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July 7, 2014
13:41 EDTTU, BCE, RCITELUS, Rogers retreat after Canada discloses auction rules
Shares of large Canadian wireless carriers TELUS (TU) and Rogers (RCI) are falling after the Canadian government indicated that it would sell wireless spectrum to smaller telecom companies. WHAT'S NEW: The Canadian government announced today that it would sell new wireless spectrum in an auction beginning next year. A 30MHz block of spectrum will be sold to one company in each market, the government stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch responded to the news by lowering its rating on Rogers Communications and TELUS to Neutral from Buy. Under the rules announced by the Canadian government, only companies with market shares of less than 10% will be able to purchase the spectrum that will be auctioned off next year, analyst Glenn Campbell stated. As a result, Campbell now expects Rogers and TELUS to each have a 27% share of the country's wireless market in 2025, down from his previous estimate of a 28% share. He cut his price target on TELUS to $36 from $38 and on Rogers to $38.75 from $40.50. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Like TELUS and Rogers, BCE Inc. (BCE) provides communication services to residential, business and wholesale customers in Canada. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, TELUS shares trading in New York dropped 2.1% to $36.54, Rogers fell 2% to $39.69 and BCE slid 1.2% to $45.05.
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June 24, 2015
17:35 EDTRCIShaw Communications confirms Rogers Communications intention to acquire licenses
Shaw Communications (SJR) confirmed that Rogers Communications (RCI) announced its intention to exercise its option to acquire Shaw's spectrum licenses for advanced wireless service in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Rogers acquired the option as one of a number of transactions announced on January 14, 2013. On exercise of the option, Rogers would pay Shaw $100M. With the $50M purchase price for the option and $200M down payment, each paid by Rogers to Shaw in 2013, the total proceeds for the sale of Shaw's spectrum would be $350M. The transaction is expected to close by the end of June.
10:11 EDTRCIRogers Communications to buy Mobilicity, acquire spectrum from Shaw
Rogers Communications (RCI) said it will immediately boost speed and quality for wireless customers in BC, Alberta and Southern Ontario as part of a series of transactions, as the company is completing the previously announced acquisition of Shaw's (SJR) AWS-1 spectrum and acquiring 100% ownership of Mobilicity. The company is also divesting, post transaction, certain AWS-1 spectrum to WIND Mobile that is contiguous to their spectrum holdings. As per the previously announced terms to complete the Shaw spectrum acquisition, Rogers will pay C$100M in addition to the down payments made when the agreement was originally announced in January 2013. The transaction with Mobilicity is supported and was facilitated by The Catalyst Capital Group, on behalf of investment funds managed by it, working closely with Rogers on the structuring of the transaction. The C$440M purchase price is offset by tax losses valued at approximately C$175M which Rogers will acquire. The transaction is subject to working capital adjustments. Following the acquisition of spectrum from Shaw and Mobilicity respectively, Rogers and WIND will undertake an AWS-1 spectrum swap in Southern Ontario to create contiguous spectrum for Rogers. Rogers will also divest certain non-contiguous AWS-1 spectrum to WIND Mobile in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario and Eastern Ontario. The purchase of Mobilicity is subject to approval by the Competition Bureau and the Court. The transactions have been approved by Industry Canada.
June 23, 2015
19:49 EDTRCI, TUMobilicity accepts $400M bid from Rogers, Globe and Mail says
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09:00 EDTBCE, RCI, TUTelus, BCE, Rogers to roll out mobile payments app, Bloomberg reports
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June 21, 2015
17:19 EDTRCI, TUTELUS, Rogers compete for Mobilicity, Globe and Mail says
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