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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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April 14, 2015
10:51 EDTSGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
06:06 EDTSSprint introduces Sprint Direct 2 U service
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April 12, 2015
19:21 EDTSSprint introduces free international roaming
In a press release Friday, Sprint introduced "International Value Roaming," giving customers the ability to travel to areas in Latin America, Europe and Japan and roam with up to 2G speeds to read emails and surf the web at no additional charge. Additionally, they can send unlimited text messages for no extra charge, and they can call for 20c per minute. Eligible countries for International Value Roaming are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Customers looking for higher data speeds can choose from three "International Speed Data Roaming options" offering up to 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day and 14-day passes, starting at $15.
April 10, 2015
05:59 EDTSSprint to pay $15.5M to settle DOJ wiretap overcharging case
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April 9, 2015
12:14 EDTSSprint store announcement a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Sprint's announcement of opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores starting tomorrow as a positive. Wells believes the stores are in attractive locations across the country and that Sprint continues to focus on attracting higher credit quality customers. It keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
11:02 EDTSSprint to open 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores tomorrow
Sprint says it will more than double its company-owned retail footprint tomorrow by opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores. In last week’s transaction, General Wireless, an affiliate of Standard General LP, acquired 1,743 RadioShack stores. Sprint has agreed with Standard General to be co-tenants in 1,435 of those stores, with Sprint being the primary brand in marketing materials and signage. Sprint will occupy roughly one third of the retail space at these existing RadioShack locations. The phone carrier added, "The expansion of Sprint’s retail stores also means significant opportunities for the company to invest in local communities by adding nearly 3,500 new jobs. In the coming months, Sprint will actively recruit a skilled workforce to fill quality full- and part-time positions, helping to make local communities stronger."
April 8, 2015
06:06 EDTS, SFTBFSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
06:45 EDTSQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.

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