Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure
AT&T Inc. (AT&T or the Company) is providing, as a convenience to its investors,
the following supplemental operating information reflecting the July 31, 2021
separation of the U.S. video business including products commercially branded
AT&T TV, AT&T TV Now, AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV. In the following discussion,
"Video" refers to the historical U.S. video operations as defined and reported
in AT&T's Form 10-Q for the three-months ended June 30, 2021 and "DIRECTV"
refers to the new company formed with TPG Capital. For more information on the
transaction with TPG, please refer to AT&T's Current Reports on Form 8-K filed
February 25, 2021 and August 2, 2021.
The information included herein (Exhibit 99.1) is intended to reflect the
historical operating results of the Company excluding the businesses transferred
to form the new DIRECTV on July 31, 2021, as if such transfer occurred as of
January 1, 2020. This supplemental pro forma information is not intended to be a
complete presentation of AT&T's operating results or financial position. This
pro forma presentation is presented for information purposes only and does not
purport to represent what AT&T operations would have been nor do they purport to
project the results or operations for any future period. Accordingly, such
information should not be relied upon as an indicator of future performance,
financial condition or liquidity.
Significant adjustments include:
(A1) Removal of AT&T's reported Video business. This adjustment reflects the
removal of operating results of the Video business transferred on July 31, 2021,
though does not adjust for certain shared costs that will be retained by the
Company or amounts that may be reimbursed or paid for by DIRECTV under
transition service agreements (TSAs) and commercial arrangements, except as
discussed in (A2) and (A3) below. The information in Exhibit 99.1 has assumed
that all NFL SUNDAY TICKET (NFLST) costs were part of the Video business for all
historical periods presented.
(A2) Removal of intercompany eliminations. WarnerMedia licenses content and
programming to DIRECTV. Historically, the revenue recorded by the WarnerMedia
segment and expenses recorded in Video were eliminated in consolidation but are
third-party activities after the close of the transaction. The information in
Exhibit 99.1 has assumed that these transactions were third-party agreements
starting January 1, 2020.
(A3) Pursuant to a commercial agreement, WarnerMedia will continue to sell
DIRECTV's advertising inventory until the completion of the Warner Bros.
Discovery Transaction. In exchange for DIRECTV's advertising inventory, DIRECTV
will receive a 70% revenue share. WarnerMedia will record amounts billed as
advertising revenue and recognize an expense for DIRECTV's 70% revenue share.
This adjustment reflects recognition of the advertising revenues and associated
expenses assuming the commercial agreement was in place as of January 1, 2020.
Historically, these revenues and expenses were reflected in both the WarnerMedia
segment and Video results with elimination of the dual reporting in
AT&T's Accounting for DIRECTV
Retained Costs, Transition Service Arrangements and Commercial Agreements
Video's reported results included certain costs that will be retained by AT&T
after separation, including depreciation of AT&T's network infrastructure that
provides both U-verse video and broadband services to customers. AT&T estimates
that the Company will retain approximately $500 million of operations and
support costs and $150 million of network depreciation costs per quarter. AT&T's
current expectation is that approximately 50% of these expenses will be
reimbursed or paid for through TSAs and commercial agreements with DIRECTV and
will partially offset the retained expenses. The amount and duration of these
arrangements are dependent on the future operational needs of DIRECTV and have
not been included as adjustments to Exhibit 99.1. To maintain comparability of
AT&T's operating segment results, and while operational plans and cost reduction
initiatives are developed, AT&T intends to report the retained costs and
reimbursements in Corporate and Other for the remainder of 2021.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET
AT&T agreed to pay net losses under the NFLST contract up to a cap of $2.1
billion over the remaining period of the contract (through the end of the 2022
NFL regular season). At the closing of the transaction, AT&T recognized a
payable to DIRECTV associated with this agreement and these payments will be
reported as financing activities.
Reported and Adjusted Earnings
Beginning in the third quarter of 2021, AT&T will record its share of DIRECTV's
reported earnings as equity in net income of affiliates. DIRECTV's reported
results will include merger costs, including amortization of intangible assets
established in purchase accounting, and will reflect accounting policies and
capital allocation decisions as determined by DIRECTV. AT&T is not currently
able to reasonably estimate these impacts.
DIRECTV's earnings and losses will be allocated to the investors based on the
distribution waterfall pursuant to the Amended and Restated Limited Liability
Company Agreement of New DTV dated July 31, 2021. AT&T will recognize its pro
rata share of DIRECTV's earnings as equity in net income of affiliates.
Consistent with AT&T's historical presentation of adjustment for merger-related
costs to reported diluted earnings per share (EPS), the Company expects to
exclude its share of DIRECTV's merger-related amortization and other purchase
accounting impacts (which are included in DIRECTV results and therefore AT&T's
reported equity in net income of affiliates) in determining adjusted diluted
EPS. The Company has not changed its expectation on adjusted equity in net
income from DIRECTV for the remainder of 2021.
Cash Flow Presentation
In connection with the closing of the transaction, of the $7.6 billion proceeds,
AT&T will report approximately $1.8 billion as cash received from financing
activities as it relates to the payable to DIRECTV, and the remaining net
proceeds as cash received from investing activities.
Pursuant to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), AT&T will
treat distributions received from DIRECTV, including tax distributions, as
returns on investment and classify them as cash flows from operating activities
until those distributions exceed AT&T's cumulative reported equity in the
earnings of DIRECTV. AT&T will treat the excess amount as a return of investment
and classify it as cash flows from investing activities. Beginning in the third
quarter of 2021, AT&T will include all cash received from DIRECTV as part of its
non-GAAP measure, Free Cash Flow, including distributions reported as investing
activities pursuant to GAAP.
Other Reporting Matters
Following the separation, AT&T does not expect to provide disclosures of
subscribers or other key performance metrics for DIRECTV.
CAUTIONARY LANGUAGE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Information set forth in this filing contains financial estimates and other
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. A
discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any
obligation to update or revise statements contained in this filing based on new
information or otherwise.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are furnished as part of this report:
99.1 Supplemental Quarterly Pro Forma Financial Information
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
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