Forbes  Sep 20  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, in trading on Tuesday, shares of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) were yielding above the 8% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.16), with the stock changing hands as...
Motley Fool  Sep 10  Comment 
Yes, it can. But does that make the stock a buy?
Motley Fool  Sep 8  Comment 
Investors shrugged off a solid second-quarter report to focus on tepid Q3 guidance instead. At these prices, the telecom's dividend yield stands at a generous 7.7%.
Forbes  Aug 26  Comment 
In recent trading, shares of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) have crossed above the average analyst 12-month target price of $29.10, changing hands for $29.15/share. When a stock reaches the target an analyst has set, the analyst logically has two...
Benzinga  Aug 8  Comment 
Centurylink Inc (NYSE: CTL) shares are trading up just over 17 percent over the past six months entering Monday’s open, and the Vetr community has upgraded the company from 2.5 to 3 stars. See how crowd sourced ratings can help predict the...
newratings.com  Aug 3  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) released earnings for its second quarter that climbed from last year. The company said its bottom line totaled $342 million, or $0.63 per share. This was higher than $308 million, or $0.55 per...
Benzinga  Jul 18  Comment 
Morgan Stanley downgraded Centurylink Inc (NYSE: CTL) to Underweight from Equal Weight, lowering the price target to $27 from $31. The analysts mentioned the following three reasons for the rating change decision: Upside risk to...
newratings.com  Jun 14  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - CenturyLink Inc. (CTL) announced the acquisition of ElasticBox, a multi-cloud application management service. This acquisition combines the ElasticBox platform with the global network, hosting and delivery capabilities of...


CenturyTel, Inc. (CTL) is a Monroe, Louisiana-based operator of rural telephone services. The firm is one of the leading pure-play rural local exchange carriers (RLECs), with over 2.1 million telephone access lines, primarily in rural areas and small to mid-size cities in 21 states. Based on the number of access lines served, the company is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the United States. In addition to offering local phone services, the company also provides long-distance, Internet access, fiber optic network services, security monitoring, as well as other communications and business information services. In 2006, CenturyTel generated revenue from the following sources: network access (37%), voice revenues (35%), data (14%), fiber transport and CLEC (6%) and other (8%). All operations of CenturyTel are located in the U.S. Recently available information provides key market segment data, which include: Wisconsin (representing 20% of access lines), Missouri (20%), Alabama (12%), Arkansas (11%), Washington (8%), Michigan (5%), Louisiana (4%), Colorado (4%), Ohio (4%), Oregon (3%) and other (8%).

Historically, the company has grown at a healthy rate in part due to its acquisition initiatives. In July 2002, CenturyTel acquired 650,000 access lines in Alabama and Missouri from Verizon. In the second and fourth quarters of 2003, it acquired Digital Teleport and Midwest Fiber Optic Network, respectively. On April 30, 2007, the company completed the acquisition of Madison River Communications Corp (MRCC). With this acquisition, CenturyTel added approximately 170,000 access lines in new markets and enjoys attractive growth prospects in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina. Madison River's network is nearly 100% broadband-enabled and also includes a 2,400 route-mile fiber network that is complementary to CenturyTel's existing operations.


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