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DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Two of Colorado's biggest tech companies -- Level 3 Communications Inc. and TW Telecom -- intend to join forces in a deal valued at $5.7 billion.

Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) of Broomfield and TW Telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), based in the Lone Tree area, announced the deal Monday morning. Level 3 will buy TW Telecom in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $40.86 a share. That translates to each TW Telecom shareholder receiving $10 in cash and and 0.7 shares of Level 3 for each share of the Littleton company.

The deal is valued at $7.3 billion, including about $1.6 billion of debt.

TW Telecom shareholders will own approximately 29 percent of the combined company.

"We believe this is a financially compelling and very strategic acquisition for Level 3 that will enhance our ability to continue to gain market share," Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3, said in a statement. "The transaction further solidifies Level 3's position as a premier global communications provider to the enterprise, government and carrier market, combining TW Telecom's extensive local operations and assets in North America with Level 3's global assets and capabilities."

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