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Lumen Technologies Completes TSA Transactions, Enabling Transformation Strategy
March 22, 2024
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Moves Forward as a Stronger Company with Increased Financial Flexibility

Primed to Execute on Business Transformation Plans

DENVER, March 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumen Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: LUMN) ("Lumen" or the "Company"), a global integrated network solutions provider that unleashes the world's digital potential, today announced the successful completion of the transactions contemplated by the previously announced amended and restated transaction support agreement (the "TSA") that the Company, Level 3 Financing, Inc. ("Level 3") and Qwest Corporation entered into with certain of the Company's creditors.

Lumen achieved participation in the TSA transactions of over $15 billion of outstanding indebtedness and commitments of the Company and its subsidiaries. With respect to the term loan transactions open to all lenders, the Company achieved 94.4% participation for the Lumen TLA/A-1 term loans, 98.5% for the Lumen TLB term loans and 99.5% for the Level 3 TLB term loans. The broad support for the TSA transactions across the Company's capital structure demonstrates creditors' and stakeholders' belief in Lumen's turnaround plan and pivot to growth strategy.

Following the closing of the TSA transactions, Lumen is in a strengthened liquidity position, including as a result of closing a new approximately $1 billion revolving credit facility maturing in June 2028 and completing the private placement of $1.325 billion aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due November 2029.

"This is a significant milestone that clears the runway for our transformation and signals confidence in our strategy and progress," said Kate Johnson, president and CEO of Lumen. "The transaction provides the time and capital to fuel our return to growth."

"This process over the last several months could not have been possible without the support of many stakeholders. We sincerely thank the Lumen team for their dedication and continued commitment to the Company during this process," said Chris Stansbury, Chief Financial Officer of Lumen. "We also thank our customers, vendors and partners for their unwavering trust in the business and our future."

Debt Maturity Profile Following Consummation of TSA Transactions
Lumen's near-term debt maturity profile has significantly improved, with the amount of maturities outstanding for 2025 to 2026 reduced from approximately $2.1 billion to approximately $600 million and total maturities outstanding for 2027 reduced from approximately $9.5 billion to approximately $800 million. Following the completion of the TSA transactions, the debt maturity profile of the Company and its subsidiaries will be as follows:

Following the completion of the TSA transactions, the debt maturity profile of the Company and its subsidiaries will be as pictured.

Additional information can be found in the Company's Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the SEC.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC served as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal advisor to the Company.

About Lumen Technologies
Lumen connects the world. We are dedicated to furthering human progress through technology by connecting people, data, and applications – quickly, securely, and effortlessly. Everything we do at Lumen takes advantage of our network strength. From metro connectivity to long-haul data transport to our edge cloud, security, and managed service capabilities, we meet our customers' needs today and as they build for tomorrow.

Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical and factual information, the matters set forth in this release and other of our oral or written statements identified by words such as "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "intends," "will," and similar expressions are forward-looking statements as defined by the federal securities laws, and are subject to the "safe harbor" protections thereunder. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are based on current expectations only, are inherently speculative, and are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Actual events and results may differ materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or implied by us in those statements if one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Factors that could affect actual results include but are not limited to: our ability to achieve the expected benefits from the TSA; the effects of intense competition from a wide variety of competitive providers, including decreased demand for our more mature service offerings and increased pricing pressures; the effects of new, emerging or competing technologies, including those that could make our products less desirable or obsolete; our ability to successfully and timely attain our key operating imperatives, including simplifying and consolidating our network, simplifying and automating our service support systems, attaining our Quantum Fiber buildout goals, strengthening our relationships with customers and attaining projected cost savings; our ability to safeguard our network, and to avoid the adverse impact of cyber-attacks, security breaches, service outages, system failures, or similar events impacting our network or the availability and quality of our services; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry, including the outcome of legislative, regulatory or judicial proceedings relating to content liability standards, intercarrier compensation, universal service, service standards, broadband deployment, data protection, privacy and net neutrality; our ability to generate cash flows sufficient to fund our financial commitments and objectives, including our capital expenditures, operating costs, debt repayments, taxes, pension contributions and other benefits payments; our ability to effectively retain and hire key personnel and to successfully negotiate collective bargaining agreements on reasonable terms without work stoppages; our ability to successfully adjust to changes in customer demand for our products and services, including increased demand for high-speed data transmission services; our ability to successfully maintain the quality and profitability of our existing product and service offerings, to introduce profitable new offerings on a timely and cost-effective basis and to transition customers from our legacy products to our newer offerings; our ability to successfully and timely implement our corporate strategies, including our deleveraging and buildout strategies; our ability to successfully and timely realize the anticipated benefits from the divestiture of our European, Middle Eastern and African business and our divestitures completed in 2022, and to successfully operate and transform our remaining business; changes in our operating plans, corporate strategies, or capital allocation plans, whether based upon changes in our cash flows, cash requirements, financial performance, financial position, market or regulatory conditions, or otherwise; the impact of any future material acquisitions or divestitures that we may transact; the negative impact of increases in the costs of our pension, healthcare, post-employment or other benefits, including those caused by changes in markets, interest rates, mortality rates, demographics or regulations; the potential negative impact of customer complaints, government investigations, security breaches or service outages impacting us or our industry; adverse changes in our access to credit markets on favorable terms, whether caused by changes in our financial position, lower credit ratings, unstable markets, debt covenant restrictions or otherwise; our ability to meet the terms and conditions of our debt obligations and covenants, including our ability to make transfers of cash in compliance therewith; the impact of any purported notice of default or notice of acceleration arising from alleged breach of covenants under our credit documents; our ability to maintain favorable relations with our security holders, key business partners, suppliers, vendors, landlords and financial institutions; our ability to timely obtain necessary hardware, software, equipment, services, governmental permits and other items on favorable terms; our ability to meet evolving environmental, social and governance ("ESG") expectations and benchmarks, and effectively communicate and implement our ESG strategies; the potential adverse effects arising out of allegations regarding the release of hazardous materials into the environment from network assets owned or operated by us or our predecessors, including any resulting governmental actions, removal costs, litigation, compliance costs or penalties; our ability to collect our receivables from, or continue to do business with, financially-troubled customers; our ability to continue to use or renew intellectual property used to conduct our operations; any adverse developments in legal or regulatory proceedings involving us; changes in tax, pension, healthcare or other laws or regulations, in governmental support programs, or in general government funding levels, including those arising from governmental programs promoting broadband development; our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards in the amounts projected; the effects of changes in accounting policies, practices or assumptions, including changes that could potentially require additional future impairment charges; continuing uncertainties regarding the impact that COVID-19 and its aftermath could have on our business, operations, cash flows and corporate initiatives; the effects of adverse weather, terrorism, epidemics, pandemics, rioting, vandalism, societal unrest, or other natural or man-made disasters or disturbances; the potential adverse effects if our internal controls over financial reporting have weaknesses or deficiencies, or otherwise fail to operate as intended; the effects of changes in interest rates or inflation; the effects of more general factors such as changes in exchange rates, in operating costs, in public policy, in the views of financial analysts, or in general market, labor, economic or geopolitical conditions; and other risks referenced from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to unduly rely upon our forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, changed circumstances, or otherwise. Furthermore, any information about our intentions contained in any of our forward-looking statements reflects our intentions as of the date of such forward-looking statement, and is based upon, among other things, regulatory, technological, industry, competitive, economic and market conditions, and our related assumptions, as of such date. We may change our intentions, strategies or plans without notice at any time and for any reason.

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SOURCE Lumen Technologies

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Mark Molzen, Mark.Molzen@lumen.com, +1 602-716-3389; Investor Relations Contact: Matthew Debnam, Matthew.Debnam@lumen.com, +1 318-340-5249
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