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EchoStar Announces First Quarter 2017 Results

Englewood, CO, May 10, 2017—EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenues of $433 million.
  • Consolidated net income from continuing operations of $31 million
  • Consolidated net income attributable to EchoStar common stock of $39 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.41.
  • Consolidated EBITDA of $183 million (see reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure below).
  • Approximately 1,043,000 Hughes consumer broadband subscribers as of March 31, 2017.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and current marketable investment securities of $3.18 billion as of March 31, 2017

In the current quarter we changed the way we present our segments. Historically our business segments reflected an allocation of the costs of our corporate functions. Under our new presentation, these costs are no longer allocated to the operating segments and are now reported as part of the Corporate and Other segment (previously “All Other and Eliminations”).

In addition, results of our EchoStar Technology segment, which was transferred to DISH Network Corporation in the Share Exchange transaction, are included in Discontinued Operations.

Set forth below is a table highlighting EchoStar’s segment results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016:

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

 

(Dollars in thousands)

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Hughes

 

$

329,320

 

 

$

326,238

 

EchoStar Satellite Services

 

100,326

 

 

102,989

 

Corporate & Other

 

3,505

 

 

2,747

 

Total

 

$

433,151

 

 

$

431,974

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

 

 

 

Hughes

 

$

100,852

 

 

$

110,356

 

EchoStar Satellite Services

 

83,063

 

 

88,640

 

Corporate & Other

 

(601

)

 

(13,444

)

Total

 

$

183,314

 

 

$

185,552

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to EchoStar common stock

 

$

38,924

 

 

$

50,674

 

Diluted earnings per share (in dollars)

 

$

0.41

 

 

$

0.54

 

Net income from continuing operations

 

$

30,775

 

 

$

35,385

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures for property and equipment from continuing operations

 

$

89,950

 

 

$

205,795

 

The following table reconciles total consolidated Net income to EBITDA.                                                                                                                                         

 

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

 

(In thousands)

Net income

 

$

37,352

 

 

$

48,443

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income and expense, net

 

37,105

 

 

19,206

 

Income tax (benefit) provision

 

(12

)

 

20,172

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

115,083

 

 

110,077

 

Net income from discontinued operations

 

(6,577)

 

 

(13,058)

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in HSS Tracking Stock and other noncontrolling interests

 

363

 

 

712

 

EBITDA

 

$

183,314

 

 

$

185,552

 

Note on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA is defined as “Net income” excluding “Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Interest income”, “Income tax benefit (provision)” and “Depreciation and amortization.”  EBITDA is not a measure determined in accordance with US GAAP. This non-GAAP measure is reconciled to Net income in the table above. EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA is used by our management as a measure of operating efficiency and overall financial performance for benchmarking against our peers and competitors. Management believes EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the underlying operating performance of our business. Management also believes that EBITDA is useful to investors because it is 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 March 31, 2017 and 2016 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 March 31, 2017 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EchoStar will host its earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. The call-in numbers are (877) 815-1625 (toll-free) and (716) 247-5178 (international), Conference ID # 18953417.

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,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “project,” “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, 2016 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017, each 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.