AT&T simply launched its earnings report for the fourth quarter of 2018. The corporate generated $47.99 billion in income with adjusted earnings per share of 86 cents that exclude particular gadgets.
Wall Road analysts had anticipated earnings per share of 86 cents and $48.5 billion in income. In different phrases, earnings per share are proper on monitor, income is barely beneath expectations.
AT&T shares (NYSE:T) are at present buying and selling down 0.78 % in pre-market buying and selling in comparison with yesterday’s closing value of $30.67.
“Our prime precedence for 2018 and 2019 is decreasing our debt and I couldn’t be extra happy with how we closed the 12 months. In 2018, we generated document free money stream whereas investing at near-record ranges. Our dividend payout as a % of free money stream was 46% for the quarter and 60% for the 12 months, permitting us to extend the dividend for the 35th consecutive 12 months,” AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson wrote within the launch. “This momentum will carry us into 2019 permitting us to proceed decreasing our debt whereas investing within the enterprise and persevering with our robust document for paying dividends.”
AT&T has added 134,000 postpaid cellphone subscribers over the quarter. Analysts anticipated extra from the corporate. Income is up 15.2 % 12 months over 12 months, however that’s largely as a consequence of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.