How did the top tier two wireline telcos stack up in Q4?

Now that the earnings season has officially wrapped, we thought we would check on how the major tier one U.S. wireline operators fared in Q4 2009. Today, we'll chronicle how the three largest U.S. independent telcos performed.

And take a look at how these figures stand up against the third quarter 2009 results.

Feb. 25

  • CenturyLink
    During the fourth quarter, CenturyLink reported that its profit increased to $230.2 million, or 77 cents a share, from $100.1 million, or $1.00 a share in 2009, prior to acquiring Embarq. However, CenturyLink forecasts Q1 revenue will only be $1.77-$1.80 billion, which is below analyst expectations.
    --Article
    --earnings release
    --Current stock information

Feb. 24

  • Frontier
    While Frontier's Q4 09 financial performance was a tale of hits and misses, Frontier was able to reduce the rate of voice line loss and add more broadband DSL and satellite video subscribers.
    --Article
    --earnings release
    --Current stock information

Feb. 18

  • Windstream
    Windstream's Q4 09 net profit declined from $81 million, or 19 cents a share in Q4 08, to $76 million, or 14 cents per share; however, revenue only dropped three percent to $754 million, going above Wall Street's expectations of $739 million.
    --Article
    --earnings release
    --Current stock information
How did the top tier two wireline telcos stack up in Q4?
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