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EchoStar Announces Financial Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2023

29 February 2024

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) announced its financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2023:

  • EchoStar reported 2023 total revenue of $17.02 billion, compared to $18.63 billion in 2022. The net decrease in revenue primarily resulted from subscriber declines, most significantly in its Pay-TV segment.
  • Net loss attributable to EchoStar in 2023 was $1.70 billion, compared to net income of $2.48 billion in 2022. The net loss in 2023 was primarily attributable to a noncash impairment to goodwill totaling approximately $758 million, and an adjustment to the carrying value of the 800 MHz purchase option totaling approximately $1.8 billion. Diluted loss per share was $6.28 in 2023, compared to earnings per share of $8.05 in 2022. Excluding the tax affected impact of the goodwill impairment and the 800 MHz adjustment, 2023 net income attributable to EchoStar would have been approximately $361 million.
  • Consolidated OIBDA totaled $1.32 billion, compared to $3.41 billion in 2022. (See OBIDA definition and non-GAAP reconciliation below.) The decrease in OIBDA was primarily attributable to the noncash impairment to goodwill and the subscriber declines previously discussed.

"We closed the year with the completion of the merger with DISH Network. The transaction combined DISH Network's satellite technology, streaming services, engineering expertise, retail wireless business, and nationwide 5G network with EchoStar's premier satellite communications solutions, enterprise go-to-market capabilities, and U.S.-based manufacturing. Collectively, it creates a global leader in terrestrial and non-terrestrial wireless connectivity, and entertainment services," said Hamid Akhavan, president and CEO, EchoStar Corporation. "With the close of the merger, we will continue to integrate our business and realize savings and operational efficiencies. We also will increase our focus on identifying and targeting the best, most profitable customers in each of our addressable market segments – Pay-TV, Retail Wireless, and Broadband and Satellite Services."

Three Months Ended December 31, 2023:

  • Consolidated revenue totaled $4.16 billion for the fourth quarter, compared to $4.53 billion in the year-ago quarter. The net decrease in revenue primarily resulted from subscriber declines, most significantly in the Pay-TV segment.
  • Net loss attributable to EchoStar totaled $2.03 billion for the fourth quarter, compared to net income attributable to EchoStar of $984 million in the year-ago quarter. The net loss in the fourth quarter of 2023 was primarily attributable to a noncash impairment to goodwill totaling approximately $758 million, and an adjustment to the carrying value of the 800 MHz purchase option totaling approximately $1.6 billion. Diluted loss per share was $7.48 for the quarter, compared to earnings of $3.21 per share in the year-ago quarter.
  • Consolidated OIBDA totaled negative $370 million for the fourth quarter, compared to $735 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease in OIBDA was primarily attributable to the noncash impairment to goodwill and the subscriber declines previously discussed.
  • Net Pay-TV subscribers decreased approximately 314,000 in the fourth quarter, compared to a decrease of approximately 268,000 in the year-ago quarter. The company closed the quarter with 8.53 million Pay-TV subscribers including 6.47 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.06 million SLING TV subscribers. This increase in net Pay-TV losses resulted from the increase in net DISH TV subscriber losses due to lower gross new DISH TV subscriber activations and a higher DISH TV churn rate, offset by the decrease in net SLING TV subscriber losses due to lower subscriber disconnects in 2023 as a result of our emphasis on acquiring higher-quality subscribers.
  • Retail Wireless net subscribers decreased by approximately 123,000 in the fourth quarter, compared to a net decrease of 25,000 in the year-ago quarter. The company closed the quarter with 7.38 million Retail Wireless subscribers. This increase in net Retail Wireless subscriber losses primarily resulted from lower gross new Retail Wireless subscriber activations, partially offset by a lower Retail Wireless churn rate due to our emphasis on acquiring and retaining higher-quality subscribers.
  • Broadband net subscribers decreased by approximately 59,000 in the fourth quarter, compared to a decrease of 57,000 in the year-ago quarter. The company closed the quarter with 1.00 million Broadband subscribers. This increase in net Broadband subscriber losses primarily resulted from our capacity limitations, competitive pressure from satellite-based competitors and other technologies, and a more selective customer screening. The EchoStar XXIV satellite, also known as Jupiter 3, began service in December 2023, bringing additional broadband capacity and is expected to be an integral part of the Broadband and Satellite Services segment business.

Set forth below is a table highlighting certain of EchoStar's segment results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and 2022 (all U.S. GAAP amounts reference results from operations):

    

For the three months ended
December 31,

 

For the years ended
December 31,

     
    

2023

 

2022

 

2023

 

2022

    

(in thousands)

Revenue

         

Pay-TV

   

$     2,816,787

 

$    3,106,149

 

$   11,571,159

 

$  12,505,392

Retail Wireless

  

898,284

 

928,095

 

3,692,372

 

4,135,129

5G Network Deployment

 

24,027

 

17,406

 

91,928

 

65,768

Broadband and Satellite Services

449,779

 

499,857

 

1,755,559

 

1,998,093

All Other & Eliminations

 

(26,281)

 

(18,490)

 

(95,420)

 

(70,136)

Total

  

$     4,162,596

 

$    4,533,017

 

$   17,015,598

 

$  18,634,246

           

Net Income (loss) attributable to EchoStar

$    (2,029,882)

 

$      984,264

 

$    (1,702,057)

 

$    2,477,720

           

Purchases of property and equipment, net of refunds and other receipts (including capitalized interest related to regulatory authorizations)

Pay-TV

   

$         75,212

 

$        39,835

 

$        242,736

 

$       131,093

Retail Wireless

  

$                   -

 

-

 

$                    -

 

$                   -

5G Network Deployment

 

$       841,522

 

1,084,441

 

$     3,748,624

 

$    3,580,518

Broadband and Satellite Services

$         61,172

 

76,517

 

$        233,423

 

$       325,891

All Other & Eliminations

 

$                   -

 

(560)

 

$                    -

 

$         (2,721)

Total 

   

$       977,906

 

$    1,200,233

 

$     4,224,783

 

$    4,034,781

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measurement:

For the Year Ended December 31, 2023

 

Pay-TV

 

Retail
Wireless

 

5G Network
Deployment

 

Broadband
and
Satellite
Services

 


Eliminations

 

Consolidated

 
  

(In thousands)

Segment operating income (loss)

 

$

2,699,810

 

$

(643,184)

 

$

(1,881,369)

 

$

(458,609)

 

$

5,443

 

$

(277,909)

Depreciation and amortization

  

381,292

  

221,968

  

620,685

  

419,262

  

(45,284)

  

1,597,923

OIBDA

 

$

3,081,102

 

$

(421,216)

 

$

(1,260,684)

 

$

(39,347)

 

$

(39,841)

 

$

1,320,014

                   

For the Year Ended December 31, 2022

 

 Pay-TV

 

 Retail
Wireless

 

 5G Network
Deployment

 

 Broadband
and
Satellite
Services

 


Eliminations

 

 Consolidated 

 
  

 (In thousands)

Segment operating income (loss)

 

$

2,933,898

 

$

(77,264)

 

$

(810,968)

 

$

181,615

 

$

5,557

 

$

2,232,838

Depreciation and amortization

  

428,471

  

177,914

  

131,566

  

462,748

  

(25,804)

  

1,174,895

OIBDA

 

$

3,362,369

 

$

100,650

 

$

(679,402)

 

$

644,363

 

$

(20,247)

 

$

3,407,733

                   

For the three months Ended December 31, 2023

 

Pay-TV

 

Retail
Wireless

 

5G Network
Deployment

 

Broadband
and
Satellite
Services

 


Eliminations

 

Consolidated

 
  

(In thousands)

Segment operating income (loss)

 

$

714,319

  

(344,312)

  

(682,701)

  

(540,152)

  

720

  

(852,127)

Depreciation and amortization

  

95,145

  

53,371

  

235,615

  

107,466

  

(9,273)

  

482,325

OIBDA

 

$

809,464

 

$

(290,941)

 

$

(447,087)

 

$

(432,686)

 

$

(8,553)

 

$

(369,803)

                   

For the three months Ended December 31, 2022

 

 Pay-TV

 

 Retail
Wireless

 

 5G Network
Deployment

 

 Broadband
and
Satellite
Services

 


Eliminations

 

 Consolidated 

 
  

 (In thousands)

Segment operating income (loss)

 

$

748,729

  

(118,424)

  

(254,963)

  

50,418

  

1,753

  

427,513

Depreciation and amortization

  

100,398

  

50,534

  

53,914

  

111,115

  

(8,093)

  

307,869

OIBDA

 

$

849,127

 

$

(67,891)

 

$

(201,048)

 

$

161,533

 

$

(6,339)

 

$

735,382

Note on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

OIBDA is defined as "Operating income (loss)" plus "Depreciation and amortization."

OIBDA, which is presented by segment above, is a non-GAAP measure reconciled to "Operating income (loss)" and does not purport to be an alternative to operating income (loss) as a measure of operating performance. We believe this measure is useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating operating profitability of our business segments on a more variable cost basis as it excludes the depreciation and amortization expenses related primarily to capital expenditures and acquisitions for those business segments, as well as in evaluating operating performance in relation to our competitors.

The consolidated financial statements of EchoStar for the periods ended December 31, 2023, are attached to this press release. Detailed financial data and other information are available in EchoStar's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2023, filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EchoStar will host a conference call to discuss its earnings on Friday, March 1, 2024, at noon Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode on EchoStar's investor relations website at ir.echostar.com. To attend the call, please dial: (877) 484-6065 (U.S.) or (201) 689-8846. When prompted on dial-in, please utilize the conference ID (13744790) or ask for the "EchoStar Corporation Q4 and Full Year 2023 Earnings Conference Call." Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the call to ensure timely participation.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS) is a premier provider of technology, networking services, television entertainment and connectivity, offering consumer, enterprise, operator and government solutions worldwide under its EchoStar®, Boost Mobile®, Boost Infinite, Sling TV, DISH TV, Hughes®, HughesNet®, HughesON™, and JUPITER™ brands. In Europe, EchoStar operates under its EchoStar Mobile Limited subsidiary and in Australia, the company operates as EchoStar Global Australia. For more information, visit www.echostar.com and follow EchoStar on X (Twitter) and LinkedIn.

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, 2023 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.

   

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

   

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

   

(Dollars in thousands, except share amounts)

       
  

As of  

  

 December 31, 

 

December 31,

  

2023

 

2022

Assets

      

Current Assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,821,376

 

$

2,497,536

Marketable investment securities

  

623,044

  

1,809,898

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $74,390
and $59,790, respectively

  

1,122,139

  

1,182,597

Inventory

  

665,169

  

625,979

Prepaids and other assets

  

644,005

  

617,819

Other current assets

  

16,081

  

23,884

Total current assets

  

4,891,814

  

6,757,713

       

Noncurrent Assets:

      

Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable investment securities

  

118,065

  

117,011

Property and equipment, net

  

9,561,834

  

7,904,957

Regulatory authorizations, net

  

38,572,980

  

37,395,604

Other investments, net

  

314,370

  

524,905

Operating lease assets

  

3,065,448

  

2,823,834

Intangible assets, net

  

172,892

  

1,113,298

Other noncurrent assets, net

  

411,491

  

2,110,959

Total noncurrent assets

  

52,217,080

  

51,990,568

Total assets

 

$

57,108,894

 

$

58,748,281

       

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)

      

Current Liabilities:

      

Trade accounts payable

 

$

774,011

 

$

1,023,537

Deferred revenue and other

  

754,658

  

833,213

Accrued programming

  

1,427,762

  

1,298,777

Accrued interest

  

297,678

  

298,043

Other accrued expenses and liabilities

  

1,717,826

  

1,436,485

Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations

  

3,046,654

  

1,552,559

Total current liabilities

  

8,018,589

  

6,442,614

       

Long-Term Obligations, Net of Current Portion:

      

Long-term debt and finance lease obligations, net of current portion

  

19,717,266

  

21,343,561

Deferred tax liabilities, net

  

5,014,309

  

5,354,756

Operating lease liabilities

  

3,121,307

  

2,808,774

Long-term deferred revenue and other long-term liabilities

  

849,131

  

748,384

Total long-term obligations, net of current portion

  

28,702,013

  

30,255,475

Total liabilities

  

36,720,602

  

36,698,089

       

Commitments and Contingencies

      
       

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

  

438,382

  

464,359

       

Stockholders' Equity (Deficit):

      

Class A common stock, $0.001 par value, 1,600,000,000 shares authorized,
140,153,020 and 138,128,368 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

  

140

  

138

Class B common stock, $0.001 par value, 800,000,000 shares authorized,
131,348,468 shares issued and outstanding

  

131

  

131

Additional paid-in capital

  

8,301,979

  

8,222,599

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

  

(160,056)

  

(175,267)

Accumulated earnings (deficit)

  

11,737,983

  

13,440,040

Total EchoStar stockholders' equity (deficit)

  

19,880,177

  

21,487,641

Noncontrolling interests

  

69,733

  

98,192

Total stockholders' equity (deficit)

  

19,949,910

  

21,585,833

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

 

$

57,108,894

 

$

58,748,281

   

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

   

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

   

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

          
  

For the Years Ended December 31,

  

2023

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue:

         

Service and other revenue

 

$

16,145,763

 

$

17,596,265

 

$

18,598,313

Equipment sales and other revenue

  

869,835

  

1,037,981

  

1,220,365

Total revenue

  

17,015,598

  

18,634,246

  

19,818,678

          

Costs and Expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization):

         

Cost of services

  

9,510,427

  

10,111,341

  

10,717,333

Cost of sales - equipment and other

  

2,434,904

  

2,099,136

  

1,778,471

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  

2,989,154

  

3,015,325

  

2,686,279

Depreciation and amortization

  

1,597,923

  

1,174,895

  

1,213,946

Impairment of long-lived assets and goodwill

  

761,099

  

711

  

245

Total costs and expenses

  

17,293,507

  

16,401,408

  

16,396,274

          

Operating income (loss)

  

(277,909)

  

2,232,838

  

3,422,404

          

Other Income (Expense):

         

Interest income, net

  

207,374

  

93,240

  

33,903

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

  

(90,357)

  

(79,217)

  

(111,151)

Other, net

  

(1,770,792)

  

1,088,441

  

4,716

Total other income (expense)

  

(1,653,775)

  

1,102,464

  

(72,532)

          

Income (loss) before income taxes

  

(1,931,684)

  

3,335,302

  

3,349,872

Income tax (provision) benefit, net

  

296,860

  

(798,410)

  

(828,437)

Net income (loss)

  

(1,634,824)

  

2,536,892

  

2,521,435

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of tax

  

67,233

  

59,172

  

35,150

Net income (loss) attributable to EchoStar

 

$

(1,702,057)

 

$

2,477,720

 

$

2,486,285

          

Weighted-average common shares outstanding - Class
A and B common stock:

         

Basic

  

270,842

  

270,102

  

275,117

Diluted

  

270,842

  

307,733

  

313,122

          

Earnings per share - Class A and B common stock:

         

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to EchoStar

 

$

(6.28)

 

$

9.17

 

$

9.04

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to EchoStar

 

$

(6.28)

 

$

8.05

 

$

7.94

   

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

   

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

   

(In thousands)

          
  

For the Years Ended December 31,

  

2023

 

2022

 

2021

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

         

Net income (loss)

 

$

(1,634,824)

 

$

2,536,892

 

$

2,521,435

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash flows from operating activities:

         

Depreciation and amortization

  

1,597,923

  

1,174,895

  

1,213,946

Impairment of long-lived assets and goodwill

  

761,099

  

711

  

245

Realized and unrealized losses (gains) on investments, impairments and other

  

(46,888)

  

(72,371)

  

(7,541)

Realized and unrealized losses (gains) on derivatives

  

1,693,387

  

(1,015,387)

  

13,000

Non-cash, stock-based compensation

  

51,514

  

82,994

  

59,379

Deferred tax expense (benefit)

  

(337,222)

  

729,587

  

639,708

Changes in allowance for credit losses

  

14,600

  

6,590

  

(34,635)

Change in long-term deferred revenue and other long-term liabilities

  

15,825

  

83,453

  

65,943

Other, net

  

166,383

  

253,784

  

135,871

Changes in current assets and current liabilities, net

         

Trade accounts receivable

  

20,622

  

(74,812)

  

206,995

Prepaid and accrued income taxes

  

15,836

  

(36,115)

  

81,197

Inventory

  

(37,981)

  

16,200

  

(175,918)

Other current assets

  

(40,290)

  

21,737

  

(47,144)

Trade accounts payable

  

4,108

  

90,721

  

86,219

Deferred revenue and other

  

(78,555)

  

(71,709)

  

(62,034)

Accrued programming and other accrued expenses

  

267,110

  

(105,980)

  

(41,293)

Net cash flows from operating activities

  

2,432,647

  

3,621,190

  

4,655,373

          

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

         

Purchases of marketable investment securities

  

(2,407,546)

  

(1,965,859)

  

(6,338,641)

Sales and maturities of marketable investment securities

  

3,710,544

  

4,159,830

  

4,390,903

Purchases of property and equipment

  

(3,100,921)

  

(3,050,472)

  

(1,619,312)

Refunds and other receipts of purchases of property and equipment

  

38,611

  

  

Capitalized interest related to regulatory authorizations

  

(1,162,473)

  

(984,309)

  

(777,885)

Proceeds from other debt investments

  

148,448

  

  

Refund of regulatory authorizations deposit

  

  

  

337,490

Purchases of regulatory authorizations, including deposits

  

(2,009)

  

(7,206,865)

  

(122,657)

Other, net

  

(33,386)

  

(11,900)

  

(116,621)

Net cash flows from investing activities

  

(2,808,732)

  

(9,059,575)

  

(4,246,723)

          

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

         

Repayment of long-term debt and finance lease obligations

  

(121,981)

  

(86,229)

  

(89,958)

Redemption and repurchases of senior notes

  

(1,460,635)

  

(2,056,821)

  

(2,901,818)

Proceeds from issuance of senior notes

  

1,500,000

  

2,000,000

  

6,750,000

Repurchases of convertible notes

  

(182,834)

  

  

Early debt extinguishment gains (losses)

  

73,024

  

  

Net proceeds from Class A common stock options exercised and stock issued under the
Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  

10,598

  

27,438

  

68,182

Purchase of Northstar Manager, LLC's ownership interest in Northstar Spectrum

  

(109,432)

  

  

Treasury share repurchase

  

  

(89,303)

  

(261,436)

Debt issuance costs and debt (discount) premium

  

21,635

  

(51,121)

  

(34,459)

Other, net

  

(7,496)

  

(18,413)

  

(15,507)

Net cash flows from financing activities

  

(277,121)

  

(274,449)

  

3,515,004

          

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

  

3,004

  

(2,306)

  

(3,749)

          

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents

  

(650,202)

  

(5,715,140)

  

3,919,905

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

  

2,561,803

  

8,276,943

  

4,357,038

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

1,911,601

 

$

2,561,803

 

$

8,276,943

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