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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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July 24, 2014
07:46 EDTSWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Small Cell Symposium to be held in New York on July 24.
July 23, 2014
14:58 EDTSFTBFYahoo speculated as target for Alibaba, Softbank, Forbes contributor says
Forbes contributor Eric Jackson contends that after he previously published an article which wondered if Yahoo (YHOO) could be a takeover target and after "chatting with a large Yahoo shareholder," he now believes the most likely outcome is that either Alibaba (BABA) or SoftBank (SFTBF) buys Yahoo. Reference Link
13:01 EDTSSprint teams with Google to offer Google Apps for business
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July 21, 2014
07:45 EDTSSprint consensus estimates 'overly optimistic,' says Jefferies
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July 20, 2014
14:47 EDTSAfter paring Mexican assets Carlos Slim may look at T-Mobile, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
09:18 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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07:08 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
16:15 EDTSFTBFGoogle reports Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora leaving to join Softbank
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July 15, 2014
15:32 EDTSPaulson sees T-Mobile takeover in high $30s, low $40s 'reasonable,' WSJ says
John Paulson, the fourth-largest shareholder in T-Mobile (TMUS) and the third largest stakeholder in Sprint (S), would support a merger of the two, which has been widely reported as being worked on, and said that a takeover price for T-Mobile in the "high $30s to low $40s" per share would be "reasonable," according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an interview with the investor. Reference Link
13:44 EDTSFTBF, SSprint, T-Mobile jointly raising $10B for airwave auction, WSJ says
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08:53 EDTSFTBFVMware announces partnerships with China Telecom, Softbank
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July 14, 2014
18:00 EDTSFTBF, SSprint plans for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg reports
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17:44 EDTSSprint said to plan for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg says
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly planning 18-month drop-dead period for the deal, and Sprint lenders are looking for higher fees to commit longer term. Sprint and T-Mobile also considering a JV to bid for wireless spectrum, Bloomberg added.
July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTSFTBF, SOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
13:10 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile rally following merger report from Nikkei
13:09 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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13:05 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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