Atlantic Tele-Network Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results



    Third Quarter 2007 Highlights

    --  Net income increases 24% to $9.4 million

    --  Operating income increases 18% to $17.6 million

    --  Revenue increases 14% to $47.0 million

    SALEM, MASS., November 1 /CNW/ - Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:  
ATNI) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007. For the
quarter, revenue was $47.0 million, an increase of $5.7 million or 14% as
compared to revenue of $41.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2006.
Net income was $9.4 million for the quarter as compared to $7.6 million for
the same period in 2006, an increase of $1.8 million or 24%.

    For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, revenue was $134.7 million,
an increase of $21.3 million or 19% as compared to revenue of $113.4 million
for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. Net income was $25.3 million for
the nine months ended September 30, 2007, as compared to $16.6 million for the
same period in 2006, an increase of $8.7 million or 52%.

    Other income for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 includes a
pre-tax gain of $2.3 million recorded in the second quarter on the disposition
of certain assets and a license settlement. These one-time items, both
received by Commnet, had a combined positive impact after-tax of $1.0 million
on net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2007.

    On a per share basis, net income increased by 15% to $0.61 per diluted
share (on 15.3 million shares) from $0.53 per diluted share (on 14.4 million
shares) for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 and increased by 32% to $1.66
per diluted share (on 15.3 million shares) from $1.26 per diluted share (on
13.2 million shares) for the nine months ended September 30, 2006. The Company
sold 2.6 million shares of common stock through a public offering in the third
quarter of 2006.

    "The third quarter continues the year's trends of solid growth in net
income, operating income and revenue," said Michael T. Prior, Chief Executive
Officer of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. "As with last year, the third quarter
also benefited from seasonally higher traffic in our U.S. rural wireless
business, Commnet Wireless. Commnet's growth was also the primary driver of
consolidated revenue and profit growth for the quarter. We have continued to
invest in the expansion of our GSM and CDMA networks in remote areas of the
Southwest while also benefiting from growth in voice and data traffic volumes
at existing sites. The pending sale of our network in two Midwestern states
and our agreement to build a similarly sized network in three other states
will likely slow Commnet's growth in the near-term while we undertake our new
network builds.

    "As to our other businesses, GT&T has been able to grow revenue slightly
in the face of increased competition for wireless customers and traffic,
although the cost of that competitive environment continues to put pressure on
profits and margins. In New England, Sovernet's results remain flat. As we
have said in previous periods, achieving overall revenue and profit growth at
Sovernet is going to be a challenge as the mix of business continues to shift.
In Bermuda, we are delighted to announce that EV-DO data roaming has finally
been launched in recent weeks and we hope that achievement, together with
local data subscriber growth, will help return BDC to a modest growth mode in
2008. Lastly, management and staff, including several important new hires,
have continued to improve results in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which has
contributed to consolidated profit growth."

    Third Quarter 2007 Operating Highlights

    The following operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2007
are compared against the same period in 2006 unless otherwise indicated.

    Wireless Revenue. Wireless revenue increased by $4.4 million, or 26%, to
$21.5 million from $17.1 million. Of this increase, $4.2 million was
attributable to our domestic rural wireless network and the ongoing deployment
of new GSM and CDMA base stations, along with growth in minutes of use and
increases in data and international roaming revenue. We ended the quarter with
a total of 287 GSM and CDMA base stations in our U.S. network, compared to 183
on September 30, 2006. Wireless revenue in Guyana increased by $0.2 million.
Our Guyana wireless customer base grew from 261,000 subscribers as of
September 30, 2006 to 330,000 subscribers as of September 30, 2007 and from
305,000 as of June 30, 2007.

    Local Telephone and Data Revenue. Local telephone and data revenue grew
to $11.8 million compared to $11.5 million in 2006, an increase of 3%. While
our Guyana operations increased its access lines from 117,000 lines to 127,000
lines, or 9%, GT&T's local telephone and data revenues increased only slightly
as a result of decreasing prepaid landline activity. Sovernet also reported a
slight decrease in total revenue as compared to 2006, although the 2006 period
benefited from a one-time revenue pickup related to a carrier settlement.
While Sovernet continues to add business customers for its voice and data
services, it is being negatively impacted by the decline in its residential
data business, particularly its dial-up Internet services. Our Virgin Islands
operations saw an increase in revenue as our high-speed data subscribers in
that market increased by 64%, and we also had a strong increase in sales of
high-capacity Internet services to businesses and government offices.

    International Long Distance Revenue and Other Revenue. International long
distance revenue, all of which is generated by our GT&T subsidiary, was $12.6
million, an increase of $0.8 million, or 7%, from $11.8 million in 2006. This
increase was primarily driven by continued expansion of our wireline network
and an overall increase in wireless subscribers in Guyana. Inbound minutes
represented 82% of international traffic for the quarter. Other revenue
increased by 11%, primarily as a result of an increase in television
subscribers in our Virgin Islands operations.

    Operating Expenses. Operating expenses increased by $2.8 million, or 11%,
from $26.5 million to $29.3 million for the third quarter 2006 and 2007,
respectively. This increase primarily reflects additional sales and marketing
expenses incurred by our Guyana wireless business, including wireless handset
promotions, advertising and sales commissions. Engineering and operations
expenses, termination and access fees and depreciation and amortization
expenses also increased at both our Guyana and United States rural wireless
operations as a result of network expansion and increased traffic volumes in
these businesses.

    Operating Income. Operating income increased by $2.7 million, or 18%,
from $14.9 million to $17.6 million in comparison to the third quarter of
2006. This increase came predominately from wireless revenue growth offset by
an increase in sales and marketing expenses in Guyana and other operating
expenses associated with our network expansions as noted above.

    Bermuda Digital Communications. Equity in the earnings from BDC, our
Bermuda affiliate, decreased slightly due to a decline in voice revenue and an
unusual decrease in roaming by our own subscribers in the month of September
2007. Overall wireless subscribers continued to decrease slightly.

    Other Events. In September, Commnet, our domestic rural wireless
business, entered into an agreement with a national carrier to sell 59 cell
sites, along with spectrum licenses, in two Midwestern states for total
consideration of approximately $17.0 million. At the same time, Commnet
entered into an agreement with this carrier to purchase and lease spectrum and
build a network in rural areas in three states. This new network is expected
to consist of at least 70 sites, and, in return for a long-term roaming
agreement with this carrier, Commnet committed to complete the network build
by March 31, 2008. We expect the sale to close in late 2007 or early 2008,
however both transactions are subject to regulatory approval and certain other
conditions to closing. The Company expects to record a pre-tax gain when the
sale is consummated between $4.0 and $5.0 million in connection with the sale.

    Conference Call Information

    Atlantic Tele-Network will host a conference call tomorrow, Friday,
November 2, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss its third quarter
results for 2007. The call will be hosted by Michael Prior, President and
Chief Executive Officer, and Justin Benincasa, Chief Financial Officer. The
dial-in numbers are US/Canada: (800) 926-9907 and International: (303)
223-0120. A replay of the call will be available from 1:30 p.m. (ET) November
2, 2007 until 1:30 p.m. (ET) on November 9, 2007. The replay dial-in numbers
are US/Canada: (800) 633-8284 and International: (402) 977-9140, access code
21353792.

    About Atlantic Tele-Network

    Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ:  ATNI) is a telecommunications company
with corporate offices in Salem, Massachusetts and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin
Islands. Its principal subsidiaries include: Guyana Telephone and Telegraph
Company, Limited, which is the national telephone service provider for all
local, long-distance and international service, as well as the largest
wireless service provider, in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Commnet
Wireless, LLC, which provides voice and data wireless roaming services for
U.S. and international carriers in rural areas throughout the United States;
Sovernet, Inc., which provides wireline voice and data services to businesses
and homes in New England; and Choice Communications, LLC, which provides
wireless television and wireless broadband services, as well as dial-up
internet services in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Company also owns 43% of
Bermuda Digital Communications Ltd., which, under the Cellular One name, is
the largest provider of wireless voice and data services in Bermuda.

    Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among
other matters, the future financial performance and results of operations of
the Company, demand for our services and industry trends; the pace of our
network expansion and improvement, including our realization of the benefits
of these investments; and management's plans and strategy for the future.
These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs,
and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events or results. Actual
future events and results could differ materially from the events and results
indicated in these statements as a result of many factors, including, among
others, (1) significant political and regulatory risk facing our exclusive
license to provide local exchange and long distance telephone services in
Guyana; (2) any significant decline in the price or volume of international
long distance calls to Guyana; (3) increased competition affecting our
businesses; (4) the regulation of rates that GT&T may charge for local
wireline telephone service; (5) significant tax disputes between GT&T and the
Guyanese tax authorities; (6) the derivation of a significant portion of our
U.S. wireless revenue from a small number of customers; (7) our ability to
maintain favorable roaming arrangements, including the rates Commnet charges
its wholesale customers; (8) economic, political and other risks facing our
foreign political operations; (9) regulatory changes affecting our businesses;
(10) rapid and significant technological changes in the telecommunications
industry; (11) our reliance on a limited number of key suppliers and vendors
for timely supply of equipment and services relating to our network
infrastructure; (12) any loss of any key members of management; (13) the
adequacy and expansion capabilities of our network capacity and customer
service system to support our customer growth; (14) dependence of our wireless
and wireline revenues on the reliability and performance of our network
infrastructure; (15) the occurrence of severe weather and natural
catastrophes; (16) the possible reduction of our economic interest in our
Bermuda affiliate in July 2008; and (17) our ability to realize the value that
we believe exists in businesses that we acquire. These and other additional
factors that may cause actual future events and results to differ materially
from the events and results indicated in the forward-looking statements above
are set forth more fully under Item 1A "Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, which is on file
with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these
forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions
or changes in other factors that may affect such forward-looking statements.

    


                         ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
               Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                (in Thousands)

                                                December 31, September 30,
                                                    2006         2007
                                                ------------ -------------
    Assets:
       Cash and Cash Equivalents                     $60,543       $60,967
       Other Current Assets                           30,596        34,346
       Assets Held For Sale                                -        13,324
                                                ------------ -------------

       Total Current Assets                           91,139       108,637

       Fixed Assets, net                             138,573       145,526
       Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets,
        net                                           59,733        56,517
       Other Assets                                   13,169        14,773
                                                ------------ -------------

    Total Assets                                    $302,614      $325,453
                                                ------------ -------------

    Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
         Accounts Payable, Accrued Liabilities,
    and Other Current Liabilities                    $35,041       $35,713
        Liabilities Held For Sale                          -         1,305
                                                ------------ -------------

       Total Current Liabilities                      35,041        37,018

       Long Term Debt                                 50,000        50,000
       Other Liabilities                              12,871        13,153
                                                ------------ -------------

    Total Liabilities                                 97,912       100,171

    Minority Interests                                25,932        25,931

    Stockholders' Equity                             178,770       199,351
                                                ------------ -------------

       Total Liabilities and Stockholders'
        Equity                                      $302,614      $325,453
                                                ------------ -------------
    

    
                         ATLANTIC TELE-NETWORK, INC.
          Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                    (in Thousands, Except per Share Data)

                                      Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
                                        September 30,      September 30,
                                      ------------------ -----------------
                                         2006     2007     2006     2007
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------
    Revenue:
       Wireless                          $17,050 $21,453   $44,595 $58,741
       Local Telephone and Data           11,532  11,816    31,574  35,019
       International Long Distance        11,833  12,649    34,513  37,898
       Other Revenues                        932   1,043     2,682   3,054
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

       Total Revenue                      41,347  46,961   113,364 134,712
    Operating Expenses:
       Termination and Access Fees         6,077   6,811    17,317  19,740
       Internet and Programming              940     857     2,571   2,524
       Engineering and Operations          5,013   5,420    14,000  16,893
       Sales, Marketing and Customer
        Services                           2,487   3,614     6,328  12,352
       General and Administrative          5,637   5,591    16,036  16,661
       Depreciation and Amortization       6,133   6,815    18,033  19,975
       Non-Cash Stock Based
        Compensation                         195     213       609     631
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

    Total Operating Expenses              26,482  29,321    74,894  88,776
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

    Operating Income                      14,865  17,640    38,470  45,936
    Other Income (Expense):
       Interest Income (Expense), net      (398)     (7)   (1,881)     218
       Other Income                           21      24       619   2,969
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

       Other Income (Expense), net         (377)      17   (1,262)   3,187

    Income Before Income Taxes,
     Minority Interests and
    Equity in Earnings of
     Unconsolidated Affiliates            14,488  17,657    37,208  49,123
       Income Taxes                        6,286   7,863    18,976  21,778
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

    Income Before Minority Interests
     and Equity in Earnings of
     Unconsolidated Affiliates             8,202   9,794    18,232  27,345
     Equity in Earnings of
      Unconsolidated Affiliates              708     668     2,010   1,766
       Minority Interests                (1,307) (1,060)   (3,614) (3,762)
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

       Net Income                         $7,603  $9,402   $16,628 $25,349
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------

    Net Income Per Share
      Basic                                $0.53   $0.62     $1.27   $1.67
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------
      Diluted                              $0.53   $0.61     $1.26   $1.66
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------
    Weighted Average Common Shares
     Outstanding
      Basic                               14,262  15,175    13,053  15,162
                                      ---------- ------- --------- -------
      Diluted                             14,353  15,317    13,223  15,295
                                      ---------- ----------------- -------
    




For further information:

For further information: Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. Michael T. Prior,
978-619-1300 Chief Executive Officer or Justin D. Benincasa, 978-619-1300
Chief Financial Officer

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