Table: MCI's Heavy Baggage

Slumping Sales

MCI's revenue fell 15% in 2001, to $13.8 billion, with a slide to $11 billion this year

Serious Debt

A hefty $6 billion in long-term debt is scaring away potential buyers such as the Baby Bells

Shrinking Margins

Long-distance price wars have squeezed MCI's margins to just 11%--well below the 27% that WorldCom's other businesses earn

Data: Company reports

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