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June 10, 2013
20:57 EDTS, SFTBFSprint, SoftBank amend merger agreement, cash for Sprint holders now $5.50/share
Sprint Nextel (S) and SoftBank (SFTBF) announced that they have amended the previously announced merger agreement between the two companies to deliver greater cash consideration and increased certainty to Sprint stockholders. Sprint’s special committee and board of directors have unanimously approved the amended agreement and have unanimously recommended to stockholders to vote FOR the revised SoftBank transaction. Sprint and SoftBank anticipate closing the SoftBank transaction in early July. Under the amended agreement, SoftBank will deliver an additional $4.5B of cash to Sprint stockholders at closing, bringing the total cash consideration available to Sprint stockholders to $16.64B. The cash available to stockholders has increased by $1.48 per share, from $4.02 to $5.50, based on the June 7 share count. The $4.5B of additional cash at closing will be funded by a reallocation of $3B of SoftBank’s previously proposed $4.9B primary investment in New Sprint and by $1.5B of incremental capital from SoftBank. The price at which SoftBank will acquire shares from current Sprint shareholders will be increased from $7.30 per share to $7.65 per share, a 52% premium to the unaffected trading price prior to announcement in October 2012. As part of the amended agreement, the pricing of SoftBank’s $1.9B primary investment will be increased by 19% from the previously agreed $5.25 per share to $6.25 per share. Pro forma for the transaction, the current Sprint stockholders’ resulting equity ownership in a new Sprint will be 22% while SoftBank will own approximately 78%. SoftBank will continue to invest $1.9B in new Sprint at closing, which in addition to the $3.1B convertible debt investment made by SoftBank in October 2012, brings SoftBank’s total investment in Sprint to $5B.
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September 12, 2014
09:14 EDTSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:34 EDTSSprint upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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06:37 EDTSSprint CEO says looking for partnerships to broaden scale, Reuters says
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05:12 EDTSSprint to offer iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
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September 11, 2014
12:44 EDTST-Mobile deal not being worked on by Sprint, dealReporter says
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11:17 EDTSSprint CEO says the company is open to M&A talks
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10:55 EDTSSprint CEO: We are disciplined in short term on cost reduction
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September 10, 2014
07:13 EDTSFCC chairman remains 'skeptical' of large wireless deals, Reuters says
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September 9, 2014
19:53 EDTSSprint to benefit from iPhone 6 announcement, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche believes that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 supporting up to 20 LTE bands is a "needle mover" for Sprint (S) that will "offer a significant competitive advantage longer term" as it will significantly expand Sprint's usable LTE spectrum for its iPhone customers. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on shares of Sprint.
19:49 EDTSSprint unveils 'iPhone for life plan' promotion
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14:51 EDTSApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
07:29 EDTSUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:11 EDTSUBM Tech to hold a conference
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05:16 EDTSSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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September 8, 2014
12:57 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTSApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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September 5, 2014
10:31 EDTSSprint reaches 4G LTE roaming agreements with 15 rural carriers
Sprint announced that it has reached 4G LTE agreements with 15 additional rural and regional network carriers as part of the Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program it announced with Competitive Carriers Association earlier this year. The program gives smaller carriers a clear path forward to high speed mobile broadband solutions by providing the carriers low-cost access to Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE network and an opportunity to access an expanded range of mobile devices.
September 3, 2014
08:34 EDTSFTBFVodafone speculated as takeover target for Softbank, Nikkei says
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08:12 EDTSSprint will cut expenses further, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Sprint's new CEO, Wells Fargo thinks the company will significantly cut its expenses. The firm expects the company to use some of the savings from these cuts for marketing and advertising, but it believes that the savings will exceed the additional expenditures. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
September 2, 2014
07:39 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank to launch robot in U.S. Sprint stores, Bloomberg reports
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