Speaking at the J.P. Morgan H&Q Technology Conference here, Case told an audience of financial analysts that his company would meet its goals of $40 billion in revenue and $11 billion in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the year, reiterating predictions company executives have made in recent months.
"I know this will be music to your ears," Case said. He told the analysts his goal for the Internet giant is to be the "most valued and most respected company in the world."
Case didn't talk too much about the dot-com downturn, except to say that people shouldn't focus on the specifics of struggling companies. Instead, he said, people should "step back and try to appreciate the full grandeur of what's happening."
Specifically, Case said that if 1980 was the decade of the PC, and 1990 was the decade of the Internet, the next era would be that of convergence.
Case said his combined media and Internet services company is poised for the new era of convergence, where machines such as handheld computers, cell phones, and televisions would interact in completely new ways.
"The lines between those devices are blurring, and the distinctions between the industries servicing those devices are blurring as well," he said.
AOL Time Warner battle plan
Steve Case, chairman, AOL Time Warner
Case did not address whether AOL Time Warner planned to raise rates for its Internet services. At previous financial conferences, Case has said rate increases were "in the cards" but not necessarily something the company was considering in the near future.
Two weeks ago, AOL Time Warner announced financial results that were in line with expectations of most analysts.