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13D Filing: Corvex Capital and Centurylink Inc (CTL)

Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL): Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital filed an amended 13D.

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Keith Meister
Keith Meister
Corvex Capital

You can access the original SEC filing by clicking here.

Ownership Summary Table

Name Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power Sole Dispositive Power Shared Dispositive Power Aggregate Amount Owned Power Percent of Class
CORVEX MANAGEMENT 36,849,476 0 36,849,476 0 36,849,476 6.7%
KEITH MEISTER 36,849,476 0 36,849,476 0 36,849,476 6.7%
Keith Meister
Keith Meister
Corvex Capital

Page 1 of 6 – SEC Filing

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

SCHEDULE 13D

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 3)*

 

 

CENTURYLINK,
INC.

(Name of Issuer)

COMMON STOCK, $1.00 PAR VALUE

(Title of Class of Securities)

156700106

(CUSIP Number)

Keith Meister

Patrick J. Dooley, Esq.

Corvex Management LP

667
Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10065

(212) 474-6700

Jeffrey
L. Kochian

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

One Bryant Park

New
York, NY 10036

(212) 872-8069

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

October 20, 2017

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

 

If the filing person has
previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following
box.   ☐

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See §240.13d-7 for
other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting persons initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information
which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be
deemed to be filed for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Act) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act
(however, see the Notes).

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CUSIP No. 156700106
  1.

Name of
Reporting Person:

CORVEX MANAGEMENT LP

  2.

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member
of a Group (See Instructions):

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

  3.

SEC Use Only:

  4.

Source of Funds (See
Instructions):

AF

  5.

Check if Disclosure of Legal
Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e):

  6.

Citizenship or Place of
Organization:

DELAWARE

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

  7.

Sole Voting Power:

36,849,476*

  8.

Shared Voting Power:

0

  9.

Sole Dispositive Power:

36,849,476*

10.

Shared Dispositive Power:

0

11.

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person:

36,849,476*

12.

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row
(11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions):

13.

Percent of Class Represented by Amount
in Row (11):

6.7%*

14.

Type of Reporting Person (See
Instructions):

PN, IA

(*) See Item 5.

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CUSIP No. 156700106
  1.

Name of
Reporting Person:

KEITH MEISTER

  2.

Check the Appropriate Box if a Member
of a Group (See Instructions):

(a)  ☐        (b)  ☒

  3.

SEC Use Only:

  4.

Source of Funds (See
Instructions):

AF

  5.

Check if Disclosure of Legal
Proceedings Is Required Pursuant to Items 2(d) or 2(e):

  6.

Citizenship or Place of
Organization:

United States

Number of

Shares

Beneficially

Owned by

Each

Reporting

Person

With

  7.

Sole Voting Power:

36,849,476*

  8.

Shared Voting Power:

0

  9.

Sole Dispositive Power:

36,849,476*

10.

Shared Dispositive Power:

0

11.

Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person:

36,849,476*

12.

Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row
(11) Excludes Certain Shares (See Instructions):

13.

Percent of Class Represented by Amount
in Row (11):

6.7%*

14.

Type of Reporting Person (See
Instructions):

IN, HC

(*) See Item 5.

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This Amendment No. 3 supplements the information set forth in the Schedule 13D filed by Corvex Management LP
and Keith Meister with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on May 8, 2017, as previously amended (the Schedule 13D), relating to the shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share (the
Shares), of CenturyLink, Inc., a Louisiana corporation (the Issuer). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Schedule 13D.

The information set forth in response to each separate Item below shall be deemed to be a response to all Items where such information is relevant. The
Schedule 13D is supplementally amended as follows.

Item 3. Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration

The Reporting Persons used the working capital of the Corvex Funds to purchase the Shares reported herein and to acquire the call options referenced in
Item 5. The total purchase price for the Shares reported herein was approximately $640,179,345, and the purchase price to acquire such call options was approximately $3,333,200.

Various of the Reporting Persons may effect purchases of securities through margin accounts maintained for the Corvex Funds with brokers, which extend margin
credit as and when required to open or carry positions in their margin accounts, subject to applicable federal margin regulations, stock exchange rules and such firms credit policies. Positions in Shares may be held in margin accounts and
may be pledged as collateral security for the repayment of debit balances in such accounts.

Item 4. Purpose of Transaction

The Reporting Persons engaged in the transactions disclosed in Item 5 below and in Exhibit 5 attached hereto.

The Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis and may from time to time and at any time in the future depending
on various factors, including, without limitation, the Issuers financial position and strategic direction, actions taken by the Board, price levels of the Shares, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting Persons, conditions in
the securities market and general economic and industry conditions, take such actions with respect to their investments in the Issuer as they deem appropriate. These actions may include, without limitation: (i) acquiring additional
Shares and/or other equity, debt, notes, other securities, or derivative or other instruments that are convertible into Shares, or are based upon or relate to the value of the Shares or the Issuer (collectively, Securities) in the open
market or otherwise; (ii) disposing of any or all of their Securities in the open market or otherwise; (iii) engaging in any hedging or similar transactions with respect to the Securities; or (iv) proposing or considering one or more
of the actions described in subsections (a) through (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D.

Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer

(a)-(b) Corvex may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of 25,849,476 Shares and 11,000,000 Shares underlying the call options referenced
below in this Item 5, which collectively represent approximately 6.7% of the Issuers outstanding Shares. By virtue of his position as control person of the general partner of Corvex, Mr. Meister may be considered to beneficially
own such Shares. The Reporting Persons may be deemed to have sole power to vote and sole power to dispose of 36,849,476 Shares.

The percentage
calculated in the immediately foregoing paragraph is calculated based on a total of 549,609,275 Shares outstanding as of July 27, 2017, as reported in the Issuers Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on August 7, 2017.

On October 20, 2017, the previously reported over-the-counter market American-style call options referencing an
aggregate of 4,000,000 Shares that had an exercise price of $28 per Share and over-the-counter market American-style call options referencing an aggregate of 8,000,000 Shares that had an exercise price of $30 per Share that were beneficially
owned by the Reporting Persons expired.

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In addition, on October 20, 2017, the previously reported over-the-counter market American-style put options
referencing an aggregate of 4,000,000 Shares that had an exercise price of $22 per Share that were sold by Corvex were exercised by the counterparty and the Reporting Persons acquired beneficial ownership of the Shares underlying the options.

The call options referenced above include the previously reported over-the-counter market American-style call options referencing an aggregate of 5,000,000
Shares, which have an exercise price of $23 per Share and expire on January 19, 2018. In addition, on October 20, 2017, Corvex acquired listed American-style call options referencing an aggregate of 6,000,000 Shares, 2,000,000 of which
have an exercise price of $20 per Share and expire on November 17, 2017, 2,000,000 of which have an exercise price of $21 per Share and expire on January 19, 2018 and 2,000,000 of which have an exercise price of $22 per Share and expire on
January 19, 2018.

(c) Except as set forth in this Item 5 and Exhibit 5 attached hereto, there have been no transactions in the Shares
during the sixty days prior to the date hereof by any of the Reporting Persons.

(d) The limited partners of (or investors in) each of the private
investment funds for which Corvex or its affiliates acts as general partner and/or investment adviser have the right to participate in the receipt of dividends from, or proceeds from the sale of, the Shares held for the accounts of their respective
funds in accordance with their respective limited partnership interests (or investment percentages) in their respective funds.

(e) Not applicable.

Item 7. Material to be Filed as Exhibits

Exhibit 5 Transactions in the Shares effected in the past 60 days

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SIGNATURE

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: October 20, 2017 CORVEX MANAGEMENT LP
By:

/s/ Keith Meister

Keith Meister
Managing Partner
Date: October 20, 2017 KEITH MEISTER
By:

/s/ Keith Meister

Keith Meister
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