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EchoStar Announces Financial Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022

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Englewood, CO, November 2, 2022—EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenue of $497.4 million.
  • Consolidated net income of $19.6 million, consolidated net income attributable to EchoStar common stock of $22.4 million and basic and diluted earnings per share of common stock of $0.27. 
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $158.8 million (see discussion and the reconciliation of GAAP to this non-GAAP measure below).

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenue of $1,498.2 million.
  • Consolidated net income of $119.0 million, consolidated net income attributable to EchoStar common stock of $127.7 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of common stock of $1.51. 
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $492.4 million (see discussion and the reconciliation of GAAP to this non-GAAP measure below).

“During the third quarter of 2022, the EchoStar team continued to optimize operations and asset yields, delivering a solid performance,” said Hamid Akhavan, CEO and President of EchoStar. “We remain focused on operating the business in an efficient manner while also preparing for the launch of our EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 satellite. We have capitalized on enterprise market opportunities, and I am pleased that we have increased sales of equipment, primarily developed in-house, for both the three and nine month periods ending September 30, compared to the same periods last year. We continue to seek opportunities in pursuit of our strategy of being a global connectivity and services provider.”

Three Months Ended September 30, 2022 - Additional Information:

  • Consolidated revenue decreased 1.4% or $7.3 million year over year. Lower service revenue of $31.4 million, primarily due to lower broadband consumer customers, was partially offset by higher equipment sales of $24.1 million to our domestic and international enterprise customers. The decrease includes an estimated negative foreign exchange impact of $3.8 million.
  • Consolidated net income decreased $10.7 million year over year. The decrease was primarily due to lower operating income of $15.6 million and an unfavorable change in investments of $13.8 million. These items were partially offset by lower net interest expense of $10.9 million, lower net income tax expense of $6.6 million, and lower losses on foreign exchange of $3.8 million.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA decreased 15.1% or $28.2 million year over year.
    • Hughes segment adjusted EBITDA decreased $25.4 million year over year. The decrease was driven by lower gross margin due primarily to a change in revenue mix.
    • ESS segment adjusted EBITDA increased $1.1 million year over year.
    • Corporate and Other segment adjusted EBITDA decreased $3.9 million year over year. The decrease was primarily due to higher corporate expenses and lower earnings of unconsolidated affiliates, net, of $1.3 million.
  • Hughes broadband subscribers totaled approximately 1,285,000, declining 61,000 from June 30, 2022. Current capacity limitations as well as competitive pressures are impacting consumer subscriber levels. In Latin America, subscriber levels were also impacted by adverse economic conditions, more selective customer screening, and capacity allocation to higher economic value enterprise and government applications. 
  • For the three months ended September 30, 2022, approximately 60% of Hughes segment revenue was attributable to consumer customers with approximately 40% attributable to  enterprise customers.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and current marketable investment securities were $1.6 billion as of September 30, 2022.
  • During the three months ended September 30, 2022, we purchased 593,643 shares of our Class A common stock in open market trades.
  • The JUPITER 3/EchoStar XXIV satellite continues to progress at Maxar and is expected to be launched during the first half of 2023

Set forth below is a table highlighting certain of EchoStar’s segment results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 (amounts in thousands) (all US GAAP amounts reference results from operations):

 

 

For the three months ended September 30,

 

For the nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hughes

 

$   489,565

 

$   496,937

 

$ 1,475,512

 

$ 1,465,073

EchoStar Satellite Services

 

        4,981

 

        4,436

 

      14,305

 

      12,808

Corporate and Other

 

        2,841

 

        3,287

 

        8,420

 

        9,195

Total revenue

 

$   497,387

 

$   504,660

 

$ 1,498,237

 

$ 1,487,076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hughes

 

$   177,574

 

$   202,997

 

$   544,284

 

$   612,251

EchoStar Satellite Services

 

        3,447

 

        2,319

 

        9,658

 

        6,481

Corporate & Other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate overhead, operating and other

 

     (22,521)

 

     (19,974)

 

     (62,265)

 

     (61,940)

Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates, net

 

           319

 

        1,630

 

           759

 

        2,615

Total Corporate & Other

 

     (22,202)

 

     (18,344)

 

     (61,506)

 

     (59,325)

Total Adjusted EBITDA

 

$   158,819

 

$   186,972

 

$   492,436

 

$   559,407

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$     19,550

 

$     30,217

 

$   118,968

 

$   142,804

Expenditures for property and equipment

 

$     61,457

 

$     89,537

 

$   249,374

 

$   352,003

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measurement (amounts in thousands):

 

 

For the three months ended September 30,

 

For the nine months ended September 30,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$     19,550

 

$     30,217

 

$   118,968

 

$   142,804

Interest income, net

 

     (14,183)

 

       (5,725)

 

     (29,677)

 

     (16,914)

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

 

      13,845

 

      16,313

 

      43,125

 

      79,848

Income tax provision (benefit), net

 

      13,195

 

      19,748

 

      51,367

 

      63,047

Depreciation and amortization

 

    110,233

 

    120,596

 

    347,224

 

    368,864

Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests

 

        2,853

 

        3,192

 

        8,736

 

        6,419

EBITDA

 

    145,493

 

    184,341

 

    539,743

 

    644,068

(Gains) losses on investments, net

 

      10,077

 

       (3,748)

 

     (48,071)

 

   (112,981)

Impairment of long-lived assets

 

             —

 

             —

 

           711

 

           245

Litigation Expense

 

             —

 

             —

 

             —

 

      16,800

License fee dispute - India, net of non-controlling interests

 

           444

 

         (262)

 

             —

 

         (708)

Loss on Debt Repurchase

 

             —

 

             —

 

             —

 

        1,938

Foreign currency transaction (gains) losses, net

 

        2,805

 

        6,641

 

             53

 

      10,045

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$   158,819

 

$   186,972

 

$   492,436

 

$   559,407

 

Note on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA is defined as “Net income (loss)” excluding “Interest income, net,” “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Income tax benefit (provision), net,” “Depreciation and amortization,” and “Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests.”

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding Gains and losses on investments, net, Foreign currency transaction gains (losses), net, and other non-recurring or non-operational items. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures determined in accordance with US GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are reconciled to Net income (loss) in the table above and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or any other measure determined in accordance with US GAAP. Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of our operating efficiency and overall financial performance for benchmarking against our peers and competitors. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the underlying operating performance of our business and are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our financial performance. Management also believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of companies in our industry.

The consolidated financial statements of EchoStar for the periods ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 are attached to this press release. Detailed financial data and other information are available in EchoStar’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2022 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EchoStar will host a conference call to discuss its earnings on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode on EchoStar’s investor relations website at ir.echostar.com. To participate via telephone and ask a question, participants must register using this online form.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communications solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

Safe Harbor Statement under the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release may contain statements that are forward looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. When used in this release, the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “seek,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “would,” “can,” “may,” “plans,” and similar expressions and the use of future dates are intended to identify forward‑looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward‑looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We assume no responsibility for the accuracy of forward-looking statements or information or for updating forward-looking information or statements. These statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. See “Risk Factors” in EchoStar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2021 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in the other documents EchoStar files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.

 

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