Sprint posts $1.6 billion Q4 loss

Sprint posts $1.6 billion Q4 loss
The holiday rush has been over for quite some time and usually provides companies some much needed revenue. In Sprint’s case though, they reported a $1.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter ending December 31. Revenue fell 14 percent to $8.4 billion from $9.8 billion when analysts expected $8.55 billion. The loss is mainly due to writing off $1 billion in goodwill for the remaining value of the 2005 Nextel Communications purchase. If the write off was not taken into consideration, the company said it would have lost a penny per share. It’s by far better than the 3-cent-a-share loss expected, on average, by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, they continued to lose subscribers to other carriers and reported total subscriptions at 49.3 million; down 8.4 percent from 2007. Another key aspect to look at was Sprint’s churn, the measure of subscriber turnover, which was 2.16 percent during the quarter and down 2.29 percent from last year. But through it all, shares climbed to a higher opening in morning trading due to better than expected predictions from Wall Street. Investors and everyone in the industry will be eyeing the number three wireless carrier this summer to see how the Palm Pre will turn out.

source: Yahoo

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8 Comments

1. oversteer325

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Not bad considering a year ago that loss was $29 billion. Getting close to turning the corner.

2. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Maybe they only had 1.6b to lose this quarter.

3. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

i agree sprint is deff gonna be turning the corner this year and i think with the clear merger, 4g release and flagship phones they will atleast be taking that number 2 spot back.

4. geewhiz

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2009

uh...when was Sprint EVER the number 2 carrier? that spot has flip-flopped between PacBell/Cingular/AT&T and Verizon for ages now. To get to the number 2 spot for the first time ever, they would need to add over 20 million subscribers...that would take 3-4 VERY good years (unless they use what's left of their cash and buy someone?)

5. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

sorry we werent talking number of subscribers

6. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Sprint would do well to return to profitability just to be bought out. Their plans are too cheap to ever turn out a great profit, and much like Alltel, they lose more money than they bring in, which is clearly a big problem. Alltel had to sell because of this, and if an international carrier would be interested in purchasing a legal percentage stake, Sprint would probably accept. I would say they would be bought by a U.S. carrier, but T-Mobile couldn't feasibly do it (merging CDMA w/ GSM would be a nightmare, unless it would be under LTE), AT&T is too big, and has the same T-Mobile issue, and VZW couldn't possibly want Sprint, nor would they legally be allowed to buy them out. I personally cheer for Sprint though, and hope for their well-being, and also hope they return their call centers to the U.S., and operate 100%, much as the majority of the cellular carriers. Hopefully Sprint will get it together though.

7. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

If Sprint's plans are too cheap, look at what T mo is doing it's even cheaper than Sprint's. I don't think that cost effective argument holds weight

8. OTAN

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

what corner is that ! The corner before death?

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