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Sprint SoftBank Merger FCC Approval

FCC looks set to sign off on Sprint-SoftBank merger

June 28th, 2013

It has taken a while but SoftBank looks like it’s finally about to acquire Sprint. The Hill reports that the Federal Communications Commission appears poised to sign off on both SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint, and on Sprint’s acquisition of wireless wholesaler Clearwire. With those two acquisitions in place, Sprint will have both the strong financial …

Sprint SoftBank Merger Approved

Sprint shareholders approve SoftBank merger

June 25th, 2013

Sprint shareholders on Tuesday voted in favor of SoftBank’s merger bid, which amounts to $21.6 billion in cash and stock for an 80% stake in the carrier. Sprint investors will have the option to receive $7.65 in cash or one share of “new Sprint common stock” for each old share of Sprint. The company noted that …

SoftBank-Sprint Merger Closing

SoftBank CEO expects Sprint deal to close in early July

June 21st, 2013

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is confident that his company’s deal to acquire Sprint will close early next month, Reuters reported. Dish Network was originally looking to counter SoftBank’s offer, but the company abandoned its bid earlier this week to focus on acquiring ClearWire. That effort might not work out either. The pressure from Dish, however, …

Sprint Acquisition SoftBank

SoftBank cleared for Sprint takeover as Dish abandons bid

June 19th, 2013

Efforts to acquire Sprint have been a long and arduous fiasco for SoftBank, but the Japan-based carrier moved one step closer to completing the deal on Tuesday evening. Following SoftBank’s revised offer for Sprint that would see its bid increased to $21.6 billion, Dish announced that it is abandoning the race and will not revise its …

Sprint SoftBank Merger Revised Offer

SoftBank responds to Dish with increased offer to acquire Sprint

June 11th, 2013

SoftBank on Monday announced a revised offer to acquire Sprint. The company increased its bid by 7.5% from $20.1 billion to $21.6 billion in cash and stock. SoftBank notes that $4.5 billion in cash has been reallocated to give Sprint shareholders $5.50 per share, up from $4.02. The carrier was pressured to increase its bid …

SoftBank T-Mobile Acquisition

SoftBank could be interested in T-Mobile if Sprint deal fails

June 7th, 2013

Japanese carrier SoftBank is reportedly interested in making a bid for T-Mobile as a potential backup plan in case its deal with Sprint falls through. SoftBank’s $20.1 billion bid for Sprint is being challenged by Dish. Reuters is reporting that SoftBank is in talks with Deutsche Telekom AG, the parent company of T-Mobile, about a …

Sprint SoftBank Merger Approved

Sprint-SoftBank merger receives security clearance

May 29th, 2013

Sprint on Wednesday confirmed that it has received the go-ahead from the U.S. government to merge with Japanese carrier SoftBank. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) had been investigating the proposed acquisition to ensure that it doesn’t pose a risk to national security. The government was worried about the use of …

Sprint Dish Buyout SoftBank Waiver

SoftBank grants Sprint permission to consider Dish buyout

May 21st, 2013

Japanese carrier SoftBank has granted Sprint a waiver allowing it to consider Dish’s $25.5 billion bid for the company. The waiver gives Sprint permission to disclose non-public information and engage in negotiations with Dish regarding its buyout proposal. The Sprint Board of Directors has the right to terminate the existing merger agreement with SoftBank to …

SoftBank CEO Dish

SoftBank CEO makes a new case in battle for Sprint

May 7th, 2013

The battle continues between two chief executives and their ambitions to acquire the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Dish chairman Charlie Ergen have taken shots at one another as they continue to fight for Sprint. Son previously claimed that Dish would ruin Sprint because it had no mobile experience, …