I that, losses the is just through stand can drivers apples-to-apples satellite they're year-over-year level? it just about year? basis. the like then And up the of on further pressure? going the continue new that what's you DIRECTV and an expenditures those margins in course talk seem declining the that you we satellite those expect NOW guess, then, confirm XX.X% driving up How are over XX%, the and move then pressure, marketing a I And picking doing to EBITDA Okay. down would The that DIRECTV to about could

John J. Stephens


couple a things, John. So of

year-over-year less. of all, a are our on think I losses actually linear video First basis,

some (XX:XX) so that's seen going As you there, rate. chart middle And they're can for churn see the as the on We've in in improving. our down, actually improvement

John C. Hodulik

I thinking evolving – traditional's the it Like of – got the looking think you number. was but XX a at – versus I months? satellite do better, your over little a I the guess, XXX,XXX was stuff I you think ago. satellite-over-satellite next was did outlook the just year is guess, the the I see zero how I

John J. Stephens

streams that and we for I replacement cloud year, an real what margins revenues, low growth of continue DVR seeing a in have frankly, both DTV platform a and grow expenditure beta things to opportunities come challenges of see about. pay-per-view shift satellite with the additional advertising in basis. extremely out insights. some model we going would data in pay-TV start think see see the the you'll margins talked opportunities continue end as along those like and quite of to hope And the continue sports we're We'll movies, and NOW. revenues some as in on eventually, to then this we our then, capital for the is, by and and revenues, where see over-the-top the to will We'll to to new to that's we've linear then, updates

do. what John? to what That's expectations we'll Am through So question, I your that. answering on our That's that. trying I'm transition

John C. Hodulik


John J. Stephens

it year. total work. That's significant time, be be about challenging. hard expect we're year-over-year in the we over total counts video, through. going improvement. take completed some to growing this It'll video and But optimistic not improvement XXX,XXX XXX,XXX process almost It'll are us the It's

John C. Hodulik

move this right. here given Or I'm it and expect Should at out the we to on through from accounting to we from XX.X%. new to trying we as as you new methodology, what margin look stabilize the All year, I would similar just all guess, is the get year? puts John, expect trajectory level the takes? a trajectory

John J. Stephens


think the the year, year. I throughout end some we'll the see starting pressure of stabilize but at to

John C. Hodulik

great. Thanks. Okay,

John J. Stephens

see we'll believe through do pressure ongoing some I year. the

John C. Hodulik


John J. Stephens

John. Thanks,

Michael J. Viola

Take our next question, Justin.



the line of We Rozwadowski of have Amir Barclays.

open. line Your is

Amir Rozwadowski

And much. very afternoon, and you Thank John Mike.

John J. Stephens

Hi, Amir.

Amir Rozwadowski

the the at John's point, Wanted segment. if on this on margin your touch how trade-off Hi. we about base landscape subscriber about we basis forward or it for like-for-like versus we we Mobility, just pressure the competitive competitive to should on to the and think Mobility trying the question, about acquisition To think for and that look should to If a of approach think think we improving landscape structure. did about And margins? at prior going how puts the against some year-over-year there. a takes historical basis see prospects the

John J. Stephens

Amir, we're from, a What you if base customer it's good thinking investments question. the we're making the is Yes, basis. in about initial will,

now like and things the for opposed XXX is that or on would to equipment. retain service every in on as that would BOGOs and Getting a month. revenues customers tool what towards to getting months So then moving recruiting based be occur that ability that offers them having

we're reliability it improving certainly, churn wireless. other and that how it the broadband, So basis investment we this knowing viewing have That's be where whether and video, to pressure whether whether that can add through it. identify it it, we this services, but ability be margin that upfront then be an on taking then taking we're

in last on year, first on kind over the speak, we've fourth quarter year and so year's prior had quarter So of quarters in off growth. our two that to opportunity two and to this then turn but think quarters. an customer ability got our over you've turned the XXX,XXX smartphone I and seen investment We've, improvement last it

to it on in over with to a the environment the and changes with around over but own that it some knowing customer frankly, these only is moving From very for and next in over customer base continues very month the XX the seen then investments stays everything of total to we today us, getting revolve years getting upfront, the the this take months. quarter tell we environment, responsibility and or competitive going There have and get the that some some start that. sure growth if be But competitive temporary So that see, benefits churn the we've that are different can we moderating get see benefits overall, and then cost as – and what – trying that forward. the in the next prepaid growth environment. well last offers our about few that we quite the best the moderation some we from not investment we're or had we're it that behind you. the do they when we'll never pretty really, have, work improved work really in you performed if that's thinking And really, we've That's trends. investment postpaid the and how them we're go about postpaid or it. can, phone permanent, exchanging with not appropriately, will but continue low you really in we things we you, we're how I see really as data-informed be focused and to seen offers

Amir Rozwadowski

of the drive of the point John. to you're decline expectation able lower course some helpful, seeing through then, to the your landscape. that to we mentioned, Is you expectation on course the year-over-year on through churn are the very churn, a year? continue And What changes to basis. see in the continue year? As we your is competitive That's a

John J. Stephens

let We this. striving basis. specific to me haven't on improve churn to given to guidance We're continue year-over-year but a churn, say

able broadband, video, three we those Our strategy get it see or we've churn. service, better together, seen bundle another any when a wireless, two with really though what a to of to we're is

And viewpoint so capability differentiating that uniquely that's don't. we and a that others have we that have also or differentiating

year do optimism these sequentially some both quarter, so improvement levels but this we can do ability churn did likely year. some see and even we the great only to further And when about not have we over that, maintain

Amir Rozwadowski

for incremental much you very Thank color. the

John J. Stephens

Yeah. Thanks.


Next, line Flannery we the of Morgan have of Stanley. Simon

line Your is open.

Simon Flannery

you. Good Thank afternoon, Great. John.

John J. Stephens

Hey, Simon.

Simon Flannery

wireless. had around back give programming, $XX made their just with in around to I watch On this coming bundled the color could rate video start X.X% us and noted Randall upgrade little ticked that? to reportedly normalize think timing AT&T then low we time. I the upgrade a a was introducing comment offering wireless, about what of from you that X.X%. have for – would through I and bit more going very you'd, past, then period the And talked to And rate it up over think about Maybe

So was the more a right other you X.X% to getting handsets it'd and or are to great back be around renewing just you're rate people now think understand keeping long do any Thanks. normal color how them.

John J. Stephens

questions. Good Simon. Thanks, Okay.

and the and So, rate gross the the and rates upgrade in first adds. of in gross upgrade first devices both quite so about the adds all, our upgrade frankly, the quarter number, we had X.X more million

step a we had big up. So

of a I out. that the to that to put offers enthusiasm our think due was great lot due team

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have the particularly with there. offers, to use fallen the line bottom you pressure some of those BOGO-type caused comparable a then If lot may to basis, regard expenses, and

and, new frankly, to that's upgrade much. if has that investment long-term I short-term reality. get the that pay some the BOGOs I quarter, revenues. don't customers than will, in the rate So upgrade the in know using devices of On the and that And do rate. fourth believe to of came quite buy the have a they the the that, those in some our lateness the that of you limitation changed age immediate offers of the it our and drove additional driven make we're willing first. increase more because because in, those, itself iPhones to may

to back I view historic to how I watch the we're We'll believe continue that. it. that's go to don't So upgrade rates. going

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offers through we'll year As innovate, in and have we are of and forward able this wireless a to video. broadband and continue to move lot in

would come to Randall willing you're program. could. I important than details we referring one with job it watch-type they're be think I But the know on that out my to DTV those a do better more of leave One to is the going I marketing team message We'll lot innovate. that a the to sales that to are mentioned, that. and

some overall to willing right to are and to able the way different things the to in continue basis. grow be base a business the grow We customer try on bundled

Simon Flannery

you. thank Fair,

John J. Stephens

you. Thank


McCormack have Guggenheim. Next we Mike of

Your open. line is

Mike McCormack

what Hey, that look of wireline And that voice and as old. guys. maybe it I circling legacy as about think I quoted fixed the business And argument it segment, of cost sub John, tremendous on variable, is the you But linear goes under think that is Thanks. some getting the power with on back unit think of at for there, much recently programmers counts comparing I just or DIRECTV much versus about don't within the of the far guys then goes Group how you I parts you – parts the there's product? benefits are to Entertainment that, just or the Randall thinking pressures was was pressure. as is the negotiating which you costs? mostly with the And more side, as presume as structural cost variable? cost NOW piece content reduce which can

John J. Stephens

the good the on made offers, going we've there's differentiated different point regard to offers packages. think I forward have sorry, on Mike, a guess view of variable I entertainment we question, I of the this, some variable with and a be think couple Again, packages sell. it, And I'd side, cost where the with things. But the video video content to piece to reference within we that getting regard possibly to is also some packages. opportunity possibly to

some that. do We today continuing have to

there but the buy, that. of on So what want some, based we'll also I the not look think volume customers to customers and just is continue on to only based for

we high-speed the X lot fiber, suggest quite what you building is to we've that something On I broadband side would have frankly, Internet still selling side, or million of do to into. a into the been

has capital that of capacity that so there. serving And to been it. this is spent process IP just We're growing base and and in broadband this already serve out

been or us So through that for we've the I be a provide would has conversions, particularly really could the new few which to years. last change gotten you DSL legacy absorbing suggest as direction,

the have to voice Those legacy those there. managed to be and continue data, or continue challenges On managed been out. out costs be either

the But in about to the services, bundling it whether Group, the here efforts a video it. on while also look doing DVRs, bundling that think as makes at success that side, insights, but the worth you two all it. So what alternative the going strength with those these continuing be the in we how it's so of that's then things together, cloud at to broadband through all this. Entertainment level we're real data and advertising, going is we've transition of that and real growth growing that's those That's wireless, pay-per-views, high-speed had. kinds And

but this one collection it's that very So of it's pieces attractive. not make just the individual piece, those

Mike McCormack

John. Great. Thanks,

John J. Stephens

Thank you.


Feldman have Brett Goldman Sachs. of we Next,

line Your open. is

Brett Feldman

taking for the thanks Hi, question.

it this just flat. noted customer perhaps was to the I you first Can insight customers is more some remarkably could you in Entertainment Is to the might think fiber couple The product little a directly EBITDA? a we're seeing I income. maybe that residential question. provide then segment, a satellite that clarify? The accounting, as a added also one quick to help base to has housekeeping coming been video operating new And neutral quarter. I it's the that And what more your hoping back U-verse is – of just USF neutral that you you trends? comparability. think tied the why adoption Particularly, to than is. Thanks.

John J. Stephens

the change clear, both net be revenues. the service calculations, won't have expenses USF are I prior any revenue on of to Brett, years so USF revenue in you, One, to tell in to was will though, they zero. yes, in couple EBITDA. A things. that EBITDA, EBITDA and It will

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though, does an The EBITDA, on service EBITDA. operating starting would would It not point, revenues. income, So affect have it be, you're impact or right.

Brett Feldman

it. Got

John J. Stephens

in generally One, a make I capabilities the actually we telephone we is when broadband have very couple capabilities, wireless have had Two, results in build where essentially good. and the distribution, historic good very think have bundle things. U-verse, and bundling company aspects U-verse the better to natural all fiber capabilities, that different fiber legacy that. footprint, our

the greatly Brett, merged take So tell or content we U-verse reduced ebbing would differentiating I advantage migrate the need it satellite that's DIRECTV. first another was point. in with to costs is of when you to possibly is than

are things probably with consideration. U-verse people those are of important process. is satisfaction the quite the part All most customer And product the frankly, The happy. of

those all aspect. contribute that So to that are things

Brett Feldman

follow-up quick a question. Just

product much landline had Is sold Or think satellite bundle in that DIRECTV more region, U-verse the previously when that bundle still I out? being with natural could was you product a you broadband you broadband. still your the there results seeing that playing offer? your better were is finding you with because video are indicated

John J. Stephens

experiences we churn and churn satellite, satellite but to cannot stats video, I both satellite, comparison in U-verse do say bundle have believe tell better we won't two have and by will better you results the and that I we better can when we to definition, better U-verse. compared U-verse but that do customer all another service. point, our for quality what opportunity the regard bundle presents satellite to wireless much better to, IP reason provide fiber that just our And and to the well broadband. will FirstNet quite as we with build can when potential the frankly, customer as that it with for

that plays of kind all So together. of

Brett Feldman

Thanks for questions. the taking

John J. Stephens



Next, Cusick JPMorgan. of Phil have of line we the

Philip A. Cusick

guys. Hi Thanks.

John J. Stephens

Hi, Phil.

Philip A. Cusick

Hi, John.

a First, follow-up.

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John J. Stephens

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Philip A. Cusick

Thanks, John.

John J. Stephens

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John J. Stephens

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David Barden

John. Thanks,

John J. Stephens

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Frank Garreth Louthan

you. Thank great. Okay,

John J. Stephens

Thank you, Frank.

John J. Stephens

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