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Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications

February 17, 2014 | About:
Level 3 Communications (LVLT) was a key contributor in the fourth quarter, adding 24% and boosting 2013 gains to 44%. The company reported strong results following the appointment of Jeff Storey as CEO in April. Revenue growth and significant cost reductions improved margins. The company also refinanced $2.6 billion in debt. Large internet-based companies looking to control their customer connections highlighted the value of Level 3's dark fiber, which is not reflected in revenues. As management continues to execute, value growth should be meaningful. Growing revenues will especially benefit Level 3 given its fixed-cost asset base, lower-than-average maintenance capital spending, and minimal tax liability.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)' 2013 Longleaf Partners Fund management discussion.

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