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Deutsche Telekom recovers early loss on its T-Mobile investment

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Deutsche Telekom recovers early loss on its T-Mobile investment
Amid talk that Deutsche Telekom is meeting with Japan's SoftBank to discuss the latter's purchase of its stake in T-Mobile US, the German telecom company has seen its fortunes with the investment turn from bad to good in the blink of an eye. As a result of the rumors swirling around the fourth largest carrier in the U.S., T-Mobile US has seen its value soar.

Not only has Deutsche Telekom recovered all of a €7.4 billion ($10 billion USD) writedown it made on its T-Mobile US holdings in 2012, the value of the stateside carrier has hit levels not seen since AT&T's failed $39 billion bid for the mobile operator. Deutsche Telekom now owns 67% of T-Mobile US, which has a total value of $42 billion.

Since AT&T pulled out of its deal to buy T-Mobile, which resulted in the latter receiving $3 billion cash and some spectrum from AT&T, T-Mobile has become the fastest growing carrier in the states with its purchase of MetroPCS, an incredibly fast 4G LTE rollout, and some major pro-consumer initiatives. In fact it would be fair to say that T-Mobile has become the darling of the industry in the states, led by CEO John Legere. The executive, who probably has magenta colored blood coursing through his veins, has been a breath of fresh air in an industry where executives are usually pinstriped and buttoned down.

According to a report on Sunday, Deutsche Telekom is seeking an all cash deal from SoftBank so that it can spend on its network.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 10:03 2

3. Doakie (Posts: 1240; Member since: 06 May 2009)


These stories are so depressing.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 14:33

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2302; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


probably would be wise to at least table the buyout offer first DT, see where the next 6 months or so takes T-Mobile. If the upswing continues and you STILL want to sell, you can at least bleed more money out of Softbank.

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