CenturyLink Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings Achieved first quarter operating revenues of $4.51 billion; at top end of guidance Realized strong growth of 66,700 high-speed Internet subscribers during first quarter 2013 Added 13,400 Prism™ TV subscribers during first quarter Achieved Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.76 compared to $0.68 in first quarter 2012 Generated Free Cash Flow of $1.0 billion, excluding special items and integration-related capital expenditures Repurchased 19.2 million shares for $682 million through May 7, 2013 PR Newswire MONROE, La., May 8, 2013 MONROE, La., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today reported strong operating revenues, operating cash flow and free cash flow for first quarter 2013. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090602/DA26511LOGO) "CenturyLink reported strong financial results and achieved solid broadband and Prism^TM TV customer growth in the first quarter, while continuing to see good demand from businesses for high-bandwidth network and data hosting services. Through the ongoing investment in our key strategic initiatives, we are creating and capitalizing on organic growth opportunities across each of our business segments.Our solid sales momentum over the past several quarters continues to contribute toward our goal of top-line revenue stabilization in 2014," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president. "We have implemented the organizational realignment announced in early January focused primarily on strengthening our go-to-market strategy and service delivery process for business customers and are beginning to see benefits from this realignment. We achieved an annualized operating expense synergy run rate of $550 million from the Qwest integration as of the end of the quarter, and we remain on plan to reach a $600 million annual run rate by the end of this year. "Our sequential data hosting revenue growth was negatively impacted by several factors including soft third quarter 2012 new sales, foreign currency exchange impact and price compression driven by declining compute and storage costs. However, we generated strong new sales in data hosting in the last two quarters, while maintaining a growing sales funnel. We also have increased our focus on leveraging data hosting cross-sell opportunities to our business customers resulting in a strengthened cross-sales funnel that we believe will help further drive data hosting revenues over time. "From the mid-February announcement of our $2 billion stock repurchase program through May 7, 2013, we have purchased a total of 19.2 million shares of our outstanding common stock for $682 million. We expect to continue to opportunistically repurchase stock through the remainder of the authorized program. "We believe our extensive asset portfolio, continued investment in our key strategic initiatives and focus on serving our customers position us well to drive profitable growth over the long term," Post concluded. First Quarter Highlights oGenerated free cash flow of $1.0 billion, excluding special items and integration-related capital expenditures. oAdded 66,700 high-speed Internet subscribers during first quarter, ending the quarter with more than 5.9 million broadband customers. oEnded the quarter with 120,000 CenturyLink^® Prism^TM TV subscribers in service, adding 13,400 subscribers in first quarter 2013. oAchieved strong growth in strategic revenue from high-bandwidth data services. oGenerated solid data hosting new sales in first quarter 2013, continuing momentum from fourth quarter 2012. oPurchased and retired 11.1 million shares for $386 million during first quarter 2013. Consolidated First Quarter Financial Results Operating revenues for first quarter 2013 were $4.51 billion compared to $4.61 billion in first 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 business customer demand for high-bandwidth data services, colocation and managed hosting services and growth in high-speed Internet and CenturyLink^® Prism^TM TV subscribers. Operating expenses, excluding special items, decreased to $3.70 billion from $3.87 billion in first quarter 2012. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to lower personnel-related costs, bad debt and depreciation and amortization expenses, which were partially offset by higher colocation, managed hosting and network expenses. Operating cash flow (as defined in our attached supplemental schedules), excluding special items,decreased to $1.93 billion from $1.94 billion in first quarter 2012. This decrease was primarily the result of lower legacy revenues being partially offset by higher strategic revenues and lower personnel-related costs. For first quarter 2013, CenturyLink achieved an operating cash flow margin, excluding special items, of 42.8% versus 42.2% in first 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 intangibles, and the non-cash after-tax impact to interest expense of the assignment of fair value to the outstanding debt assumed by us in connection with our Embarq, Qwest and Savvis acquisitions. Excluding the items outlined above, CenturyLink's Adjusted Net Income for first quarter 2013 was $475 million compared to Adjusted Net Income of $423 million in first quarter 2012. First quarter 2013 Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.76 compared to Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.68 in the year-ago period. See the attached schedules for additional information. GAAP Results – First Quarter Under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), net income for first quarter 2013 was $298 million compared to $200 million for first quarter 2012, and diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2013 was $0.48 compared to $0.32 for first quarter 2012. First quarter 2013 net income and diluted earnings per share reflect the after-tax impact of severance costs associated withstaff reductions, an accounting adjustment related to life insurance policies and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with the Qwest and Savvis acquisitions, partially offset by non-operating gains on the sale of a non-operating investment and settlements of other non-operating issues, which amounted to a $5 million charge ($0.01 per share) on a net basis. First quarter 2012 net income and diluted earnings per share included a net $43 million charge ($0.07 per share), reflecting the after-tax impact of severance costs associated with expense reduction initiatives and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with the Qwest and Savvis acquisitions, partially offset by non-operating gains on the early retirement of debt and sale of investment securities. Segment Results / Highlights As previously announced, beginning first quarter 2013, CenturyLink realigned its operating groups into the following four reporting segments: oConsumer. Consists primarily of providing products and services to residential consumers across our 37-state footprint. oBusiness. Consists primarily of providing products and services to government, small to medium-sized business and enterprise customers across the U.S. and select international locations. oWholesale. Consists primarily of providing products and services to other domestic and international communications providers. oData Hosting. Consists primarily of providing colocation, managed hosting, cloud services and hosting-related network services to businesses of all sizes. Consumer The Consumer segment realized continued strategic revenue growth driven by increased high-speed Internet and CenturyLink^® Prism^TM TV subscribers. oStrategic revenues were $620 million in the quarter, a 5.4% increase over first quarter 2012. oGenerated $1.51 billion in total revenues, a decrease of 3.4% from first quarter 2012, reflecting the continued decline in legacy services tempered by the impact of Access Recovery Charges implemented effective July 1, 2012, in accordance with the CAF Order^3. oAdded 13,400 CenturyLink^® Prism^TM TV subscribers during first quarter 2013. Including recently soft launched markets, penetration of Prism-enabled homes is nearly 10%. oSoft launched CenturyLink^® Prism^TM TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in first quarter with plans to soft launch in Omaha, Nebraska, in second quarter. Business The Business segment achieved strong growth of high-bandwidth data services and continues to experience solid sales momentum from enterprise and government customers. oStrategic revenues were $615 million in the quarter, a 6.4 % increase over first quarter 2012, driven by strength in high-bandwidth offerings such as MPLS^4 and Ethernet services. Excluding the impact of private line services, the adjusted growth rate was nearly 12%. oGenerated $1.50 billion in total revenues, flat from first quarter 2012, reflecting growth in high-bandwidth offerings offset by lower legacy services and data integration revenues. oAchieved solid monthly recurring sales in first quarter 2013 with a growing sales funnel. Wholesale The Wholesale segment continues to complete fiber builds to towers within our footprint, ending the quarter with more than 15,500 fiber-connected towers. oStrategic revenues of $573 million in the quarter decreased 1.5% compared to first quarter 2012, as declines in copper-based revenue were partially offset by increases in wireless carrier bandwidth demand and Ethernet sales. oGenerated $907 million in total revenues, a decrease of 5.7% from first quarter 2012, reflecting the continued decline in legacy revenues, primarily driven by the implementation of access rate reductions effective July 1, 2012, in accordance with the CAF Order^3 and lower long distance and switched access minutes of use. oCompleted more than 800 fiber builds in first quarter 2013 and expect to complete 4,000 to 5,000 fiber builds in full year 2013. Data Hosting The Data Hosting segment grew managed hosting (including cloud) and colocation services revenue driven by growth in core managed hosting products and in the financial and consumer brands verticals. oOperating revenues were $334 million in the quarter, a 7.7% increase from first quarter 2012. oColocation revenues were $144 million, a 4.3% increase from first quarter 2012, and managed hosting revenues were $125 million, representing a 20% increase over the same period a year ago. Managed hosting revenues include $15 million of revenues contributed by the Ciber global IT outsourcing, or ITO, assets acquired October 15, 2012. oLaunch of savvisdirect^® in December 2012 positions the product portfolio to better address the needs of customers of all sizes. Integration Update During first quarter 2013, CenturyLink incurred pre-tax integration, severance and retention costs of $10 million ($6 million after-tax) related to the Qwest and Savvis acquisitions. CenturyLink ended first quarter 2013 with an annualized operating expense synergy run rate of approximately $550 million from the Qwest acquisition and we currently expect to exit 2013 with approximately $600 million in annual run-rate synergies. We continue to anticipate achieving the previously stated $650 million annual run-rate operating expense synergies upon full integration of the Qwest acquisition. Guidance – Second Quarter 2013 and Full-Year 2013 The Company expects second quarter 2013 operating cash flow and Adjusted Diluted EPS to decrease compared to first quarter 2013 primarily due to higher seasonal expenses, costs related to our continued investment in key initiatives, higher costs related to increased data integration and certain one-time expense reductions experienced during first quarter 2013. Second Quarter 2013 Operating Revenues $4.49 to $4.54 billion Operating Cash Flow (excl. special $1.82 to $1.86 billion items) Adjusted Diluted EPS (excl. special $0.63 to $0.68 items) Full-Year 2013 Previous Guidance Current Guidance Operating Revenues $18.1 to $18.3 No revision billion Annual percent change in Operating -0.5% to -1.5% No revision Revenues Operating Cash Flow (excl. special $7.3 to $7.5 billion $7.35 to $7.55 items) billion Adjusted Diluted EPS (excl. special $2.50 to $2.70 $2.60 to $2.75 items) Capital Expenditures^5 $2.8 to $3.0 billion No revision Free Cash Flow (excl. special items) $3.0 to $3.2 billion No revision All 2013 guidance figures and 2013 outlook statements included in this release (i) speak as of May 8, 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 March 31, 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, the impact of litigation expenses 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. Investor Call As previously announced, CenturyLink's management will host a conference call at 4:00 p.m. Central Time today, May 8, 2013. Interested parties can access the call by dialing 866-259-6033. The call will be accessible for replay through May 15, 2013, by calling 888-266-2081 and entering the access code 1609976. Investors can also listen to CenturyLink's earnings conference call and replay by accessing the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at www.centurylink.com through May 29, 2013. Reconciliation to GAAP This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including but not limited to operating cash flow, free cash flow, adjustments to GAAP measures to exclude the effect of special items and certain pro forma combined operating results. 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 below 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^® Prism^TM 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 or projected 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 recent reforms and changes by the Federal Communications Commission regarding intercarrier compensation and the Universal Service Fund, among other things); 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 the 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; 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 companies; any adverse developments in legal or regulatory proceedings involving us; our ability to pay common share dividends in amounts previously indicated, 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 our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (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 to our Form 10- K for the year ended December 31, 2012, 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 release. We undertake no obligation to update any of our forward-looking statements for any reason. ^1 Our historical Prism^TM TV subscribers reflected single and multi-dwelling unit subscribers as individual counts. Effective 1Q13 and prospectively thereafter, multi-dwelling units are reflected on an average revenue equivalent unit basis. ^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 ^5 Excludes approximately $70 million of integration-related capital expenditures CenturyLink, Inc. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 AND 2012 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions, except per share amounts; shares in thousands) Three months ended March 31, Three months ended March 31, 2013 2012 As As Increase adjusted adjusted 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 items reported OPERATING REVENUES Strategic $ 2,142 2,142 2,058 2,058 4.1% 4.1% Legacy 1,974 1,974 2,141 2,141 (7.8%) (7.8%) Data 140 140 145 145 (3.4%) (3.4%) integration Other 257 257 266 266 (3.4%) (3.4%) 4,513 - 4,513 4,610 - 4,610 (2.1%) (2.1%) OPERATING EXPENSES Cost of services and 1,796 2 (1) 1,794 1,877 12 (4) 1,865 (4.3%) (3.8%) products Selling, general and 818 32 (1) 786 871 70 (4) 801 (6.1%) (1.9%) administrative Depreciation and 1,117 1,117 1,208 1,208 (7.5%) (7.5%) amortization 3,731 34 3,697 3,956 82 3,874 (5.7%) (4.6%) OPERATING 782 (34) 816 654 (82) 736 19.6% 10.9% INCOME OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) Interest (316) (316) (343) (343) (7.9%) (7.9%) expense Other income 39 37 (2) 2 20 13 (5) 7 95.0% (71.4%) (expense) Income tax (207) (8) (3) (199) (131) 26 (6) (157) 58.0% 26.8% expense NET INCOME $ 298 (5) 303 200 (43) 243 49.0% 24.7% BASIC EARNINGS $ 0.48 (0.01) 0.49 0.32 (0.07) 0.39 50.0% 25.6% PER SHARE DILUTED EARNINGS PER $ 0.48 (0.01) 0.49 0.32 (0.07) 0.39 50.0% 25.6% SHARE AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic 619,423 619,423 618,208 618,208 0.2% 0.2% Diluted 621,074 621,074 620,350 620,350 0.1% 0.1% DIVIDENDS PER $ 0.540 0.540 0.725 0.725 (25.5%) (25.5%) COMMON SHARE SPECIAL ITEMS Includes severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($7 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our (1) - acquisition of Qwest ($7 million), integration, severance, retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($3 million) and an accounting adjustment ($17 million). (2) - Gain on the sale of a non-operating investment ($32 million) and settlements of other non-operating issues ($5 million). (3) - Income tax expense of Items (1) and (2). Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($43 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated (4) - with our acquisition of Qwest ($36 million) and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($3 million). (5) - Gain associated with early retirement of debt ($8 million) and gain on the sale of investment securities ($5 million). (6) - Income tax benefit of Items (4) and (5). CenturyLink, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS MARCH 31, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions) March 31, December 31, 2013 2012 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 476 211 Other current assets 3,399 3,402 Total current assets 3,875 3,613 NET PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Property, plant and equipment 32,571 32,086 Accumulated depreciation (13,746) (13,054) Net property, plant and equipment 18,825 19,032 GOODWILL AND OTHER ASSETS Goodwill 21,733 21,732 Other, net 9,296 9,643 Total goodwill and other assets 31,029 31,375 TOTAL ASSETS $ 53,729 54,020 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Current maturities of long-term debt $ 1,193 1,205 Other current liabilities 3,390 3,390 Total current liabilities 4,583 4,595 LONG-TERM DEBT 19,595 19,400 DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES 10,695 10,736 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY 18,856 19,289 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 53,729 54,020 CenturyLink, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 AND 2012 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions) Three months Three months ended ended March 31, March 31, 2013 2012 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 298 200 Adjustments to reconcile net income to netcash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 1,117 1,208 Deferred income taxes 166 115 Provision for uncollectible accounts 27 56 (Gain) loss on intangible assets (32) - Changes in current assets and current (29) 56 liabilities, net Retirement benefits (178) (75) Changes in other noncurrent assets and 14 47 liabilities Other, net 14 (24) Net cash provided by operating 1,397 1,583 activities INVESTING ACTIVITIES Payments for property, plant and equipment (663) (678) and capitalized software Proceeds from sale of intangible assets 75 - Other, net (6) 15 Net cash used in investing (594) (663) activities FINANCING ACTIVITIES Net proceeds from issuance of long-term 988 2,032 debt Payments of long-term debt (56) (849) Net borrowings (payments) on credit (745) (277) facility Dividends paid (341) (452) Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 13 35 Repurchase of common stock (397) (11) Other, net - 3 Net cash (used in) provided by (538) 481 financing activities Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and - 1 cash equivalents Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash 265 1,402 equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of 211 128 period Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 476 1,530 CenturyLink, Inc. SELECTED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013 AND 2012 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions) Three months ended March 31, 2013 2012 Total segment revenues $ 4,256 4,344 Total segment expenses 1,945 2,020 Total segment income $ 2,311 2,324 Total segment income margin (segment 54.3% 53.5% incomedivided by segment revenues) Consumer Revenues Strategic services $ 620 588 Legacy services 889 974 Data integration 2 2 $ 1,511 1,564 Expenses Direct $ 413 445 Allocated 113 122 $ 526 567 Segment income $ 985 997 Segment income margin 65.2% 63.7% Business Revenues Strategic services $ 615 578 Legacy services 751 787 Data integration 138 143 $ 1,504 1,508 Expenses Direct $ 778 799 Allocated 103 111 $ 881 910 Segment income $ 623 598 Segment income margin 41.4% 39.7% Wholesale Revenues Strategic services $ 573 582 Legacy services 334 380 $ 907 962 Expenses Direct $ 30 48 Allocated 244 264 $ 274 312 Segment income $ 633 650 Segment income margin 69.8% 67.6% Data Hosting Revenues Strategic services $ 334 310 $ 334 310 Expenses Direct $ 266 232 Allocated (2) (1) $ 264 231 Segment income $ 70 79 Segment income margin 21.0% 25.5% 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 March 31, Three months ended March 31, 2013 2012 As As adjusted 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 $ 782 (34) (1) 816 654 (82) (2) 736 income Add: Depreciation 1,117 - 1,117 1,208 - 1,208 and amortization Operating $ 1,899 (34) 1,933 1,862 (82) 1,944 cash flow Revenues $ 4,513 - 4,513 4,610 - 4,610 Operating income margin (operating 17.3% 18.1% 14.2% 16.0% income divided by revenues) Operating cash flow margin (operating 42.1% 42.8% 40.4% 42.2% cash flow divided by revenues) Free cash flow Operating $ 1,933 1,944 cash flow Less: Cash paid for (8) (1) income taxes Less: Cash paid for interest, (265) (244) net of amounts capitalized Less: Capital (656) (668) expenditures (3) Other 2 7 income Free cash 1,006 1,038 flow (4) SPECIAL ITEMS Includes severance costs associated with recent headcount reductions ($7 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated with our (1) - acquisition of Qwest ($7 million), integration, severance, retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($3 million) and an accounting adjustment ($17 million). Includes severance costs associated with reduction in force initiatives ($43 million), integration, severance and retention costs associated (2) - with our acquisition of Qwest ($36 million) and integration, severance, and retention costs associated with our acquisition of Savvis ($3 million). Excludes $7 million in first quarter 2013 and $10 million in first (3) - quarter 2012 of capital expenditures related to the integration of Embarq, Qwest and Savvis. (4) - Excludes special items identified in items (1) and (2). CenturyLink, Inc. OPERATING METRICS (UNAUDITED) (In thousands) As of As of As of March 31, 2013 December 31, 2012 March 31, 2012 Broadband subscribers 5,915 5,848 5,745 Access lines 13,558 13,748 14,379 CenturyLink, Inc. SUPPLEMENTAL NON-GAAP INFORMATION - ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2013, DECEMBER 31, 2012 AND MARCH 31, 2012 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions, except per share amounts) Three months Three months ended ended March 31, March 31, 2013 2012 (excluding (excluding special special items) items) Net income * $ 303 243 Add back: Amortization of customer base intangibles: Qwest 234 244 Embarq 34 39 Savvis 15 15 Amortization of trademark intangibles: Qwest 12 18 Savvis 2 2 Amortization of fair value adjustment of long-term debt: Embarq 1 1 Qwest (17) (28) Subtotal 281 291 Tax effect of above items (109) (111) Net adjustment, after taxes 172 180 Net income, as adjusted for above items $ 475 423 Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 621.1 620.4 Diluted EPS (excluding special items) $ 0.49 0.39 Adjusted diluted EPS as adjusted for the above-listed purchase accounting intangible and $ 0.76 0.68 interest amortizations (excludingspecial items) 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 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 special items. CenturyLink, Inc. SUPPLEMENTAL PRO FORMA SEGMENT DATA 2013, 2012 and 2011 ASSUMING CENTURYLINK'S ACQUISITIONS OF QWEST AND SAVVIS OCCURRED JANUARY 1, 2010 (UNAUDITED) (Dollars in millions) Pro Pro Pro forma* forma* forma* Three Three Three Three Three Three Three Three Three months months months months months months months months months ended ended ended ended ended ended ended ended ended March December September June March December September June March 31, 31, 2012 30, 2012 30, 31, 31, 2011 30, 2011 30, 31, 2013 2012 2012 2011 2011 Total segment $ 4,256 4,316 4,314 4,346 4,344 4,399 4,387 4,422 4,482 revenues Total segment 1,945 2,090 2,071 2,063 2,020 2,108 2,104 2,037 2,011 expenses Total segment $ 2,311 2,226 2,243 2,283 2,324 2,291 2,283 2,385 2,471 income Total segment income margin (segment 54.3% 51.6% 52.0% 52.5% 53.5% 52.1% 52.0% 53.9% 55.1% incomedivided by segment revenues) Consumer Revenues Strategic $ 620 612 603 590 588 585 550 544 551 services Legacy 889 908 933 947 974 992 1,002 1,004 1,035 services Data 2 2 - 3 2 2 2 2 1 integration $ 1,511 1,522 1,536 1,540 1,564 1,579 1,554 1,550 1,587 Expenses Direct $ 413 449 458 444 445 444 453 434 437 Allocated 113 122 127 124 122 135 137 118 122 $ 526 571 585 568 567 579 590 552 559 Segment income $ 985 951 951 972 997 1,000 964 998 1,028 Segment income 65.2% 62.5% 61.9% 63.1% 63.7% 63.3% 62.0% 64.4% 64.8% margin Business Revenues Strategic $ 615 600 602 590 578 573 567 578 572 services Legacy 751 760 771 780 787 796 813 853 866 services Data 138 187 168 167 143 184 164 149 152 integration $ 1,504 1,547 1,541 1,537 1,508 1,553 1,544 1,580 1,590 Expenses Direct $ 778 839 818 829 799 861 854 839 821 Allocated 103 115 118 114 111 100 99 87 90 $ 881 954 936 943 910 961 953 926 911 Segment income $ 623 593 605 594 598 592 591 654 679 Segment income 41.4% 38.3% 39.3% 38.6% 39.7% 38.1% 38.3% 41.4% 42.7% margin Wholesale Revenues Strategic $ 573 572 569 575 582 572 573 562 559 services Legacy 334 335 341 371 380 390 410 423 444 services Data - - - - - 2 - - - integration $ 907 907 910 946 962 964 983 985 1,003 Expenses Direct $ 30 38 38 45 48 52 44 46 44 Allocated 244 263 266 268 264 286 294 288 286 $ 274 301 304 313 312 338 338 334 330 Segment income $ 633 606 606 633 650 626 645 651 673 Segment income 69.8% 66.8% 66.6% 66.9% 67.6% 64.9% 65.6% 66.1% 67.1% margin Data Hosting Revenues Strategic $ 334 340 327 323 310 303 306 307 302 services $ 334 340 327 323 310 303 306 307 302 Expenses Direct $ 266 266 248 241 232 232 225 227 212 Allocated (2) (2) (2) (2) (1) (2) (2) (2) (1) $ 264 264 246 239 231 230 223 225 211 Segment income $ 70 76 81 84 79 73 83 82 91 Segment income 21.0% 22.4% 24.8% 26.0% 25.5% 24.1% 27.1% 26.7% 30.1% margin 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. *The pro forma information presented above reflects the operations of CenturyLink, Qwest and Savvis assuming Qwest's and Savvis' results of operations had been combined as of January 1, 2010. Pro forma adjustments include (i) the amortization of the fair value assigned to intangible assets (primarily customer relationship); (ii) adjustments to depreciation to reflect the fair value assigned to property, plant and equipment; and (iii) the related income tax effects. The above pro forma information (i) has not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, (ii) is for illustrative purposes only, and (iii) is not necessarily indicative of the combined operating results that would have occurred if the mergers had been consummated as of January 1, 2010. For further information on our pro forma adjustments, please see our prior SEC filings. SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc. Website: http://www.centurylink.com Contact: Kristina Waugh, 318.340.5627, firstname.lastname@example.org
CenturyLink Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings
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