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CenturyLink Announces Pricing of Private Offering by Level 3 Financing of Senior Secured Notes

MONROE, La., Nov. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (CTL) announced that Level 3 Financing, Inc., its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary ("Level 3 Financing"), has agreed to sell $750 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.400% Senior Secured Notes due 2027 (the "2027 Notes") and $750 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2029 (the "2029 Notes") in proposed private offerings that will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933.

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The 2027 Notes were priced to investors at 99.780 percent of their principal amount and will mature on March 1, 2027.  The 2029 Notes were priced to investors at 99.985 percent of their principal amount and will mature on November 15, 2029.

Level 3 Financing's obligations under each series of the Notes will be guaranteed on a secured basis by its direct parent, Level 3 Parent, LLC, and certain of its material domestic subsidiaries that guarantee the term loans under Level 3 Financing's existing senior secured credit facility, subject in certain instances to receipt of regulatory approval. Such guarantees, when provided by each entity, will be secured by liens on substantially the same collateral that is pledged to secure the term loans under that senior secured credit facility.

The net proceeds from these offerings are expected to be used to repay or retire a portion of the $4.611 billion senior secured Tranche B 2024 term loans under Level 3 Financing's existing senior secured credit facility.

The offering is expected to be completed on November 29, 2019, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or any state securities laws in the United States and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.  Accordingly, the Notes are being offered and sold only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Notes will not have registration rights.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (CTL) is a technology leader delivering hybrid networking, cloud connectivity, and security solutions to customers around the world. Through its extensive global fiber network, CenturyLink provides secure and reliable services to meet the growing digital demands of businesses and consumers. CenturyLink strives to be the trusted connection to the networked world and is focused on delivering technology that enhances the customer experience. Learn more at http://news.centurylink.com/.

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