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About CenturyLink Inc (CTL-N)

CenturyLink, Inc. is an American telecommunications company, headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, that provides communications and data services to residential, business, governmental, and wholesale customers in 37 states. More at Wikipedia

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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

April 11, 2018

In the telecom space the biggest risk is in interest rates.  It is conceivable that we see inflation getting closer to 3%, so rate increases are likely.  No matter the fundamentals, this sector will be hit.  There could be bounce up on this stock, but there is a lot of risk. 

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In the telecom space the biggest risk is in interest rates.  It is conceivable that we see inflation getting closer to 3%, so rate increases are likely.  No matter the fundamentals, this sector will be hit.  There could be bounce up on this stock, but there is a lot of risk. 

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Cameron Hurst

Chief Inve, Equium Capital Manag...

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$17.470
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

October 24, 2017

He likes the dividend on this. It is merging with Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N). The combined entity is going to have a tremendous amount of free cash flow. Level 3 has billions of dollars of net operating losses, so are not going to pay taxes for a very long time, which is going to really support the dividend for a long time. Until the deal closes, the fundamentals of the business they are in is deteriorating. This is selling off in unison with others that are under siege in the telecom industry. What they need is for the deal to close and for management to show investors what that combined entity and what the cash flow is going to be once they are together. He would suggest owners stay patient. Dividend yield of 11.5% will be sustainable under the new entity.

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He likes the dividend on this. It is merging with Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N). The combined entity is going to have a tremendous amount of free cash flow. Level 3 has billions of dollars of net operating losses, so are not going to pay taxes for a very long time, which is going to really support the dividend for a long time. Until the deal closes, the fundamentals of the business they are in is deteriorating. This is selling off in unison with others that are under siege in the telecom industry. What they need is for the deal to close and for management to show investors what that combined entity and what the cash flow is going to be once they are together. He would suggest owners stay patient. Dividend yield of 11.5% will be sustainable under the new entity.

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John Petrides

Managing D, Point View Wealth Ma...

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$18.740
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

May 18, 2017

Very similar to utilities in that they earn a very low rate of return. It pays a fairly high dividend. Numbers wise, this looks really good, but thinks that they need to cut down their debt a little.

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Very similar to utilities in that they earn a very low rate of return. It pays a fairly high dividend. Numbers wise, this looks really good, but thinks that they need to cut down their debt a little.

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Matt Kacur

President, FSA Financial Scienc...

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$24.590
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

February 9, 2017

He likes it a lot.  They acquired Level 3 and $10 Billion in operating losses so they will not pay taxes for a long time.  The 8% dividend yield is paid, but freed up the cash flow.  The wire line business is going away. 

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He likes it a lot.  They acquired Level 3 and $10 Billion in operating losses so they will not pay taxes for a long time.  The 8% dividend yield is paid, but freed up the cash flow.  The wire line business is going away. 

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John Petrides

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$24.420
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

November 29, 2016

This and Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N) made a huge strategic acquisition several weeks ago. Both companies were regional wire line telecom providers, trying to convert into Cloud hosting businesses. They realized that if they didn’t come together, they were going to die a slow death separately, so merged to form a bigger unit. One thing CenturyLink is obtaining in the Level 3 transaction is $10 billion in net operating losses. That means CenturyLink is going to have a very, very low tax bill for a long time. Because they are going to be saving money on taxes, they are going to use that to sustain the dividend. Don’t expect any dividend growth, although you are getting a big yield.

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This and Level 3 Communications (LVLT-N) made a huge strategic acquisition several weeks ago. Both companies were regional wire line telecom providers, trying to convert into Cloud hosting businesses. They realized that if they didn’t come together, they were going to die a slow death separately, so merged to form a bigger unit. One thing CenturyLink is obtaining in the Level 3 transaction is $10 billion in net operating losses. That means CenturyLink is going to have a very, very low tax bill for a long time. Because they are going to be saving money on taxes, they are going to use that to sustain the dividend. Don’t expect any dividend growth, although you are getting a big yield.

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John Petrides

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$24.210
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

September 1, 2016

They are 18 billion dollars in debt and they cut their dividend in 2014.  It has been stable ever since.  The market is telling you it is at risk.  He prefers T-N  (AT&T).

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They are 18 billion dollars in debt and they cut their dividend in 2014.  It has been stable ever since.  The market is telling you it is at risk.  He prefers T-N  (AT&T).

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Mike Capombassi

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$27.740
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

August 31, 2016

A company in transition. It went from being very focused and very established in land lines, and is slowly trying to change into more towers and global networks. There is probably another year of this transition. You buy this because of the dividend yield of 7.5%. There is not a ton of volatility because they have had a pretty consistent execution plan, where the landline is decreasing and the mobile is increasing. Don’t expect the price to appreciate, just be happy with the dividend.

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A company in transition. It went from being very focused and very established in land lines, and is slowly trying to change into more towers and global networks. There is probably another year of this transition. You buy this because of the dividend yield of 7.5%. There is not a ton of volatility because they have had a pretty consistent execution plan, where the landline is decreasing and the mobile is increasing. Don’t expect the price to appreciate, just be happy with the dividend.

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Erin Gibbs

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$27.800
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

November 22, 2012

(Top Pick Oct 07/11, Up 26.34%)

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(Top Pick Oct 07/11, Up 26.34%)

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Andrew Hamlin

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$37.830
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

July 9, 2012

3rd largest telephone company and largest rural exchange provider in the US. A yield based wire line stock that is an equity bond. Return function based on the free cash flow payout and it pays out 50% of its earnings. 7.7% yield.
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3rd largest telephone company and largest rural exchange provider in the US. A yield based wire line stock that is an equity bond. Return function based on the free cash flow payout and it pays out 50% of its earnings. 7.7% yield.
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Srikanth Iyer

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$39.520
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

November 21, 2011

7.8% dividend. When evaluating a stock and a dividend yield, look for underlying roots were the underlying yield comes from. This company has 4 active segments of voice, data, access and other. Would be a little concerned with their 300% operating income payout ratio. Something like 300%. Would prefer a safer bet such as AT&T (T-N) with a 40% payout ratio.
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7.8% dividend. When evaluating a stock and a dividend yield, look for underlying roots were the underlying yield comes from. This company has 4 active segments of voice, data, access and other. Would be a little concerned with their 300% operating income payout ratio. Something like 300%. Would prefer a safer bet such as AT&T (T-N) with a 40% payout ratio.
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Mohsin Bashir

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$36.900
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

October 7, 2011

3rd largest telecom provider in US. Fixed line, broad band and data storage. Made 3 big acquisitions over the last 2 years. Great cash flow generator. 9% dividend.
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3rd largest telecom provider in US. Fixed line, broad band and data storage. Made 3 big acquisitions over the last 2 years. Great cash flow generator. 9% dividend.
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Andrew Hamlin

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$32.790
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CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

August 16, 2011

Rural telecom company. Acquired assets that allowed it to get into the urban areas and data storage. About 8.5% yield.
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Rural telecom company. Acquired assets that allowed it to get into the urban areas and data storage. About 8.5% yield.
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Andrew Hamlin

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$34.380
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TOP PICK
CenturyLink Inc(CTL-N) 

June 21, 2011

An old line telephone company that came out of the ashes of US West. They had just closed the acquisition of Quest. They should be able to reap merger synergies of several hundred million dollars. Trades at about a 16X free cash flow yield and offers a dividend of 7.25%.
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An old line telephone company that came out of the ashes of US West. They had just closed the acquisition of Quest. They should be able to reap merger synergies of several hundred million dollars. Trades at about a 16X free cash flow yield and offers a dividend of 7.25%.
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$40.060
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