IXC COMMUNICATIONS INC
424B3, 1997-12-19
TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS (NO RADIOTELEPHONE)
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Prospectus Supplement No. 5                     Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3)
dated December 19, 1997                               Registration No. 333-33421
(to Prospectus dated August 28, 1997)                 
 
                            IXC COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
        1,400,000 SHARES OF 7 1/4% CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK DUE 2007
           (LIQUIDATION PREFERENCE $100 PER SHARE) AND THE SHARES OF
           COMMON STOCK INTO WHICH THE PREFERRED STOCK IS CONVERTIBLE
                  AND 97,481 ADDITIONAL SHARES OF COMMON STOCK
      
     This Prospectus Supplement supplements information contained in that
certain Prospectus dated August 28, 1997, as supplemented by Prospectus
Supplement No. 1 dated September 10, 1997, Prospectus Supplement No. 2 dated
September 24, 1997, Prospectus Supplement No. 3 dated October 7, 1997 and
Prospectus Statement No. 4 dated November 12, 1997 (collectively, the
"Prospectus") relating to the offer and sale by (i) the Convertible Preferred
Selling Holders of (a) up to 1,400,000 shares of 7 1/4% Junior Convertible
Preferred Stock Due 2007, par value $0.01 per share (the "Convertible Preferred
Stock"), of IXC Communications, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company") and
(b) the shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the "Common Stock")
of the Company (including any shares of Common Stock resulting from an
adjustment to the conversion price of the Convertible Preferred Stock pursuant
to the antidilution provisions of the Certificate of Designation governing the
Convertible Preferred Stock) issuable upon conversion thereof and (ii) the
Telecom One Selling Holders of 97,481 shares of Common Stock. This Prospectus
Supplement is not complete without, and may not be delivered or utilized except
in connection with, the Prospectus. Capitalized terms used herein but not
defined have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Prospectus.
 
     The following table supplements the information set forth in the Prospectus
under the heading "Selling Holders -- Convertible Preferred Selling Holders"
with respect to certain Convertible Preferred Selling Holders and the number of
shares of Convertible Preferred Stock beneficially owned by such Convertible
Preferred Selling Holders that may be offered and sold pursuant to the
Prospectus, as supplemented, to add the following number of shares with respect
to the following Convertible Preferred Selling Holders to the table set forth 
in the Prospectus:
 
<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                       NUMBER OF SHARES
                                                        OF CONVERTIBLE
CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED SELLING HOLDERS                  PREFERRED STOCK
- -------------------------------------                  ----------------
<S>                                                        <C>
Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation..............       11,856
</TABLE>
 
     Because the Convertible Preferred Selling Holders listed above and in the
Prospectus under the caption "Selling Holders -- Convertible Preferred Selling
Holders" may, pursuant to the Prospectus, as supplemented, offer all or some
portion of the Convertible Preferred Stock, no estimate can be given as to the
amount of Convertible Preferred Stock that will be held by the Convertible
Preferred Selling Holders upon termination of any such sales.
 
     Furthermore, the Convertible Preferred Selling Holders identified in the
table set forth in the Prospectus under the caption "Selling Holders" in the
Prospectus may have sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of all or a portion
of their Convertible Preferred Stock or Common Stock since the date on which
they provided the Company with information regarding their Convertible Preferred
Stock or Common Stock, and the Company has not made any independent inquiries as
to the foregoing.
 
     Unless otherwise noted, all information provided in this Prospectus
Supplement is as of December 19, 1997.



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