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 EchoStar Announces First Quarter of 2018 Results
   Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM ET

ENGLEWOOD, Co., May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

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First Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenues of $501.8 million.
  • Consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $21.2 million, consolidated net loss attributable to EchoStar common stock of $21.6 million, and diluted losses per share of $0.22. Included in these amounts are net losses on investments of $36.7 million. Excluding these net losses, diluted earnings per share would have been $0.16.
  • Consolidated EBITDA of $165.7 million, including net losses on investments of $36.7 million.  Excluding these net losses, EBITDA would have been $202.4 million (see discussion and the reconciliation of GAAP to this non-GAAP measure below).

Additional Highlights:

  • Approximately 1,267,000 Hughes broadband subscribers as of March 31, 2018.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and current marketable investment securities of $3.3 billion as of March 31, 2018

On January 1, 2018, we adopted two new accounting pronouncements:

  • Topic 606 relating to revenue recognition and the related costs from contracts with customers. The adoption decreased our revenue by $1.2 million and increased our net income by $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
  • Topic 321 relating to accounting for investments. The adoption decreased our net losses on investments by $19.1 million and correspondingly increased our net income by $19.1 million.

Set forth below is a table highlighting certain of EchoStar's segment results for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017:



The following table reconciles GAAP to non-GAAP measurements.



Note on Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA is defined as "Net income (loss)" excluding "Interest income and expense, net," "Income tax provision (benefit), net," "Depreciation and amortization," "Net income (loss) from discontinued operations," and "Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests."  This measure is not determined in accordance with US GAAP. EBITDA is reconciled to "Net income (loss)" in the table above and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP.  Our management uses this non-GAAP measure as a measure of our operating efficiency and overall operating financial performance for benchmarking against our peers and competitors. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure provides meaningful supplemental information regarding the underlying operating performance of our business and is appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of our financial performance. Management also believes that EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of companies in our industry.

The consolidated financial statements of EchoStar for the periods ended March 31, 2018 and 2017 are attached to this press release. Detailed financial data and other information are available in EchoStar's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2018 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EchoStar will host its earnings conference call on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call-in numbers are (877) 815-1625 (toll-free) and (716) 247-5178 (international), Conference ID # 8292996.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:  SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communications solutions.  Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.

Safe Harbor Statement under the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This press release may contain statements that are forward looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. When used in this release, the words "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project," "plans," and similar expressions and the use of future dates are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We assume no responsibility for the accuracy of forward-looking statements or information or for updating forward-looking information or statements. These statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. See "Risk Factors" in EchoStar's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2017 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2018, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in the other documents EchoStar files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.









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