Once again, T-Mobile outperforms Verizon and AT&T
It might be getting monotonous, but once again T-Mobile made mincemeat out of Verizon and AT&T. Just a couple of days ago, Verizon reported a drop of 44,000 in net postpaid phone connections during its first quarter, while AT&T had a decline of 55,000. Today, T-Mobile reported that it added 656,000 net postpaid phone connections during the same three month period. As T-Mobile didn't hesitate to point out in its release, that is expected to be the best in the industry. Again. And at the same time, its postpaid phone churn hit a record low of .88% compared to 1.07% during last year's Q1.
From January through March, T-Mobile added an industry leading 1 million net postpaid connections and 69,000 net prepaid connections. Overall, the company added 1.7 million total net connections in the quarter, up 15% year-over-year. The company raised its forecast for 2019 postpaid net connections to a range of 3.1-3.7 million from its previous forecast of 2.6-3.6 million.
Total revenue rose 6% from last year to $11.1 billion. Net income rose 35% to $908 million resulting in a 36% gain in earnings per share to $1.06. Services revenue rose 6% to $8.3 billion while postpaid phone service revenue increased 8%.
The innovative wireless provider, once considered to be the least relevant of the four majors in the states, has done an amazing 180-degree turnaround since John Legere took over as CEO in 2012. The self-described Un-carrier has introduced a number of perks and features to reduce customer pain points that have been copied by rivals. T-Mobile says it now covers 99% of the country with its 4G LTE network and has had the fastest combination of download and upload speeds for 21 consecutive quarters. The carrier expects to be the first with a nationwide 5G network early next year and currently has its 600MHz low band spectrum, with 5G ready gear, in 3,500 cities and towns.
Investors found these results to be monotonous as well. After the report was released, T-Mobile shares rose just 4 cents (.05%) to $72.75.