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AT&T credits DirecTV gobble for $41bn quarter

2.3 million new mobile subscribers didn't hurt either

AT&T says its recent purchase of satellite provider DirecTV helped drive a 24 per cent jump in revenues.

The US telco giant said that the $49bn merger was already beginning to pay dividends with its 2016 Q1 [PDF] period.

"We're seeing good momentum with our initial integrated wireless, video and broadband offers," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.

"And we'll expand the integrated choices for customers in the fourth quarter when we launch our new video streaming services."

The report comes as rival carrier T-Mobile is boasting of a massive 2.2 million customer adds on the quarter, thanks in part to aggressive marketing efforts aimed at winning over AT&T subscribers.

  • Revenues of $40.5bn marked a 24 per cent increase over Q1 2015.
  • Net income of $3.8bn was a 13 per cent increase from the $3.3bn income last year.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.72 topped analyst estimates of $0.69.
  • Wireless net adds of 2.3 million customers, driven largely by an increase in connected devices and 712,000 mobile phone adds.
  • The entertainment group (including DirecTV) logged revenues of $12.7bn, a 124 per cent jump from last year.
  • Wireless revenues for business were $9.6bn, up 2.3 per cent, while consumer wireless revenues of $8.3bn were down 5 per cent due to lower hardware revenues.
  • International revenues from mobile services in Mexico and satellite TV in Latin America recorded a loss of $198m, which AT&T blames on investments in additional network hardware in those markets.

After hours trading had AT&T stock down just under 1 per cent. ®

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