OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Sprint Corp. (S), the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier, said Tuesday its fourth-quarter loss shrunk, helped by the addition of more wireless devices to its network.
Sprint said it added a net 477,000
wireless devices during the quarter, while in the year-ago quarter it lost a
net 337,000 devices. Excluding its Nextel platform, which the company shut off
last year, the company added a net 682,000 devices to its Sprint platform, flat
with the 683,000 it added in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Sprint
posted a loss of $1.04 billion, or 26 cents per share, compared with a loss of
$1.32 billion, or 44 cents per share, in the same quarter the year before.
Revenue rose 2 percent to $9.14 billion from $9.01 billion.
Those results beat Wall Street
predictions. Analysts, on average, expected a loss of 35 cents per share on
$8.98 billion in revenue.
Japanese investment firm SoftBank
Corp. acquired a majority stake in Sprint in July. This was the company's third
quarterly report since the deal closed.
For the full year 2013, Sprint posted
a loss of $1.86 billion, or 54 cents per share, compared with $4.33 billion, or
$1.44 per share, in 2012. Revenue fell to $16.89 billion from $35.35 billion.
Sprint shares rose 54 cents, or 7
percent, to $8.23 in morning trading Tuesday. Its shares are little changed
from a year ago.