AT&T reported quarterly earnings Wednesday that were roughly in line with analysts' expectations.
The company posted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings per share of 66 cents on revenue of $41.8 billion — a slight drop from $42.1 billion in sales during the year-earlier quarter. Analysts had expected AT&T to report earnings of 66 cents a share on $42.04 billion in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters consensus estimates. The company posted adjusted profit per share of 63 cent a share in the year-earlier quarter.
The stock initially dropped about 1 percent in after-hours trading, but quickly recovered that decline. It was last slightly higher.
AT&T said it added 200,000 paid subscribers to its DirecTV Now streaming service during the fourth quarter. The company released that figure last week in a batch of preliminary numbers. Analysts said at the time the news marked a strong start for the service, sending shares higher.
Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement that 2016 was a "transformational year," during which the company "made tremendous progress toward [its] goal of becoming the global leader in telecom, media and technology."
Stephenson also called the company's deal to acquire Time Warner "the logical next step in our strategy to bring together world-class content with best-in-class distribution which will drive innovation and more choice for consumers."
"The world of distribution and content is converging and we need to move fast and if we want to do something truly unique, begin to curate content differently, begin to format content differently for these mobile environments, and this is all about mobility," he said on "Squawk Box."
But news of the deal was met with scrutiny.