management’s discussion and analysis
of financial condition and results of operations

Consolidated Financial Condition (1 of 2)

(dollars in millions)

Years Ended December 31,

 

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

2009

 

Cash Flows Provided By (Used In)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

$

29,780

 

$

33,363

 

$

31,390

 

Investing activities

 

(17,250

)

 

(15,054

)

 

(23,156

)

Financing activities

 

(5,836

)

 

(13,650

)

 

(16,007

)

Increase (Decrease) In Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

6,694

 

$

4,659

 

$

(7,773

)

We use the net cash generated from our operations to fund network expansion and modernization, repay external financing, pay dividends, repurchase Verizon common stock from time to time and invest in new businesses. While our current liabilities typically exceed current assets, our sources of funds, primarily from operations and, to the extent necessary, from external financing arrangements, are sufficient to meet ongoing operating and investing requirements. We expect that our capital spending requirements will continue to be financed primarily through internally generated funds. Debt or equity financing may be needed to fund additional development activities or to maintain an appropriate capital structure to ensure our financial flexibility. Our cash and cash equivalents are primarily held domestically in diversified accounts and are invested to maintain principal and liquidity. Accordingly, we do not have significant exposure to foreign currency fluctuations.

The volatility in world debt and equity markets has not had a significant impact on our ability to access external financing. Our available external financing arrangements include the issuance of commercial paper, credit available under credit facilities and other bank lines of credit, vendor financing arrangements, issuances of registered debt or equity securities and privately-placed capital market securities. As of December 31, 2011, we had a shelf registration available for the issuance of debt or equity securities with an aggregate offering price of up to $3.15 billion.

On February 7, 2012, we filed a new shelf registration statement for the issuance of debt or equity securities with an aggregate offering price of up to $10 billion. In connection with this filing, the previous shelf registration statement was terminated. We may also issue short-term debt through an active commercial paper program and have a $6.2 billion credit facility to support such commercial paper issuances.

Cash Flows Provided By Operating Activities

Our primary source of funds continues to be cash generated from operations, primarily of Verizon Wireless. Net cash provided by operating activities during 2011 decreased by $3.6 billion compared to 2010 primarily due to purchases for wireless devices, cash flows from divested operations (see ’Acquisitions and Divestitures”) and higher pension plan contributions. Net cash provided by operating activities during 2011 and 2010 included net distributions received from Vodafone Omnitel of $0.4 billion in each year.

Net cash provided by operating activities during 2010 increased by $2.0 billion compared to 2009 primarily due to higher operating cash flows at Verizon Wireless, changes in working capital related in part to management of inventory and the timing of tax payments. Partially offsetting these increases were lower operating cash flows at Wireline, as well as a lower net distribution from Vodafone Omnitel.

Cash Flows Used In Investing Activities

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures continue to be our primary use of capital resources as they facilitate the introduction of new products and services, enhance responsiveness to competitive challenges and increase the operating efficiency and productivity of our networks. We are directing our capital spending primarily toward higher growth markets.

Capital expenditures, including capitalized software, were as follows:

(dollars in millions)

Years Ended December 31,

 

2011

 

 

2010

 

 

2009

 

Verizon Wireless

$

8,973

 

$

8,438

 

$

7,152

 

Wireline

 

6,399

 

 

7,269

 

 

8,892

 

Other

 

872

 

 

751

 

 

828

 

 

$

16,244

 

$

16,458

 

$

16,872

 

Total as a percentage of revenue

 

14.7%

 

 

15.4%

 

 

15.7%

 

The increase in capital expenditures at Verizon Wireless during 2011 and 2010 was primarily due to the increased investment in the capacity of our wireless EV-DO network, as well as the build-out of our 4G LTE network. The decrease in capital expenditures at Wireline during 2011 and 2010 was primarily due to capital expenditures in 2010 related to the local exchange business and related activities that were spun off to Frontier, as well as lower capital expenditures related to the build-out of FiOS.

Acquisitions

During 2011, 2010 and 2009, we invested $2.0 billion, $1.4 billion and $6.0 billion, respectively, in acquisitions of licenses, investments and businesses.

  • During April 2011, we paid approximately $1.4 billion for the equity of Terremark, which was partially offset by $0.1 billion of cash acquired (see ’Acquisitions and Divestitures”). See ’Cash Flows From Financing Activities” below regarding the debt obligations of Terremark that were repaid during May 2011. In addition, during 2011, we acquired various wireless licenses and markets as well as a provider of cloud software technology for cash consideration that was not significant.
  • 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.
  • On January 9, 2009, Verizon Wireless paid approximately $5.9 billion for the equity of Alltel, which was partially offset by $1.0 billion of cash acquired at closing. See ’Cash Flows From Financing Activities” below regarding the debt obligations assumed in connection with the acquisition of Alltel.
Dispositions

During 2010, we received cash proceeds of $2.6 billion in connection with the sale of the Alltel Divestiture Markets (see ’Acquisitions and Divestitures”).

Other, net

During 2011, Other, net primarily included proceeds related to the sales of long-term investments, which were not significant to our consolidated statements of income.

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

We seek to maintain a mix of fixed and variable rate debt to lower borrowing costs within reasonable risk parameters and to protect against earnings and cash flow volatility resulting from changes in market conditions. During 2011, 2010 and 2009, net cash used in financing activities was $5.8 billion, $13.7 billion and $16.0 billion, respectively.

2011

During 2011, proceeds from long-term borrowings totaled $11.1 billion, which was primarily used to repay outstanding debt, redeem higher interest bearing debt maturing in the near term and for other general corporate purposes.

During 2011, $0.5 billion of 5.35% Verizon Communications Notes matured and were repaid, and we utilized $0.3 billion under fixed rate vendor financing facilities.

During March 2011, we issued $6.25 billion aggregate principal amount of fixed and floating rate notes at varying maturities resulting in cash proceeds of approximately $6.19 billion, net of discounts and issuance costs. The net proceeds were used for the repayment of commercial paper and other general corporate purposes, as well as to redeem $2.0 billion aggregate principal amount of telephone subsidiary debt during April 2011.

The debt obligations of Terremark that were outstanding at the time of its acquisition by Verizon were repaid during the second quarter of 2011.

During November 2011, we issued $4.6 billion aggregate principal amount of fixed notes at varying maturities resulting in cash proceeds of approximately $4.55 billion, net of discounts and issuance costs. During November 2011, the net proceeds were used to redeem $1.6 billion aggregate principal amount of Verizon Communications notes and $1.9 billion aggregate principal amount of telephone subsidiary debt. The remaining net proceeds were used for the repayment of commercial paper and other general corporate purposes. See ’Other Items” regarding the debt redemption costs incurred in connection with the aforementioned redemptions.

During December 2011, we repaid $0.9 billion upon maturity for the €0.7 billion of 7.625% Verizon Wireless Notes, and the related cross currency swap was settled. During May 2011, $4.0 billion Verizon Wireless two-year fixed and floating rate notes matured and were repaid.

During January 2012, $1.0 billion of 5.875% Verizon New Jersey Inc. Debentures matured and were repaid. During February 2012, $0.8 billion of 5.25% Verizon Wireless Notes matured and were repaid.

2010

During 2010, Verizon received approximately $3.1 billion in cash in connection with the completion of the spin-off and merger of Spinco (see ’Acquisitions and Divestitures”). This special cash payment was subsequently used to redeem $2.0 billion of 7.25% Verizon Communications Notes due December 2010 at a redemption price of 102.7% of the principal amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest through the date of redemption, as well as other short-term borrowings. During 2010, $0.3 billion of 6.125% and $0.2 billion of 8.625% Verizon New York Inc. Debentures, $0.2 billion of 6.375% Verizon North Inc. Debentures and $0.2 billion of 6.3% Verizon Northwest Inc. Debentures matured and were repaid. In addition, during 2010 Verizon repaid $0.2 billion of floating rate vendor financing debt.

In 2010, Verizon Wireless exercised its right to redeem the outstanding $1.0 billion of aggregate floating rate notes due June 2011 at a redemption price of 100% of the principal amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest through the date of redemption. In addition, during 2010, Verizon Wireless repaid the remaining $4.0 billion of borrowings that were outstanding under a $4.4 billion Three-Year Term Loan Facility Agreement with a maturity date of September 2011 (Three-Year Term Loan Facility). As there were no borrowings outstanding under this facility, it was cancelled.

2009

During 2009, Verizon issued $1.8 billion of 6.35% Notes due 2019 and $1.0 billion of 7.35% Notes due 2039, resulting in cash proceeds of $2.7 billion, net of discounts and issuance costs, which was used to reduce our commercial paper borrowings, repay maturing debt and for general corporate purposes. In January 2009, Verizon utilized a $0.2 billion floating rate vendor financing facility. During 2009, we redeemed $0.1 billion of 6.8% Verizon New Jersey Inc. Debentures, $0.3 billion of 6.7% and $0.2 billion of 5.5% Verizon California Inc. Debentures and $0.2 billion of 5.875% Verizon New England Inc. Debentures. In April 2009, $0.5 billion of 7.51% GTE Corporation Debentures matured and were repaid. In addition, during 2009, $0.5 billion floating rate Notes due 2009 and $0.1 billion of 8.23% Verizon Notes matured and were repaid.

During 2009, Verizon Wireless raised capital to fund the acquisition
of Alltel.

  • On January 9, 2009, Verizon Wireless borrowed $12.4 billion under a $17.0 billion credit facility (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 the notes in private placements issued in February 2009, May 2009 and June 2009, which are described below to repay the borrowings under the Bridge Facility. The Bridge Facility and the commitments under the Bridge Facility have been terminated.
  • In February 2009, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Wireless Capital LLC co-issued $4.3 billion aggregate principal amount of three and five-year fixed rate notes in a private placement resulting in cash proceeds of $4.2 billion, net of discounts and issuance costs.
  • In May 2009, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Wireless Capital LLC co-issued $4.0 billion aggregate principal amount of two-year fixed and floating rate notes in a private placement resulting in cash proceeds of approximately $4.0 billion, net of discounts and issuance costs.
  • In June 2009, Verizon Wireless issued $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of floating rate notes due 2011. As described above, during 2010 these notes were repaid.
  • In August 2009, Verizon Wireless repaid $0.4 billion of borrowings that were outstanding under the Three-Year Term Loan Facility, reducing the outstanding borrowings under this facility to $4.0 billion as of December 31, 2009. As described above, during 2010 this facility was repaid in full.

During November 2009, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Wireless Capital LLC, completed an exchange offer to exchange the privately placed notes issued in November 2008, and February and May 2009, for new notes with similar terms.

Other, net

The change in Other, net financing activities during 2011 compared to the prior year was primarily driven by lower distributions to Vodafone, which owns a 45% noncontrolling interest in Verizon Wireless. The change in Other, net financing activities during 2010 compared to 2009 was primarily driven by higher distributions to Vodafone.

In July 2011, the Board of Representatives of Verizon Wireless declared a distribution to its owners, payable on January 31, 2012 in proportion to their partnership interests on that date, in the aggregate amount of $10 billion. As a result, during January 2012, Vodafone Group Plc received a cash payment of $4.5 billion and the remainder of the distribution was received by Verizon.

Dividends

During 2011, we paid $5.6 billion in dividends compared to $5.4 billion in 2010 and $5.3 billion in 2009. As in prior periods, dividend payments were a significant use of capital resources. The Verizon Board of Directors determines the appropriateness of the level of our dividend payments on a periodic basis by considering such factors as long-term growth opportunities, internal cash requirements and the expectations of our shareowners. During the third quarter of 2011, the Board increased our quarterly dividend payment 2.6% to $.50 per share from $.4875 per share in the same period of 2010. This is the fifth consecutive year that Verizon’s Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend increase. During the third quarter of 2010, the Board increased our quarterly dividend payment 2.6% to $.4875 per share from $.475 per share in the same period of 2009. During the third quarter of 2009, the Board increased our dividend payments 3.3%.

Credit Facility

As of December 31, 2011, the unused borrowing capacity under a $6.2 billion three-year credit facility with a group of major financial institutions was approximately $6.1 billion. On April 15, 2011, we amended this facility primarily to reduce fees and borrowing costs and extend the maturity date to October 15, 2014. The credit facility does not require us to comply with financial covenants or maintain specified credit ratings, and it permits us to borrow even if our business has incurred a material adverse change. We use the credit facility to support the issuance of commercial paper, for the issuance of letters of credit and for general corporate purposes.

Verizon’s ratio of net debt to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was 1.2x at December 31, 2011 and 1.3x at December 31, 2010. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA excludes the effects of non-operational items (see ’Other Items”).

Common Stock

Common stock has been used from time to time to satisfy some of the funding requirements of employee and shareowner plans. On February 3, 2011, the Board of Directors replaced the current share buyback program with a new program for the repurchase of up to 100 million common shares terminating no later than the close of business on February 28, 2014. The Board also determined that no additional shares were to be purchased under the prior program.

During the first quarter of 2009, we entered into a privately negotiated prepaid forward agreement for 14 million shares of Verizon common stock at a cost of approximately $0.4 billion. We terminated the prepaid forward agreement with respect to 5 million of the shares during the fourth quarter of 2009 and 9 million of the shares in the first quarter of 2010, which resulted in the delivery of those shares to Verizon.

There were no repurchases of common stock during 2011, 2010 or 2009.

Credit Ratings

The debt securities of Verizon Communications and its subsidiaries continue to be accorded high ratings by the three primary rating agencies.

Although a one-level ratings downgrade would not be expected to significantly impact our access to capital, it could increase both the cost of refinancing existing debt and the cost of financing any new capital requirements. Securities ratings assigned by rating organizations are expressions of opinion and are not recommendations to buy, sell, or hold securities. A securities rating is subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating organization. Each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating.

Covenants

Our credit agreements contain covenants that are typical for large, investment grade companies. These covenants include requirements to pay interest and principal in a timely fashion, pay taxes, maintain insurance with responsible and reputable insurance companies, preserve our corporate existence, keep appropriate books and records of financial transactions, maintain our properties, provide financial and other reports to our lenders, limit pledging and disposition of assets and mergers and consolidations, and other similar covenants.

We and our consolidated subsidiaries are in compliance with all debt covenants.