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EarthLink Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2012 | About:

EarthLink Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Earthlink Inc has a market cap of $820.4 million; its shares were traded at around $7.465 with a P/E ratio of 14.8 and P/S ratio of 1.3. The dividend yield of Earthlink Inc stocks is 2.6%. Earthlink Inc had an annual average earning growth of 15.4% over the past 5 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Business Services. Our Business Services segment earns revenue by providing a broad range of data, voice, managed IT and equipment services to businesses, enterprise organizations and communications carriers. We present our Business Services revenue in the following three categories: (1) retail services, which includes data, voice and managed IT services provided to businesses and enterprise organizations; (2) wholesale services, which includes the sale of transmission capacity to other telecommunications carriers; and (3) other services, which includes the sale of customer premises equipment and web hosting. Our managed IT services, which are included within our retail services, include cloud computing, data centers, virtualization, security, applications, premises-based solutions, managed solutions and support services. Revenues generally consist of recurring monthly charges for such services; usage fees; installation fees; equipment fees; and termination fees.

Consumer Services. Our Consumer Services segment earns revenue by providing nationwide Internet access and related value-added services to residential customers. We present our Consumer Services in two categories: (1) access services, which includes narrowband access services and broadband access services; and (2) value-added services, which includes revenues from ancillary services sold as add-on features to EarthLink's Internet access services, such as security products, premium email only, home networking, email storage and Internet call waiting; search revenues; and advertising revenues. Revenues generally consist of recurring monthly charges for such services; usage fees; installation fees; termination fees; and fees for equipment.

Access services. The decreases in consumer access revenues over the past two years were due to decreases in average consumer access subscribers, which were 2.3 million, 1.8 million and 1.5 million during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. Narrowband access comprised a larger portion of the average consumer access subscriber decreases as our consumer access subscriber base continues to shift towards broadband subscribers. Average narrowband subscribers were approximately 63%, 59% and 56% of average consumer access subscribers during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. The decreases in average consumer access subscribers resulted from reduced sales and marketing activities, the continued maturation of and competition in the market for narrowband Internet access and competitive pressures in the industry. To combat revenue declines, we continue to focus on the retention of customers and on marketing channels that we believe will produce an acceptable rate of return. Our monthly consumer subscriber churn rates were 3.6%, 3.0% and 2.6% during the years ended December 31, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively, which moderated the decline in average consumer subscribers. Churn rates decreased due to the increased tenure of our consumer subscriber base.

Cost of revenues includes direct expenses associated with providing services to our customers and the cost of equipment sold. These costs include the cost of leasing facilities from incumbent local exchange carriers and other telecommunications providers that provide us with access connections to our customers, to some components of our network facilities, and between our various facilities. In addition, we use other carriers to provide services where we do not have facilities. We use a number of different carriers to terminate our long distance calls. These costs are expensed as incurred. Some of these expenses are billed in advance and some expenses are billed in arrears. Accordingly, we are required to accrue for expected expenses irrespective of whether these expenses have been billed. We use internal management information to support these required accruals.

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