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CenturyLink (CTL) earnings: expect -4% revenue decline

5:41 pm ET, 06 May 2019

CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) is announcing earnings on May 08, after the market closes. Wondering what revenue and earnings will look like?

What should you expect from the upcoming earnings?

Revenue for the next quarter is expected to be $5.73B, which implies -4% growth rate year-over-year.

Earnings per share are expected to come in at $0.28. If this materializes, EPS will grow 12% year-over-year.

How did the stock do last month?

Over the last month, CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) returned -5.53%.

How is the stock valued?

CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) forward P/E ratio is 9.41, and it’s low compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios.

What do analysts say about the stock?

CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) average analyst price target is 23.2% above its current price ($11.42).

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CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) Stock Guide

Updated at: 3:28 pm ET, 17 Sep 2020

Before we start: if you're looking for CTL stock price, you can quickly find it out by visiting Finny and typing "CTL quote". If you're looking for a quick scoop on CTL stock (chart, price target, market cap, news and buy or sell analysis), go to Finny and look for "CTL". You'll get all this info in one place. Or you can just type "CTL news" to get the latest stock news.

Looking to buy or sell CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL)? Interested in getting the full scoop on CTL, including earnings and dividends, stock forecast, buy or sell analysis and key stats? If so, you came to the right place.

In this CTL stock guide, we'll address key questions about CTL, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Earnings and Dividends: earnings, earnings date, dividend rate and dividend yield;
Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What are CTL earnings?
2. What is CTL dividend?
3. What is CTL dividend yield?
4. What is CTL stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
5. CTL buy or sell? What is CTL Finny Score?
6. What are the reasons to buy CTL? Why should I buy CTL stock?
7. What are the reasons to sell CTL? Why should I sell CTL stock?
8. What are CTL key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Earnings and Dividends

1. What are CTL earnings?

CTL trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) is $1.12.

2. What is CTL dividend?

CTL forward dividend is $1.00.

3. What is CTL dividend yield?

CTL forward dividend yield is 9.3%.

Analyst Predictions

4. What is CTL stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on CTL analyst price targets, CTL stock forecast is $9.66 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for CTL stock is $9.66. The prediction is based on 17 analyst estimates.

The low price target for CTL is $7.00, while the high price target is $13.80.

CTL analyst rating is Hold.

Analysis

5. CTL buy or sell? What is CTL Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:36}Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 7 reasons to sell CTL, resulting in Finny Score of 36.

6. What are the reasons to buy CTL? Why should I buy CTL stock?

Here are the reasons to buy CTL stock:

  • CenturyLink’s 2013 dividend cut was a disappointment, but the stock still offers a very attractive--and sustainable--yield.
  • CenturyLink is positioned well in the enterprise services market. This business should constitute a growing percentage of sales over time.
  • A significant portion of CenturyLink's service territory remains rural. Recent subsidy increases should enable operations in these areas to generate relatively stable cash flow over time.
  • CTL forward dividend yield is 9.30%, higher than the industry (0.72%) and sector (0.66%) forward dividend yields. See CTL forward dividend chart.
  • CTL forward P/E ratio is 7.89, which is low compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios. See CTL forward P/E ratio chart.
  • CTL Price/Book ratio is 0.87, which is low compared to its industry peers’ P/B ratios. See CTL forward Price/Book ratio chart.
  • CTL Enterprise Value/Revenue multiple is 2.03, which is low compared to its industry peers’ Enterprise Value/Revenue multiples. See CTL Enterprise Value/Revenue chart.

7. What are the reasons to sell CTL? Why should I sell CTL stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell CTL stock (i.e., the bear case):

  • As wireless has emerged as a viable alternative to fixed-line service, the number of phone lines CenturyLink serves has fallen steadily, eliminating customer relationships and taking away high-margin revenue.
  • Competition has pummeled the more urban markets that Embarq and Qwest served. CenturyLink is investing in network upgrades in these areas, but winning back customers lost to cable will be tough.
  • CenturyLink's financial position is decent but not great. The firm is often at the mercy of the high-yield debt markets to meet maturities.
  • CTL stock price ($11.07) is close to the 52-week high ($11.42). Perhaps now is a good time to sell? See CTL price chart.
  • CTL quarterly revenue growth was -3.40%, lower than the industry and sector average revenue growth (0.59% and 0.60%, respectively). See CTL revenue growth chart.
  • CTL profitability is declining. The YoY profit margin change was -15.26 percentage points. See CTL profitability chart.
  • CTL average analyst price target ($9.66) is below its current price ($11.07). See CTL price target chart.
  • CTL short share of float is 11.76%. The stock is much more frequently shorted than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See CTL short share of float chart.
  • CTL short interest (days to cover the shorts) ratio is 9.01. The stock garners more short interest than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See CTL short interest ratio chart.
  • CTL cash to debt ratio is 0.05, lower than the average industry (0.08) and sector (0.09) cash to debt ratio. See CTL cash to debt chart.

Key Stats

8. What are CTL key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for CTL:

Metrics CTL
Price $11.00
Average Price Target / Upside $9.66 / -12.18%
Average Analyst Rating Hold
Forward Dividend Yield 0.00%
Industry Telecom Services
Sector Communication Services
Number of Employees 45,000
Market Cap $12.07B
Forward P/E Ratio 8.15
Price/Book Ratio N/A
Revenue (TTM) N/A
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth N/A
Profit Margin N/A

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