Sprint Agrees to $120M Clearwire Break-Up Fee
Updated: removed Sprint network expansion part of the story.
Sprint today disclosed that it has agreed to pay Clearwire $120 million if its proposed $2.2 billion take-over of the company falls through. The deal is dependent on Sprint's 70% stake sale to Softbank. The deal also still needs to be approved by Clearwire's minority shareholders and government regulators. Clearwire can terminate the agreement and collect the $120 million if the acquisition does not close by October 15 of next year. Last, Clearwire is not allowed to shop around for better offers. Sprint's offer of $2.97 per share is half the share price some Clearwire investors sought for the company.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
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.
T-Mobile, Sprint Reach Breakthrough On Potential Merger
T-Mobile and Sprint have made significant progress in ironing out merger terms, according to Reuters. T-Mobile and Sprint have made a "major breakthrough" on a merger between them.
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.
Japan's SoftBank to Buy UK's ARM for $32 Billion
SoftBank today announced plans to buy ARM Holdings for $32 billion. SoftBank runs one of Japan's largest wireless networks and is the parent company of Sprint in the U.S., while ARM designs and licenses the Cortex-branded mobile processors often found in today's smartphones and tablets.
I feel this needs a through review with Congressional Hearings