This excerpt taken from the T 8-K filed Oct 22, 2008.
Wireline Expenses. AT&T’s reported third-quarter wireline operating expenses totaled $14.8 billion, down 1.1 percent from results in the year-earlier quarter, and on an adjusted basis, wireline operating expenses were $14.4 billion versus $14.4 billion in the third quarter of 2007. In addition to operational trends and progress on cost initiatives, third-quarter wireline cost trends also include expenses of approximately $90 million related to hurricanes.
Additional Background on Adjusted and Pro Forma Results
AT&T’s adjusted earnings for the third quarter of 2008 exclude noncash, pretax amortization costs related to acquisitions totaling $1.1 billion or $0.12 per diluted share. Adjusted results for the third quarter of 2007 excluded: (1) pretax cash merger-related integration costs totaling $322 million or $0.04 per diluted share; (2) noncash, pretax merger-related costs totaling $1.4 billion or $0.16 per diluted share; and (3) a merger-related directory accounting impact of $132 million or $0.01 per diluted share.
Advertising & Publishing results for 2007 were affected by accounting adjustments following AT&T’s late 2006 acquisition of BellSouth. In accordance with purchase accounting rules, deferred revenues and expenses for all BellSouth directories delivered prior to the close of the merger were eliminated from 2007 consolidated results. This elimination of amortizations reduced third-quarter 2007 consolidated revenues by $196 million and consolidated operating expenses by $64 million.
AT&T manages its print directory business using amortized results. As a result, 2007 amortized results are shown in the Advertising & Publishing segment on AT&T’s Statement of Segment Income. In 2008, both consolidated and segment results reflect amortization accounting.
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NOTE: Adjusted consolidated operating income margins and wireless service OIBDA margins less the impacts of the iPhone 3G initiative and hurricane-related expenses are intended to provide useful information for investors. Management views the dilution from the iPhone 3G initiative and hurricane-related costs as having a short term impact on the business.
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