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CenturyLink to reduce annual dividend to $1.00 from $2.16

After extensive review, the Board of Directors plans to reduce the company's annual dividend to $1.00 from $2.16, beginning with the Board's next dividend declaration. Under this revised capital allocation policy, the company plans to reduce the net leverage target to a range of 2.75x to 3.25x in a specified timeframe of approximately three years and continue to fund its growth and transformation initiatives. The company expects to return more than $1B annually to shareholders through the $1.00 annual dividend.

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CTL CenturyLink
$14.70

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Target $38
JPMS
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CenturyLink deal for Zayo Group could be difficult, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick says within the potential reported bidders for Zayo Group (ZAYO), he remains "somewhat skeptical" of a strategic transaction by a customer. He sees many of the customers as either not really needing to own the asset or not wanting to own parts of the assets. However, a deal with CenturyLink (CTL) could make strategic sense, says Cusick, who models $280M of annual synergies in his base case. The analyst, though, feels CenturyLink acquiring Zayo could be difficult given CenturyLink's "stretched balance sheet and very expensive cost of equity." Regardless of a potential deal, Cusick continues to recommend Zayo shares with an Overweight rating and $38 target, mostly based on fundamental improvements from here with the potential for a "faster return through M&A."
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CenturyLink downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst Michael Rollins downgraded CenturyLink to Sell.
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02/05/19
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Citi sees 50% dividend cut for CenturyLink in 2020, downgrades to Sell
Citi analyst Michael Rollins downgraded CenturyLink to Sell from Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $11 from $19. The analyst expects headwinds on revenue and cash flow, a possible dividend cut, and the likelihood for capex upgrades to lead to further multiple contraction. CenturyLink will face a "growing tug of war" on cash flow beginning in 2019, which will result in a dividend payout level "well above its previously articulated comfort zone," Rollins tells investors in a research note. The analyst forecasts a 50% dividend cut in 2020 for CenturyLink. Further, he believes a sum-of-parts approach "is not compelling" given that the heritage CenturyLink operations are experiencing mid-single digit revenue declines and Level 3 hasn't grown revenue over the last two years.
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Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Montgomery Scott with analyst John Rowan citing the stock's 50% rise from its intra-day low of $11.98 on December 18, 2018. 2. Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank with analyst Ashish Sabadra saying the shares have rallied significantly off the bottom and outperformed the market year-to-date due to expectations for improving mortgage originations and overall consumer lending. 3. Kraft Heinz (KHC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank with analyst Rob Dickerson saying his analysis shows store brands continue to increase distribution points and take share in the majority of Kraft Heinz's largest categories. 4. CenturyLink (CTL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi with analyst Michael Rollins saying he expects headwinds on revenue and cash flow, a possible dividend cut, and the likelihood for capex upgrades to lead to further multiple contraction. 5. Cronos Group (CRON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at GMP Securities with analyst Martin Landry citing valuation. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.

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