Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) topped revenue and earnings estimates for the third quarter of 2019, allowing shares to climb over 1% in premarket hours on Friday.
Consolidated revenues of $32.9 billion were up 0.9% from the same period last year and ahead of the consensus estimate of $32.7 billion. Revenue growth was driven mainly by higher wireless service revenues.
GAAP net income grew 5% year-over-year to $5.3 billion, or $1.25 per share. Adjusted EPS was $1.25, above forecasts of $1.24.
Wireless revenues, on an adjusted basis, grew 2.6% year-over-year to $23.6 billion while wireline revenues dropped 3.8% to $7.1 billion.
Consumer segment revenues grew 1.4% year-over-year to $22.7 billion, driven by growth in wireless service revenue and Fios service offerings. Wireless retail postpaid net additions totaled 193,000 during the quarter. Phone net additions more than doubled year-over-year to 239,000.
The company saw a growth in postpaid smartphone net additions, driven by a 10% increase in phone gross additions. Consumer wireless service revenues rose 2.1%, driven by customer step-ups to higher-priced plans and an increase in connections per account. Total retail postpaid churn was 1.05%.
In the Business segment, revenues remained flat year-over-year at $7.9 billion, as growth in wireless revenue was offset by declines in wireline products. Wireless retail postpaid net additions rose 12.1% to 408,000. Retail postpaid churn was 1.22%.
Media revenues dropped 2% to $1.8 billion versus the prior-year period, as gains in mobile advertising were offset by declines in desktop advertising.
For the full year of 2019, Verizon expects a low single-digit percentage growth in both adjusted EPS and GAAP consolidated revenues.
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