Rogers Communications Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results

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Delivered strong financial and operational performance in Wireless Grew service revenue by 3% and adjusted EBITDA by 10%Delivered postpaid churn of 0.99% for the second consecutive quarterIncreased blended ABPU by 4%; increased blended ARPU by 2%Added 77,000 postpaid nets, reflecting disciplined loadingIntroduced Rogers Infinite™, with 365,000 Canadians on new unlimited plans Grew Cable revenue and adjusted EBITDA by 1% and 3%, respectively Continued strong Internet revenue growth of 7%Added 22,000 Internet nets, reflecting continued growth in Internet penetrationExpanded Ignite TV to Newfoundland; set to launch in New Brunswick this summer Increased total revenue and adjusted EBITDA by 1% and 9%, respectivelyReturned $307 million to shareholders, including $257 million in dividend payments and $50 million in share repurchases through our normal course issuer bid program; year to date, $709 million returned to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases TORONTO, July 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rogers Communications Inc. today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Consolidated Financial Highlights  Three months ended June 30 Six months ended June 30(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts, unaudited)20192018 1% Chg 20192018 1% Chg        Total revenue3,7803,7561 7,3677,389—Total service revenue 23,3453,3001 6,4886,4271Adjusted EBITDA 31,6351,5049 2,9702,8425Net income59153810 9829632Adjusted net income 35975548 1,0021,031(3)        Diluted earnings per share$1.15$1.0411 $1.90$1.862Adjusted diluted earnings per share 3$1.16$1.078 $1.94$1.99(3)        Cash provided by operating activities1,0571,0481 2,0551,9336Free cash flow 3,46095952 1,0141,036(2) 1 Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted IFRS 16, Leases (IFRS 16), with the ongoing impacts of this standard included in our results prospectively from that date. Our 2018 results have not been restated. See "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates".2 As defined. See "Key Performance Indicators".3 As defined. See "Non-GAAP Measures". These measures should not be considered substitutes or alternatives for GAAP measures. These are not defined terms under IFRS and do not have standard meanings, so may not be a reliable way to compare us to other companies.4 Effective January 1, 2019, we have redefined free cash flow such that we no longer adjust for the "net change in contract asset and deferred commission cost asset balances". We have redefined free cash flow to simplify this measure and believe removing it will make us more comparable within our industry. "We delivered strong growth across all the key value drivers of our business, while making the right long-term investments and significantly advancing our strategic plan," said Joe Natale, President and CEO. "Our robust fundamental performance enabled us to take an important step forward to introduce unlimited data plans with no overage fees for Canadians. This is another important initiative, led by Rogers, in putting our customers first." Quarterly Financial Highlights RevenueBoth total revenue and total service revenue increased 1% this quarter, largely driven by a 3% increase in Wireless service revenue. Strong Wireless service revenue growth was primarily a result of a larger postpaid subscriber base and continued increases in blended ARPU, our thirteenth consecutive quarter of year on year blended ARPU growth. Cable revenue increased by 1% this quarter, as Internet revenue growth of 7% continued to drive this segment. Media revenue decreased by 3% this quarter, primarily as a result of the sale of our publishing business at the beginning of April 2019 and lower Toronto Blue Jays revenue, partially offset by higher Sportsnet revenue. Excluding the impact of the sale of our publishing business, Media revenue would have been stable this quarter compared to 2018. Adjusted EBITDA and marginsThis quarter, consolidated adjusted EBITDA increased by 9%, with our adjusted EBITDA margin expanding by 330 basis points. The adoption of IFRS 16 resulted in an increase in adjusted EBITDA compared to last year as we have not restated 2018 comparatives; this contributed 3 percentage points of the growth, the majority of which impacts Wireless. Wireless adjusted EBITDA grew 10%, leading to a margin of 50.3%, an expansion of 380 basis points from last year, as a result of strong growth in Wireless service revenue and the impact of adopting IFRS 16. Cable adjusted EBITDA increased 3% this quarter primarily from the ongoing product mix shift to higher-margin Internet services and various cost efficiencies achieved. This gave rise to a margin of 47.9% this quarter, up 130 basis points from last year. Media adjusted EBITDA increased by 20% this quarter, primarily as a result of lower player salaries at the Toronto Blue Jays. Net income and adjusted net incomeNet income and adjusted net income increased this quarter by 10% and 8%, respectively, primarily as a result of the higher adjusted EBITDA discussed above. Substantial cash flow affords financial flexibility and supports network evolutionWe continued to generate substantial cash flow from operating activities of $1,057 million this quarter, up 1%, and free cash flow of $609 million this quarter, up 2%. Our solid financial results enable us to continue to make investments in our network and spectrum holdings, strengthen our balance sheet and liquidity, and still return substantial cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. We paid $257 million in dividends this quarter, repurchased for cancellation 0.7 million Class B Non-Voting common shares (Class B Non-Voting Shares) for $50 million under our normal course issuer bid (NCIB) program, and ended the quarter with a debt leverage ratio of 3.0, up from 2.5 at the end of 2018, as a result of our acquisition of $1.7 billion of 600 MHz spectrum licences this quarter (0.3 impact), and our adoption of IFRS 16 (0.2 impact). Strategic Highlights Our six company priorities guide our work and decision-making as we further improve our operational execution and make well-timed investments to grow our core businesses and deliver increased shareholder value. Below are some highlights. Create best-in-class customer experiences by putting our customers first in everything we do Launched Rogers Infinite™ unlimited data plans with no overage charges.Introduced 24 and 36 month $0 down, interest-free device financing on Rogers Infinite™ plans.Delivered Wireless postpaid churn of 0.99% for the second consecutive quarter. Invest in our networks and technology to deliver leading performance and reliability Acquired critical 5G 600 MHz spectrum licences in every province and territory.Continued to test and deploy 5G-ready technology, including 5G data tests in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.Announced the launch of a 5G innovation hub that will test 5G applications and use cases at Communitech in Waterloo. Deliver innovative solutions and compelling content that our customers will love Launched Ignite TV in Newfoundland.Launched Ignite WiFi™ Hub for all Ignite TV customers to give them ultimate control over their WiFi experience. Drive profitable growth in all the markets we serve Increased total service revenue and adjusted EBITDA by 1% and 9%, respectively.Increased Wireless blended ABPU by 4% and blended ARPU by 2%.Returned over $300 million to shareholders through dividend payments and share repurchases. Develop our people and a high performance culture Achieved a company-wide engagement score of 85%, five points above global best-in-class companies.Named to the LGBT Corporate Canadian Index, an index that recognizes companies advancing equality.Announced a $10 million investment to support a new cybersecurity centre at Ryerson University focused on building diverse digital skills of the future and to help fulfill our ongoing demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals. Be a strong, socially responsible leader in our communities across Canada Volunteered 20,000 hours to support 80 volunteer events across Canada for our second annual Give Together Days.Awarded 362 scholarships to youth as part of our Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund program.Reached 315 non-profit housing partners with our Connected for Success affordable broadband program. About Rogers Rogers is a proud Canadian company dedicated to making more possible for Canadians each and every day. Our founder, Ted Rogers, purchased his first radio station, CHFI, in 1960. We have grown to become a leading technology and media company that strives to provide the very best in wireless, residential, and media to Canadians and Canadian businesses. Our shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). Investment community contactMedia contact  Paul CarpinoTerrie Tweddle647.435.6470647.501.8346paul.carpino@rci.rogers.comterrie.tweddle@rci.rogers.com Quarterly Investment Community TeleconferenceOur second quarter 2019 results teleconference with the investment community will be held on: July 23, 20198:00 a.m. Eastern Timewebcast available at investors.rogers.commedia are welcome to participate on a listen-only basis A rebroadcast will be available at investors.rogers.com for at least two weeks following the teleconference. Additionally, investors should note that from time to time, Rogers' management presents at brokerage-sponsored investor conferences. Most often, but not always, these conferences are webcast by the hosting brokerage firm, and when they are webcast, links are made available on Rogers' website at investors.rogers.com. For More Information You can find more information relating to us on our website (investors.rogers.com), on SEDAR (sedar.com), and on EDGAR (sec.gov), or you can e-mail us at investor.relations@rci.rogers.com. Information on or connected to these and any other websites referenced in this earnings release is not part of, or incorporated into, this earnings release. You can also go to investors.rogers.com for information about our governance practices, corporate social responsibility reporting, a glossary of communications and media industry terms, and additional information about our business. About this Earnings Release This earnings release contains important information about our business and our performance for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, as well as forward-looking information about future periods. This earnings release should be read in conjunction with our Second Quarter 2019 MD&A; our Second Quarter 2019 Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto, which have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, Interim Financial Reporting, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB); our 2018 Annual MD&A; our 2018 Annual Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto, which have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the IASB; and our other recent filings with Canadian and US securities regulatory authorities, including our Annual Information Form, which are available on SEDAR at sedar.com or EDGAR at sec.gov, respectively. Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted the new accounting standard, IFRS 16, Leases (IFRS 16), that is discussed in "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates" in this earnings release and in our Second Quarter 2019 MD&A. The adoption of IFRS 16 had a significant effect on our reported results. Due to our selected transition method, we have not restated our prior year comparatives. Effective January 1, 2019, we have redefined free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, such that we no longer adjust for the "net change in contract asset and deferred commission cost asset balances". We have redefined free cash flow to simplify this measure and believe removing this adjustment will make us more comparable within our industry. See "Non-GAAP Measures" for more information. For more information about Rogers, including product and service offerings, competitive market and industry trends, our overarching strategy, key performance drivers, and objectives, see "Understanding Our Business", "Our Strategy, Key Performance Drivers, and Strategic Highlights", and "Capability to Deliver Results" in our 2018 Annual MD&A. In April 2019, we sold our publishing division, including our print and digital magazine brands, to St. Joseph Communications. We, us, our, Rogers, Rogers Communications, and the Company refer to Rogers Communications Inc. and its subsidiaries. RCI refers to the legal entity Rogers Communications Inc., not including its subsidiaries. Rogers also holds interests in various investments and ventures. All dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated and are unaudited. All percentage changes are calculated using the rounded numbers as they appear in the tables. Information is current as at July 22, 2019 and was approved by the Audit and Risk Committee of RCI's Board of Directors (the Board) on that date. This earnings release includes forward-looking statements and assumptions. See "About Forward-Looking Information" for more information. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). In this earnings release, this quarter, the quarter, or the second quarter refer to the three months ended June 30, 2019, the first quarter refers to the three months ended March 31, 2019, and year to date refers to the six months ended June 30, 2019, unless the context indicates otherwise. All results commentary is compared to the equivalent periods in 2018 or as at December 31, 2018, as applicable, unless otherwise indicated. Reportable segments We report our results of operations in three reportable segments. Each segment and the nature of its business is as follows: SegmentPrincipal activitiesWirelessWireless telecommunications operations for Canadian consumers and businesses.CableCable telecommunications operations, including Internet, television, telephony (phone), and smart home monitoring services for Canadian consumers and businesses, and network connectivity through our fibre network and data centre assets to support a range of voice, data, networking, hosting, and cloud-based services for the business, public sector, and carrier wholesale markets.MediaA diversified portfolio of media properties, including sports media and entertainment, television and radio broadcasting, specialty channels, multi-platform shopping, and digital media. Wireless and Cable are operated by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Rogers Communications Canada Inc. (RCCI), and certain of our other wholly-owned subsidiaries. Media is operated by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Rogers Media Inc., and its subsidiaries. Summary of Consolidated Financial Results  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except margins and per share amounts)2019 2018 1 % Chg  2019 2018 1 % Chg         Revenue       Wireless2,244 2,214 1  4,433 4,405 1 Cable997 991 1  1,973 1,960 1 Media591 608 (3) 1,059 1,140 (7)Corporate items and intercompany eliminations(52)(57)(9) (98)(116)(16)Revenue3,780 3,756 1  7,367 7,389 — Total service revenue 23,345 3,300 1  6,488 6,427 1         Adjusted EBITDA 3       Wireless1,128 1,029 10  2,143 1,963 9 Cable478 462 3  923 895 3 Media72 60 20  (12)83 n/m Corporate items and intercompany eliminations(43)(47)(9) (84)(99)(15)Adjusted EBITDA1,635 1,504 9  2,970 2,842 5         Adjusted EBITDA margin 343.3%40.0%3.3pts 40.3%38.5%1.8pts        Net income591 538 10  982 963 2 Basic earnings per share$1.15 $1.04 11  $1.91 $1.87 2 Diluted earnings per share$1.15 $1.04 11  $1.90 $1.86 2         Adjusted net income 3597 554 8  1,002 1,031 (3)Adjusted basic earnings per share 3$1.17 $1.08 8  $1.95 $2.00 (3)Adjusted diluted earnings per share 3$1.16 $1.07 8  $1.94 $1.99 (3)        Capital expenditures742 657 13  1,359 1,262 8 Cash provided by operating activities1,057 1,048 1  2,055 1,933 6 Free cash flow 3,4609 595 2  1,014 1,036 (2) n/m - not meaningful1 Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted IFRS 16, with the ongoing impacts of this standard included in our results prospectively from that date. Our 2018 results have not been restated for the effects of IFRS 16. See "Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates".2 As defined. See "Key Performance Indicators".3 Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered substitutes or alternatives for GAAP measures. These are not defined terms under IFRS and do not have standard meanings, so may not be a reliable way to compare us to other companies. See "Non-GAAP Measures" for information about these measures, including how we calculate them.4 2018 free cash flow has been restated. See "Non-GAAP Measures" for more information. Results of our Reportable Segments WIRELESS Wireless Financial Results  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except margins)2019 2018 % Chg  2019 2018 % Chg         Revenue       Service revenue1,813 1,761 3  3,560 3,448 3 Equipment revenue431 453 (5) 873 957 (9)Revenue2,244 2,214 1  4,433 4,405 1         Operating expenses       Cost of equipment467 488 (4) 968 1,049 (8)Other operating expenses649 697 (7) 1,322 1,393 (5)Operating expenses1,116 1,185 (6) 2,290 2,442 (6)        Adjusted EBITDA1,128 1,029 10  2,143 1,963 9         Adjusted EBITDA margin50.3%46.5%3.8pts 48.3%44.6%3.7ptsCapital expenditures390 240 63  672 500 34  Wireless Subscriber Results 1  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In thousands, except churn, blended ABPU, and blended ARPU) 2019  2018 Chg   2019  2018 Chg         Postpaid       Gross additions 351  389  (38)  646  766  (120)Net additions 77  122  (45)  100  217  (117)Total postpaid subscribers 2 9,257  8,921  336   9,257  8,921  336 Churn (monthly) 0.99% 1.01% (0.02pts)  0.99% 1.04% (0.05pts)Prepaid       Gross additions 199  191  8   370  354  16 Net additions (losses) 8  (13) 21   (48) (73) 25 Total prepaid subscribers 2,3 1,451  1,705  (254)  1,451  1,705  (254)Churn (monthly) 4.43% 3.98% 0.45pts  4.57% 4.11% 0.46ptsBlended ABPU (monthly)$67.16 $64.80 $2.36  $65.81 $63.74 $2.07 Blended ARPU (monthly)$56.73 $55.60 $1.13  $55.36 $54.64 $0.72  1 Subscriber counts, subscriber churn, blended ABPU, and blended ARPU are key performance indicators. See "Key Performance Indicators".2 As at end of period.3 Effective April 1, 2019, we adjusted our Wireless prepaid subscriber base to remove 127,000 subscribers as a result of a change to our deactivation policy from 180 days to 90 days to be more consistent within the industry. Service revenueThe 3% increases in service revenue this quarter and year to date were a result of: a larger postpaid subscriber base; anda 2% increase in blended ARPU this quarter and 1% increase year to date, primarily due to the increased mix of subscribers on higher-rate plans from our various brands. The 4% increase in blended ABPU this quarter and 3% increase year to date were a result of the increased service revenue as described above. The decreases in gross and net postpaid subscriber additions for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 were a result of our disciplined approach around subscriber base management and an overall softness in the market this year compared to last year. We believe the record low postpaid churn this quarter and on a year-to-date basis was a result of our strategic focus on enhancing the customer experience by improving our customer service and continually increasing the quality of our network. Equipment revenueThe 5% decrease in equipment revenue this quarter and 9% decrease year to date were a result of: a decrease in device upgrades by existing subscribers; partially offset bya shift in the product mix of device sales towards higher-value smartphones. Operating expensesCost of equipmentThe 4% decrease in the cost of equipment this quarter and 8% decrease year to date were a result of: the decrease in device upgrades by existing subscribers, as discussed above; partially offset bya shift in the product mix of device sales towards higher-cost smartphones. Other operating expensesThe 7% decrease in other operating expenses this quarter and 5% decrease year to date were primarily a result of: the impact of the adoption of IFRS 16; andvarious cost efficiencies. Adjusted EBITDAThe 10% increase in adjusted EBITDA this quarter and 9% increase year to date were a result of the revenue and expense changes discussed above. CABLE Cable Financial Results  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except margins)2019 2018 % Chg  2019 2018 % Chg         Revenue       Internet573 538 7  1,114 1,044 7 Television355 357 (1) 712 722 (1)Phone65 93 (30) 141 189 (25)Service revenue993 988 1  1,967 1,955 1 Equipment revenue4 3 33  6 5 20 Revenue997 991 1  1,973 1,960 1         Operating expenses       Cost of equipment6 4 50  11 9 22 Other operating expenses513 525 (2) 1,039 1,056 (2)Operating expenses519 529 (2) 1,050 1,065 (1)        Adjusted EBITDA478 462 3  923 895 3         Adjusted EBITDA margin47.9%46.6%1.3pts 46.8%45.7%1.1ptsCapital expenditures285 352 (19) 574 649 (12) Cable Subscriber Results 1  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In thousands)2019 2018 Chg  2019 2018 Chg         Internet       Net additions22 23 (1) 36 49 (13)Total Internet subscribers 22,466 2,370 96  2,466 2,370 96 Television       Net losses(26)(9)(17) (54)(21)(33)Total Television subscribers 21,631 1,719 (88) 1,631 1,719 (88)Phone       Net (losses) additions(10)3 (13) (20)12 (32)Total Phone subscribers 21,096 1,120 (24) 1,096 1,120 (24)        Homes passed 24,412 4,344 68  4,412 4,344 68 Total service units 3       Net (losses) additions(14)17 (31) (38)40 (78)Total service units 25,193 5,209 (16) 5,193 5,209 (16) 1 Subscriber counts are key performance indicators. See "Key Performance Indicators".2 As at end of period.3 Includes Internet, Television, and Phone. RevenueThe 1% increases in revenue this quarter and year to date were a result of: a larger Internet subscriber base and the movement of Internet customers to higher speed and usage tiers;the movement of Television customers to higher content tiers; andthe impact of Internet and Television service pricing changes; partially offset bypromotional pricing provided to subscribers; anda lower subscriber base for our Television products. Internet revenueThe 7% increases in Internet revenue this quarter and year to date were a result of: general movement of customers to higher speed and usage tiers of our Internet offerings;a larger Internet subscriber base; andthe impact of Internet service pricing changes; partially offset bypromotional pricing provided to subscribers. Television revenueThe 1% decreases in Television revenue this quarter and year to date were a result of: the general decline in Television subscribers over the past year; partially offset bythe movement of customers to higher content tiers; andnew Ignite TV subscribers. Phone revenueThe 30% decrease in Phone revenue this quarter and 25% decrease year to date were primarily a result of new bundled pricing constructs that provide a larger Phone discount and the general decline in Phone subscribers over the past year. Operating expensesThe 2% decrease in operating expenses this quarter and 1% decrease year to date were a result of various cost efficiencies. Adjusted EBITDAThe 3% increases in adjusted EBITDA this quarter and year to date were a result of the revenue and expense changes discussed above. MEDIA Media Financial Results  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except margins)2019 2018 % Chg  2019 2018 % Chg         Revenue591 608 (3) 1,059 1,140 (7)Operating expenses519 548 (5) 1,071 1,057 1         Adjusted EBITDA72 60 20  (12)83 n/m         Adjusted EBITDA margin12.2%9.9%2.3pts (1.1)%7.3%(8.4pts)Capital expenditures17 14 21  39 29 34  RevenueThe 3% decrease in revenue this quarter and 7% decrease year to date were a result of: the sale of our publishing business this quarter; andlower Toronto Blue Jays revenue; partially offset byhigher advertising and subscription revenue generated by our Sportsnet properties. The year to date decrease in Media revenue was also affected by a Major League Baseball distribution to the Toronto Blue Jays in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the sale of our publishing business and the impact of the distribution from Major League Baseball last year, Media revenue would have remained stable for the quarter and year to date. Operating expensesThe 5% decrease in operating expenses this quarter was a result of: lower Toronto Blue Jays player salaries, in part due to the salary timing impact of player trades in the first quarter of 2019; andlower publishing-related costs due to the sale of this business; partially offset byhigher programming costs. In addition to the items above, the 1% increase in operating expenses year to date was a result of the salary timing impact of Toronto Blue Jays player trades in the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDAThe 20% increase this quarter and decrease year to date in adjusted EBITDA were a result of the revenue and expense changes discussed above. CAPITAL EXPENDITURES  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except capital intensity)2019 2018 % Chg  2019 2018 % Chg               Capital expenditures 1       Wireless390 240 63  672 500 34 Cable285 352 (19) 574 649 (12)Media17 14 21  39 29 34 Corporate50 51 (2) 74 84 (12)        Capital expenditures 1742 657 13  1,359 1,262 8         Capital intensity 219.6%17.5%2.1pts 18.4%17.1%1.3pts 1 Includes additions to property, plant and equipment net of proceeds on disposition, but does not include expenditures for spectrum licences or additions to right-of-use assets.2 As defined. See "Key Performance Indicators". WirelessThe increases in capital expenditures in Wireless this quarter and year to date were a result of investments made to upgrade our wireless network to continue delivering reliable performance for our customers. We have continued augmenting our existing LTE network with 4.5G technology investments that are also 5G-ready. CableThe decreases in capital expenditures in Cable this quarter and year to date were a result of lower investments in customer premise equipment, partially offset by greater investments in information technology. We continued upgrading our hybrid fibre-coaxial infrastructure with additional fibre deployments and node segmentation activities. These deployments and enhancements will help deliver more bandwidth and an even more reliable customer experience. MediaThe increases in capital expenditures in Media this quarter and year to date were a result of higher investments in renovations of the Rogers Centre, partially offset by lower investments in our broadcast and IT infrastructure and the sale of our publishing business. CorporateThe decreases in capital expenditures in Corporate this quarter and year to date were a result of higher investments in information technology in 2018.  Capital intensityTotal capital intensity increased this quarter and year to date as a result of higher capital expenditures, as discussed above, partially offset by higher total revenue. Critical Accounting Policies and EstimatesSee our 2018 Annual MD&A and our 2018 Annual Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto for a discussion of the accounting policies and estimates that are critical to the understanding of our business operations and the results of our operations. New accounting pronouncements adopted in 2019IFRS 16Effective January 1, 2019, we adopted IFRS 16, which supersedes previous accounting standards for leases, including IAS 17, Leases (IAS 17) and IFRIC 4, Determining whether an arrangement contains a lease (IFRIC 4). IFRS 16 introduced a single accounting model for lessees. A lessee is required to recognize, on its statement of financial position, a right-of-use asset, representing its right to use the underlying leased asset, and a lease liability, representing its obligation to make lease payments. As a result of adopting IFRS 16, we have recognized a significant increase to both assets and liabilities on our Consolidated Statements of Financial Position, as well as a decrease to operating costs (for the removal of rent expense for leases), an increase to depreciation and amortization (due to depreciation of the right-of-use asset), and an increase to finance costs (due to accretion of the lease liability). The accounting treatment for lessors remains largely the same as under IAS 17. We adopted IFRS 16 with the cumulative effect of initial application recognized as an adjustment to retained earnings within shareholders' equity on January 1, 2019. We have not restated comparatives for 2018. At transition, we applied the practical expedient available to us as lessee that allows us to maintain our lease assessments made under IAS 17 and IFRIC 4 for existing contracts. Therefore, the definition of a lease under IFRS 16 was applied only to contracts entered into or changed after January 1, 2019. For leases that were classified as operating leases under IAS 17, lease liabilities at transition have been measured at the present value of remaining lease payments, discounted at the related incremental borrowing rate as at January 1, 2019. Generally, right-of-use assets at transition have been measured at an amount equal to the corresponding lease liabilities, adjusted for any prepaid or accrued rent relating to that lease. For certain leases where we have readily available information, we have elected to measure the right-of-use assets at their carrying amounts as if IFRS 16 had been applied since the lease commencement date using the related incremental borrowing rate for the remaining lease period as at January 1, 2019. When applying IFRS 16 to leases previously classified as operating leases, the following practical expedients were available to us. We have: applied a single discount rate to a portfolio of leases with similar characteristics;excluded initial direct costs from measuring the right-of-use asset as at January 1, 2019;used hindsight in determining the lease term where the contract contains purchase, extension, or termination options; andrelied upon our assessment of whether leases are onerous under the requirements of IAS 37, Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets as at December 31, 2018 as an alternative to reviewing our right-of-use assets for impairment. We have elected to not separate fixed non-lease components from lease components and instead account for each lease component and associated fixed non-lease components as a single lease component. On transition, we have not elected the recognition exemptions on short-term leases or low-value leases; however, we may choose to elect the recognition exemptions on a class-by-class basis for new classes, and lease-by-lease basis, respectively, in the future. There was no significant impact for contracts in which we are the lessor. Effect of IFRS 16 TransitionBelow is a summary of the IFRS 16 adjustments on certain key financial metrics from our Consolidated Statement of Financial Position as at January 1, 2019. (in millions of dollars)ReferenceAs reported as atDecember 31, 2018Effect of IFRS 16 transition Subsequent to transition as atJanuary 1, 2019     Assets    Current assets:    Other current assets 436(23)413Remainder of current assets 4,452— 4,452Total current assets 4,888(23)4,865     Property, plant and equipmenti11,7801,481 13,261Remainder of long-term assets 15,250— 15,250     Total assets 31,9181,458 33,376     Liabilities and shareholders' equity    Current liabilities:    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 3,052(55)2,997Current portion of lease liabilitiesi—190 190Remainder of current liabilities 3,784— 3,784Total current liabilities 6,836135 6,971     Lease liabilitiesi—1,355 1,355Deferred tax liabilities 2,910(9)2,901Remainder of long-term liabilities 13,993— 13,993Total liabilities 23,7391,481 25,220     Shareholders' equity 8,179(23)8,156     Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 31,9181,458 33,376 i) Right-of-use assets and lease liabilitiesWe have recorded a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for all existing leases at the lease commencement date, which is January 1, 2019 for the purposes of our adoption. The lease liability has been initially measured at the present value of lease payments that remain to be paid at the commencement date. Lease payments included in the measurement of the lease liability include: fixed payments, including in-substance fixed payments;variable lease payments that depend on an index or rate;amounts expected to be payable under a residual value guarantee; andthe exercise price under a purchase option that we are reasonably certain to exercise, lease payments in an optional renewal period if we are reasonably certain to exercise an extension option, and penalties for early termination of a lease unless we are reasonably certain not to terminate early. After transition, the right-of-use asset will initially be measured at cost, consisting of: the initial amount of the lease liability, adjusted for any lease payments made at or before the commencement date; plusany initial direct costs incurred; andan estimate of costs to dismantle and remove the underlying asset or restore the site on which it is located; lessany lease incentives received. The right-of-use asset will typically be depreciated on a straight-line basis over the lease term, unless we expect to obtain ownership of the leased asset at the end of the lease. The lease term will consist of: the non-cancellable period of the lease;periods covered by options to extend the lease, where we are reasonably certain to exercise the option; andperiods covered by options to terminate the lease, where we are reasonably certain not to exercise the option. Financial Guidance There are no changes at this time to the consolidated guidance ranges for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, or capital expenditures, which were provided on January 24, 2019. See "About Forward-Looking Information" in this earnings release and "Financial and Operating Guidance" in our 2018 Annual MD&A. Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures and should not be considered substitutes or alternatives for GAAP measures. They are not defined terms under IFRS and do not have standard meanings, so may not be a reliable way to compare us to other companies. See "Non-GAAP Measures" for information about these measures, including how we calculate them. Key Performance Indicators We measure the success of our strategy using a number of key performance indicators that are defined and discussed in our 2018 Annual MD&A and our Second Quarter 2019 MD&A. We believe these key performance indicators allow us to appropriately measure our performance against our operating strategy and against the results of our peers and competitors. The following key performance indicators are not measurements in accordance with IFRS and should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other measure of performance under IFRS. They include: subscriber counts; Wireless;Cable; andhomes passed (Cable); subscriber churn (churn);blended average billings per user (ABPU);blended average revenue per user (ARPU);capital intensity; andtotal service revenue. Non-GAAP Measures We use the following non-GAAP measures. These are reviewed regularly by management and the Board in assessing our performance and making decisions regarding the ongoing operations of our business and its ability to generate cash flows. Some or all of these measures may also be used by investors, lending institutions, and credit rating agencies as indicators of our operating performance, of our ability to incur and service debt, and as measurements to value companies in the telecommunications sector. These are not recognized measures under GAAP and do not have standard meanings under IFRS, so may not be reliable ways to compare us to other companies. Non-GAAP measure  Why we use it How we calculate it Most comparable IFRS financial measureAdjusted EBITDA   Adjusted EBITDA margin● To evaluate the performance of our businesses, and when making decisions about the ongoing operations of the business and our ability to generate cash flows.Adjusted EBITDA: Net income add (deduct) income tax expense (recovery); finance costs; depreciation and amortization; other expense (income); restructuring, acquisition and other; and loss (gain) on disposition of property, plant and equipment.   Adjusted EBITDA margin: Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Net income● We believe that certain investors and analysts use adjusted EBITDA to measure our ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations.● We also use it as one component in determining short-term incentive compensation for all management employees.Adjusted net income   Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share● To assess the performance of our businesses before the effects of the noted items, because they affect the comparability of our financial results and could potentially distort the analysis of trends in business performance. Excluding these items does not imply that they are non-recurring.Adjusted net income: Net income add (deduct) restructuring, acquisition and other; loss (recovery) on sale or wind down of investments; loss (gain) on disposition of property, plant and equipment; (gain) on acquisitions; loss on non-controlling interest purchase obligations; loss on repayment of long-term debt; loss on bond forward derivatives; and income tax adjustments on these items, including adjustments as a result of legislative changes.   Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share: Adjusted net income and adjusted net income including the dilutive effect of stock-based compensation divided by basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding.Net income   Basic and diluted earnings per shareFree cash flow 1● To show how much cash we have available to repay debt and reinvest in our company, which is an important indicator of our financial strength and performance.Adjusted EBITDA deduct capital expenditures; interest on borrowings net of capitalized interest; and cash income taxes. Cash provided by operating activities   ● We believe that some investors and analysts use free cash flow to value a business and its underlying assets.Adjusted net debt● To conduct valuation-related analysis and make decisions about capital structure.Total long-term debt add (deduct) current portion of long-term debt; deferred transaction costs and discounts; net debt derivative (assets) liabilities; credit risk adjustment related to net debt derivatives; current portion of lease liabilities; lease liabilities; bank advances (cash and cash equivalents); and short-term borrowings.Long-term debt● We believe this helps investors and analysts analyze our enterprise and equity value and assess our leverage.Debt leverage ratio● To conduct valuation-related analysis and make decisions about capital structure.Adjusted net debt (defined above) divided by 12-month trailing adjusted EBITDA (defined above).Long-term debt divided by net income● We believe this helps investors and analysts analyze our enterprise and equity value and assess our leverage. 1 Effective January 1, 2019, we redefined free cash flow such that we no longer adjust for the "net change in contract asset and deferred commission cost asset balances". We redefined free cash flow to simplify this measure and we believe removing it will make us more comparable within our industry. Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars)2019 2018  2019 2018        Net income591 538  982 963 Add:      Income tax expense186 200  325 341 Finance costs206 193  395 412 Depreciation and amortization614 545  1,223 1,089        EBITDA1,597 1,476  2,925 2,805 Add (deduct):      Other (income) expense(1)2  (14)(21)Restructuring, acquisition and other39 26  59 69 Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment— —  — (11)       Adjusted EBITDA1,635 1,504  2,970 2,842  Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA margin  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except margins)2019 2018  2019 2018       Adjusted EBITDA1,635 1,504  2,970 2,842 Divided by: total revenue3,780 3,756  7,367 7,389       Adjusted EBITDA margin43.3%40.0% 40.3%38.5% Reconciliation of adjusted net income  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars)2019 2018  2019 2018       Net income591 538  982 963 Add (deduct):     Restructuring, acquisition and other39 26  59 69 Loss on repayment of long-term debt— —  — 28 Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment— —  — (11)Income tax impact of above items(10)(10) (16)(18)Income tax adjustment, legislative tax change(23)—  (23)—       Adjusted net income597 554  1,002 1,031  Reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30 (In millions of dollars, except per share amounts; number of shares outstanding in millions)2019  2018   2019  2018           Adjusted basic earnings per share:         Adjusted net income597  554  1,002 1,031 Divided by:         Weighted average number of shares outstanding512  515  513 515           Adjusted basic earnings per share$1.17 $1.08  $1.95 $2.00           Adjusted diluted earnings per share:         Diluted adjusted net income 595  554  1,001 1,028 Divided by:         Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 514  516  515 516           Adjusted diluted earnings per share$1.16 $1.07  $1.94 $1.99  Reconciliation of free cash flow  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30  2019 2018  2019 2018 (In millions of dollars)  (restated) 1    (restated) 1       Cash provided by operating activities1,057 1,048  2,055 1,933 Add (deduct):     Capital expenditures(742)(657) (1,359)(1,262)Interest on borrowings, net of capitalized interest(183)(171) (351)(353)Restructuring, acquisition and other39 26  59 69 Interest paid139 145  359 383 Program rights amortization(22)(16) (41)(30)Net change in contract asset balances20 25  29 94 Change in non-cash operating working capital items209 128  222 149 Other adjustments92 67  41 53       Free cash flow609 595  1,014 1,036  1 Effective January 1, 2019, we have redefined free cash flow such that we no longer adjust for the "net change in contract asset and deferred commission cost asset balances". We have redefined free cash flow to simplify this measure and believe removing it will make us more comparable within our industry. Reconciliation of adjusted net debt and debt leverage ratio  As at June 30 As at January 1 As atDecember 31 (In millions of dollars)2019 2019 2018        Current portion of long-term debt500 900 900 Long-term debt15,663 13,390 13,390 Deferred transaction costs and discounts141 114 114  16,304 14,404 14,404 Add (deduct):      Net debt derivative assets(1,004)(1,373)(1,373)Credit risk adjustment related to net debt derivative assets(29)(75)(75)Short-term borrowings1,989 2,255 2,255 Current portion of lease liabilities196 190 — Lease liabilities1,412 1,355 — Cash and cash equivalents(404)(405)(405)       Adjusted net debt18,464 16,351 14,806   As at June 30 As at January 1 As at December 31 (In millions of dollars, except ratios)2019 2019 2018        Adjusted net debt18,464 16,351 14,806 Divided by: trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA6,196 6,157 5,983        Debt leverage ratio3.0 2.7 2.5  As a result of our adoption of IFRS 16 effective January 1, 2019, we have modified our definition of adjusted net debt such that it now includes the total of "current portion of lease liabilities" and "lease liabilities". We believe adding total lease liabilities to adjusted net debt is appropriate as they reflect payments to which we are contractually committed and the related payments have been removed from our calculation of adjusted EBITDA due to the accounting change. Additionally, as we have not restated comparative periods prior to 2019 due to our transition method, we have calculated the debt leverage ratio as at June 30, 2019 using pro forma adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended December 31, 2018 to remove rent expense as if we had adopted IFRS 16 retrospectively. Calculating debt leverage ratio as at January 1, 2019 using pro forma adjusted EBITDA for the full-year 2018 yields a ratio of 2.7. As the lease liabilities are included in adjusted net debt, we believe this adjustment provides a more meaningful and consistent basis on which to determine debt leverage ratio. Rogers Communications Inc.Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income(In millions of dollars, except per share amounts, unaudited)  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30  2019 2018  2019 2018        Revenue3,780 3,756  7,367 7,389        Operating expenses:      Operating costs2,145 2,252  4,397 4,547 Depreciation and amortization614 545  1,223 1,089 Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment— —  — (11)Restructuring, acquisition and other39 26  59 69 Finance costs206 193  395 412 Other (income) expense(1)2  (14)(21)       Income before income tax expense777 738  1,307 1,304 Income tax expense186 200  325 341        Net income for the period591 538  982 963        Earnings per share:      Basic$1.15 $1.04  $1.91 $1.87 Diluted$1.15 $1.04  $1.90 $1.86  Rogers Communications Inc.Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position(In millions of dollars, unaudited)  As at June 30 As at January 1 As at December 31  2019 2019 2018     Assets   Current assets:   Cash and cash equivalents404 405 405 Accounts receivable2,193 2,259 2,259 Inventories459 466 466 Current portion of contract assets1,120 1,052 1,052 Other current assets445 413 436 Current portion of derivative instruments146 270 270 Total current assets4,767 4,865 4,888     Property, plant and equipment13,538 13,261 11,780 Intangible assets8,899 7,205 7,205 Investments2,569 2,134 2,134 Derivative instruments1,191 1,339 1,339 Contract assets496 535 535 Other long-term assets150 132 132 Goodwill3,923 3,905 3,905     Total assets35,533 33,376 31,918     Liabilities and shareholders' equity   Current liabilities:   Short-term borrowings1,989 2,255 2,255 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities2,773 2,997 3,052 Income tax payable226 177 177 Other current liabilities136 132 132 Contract liabilities196 233 233 Current portion of long-term debt500 900 900 Current portion of lease liabilities196 190 — Current portion of derivative instruments45 87 87 Total current liabilities6,061 6,971 6,836     Provisions37 35 35 Long-term debt15,663 13,390 13,390 Derivative instruments177 22 22 Lease liabilities1,412 1,355 — Other long-term liabilities416 546 546 Deferred tax liabilities2,953 2,901 2,910 Total liabilities26,719 25,220 23,739     Shareholders' equity8,814 8,156 8,179     Total liabilities and shareholders' equity35,533 33,376 31,918  Rogers Communications Inc.Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(In millions of dollars, unaudited)  Three months ended June 30  Six months ended June 30  2019 2018  2019 2018 Operating activities:     Net income for the period591 538  982 963 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:     Depreciation and amortization614 545  1,223 1,089 Program rights amortization22 16  41 30 Finance costs206 193  395 412 Income tax expense186 200  325 341 Post-employment benefits contributions, net of expense(123)(86) (115)(69)Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment— —  — (11)Net change in contract asset balances(20)(25) (29)(94)Other30 21  60 (5)Cash provided by operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital items, income taxes paid, and interest paid1,506 1,402  2,882 2,656 Change in non-cash operating working capital items(209)(128) (222)(149)Cash provided by operating activities before income taxes paid and interest paid1,297 1,274  2,660 2,507 Income taxes paid(101)(81) (246)(191)Interest paid(139)(145) (359)(383)      Cash provided by operating activities1,057 1,048  2,055 1,933       Investing activities:     Capital expenditures(742)(657) (1,359)(1,262)Additions to program rights(7)(6) (14)(12)Changes in non-cash working capital related to capital expenditures and intangible assets26 (57) (81)(195)Acquisitions and other strategic transactions, net of cash acquired(1,731)—  (1,731)— Other(7)1  (10)11       Cash used in investing activities(2,461)(719) (3,195)(1,458)      Financing activities:     Net (repayment) proceeds received on short-term borrowings(642)1,355  (212)507 Net issuance (repayment) of long-term debt2,676 (1,761) 2,276 (823)Net (payments) proceeds on settlement of debt derivatives and forward contracts(93)362  (104)346 Principal payments of lease liabilities(38)—  (79)— Transaction costs incurred(33)—  (33)(16)Repurchase of Class B Non-Voting Shares(69)—  (205)— Dividends paid(257)(247) (504)(494)      Cash provided by (used in) financing activities1,544 (291) 1,139 (480)      Change in cash and cash equivalents140 38  (1)(5)Cash and cash equivalents (bank advances), beginning of period264 (49) 405 (6)      Cash and cash equivalents (bank advances), end of period404 (11) 404 (11) About Forward-Looking Information This earnings release includes "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, "forward-looking information"), and assumptions about, among other things, our business, operations, and financial performance and condition approved by our management on the date of this earnings release. This forward-looking information and these assumptions include, but are not limited to, statements about our objectives and strategies to achieve those objectives, and about our beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates, or intentions. Forward-looking information typically includes words like could, expect, may, anticipate, assume, believe, intend, estimate, plan, project, guidance, outlook, target, and similar expressions, although not all forward-looking information includes them;includes conclusions, forecasts, and projections that are based on our current objectives and strategies and on estimates, expectations, assumptions, and other factors, most of which are confidential and proprietary and that we believe to have been reasonable at the time they were applied but may prove to be incorrect; andwas approved by our management on the date of this earnings release. Our forward-looking information includes forecasts and projections related to the following items, some of which are non-GAAP measures (see "Non-GAAP Measures"), among others: revenue;total service revenue;adjusted EBITDA;capital expenditures;cash income tax payments;free cash flow;dividend payments;the growth of new products and services;expected growth in subscribers and the services to which they subscribe;the cost of acquiring and retaining subscribers and deployment of new services;continued cost reductions and efficiency improvements;traction against our debt leverage ratio; andall other statements that are not historical facts. Our conclusions, forecasts, and projections are based on the following factors, among others: general economic and industry growth rates;currency exchange rates and interest rates;product pricing levels and competitive intensity;subscriber growth;pricing, usage, and churn rates;changes in government regulation;technology deployment;availability of devices;timing of new product launches;content and equipment costs;the integration of acquisitions; andindustry structure and stability. Except as otherwise indicated, this earnings release and our forward-looking information do not reflect the potential impact of any non-recurring or other special items or of any dispositions, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations, or other transactions that may be considered or announced or may occur after the date on which the statement containing the forward-looking information is made. Risks and uncertaintiesActual events and results can be substantially different from what is expressed or implied by forward-looking information as a result of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, including, but not limited to: regulatory changes;technological changes;economic conditions;unanticipated changes in content or equipment costs;changing conditions in the entertainment, information, and communications industries;the integration of acquisitions;litigation and tax matters;the level of competitive intensity;the emergence of new opportunities; andnew interpretations and new accounting standards from accounting standards bodies. These factors can also affect our objectives, strategies, and intentions. Many of these factors are beyond our control or our current expectations or knowledge. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties, or other factors materialize, our objectives, strategies, or intentions change, or any other factors or assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, our actual results and our plans could vary significantly from what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn investors to exercise caution when considering statements containing forward-looking information and caution them that it would be unreasonable to rely on such statements as creating legal rights regarding our future results or plans. We are under no obligation (and we expressly disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter any statements containing forward-looking information or the factors or assumptions underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law. All of the forward-looking information in this earnings release is qualified by the cautionary statements herein. Before making an investment decisionBefore making any investment decisions and for a detailed discussion of the risks, uncertainties, and environment associated with our business, fully review the sections of our Second Quarter 2019 MD&A entitled "Updates to Risks and Uncertainties" and "Regulatory Developments" and fully review the sections in our 2018 Annual MD&A entitled "Regulation in Our Industry" and "Governance and Risk Management", as well as our various other filings with Canadian and US securities regulators, which can be found at sedar.com and sec.gov, respectively. Information on or connected to our website is not part of or incorporated into this earnings release. Source: Rogers Communications, Inc.

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