DISH Network Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    DISH Network Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results | Dish

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) reported revenue totaling $3.22 billion for the quarter ending March 31, 2020, compared to $3.19 billion for the corresponding period in 2019.

    Net income attributable to DISH Network totaled $73 million for the first quarter 2020, compared to $340 million from the year-ago quarter. Net income attributable to DISH Network in the quarter was impacted by $356 million of impairments related to the narrowband IoT network deployment and the D1 and T1 satellites.

    Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 for the first quarter, compared to $0.65 per share during the same period of 2019.

    During the quarter, the COVID-19 pandemic caused severe disruption in certain commercial segments served by DISH, including the hospitality and airline industries.

    In an effort to avoid charging commercial customers for services that were no longer being viewed by their customers, DISH paused service or provided temporary rate relief for certain of those commercial accounts. Those commercial accounts, including accounts DISH expects to disconnect because of COVID-19 disruption, represent approximately 250,000 subscribers, which DISH removed from its ending Pay-TV subscriber count as of March 31, 2020. For certain commercial accounts DISH divides its total revenue for these commercial accounts by $34.99, and includes the resulting number in its Pay-TV subscriber count.

    DISH does not expect to incur significant expenses from the reactivation of any returning commercial accounts. While returning accounts will be added to future ending subscriber counts, they will not be counted as gross new subscriber additions in the period of their return.

    The company closed the first quarter with 11.32 million Pay-TV subscribers, including 9.01 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.31 million Sling TV subscribers.

    Other metrics including gross new Pay-TV subscriber activations, net Pay-TV subscriber additions/losses and Pay-TV churn rate for the period ending March 31, 2020 were not adjusted for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Net Pay-TV subscribers decreased by approximately 413,000 in the first quarter, compared to a net decrease of 259,000 in the year-ago quarter.

    Detailed financial data and other information are available in DISH Network's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
     
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  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    People leaving for financial reasons are less likely to actually pay the ETF. DISH will be lucky to get the receivers back for redeployment. Their only recourse is to send people to collections - and never see the money.
     
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    Compared to AT&T we are doing well.
     
  5. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    It was a weird quarter. As far as subscriber count, DISH Satellite did better than Sling TV. DISH managed to sign up 299,000 new customers in the first quarter - the net loss was 132,000 customers but that included the 250,000 commercial subscriber equivalent mentioned above. Without COVID DISH could have posted a GAIN in satellite subscribers. DISH has not posted a net gain in satellite subscribers since one quarter in 2016. Sling TV, a no commitment cancel any time service took a big hit - losing 281,000 subscribers and leaving Sling TV with 2.3 million subscribers. COVID and the growth of competing services likely fueled that drop. But it was a respectable quarter for subscriber count.

    AT&T|DIRECTV managed to lose just over a million subscribers, 897,000 Premium TV (DIRECTV, UVERSE, AT&T TV) and 138,000 AT&T Now subscribers. That is better than their last two quarters where they lost 1.16 and 1.35 million subscribers per quarter.

    Financially DISH took a hit ... they posted their lowest quarter since one quarter in 2017. They normally turn a profit of $300-$400 million per quarter, 1Q was $73 million. AT&T|DIRECTV's profit is buried in numbers for the division (including broadband, cellular and HBO/Time Warner, etc). Their $1.3 billion profit was close to normal.

    Overall it could have been a worse quarter for both providers.
     
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