Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T, told investors the carrier may soon divest itself of AT&T’s 5,600 tower inventory to continue to pay down debt following the acquisition of Time Warner. Stephenson made the comments at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York where he discussed the company's strategy going forward in 2019.
AT&T has paid down $9 billion in net debt in the first half of 2019,
reducing its net debt by $18 billion since the acquisition was
completed. The company, in a recent quarterly statement, increased its
full-year free cash flow target by $2 billion to $28 billion in an
effort to reduce its net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio to the 2.5x range
by the end of 2019.
Stephenson cited increases in demand for connectivity and bandwidth as a
growing trend where the carrier would like to focus their assets. A
direct path to the consumer, he said, gives AT&T a competitive
advantage now that it’s a content provider. Continue Reading