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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.01
CTL's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
55% of the 802 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. CTL: 0.01 )
CTL' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01

Equity to Asset 0.32
CTL's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
69% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. CTL: 0.32 )
CTL' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.32

0.28
0.55
Interest Coverage 2.06
CTL's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 545 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.87 vs. CTL: 2.06 )
CTL' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.89   Max: 5
Current: 2.06

1.89
5
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.53
M-Score: -3.31
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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Operating margin (%) 14.76
CTL's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.93 vs. CTL: 14.76 )
CTL' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.19   Max: 31.69
Current: 14.76

13.19
31.69
Net-margin (%) 4.23
CTL's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.37 vs. CTL: 4.23 )
CTL' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.73   Max: 40.65
Current: 4.23

3.73
40.65
ROE (%) 4.03
CTL's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 743 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.53 vs. CTL: 4.03 )
CTL' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.75   Max: 25.96
Current: 4.03

2.75
25.96
ROA (%) 1.44
CTL's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 772 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.13 vs. CTL: 1.44 )
CTL' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 10.32
Current: 1.44

1.02
10.32
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 14.25
CTL's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 764 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.84 vs. CTL: 14.25 )
CTL' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 10.41   Max: 25.51
Current: 14.25

10.41
25.51
Revenue Growth (%) 5.70
CTL's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 684 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. CTL: 5.70 )
CTL' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -0.2   Max: 32.2
Current: 5.7

-0.2
32.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 2.90
CTL's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. CTL: 2.90 )
CTL' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -3.4   Max: 34.5
Current: 2.9

-3.4
34.5
EPS Growth (%) -21.20
CTL's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 552 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. CTL: -21.20 )
CTL' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -32.8   Max: 37.7
Current: -21.2

-32.8
37.7
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

CTL Guru Trades in Q2 2013

NWQ Managers 4,006,991 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 44,163 sh (+467.72%)
Pioneer Investments 342,218 sh (+21.21%)
Brian Rogers 4,136,179 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 600,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ray Dalio 382,275 sh (-18.71%)
Joel Greenblatt 31,927 sh (-19.3%)
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Q3 2013

CTL Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jeremy Grantham 33,403 sh (New)
NWQ Managers 6,760,064 sh (+68.71%)
Louis Moore Bacon 500,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 4,136,179 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 400,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt 31,401 sh (-1.65%)
Ray Dalio 366,875 sh (-4.03%)
Steven Cohen 42,369 sh (-4.06%)
Pioneer Investments 44,531 sh (-86.99%)
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Q4 2013

CTL Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Mario Gabelli 8,418 sh (New)
David Dreman 6,269 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 45,303 sh (+35.63%)
NWQ Managers 7,215,764 sh (+6.74%)
Joel Greenblatt 32,096 sh (+2.21%)
Brian Rogers 4,136,179 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 750,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 27,631 sh (-37.95%)
Ray Dalio 170,175 sh (-53.61%)
Steven Cohen 14,573 sh (-65.6%)
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Q1 2014

CTL Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Brian Rogers 4,436,179 sh (+7.25%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with CTL

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Reduce -53.61%0.05%$30.3 - $33.89 $ 34.438%170175
David Dreman 2013-12-31 New Buy0.02%$30.3 - $33.89 $ 34.438%6269
Mario Gabelli 2013-12-31 New Buy$30.3 - $33.89 $ 34.438%8418
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.15%$32.27 - $41.76 $ 34.43-8%470275
Mario Gabelli 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.0018%$32.27 - $41.76 $ 34.43-8%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.08%$37.53 - $40.15 $ 34.43-11%36540
Mario Gabelli 2012-12-31 New Buy$37.53 - $40.15 $ 34.43-11%6248
Mario Gabelli 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$37.08 - $39.75 $ 34.43-10%0
Mario Gabelli 2012-03-31 Reduce -61.12%0.01%$36.59 - $40.4 $ 34.43-3%19001
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.18%$32.11 - $37.83 $ 34.43-3%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.2446%$31.82 - $41 $ 34.43-4%0
George Soros 2011-09-30 Reduce -30.81%0.08%$31.82 - $41 $ 34.43-4%316715
Mario Gabelli 2011-09-30 Add 1074.6%0.02%$31.82 - $41 $ 34.43-4%59094
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Add 722.93%0.21%$39.16 - $43.36 $ 34.43-16%43278
George Soros 2011-06-30 Add 45.68%0.08%$39.16 - $43.36 $ 34.43-16%457768
Mario Gabelli 2011-06-30 New Buy$39.16 - $43.36 $ 34.43-16%5031
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Reduce -40.26%0.05%$39.67 - $46.73 $ 34.43-19%5259
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-03-31 Sold Out $39.67 - $46.73 $ 34.43-19%0
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Sold Out $39.67 - $46.73 $ 34.43-19%0
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Ratios

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P/B 1.24
CTL's P/B is ranked higher than
85% of the 735 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.26 vs. CTL: 1.24 )
CTL' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.72
Current: 1.24

0.69
1.72
P/S 1.54
CTL's P/S is ranked higher than
61% of the 823 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. CTL: 1.54 )
CTL' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.89   Max: 2.38
Current: 1.54

0.89
2.38
PFCF 7.83
CTL's PFCF is ranked higher than
88% of the 527 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.00 vs. CTL: 7.83 )
CTL' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 12.85
Current: 7.83

4.8
12.85
EV-to-EBIT 50.12
CTL's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
58% of the 713 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 14.19 vs. CTL: 50.12 )
CTL' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.4   Max: 50.2
Current: 50.12

7.4
50.2
Shiller P/E 15.34
CTL's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
73% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 15.99 vs. CTL: 15.34 )
CTL' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 7.15   Max: 15.3
Current: 15.34

7.15
15.3

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 6.30
CTL's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
84% of the 572 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.67 vs. CTL: 6.30 )
CTL' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 9.59
Current: 6.3

0.51
9.59
Dividend growth (3y) 1.20
CTL's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
85% of the 390 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. CTL: 1.20 )
CTL' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 123.7
Current: 1.2

1.2
123.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.85
CTL's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
62% of the 580 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. CTL: 4.85 )
CTL' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 7.38
Current: 4.85

0.39
7.38
Share Buyback Rate -46.20
CTL's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
59% of the 567 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: -0.20 vs. CTL: -46.20 )
CTL' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 9   Max: -73.3
Current: -46.2

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 0.71
CTL's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
85% of the 486 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. CTL: 0.71 )
CTL' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 3.89
Current: 0.71

0.27
3.89
Price/Median PS Value 0.72
CTL's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
86% of the 724 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. CTL: 0.72 )
CTL' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 2.54
Current: 0.72

0.66
2.54
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 2.00
CTL's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
51% of the 719 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. CTL: 2.00 )
CTL' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2   Max: 13.5
Current: 2

2
13.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 10.58
CTL's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.68 vs. CTL: 10.58 )
CTL' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 1.6   Max: 31.2
Current: 10.58

1.6
31.2

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
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Traded in other countries:CYT.Germany
CenturyLink Inc was incorporated under the laws of the State of Louisiana in 1968. CenturyLink is an integrated communications company engaged primarily in providing an array of communications services to its residential, business, governmental and wholesale customers. Its communications services include local and long-distance, network access, private line (including special access), public access, broadband, data, managed hosting (including cloud hosting), colocation, wireless and video services. In certain local and regional markets, the Company also provides local access and fiber transport services to competitive local exchange carriers and security monitoring. The Company strives to maintain its customer relationships by, among other things, bundling its service offerings to provide its customers with a complete offering of integrated communications services. The Company conducts most of its operations under the brand name 'CenturyLink'. Its satellite television service is offered on a co-branded basis under the 'DIRECTV' name. Its switched digital television service offering is branded under the name 'Prism'. The wireless service that the Company offers under its agency agreement with Verizon Wireless is marketed under the 'Verizon Wireless' brand name. Currently, all IT and other services furnished through its Savvis operations are marketed under the 'Savvis' brand name. The Company competes with cable companies, wireless providers, and national telecommunications providers, such as AT&T, Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. The Company is subject to significant regulation by the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates interstate communications, and state utility commissions, which regulate intrastate communications in its local service area.

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