EchoStar Announces Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

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Englewood, CO, May 6, 2021—EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenues of $482.6 million.
  • Net income of $77.6 million, consolidated net income attributable to EchoStar common stock of $78.5 million, and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.84.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $185.7 million (see discussion and the reconciliation of GAAP to this non-GAAP measure below).

“I am pleased with the company’s financial performance in the first quarter of 2021,” commented Michael Dugan, CEO and President of EchoStar.  “We grew revenue, net income, and Adjusted EBITDA over the same period last year by focusing on meeting our customers’ needs for connectivity and prudently managing all areas of the business.”

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 – Additional Information:

  • Consolidated revenue increased 3.6% or $16.9 million year over year primarily driven by higher sales of broadband services to our consumer customers.This increase included an estimated negative foreign exchange impact of $5.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 25% or $37.1 million year over year.
  • Hughes segment Adjusted EBITDA increased $39.7 million year over year.The increase was driven primarily by the higher gross margin associated with the growth in our consumer broadband service revenue and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
  • ESS segment Adjusted EBITDA was essentially flat year over year.
  • Corporate and Other segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $2.5 million year over year.The decrease was primarily due to lower equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates, net, and higher legal expense.
  • Net income increased $135.3 million to $77.6 million.The increase was primarily due to higher operating income of $42.9 million and higher gains on investments, net, of $125.3 million, partially offset by higher income tax expense, net, of $29.6 million.
  • Total Hughes broadband subscribers are approximately 1,553,000 as of March 31, 2021.Subscribers in the US decreased by 25,000 to approximately 1,164,000.In Latin America, subscribers increased by 14,000 to approximately 389,000.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, approximately 70% of Hughes segment revenue was attributable to our consumer customers with approximately 30% attributable to our enterprise customers.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and current marketable investment securities were $2.3 billion as of March 31, 2021.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we purchased 4,770,714 shares of our Class A common stock in open market trades.
  • For the three months ended March 31, 2021, we purchased $90.5 million of our 7.625% Sr. Unsecured Notes due June 2021 in open market trades.

Set forth below is a table highlighting certain of EchoStar’s segment results for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 (amounts in thousands) (all US GAAP amounts reference results from  operations):

  For the three months ended March 31,
  2021 2020
     
Revenue    
Hughes $475,859  $458,482 
EchoStar Satellite Services 4,089  4,652 
Corporate and Other 2,634  2,532 
Total revenue $482,582  $465,666 
     
Adjusted EBITDA    
Hughes $201,937  $162,219 
EchoStar Satellite Services 1,919  2,030 
Corporate & Other:    
Corporate overhead, operating and other (21,468)  (20,124) 
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates, net 3,353  4,512 
Total Corporate & Other (18,115)  (15,612) 
Total Adjusted EBITDA $185,741  $148,637 
     
Net income (loss) $77,572  $(57,737) 
Expenditures for property and equipment $179,235  $104,604 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measurement (amounts in thousands):

  For the three months ended March 31,
  2021 2020
     
Net income (loss) $77,572  $(57,737) 
Interest income, net (5,949)  (15,583) 
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized 34,667  36,233 
Income tax provision (benefit), net 22,147  (7,492) 
Depreciation and amortization 129,286  132,368 
Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests 947  3,442 
EBITDA 258,670  91,231 
(Gains) losses on investments, net (78,600)  46,672 
Impairment of long-lived assets 230   
License fee dispute – India, net of non-controlling interests (210)  (110) 
Loss on Debt Repurchase 1,582   
Foreign currency transaction (gains) losses, net 4,069  10,844 
Adjusted EBITDA $185,741  $148,637 

Note on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA is defined as “Net income (loss)” excluding “Interest income, net,” Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized,” “Income tax benefit (provision), net,” “Depreciation and amortization,” and “Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests.”

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding Gains and losses on investments, net, Foreign currency transaction gains (losses), net, and other non-recurring or non-operational items.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures determined in accordance with US GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are reconciled to Net income (loss) in the table above and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or any other measure determined in accordance with US GAAP. Our management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of our operating efficiency and overall financial performance for benchmarking against our peers and competitors. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the underlying operating performance of our business and are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our financial performance. Management also believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of companies in our industry.

The consolidated financial statements of EchoStar for the periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 are attached to this press release. Detailed financial data and other information are available in EchoStar’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2021 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EchoStar will host a conference call to discuss its earnings on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode on EchoStar’s investor relations website at ir.echostar.com.  To ask a question, the dial in numbers are (833) 562-0124 (toll-free) and (661) 567-1102 (international), Conference ID 1976218.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communications solutions.  Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

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, 2020 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.

Contact Information

EchoStar Investor RelationsEchoStar Media Relations
Terry BrownPhone: +1 303-728-5179Email: terry.brown@echostar.comSharyn NerenbergPhone: +1 301-428-7124Email: sharyn.nerenberg@echostar.com

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  As of
  March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $1,583,747  $896,005 
Marketable investment securities 735,418  1,638,271 
Trade accounts receivable and contract assets, net 187,280  183,989 
Other current assets, net 190,958  189,821 
Total current assets 2,697,403  2,908,086 
Non-current assets:    
Property and equipment, net 2,420,917  2,390,313 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 131,601  128,303 
Goodwill 510,945  511,597 
Regulatory authorizations, net 476,092  478,762 
Other intangible assets, net 16,316  18,433 
Other investments, net 347,615  284,937 
Other non-current assets, net 350,920  352,921 
Total non-current assets 4,254,406  4,165,266 
Total assets $6,951,809  $7,073,352 
     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Trade accounts payable $106,500  $122,366 
Current portion of long-term debt, net 808,758  898,237 
Contract liabilities 112,507  104,569 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 304,018  299,999 
Total current liabilities 1,331,783  1,425,171 
Non-current liabilities:    
Long-term debt, net 1,495,436  1,495,256 
Deferred tax liabilities, net 378,271  359,896 
Operating lease liabilities 118,569  114,886 
Other non-current liabilities 69,885  70,893 
Total non-current liabilities 2,062,161  2,040,931 
Total liabilities 3,393,944  3,466,102 
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
     

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Stockholders’ equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at both March31, 2021 and December31, 2020    
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 4,000,000,000 shares authorized:    
ClassA common stock, $0.001 par value, 1,600,000,000 shares authorized, 57,712,888 shares issued and 44,551,347 shares outstanding at March31, 2021 and 57,254,201 shares issued and 48,863,374 shares outstanding at December31, 2020 58  57 
ClassB convertible common stock, $0.001 par value, 800,000,000 shares authorized, 47,687,039 shares issued and outstanding at both March31, 2021 and December31, 2020 48  48 
ClassC convertible common stock, $0.001 par value, 800,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at both March31, 2021 and December31, 2020    
ClassD common stock, $0.001 par value, 800,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding at both March31, 2021 and December31, 2020    
Additional paid-in capital 3,333,047  3,321,426 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (215,476)  (187,876) 
Accumulated earnings (losses) 662,110  583,591 
Treasury shares, at cost (285,681)  (174,912) 
Total EchoStar Corporation stockholders’ equity 3,494,106  3,542,334 
Non-controlling interests 63,759  64,916 
Total stockholders’ equity 3,557,865  3,607,250 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $6,951,809  $7,073,352 

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

  For the three months ended March 31,
  2021 2020
     
Revenue:    
Services and other revenue $430,337  $408,357 
Equipment revenue 52,245  57,309 
Total revenue 482,582  465,666 
Costs and expenses:    
Cost of sales – services and other (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 132,789  145,252 
Cost of sales – equipment (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 45,151  45,908 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 114,119  125,281 
Research and development expenses 7,545  6,254 
Depreciation and amortization 129,286  132,368 
Impairment of long-lived assets 230   
Total costs and expenses 429,120  455,063 
Operating income (loss) 53,462  10,603 
Other income (expense):    
Interest income, net 5,949  15,583 
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized (34,667)  (36,233) 
Gains (losses) on investments, net 78,600  (46,672) 
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates, net 1,374  2,613 
Foreign currency transaction gains (losses), net (4,069)  (10,844) 
Other, net (930)  (279) 
Total other income (expense), net 46,257  (75,832) 
Income (loss) before income taxes 99,719  (65,229) 
Income tax benefit (provision), net (22,147)  7,492 
Net income (loss) 77,572  (57,737) 
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests 947  3,442 
Net income (loss) attributable to EchoStar Corporation common stock $78,519  $(54,295) 
     
Earnings (losses) per share – ClassA and B common stock:    
Basic and diluted earnings (losses) per share $0.84  $(0.56) 

ECHOSTAR CORPORATION

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in thousands)

  For the three months ended March 31,
  2021 2020
     
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income (loss) $77,572  $(57,737) 
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 129,286  132,368 
Impairment of long-lived assets 230   
Losses (gains) on investments, net (78,600)  46,672 
Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated affiliates, net (1,374)  (2,613) 
Foreign currency transaction losses (gains), net 4,069  10,844 
Deferred tax provision (benefit), net 18,370  (10,064) 
Stock-based compensation 2,011  2,384 
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,118  1,050 
Other, net 11,551  (4,899) 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net:    
Trade accounts receivable and contract assets, net (6,090)  (7,664) 
Other current assets, net (1,736)  (16,127) 
Trade accounts payable (18,375)  (9,559) 
Contract liabilities 7,938  (3,212) 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (27,447)  (4,922) 
Non-current assets and non-current liabilities, net (1,636)  (5,226) 
Net cash provided by (used for) operating activities 116,887  71,295 
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchases of marketable investment securities (389,071)  (550,891) 
Sales and maturities of marketable investment securities 1,361,632  687,579 
Expenditures for property and equipment (179,235)  (104,604) 
Expenditures for externally marketed software (7,846)  (8,638) 
Purchase of other investments (50,000)  (5,500) 
Sales of other investments 1,500   
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities 736,980  17,946 
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Repurchase of the 2021 Senior Unsecured Notes (62,588)   
Payment of finance lease obligations (329)  (215) 
Payment of in-orbit incentive obligations (1,104)  (801) 
Net proceeds from ClassA common stock options exercised   150 
Net proceeds from Class A common stock issued under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan 2,486  2,924 
Treasury share repurchase (107,862)  (5,893) 
Contribution by non-controlling interest holder 5,400  4,000 
Other, net (292)  817 
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities (164,289)  982 
     
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (1,808)  (4,809) 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 687,770  85,414 
Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted amounts, beginning of period 896,812  1,521,889 
Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted amounts, end of period $1,584,582  $1,607,303