Level 3 Communications, Inc.

1025 Eldorado Boulevard,
Broomfield, Colorado 80021
United States,
(720) 888-1000

Level 3 Communications, Inc. is a provider of local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s portfolio of managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions, IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 Communications, Inc. was originally established in 1884 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 19 1 1 - - - 21
vol $7.0B $5.7B $12.7B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
vol $287M $287M

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Largest Software Spectrum, Inc.
$287M (2006-09-07)

Level 3 Communications was acquired by CenturyLink on October 31, 2016.

Level 3 Communications has acquired 21 companies of its own, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

Level 3 Communications’ largest acquisition to date was in 2014, when it acquired TW Telecom for $5.7B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2006, when it sold Software Spectrum to Insight Enterprises for $287M. Level 3 Communications has acquired in 11 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include communications (72%) and software (15%).

When analyzing the communications sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 212 communications companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 15 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 2 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic communications acquirer over the past 3 years is Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group, with 11 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the communications sector over the past 3 years is Apax Partners with 5 platform acquisitions.

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