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What: Shares of regional telecom Cincinnati Bell
So what: In last night's fourth-quarter report, Cincinnati Bell disclosed strong sales but disappointing earnings. For 2011, the company expects flat sales and EBITDA income, while free cash flow will almost entirely dry up.
Now what: Cincinnati Bell is moving out of wireline services and into data center operations as fast as it can. That explains where the normally strong cash flows are going: The company needs to invest in more data center infrastructure, which is an expensive proposition. It's a good plan but a risky one given the company's highly leveraged balance sheet.
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