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[April 18, 2013]

Verizon Posts Strong Earnings Growth in 1Q 2013

NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 1Q 2013 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated -- 68 cents in earnings per share (EPS), a 15.3 percent increase compared with 59 cents per share in 1Q 2012.

-- 4.2 percent year-over-year increase in total operating revenues; cash flow from operating activities up $1.6 billion, or 26.4 percent, from 1Q 2012.

Wireless -- 8.6 percent year-over-year increase in both service revenues and retail service revenues in 1Q 2013; 32.9 percent operating income margin and 50.4 percent segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP), both record highs.

-- 677,000 retail postpaid net additions, up 35 percent year over year; low retail postpaid churn of 1.01 percent; 98.9 million total retail connections, 93.2 million total retail postpaid connections.

-- 4G LTE service now available to 287 million people in 491 markets across the U.S.

Wireline -- 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS Video net additions, with continued increased sales penetration for both services; FiOS revenues up 15.1 percent year over year, to $2.6 billion.

-- 4.3 percent year-over-year increase in consumer revenues; consumer ARPU up 9.5 percent year over year, to $107.15.

-- 6.0 percent year-over-year increase in revenues for global enterprise strategic services.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today reported strong first-quarter 2013 earnings growth, driven by record margins at Verizon Wireless and continued strong cash flow and year-over-year revenue increases for wireless, FiOS and strategic enterprise services.

Verizon reported 68 cents in EPS in first-quarter 2013, a 15.3 percent increase compared with first-quarter 2012 earnings of 59 cents per share. There were no adjustments in either quarter.

"Verizon is off to an excellent start in 2013," said Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO. "Our strategic investments in wireless, wireline and global networks have given us the platforms to sustain momentum and take advantage of growth opportunities in key markets for broadband, video and cloud services. With ongoing improvements in operating efficiency, we expect continued growth in free cash flow and earnings as we move through the year." Strong Cash Flow and Consolidated Revenue Growth In first-quarter 2013, Verizon's consolidated results were highlighted by continued strong cash flow and revenue growth.

Consolidated Highlights -- Total operating revenues in first-quarter 2013 were $29.4 billion, a 4.2 percent increase compared with first-quarter 2012.

-- Operating income grew 19.8 percent, to $6.2 billion in first-quarter 2013, compared with $5.2 billion in first-quarter 2012. Operating income margin was 21.1 percent in first-quarter 2013, compared with 18.4 percent in first-quarter 2012.

-- Consolidated EBITDA (non-GAAP, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) grew 12.1 percent year over year, totaling $10.3 billion in first-quarter 2013. EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) expanded to 35.1 percent in first-quarter 2013, up 240 basis points year over year.

-- Cash flow from operating activities grew $1.6 billion, or 26.4 percent, compared with first-quarter 2012. Capital expenditures in first-quarter 2013 were $3.6 billion, flat year over year. Free cash flow (non-GAAP, cash flow from operations less capex) in first-quarter 2013 increased $1.5 billion, or 64.3 percent, compared with first-quarter 2012.

Verizon Wireless Delivers Record Profitability, Strong Customer and Revenue Growth In first-quarter 2013, Verizon Wireless delivered strong growth in retail postpaid net additions and revenues; an increase in smartphone penetration; and the highest segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP) in the company's history -- surpassing the previous high in third-quarter 2012.

Wireless Financial Highlights -- Total revenues were $19.5 billion in first-quarter 2013, up 6.8 percent year over year. Service revenues in the quarter totaled $16.7 billion, up 8.6 percent year over year. Retail service revenues also grew 8.6 percent year over year, to $16.2 billion.

-- Retail postpaid ARPA (average revenue per account) increased 6.9 percent over first-quarter 2012, to $150.27 per month. As customers continue to add multiple devices to accounts following the introduction of the Share Everything Plan last June, Verizon Wireless has been reporting ARPA instead of ARPU (average revenue per user) on a postpaid basis since customers can share data among multiple devices.

-- In first-quarter 2013, wireless operating income margin was 32.9 percent and segment EBITDA margin on service revenues was 50.4 percent, setting record-highs.

Wireless Operational Highlights -- Verizon Wireless added 677,000 retail postpaid net connections, out of a total 720,000 net retail connections, in the first quarter. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments. Last year, net additions for retail postpaid connections increased sequentially each quarter, and Verizon expects a similar pattern of accelerating customer growth in 2013.

-- At the end of the first quarter, the company had 98.9 million retail connections, a 6.4 percent increase year over year -- including 93.2 million retail postpaid connections.

-- Verizon Wireless had 34.9 million retail postpaid accounts at the end of the first quarter, a 1.1 percent increase over first-quarter 2012, and an average of 2.7 connections per account, up 5.1 percent year over year.

-- At the end of the first quarter, smartphones accounted for more than 61 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 58 percent at the end of fourth-quarter 2012.

-- Retail postpaid churn was 1.01 percent in the first quarter, up 5 basis points year over year. Retail churn was 1.30 percent in the first quarter, up 6 basis points year over year.

-- Verizon Wireless continued to roll out its 4G LTE mobile broadband network, the largest 4G LTE network in the U.S. As of today (April 18), Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service is available to 287 million people in 491 markets across the U.S., covering more than 95 percent of Verizon's current 3G network footprint.

-- The company continued to enhance its 4G LTE device lineup with smartphones, tablets and other devices. In the first quarter, Verizon Wireless launched the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, the BlackBerry Z10, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, the Verizon 4G LTE USB Modem UML295 by Pantech, and the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 5510L by Novatel Wireless. Earlier this month, the company launched the Lucid 2 by LG and the Verizon 4G LTE Router, an Internet solution that connects both wired and Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Wireline Reports Continued Strong FiOS Customer and Revenue Growth Verizon's Wireline segment reported continued strong FiOS customer, market share and revenue growth in first-quarter 2013, leading to overall growth in consumer revenues. In enterprise and wholesale, increased sales of global enterprise strategic services continued to help mitigate lower revenues resulting from secular and global economic impacts.

Wireline Financial Highlights -- Consumer revenues were $3.6 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent compared with first-quarter 2012. Consumer ARPU for wireline services increased to $107.15 in first-quarter 2013, up 9.5 percent compared with first-quarter 2012.

-- FiOS revenues grew 15.1 percent, to $2.6 billion in first-quarter 2013 compared with $2.3 billion in first-quarter 2012. ARPU for FiOS customers continued to be more than $150 in first-quarter 2013.

-- Sales of strategic services to global enterprise customers increased 6.0 percent compared with first-quarter 2012 and represented 55.6 percent of total enterprise revenues. Strategic services include Verizon Terremark cloud and data center services, security and IT solutions, advanced communications, and strategic networking.

Wireline Operational Highlights -- Verizon added 188,000 net new FiOS Internet connections in first-quarter 2013, marking the third consecutive quarter of sequential growth in net customer additions. The company also added 169,000 net new FiOS Video connections in the quarter. Verizon had a total of 5.6 million FiOS Internet and 4.9 million FiOS Video connections at the end of the quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 12.0 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively.

-- FiOS penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) continued to increase. FiOS Internet penetration was 38.2 percent at the end of first-quarter 2013, compared with 36.4 percent at the end of first-quarter 2012. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 34.1 percent, compared with 32.3 percent. The FiOS network passed 17.8 million premises by the end of first-quarter 2013.

-- Broadband connections totaled 8.9 million at the end of first-quarter 2013, a 1.4 percent year-over-year increase. Overall, net broadband customers increased 99,000 in the first quarter, as FiOS Internet net customer additions more than offset fewer subscribers for DSL-based High Speed Internet services.

-- Verizon has been replacing high-maintenance portions of its residential copper network with fiber optics to provide enhanced services and to reduce ongoing repair costs. In first-quarter 2013, Verizon migrated 83,000 homes to fiber, toward a target of 300,000 migrations within FiOS markets in 2013.

-- Verizon Enterprise Solutions completed agreements with and began deploying innovative business technology solutions for a variety of corporations and organizations in the quarter, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Ocean Exploration Trust, Quest Diagnostics and Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR).

NOTE: See the accompanying schedules and www.verizon.com/investor for reconciliations to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for non-GAAP financial measures cited in this document.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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NOTE: This presentation contains statements about expected future events and financial results that are forward-looking and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following important factors could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements: adverse conditions in the U.S. and international economies; competition in our markets; material changes in available technology or technology substitution; disruption of our key suppliers' provisioning of products or services; changes in the regulatory environments in which we operate, including any increase in restrictions on our ability to operate our networks; breaches of network or information technology security, natural disasters, terrorist attacks or significant litigation and any resulting financial impact not covered by insurance; an adverse change in the ratings afforded our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations or adverse conditions in the credit markets impacting the cost, including interest rates, and/or availability of financing; changes in our accounting assumptions that regulatory agencies, including the SEC, may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings; material adverse changes in labor matters, including labor negotiations, and any resulting financial and/or operational impact; significant increases in benefit plan costs or lower investment returns on plan assets; and the inability to implement our business strategies.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (dollars in millions, except per share amounts) 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Operating Revenues $ 29,420 $ 28,242 4.2 Operating Expenses Cost of services and sales 10,932 11,319 (3.4) Selling, general and administrative expense 8,148 7,700 5.8 Depreciation and amortization expense 4,118 4,028 2.2 Total Operating Expenses 23,198 23,047 0.7 Operating Income 6,222 5,195 19.8 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated businesses (5) 103 * Other income and (expense), net 39 19 * Interest expense (537) (685) (21.6) Income Before Provision for Income Taxes 5,719 4,632 23.5 Provision for income taxes (864) (726) 19.0 Net Income $ 4,855 $ 3,906 24.3 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest $ 2,903 $ 2,220 30.8 Net income attributable to Verizon 1,952 1,686 15.8 Net Income $ 4,855 $ 3,906 24.3 Basic Earnings per Common Share Net income attributable to Verizon $ .68 $ .59 15.3 Weighted average number of common shares (in millions) 2,866 2,842 Diluted Earnings per Common Share (1) Net income attributable to Verizon $ .68 $ .59 15.3 Weighted average number of common shares-assuming dilution (in millions) 2,872 2,849 Footnotes: (1) Diluted Earnings per Common Share includes the dilutive effect of shares issuable under our stock-based compensation plans, which represents the only potential dilution.

Certain reclassifications have been made, where appropriate, to reflect comparable operating results.

* Not meaningful Verizon Communications Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (dollars in millions) Unaudited 3/31/13 12/31/12 $ Change Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,475 $ 3,093 $ 2,382 Short-term investments 660 470 190 Accounts receivable, net 11,814 12,576 (762) Inventories 798 1,075 (277) Prepaid expenses and other 6,511 4,021 2,490 Total current assets 25,258 21,235 4,023 Plant, property and equipment 212,082 209,575 2,507 Less accumulated depreciation 123,901 120,933 2,968 88,181 88,642 (461) Investments in unconsolidated businesses 3,321 3,401 (80) Wireless licenses 75,645 77,744 (2,099) Goodwill 24,132 24,139 (7) Other intangible assets, net 5,827 5,933 (106) Other assets 3,822 4,128 (306) Total Assets $ 226,186 $ 225,222 $ 964 Liabilities and Equity Current liabilities Debt maturing within one year $ 10,888 $ 4,369 $ 6,519 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 14,030 16,182 (2,152) Other 6,571 6,405 166 Total current liabilities 31,489 26,956 4,533 Long-term debt 41,993 47,618 (5,625) Employee benefit obligations 34,048 34,346 (298) Deferred income taxes 24,993 24,677 316 Other liabilities 6,075 6,092 (17) Equity Common stock 297 297 - Contributed capital 37,894 37,990 (96) Accumulated deficit (3,255) (3,734) 479 Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,056 2,235 (179) Common stock in treasury, at cost (3,994) (4,071) 77 Deferred compensation - employee stock ownership plans and other 312 440 (128) Noncontrolling interest 54,278 52,376 1,902 Total equity 87,588 85,533 2,055 Total Liabilities and Equity $ 226,186 $ 225,222 $ 964 Verizon - Selected Financial and Operating Statistics Unaudited 3/31/13 12/31/12 Total debt (in millions) $ 52,881 $ 51,987 Net debt (in millions) $ 47,406 $ 48,894 Net debt / Adjusted EBITDA (1) 1.2x 1.3x Common shares outstanding end of period (in millions) 2,861 2,859 Total employees 181,900 183,400 Quarterly cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.515 $ 0.515 Footnotes: (1) Adjusted EBITDA excludes the effects of non-operational items.

The unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets are based on preliminary information.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 $ Change Cash Flows From Operating Activities Net Income $ 4,855 $ 3,906 $ 949 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization expense 4,118 4,028 90 Employee retirement benefits 295 375 (80) Deferred income taxes 878 656 222 Provision for uncollectible accounts 260 278 (18) Equity in earnings of unconsolidated businesses, net of dividends received 14 (89) 103 Changes in current assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition/disposition of businesses (1,491) (1,580) 89 Other, net (1,398) (1,617) 219 Net cash provided by operating activities 7,531 5,957 1,574 Cash Flows From Investing Activities Capital expenditures (including capitalized software) (3,602) (3,565) (37) Acquisitions of investments and businesses, net of cash acquired (21) (140) 119 Acquisitions of wireless licenses, net (117) (25) (92) Net change in short-term investments 18 16 2 Other, net 123 41 82 Net cash used in investing activities (3,599) (3,673) 74 Cash Flows From Financing Activities Proceeds from long-term borrowings 500 - 500 Repayments of long-term borrowings and capital (73) (1,828) 1,755 lease obligations Increase (decrease) in short-term obligations, excluding 581 (1,734) 2,315 current maturities Dividends paid (1,472) (1,291) (181) Proceeds from sale of common stock 56 69 (13) Purchase of common stock for treasury (153) - (153) Special distribution to noncontrolling interest - (4,500) 4,500 Other, net (989) (453) (536) Net cash used in financing activities (1,550) (9,737) 8,187 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2,382 (7,453) 9,835 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 3,093 13,362 (10,269) Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 5,475 $ 5,909 $ (434) Verizon Communications Inc.

Wireless - Selected Financial Results (dollars in millions) 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Operating Revenues Retail service $ 16,169 $ 14,886 8.6 Other service 559 524 6.7 Service 16,728 15,410 8.6 Equipment 1,813 1,838 (1.4) Other 982 1,025 (4.2) Total Operating Revenues 19,523 18,273 6.8 Operating Expenses Cost of services and sales 5,651 5,910 (4.4) Selling, general and administrative expense 5,448 5,228 4.2 Depreciation and amortization expense 2,006 1,918 4.6 Total Operating Expenses 13,105 13,056 0.4 Operating Income $ 6,418 $ 5,217 23.0 Operating Income Margin 32.9% 28.6% Segment EBITDA $ 8,424 $ 7,135 18.1 Segment EBITDA Service Margin 50.4% 46.3% Footnotes: The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of non-operational items, as the Company's chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.

Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.

Certain reclassifications have been made, where appropriate, to reflect comparable operating results.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Wireless - Selected Operating Statistics Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Connections ('000) Retail postpaid 93,186 87,963 5.9 Retail prepaid 5,744 5,025 14.3 Retail 98,930 92,988 6.4 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Net Add Detail ('000)(1) Retail postpaid 677 501 35.1 Retail prepaid 43 233 (81.5) Retail 720 734 (1.9) Account Statistics Retail Postpaid Accounts ('000)(2) 34,943 34,569 1.1 Retail postpaid ARPA $ 150.27 $ 140.58 6.9 Retail postpaid connections per account (2) 2.67 2.54 5.1 Churn Detail Retail postpaid 1.01% 0.96% Retail 1.30% 1.24% Retail Postpaid Connection Statistics Total Smartphone postpaid % of phones sold 85.1% 72.4% Total Smartphone postpaid phone base (2) 61.4% 46.8% Total Internet postpaid base (2) 9.6% 8.3% Other Operating Statistics Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 1,992 $ 1,885 5.7 Footnotes: (1) Connection net additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.

(2) Statistics presented as of end of period.

The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of non-operational items, as the Company's chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.

Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.

Certain reclassifications have been made, where appropriate, to reflect comparable operating results.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Wireline - Selected Financial Results (dollars in millions) 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Operating Revenues Consumer retail $ 3,589 $ 3,441 4.3 Small business 651 662 (1.7) Mass Markets 4,240 4,103 3.3 Strategic services 2,087 1,969 6.0 Core 1,666 1,883 (11.5) Global Enterprise 3,753 3,852 (2.6) Global Wholesale 1,727 1,861 (7.2) Other 110 129 (14.7) Total Operating Revenues 9,830 9,945 (1.2) Operating Expenses Cost of services and sales 5,457 5,572 (2.1) Selling, general and administrative expense 2,265 2,126 6.5 Depreciation and amortization expense 2,095 2,090 0.2 Total Operating Expenses 9,817 9,788 0.3 Operating Income $ 13 $ 157 (91.7) Operating Income Margin 0.1% 1.6% Segment EBITDA $ 2,108 $ 2,247 (6.2) Segment EBITDA Margin 21.4% 22.6% Footnotes: The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of non-operational items, as the Company's chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.

Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.

Certain reclassifications have been made, where appropriate, to reflect comparable operating results.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Wireline - Selected Operating Statistics Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Connections ('000) FiOS Video Subscribers 4,895 4,353 12.5 FiOS Internet Subscribers 5,612 5,010 12.0 FiOS Digital Voice residence connections 3,531 2,298 53.7 FiOS Digital connections 14,038 11,661 20.4 HSI 3,282 3,764 (12.8) Total Broadband connections 8,894 8,774 1.4 Primary residence switched access connections 7,593 9,344 (18.7) Primary residence connections 11,124 11,642 (4.4) Total retail residence voice connections 11,725 12,421 (5.6) Total voice connections 22,191 23,700 (6.4) 3 Mos. Ended 3 Mos. Ended Unaudited 3/31/13 3/31/12 % Change Net Add Detail ('000) FiOS Video Subscribers 169 180 (6.1) FiOS Internet Subscribers 188 193 (2.6) FiOS Digital Voice residence connections 304 414 (26.6) FiOS Digital connections 661 787 (16.0) HSI (89) (89) - Total Broadband connections 99 104 (4.8) Primary residence switched access connections (389) (562) (30.8) Primary residence connections (85) (148) (42.6) Total retail residence voice connections (124) (205) (39.5) Total voice connections (312) (437) (28.6) Revenue and ARPU Statistics Consumer ARPU $ 107.15 $ 97.88 9.5 FiOS revenues (in millions) $ 2,633 $ 2,288 15.1 Strategic services as a % of total Enterprise revenues 55.6% 51.1% Other Operating Statistics Capital expenditures (in millions) $ 1,434 $ 1,537 (6.7) Wireline employees ('000) 85.2 90.8 FiOS Video Open for Sale ('000) 14,374 13,460 FiOS Video penetration 34.1% 32.3% FiOS Internet Open for Sale ('000) 14,703 13,780 FiOS Internet penetration 38.2% 36.4% Footnotes: The segment financial results and metrics above are adjusted to exclude the effects of non-operational items, as the Company's chief operating decision maker excludes these items in assessing business unit performance.

Intersegment transactions have not been eliminated.

Certain reclassifications have been made, where appropriate, to reflect comparable operating results.

SOURCE Verizon Communications Inc.

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