Dish Networks this morning announced a $25.5 billion merger bid for Sprint, a deal it says represents a 13 percent premium over the value of Softbank’s current offer to acquire the Kansas City-based carrier. Dish’s offer consists of $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock.
Aurelius Capital Management has offered Clearwire $80 million in funding to further entice the WiMax wholesaler away from Sprint’s funding offer. In a letter to Clearwire’s board, Aurelius explains that its financing offer would be on similar terms to that of Sprint’s...
Crest Financial Limited has offered Clearwire $240 million in financing as an alternative to the $80 million per month funding draw Sprint has been giving to the WiMax wholesaler. The offer is meant to provide Clearwire with more time to consider alternatives to Sprint’s offer of $2.97 per share to buy the roughly 50 percent of Clearwire it doesn’t already own.
The New York Times reports that Sprint and Softbank, the Japanese cellular company that intends to buy 70 percent of the U.S.’s third largest carrier, are expected to allow the U.S. government oversight in its choice of network suppliers.
Clearwire has opted to draw $80 million in funding for April from Sprint, as part of the carrier’s proposed offer to buy the WiMax provider for $2.97 per share. Clearwire accepted the draw for March despite Dish’s insistence it would withdraw its offer to buy the remaining half of Clearwire for $3.30 per share.
According to a regulatory filing, Dish urged the FCC to insist Softbank and Sprint fully divulge their plans for utilizing the spectrum licenses they stand to inherit from Clearwire. In addition, Dish reiterated that the FCC should apply its spectrum screen to Clearwire’s 2.5GHz airwaves.
Crest Financial Limited has demanded a list of Clearwire’s shareholders and hired a proxy-solicitation firm to help in its fight to block Sprint’s proposed acquisition of Clearwire. Crest owns 3.9 percent in common stock of Clearwire. Sprint owns more than 50 percent of Clearwire.
Sprint’s offer to buy Clearwire for $2.97 per share works out to $0.21 per MHz POP for the 2.5 GHz spectrum, placing it above the valuation of near $0.14 per MHz POP, a conclusion reached by a new white paper, commissioned by Sprint, from Dr. Kostas Liopiros of the Sun Fire Group.
In a new report, former FCC commissioner Dr. Harold Furchtgott-Roth and the Analysis Group claims that Sprint’s proposed $2.97 per share offer to take control of Clearwire vastly undervalues the WiMax provider’s spectrum holdings. The report states that at the current offer represents $0.11 per MHz POP when it should be valuing at $0.31-$0.50 per MHz POP.
Clearwire has elected to accept the $80 million draw from Sprint for March, while continuing to discuss acquisition offers from both Sprint and Dish. Dish has said that it will withdraw its offer of $3.30 per share to buy the remaining 50 percent of Clearwire if the WiMAX provider drew any of the funding offered by Sprint.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his company has plenty of time to decide how to use its spectrum, which was recently approved by the FCC for use in deploying an LTE-Advanced wireless network. "I think the focus for the next year will be to figure out what the best path...
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said his company is seeking to acquire more wireless spectrum in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. In an interview with Bloomberg, Hesse said Sprint hopes to scoop up more of the precious commodity by either buying it from other companies or from the government.
As both Dish Network and Sprint haggle for control of Clearwire, the WiMax provider Tuesdauy delivered up disappointing fourth quarter results, proving once more that its spectrum is its most valuable asset. Clearwire ended the fourth quarter 2012 with approximately 9.6 million total...
Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated that his company will sell its AWS spectrum, if it can’t find a suitable partner to help it deploy an LTE-Advanced wireless network. Ergen made the comments yesterday at the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D conference...
While fourth-quarter 2012 Sprint platform wireless service revenue was up 12 percent to a record $7 billion, the Kansas City-based carrier still swung to a quarterly loss of $1.3 billion. The company said the loss was primarily due to network improvements...
In a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wi-Max provider said the special committee reviewing the deal has not made any determination to change its current recommendation of the Sprint transaction. But, Clearwire has not taken an $80 million February draw, part of an agreement in which Sprint will buy $80 million in exchangeable notes per month for up to 10 months.
Dish Network told the FCC that it would not file to block Softbanks' proposed $20 billion acquisition of Sprint. In January 16 filing, Dish had asked that the shot clock in the Sprint, Softbank proceeding be paused until Sprint's bid for Clearwire...
Verizon Wireless has filed with the FCC comments on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire, stating that the Commission should apply its spectrum screen to the swath of 2.5 GHz airwaves in question to determine if the potential deal poses spectrum aggregation concerns.
Clearwire filed with the FCC an opposition to Crest Financial's earlier petition to reconsider the Eagle River Holdings deal from 2012 which gave Sprint a controlling interest in Clearwire. In Clearwire's new opposition, dated Jan. 14, the Wi-Max provider states Crest's petition "provides no credible basis for the FCC to reverse its actions" and should be "promptly denied."
Sprint isn't sweating Dish Network’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, an 11 percent increase over its $2.97 offer, and doesn't foresee needing to up its bid in acquiring a 100 percent stake in the WiMax provider, according to a Reuters report citing sources close to the deal.
Dish Network has offered to buy up to all of Clearwire’s common stock at $3.30 in a proposed deal that would allow Dish to purchase some spectrum assets from Clearwire. Under the conditions of the preliminary offer, Dish would acquire approximately 11.4 billion MHz-POPs from Clearwire, or 24 percent of its total spectrum holdings, for $2.2 billion.
Crest Financial Limited, which owns an 8.3 percent share of Clearwire, has petitioned the FCC to block Sprint's proposed 100 percent acquisition of Clearwire, citing proper public notice was not issued in Sprint's 2012 deal with Eagle River Holdings to re-acquire a controlling stake in Clearwire.
Caps have been placed the amount of data mobile customers can use under the impression it helps to alleviate network congestion, according to a new study released by the Open Technology Institute. Can any of the unique data service models used by MVNOs solve the problem and help to convince big carriers to cease the restrictive practice?
Dish Network this week repeated a previous request for an extension to the time allotted for commenting on Sprint's proposed buy out of Clearwire. Sprint intends to purchase the remaining 50 percent share of Clearwire it doesn't already own for $2.2 billion.
Sprint's bid to own 100 percent of Clearwire has been accepted at $2.2 billion, which equals the $2.97 per share cap that Sprint majority stake holder Softbank placed on the deal. In a statement, Sprint said the deal takes the enterprise value of Clearwire to approximately $10 billion.