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.
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SoftBank Invests Another $73 Million in Sprint
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Sprint Settles Lawsuit Over Nextel Merger for $131 Million
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Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
I feel this needs a through review with Congressional Hearings