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CenturyLink

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CenturyLink dividend cut logical, but unlikely, says Oppenheimer

At a 13% yield, it is logical for CenturyLink to cut the dividend in half to spend more on its network, but management is unlikely to do so, Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan tells investors in a research note. He now sees the payout ratio in the 80% range. CenturyLink is positioning itself to be a global, enterprise-focused company, which is the correct route, the analyst adds. He cut his price target for the shares to $20 from $28 and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.

CTL CenturyLink
$15.48

-0.78 (-4.80%)

10/04/17
LEHM
10/04/17
NO CHANGE
Target $19
LEHM
Underweight
Barclays lowers price targets for CenturyLink, Level 3
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski lowered his price target for Underweight-rated CenturyLink (CTL) to $19 from $23 and for Equal Weight-rated Level 3 Communications (LVLT) to $53 from $59. The combination of downward estimate revisions, management changes and a delay in the timing of merger close has heightened the perceived challenges facing the joint entity, Rozwadowski tells investors in a research note. The analyst, however, sees less downside potential for CenturyLink based on his new price target. He believes improved clarity on the joint entity's strategic priorities as well as the size and scope of synergy upside would "serve as a net benefit for helping the company recapture the narrative and provide a necessary realignment of investor expectations."
11/09/17
JEFF
11/09/17
NO CHANGE
Target $17
JEFF
Hold
CenturyLink dividend sustainability in question, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Scott Goldman says the sustainability of CenturyLink's dividend is in question after the company reported disappointing results and lowered its fiscal 2017 outlook again. The analyst is "incrementally more cautious" on the ability of CenturyLink to meet the dividend obligation. He cut his price target for the shares to $17 from $22 and keeps a Hold rating on the name.
11/09/17
DBAB
11/09/17
NO CHANGE
Target $16
DBAB
Hold
CenturyLink keeping dividend an 'uphill battle,' says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Matthew Niknam thinks the sustainability of CenturyLink's current dividend will remain in question until more meaningful inflections are seen in pro forma trends. In a post-earnings research note titled "Proving dividend sustainability will be an uphill battle," the analyst lowered his price target for the shares to $16 from $20 and keeps a Hold rating on CenturyLink.
11/09/17
JPMS
11/09/17
NO CHANGE
Target $26
JPMS
Overweight
CenturyLink shares to slowly rebound from here, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick believes CenturyLink shares were building in worse than the "soft" Q3 results and revenue outlook below the low-end of the previous range. CenturyLink maintained the current $2.16 dividend which implies a 13.3% yield, and all of the go-forward management emphasized their commitment to continuing to pay it, Cusick tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He believes a dividend cut was already built into the stock and expects shares to slowly rebound from current levels. The stock should be attractive to income-oriented investors, the analyst contends. He reiterates an Overweight rating on CenturyLink while trimming his price target to $26 from $28.

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