As a former Marine, I'll point out in passing that it was the 1st Marine Division that made famous the defiant line "Retreat, hell!" during the arduous Korean conflict. It's a slogan that very few companies are using these days as they look forward to their prospects for the December quarter and 2009.
Time Warner Cable
But in looking ahead to results for the full year, the company trimmed its revenue growth forecast to 8% from 9% and cut its prediction for operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) also to 8%, from the 9% to 11% range. Nevertheless, from an operating perspective in the most recent period, the company managed to achieve its 14th consecutive quarter wherein its revenue-generating-unit growth (an RGU is one subscriber taking one service) exceeded 500,000. In this case there were 522,000 new subs added.
In addition, the company added 214,000 data subscribers and 200,000 new phone customers. The telephone company additions appeared to be somewhat below expectations and may have related to an increasing tendency of customers to rely exclusively on their mobile units amid the current economic pullback. Industry leader Comcast
Time Warner Cable -- which, like most other cable operators, is facing increased competition from telephone company video providers Verizon
For my money, cable costs constitute an area that economically pressed subscribers can reduce during the current downturn. On that basis, and given the substantial "reverse dowry" facing Time Warner Cable when it it's spun off, my inclination is for Fools to give the company something of a wide berth for now.
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