Windstream said on Thursday that it recorded its best quarter-over-quarter revenue improvement ever in Q3 2012, but profit was down 44 percent from the same period last year.
The CLEC's quarterly revenue was $1.55 billion, up $15 million sequentially; yet net income fell from $78 million a year ago to $54 million this past quarter.
"Our business continues to perform well, and I am confident in our ability to deliver strong free cash flow long-term to support our [25-cent] dividend [announced Wednesday]," said Jeff Gardner, Windstream president and CEO. "The dividend is a key component of our investment thesis, and we believe it is the best way to provide returns to our shareholders."
Business-service revenue was $906 million – that was up 3 percent from the year-ago quarter. Revenues from data and integrated services were up 9 percent and carrier-service revenue jumped 3 percent.
The service provider said it added 6,000 new high-speed Internet customers between July 1 and Sept. 30.
The company's stock was down 7 percent on the earnings news as of 11 a.m. ET on Thursday.