Document and Entity Information 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 Document Type 10-Q Amendment Flag false Document Period End Date 2010-03-31 Document Fiscal Year Focus 2,010 Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1 VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS Entity Registrant Name INC Entity Central Index Key 0000732712 Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31 Trading Symbol vz Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 2,826,732,438 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (USD $) 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 In Millions, except Per Share data Operating Revenues $26,913 Operating Expenses Cost of services and sales (exclusive of items shown below) 10,717 Selling, general and administrative expense 7,724 Depreciation and amortization expense 4,121 Total Operating Expenses 22,562 Operating Income 4,351 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated businesses 133 Other income and (expense), net 45 Interest expense (680) Income Before Provision For Income Taxes 3,849 Provision for income taxes (1,565) Net Income 2,284 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 1,875 Net income attributable to Verizon 409 Net Income $2,284 Basic Earnings Per Common Share Net income attributable to Verizon $0.14 Weighted-average shares outstanding (in millions) 2,836 Diluted Earnings Per Common Share Net income attributable to Verizon $0.14 Weighted-average shares outstanding (in millions) 2,837 Dividends declared per common share $0.48 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2009 $26,591 10,308 7,561 4,028 21,897 4,694 128 53 (925) 3,950 (740) 3,210 1,565 1,645 $3,210 $0.58 2,841 $0.58 2,841 $0.46 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (USD $) Mar. 31, 2010 In Millions Assets Cash and cash equivalents $3,037 Short-term investments 520 Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $995 and $976 11,969 Inventories 1,113 Prepaid expenses and other 5,766 Total current assets 22,405 Plant, property and equipment 231,771 Less accumulated depreciation 139,937 Plant, property and equipment, net 91,834 Investments in unconsolidated businesses 3,685 Wireless licenses 72,256 Goodwill 22,472 Other intangible assets, net 6,510 Other assets 8,185 Total assets 227,347 Liabilities and Equity Debt maturing within one year 7,129 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 14,569 Other 6,365 Total current liabilities 28,063 Long-term debt 54,424 Employee benefit obligations 31,770 Deferred income taxes 21,665 Other liabilities 6,773 Equity Series preferred stock ($.10 par value; none issued) 0 Common stock ($.10 par value; 2,967,610,119 shares issued in both periods) 297 Contributed capital 40,108 Reinvested earnings 16,658 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (11,442) Common stock in treasury, at cost (5,277) Deferred compensation - employee stock ownership plans and other 118 Noncontrolling interest 44,190 Total equity 84,652 Total liabilities and equity $227,347 Dec. 31, 2009 $2,009 490 12,573 1,426 5,247 21,745 229,381 137,052 92,329 3,535 72,067 22,472 6,764 8,339 227,251 7,205 15,223 6,708 29,136 55,051 32,622 19,310 6,765 0 297 40,108 17,592 (11,479) (5,000) 88 42,761 84,367 $227,251 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Parenthetical) (USD $) Mar. 31, 2010 In Millions, except Share data Accounts receivable, allowances $995 Series preferred stock, par value $0.1 Series preferred stock, shares issued 0 Common stock, par value $0.1 Common stock, shares issued 2,967,610,119 Dec. 31, 2009 $976 $0.1 0 $0.1 2,967,610,119 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (USD $) 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 In Millions Cash Flows from Operating Activities Net Income $2,284 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization expense 4,121 Employee retirement benefits 667 Deferred income taxes 2,389 Provision for uncollectible accounts 371 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated businesses, net of dividends received (120) Changes in current assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisition/disposition of businesses (1,043) Other, net (1,552) Net cash provided by operating activities 7,117 Cash Flows from Investing Activities Capital expenditures (including capitalized software) (3,456) Acquisitions of licenses, investments and businesses, net of cash acquired (274) Net change in short-term investments (40) Other, net 114 Net cash used in investing activities (3,656) Cash Flows from Financing Activities Proceeds from long-term borrowings 0 Repayments of long-term borrowings and capital lease obligations (519) Increase (decrease) in short-term obligations, excluding current maturities (97) Dividends paid (1,347) Other, net (470) Net cash used in financing activities (2,433) Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,028 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 2,009 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $3,037 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2009 $3,210 4,028 502 604 358 (117) (393) (1,570) 6,622 (3,707) (5,118) 80 (14) (8,759) 7,052 (16,865) 7,908 (1,307) (454) (3,666) (5,803) 9,782 $3,979 Basis of Presentation 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 1. Basis of Presentation The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared based upon Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules that permit reduced disclosure for interim periods. For a more complete discussion of significant accounting policies and certain other information, you should refer to the financial statements included in the Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon or the Company) Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. These financial statements reflect all adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of results of operations and financial condition for the interim periods shown including normal recurring accruals and other items. The results for the interim periods are Basis of Presentation not necessarily indicative of results for the full year. Dispositions and Other 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 2. Dispositions and Other Telephone Access Line Spin-off On May 13, 2009, we announced plans to spin off a newly formed subsidiary of Verizon (Spinco) to our stockholders. Spinco will hold defined assets and liabilities of the local exchange business and related landline activities of Verizon in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and in portions of California bordering Arizona, Nevada and Oregon, including Internet access and long distance services and broadband video provided to designated customers in those areas. Immediately following the spin-off, Spinco plans to merge with Frontier Communications Corporation (Frontier) pursuant to a definitive agreement with Dispositions and Other Frontier, and Frontier will be the surviving corporation. Wireless Licenses, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 3. Wireless Licenses, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets Wireless Licenses Changes in the carrying amount of Wireless licenses are as follows: (dollars in millions) Balance at December31, 2009 $72,067 Capitalized interest on wireless licenses 182 Reclassifications, adjustments and other 7 Balance at March31, 2010 $72,256 As of March 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, $12.1 billion and $12.2 billion, respectively, of wireless licenses were under development for commercial service for which we are capitalizing interest costs. Goodwill There were no changes in the carrying amount of goodwill during the three months ended March 31, 2010. Wireless Licenses, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets Other Intangible Assets The following table Debt 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 4. Debt The table that follows presents changes during the three months ended March 31, 2010 related to Debt maturing within one year and Long-term debt. (dollars in millions) Debt MaturingwithinOneYear Long-termDebt Total Balance at January1, 2010 $7,205 $55,051 $62,256 Repayments of long-term borrowings and capital leases obligations (519 ) (519 ) Decrease in short-term obligations, excluding current maturities (97 ) (97 ) Reclassifications of long-term debt 500 (500 ) Other 40 (127 ) (87 ) Debt Balance at March31, 2010 $7,129 Fair Value Measurements 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 5. Fair Value Measurements The following table presents the balances of assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2010: (dollars in millions) Asset Category Level 1(1) Level 2(2) Level 3(3) Total Short- term investments: Equity securities $248 $ $ $248 Fixed income securities 17 255 272 Investments in unconsolidated businesses: Equity securities 263 263 Fixed income securities 194 194 Other Assets: Fixed income securities Fair Value Measurements 766 766 Derivative contracts: Stock-Based Compensation 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 6. Stock- Based Compensation Verizon Communications Long-Term Incentive Plan The 2009 Verizon Communications Inc. Long- Term Incentive Plan (the Plan) permits the granting of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares, performance stock units and other awards. The maximum number of shares available for awards from the Plan is 115 million shares. Restricted Stock Units The Plan provides for grants of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that generally vest at the end of the third year after the grant. The RSUs outstanding at January 1, 2010 are classified as liability awards because the RSUs will be paid in cash upon vesting. The RSU award liability is measured at its fair value at the end of each Stock-Based Compensation reporting period and, therefore, will fluctuate Employee Benefits 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 7. Employee Benefits We maintain non- contributory defined benefit pension plans for many of our employees. In addition, we maintain postretirement health care and life insurance plans for our retirees and their dependents, which are both contributory and non- contributory, and include a limit on the Companys share of cost for certain recent and future retirees. Net Periodic Benefit (Income) Cost The following table summarizes the benefit (income) cost related to our pension and postretirement health care and life insurance plans: (dollars in millions) Pension HealthCareandLife Three Months Ended March31, 2010 2009 2010 2009 Service cost Employee Benefits $91 $96 $78 $78 Equity and Comprehensive Income 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 8. Equity and Comprehensive Income Equity Changes in the components of Total equity were as follows: Three Months Ended March31, 2010 (dollars in millions) Attributableto Verizon NoncontrollingInterest TotalEquity Balance at beginning of period $41,606 $42,761 $84,367 Net income 409 1,875 2,284 Other comprehensive income 37 4 41 Comprehensive income 446 1,879 2,325 Dividends declared (1,343 ) (1,343) Common stock in Equity and Comprehensive Income treasury (Note 5) (277 ) (277) Segment Information 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 9. Segment Information Reportable Segments We have two reportable segments, which we operate and manage as strategic business units and organize by products and services. We measure and evaluate our reportable segments based on segment operating income, consistent with the chief operating decision makers assessment of segment performance. Corporate, eliminations and other includes unallocated corporate expenses, intersegment eliminations recorded in consolidation, the results of other businesses, such as our investments in unconsolidated businesses, lease financing, and other adjustments and gains and losses that are not allocated in assessing segment performance due to their non- operational nature. Although such transactions are Segment Information excluded from the business segment results, they are Commitments and Contingencies 3 Months Ended Mar. 31, 2010 10. Commitments and Contingencies Several state and federal regulatory proceedings may require our telephone operations to pay penalties or to refund to customers a portion of the revenues collected in the current and prior periods. There are also various legal actions pending to which we are a party and claims which, if asserted, may lead to other legal actions. We have established reserves for specific liabilities in connection with regulatory and legal actions, including environmental matters that we currently deem to be probable and estimable. We do not expect that the ultimate resolution of pending regulatory and legal matters in future periods, including the Hicksville matter described below, will have a material effect on our financial condition, but it could have a material effect Commitments and Contingencies on our results of operations for a given reporting period.
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