SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report: October 21, 2020
(Date of earliest event reported)
Verizon Communications Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction|
|(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)|
|1095 Avenue of the Americas||10036|
|New York,||New York|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 395-1000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered|
|Common Stock, par value $0.10||VZ||New York Stock Exchange|
|Common Stock, par value $0.10||VZ||The NASDAQ Global Select Market|
|1.625% Notes due 2024||VZ24B||New York Stock Exchange|
|4.073% Notes due 2024||VZ24C||New York Stock Exchange|
|0.875% Notes due 2025||VZ25||New York Stock Exchange|
|3.250% Notes due 2026||VZ26||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.375% Notes due 2026||VZ26B||New York Stock Exchange|
|0.875% Notes due 2027||VZ27E||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.375% Notes due 2028||VZ28||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.875% Notes due 2029||VZ29B||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.250% Notes due 2030||VZ30||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.875% Notes due 2030||VZ30A||New York Stock Exchange|
|2.625% Notes due 2031||VZ31||New York Stock Exchange|
|2.500% Notes due 2031||VZ31A||New York Stock Exchange|
|0.875% Notes due 2032||VZ32||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.300% Notes due 2033||VZ33B||New York Stock Exchange|
|4.750% Notes due 2034||VZ34||New York Stock Exchange|
|3.125% Notes due 2035||VZ35||New York Stock Exchange|
|3.375% Notes due 2036||VZ36A||New York Stock Exchange|
|2.875% Notes due 2038||VZ38B||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.500% Notes due 2039||VZ39C||New York Stock Exchange|
|3.500% Fixed Rate Notes due 2039||VZ39D||New York Stock Exchange|
|1.850% Notes due 2040||VZ40||New York Stock Exchange|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
☐ Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period or complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Attached as an exhibit hereto are a press release and financial tables dated October 21, 2020 issued by Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon).
Verizon’s press release and financial tables include financial information prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) as well as non-GAAP financial information. It is management's intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance the understanding of Verizon's GAAP financial information and it should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure is presented along with the corresponding GAAP measure so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure. We believe that providing these non-GAAP measures in addition to the GAAP measures allows management, investors and other users of our financial information to more fully and accurately assess both consolidated and segment performance. The non-GAAP financial information presented may be determined or calculated differently by other companies and may not be directly comparable to that of other companies.
EBITDA and EBITDA Margin Related Non-GAAP Measures
Consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), Segment EBITDA and Segment EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information as they are a widely accepted financial measures used in evaluating the profitability of a company and with its competitors.
Consolidated EBITDA is calculated by adding back interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization expense to net income.
Segment EBITDA is calculated by adding back segment depreciation and amortization expense to segment operating income. Segment EBITDA Margin is calculated by dividing Segment EBITDA by segment total operating revenues.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that we believe provides relevant and useful information to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends in a manner that is consistent with management’s evaluation of business performance. We believe that Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is used by investors to compare a company’s operating performance to its competitors by minimizing impacts caused by differences in capital structure, taxes and depreciation policies. Further, the exclusion of non-operational items and special items enables comparability to prior period performance and trend analysis.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by excluding from Consolidated EBITDA the effect of the following non-operational items: equity in losses and earnings of unconsolidated businesses and other income and expense, net, and the following special items: impairment charges, severance charges, loss on spectrum license auction and net gain from dispositions of assets and businesses. The impairment charges relate to goodwill impairment charges recognized in 2019 as a result of the Company's annual goodwill impairment testing of its media business, Verizon Media, and the impairment charge of an investment in a media joint venture. Severance charges recorded during 2019 relate to headcount reduction initiatives. Loss on spectrum license auction relates to the reclassification of spectrum licenses to assets held for sale at fair value as a result of Auction 103. Net gain from dispositions of assets and businesses relates to the sale of various real estate properties and businesses in 2019.
Net Unsecured Debt and Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio
Net Unsecured Debt and Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio are non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating Verizon’s ability to service its unsecured debt from continuing operations.
Net Unsecured Debt is calculated by subtracting secured debt and cash and cash equivalents from the sum of debt maturing within one year and long-term debt. Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio is calculated by dividing Net Unsecured Debt by Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA. For purposes of Net Unsecured Debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Ratio, Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is calculated for the last twelve months.
Adjusted Earnings per Common Share (Adjusted EPS) and Adjusted EPS Growth Forecast
Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EPS Growth Forecast are non-GAAP financial measures that we believe are useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating our operating results and understanding our operating trends without the effect of special items which could vary from period to period. We believe excluding special items provides more comparable assessment of our financial results from period to period.
Adjusted EPS is calculated by excluding from the calculation of reported EPS the effect of the following special items: net pension remeasurement charge and net gain from dispositions of assets and businesses.
We have not provided a reconciliation for our Adjusted EPS Growth Forecast because we cannot, without unreasonable effort,
predict the special items that could arise during 2020.
Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate Attributable to Verizon Forecast (Adjusted ETR Forecast)
Adjusted ETR Forecast is a non-GAAP financial measure that we believe is useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information in assessing our effective income tax rate without the effect of special items which could vary from period to period. Adjusted ETR Forecast is calculated by dividing the Provision for income taxes by Net Income attributable to Verizon before tax after adjusting for the impact of special items.
We have not provided a reconciliation for our Adjusted ETR Forecast because we cannot, without unreasonable effort, predict the special items that could arise during 2020.
Free Cash Flow
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that reflects an additional way of viewing our liquidity that, when viewed with our GAAP results, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our cash flows. We believe it is a more conservative measure of cash flow since capital expenditures are necessary for ongoing operations. Free cash flow has limitations due to the fact that it does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. For example, free cash flow does not incorporate payments made on finance lease obligations or cash payments for acquisitions of businesses or wireless licenses. Therefore, we believe it is important to view free cash flow as a complement to our entire consolidated statements of cash flows.
Free cash flow is calculated by subtracting capital expenditures (including capitalized software) from net cash provided by operating activities.
See the accompanying schedules for reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
|(d) Exhibits.|| |
|99.1||Press release and financial tables, dated October 21, 2020, issued by Verizon Communications Inc.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL).|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
| || ||Verizon Communications Inc.|
| || ||(Registrant)|
|Date:||October 21, 2020|| ||/s/ Anthony T. Skiadas|
| || || Anthony T. Skiadas|
| || || Senior Vice President and Controller|
| ||Press release and financial tables, dated October 21, 2020, issued by Verizon Communications Inc.|
|104||Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL).|