Dish raises its offer for Clearwire, topping Sprint's offer by 29%

Dish raises its offer for Clearwire, topping Sprint's offer by 29%
Just when it seemed that Sprint's deal to buy the shares of network wholesaler Clearwire that it didn't own was about to come to a conclusion, Dish Network once again leapfrogged Sprint's bid with a higher one of its own. The new bid from Dish is $4.40 a share in cash or $6.3 billion. That is a full $1 above Sprint's bid of $3.40 a share. Clearwire stockholders are supposed to vote on Sprint's offer on Friday.

Dish said it would begin a tender offer at $4.40 for all shares of Clearwire, but is willing to buy out minority holders as long as it can purchase at least 25% of Clearwire's stock. Dish wants to use the company's spectrum to help it become a mobile carrier. The FCC has already hinted that it would like to see Dish succeed in that role and has approved the satellite television provider's request to use spectrum designed for satellite transmissions to provide wireless service.

In the midst of all of this. Japan's Softbank is close to buying 70% of Sprint for $20.1 million. Dish has a $25.5 billion bid on the table for all of the carrier. That would also include a large percentage of Clearwire which Sprint owns a majority of. The higher Dish offer is contingent on Clearwire refusing to accept any more funding from Sprint. The two have a deal that allows Clearwire to borrow $800 million from Sprint in monthly increments of $80 million. The debt is convertible by Sprint into shares of Clearwire at $1.50 a share, severely diluting any Clearwire stake held by Dish and entrenching Sprint's majority holding of the company.

In a statement released late Wednesday, Clearwitre said that it has received Dish's revised bid and "will review it to determine the best course of action for the company and its stockholders. The Special Committee has not made any determination to change its recommendation of the current Sprint transaction." For its part, Dish Network wants three seats on Clearwire's board and might seek more depending on how much Clearwire stock it buys. Because Sprint owns a majority in Clearwire, the network wholesaler cannot be sold without Sprint's permission.

Sprint opened the bidding on Clearwire with a $2.97 a share bid in December. Dish countered with a $3.30 a share offer which was recently topped by Sprint's $3.40. It looked like Sprint's offer might hold up, until Dish Network raised its offer on Wednesday. In after-hours trading Wednesday, Clearwire's shares rose 19% to $4.15.

source: WSJ



1. DonkeySauce

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2. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Dish Network is becoming extremely annoying... they just need to stay away and stay out of the wireless arena. They are already a half-rate satellite company who outsource American jobs, we dont need another half-rate wireless carrier sending mroe jobs overseas. Get real.

3. metalpoet unregistered

I think Sprint should completely deny Dish their bid to own 100% of their company because Dish is sitting there wanting to own all of Sprint yet is also trying to side step Sprint into owning Clearwire. Yeah I may not be a business major or anything but even I know that is pretty messed up of them.

4. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I hope the shareholder meeting carries on as planned tomorrow and they vote for Sprint and not dish.

5. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This company is seriously at a lost. part is failing, they cant get a wireless network, they dont know how to bid, everything they do is wrong just like offense I. 10yrs sprint will be number one but not now

6. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

They only reason clearwire stocks are rising is because of dish. Verizon and Att execs are probably rolling their eyes. If it wasnt for these two companies, the stocks would be selling for pennies to Verizon and Att or even Sprint because the first two could care less.

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