WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

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Financial and Business Highlights

  • Cogent approved an increase of $0.025 per share to its regular quarterly dividend for a total of $0.730 per share for Q4 2020 as compared to $0.705 per share for Q3 2020 – Cogent's thirty-third consecutive quarterly dividend increase
    • The Q4 2020 $0.730 dividend per share represents an annual increase of 14.1% from the dividend per share of $0.640 for Q4 2019.
  • Service revenue increased by 0.9% from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020 and increased from Q3 2019 to Q3 2020 by 3.9%.
  • GAAP gross profit increased by 7.3% from Q3 2019 to $66.2 million for Q3 2020. Non-GAAP gross profit increased by 7.5% from Q3 2019 to $88.1 million for Q3 2020.
    • GAAP gross margin increased by 150 basis points from Q3 2019 to Q3 2020 to 46.5%. Non-GAAP gross margin increased by 200 basis points from Q3 2019 to Q3 2020 to 61.9%.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $33.0 million for Q3 2020, $41.3 million for Q2 2020 and $33.4 million for Q3 2019.
  • EBITDA margin increased by 60 basis points from Q2 2020 to 38.4% for Q3 2020 and increased by 150 basis points from Q3 2019.
  • EBITDA increased by 2.3% from Q2 2020 to $54.6 million for Q3 2020 and increased by 8.1% from Q3 2019.

Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CCOI) ("Cogent") today announced service revenue of $142.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, an increase of 0.9% from the three months ended June 30, 2020 and an increase of 3.9% from the three months ended September 30, 2019. Foreign exchange positively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended June 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2020 by $1.6 million and positively impacted service revenue growth from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to the three months ended September 30, 2020 by $1.1 million. On a constant currency basis, service revenue declined by 0.2% from the three months ended June 30, 2020 to the three months ended September 30, 2020 and grew by 3.1% from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to the three months ended September 30, 2020.

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 $105.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020; an increase of 1.2% from the three months ended June 30, 2020 and an increase of 5.7% over the three months ended September 30, 2019.

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 $37.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020; an increase of 0.1% over the three months ended June 30, 2020 and a decrease of 0.9% over the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Non-core services are legacy services, which Cogent acquired and continues to support but does not actively sell.  Non-core revenue was $119,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2020; a decrease of 18.5% from the three months ended June 30, 2020. Non-core revenue was $108,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

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 increased by 7.3% from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to $66.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and decreased by 1.6% from the three months ended June 30, 2020. GAAP gross margin was 46.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2020, 45.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 47.7% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees, recorded on a gross basis and included in service revenue and cost of network operations expense were $3.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, $4.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and $3.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

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 7.5% from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to $88.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and increased by 0.8% from the three months ended June 30, 2020. Non-GAAP gross profit margin was 61.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2020, 59.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 62.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. 

Net cash provided by operating activities decreased by 1.4% from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to $33.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and decreased by 20.2% from the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased by 8.1% from the three months ended September 30, 2019 to $54.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020 and increased by 2.3% from the three months ended June 30, 2020.  EBITDA margin was 38.4% for the three months ended September 30, 2020, 36.9% for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 37.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. 

Basic net (loss) income per share was $(0.11) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, $0.30 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and $0.19 for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Diluted net (loss) income per share was $(0.11) for the three months ended September 30, 2020, $0.30 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and $0.18 for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Unrealized foreign exchange (losses) gains on Cogent's 2024 Senior Euro Notes were $(17.3) million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, $6.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and $(3.4) million for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Total customer connections increased by 3.3% from 85,692 as of September 30, 2019 to 88,509 as of September 30, 2020 and increased by 0.5% from 88,112 as of June 30, 2020. On-net customer connections increased by 3.3% from 73,870 as of September 30, 2019 to 76,338 as of September 30, 2020 and increased by 0.5% from 75,927 as of June 30, 2020. Off-net customer connections increased by 3.0% from 11,503 as of September 30, 2019 to 11,849 as of September 30, 2020 and off-net customer connections were 11,846 as of June 30, 2020. 

The number of on-net buildings increased by 113 buildings from September 30, 2019 to 2,884 on-net buildings as of September 30, 2020 and increased by 30 on-net buildings from June 30, 2020.

Quarterly Dividend Increase Approved

On November 4, 2020, Cogent's Board approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.730 per common share payable on December 4, 2020 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2020. This fourth quarter 2020 regular dividend represents a 3.5% increase of $0.025 per share from the third quarter 2020 regular dividend of $0.705 per share and an annual increase of 14.1% from the Q4 2019 dividend of $0.640 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 indenture agreements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.

Share Buy-back Program Extension and Stock Purchases

On November 4, 2020, the Board extended Cogent's share buy-back program to December 31, 2021.

During the three months ended September 30, 2020 Cogent purchased 4,567 shares of its common stock for $0.3 million.   Subsequent to September 30, 2020, Cogent purchased 53,516 shares of its common stock for $3.1 million.

Impact of COVID-19

Cogent continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying responses by governments around the world.  Cogent's workforce continues to work remotely with dedication.   During the third quarter of 2020, Cogent experienced a decrease in sales productivity as certain new potential customers decided to delay the purchase of services and certain existing and new corporate customers decided to reduce their number of secondary service locations.

The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government restrictions on Cogent's business is unknown as a significant amount of uncertainty and volatility remains.   Cogent does not know the scope and duration of the pandemic, what actions governments may take in the future in response to the pandemic and what the impact will be on the economies of the world.  While Cogent's workforce is working remotely, Cogent provides no assurance that this will be sufficient to protect its workforce or its key employees.  Moreover, Cogent's results of operations may be adversely affected in the future as the pandemic and the related government restrictions continue.  Cogent may also experience slowdowns in new customer orders, find it difficult to collect from customers who are experiencing financial distress, 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 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.   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 will be described in more detail in Cogent's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 and are set forth in its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

Conference Call and Website Information

Cogent will host a conference call with financial analysts at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on November 5, 2020 to discuss Cogent's operating results for the third quarter of 2020 and to discuss Cogent's expectations for full year 2020. 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 over 200 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.

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

Summary of Financial and Operational Results



Q1 2019

Q2 2019

Q3 2019

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Q2 2020

Q3 2020

Metric ($ in 000's, except share and per share data) – unaudited








On-Net revenue

$97,183

$97,472

$99,416

$102,683

$103,457

$103,800

$105,091

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.9%

0.3%

2.0%

3.3%

0.8%

0.3%

1.2%

Off-Net revenue

$36,843

$37,191

$37,418

$37,479

$37,321

$37,044

$37,092

  % Change from previous Qtr.

0.8%

0.9%

0.6%

0.2%

-0.4%

-0.7%

0.1%

Non-Core revenue (1)

$111

$126

$108

$130

$137

$146

$119

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-24.5%

13.5%

-14.3%

20.4%

5.4%

6.6%

-18.5%

Service revenue – total

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

$140,292

$140,915

$140,990

$142,302

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.6%

0.5%

1.6%

2.4%

0.4%

0.1%

0.9%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – sequential quarters (6)

1.7%

0.7%

1.7%

2.5%

0.6%

0.2%

-0.2%

Constant currency total revenue quarterly growth rate – year over year quarters (6)

5.8%

5.4%

6.0%

6.8%

5.6%

5.1%

3.1%

Excise Taxes included in service revenue

$3,391

$3,191

$3,998

$4,334

$3,743

$3,298

$3,902

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.9%

-5.9%

25.3%

8.4%

-13.6%

-11.9%

18.3%

Network operations expenses (2) 

$53,970

$54,181

$54,971

$55,684

$55,669

$53,581

$54,173

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-2.6%

0.4%

1.5%

1.3%

-%

-3.8%

1.1%

GAAP gross profit (3)

$59,724

$60,403

$61,683

$64,300

$65,486

$67,208

$66,164

  % Change from previous Qtr.

7.7%

1.1%

2.1%

4.2%

1.8%

2.6%

-1.6%

GAAP gross margin (3)

44.5%

44.8%

45.0%

45.8%

46.5%

47.7%

46.5%

Non-GAAP gross profit (4) (6)

$80,167

$80,608

$81,971

$84,608

$85,246

$87,409

$88,129

  % Change from previous Qtr.

4.6%

0.6%

1.7%

3.2%

0.8%

2.5%

0.8%

Non-GAAP gross margin (4) (6)

59.8%

59.8%

59.9%

60.3%

60.5%

62.0%

61.9%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (5)

$32,568

$33,503

$31,456

$31,884

$34,852

$34,061

$33,546

  % Change from previous Qtr.

12.2%

2.9%

-6.1%

1.4%

9.3%

-2.3%

-1.5%

Depreciation and amortization expense

$20,263

$19,979

$20,006

$20,002

$19,508

$19,896

$21,619

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-3.3%

-1.4%

0.1%

-%

-2.5%

2.0%

8.7%

Equity-based compensation expense

$3,434

$5,289

$4,797

$4,940

$5,075

$6,083

$6,522

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-22.1%

54.0%

-9.3%

3.0%

2.7%

19.9%

7.2%

Operating income

$24,400

$22,022

$25,799

$28,033

$25,850

$27,574

$26,036

  % Change from previous Qtr.

9.4%

-9.7%

17.2%

8.7%

-7.8%

6.7%

-5.6%

Interest expense

$13,456

$13,595

$15,191

$15,211

$15,220

$15,499

$15,760

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-0.4%

1.0%

11.7%

0.1%

0.1%

1.8%

1.7%

Net income

$9,217

$7,136

$13,701

$7,465

$9,227

$8,564

$(4,955)

Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on 2024 euro notes

$-

$177

$6,128

$(4,032)

$2,908

$(873)

$(17,315)

Basic net income per common share

$0.20

$0.16

$0.30

$0.16

$0.20

$0.19

$(0.11)

Diluted net income per common share

$0.20

$0.16

$0.30

$0.16

$0.20

$0.18

$(0.11)

Weighted average common shares – basic

45,223,157

45,354,327

45,438,656

45,553,727

45,658,565

45,754,880

45,815,718

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-0.1%

0.3%

0.2%

0.3%

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

Weighted average common shares – diluted

45,644,236

45,912,291

46,019,691

46,145,970

46,391,066

46,686,665

45,815,718

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-0.3%

0.6%

0.2%

0.3%

0.5%

0.6%

-1.9%

EBITDA (6)

$47,561

$47,105

$50,515

$52,724

$50,394

$53,348

$54,583

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-%

-1.0%

7.2%

4.4%

-4.4%

5.9%

2.3%

EBITDA margin

35.5%

34.9%

36.9%

37.6%

35.8%

37.8%

38.4%

Gains on asset related transactions

$536

$185

$87

$251

$39

$205

$99

EBITDA, as adjusted (6)

$48,097

$47,290

$50,602

$52,975

$50,433

$53,553

$54,682

  % Change from previous Qtr.

0.9%

-1.7%

7.0%

4.7%

-4.8%

6.2%

2.1%

EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

35.9%

35.1%

37.0%

37.8%

35.8%

38.0%

38.4%

Net cash provided by operating activities

$28,637

$40,632

$33,443

$46,097

$28,458

$41,311

$32,980

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-29.7%

41.9%

-17.7%

37.8%

-38.3%

45.2%

-20.2%

Capital expenditures

$13,288

$11,720

$12,051

$9,899

$12,866

$13,930

$13,296

  % Change from previous Qtr.

21.5%

-11.8%

2.8%

-17.9%

30.0%

8.3%

-4.6%

Principal payments of capital (finance) lease obligations

$3,030

$1,976

$2,029

$2,056

$6,167

$3,716

$9,509

  % Change from previous Qtr.

42.4%

-34.8%

2.7%

1.3%

200.0%

-39.7%

155.9%

Dividends paid

$26,565

$27,741

$28,565

$29,776

$30,557

$31,738

$32,657

Purchases of common stock

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$ -

$-

$270

Gross Leverage Ratio

4.28

5.08

4.97

4.86

4.78

5.08

5.10

Net Leverage Ratio

2.92

2.93

2.92

2.86

2.92

3.07

3.24

Customer Connections – end of period








On-Net

71,066

72,415

73,870

74,554

75,163

75,927

76,338

  % Change from previous Qtr.

3.3%

1.9%

2.0%

0.9%

0.8%

1.0%

0.5%

Off-Net

11,138

11,321

11,503

11,660

11,721

11,846

11,849

  % Change from previous Qtr.

1.5%

1.6%

1.6%

1.4%

0.5%

1.1%

0.0%

Non-Core (1)

318

318

319

325

329

339

322

  % Change from previous Qtr.

-12.2%

-%

-0.3%

1.9%

1.2%

3.0%

-5.0%

Total customer connections

82,522

84,054

85,692

86,539

87,213

88,112

88,509

  % Change from previous Qtr.

3.0%

1.9%

1.9%

1.0%

0.8%

1.0%

0.5%

On-Net Buildings – end of period








Multi-Tenant office buildings

1,746

1,751

1,757

1,767

1,769

1,771

1,783

Carrier neutral data center buildings

908

933

960

980

1,000

1,029

1,047

Cogent data centers

52

53

54

54

54

54

54

Total on-net buildings

2,706

2,737

2,771

2,801

2,823

2,854

2,884

Square feet – multi-tenant office buildings – on-net

949,486,923

951,031,709

954,013,024

957,173,183

961,154,384

962,049,183

968,355,695

Network  – end of period








Intercity route miles

57,426

57,426

57,426

57,600

58,009

58,009

58,142

Metro fiber miles

33,664

34,163

34,985

35,526

36,079

36,438

36,725

Connected networks – AS's

6,668

6,762

6,844

6,954

7,042

7,133

7,222

Headcount – end of period








Sales force – quota bearing

501

519

530

548

542

572

597

Sales force - total

639

656

667

686

684

716

740

Total employees

997

1,026

1,036

1,055

1,052

1,083

1,110

Sales rep productivity – units per full time equivalent sales rep ("FTE") per month

5.1

4.9

4.4

4.1

4.5

4.0

3.7

FTE – sales reps

464

478

488

502

522

533

563



(1)

Consists of legacy services of companies whose assets or businesses were acquired by Cogent, primarily including voice services (only provided in Toronto, Canada).

(2)

Network operations expense excludes equity-based compensation expense of $180, $226, $282, $306, $252, $305 and $346 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 through September 30, 2020, respectively.  Network operations expense includes excise taxes, including Universal Service Fund fees of $3,391, $3,191, $3,998, $4,334, $3,743, $3,298 and $3,902 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 through September 30, 2020, 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 profit margin are relevant metrics to provide investors, as they are metrics that management uses 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 $3,254, $5,063, $4,515, $4,634, $4,823, $5,778 and $6,176 in the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 through September 30, 2020, respectively. 

(6)

See Schedules of Non-GAAP measures below for definitions and reconciliations to GAAP measures.

Schedules of Non-GAAP Measures 

EBITDA and EBITDA, as adjusted

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.

The Company believes that EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted, are useful measures of its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand its business.  EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted are an integral part of the internal reporting and planning system used by management as a supplement to GAAP financial information. EBITDA, and EBITDA, as adjusted 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 metrics 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 metrics 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.



Q1

2019

Q2

2019

Q3

2019

Q4

2019

Q1
2020

Q2
2020

Q3
2020

($ in 000's) – unaudited








Net cash provided by operating activities

$28,637

$40,632

$33,443

$46,097

$28,458

$41,311

$32,980

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

6,727

(5,729)

3,785

(6,557)

5,325

$(3,232)

$6,255

Cash interest expense and income tax expense

12,197

12,202

13,287

13,184

16,611

15,269

15,348

EBITDA

$47,561

$47,105

$50,515

$52,724

$50,394

$53,348

$54,583

PLUS: Gains on asset related transactions

536

185

87

251

39

205

99

EBITDA, as adjusted

$48,097

$47,290

$50,602

$52,975

$50,433

$53,553

$54,682

EBITDA margin

35.5%

34.9%

36.9%

37.6%

35.8%

37.8%

38.4%

EBITDA, as adjusted, margin

35.9%

35.1%

37.0%

37.8%

35.8%

38.0%

38.4%

 

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

2019

Q2

2019

Q3

2019

Q4

2019

Q1

2020

Q2

2020

Q3

2020

Service revenue, as reported – current period

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

$140,292

$140,915

$140,990

$142,302

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

135

260

176

88

184

202

(1,616)

Service revenue - as adjusted  for currency impact (1)

$134,272

$135,049

$137,118

$140,380

$141,099

$141,192

$140,686

Service revenue, as reported – prior sequential period

$132,049

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

$140,292

$140,915

$140,990

Constant currency (decrease) increase

$2,223

$912

$2,329

$3,438

$807

$277

$(304)

Constant currency percent (decrease) increase

1.7%

0.7%

1.7%

2.5%

0.6%

0.2%

(0.2)%



(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

2019

Q2

2019

Q3

2019

Q4

2019

Q1

2020

Q2

2020

Q3

2020

Service revenue, as reported – current period

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

$140,292

$140,915

$140,990

$142,302

Impact of foreign currencies on service revenue

2,078

1,505

1,058

683

746

674

(1,141)

Service revenue - as adjusted for currency impact  (2)

$136,215

$136,294

$138,000

$140,975

$141,661

$141,664

$141,161

Service revenue, as reported – prior year period

$128,706

$129,296

$130,139

$132,049

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

Constant currency increase

$7,509

$6,998

$7,861

$8,926

$7,524

$6,875

$4,219

Percent increase

5.8%

5.4%

6.0%

6.8%

5.6%

5.1%

3.1%



(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.

 

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.



Q1 2019

Q2 2019

Q3 2019

Q4 2019

Q1 2020

Q2 2020

Q3 2020

($ in 000's) – unaudited








Service revenue total

$134,137

$134,789

$136,942

$140,292

$140,915

$140,990

$142,302

Minus - Network operations expense including equity-based compensation and including depreciation and amortization expense

74,413

74,386

75,259

75,992

75,429

73,782

76,138

GAAP Gross Profit (1)

$59,724

$60,403

$61,683

$64,300

$65,486

$67,208

$66,164

Plus  - Equity-based compensation – network operations expense

180

226

282

306

252

305

346

Plus – Depreciation and amortization expense

20,263

19,979

20,006

20,002

19,508

19,896

21,619

Non-GAAP Gross Profit (2)

$80,167

$80,608

$81,971

$84,608

$85,246

$87,409

$88,129

GAAP Gross Margin (1)

44.5%

44.8%

45.0%

45.8%

46.5%

47.7%

46.5%

Non-GAAP Gross Margin (2)

59.8%

59.8%

59.9%

60.3%

60.5%

62.0%

61.9%



(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 metrics to provide to investors, as they are metrics 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 June 30, 2020

As of September 30, 2020

Cash and cash equivalents

$417,026

$393,293

Debt



Capital (finance) leases – current portion

14,734

15,252

Capital (finance) leases – long term

189,044

197,688

Senior secured notes

445,000

445,000

Senior unsecured euro 2024 notes

393,011

410,365

Note payable

12,831

10,404

Total debt

1,054,620

1,078,709

Total net debt

637,594

685,416

Trailing 12 months EBITDA, as adjusted

207,563

211,643

Gross leverage ratio

5.08

5.10

Net leverage ratio

3.07

3.24

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 SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND DECEMBER 31, 2019

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)




September 30, 
2020


December 31, 
2019



(Unaudited)




Assets







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

393,293


$

399,422

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $2,204 and $1,771, respectively



42,053



40,484

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



40,007



35,822

Total current assets



475,353



475,728

Property and equipment, net



421,251



368,929

Right-of-use leased assets



90,400



73,460

Deposits and other assets



13,910



14,007

Total assets


$

1,000,914


$

932,124








Liabilities and stockholders' equity







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

11,983


$

11,075

Accrued and other current liabilities



47,714



51,301

Installment payment agreement, current portion, net of discounts of $245 and $350, respectively



8,292



9,063

Current maturities, operating lease liabilities



12,006



10,101

Current maturities, finance lease obligations



15,252



8,154

Total current liabilities



95,247



89,694

Senior secured 2022 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $1,267 and $1,897,
   respectively and including premiums of
$656 and $985, respectively



444,389



444,088

Senior unsecured 2024 Euro notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $3,166 and
   $1,410, respectively and net of discounts of $1,164 and $0, respectively



406,034



150,001

Senior unsecured 2021 notes, net of unamortized debt costs of $857





188,368

Operating lease liabilities, net of current maturities



101,447



86,690

Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities



197,688



161,635

Other long term liabilities



16,800



15,327

Total liabilities



1,261,605



1,135,803

Commitments and contingencies:







Stockholders' equity:







Common stock, $0.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; 47,284,336 and
   46,840,434 shares issued and outstanding, respectively



47



47

Additional paid-in capital



513,454



493,178

Accumulated other comprehensive income — foreign currency translation



(7,498)



(12,326)

Accumulated deficit



(766,694)



(684,578)

Total stockholders' deficit



(260,691)



(203,679)

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit


$

1,000,914


$

932,124

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND SEMPTEMBER 30, 2019

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)




Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2020


Three Months
Ended
September 30, 2019



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Service revenue


$

142,302


$

136,942

Operating expenses:







Network operations (including $346 and $282 of equity-based compensation
   expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown
   separately below)



54,519



55,253

Selling, general, and administrative (including $6,176 and $4,515 of equity-based
   compensation expense, respectively)



39,722



35,971

Depreciation and amortization



21,619



20,006

Total operating expenses



115,860



111,230

Loss on finance leases amendment



(505)



Gains on equipment transactions



99



87

Operating income



26,036



25,799

Interest expense



(15,760)



(15,191)

Unrealized foreign exchange (loss) gain on 2024 Euro Notes



(17,315)



6,162

Interest income and other, net



484



2,185

(Loss) income before income taxes



(6,555)



18,955

Income tax benefit (provision)



1,600



(5,254)

Net (loss) income


$

(4,955)


$

13,701








Comprehensive (loss) income:







Net (loss) income


$

(4,955)


$

13,701

Foreign currency translation adjustment



5,408



(4,709)

Comprehensive income


$

453


$

8,992








Net (loss) income per common share:







Basic net (loss) income per common share


$

(0.11)


$

0.30

Diluted net (loss) income per common share


$

(0.11)


$

0.30

Dividends declared per common share


$

0.705


$

0.620








Weighted-average common shares - basic



45,815,718



45,438,656








Weighted-average common shares - diluted



45,815,718



46,019,691

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)




Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2020


Nine Months
Ended
September 30, 2019



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Service revenue


$

424,205


$

405,866

Operating expenses:







Network operations (including $903 and $688 of equity-based compensation
   expense, respectively, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown
   separately below)



164,326



163,811

Selling, general, and administrative (including $16,776 and $12,832 of equity-
   based compensation expense, respectively)



119,232



110,396

Depreciation and amortization



61,022



60,246

Total operating expenses



344,580



334,453

Loss on finance lease amendments



(423)



Gains on equipment transactions



343



808

Operating income



79,545



72,221

Interest expense



(46,481)



(42,243)

Realized foreign exchange gain on issuance of 2024 Euro Notes



2,547



Unrealized (loss) gain on foreign exchange on 2024 Euro Notes



(17,827)



6,339

Interest income and other, net



430



5,588

Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption- 2021 Notes



(638)



Income before income taxes



17,576



41,905

Income tax provision



(4,740)



(11,851)

Net income


$

12,836


$

30,054








Comprehensive income:







Net income


$

12,836


$

30,054

Foreign currency translation adjustment



4,828



(4,748)

Comprehensive income


$

17,664


$

25,306








Net income per common share:







Basic net income per common share


$

0.28


$

0.66

Diluted net income per common share


$

0.28


$

0.65








Dividends declared per common share


$

2.045


$

1.800








Weighted-average common shares – basic



45,818,677



45,428,305








Weighted-average common shares – diluted



46,598,870



45,948,331

 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

(IN THOUSANDS)




Three months
Ended
September 30, 2020


Three months
Ended
September 30, 2019



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:







Net (loss) income


$

(4,955)


$

13,701

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization



21,619



20,006

Amortization of debt costs, discounts and premiums



496



486

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)



6,522



4,796

Unrealized losses (gains) on foreign exchange



17,378



(6,128)

Gains - equipment transactions and other, net



406



176

Deferred income taxes



(2,153)



4,454

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(1,009)



(1,048)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



(788)



(1,315)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities



(4,305)



(3,738)

Deposits and other assets



(231)



2,053

Net cash provided by operating activities



32,980



33,443

Cash flows from investing activities:







Purchases of property and equipment



(13,296)



(12,051)

Net cash used in investing activities



(13,296)



(12,051)

Cash flows from financing activities:







Dividends paid



(32,657)



(28,565)

Purchases of common stock



(270)



Principal payments on installment payment agreement



(2,727)



(2,574)

Principal payments of finance lease obligations



(9,509)



(2,029)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options



186



351

Net cash (used in) financing activities



(44,977)



(32,817)

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash



1,560



(1,583)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents



(23,733)



(13,008)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



417,026



409,279

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

393,293


$

396,271








 

COGENT COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC., AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

(IN THOUSANDS)




Nine months
Ended
September 30, 2020


Nine months
Ended
September 30, 2019



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Cash flows from operating activities:







Net income


$

12,836


$

30,054

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization



61,022



60,246

Amortization of debt costs, discounts and premiums



1,426



1,328

Equity-based compensation expense (net of amounts capitalized)



17,679



13,520

Loss on debt extinguishment and redemption – 2021 Notes



638



Unrealized losses (gains) on foreign exchange



17,281



(6,305)

Realized foreign exchange gain on issuance of 2024 Notes



(2,547)



Gains - equipment transactions and other, net



80



(131)

Deferred income taxes



2,100



9,285

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(1,102)



(43)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets



(3,253)



(4,862)

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other long-term liabilities



(2,783)



1,350

Deposits and other assets



(628)



(1,730)

Net cash provided by operating activities



102,749



102,712

Cash flows from investing activities:







Purchases of property and equipment



(40,092)



(37,059)

Net cash used in investing activities



(40,092)



(37,059)

Cash flows from financing activities:







Dividends paid



(94,952)



(82,871)

Purchases of common stock



(270)



Redemption and extinguishment of 2021 Notes



(189,225)



Net proceeds from issuance of senior unsecured 2024 Euro Notes - net of debt costs
    of $2,137 and $1,556, respectively



240,285



152,128

Principal payments on installment payment agreement



(7,855)



(7,348)

Principal payments of finance lease obligations



(19,392)



(7,035)

Proceeds from exercises of stock options



1,175



1,270

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities



(70,234)



56,144

Effect of exchange rates changes on cash



1,448



(1,619)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents



(6,129)



120,178

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



399,422



276,093

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

393,293


$

396,271

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; 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended September 30, 2020, June 30, 2020 and March 31, 2020 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.  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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