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Release Dates: Immediate
Ed Hansen, MindSpring Enterprises, Inc.


MindSpring Announces Third Quarter Results

ATLANTA, Georgia (Oct. 20, 1999) -- MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSPG), a leading national Internet Service Provider, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 1999.

MindSpring reported earnings per share, excluding tax-effected amortization expense (EPS+A) of $0.05 for the third quarter. Excluding the tax-effected amortization charges, MindSpring recorded income for the third quarter of 1999 of $3,380,000 compared with income of $7,521,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 1999, and income of $4,721,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 1998. The decline in earnings is a result of the planned increase in sales and marketing expenditures in the third quarter, announced last quarter.

Total revenues for the third quarter were $88,179,000, compared with $85,664,000 for the prior quarter and $28,695,000 for the third quarter 1998. Earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the third quarter of 1999 was $9,083,000, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with $15,718,000, or $0.24 per diluted share for the prior quarter and $6,718,000, or $0.12 per diluted share in the third quarter 1998. Including amortization, net loss for the third quarter was $(10,834,000), or $(0.17) per share, compared with $(7,081,000) or $(0.11) per share for the prior quarter, and net income of $3,985,000, or $0.07 per diluted share for the third quarter 1998.

MindSpring had approximately 1,297,000 customers at the end of the third quarter of 1999, up from 1,228,000 at the end of the prior quarter and 455,000 at the end of the third quarter 1998. Included in the total are approximately 61,000 Web Hosting customers, and approximately 3,000 dedicated Internet access accounts.

On September 23, MindSpring and EarthLink Network, Inc. announced plans to merge in a transaction that will create the nation=s second largest Internet Service provider, EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELNK), with corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The transaction is expected to close in first quarter of 2000.

"This was an exciting quarter for us at MindSpring," said Charles Brewer, MindSpring's Chairman and CEO. "We're very pleased with our financial results and achievements and are excited about our proposed merger with EarthLink."

MindSpring released a new, even easier and more user-friendly Internet Software package, MindSpring 4.0. With a new compact user-interface, an illustrative navigational bar, and personalized features, MindSpring 4.0 is designed to appeal to a broader customer base of "switchers" and first-time Internet users.

In September, MindSpring launched the Company's first TV advertising campaign, "You'd be Happier Using MindSpring," in 12 markets nationwide.

MindSpring's tradition of award-winning customer service and support received national recognition this quarter. A recent J. D. Power and Associates 1999 National ISP Online Residential Customer Satisfaction study ranked MindSpring number one in overall customer satisfaction among the largest National Internet Service Providers.

About MindSpring
MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSPG) is a leading Internet service provider focused on delivering outstanding service and support to its customers. By following its Core Values And Beliefs, MindSpring is committed to doing an exceptional job of serving its customers, its employees, its owners and its community. MindSpring's dial-up subscribers can browse the World Wide Web, send electronic mail, participate in informative online chats and access more than 20,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet access in more than 780 locations throughout the U. S. The MindSpring Biz division of MindSpring Enterprises is a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations. For more information about MindSpring's services, please visit the Web site or call 1-888-MSPRING.

                     MINDSPRING ENTERPRISES, INC.
                    Unaudited Financial Highlights
           (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

                       Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                          September 30,             September 30,
                     ----------------------    ----------------------
                       1999         1998         1999         1998
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
Statements of
 Operations Data:
Revenues:
 Access              $  72,631    $  24,917    $ 196,645    $  64,795
 Business services      15,548        3,778       38,823       10,344
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
  Total revenues        88,179       28,695      235,468       75,139
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
Costs and expenses:
 Cost of revenues    $  28,367    $   7,976    $  78,882    $  22,167
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
 Gross margin           59,812       20,719      156,586       52,972

 General and
  administrative        28,363        9,195       74,253       25,505
 Selling                22,366        4,806       46,503       11,735
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
 EBITDA/1                9,083        6,718       35,830       15,732
 Depreciation            5,517        2,072       13,732        5,696
 Acquired customer
  base amortization     23,302        1,206       60,345        3,548
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
Operating (loss)
 income                (19,736)       3,440      (38,247)       6,488
Interest income
 (expense), net          1,977          665        3,463          590
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
(Loss) income
 before taxes          (17,759)       4,105      (34,784)       7,078
Income tax benefit
 (provision)             6,925         (120)      13,565         (212)
                     ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
Net (loss) income    $ (10,834)   $   3,985    $ (21,219)   $   6,866
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
Net income plus
 amortization        $   3,380    $   4,721    $  15,591    $   9,030
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
Net (loss) income
 per share:
  Basic              $   (0.17)   $    0.08    $   (0.35)   $    0.14
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
  Diluted            $   (0.17)   $    0.07    $   (0.35)   $    0.13
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
EPS + A/2:
  Basic              $    0.05    $    0.09    $    0.26    $    0.19
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
  Diluted            $    0.05    $    0.09    $    0.24    $    0.18
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
Weighted average
 common shares
 outstanding:
  Basic                 63,475       51,585       61,042       48,086
                     =========    =========    =========    =========
  Diluted               66,322       54,687       64,110       50,892
                     =========    =========    =========    =========

     All share and per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the
two-for-one stock split effected in June 1999.

                                                 Sept. 30,    Dec. 31,
                                                   1999        1998
                                                 ---------  ---------
Balance Sheet Data:                             (Unaudited)
Cash                                              $386,833   $167,743
Current assets other than cash                      16,852      7,457
Property and equipment, net                         78,561     35,841
Intangible and other assets                        237,297     36,558
Total assets                                       719,543    247,599
Current liabilities                                 59,110     38,094
Long-term liabilities                              180,502      2,424
Stockholders' equity                               479,931    207,081

Other Operating Data:
Approximate number of subscribers
 at end of period                                1,297,000    693,000
Number of employees at end of period                 2,051        977

1/   EBITDA represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes,
     depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measurement of
     financial performance under generally accepted accounting
     principles and should not be considered an alternative to net
     income as a measure of performance.

2/   EPS + A represents earnings per share, excluding tax-effected
     amortization expense. EPS + A is not a measurement of financial
     performance under generally accepted accounting principles and
     should not be considered an alternative to net income as a
     measure of performance.


                     MINDSPRING ENTERPRISES, INC.
          Unaudited Selected Financial Statement Information
           (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                 Sept. 30,   June 30,
Statements of Operations Data:                     1999        1999
                                                 --------    --------
Revenues:
  Access                                         $ 72,631    $ 71,620
  Business services                                15,548      14,044
                                                 --------    --------
     Total revenues                                88,179      85,664
                                                 --------    --------
Costs and expenses:
  Cost of revenues                               $ 28,367    $ 29,120
                                                 --------    --------
  Gross margin                                     59,812      56,544

  General and administrative                       28,363      26,460
  Selling                                          22,366      14,366
                                                 --------    --------
  EBITDA/1                                          9,083      15,718
  Depreciation                                      5,517       4,692
  Acquired customer base amortization              23,302      23,720
                                                 --------    --------
Operating (loss)                                  (19,736)    (12,694)
Interest income, net                                1,977       1,183
                                                 --------    --------
(Loss) before taxes                               (17,759)    (11,511)
Income tax benefit                                  6,925       4,430
                                                 --------    --------
Net (loss)                                       $(10,834)   $ (7,081)
                                                 ========    ========
Net income plus amortization                     $  3,380    $  7,521
                                                 ========    ========
Net (loss) per share - Basic                     $  (0.17)   $  (0.11)
                                                 ========    ========
EPS + A/2
   Basic                                         $   0.05    $   0.12
                                                 ========    ========
   Diluted                                       $   0.05    $   0.11
                                                 ========    ========
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
   Basic                                           63,475      62,610
                                                 ========    ========
   Diluted                                         66,322      65,431
                                                 ========    ========
Other Operating Data:
Approximate number of subscribers at
 end of period                                  1,297,000   1,228,000
Number of employees at end of period                2,051       1,682

1/   EBITDA represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes,
     depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measurement of
     financial performance under generally accepted accounting
     principles and should not be considered an alternative to net
     income as a measure of performance.

2/   EPS + A represents earnings per share, excluding tax-effected
     amortization expense. EPS + A is not a measurement of financial
     performance under generally accepted accounting principles and
     should not be considered an alternative to net income as a
     measure of performance.

     When used in this press release, the words "continue," "feel,"
and similar conditional or future-oriented expressions are intended to
identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to
risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the possible results referred to in such
forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties may include,
but are not limited to: financial, legal and regulatory, and other
conditions and developments in the Internet and technology markets and
in the general economy; the uncertainties associated with our
expansion of our sales and marketing programs and related increase in
expenditures; the timely and successful development, and market
acceptance of new products and services; the operation and
accessibility of the Corporation's network and of the Internet in
general; the Corporation's successful management of growth, including
acquisition of new subscribers, minimizing "churn" of existing
subscribers, control of expenses, and growth of revenue and earnings;
competitive conditions in the Corporation's industry; and other risks
and uncertainties described from time to time in the Corporation's
press releases and Securities and Exchange Commission reports and
filings.


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