General Telephone of California increased earnings 31% last year to a record $244.5 million, the company reported on the eve of today's annual meeting at its Santa Monica headquarters.
Revenue increased 11% to $2.2 billion as the company achieved a 15% return, up from 12.9%, for its parent, GTE.
The earnings record enabled the company to generate 91% of its own capital requirements, a slight improvement from 1983 but a strong contrast to the 49% raised internally in 1982, said President and Chief Executive David E. Anderson. He called the improvement "a direct result of our five-year expansion and modernization program."
The company has spent nearly $3.4 billion in expanding and modernizing its switching facilities. In addition, the California Public Utilities Commission authorized $231.8 million in rate increases during the year, Anderson said.
"Five years ago, things looked anything but promising," he acknowledged in remarks prepared for the annual meeting. Alluding to the company's 26,000 employees, Anderson said, "It took our collective effort to get service and earnings back on track."