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Form 10-Q for LEAP WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL INC


12-Nov-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
Results of Operations

As used in this report, unless the context suggests otherwise, the terms "we," "our," "ours," "us," and the "Company" refer to Leap Wireless International, Inc., or Leap, and its subsidiaries and consolidated joint ventures, including Cricket Communications, Inc., or Cricket. Unless otherwise specified, information relating to population and potential customers, or POPs, is based on 2013 population estimates provided by Claritas Inc., a market research company.

The following information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Part I- Item 1 of this report and the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in our Amendment No. 1 to Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on October 28, 2013.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, this report contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements reflect management's current forecast of certain aspects of our future. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by forward-looking words such as "believe," "think," "may," "could," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "seek," "plan," "project," "expect," "should," "would" and similar expressions in this report. Such statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in or implied by our forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, among other things:

• our ability to attract and retain customers in an extremely competitive marketplace;

• our ability to successfully implement product and service plan offerings and execute effectively on our strategic activities;

• our ability to compete effectively against wireless carriers with nationwide networks and significantly greater deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, network technology, and the impact of competitors' initiatives (including new service plans and pricing) and our ability to anticipate and respond to such initiatives;

• our ability to offer customers cost-effective 4G LTE services and to meet increasing customer demand for high-quality, high-speed data services;

• uncertainties with respect to the proposed merger with AT&T Inc., or AT&T, including the possibility that the proposed merger may not close or may be delayed, including due to the failure to timely receive required regulatory approvals or satisfy other closing conditions;

• the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger with AT&T on our customers, employees, suppliers, vendors, distributors, dealers, retailers, content and application providers, operating results and business generally;

• the diversion of management's time and attention while the proposed merger transaction is pending;

• the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the merger;

• our ability to make significant changes to our business in light of the proposed merger with AT&T and the covenants contained in the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 12, 2013, between Leap, AT&T and the other parties thereto, or the Merger Agreement;

• changes in economic conditions, including interest rates, consumer credit conditions, consumer debt levels, consumer confidence, unemployment rates, energy and transportation costs and other macro-economic factors that could adversely affect demand for the services we provide;

• our ability to meet significant purchase commitments under agreements we have entered into;

• our ability to refinance our indebtedness under, and comply with the covenants in, any credit agreement, indenture or similar instrument governing our existing indebtedness or any future indebtedness;

• future customer usage of our wireless services, which could exceed our expectations, and our ability to manage or increase network capacity to meet increasing customer demand, in particular demand for data services;

• our ability to obtain and maintain 3G and 4G roaming and wholesale services from other carriers at cost-effective rates;

• our ability to acquire or obtain access to additional spectrum in the future at a reasonable cost or on a timely basis;

• our ability to cost-effectively procure handsets compatible with our network technology and frequency channels;


• failure of our network or information technology systems to perform according to expectations and risks associated with the ongoing operation and maintenance of those systems, including our customer billing system;

• our ability to attract, integrate, motivate and retain an experienced workforce, including members of senior management;

• our ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; and

• other factors detailed in "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors" below.

All forward-looking statements in this report (including any statements with respect to the proposed AT&T merger) should be considered in the context of these risk factors. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the filing date of this report, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this report may not occur and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, users of this report are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements.

Overview

Restatement of Previously Reported Condensed Consolidated Financial Information

This "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" gives effect to the restatement of our unaudited condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 due to a classification error related to the presentation of certain capital expenditures and operating cash flows. Specifically, we have reflected these corrections in the discussion of net cash provided by operating activities in the section below entitled "Liquidity and Capital Resources - Cash Flows." See Note 2 to the condensed consolidated financial statements in "Part I
- Item 1. Financial Statements" of this report for additional information.

Company Overview

We are a wireless communications carrier that offers digital wireless services in the U.S. under the "Cricketฎ" brand. Our Cricket service offerings provide customers with unlimited nationwide wireless services for a flat rate without requiring a fixed-term contract or a credit check.

Cricket service is offered by Cricket, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap. Cricket service is also offered in South Texas by STX Wireless Operations, LLC, or STX Operations, which Cricket controls through a 75.75% membership interest in STX Wireless, LLC, or STX Wireless, the parent company of STX Operations. For more information regarding this joint venture, see "Liquidity and Capital Resources - STX Wireless Joint Venture" below.

As of September 30, 2013, Cricket service was offered in 48 states and the District of Columbia across an extended area covering approximately 291 million POPs. As of September 30, 2013, we had approximately 4.6 million customers, and we owned wireless licenses covering an aggregate of approximately 136.7 million POPs (adjusted to eliminate duplication from overlapping licenses). The combined network footprint in our operating markets covered approximately 96.3 million POPs as of September 30, 2013. The licenses we own provide an average of 23 MHz of spectrum capacity in our operating markets.

In addition to our Cricket network footprint, we have entered into roaming relationships with other wireless carriers that enable us to offer Cricket customers nationwide voice and data roaming services (including 4G LTE roaming services) over an extended service area. In 2010 we also entered into a wholesale agreement, which we use to offer Cricket services in a limited number of nationwide retailers outside of our current network footprint. These arrangements have enabled us to offer enhanced Cricket products and services, strengthen our retail presence in our existing markets and expand our distribution nationwide. In addition, we amended the wholesale agreement to enable us to purchase 4G LTE services. Since introducing our products in nationwide retailers in September 2011, our MVNO offering has fallen short of expectations. Accordingly, we determined to focus our efforts on those nationwide retailers that we believe provide the most attractive opportunities for our business. As a result, we reduced our total presence in the nationwide retail channel by nearly two-thirds, from approximately 13,000 locations at June 30, 2012 to approximately 5,000 locations at March 31, 2013.

Our business strategy includes our efforts to improve the experience we provide customers so that they choose to remain a Cricket customer for a longer period. As part of these efforts, we are improving our device activation process, the quality of our device portfolio, and the in-store and call center experience we provide for our customers. We are also focused on continually updating our product and service offerings to better meet the needs of current customers and to attract and retain new ones. Product


and service offerings we have introduced in recent years include our Muve Musicฎ unlimited music download service, the Lifeline service offerings we have introduced in a number of states, and the third-party device financing programs we have introduced in our markets to help customers manage the cost of purchasing a handset. We are also focused on pursuing disciplined investment initiatives and remaining focused on our position as a low-cost provider of wireless telecommunications. We have increased pricing on our devices in an effort to better manage device subsidies and promote the addition of longer-tenured customers, although such changes have also had the effect of decreasing gross customer additions. In addition, we have streamlined and reduced our number of dealer locations and Cricket-owned stores to increase sales activity for more productive locations and reduce costs. The extent to which these initiatives and others we may introduce will positively impact our future financial and operational results will depend upon our ability to anticipate and respond to competitors' initiatives, our continued efforts to enhance the productivity of our distribution channels, continued customer acceptance of our product and service offerings and our ability to retain and expand our customer base.

We also continue to enhance our network to allow us to provide customers with high-quality service by improving the 3G and LTE network coverage and capacity in existing markets. To date, we have covered approximately 21 million POPs with next-generation LTE network technology. However, given the significant decrease in the size of our customer base in recent quarters, our high level of indebtedness and the high cost of LTE deployment, we have generally determined not to deploy LTE network technology in additional markets at this time.

The wireless telecommunications industry is very competitive. In general, we compete with national facilities-based wireless providers and their prepaid affiliates or brands, local and regional carriers, non-facilities-based mobile virtual network operators (or MVNOs), voice-over-internet-protocol (or VoIP) service providers, traditional landline service providers, cable companies and mobile satellite service providers. Competition in the wireless industry has increased and intensified in recent quarters, particularly from carriers with robust nationwide networks and significantly greater deployment of 4G LTE technology. In particular, we have been experiencing increased competition in many of our core Cricket markets from nationwide carriers increasingly targeting the prepaid segment, including from T-Mobile's nationwide expansion of the MetroPCS prepaid brand utilizing the T-Mobile 4G LTE network. This evolving competitive landscape has negatively impacted our financial and operating results in recent years, as evidenced by a 25% reduction in customers between March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Our ability to remain competitive will depend, in part, on our ability to anticipate and respond to various competitive factors, to provide LTE-based services and meet increasing customer demand for high data throughput speeds, and to keep our costs low. The evolving competitive landscape may result in more competitive pricing, higher costs, lower customer additions and higher customer turnover than we project. Any of these results or actions could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Our customer activity is influenced by seasonal effects related to traditional retail selling periods and other factors that arise in connection with our target customer base. Based on historical results, we generally expect new sales activity to be highest in the first and fourth quarters, although during 2012 we experienced our lowest customer activity during the fourth quarter due, in part, to handset price increases that we introduced in the third quarter. Based on historical results, we also generally expect churn to be highest in the third quarter and lowest in the first quarter. Sales activity and churn, however, can be strongly affected by other factors, including changes in the competitive landscape, service plan pricing, device availability, economic conditions, and high unemployment (particularly in the lower-income segment of our customer base), any of which may either offset or magnify certain seasonal effects. Customer activity can also be strongly affected by promotional and retention efforts that we undertake. For example, from time to time, we lower the price on select smartphones for customers who activate a new line of service and then transfer phone numbers previously used with other carriers. This type of promotion is intended to drive significant, new customer activity for our smartphone handsets and their accompanying higher-priced service plans. We also frequently offer existing customers the opportunity to activate an additional line of voice service on a previously activated Cricket device not currently in service. Customers accepting this offer receive a free first month of service on the additional line of service after paying an activation fee. We also utilize retention programs to encourage existing customers whose service may have been suspended for failure to timely pay to continue service with us for a reduced or free amount. The design, size and duration of our promotional and retention programs vary over time in response to changing market conditions. We believe that our promotional and retention efforts, including those efforts described above, have generally provided and continue to provide important long-term benefits to us, including by helping us attract new customers for our wireless services or by extending the period of time over which customers use our services, thus allowing us to obtain additional revenue from handsets we have already sold. The success of any of these activities depends upon many factors, including the costs that we incur to attract or retain customers and the length of time these customers continue to use our services. Sales activity that would otherwise have been expected based on seasonal trends can also be negatively impacted by factors we have experienced in the past such as billing system disruptions, promotional and retention efforts not performing as expected, device quality issues, and inventory shortages.

Our principal sources of liquidity are our existing unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and cash generated from operations. See "-Liquidity and Capital Resources" below.


Proposed Merger

On July 12, 2013, AT&T entered into the Merger Agreement with Leap, Mariner Acquisition Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T, or Merger Sub, and Laser, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the stockholders' representative), pursuant to which, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, AT&T will acquire Leap in a transaction in which Leap stockholders would receive $15.00 in cash for each outstanding share of Leap's common stock, plus one non-transferable contingent value right, or CVR, per share (together, referred to in this report as the Merger Consideration). The CVR will entitle each Leap stockholder to a pro rata share of the net proceeds of the future sale of our 700 MHz A block license in Chicago. The Merger Agreement provides that, on the terms and subject to the conditions thereof, Merger Sub will be merged with and into Leap, or the Merger, with Leap continuing as the surviving corporation in the Merger, and each outstanding share of common stock of Leap (other than excluded shares) will cease to be outstanding and will be converted into the right to receive the Merger Consideration. We expect to complete the proposed Merger transaction with AT&T no later than mid-2014.

Each outstanding stock option, whether vested or unvested, that was granted under one of Leap's stock plans and that has an exercise price equal to or below the $15.00 per share cash merger consideration will be cancelled at the effective time of the Merger and will entitle the holder to receive (1) cash equal to the product of the total number of shares underlying the stock option multiplied by the difference, if any, of the per share cash merger consideration and the exercise price per share underlying each stock option, less any applicable withholding taxes and (2) one CVR for each share underlying the stock option. Holders of an outstanding stock option, whether vested or unvested, with an exercise price greater than the per share cash merger consideration, will have the opportunity to exercise such stock option prior to the effective time of the Merger by providing Leap with a notice of exercise and, for each share underlying the stock option, a cash amount equal to the difference of the exercise price underlying the stock option less the per share cash merger consideration. Each stock option that is so exercised will be settled at the effective time of the Merger and the holder will receive one CVR in respect of each share underlying the stock option and, to the extent the stock option is not exercised prior to the effective time of the Merger, the stock option will be cancelled at the effective time of the Merger for no consideration to the holder. Each outstanding share of restricted stock granted under Leap's stock plans will be cancelled at the effective time of the Merger and the holder will receive the per share cash merger consideration, less any applicable withholding taxes, plus one CVR in respect of such share of restricted stock. Each outstanding stock unit granted under Leap's stock plans (including performance stock units, deferred stock units and deferred cash units but excluding any cash award with a value that is not determined based on the price of Leap common stock), whether vested or unvested, will be cancelled and will entitle the holder to receive an amount in cash equal to the product of the number of shares covered by the unit (assuming target level of performance for any incomplete performance periods) multiplied by the per share cash merger consideration, less any applicable withholding taxes, plus one CVR in respect of such unit.

Leap has made customary representations, warranties and covenants in the Merger Agreement, including, among others, covenants, subject to certain exceptions applicable prior to adoption of the Merger Agreement by Leap's stockholders, not to solicit proposals relating to alternative transactions or enter into discussions concerning or provide information in connection with alternative transactions. On October 30, 2013, the Merger Agreement was adopted and approved by the requisite vote of Leap's stockholders at the special meeting of stockholders.

Consummation of the Merger is subject to various customary conditions, including, among others, expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended; approval of the transaction by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC; and approval of the transaction by applicable state public utility commissions. The parties have agreed to use their respective reasonable best efforts to obtain all necessary regulatory approvals for the Merger, provided that AT&T will not be obligated to agree to divestitures or other restrictions that would have any effect on AT&T or to divestitures or other restrictions that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on Leap and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole. It is a condition to AT&T's obligation to consummate the Merger that the FCC approval has been obtained by final order and that other regulatory approvals have been obtained, in each case without the imposition of an adverse regulatory condition.

The Merger Agreement also provides for certain termination rights, including the right of either party to terminate the Merger Agreement if the Merger is not consummated by July 11, 2014 (which we refer to in this report as the Termination Date, as it may be extended in certain circumstances to January 11, 2015). A termination fee of $46.3 million is payable by Leap to AT&T upon termination of the Merger Agreement under specified circumstances following the making of a bona fide acquisition proposal (as defined in the Merger Agreement).

If the Merger Agreement is terminated because the Termination Date has been reached because there is an order of a governmental entity permanently preventing completion of the transaction or as a result of a breach by AT&T and AT&T's breach materially contributed to the failure to receive regulatory approval, and, at the time of such termination, all regulatory approvals have not been received or the transaction has been enjoined, Leap, subject to certain exceptions, will have the option within 30 days of


termination of the Merger Agreement to enter into a three-year LTE data roaming agreement with AT&T, which will provide coverage in certain of Leap's markets not covered by Leap's LTE network. If Leap enters into the roaming agreement, AT&T will then have the option within 30 days after entry into the roaming agreement to purchase certain of Leap's spectrum assets. If AT&T does not exercise its right to purchase all of the specified spectrum assets, Leap may, within 60 days after expiration of AT&T's option, require AT&T to purchase all of the specified assets.

More information regarding the Merger, including the CVR, is available in our other filings with the SEC, including the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on September 17, 2013 and the additional soliciting materials filed with the SEC on October 18, 2013.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our discussion and analysis of our results of operations and liquidity and capital resources are based on our condensed consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP. These principles require us to make estimates and judgments that affect our reported amounts of assets and liabilities, our disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities and our reported amounts of revenues and expenses. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates and judgments, including those related to revenue recognition and the valuation of deferred tax assets, long-lived assets and indefinite-lived intangible assets. We base our estimates on historical and anticipated results and trends and on various other assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances, including assumptions as to future events. These estimates form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. By their nature, estimates are subject to an inherent degree of uncertainty. Actual results may differ from our estimates. Since the filing of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 on February 25, 2013, there have been no significant changes to our critical accounting policies and estimates.



Results of Operations

Operating Items

The following tables summarize operating data for our condensed consolidated
operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 (in
thousands, except percentages):

                                            Three Months Ended September 30,
                                                                                      Change
                                   % of 2013                   % of 2012
                                    Service                     Service
                       2013        Revenues         2012        Revenues      Dollars        Percent

Revenues:
Service revenues   $  646,272                   $  722,022                  $  (75,750 )      (10.5 )%
Equipment revenues     47,720                       51,950                      (4,230 )       (8.1 )%
Total revenues        693,992                      773,972                     (79,980 )      (10.3 )%
Operating
expenses:
Cost of service       252,144         39.0  %      266,401         36.9 %      (14,257 )       (5.4 )%
Cost of equipment     197,150         30.5  %      203,846         28.2 %       (6,696 )       (3.3 )%
Selling and
marketing              69,868         10.8  %       88,111         12.2 %      (18,243 )      (20.7 )%
General and
administrative        103,014         15.9  %       85,997         11.9 %       17,017         19.8  %
Depreciation and
amortization          148,630         23.0  %      161,821         22.4 %      (13,191 )       (8.2 )%
Impairments and
other charges           8,608          1.3  %       14,753          2.0 %       (6,145 )      (41.7 )%
Total operating
expenses              779,414        120.6  %      820,929        113.7 %      (41,515 )       (5.1 )%
Gain on sale,
exchange or
disposal of
assets, net             2,039          0.3  %      128,366         17.8 %     (126,327 )      (98.4 )%
Operating income


(loss) $ (83,383 ) (12.9 )% $ 81,409 11.3 % $ (164,792 ) *
* Percentage change is not meaningful.


                                              Nine Months Ended September 30,
                                                                                        Change
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