CenturyLink Acquisitions and Exits, 17 Deals Between 1972 and 2017
communications Company

CenturyLink has acquired 16 companies, including 7 in the last 5 years. It has also divested 1 asset.

CenturyLink’s largest acquisition to date was in 2016, when it acquired Level 3 Communications for $34.0B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2016, when it sold Cyxtera Technologies to BC Partners for $2.2B. CenturyLink has acquired in 11 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include information technology (44%) and communications (25%).

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CenturyLink, Inc.

100 CenturyLink Drive,
Monroe, Louisiana 71203
United States,
(318) 388-9000

CenturyLink is an integrated communications company engaged in providing an array of communications services to residential, business, governmental and wholesale customers. CenturyLink's communications services include local and long-distance, network access, private line (including special access), public access, broadband, data, managed hosting (including cloud hosting), colocation, wireless and video services. In certain local and regional markets, the Company also provides local access and fiber transport services to competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and security monitoring. CenturyLink was established in 1968 and is headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 11 1 3 1 - - 16
vol $37.4B $34.0B $71.4B
Sell (0.2/yr) # - - 1 - - - 1
vol $2.2B $2.2B

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Largest Level 3 Communications, Inc.
$34.0B (2016-10-31)
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Largest Cyxtera Technologies, Inc.
$2.2B (2016-11-04)

Communications M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the communications sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 193 communications companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 12 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 1 has acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic communications acquirer over the past 3 years is GTT Communications, with 8 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the communications sector over the past 3 years is Searchlight Capital Partners with 5 platform acquisitions.

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