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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 0.08
LVLT's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
65% of the 904 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. LVLT: 0.08 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.06   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.08

Equity to Asset 0.12
LVLT's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
63% of the 864 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. LVLT: 0.12 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.08   Max: 0.73
Current: 0.12

-0.08
0.73
Interest Coverage 1.03
LVLT's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 605 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.57 vs. LVLT: 1.03 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 1.03
Current: 1.03

0.05
1.03
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 0.28
M-Score: -3.03
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 : 4/10

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Operating margin (%) 15.48
LVLT's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 907 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.35 vs. LVLT: 15.48 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -324.92   Max: 12.95
Current: 15.48

-324.92
12.95
Net-margin (%) 4.05
LVLT's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 907 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.41 vs. LVLT: 4.05 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -324.72   Max: 205.1
Current: 4.05

-324.72
205.1
ROE (%) 17.51
LVLT's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 877 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.41 vs. LVLT: 17.51 )
LVLT' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -3816.67   Max: 36.59
Current: 17.51

-3816.67
36.59
ROA (%) 2.00
LVLT's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 915 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 4.65 vs. LVLT: 2.00 )
LVLT' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -41.08   Max: 19.37
Current: 2

-41.08
19.37
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 11.95
LVLT's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 913 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 21.49 vs. LVLT: 11.95 )
LVLT' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -61.22   Max: 48.58
Current: 11.95

-61.22
48.58
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -4.30
LVLT's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. LVLT: -4.30 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 87.5
Current: -4.3

0
87.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -2.60
LVLT's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 720 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. LVLT: -2.60 )
LVLT' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 19.6
Current: -2.6

0
19.6
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -55.60
LVLT's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. LVLT: -55.60 )
LVLT' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 223.7
Current: -55.6

0
223.7
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

LVLT Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Chuck Royce 5,100 sh (New)
Jim Simons 625,021 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 11,300 sh (New)
Howard Marks 1,564,100 sh (+2.33%)
Chris Davis 15,400 sh (unchged)
Mason Hawkins 48,481,997 sh (-0.75%)
Steven Cohen 1,177,097 sh (-13.09%)
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Q1 2014

LVLT Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 5,868 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,178,921 sh (+88.62%)
Mason Hawkins 48,839,207 sh (+0.74%)
George Soros 258,000 sh (unchged)
Chris Davis Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Steven Cohen 657,255 sh (-44.16%)
Howard Marks 846,859 sh (-45.86%)
Chuck Royce 2,400 sh (-52.94%)
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Q2 2014

LVLT Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 236,448 sh (New)
George Soros 1,787,306 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,797 sh (+66.96%)
Jim Simons 1,319,721 sh (+11.94%)
George Soros 200,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 2,296,000 sh (unchged)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Howard Marks Sold Out
Mason Hawkins 47,105,487 sh (-3.55%)
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Q3 2014

LVLT Guru Trades in Q3 2014

John Burbank 5,579 sh (New)
Dodge & Cox 6,500 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 7,400 sh (New)
George Soros 5,426,582 sh (+203.62%)
George Soros 123,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Mason Hawkins 45,435,959 sh (-3.54%)
Steven Cohen 1,694,200 sh (-26.21%)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,600 sh (-42.84%)
Jim Simons 414,021 sh (-68.63%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with LVLT

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
George Soros 2014-09-30 Add 203.62%1.27%$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%5426582
Mason Hawkins 2014-09-30 Reduce -3.54%0.39%$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%45435959
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.13%$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%0
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 New Buy$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%7400
Dodge & Cox 2014-09-30 New Buy$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%6500
John Burbank 2014-09-30 New Buy$41.17 - $47.5 $ 49.7512%5579
George Soros 2014-06-30 New Buy0.59%$36.37 - $45.6 $ 49.7519%1787306
Mason Hawkins 2014-06-30 Reduce -3.55%0.37%$36.37 - $45.6 $ 49.7519%47105487
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy0.13%$36.37 - $45.6 $ 49.7519%236448
Chris Davis 2014-03-31 Sold Out $31.01 - $39.21 $ 49.7539%0
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Guru Investment Theses on Level 3 Communications Inc

Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications - Oct 17, 2014

Fiber and networking company Level 3 Communications (LVLT)’ 4% gain in the quarter took YTD return to 38%. Level 3 had a strong quarter with EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) up over 20%, organic revenues up 7%, and positive free cash flow. The company’s purchase of tw telecom, announced in the second quarter, remains on track to close around year-end.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Q3 2014 Management Discussion.

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Longleaf Partners Fund Comments on Level 3 Communications - Jul 24, 2014

Fiber and networking company Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced a deal to acquire tw telecom and returned 12% in the quarter and 32% for the first half. With the deal, Level 3 gets increased tax benefits for its historic NOLs (net operating losses) due to the company’s increased equity capitalization. The transaction also affords an identified $200 million in synergies, roughly half of which come from the straightforward traffic switch onto Level 3’s backbone. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Beyond the merger, in his first year as CEO, Jeff Storey and his team have delivered solid revenue growth, margin improvements, and higher cash flow guidance.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Longleaf Partners Fund Semi Annual 2014 Management Discussion.

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Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications - Feb 17, 2014

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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Mason Hawkins' Longleaf Partners Comments on Level 3 - Aug 14, 2013

Level 3 (LVLT) was a detractor in the first half, with price falling 9%. The stock declined in the first quarter after reporting lower-than-expected operating income and 2013 guidance. However, the price rebounded 2% in the second quarter after former COO Jeff Storey was appointed the new CEO. We believe he has the right set of skills and experience to deliver solid revenue growth and cash flow.

From Mason Hawkins' semi-annual 2013 report.
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Fiber and networking company Level 3 Communications (LVLT)’ 4% gain in the quarter took YTD return to 38%. Level 3 had a strong quarter with EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) up over 20%, organic revenues up 7%, and positive free cash flow. The company’s purchase of tw telecom, announced in the second quarter, remains on track to close around year-end. Read more...
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Fiber and networking company Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced a deal to acquire tw telecom and returned 12% in the quarter and 32% for the first half. With the deal, Level 3 gets increased tax benefits for its historic NOLs (net operating losses) due to the company’s increased equity capitalization. The transaction also affords an identified $200 million in synergies, roughly half of which come from the straightforward traffic switch onto Level 3’s backbone. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Beyond the merger, in his first year as CEO, Jeff Storey and his team have delivered solid revenue growth, margin improvements, and higher cash flow guidance. Read more...
Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications
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. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 45.60
LVLT's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
78% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 24.40 vs. LVLT: 45.60 )
LVLT' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 35.67   Max: 132.59
Current: 45.6

35.67
132.59
P/B 7.19
LVLT's P/B is ranked higher than
71% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.17 vs. LVLT: 7.19 )
LVLT' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 135
Current: 7.19

1.01
135
P/S 1.83
LVLT's P/S is ranked higher than
79% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. LVLT: 1.83 )
LVLT' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 2.17
Current: 1.83

0.23
2.17
PFCF 32.73
LVLT's PFCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 35.83 vs. LVLT: 32.73 )
LVLT' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 23.25   Max: 104.81
Current: 32.73

23.25
104.81
EV-to-EBIT 25.32
LVLT's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.53 vs. LVLT: 25.32 )
LVLT' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -581.7   Max: 2072
Current: 25.32

-581.7
2072
Current Ratio 1.40
LVLT's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
83% of the 889 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. LVLT: 1.40 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.83   Max: 22.14
Current: 1.4

0.83
22.14
Quick Ratio 1.40
LVLT's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
84% of the 889 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. LVLT: 1.40 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.83   Max: 22.14
Current: 1.4

0.83
22.14

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 10.24
LVLT's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.67 vs. LVLT: 10.24 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 9.46   Max: 222.42
Current: 10.24

9.46
222.42
Price/Median PS Value 2.34
LVLT's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
68% of the 1024 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. LVLT: 2.34 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 78.76
Current: 2.34

0.33
78.76
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 3.90
LVLT's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
76% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. LVLT: 3.90 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 5.5
Current: 3.9

0.1
5.5
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -4.40
LVLT's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
72% of the 622 Companies
in the Global Telecom Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9.65 vs. LVLT: -4.40 )
LVLT' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -241.3   Max: 4.3
Current: -4.4

-241.3
4.3

Business Description

Industry: Communication Services » Telecom Services
Compare:CHU, VOD, T, VZ, AMOV » details
Traded in other countries:LVCN.Germany,
Level 3 Communications Inc is a Delaware corporation, incorporated in 1941 as Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. It is a facilities based provider of a broad range of integrated communications services. The Company has created its communications network generally by constructing its own assets, but also through a combination of purchasing and leasing other companies and facilities. The Company's network is a, facilities based communications network. The Company designed its network to provide communications services, which employ and take advantage of rapidly improving underlying optical, Internet Protocol, computing and storage technologies. The Company comprised of one reportable segment representing its communications services business. The Company's communications service offerings include: Internet Protocol and data services including Internet access and IP and Ethernet Virtual Private Networks and broadband transport services such as wavelengths, dark fiber and private line services includes transoceanic, backhaul, intercity, metro and unprotected private line services; content distribution services including caching and downloading, streaming as well as video broadcast services; colocation services; and Softswitch and voice services including wholesale VoIP component services, enterprise or business voice services, wholesale voice origination and termination services and managed modem for the dial-up access business. Through acquisitions and research and development, the Company have approximately 1,000 patents and patent applications in the United States and around the world, as of December 31, 2013. It's patent portfolio includes patents covering technologies ranging from data and voice services to content distribution to transmission and networking equipment. The Company's competitors are long distance carriers, incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, PTTs, Content Delivery Network companies and other companies that provide communications services. The Company's competitors for different services include Verizon, AT&T, NTT, Tata, Cogent, Orange, Telefonica, CenturyLink, Zayo, and XO, Cable & Wireless, Equinix, CoreSite, Telmex, and IBM among others.
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Longleaf Partners Q3 2014 Management Discussion Oct 17 2014 
George Soros Increases Bet Against S&P, Buys New Stocks Aug 15 2014 
Longleaf Partners Fund Comments on Level 3 Communications Jul 24 2014 
Longleaf Partners Fund Semi Annual 2014 Management Discussion Jul 24 2014 
Southeastern Asset Management Increases Stake in TW Telecom by 40 Percent Jul 10 2014 
Mason Hawkins Comments on Level 3 Communications Feb 17 2014 
Longleaf Partners Fund Management Discussion for Fourth Quarter 2013 Feb 17 2014 


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