MONROE, La., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today reported solid operating revenues, operating cash flow and free cash flow for third quarter 2013.

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"CenturyLink achieved solid financial and subscriber results for the third quarter," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president.

"Overall, we continue to perform well with particular strength in our Business segment where sustained demand for high-bandwidth services and solid sales momentum continue to drive strong results.

"Despite this overall solid operating performance in the third quarter, there was a special item which significantly impacted our financial results for the quarter. We were required, under GAAP, to recognize a non-cash $1.1 billion impairment to the goodwill assigned to our Data Hosting segment. While we continue to be optimistic and encouraged about the future growth potential and value of our Data Hosting business, we are not currently achieving the forecasted growth and cash flows we originally projected. As part of our accounting valuation process, past performance was a factor in the development of growth projections for our Data Hosting business in future periods.

"We are taking steps to drive revenue growth and margins to be more in line with industry trends going forward and we expect to achieve significant improvement in our Data Hosting results in the months and years ahead," Post concluded.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Achieved Core revenues of $4.1 billion in third quarter, a year-over-year decline of 1.0% compared with a 1.8% year-over-year decline for third quarter 2012.
  • Generated free cash flow of $761 million, excluding special items and integration-related capital expenditures.
  • Generated solid growth in strategic revenue from high-bandwidth data services.
  • Continued growing momentum in cross-sell initiatives for data hosting.
  • Added 33,000 high-speed Internet subscribers during third quarter, ending the period with more than 5.94 million subscribers in service.
  • Ended the quarter with 149,000 CenturyLink® PrismTM TV subscribers, an increase of approximately 17,000 subscribers in third quarter 2013.
  • Purchased and retired 11.3 million shares for $385 million during third quarter 2013.

Goodwill Impairment
Our annual measurement date for testing potential goodwill impairment is September 30. As a result of our testing, the Company determined the goodwill for its Data Hosting segment was impaired primarily due to a lower forecast of future growth rates. Although our analysis is not complete, the Company estimated and recorded a non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of $1.1 billion during third quarter 2013. This analysis is expected to be completed prior to reporting financial results for fourth quarter 2013, and we will adjust the estimate at that time.

KPNQwest Litigation Update
Following confidential mediation discussions, Qwest, KPN, and the trustees in the Dutch bankruptcy proceeding for KPNQwest reached a tentative oral agreement in October 2013 on the principal financial terms of a potential settlement of their €4.2 billion dispute. The tentative settlement is subject to several conditions, including the negotiation and execution of a definitive settlement agreement acceptable to the plaintiffs and various other defendants and the approval of the Dutch bankruptcy court.   

CenturyLink has accrued a liability in third quarter 2013 in the pre-tax amount of €172 million (or $233 million as reflected in its accompanying consolidated financial schedules based on the exchange rate on September 30, 2013), which equals Qwest's proposed contribution under the terms of the tentative settlement. In the event that the settlement is not finalized, the Company will continue to vigorously defend against the matter. 

Consolidated Third Quarter Financial Results

Operating revenues for third quarter 2013 were $4.52 billion compared to $4.57 billion in third quarter 2012. This decrease was driven by lower legacy services revenues primarily due to the impact of access line losses and lower access revenues, partially offset by increases in strategic revenues resulting primarily from increased business customer demand for high-bandwidth data services and growth in high-speed Internet and CenturyLink® PrismTM TV subscribers.

Operating expenses, excluding special items, of $3.85 billion decreased slightly from $3.86 billion in third quarter 2012. The year-over-year decrease in personnel-related costs and depreciation and amortization expenses were partially offset by higher professional fees and non-employee costs.

Operating cash flow (as defined in our attached supplemental schedules), excluding special items, decreased to $1.81 billion from $1.90 billion in third quarter 2012. This decrease was primarily the result of lower legacy revenues described above. For third quarter 2013, CenturyLink achieved an operating cash flow margin, excluding special items, of 40.0% versus 41.5% in third quarter 2012.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (Adjusted Diluted EPS)

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS exclude the after-tax impact of special items, the non-cash after-tax impact of the amortization of intangible assets related to the Embarq, Qwest and Savvis acquisitions, and the non-cash after-tax impact to interest expense of the assignment of fair value to the outstanding debt assumed in connection with those acquisitions.

Excluding the items outlined above, CenturyLink's Adjusted Net Income for third quarter 2013 was $375 million compared to Adjusted Net Income of $413 million in third quarter 2012. Third quarter 2013 Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.63 compared to Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.66 in the year-ago period. See the attached schedules for additional information.

GAAP Results – Third Quarter

Under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), net loss for third quarter 2013 was $1.05 billion compared to $270 million net income for third quarter 2012, and loss per share for third quarter 2013 was $1.76 compared to $0.43 diluted earnings per share for third quarter 2012. Third quarter 2013 net loss and loss per share reflect a non-cash goodwill impairment charge and the after-tax impact of an accrued liability related to the proposed settlement of our KPNQwest litigation, severance, integration and retention costs associated with the Qwest acquisition, severance associated with expense reduction initiatives and the impairment of an office building the company is selling, which aggregated to a $1.26 billion charge ($2.11 per share) for the quarter.

Third quarter 2012 net income and diluted earnings per share reflect a favorable out-of-period adjustment to depreciation expense related to the fair value previously assigned to Embarq plant assets, an income tax benefit from the reversal of a valuation allowance and a gain on the sale of a non-operating investment, which were partially offset by severance, integration and retention costs associated with the Embarq, Qwest and Savvis acquisitions and severance associated with recent expense reduction initiatives, which netted to an after-tax gain of $33 million ($0.05 per share) for the quarter.

Segment Third Quarter Financial Results

Consumer
The Consumer segment realized continued strategic revenue growth driven by increased high-speed Internet and CenturyLink® PrismTM TV subscribers, along with price increases for selected services.

  • Strategic revenues were $644 million in the quarter, a 6.8% increase over third quarter 2012.
  • Generated $1.50 billion in total revenues, a decrease of 2.1% from third quarter 2012, reflecting the continued decline in legacy services tempered by increased Access Recovery Charges, in accordance with the CAF Order[3].
  • Added a record 17,000 CenturyLink® PrismTM TV customers during third quarter 2013, growing total customers 13% from the prior quarter.

Business
The Business segment achieved sequential recurring revenue growth driven by continued demand for high-bandwidth data services and solid sales momentum.

  • Strategic revenues were $640 million in the quarter, a 6.3% increase over third quarter 2012, driven by strength in high-bandwidth offerings such as MPLS[4] and Ethernet services. Excluding the impact of low bandwidth services, the adjusted growth rate was approximately 9%.
  • Generated $1.54 billion in total revenues, flat from third quarter 2012, as growth in high-bandwidth offerings offset lower legacy services and data integration revenues.
  • Continued strong sales momentum in third quarter.

Wholesale
The Wholesale segment ended the quarter with nearly 18,000 fiber-connected towers and remains well positioned to benefit from the continued growth in wireless data bandwidth consumption.

  • Strategic revenues of $563 million in the quarter decreased $6 million compared to third quarter 2012, as declines in copper-based revenue were partially offset by increases in wireless carrier bandwidth demand and Ethernet sales.
  • Generated $878 million in total revenues, a decrease of 3.5% from third quarter 2012, reflecting the continued decline in legacy revenues, primarily driven by lower long distance and switched access minutes of use and access rate reductions, in accordance with the CAF Order[3].
  • Completed 1,200 fiber builds in third quarter 2013; we expect to complete 3,500 to 4,000 fiber builds in full-year 2013, lower than the previous estimate due primarily to construction delays by wireless carriers.

Data Hosting
The Data Hosting segment grew managed hosting (including cloud) and colocation services revenue year-over-year as cross-selling initiatives continue to strengthen sales opportunities.

  • Operating revenues were $342 million in the quarter, a 4.6% increase from third quarter 2012.
  • Colocation revenues were $146 million, a 1.4% increase from third quarter 2012, and managed hosting revenues were $129 million, representing a 15% increase over the same period a year ago. Managed hosting revenues include $14 million of revenues contributed by the Ciber global IT outsourcing, or ITO, assets acquired October 15, 2012.
  • Announced expanded VMware partnership allowing Savvis and VMware to offer enterprise services on VMWare's hybrid cloud – powered by Savvis collocation services.

Guidance – Fourth Quarter 2013

Guidance for fourth quarter 2013 is outlined in the table below. The full-year 2013 guidance provided on August 7, 2013 remains unchanged.

Fourth quarter expenses are expected to increase from third quarter 2013 primarily due to higher data integration costs related to an anticipated increase in customer premise equipment sales.

Fourth Quarter 2013 (excl. special items)



Operating Revenues

$4.50 to $4.55 billion

Core Revenues

$4.07 to $4.12 billion

Operating Cash Flow

$1.75 to $1.80 billion

Adjusted Diluted EPS

$0.55 to $0.60

All 2013 guidance figures and 2013 outlook statements included in this release (i) speak as of November 6, 2013 only, (ii) include the impact of the Ciber ITO assets acquired on October 15, 2012, (iii) exclude the impact of any share repurchases made after September 30, 2013 and (iv) exclude the effects of special items, future changes in regulation or accounting rules, integration expenses associated with the Qwest and Savvis acquisitions, any changes in operating or capital plans or other unforeseen events or circumstances that impact our financial performance, and any future mergers, acquisitions, divestitures or other similar business transactions. See "Forward Looking Statements" below. For additional information on how we define certain of the terms used above, see the attached schedules.

Union Contract Update

In late October 2013, members of the Communications Workers of America District 7 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 206 approved a new collective bargaining agreement covering 12,000 of the Company's employees effective through October 7, 2017.

Investor Call

As previously announced, CenturyLink's management will host a conference call at 4:00 p.m. Central Time today, November 6, 2013. Interested parties can access the call by dialing 866-238-1422. The call will be accessible for replay through November 13, 2013, by dialing 888-266-2081 and entering the access code 1623858. Investors can also listen to CenturyLink's earnings conference call and webcast replay by accessing the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at www.centurylink.com through November 27, 2013.

Reconciliation to GAAP

This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including but not limited to operating cash flow, free cash flow, core revenues and adjustments to GAAP measures to exclude the effect of special items. In addition to providing key metrics for management to evaluate the Company's performance, we believe these measurements assist investors in their understanding of period-to-period operating performance and in identifying historical and prospective trends. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached financial schedules. Reconciliation of additional non-GAAP financial measures that may be discussed during the earnings call described above will be available in the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at www.centurylink.com. Investors are urged to consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not in substitution for, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The Company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain non-historical statements made in this release and future oral or written statements or press releases by us or our management are intended to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our control.  Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected, expressed or implied if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: the timing, success and overall effects of competition from a wide variety of competitive providers; the risks inherent in rapid technological change; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry (including the outcome of regulatory or judicial proceedings relating to intercarrier compensation, access charges, universal service, broadband deployment and net neutrality); our ability to successfully negotiate collective bargaining agreements on reasonable terms without work stoppages; our ability to effectively adjust to changes in the communications industry and changes in the composition of our markets and product mix caused by our recent acquisitions; our ability to successfully integrate recently-acquired operations  into our incumbent operations, including the possibility that the anticipated benefits from our recent acquisitions cannot be fully realized in a timely manner or at all, or that integrating the acquired operations will be more difficult, disruptive or costly than anticipated; our ability to use net operating loss carryovers of Qwest in projected amounts; our ability to effectively manage our expansion opportunities, including retaining and hiring key personnel; possible changes in the demand for, or pricing of, our products and services, including our ability to effectively respond to increased demand for high-speed broadband services; our ability to successfully introduce new product or service offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis; our continued access to credit markets on favorable terms; our ability to collect our receivables from financially troubled communications companies; any adverse developments in legal or regulatory proceedings involving us; our ability to pay common share dividends in accordance with past practices, which may be affected by changes in our cash requirements, capital spending plans, cash flows or financial position; unanticipated increases or other changes in our future cash requirements, whether caused by unanticipated increases in capital expenditures, increases in pension funding requirements or otherwise; the effects of adverse weather; other risks referenced from time to time in other of our filings with the SEC; and the effects of more general factors such as changes in interest rates, in tax rates, in accounting policies or practices, in operating, medical, pension or administrative costs, in general market, labor or economic conditions, or in legislation, regulation or public policy. These and other uncertainties related to our business and our recent acquisitions are described in greater detail in Item 1A of our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, as updated and supplemented by our subsequent SEC reports. You should be aware that new factors may emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to identify all such factors nor can we predict the impact of each such factor on the business or the extent to which any one or more factors may cause actual results to differ from those reflected in any forward-looking statements. You are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to update any of our forward-looking statements for any reason.

1 Core revenues defined as Strategic revenues plus Legacy revenues (excludes Data Integration and Other revenues), as described further in the attached schedules.

2 See attachments for non-GAAP reconciliations.

3 Federal Communications Commission's Connect America and Intercarrier Compensation Reform Order (the CAF Order) adopted on October 27, 2011

4 Multiprotocol Label Switching

 

 

 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF (LOSS) INCOME 

 THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands) 






















 Three months ended September 30, 2013 


 Three months ended September 30, 2012 






























 As adjusted 






 As adjusted 




 Increase 








 excluding 






 excluding 




 (decrease) 






 Less 


 special 




 Less 


 special 


 Increase 


 excluding 




 As 


 special 


 items 


 As 


 special 


 items 


 (decrease) 


 special 




 reported 


 items 


 (Non-GAAP) 


 reported 


 items 


 (Non-GAAP) 


 as reported 


 items 



















 OPERATING REVENUES 


















 Strategic 

$

2,189




2,189


2,101




2,101


4.2%


4.2%


 Legacy 


1,915




1,915


2,045




2,045


(6.4%)


(6.4%)


 Data integration 


163




163


168




168


(3.0%)


(3.0%)


 Other 


248




248


257




257


(3.5%)


(3.5%)




4,515


-


4,515


4,571


-


4,571


(1.2%)


(1.2%)



















 OPERATING EXPENSES 


















 Cost of services and products  


1,918


3

(1)

1,915


1,943


4

(4)

1,939


(1.3%)


(1.2%)


 Selling, general and administrative 


1,047


252

(1)

795


748


15

(4)

733


40.0%


8.5%


 Depreciation and amortization 


1,135




1,135


1,144


(45)

(5)

1,189


(0.8%)


(4.5%)


 Impairment of goodwill 


1,100


1,100

(2)

-


-




-


0.00%


0.00%




5,200


1,355


3,845


3,835


(26)


3,861


35.6%


(0.4%)



















 OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME 


(685)


(1,355)


670


736


26


710


(193.1%)


(5.6%)



















 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) 


















 Interest expense 


(329)




(329)


(326)




(326)


0.9%


0.9%


 Other income (expense) 


9


-


9


12


6

(6)

6


(25.0%)


50.0%


 Income tax expense 


(40)


99

(3)

(139)


(152)


1

(7)

(153)


(73.7%)


(9.2%)



















 NET (LOSS) INCOME 

$

(1,045)


(1,256)


211


270


33


237


(487.0%)


(11.0%)



















 BASIC (LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE 

$

(1.76)


(2.11)


0.35


0.43


0.05


0.38


(509.3%)


(7.9%)

 DILUTED (LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE 

$

(1.76)


(2.11)


0.35


0.43


0.05


0.38


(509.3%)


(7.9%)



















 AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING 


















 Basic 


594,587




594,587


621,148




621,148


(4.3%)


(4.3%)


 Diluted 


594,587




595,747


623,296




623,296


(4.6%)


(4.4%)



















DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.540




0.540


0.725




0.725


(25.5%)


(25.5%)



















 SPECIAL ITEMS 










 (1) - 

Includes a litigation reserve ($233 million), severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($3 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($9 million),  integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($1 million) and an impairment of an office building ($9 million). 


 (2) - 

Non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of ($1.1 billion). 

 (3) - 

Income tax expense of Item (1). 

 (4) - 

Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($2 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($16 million)  and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($4 million); partially offset with a $3 million credit related to tax incentives for the Embarq integration.

 (5) - 

Out-of-period depreciation adjustment ($45 million) to correct an overstatement of depreciation in prior quarters. 

 (6) - 

Gain on the sale of a non-operating investment ($6 million). 

 (7) - 

Income tax expense of Items (3) through (5) ($12 million), partially offset by the benefit from the reversal of a valuation allowance $11 million. 


















 

 

 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF (LOSS) INCOME 

 NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands) 






















 Nine months ended September 30, 2013 


 Nine months ended September 30, 2012 






























 As adjusted 






 As adjusted 




 Increase 








 excluding 






 excluding 




 (decrease) 






 Less 


 special 




 Less 


 special 


 Increase 


 excluding 




 As 


 special 


 items 


 As 


 special 


 items 


 (decrease) 


 special 




 reported 


 items 


 (Non-GAAP) 


 reported 


 items 


 (Non-GAAP) 


 as reported 


 items 



















 OPERATING REVENUES 


















 Strategic 

$

6,495




6,495


6,237




6,237


4.1%


4.1%


 Legacy 


5,834




5,834


6,284




6,284


(7.2%)


(7.2%)


 Data integration 


470




470


483




483


(2.7%)


(2.7%)


 Other 


754




754


789




789


(4.4%)


(4.4%)




13,553


-


13,553


13,793


-


13,793


(1.7%)


(1.7%)



















 OPERATING EXPENSES 


















 Cost of services and products  


5,587


9

(1)

5,578


5,732


25

(5)

5,707


(2.5%)


(2.3%)


 Selling, general and administrative 


2,679


300

(1)

2,379


2,454


111

(5)

2,343


9.2%


1.5%


 Depreciation and amortization 


3,375




3,375


3,560


(30)

(6)

3,590


(5.2%)


(6.0%)


 Impairment of goodwill 


1,100


1,100

(2)

-


-




-


0.00%


0.00%




12,741


1,409


11,332


11,746


106


11,640


8.5%


(2.6%)



















 OPERATING INCOME 


812


(1,409)


2,221


2,047


(106)


2,153


(60.3%)


3.2%



















 OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) 


















 Interest expense 


(970)




(970)


(1,004)




(1,004)


(3.4%)


(3.4%)


 Other income (expense) 


52


37

(3)

15


(167)


(183)

(7)

16


(131.1%)


(6.3%)


 Income tax expense 


(372)


131

(4)

(503)


(332)


126

(8)

(458)


12.0%


9.8%



















 NET (LOSS) INCOME 

$

(478)


(1,241)


763


544


(163)


707


(187.9%)


7.9%



















 BASIC (LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE 

$

(0.79)


(2.05)


1.26


0.88


(0.26)


1.14


(189.8%)


10.5%

 DILUTED (LOSS) EARNINGS PER SHARE 

$

(0.79)


(2.05)


1.26


0.87


(0.26)


1.13


(190.8%)


11.5%



















 AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING 


















 Basic 


606,104




606,104


619,748




619,748


(2.2%)


(2.2%)


 Diluted 


606,104




607,474


621,828




621,828


(2.5%)


(2.3%)



















DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE

$

1.620




1.620


2.175




2.175


(25.5%)


(25.5%)



















 

 SPECIAL ITEMS 

















 (1) - 

Includes a litigation reserve ($233 million), severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($14 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($27 million),  integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($8 million), an accounting adjustment ($18 million) and an impairment of an office building ($9 million). 


 (2) - 

Non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of ($1.1 billion). 

 (3) - 

Gain on the sale of a non-operating investment ($32 million) and settlements of other non-operating issues ($5 million). 

 (4) -  

Income tax expense of Items (1) and (2) and a favorable federal income tax settlement ($33 million). 

 (5) - 

Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($68 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($62 million)  and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($9 million); partially offset with a $3 million credit related to tax incentives for the Embarq integration.


 (6) - 

Out-of-period depreciation adjustment ($30 million) to correct an overstatement of depreciation in prior quarters. 

 (7) - 

Net loss associated with early retirement of debt ($194 million), partially offset by a gain on the sale of a non-operating investment $11 million. 

 (8) - 

Income tax benefit of Items (4) through (6), partially offset by the benefit from the reversal of a valuation allowance ($11 million). 



















 

 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

 SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions) 










September 30,


December 31,




2013


2012








ASSETS





CURRENT ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

266


211


Other current assets


3,546


3,402


   Total current assets


3,812


3,613







NET PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT






Property, plant and equipment


33,724


31,933


Accumulated depreciation


(15,059)


(13,024)


   Net property, plant and equipment


18,665


18,909







GOODWILL AND OTHER ASSETS






Goodwill


20,637


21,732


Other, net


8,870


9,766


    Total goodwill and other assets


29,507


31,498







TOTAL ASSETS

$

51,984


54,020














LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





CURRENT LIABILITIES






Current maturities of long-term debt

$

191


1,205


Other current liabilities


3,787


3,390


    Total current liabilities


3,978


4,595







LONG-TERM DEBT


20,391


19,400

DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES


10,901


10,736

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


16,714


19,289







TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

51,984


54,020







 

 

 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 

 NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions) 





































Nine months


Nine months











 ended 


 ended 











 September 30, 2013 


 September 30, 2012 














 OPERATING ACTIVITIES 









 Net (loss) income 




$

(478)


544


 Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net 








 cash provided by operating activities: 










 Depreciation and amortization 




3,375


3,560




 Impairment of goodwill 





1,100


-




 Deferred income taxes 





349


260




 Provision for uncollectible accounts 




111


144




 Gain on sale of intangible assets 




(32)


-




 Net loss on early retirement of debt 




-


194




 Changes in current assets and current liabilities, net 


228


111




 Retirement benefits 





(288)


(179)




 Changes in other noncurrent assets and liabilities 


61


91




 Other, net 






(18)


(39)





 Net cash provided by operating activities 



4,408


4,686














 INVESTING ACTIVITIES 









 Payments for property, plant and equipment and capitalized software 

(2,211)


(2,024)


 Proceeds from sale of intangible assets 




75


133


 Other, net 






19


28





 Net cash used in investing activities 



(2,117)


(1,863)














 FINANCING ACTIVITIES 









 Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 



1,740


3,363


 Payments of long-term debt 





(1,169)


(4,529)


 Early retirement of debt costs 




-


(324)


 Net borrowings (payments) on credit facility 



(620)


3


 Dividends paid 






(986)


(1,357)


 Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 



54


91


 Repurchase of common stock 




(1,252)


(20)


 Other, net 






(3)


14





 Net cash used in financing activities 



(2,236)


(2,759)














 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 


-


2














 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 




55


66

 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 



211


128














 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 



$

266


194














 

 

 


 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 SELECTED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

 THREE MONTHS AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions) 













































Three months ended September 30,



Nine months ended September 30,






2013


2012



2013


2012

Total segment revenues


$

4,267


4,314



12,799


13,004

Total segment expenses



2,105


2,071



6,112


6,154

Total segment income


$

2,162


2,243



6,687


6,850

Total segment income margin (segment income 









   divided by segment revenues)



50.7%


52.0%



52.2%


52.7%














Consumer












Revenues













Strategic services


$

644


603



1,892


1,781


Legacy services



858


933



2,612


2,854


Data integration



1


-



4


5





$

1,503


1,536



4,508


4,640

Expenses













Direct



$

456


458



1,304


1,347


Allocated




124


127



353


373





$

580


585



1,657


1,720














Segment income


$

923


951



2,851


2,920

Segment income margin



61.4%


61.9%



63.2%


62.9%














Business












Revenues













Strategic services


$

640


602



1,872


1,770


Legacy services



742


771



2,235


2,338


Data integration



162


168



466


478





$

1,544


1,541



4,573


4,586

Expenses













Direct



$

842


818



2,449


2,446


Allocated




116


118



327


343





$

958


936



2,776


2,789














Segment income


$

586


605



1,797


1,797

Segment income margin



38.0%


39.3%



39.3%


39.2%














Wholesale












Revenues













Strategic services


$

563


569



1,708


1,726


Legacy services



315


341



987


1,092





$

878


910



2,695


2,818

Expenses













Direct



$

46


38



125


131


Allocated




247


266



743


798





$

293


304



868


929














Segment income


$

585


606



1,827


1,889

Segment income margin



66.6%


66.6%



67.8%


67.0%














Data Hosting












Revenues













Strategic services


$

342


327



1,023


960





$

342


327



1,023


960

Expenses













Direct



$

275


248



815


721


Allocated




(1)


(2)



(4)


(5)





$

274


246



811


716














Segment income


$

68


81



212


244

Segment income margin



19.9%


24.8%



20.7%


25.4%



























During the first quarter of 2013, we reorganized our operating segments in order to strengthen our focus on the business market while continuing our commitment to our wholesale, hosting and consumer customers.  We also revised our methodology for how we allocate our expenses to our segments to better align segment expenses with related revenues.  We have restated prior periods to reflect the reorganization and the change in our allocation methodology.

 

CenturyLink, Inc.

 RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 (UNAUDITED)

 (Dollars in millions)
































 Three months ended September 30, 2013


 Three months ended September 30, 2012








 As adjusted






 As adjusted






 Less


 excluding




 Less


 excluding




 As


 special


 special


 As


 special


 special




 reported


 items


 items


 reported


 items


 items

 Operating cash flow and cash flow margin














 Operating (loss) income

$

(685)


(1,355)

(1)

670


736


26

(3)

710


 Add:  Depreciation and amortization


1,135


-


1,135


1,144


(45)

(4)

1,189


 Add:  Impairment of Goodwill 


1,100


1,100

(2)

-


-




-


 Operating cash flow 

$

1,550


(255)


1,805


1,880


(19)


1,899
















 Revenues 

$

4,515


-


4,515


4,571


-


4,571
















 Operating (loss) income margin (operating (loss) income divided by revenues)


(15.2%)




14.8%


16.1%




15.5%
















 Operating cash flow margin (operating cash flow divided by revenues)


34.3%




40.0%


41.1%




41.5%















 Free cash flow 


























 Operating cash flow





$

1,805






1,899


 Less: Cash (paid) refunded for income taxes






1






(28)


 Less: Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized






(268)






(268)


 Less: Capital expenditures (5)






(786)






(704)


 Add:  Other income 






9






6


 Free cash flow (6)





$

761






905















 SPECIAL ITEMS 

 (1) - 

Includes a non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge ($1.1 billion), a litigation reserve ($233 million), severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($3 million), integration,  severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($9 million), integration, severance, retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($1 million) and an impairment of an office  building ($9 million). 

 (2) - 

Non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of ($1.1 billion). 

 (3) - 

Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($2 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($16 million) and integration, severance and 


retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($4 million); partially offset with a $45 million out-of-period depreciation adjustment and a $3 million credit related to tax incentives for the Embarq integration.

 (4) - 

Out-of-period depreciation adjustment ($45 million) to correct an overstatement of depreciation in prior quarters. 

 (5) - 

Excludes $15 million in third quarter 2013 and $15 million in third quarter 2012 of capital expenditures related to the integration of Embarq, Qwest and Savvis. 

 (6) - 

Excludes special items identified in items (1) to (3) and the impact of pension contributions of $32 million for third quarter 2012. 

 

 

CenturyLink, Inc.

 RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 (UNAUDITED)

 (Dollars in millions)
































 Nine months ended September 30, 2013


 Nine months ended September 30, 2012








 As adjusted






 As adjusted






 Less


 excluding




 Less


 excluding




 As


 special


 special


 As


 special


 special




 reported


 items


 items


 reported


 items


 items

 Operating cash flow and cash flow margin














 Operating income

$

812


(1,409)

(1)

2,221


2,047


(106)

(3)

2,153


 Add:  Depreciation and amortization


3,375


-


3,375


3,560


(30)

(4)

3,590


 Add:  Impairment of Goodwill


1,100


1,100

(2)

-


-




-


 Operating cash flow 

$

5,287


(309)


5,596


5,607


(136)


5,743
















 Revenues 

$

13,553


-


13,553


13,793


-


13,793
















 Operating income margin (operating income divided by revenues)


6.0%




16.4%


14.8%




15.6%
















 Operating cash flow margin (operating cash flow divided by revenues)


39.0%




41.3%


40.7%




41.6%





























 Free cash flow 














 Operating cash flow





$

5,596






5,743


 Less: Cash paid for income taxes






(45)






(59)


 Less: Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized






(915)






(997)


 Less: Capital expenditures (5)






(2,181)






(1,981)


 Add:  Other income 






15






16


 Free cash flow (6)





$

2,470






2,722















 SPECIAL ITEMS 









 (1) - 

 Includes a non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge ($1.1 billion), a litigation reserve ($233 million), severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($14 million), integration,  severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($27 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($8 million), an accounting adjustment  ($18 million) and an impairment of an office building ($9 million). 

 (2) - 

 Non-cash, non-tax deductible goodwill impairment charge of ($1.1 billion). 

 (3) - 

 Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($68 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Qwest ($62 million) and integration, severance and  retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($9 million); partially offset with a $30 million out-of-period depreciation adjustment and a $3 million credit related to tax incentives for the Embarq integration.

 (4) - 

 Out-of-period depreciation adjustment ($30 million) to correct an overstatement of depreciation in prior quarters. 

 (5) - 

 Excludes $30 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and $43 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of capital expenditures related to the integration of Embarq, Qwest and Savvis. 

 (6) - 

 Excludes special items identified in items (1) to (3) and does not reflect the impact of pension contributions of $147 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and $32 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. 

















 





 CenturyLink, Inc. 










 OPERATING METRICS 










 (UNAUDITED) 










 (In thousands) 








































As of


As of


As of






September 30, 2013


June 30, 2013


September 30, 2012*


Broadband subscribers


5,942


5,909


5,810


Access lines



13,150


13,331


13,950












* The prior period numbers have been adjusted to include the operational metrics of our wholly owned subsidiary, El Paso County Telephone Company, which had been previously excluded.  The increase (in thousands) related to broadband subscribers and access lines attributable to El Paso County Telephone Company's inclusion is approximately 3 and 4, respectively for each of the prior periods shown.

 

 

 

 CenturyLink, Inc. 

 SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP INFORMATION - ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS 

 THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012 

 (UNAUDITED) 

 (Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) 



























































Three months ended


 Nine months ended 




















September 30, 2013


September 30, 2012


September 30, 2013


September 30, 2012







(excluding


(excluding


 (excluding 


(excluding







special items)


special items)


 special items) 


special items)














Net income *




$

211


237


763


707














Add back:













   Amortization of customer base intangibles:











Qwest





226


241


690


729


Embarq





29


34


97


112


Savvis





15


15


45


44














   Amortization of trademark intangibles:











Qwest





9


15


32


49


Savvis





2


2


6


7














   Amortization of fair value adjustment of long-term debt:










Embarq





1


1


3


3


Qwest





(14)


(20)


(48)


(68)














        Subtotal





268


288


825


876

   Tax effect of above items 




(104)


(112)


(321)


(335)

Net adjustment, after taxes



$

164


176


504


541














Net income, as adjusted for above items


$

375


413


1,267


1,248














Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 


595.7


623.3


607.5


621.8














Diluted EPS (excluding special items)


$

0.35


0.38


1.26


1.14














Adjusted diluted EPS as adjusted for the above-listed purchase 









   accounting intangible and interest amortizations (excluding









   special items)




$

0.63


0.66


2.09


2.01














The above schedule presents adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (both excluding special items) by adding back to net income and earnings per share certain non-cash expense items that arise as a result of the application of business combination accounting rules to our recent acquisitions.  Such presentation is not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles but management believes the presentation is useful to analysts and investors to understand the impacts of growing our business through acquisitions.


*See preceding schedules for a summary description of the impact of excluded special items.

 

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.