Softbank Eyeing 70% Stake in Sprint; Clearwire Uncertain
The latest information from sources familiar with the discussions between Softbank and Sprint say the Japanese network operator will not acquire Sprint outright. Instead, Softbank will acquire about 70% of Sprint through a cash infusion and stock, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal's sources pointed out that Clearwire's role is an important one in finalizing the deal between Sprint anf Softbank. Clearwire owns a large swath of wireless spectrum and is deploying a TDD-LTE 4G network similar to the one Softbank is deploying in Japan. Softbanks wants Clearwire, but Sprint only owns about 54% of Clearwire. Sprint may purchase the remaining shares of Clearwire that it doesn't already own in order to help facilitate the Softbank deal. The Journal's sources said the negotiations are on-going, and may fall apart at any time.
SoftBank Sinks More Money Into Sprint
SoftBank has been snapping up shares of Sprint, increasing its stake recently by as much as $87 million. Despite SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's misgivings about the overall acquisition of Sprint, SoftBank said it "is enthusiastic about Sprint's prospects.
SoftBank Invests Another $73 Million in Sprint
SoftBank has purchased yet more shares of Sprint stock, boosting its stake in the company to just over 80%. SoftBank shelled out $73 million for about 16.8 million shares.
SoftBank to Trim Thousands of Jobs at Sprint
Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, said the company plans to eliminate thousands of jobs at Sprint in order to reduce costs and aid in the company's turn-around plans. Son made the comments while discussing SoftBank's financial performance, which was impacted negatively by Sprint.
SoftBank, Sprint Majority Owner, to Split In Two
SoftBank today revealed a plan to separate itself into two separate companies, one for its Japan-based carrier business and another for its international operations, including Sprint. SoftBank's domestic business unit, which includes investments in Yahoo Japan, will be run by Ken Miyauchi.
Softbank Won't Put Up With Clear...
Clear is the primary reason why Sprint has had to seek alternative sources of capital and voo doo economics.
Maybe sprint will get some of those cool Japanese phones now