CenturyLink Inc. (CTL)’s Financial Results Comparing With Ribbon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:RBBN)

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL) and Ribbon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:RBBN), are influenced by compare since they are both players in the Telecom Services – Domestic. These factors are particularly influence the analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation of the two firms.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CenturyLink Inc. 23.15B 0.52 8.01B -1.54 0.00
Ribbon Communications Inc. 575.65M 0.89 62.74M -0.59 0.00

Demonstrates CenturyLink Inc. and Ribbon Communications Inc. earnings per share, top-line revenue and valuation.


Table 2 represents CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE:CTL) and Ribbon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:RBBN)’s net margins, return on assets and return on equity.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CenturyLink Inc. -34.60% 8.1% 2.5%
Ribbon Communications Inc. -10.90% -10.8% -6.9%

Risk and Volatility

CenturyLink Inc.’s volatility measures that it’s 28.00% less volatile than S&P 500 due to its 0.72 beta. From a competition point of view, Ribbon Communications Inc. has a 1.33 beta which is 33.00% more volatile compared to S&P 500.


0.7 and 0.7 are the respective Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of CenturyLink Inc. Its rival Ribbon Communications Inc.’s Current and Quick Ratios are 0.8 and 0.7 respectively. Ribbon Communications Inc. has a better chance of clearing its pay short and long-term debts than CenturyLink Inc.


The annual dividend that CenturyLink Inc. pay is $1.87 per share with a dividend yield of 16.77%. Ribbon Communications Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

The next table highlights the given recommendations and ratings for CenturyLink Inc. and Ribbon Communications Inc.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
CenturyLink Inc. 3 9 0 2.75
Ribbon Communications Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

CenturyLink Inc.’s upside potential currently stands at 11.08% and an $12.33 average price target.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

Institutional investors held 74.9% of CenturyLink Inc. shares and 76.5% of Ribbon Communications Inc. shares. Insiders held roughly 0.6% of CenturyLink Inc.’s shares. On the other hand, insiders held about 1.3% of Ribbon Communications Inc.’s shares.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
CenturyLink Inc. -4.2% -8.52% -25.51% -42.09% -43.09% -27.72%
Ribbon Communications Inc. 9.34% -0.19% -7.54% -23.7% -9.49% 6.85%

For the past year CenturyLink Inc. had bearish trend while Ribbon Communications Inc. had bullish trend.


On 7 of the 12 factors Ribbon Communications Inc. beats CenturyLink Inc.

CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, wholesale, and governmental customers in the United States. It operates through two segments, Business and Consumer. The company offers broadband services, which allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines or fiber-optic cables; multi-protocol label switching, a data networking technology to support real-time voice and video; and private line services for the transmission of data between sites. It also provides Ethernet services, including point-to-point and multi-point equipment configurations that facilitate data transmissions across metropolitan areas and wide area networks (WAN); colocation services that enable its customers to install their own information technology (IT) equipment; and managed hosting services comprising cloud and traditional computing, application management, back-up, storage, and other services. In addition, the company offers video entertainment services and satellite digital television; Voice over Internet Protocol, a real-time, two-way voice communication service; and managed services that consist of network, hosting, cloud, and IT services. Further, it provides local calling, long-distance voice, integrated services digital network, WAN, and switched access services; and data integration, which includes the sale of telecommunications equipment and providing network management, installation, and maintenance of data equipment, and the building of proprietary fiber-optic broadband networks. Additionally, the company leases and subleases space in its office buildings, warehouses, and other properties. As of December 31, 2016, it served approximately 5.9 million broadband subscribers and 325 thousand television subscribers; and operated 58 data centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. CenturyLink, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Monroe, Louisiana.

Ribbon Communications Inc. provides networked solutions worldwide. The company offers Session Border Controllers (SBCs) that address security and interworking requirements for businesses, as well as regional and global communications service providers; Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch, which bridges IP and TDM networks by converting voice signal into Internet Protocol (IP) IP packets and transmitting those IP packets on a data network; and Sonus T7000 Intelligent Switching System, a class five end-office soft switch that provides residential and business voice services, as well as IP-IP multimedia processing engine services. It also provides Diameter Signaling Controller, a solution for 4G/long term evolution networks; Sonus Signal Transfer Point that acts as the switch/router in an SS7 signaling network; Sonus PSX Policy & Routing Server, a central routing and policy engine for its soft switch and distributed SBC solutions; and Web Real-Time Communications services solution. Further, it provides Sonus Network Management Solutions to manage and integrate its networked solutions with internal provisioning and billing systems; and Virtualized Mobile Core Solution that enables deployment voice and messaging services. Additionally, the company offers professional consulting services, such as integration, deployment, migration, operation support, monitoring, managed services, design, engagement, training, interoperability/verification testing, and technical support services. It serves long distance and local exchange carriers, Internet service providers, wireless and cable operators, international telephone companies, and carriers that provide services to other carriers through direct sales and indirect channels. The company was formerly known as Sonus Networks, Inc. and changed its name to Ribbon Communications Inc. in November 2017. Ribbon Communications Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts.

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