Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

Note 2

Acquisitions

Acquisition of Alltel Corporation

On June 5, 2008, Verizon Wireless entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Alltel Corporation (Alltel), a provider of wireless voice and data services to consumer and business customers in 34 states, and its controlling stockholder, Atlantis Holdings LLC, an affiliate of private investment firms TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners, to acquire, in an all-cash merger, 100% of the equity of Alltel for cash consideration of $5.9 billion and the assumption of approximately $24 billion of aggregate principal amount of Alltel debt. Verizon Wireless closed the transaction on January 9, 2009.

We have completed the appraisals necessary to assess the fair values of the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed, the fair value of noncontrolling interests, and the amount of goodwill recognized as of the acquisition date.

The fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed were determined using the income, cost, and market approaches. The fair value measurements were primarily based on significant inputs that are not observable in the market other than interest rate swaps (see Note 10) and long-term debt assumed in the acquisition. The income approach was primarily used to value the intangible assets, consisting primarily of wireless licenses and customer relationships. The cost approach was used, as appropriate, for plant, property and equipment. The market approach, which indicates value for a subject asset based on available market pricing for comparable assets, was utilized in combination with the income approach for certain acquired investments. Additionally, Alltel historically conducted business operations in certain markets through non-wholly owned entities (Managed Partnerships). The fair value of the noncontrolling interests in these Managed Partnerships as of the acquisition date of approximately $0.6 billion was estimated by using a market approach. The fair value of the majority of the long-term debt assumed and held was primarily valued using quoted market prices.

In December 2008, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Wireless Capital LLC, as the borrowers, entered into a $17.0 billion credit facility (Bridge Facility). On January 9, 2009, Verizon Wireless borrowed $12.4 billion under the Bridge Facility in order to complete the acquisition of Alltel and repay a portion of the approximately $24 billion of Alltel debt assumed. Verizon Wireless used cash generated from operations and the net proceeds from the sale of notes in private placements issued in February 2009, May 2009 and June 2009, to repay the borrowings under the Bridge Facility (see Note 9). The Bridge Facility and the commitments under the Bridge Facility have been terminated.

The following table summarizes the consideration paid and the allocation of the assets acquired, including cash acquired of $1.0 billion, and liabilities assumed as of the close of the acquisition, as well as the fair value at the acquisition date of Alltel’s noncontrolling partnership interests:

(dollars in millions)

Assets acquired

Current assets

$

2,760

 

Plant, property and equipment

 

3,513

 

Wireless licenses

 

9,444

 

Goodwill

 

16,353

 

Intangible assets subject to amortization

 

2,391

 

Other assets

 

2,444

 

Total assets acquired

 

36,905

 

 

Liabilities assumed

Current liabilities

 

1,833

 

Long-term debt

 

23,929

 

Deferred income taxes and other liabilities

 

5,032

 

Total liabilities assumed

 

30,794

 

Net assets acquired

 

6,111

 

Noncontrolling interest

 

(519

)

Contributed capital

 

333

 

Total cash consideration

$

5,925

 

Included in the above purchase price allocation is $2.1 billion of net assets that were divested as a condition of the regulatory approval as described below.

Wireless licenses have an indefinite life, and accordingly, are not subject to amortization. The weighted average period prior to renewal of these licenses at acquisition was approximately 5.7 years. The customer relationships included in Intangible assets subject to amortization are being amortized using an accelerated method over 8 years, and other intangibles are being amortized on a straight-line basis or an accelerated method over a period of 2 to 3 years. At the time of the acquisition, goodwill of approximately $1.4 billion was expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

Alltel Divestiture Markets

As a condition of the regulatory approvals by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FCC to complete the acquisition in January 2009, Verizon Wireless was required to divest overlapping properties in 105 operating markets in 24 states (Alltel Divestiture Markets). Total assets and total liabilities divested were $2.6 billion and $0.1 billion, respectively, principally comprised of network assets, wireless licenses and customer relationships that were included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other current liabilities, respectively, on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2009.

On May 8, 2009, Verizon Wireless entered into a definitive agreement with AT&T Mobility LLC (AT&T Mobility), a subsidiary of AT&T Inc., pursuant to which AT&T Mobility agreed to acquire 79 of the 105 Alltel Divestiture Markets, including licenses and network assets, for approximately $2.4 billion in cash. On June 9, 2009, Verizon Wireless entered into a definitive agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (ATN), pursuant to which ATN agreed to acquire the remaining 26 Alltel Divestiture Markets, including licenses and network assets, for $0.2 billion in cash. During the second quarter of 2010, Verizon Wireless completed both transactions. Upon completion of the divestitures, we recorded a tax charge of approximately $0.2 billion for the taxable gain associated with the Alltel Divestiture Markets.

Pro Forma Information

The unaudited pro forma information presents the combined operating results of Verizon and Alltel, with the results prior to the acquisition date adjusted to include the pro forma impact of: the elimination of transactions between Verizon and Alltel; the adjustment of amortization of intangible assets and depreciation of fixed assets based on the purchase price allocation; the elimination of merger expenses and management fees incurred by Alltel; and the adjustment of interest expense reflecting the assumption and partial redemption of Alltel’s debt and incremental borrowing incurred by Verizon Wireless to complete the acquisition of Alltel.

The unaudited pro forma results are presented for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect the realization of potential cost savings, or any related integration costs. These pro forma results do not purport to be indicative of the results that would have actually been obtained if the merger had occurred as of January 1, 2008, nor does the pro forma data intend to be a projection of results that may be obtained in the future.

The following unaudited pro forma consolidated results of operations assume that the acquisition of Alltel was completed as of January 1, 2008:

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Year ended December 31,

2008

 

Operating revenues

$

106,509

 

Net loss attributable to Verizon

 

(2,140

)

 

Loss per common share from net loss attributable to Verizon:

 

 

 

Basic

 

(.75

)

Diluted

 

(.75

)

Consolidated results of operations reported for the year ended December 31, 2009 were not significantly different than the pro forma consolidated results of operations assuming the acquisition of Alltel was completed on January 1, 2009.

Acquisition of Rural Cellular Corporation

On August 7, 2008, Verizon Wireless acquired 100% of the outstanding common stock and redeemed all of the preferred stock of Rural Cellular Corporation (Rural Cellular) in a cash transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion. The final purchase price allocation primarily resulted in $1.1 billion of wireless licenses and $0.9 billion in goodwill. Rural Cellular was a wireless communications service provider operating under the trade name of “Unicel,” focusing primarily on rural markets in the United States.

As part of its regulatory approval for the Rural Cellular acquisition, the FCC and DOJ required the divestiture of six operating markets. On December 22, 2008, we exchanged assets acquired from Rural Cellular and an additional cellular license with AT&T for assets having a total aggregate value of approximately $0.5 billion.

Other

On August 23, 2010, Verizon Wireless acquired the net assets and related customers of six operating markets in Louisiana and Mississippi in a transaction with AT&T Inc. for cash consideration of $0.2 billion. These assets were acquired to enhance Verizon Wireless’ network coverage in these operating markets. The preliminary purchase price allocation primarily resulted in $0.1 billion of wireless licenses and $0.1 billion in goodwill.

Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

On January 27, 2011, Verizon announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the common stock of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a global provider of IT infrastructure and cloud services, for $19 per share in cash (or approximately $1.4 billion). Terremark had approximately $0.5 billion of debt outstanding as of December 31, 2010. The acquisition, which is subject to the satisfaction of conditions, including the receipt of a regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. The acquisition will enhance Verizon’s offerings to governmental and large enterprise customers.

Merger Integration and Acquisition Related Charges

During 2010, we recorded pre-tax merger integration charges of $0.9 billion primarily related to the Alltel acquisition. These charges primarily related to the decommissioning of overlapping cell sites, preacquisition contingencies, handset conversions and trade name amortization.

During 2009, we recorded pre-tax merger integration and acquisition charges of $1.2 billion. These charges primarily related to the Alltel acquisition and were comprised of trade name amortization, re-branding initiatives and handset conversions. The charges during 2009 were also comprised of transaction fees and costs associated with the acquisition, including fees related to the credit facility that was entered into and utilized to complete the acquisition.

During 2008, we recorded pre-tax charges of $0.2 billion, primarily comprised of systems integration activities and other costs related to re-branding initiatives, facility exit costs and advertising associated with the MCI acquisition.