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Qwest May Want Allegiance

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11/21/2003

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) wants to buy bankrupt service provider Allegiance Telecom Inc. for $350 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Allegiance, which provides service to small and medium-sized business in 36 cities, filed for Chapter 11 protection in May this year (see Allegiance Files for Chapter 11 and Allegiance Declares Chapter 11) and was delisted from Nasdaq. It has continued to trade while seeking a way to reduce its debt (see Allegiance Reports Q3 Loss), though its revenues shrank from $204.6 million in the first quarter to $188.2 million in its third quarter (to September 30).

The company has been focusing on cutting costs, particularly by reducing its staff levels. The company's headcount was 2,912 as of September 30, down from 3,312 on June 30. It had $1.4 billion in debt when it filed for Chapter 11 and currently has $284.6 million in cash available.

Qwest's bid, according to the report, would include taking on the cash and debt.

Qwest is currently in transition, and is looking to expand its lines of business as domestic traditional voice revenues decline (see Lucent's VOIP Group Gets a Boost and Qwest Jumps Into VOIP Hotbed). The RBOC, which just announced its third-quarter results, expects revenues to increase in 2004 (see Qwest Reports Q3 Profits).

It appears Qwest is not the only party interested in Allegiance, as sources close to Allegiance claim that at least two other unnamed potential bidders have run their eyes over the business service provider's books.

No one from either carrier was available for comment as this article was published.

Qwest's share price closed down 11 cents (2.97%) on Thursday at $3.59.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch

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BobbyMax
BobbyMax
12/4/2012 | 11:14:03 PM
re: Qwest May Want Allegiance
It is very risky for the sharehoders if Qwest is allowed to acquire Allegiance. The carrier is not at all profitable and it may never become one. The company has not been able to cut staff, peripheral R&D activities, eliminating a lot of position at the highest level of management. Its Board has not been changed. The previous CEO of the company has not ben brought to justice and it may never happen. The government has not assigned any staff to investigate.The SEC has taken any step to assemble the documents and interviewing people to investigate.
kampar
kampar
12/4/2012 | 11:14:02 PM
re: Qwest May Want Allegiance
On the ball as usual ...

BM Post 11/21/03 -->

>The carrier is not at all profitable and it may
>never become one

Title of Qwest Press Release 11/19/03 -->

Qwest Communications Reports Third Quarter 2003 Earnings Per Diluted Share Of $1.05

kampar
lightreceding
lightreceding
12/4/2012 | 11:13:51 PM
re: Qwest May Want Allegiance
Qwest must have money to burn. They are still in the middle of the fraud investigation by the SEC where they are reported to be spending $7M a month for defense of Hall, Walker, Treadway, Hutchins, Weston, Eveleth, Graham and Arnold. Considering the impact of this investigation one as to wonder how they can gain control of another company.
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