Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says no big deals for Sprint until 2014

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says no big deals for Sprint until 2014
Ironically, it is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse who told Reuters that regulators are now open to the idea of a telecom merger. Last year, U.S. regulators shot down AT&T's bid to purchase T-Mobile and they were egged on by Hesse who was against the pairing of the mobile carriers from the moment the deal was announced. Hesse said that he believes that Washington is now open to mergers in the telecom industry, saying that the FCC and the Justice Department have an "open mind" toward consolidation.

This past February, Hesse worked out a deal for Sprint to purchase upstart pre-paid carrier MetroPCS for $8 billion, but Hesse's board shot down the acquisition. Hesse now says not to expect a major deal from the nation's third largest mobile carrier until 2014. He did say that Sprint would do a deal sooner if waiting meant losing out to a competitor or if the deal was too good to pass up. The negatives to do doing a deal now are the financial pressures that would come from an acquisition and the carrier's low stock price, according to the executive. He added that with the investments Sprint is making now (on LTE 4G service, for example), this really isn't the right time for Sprint to consider an acquisition.

The Sprint CEO added that he didn't believe that U.S. regulators want to see a specific number of major carriers in the country, and that  this was not a reason for the refusal of the Justice Department to sign off on AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile. "I honestly don't believe there's a magic number of four at all," Hesse said, adding that the FCC and DOJ just want to make sure that the top two mobile carriers, Verizon and AT&T respectively, aren't involved in any huge deal.

source: Reuters



1. prayerofaltair

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

how do these morons make it to level of CEO? my brain hurts...

6. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

and you think u can do better? go ahead and you be CEO of sprint, and watch sprint close its doors in less then 30seconds if you were to be CEO, yeah your brains would hurt the first 60 seconds!


Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 23, 2012


15. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

sounds like your jealous of there success, dont make a fool out of yourself please

18. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Haha what success, the only thing that's still keeping ms in the game is xbox, and he had nothing to do with that

22. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

shows how much you dont know already

47. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

So the Windows desktop OS isn't keeping Microsoft in the game? Okay.

48. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Or Gary Forsee that thought buying Nextel was a good idea.

46. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If sprint were thinking about any acquisitions, I'd be pretty upset if I were one of their stockholders. They just spent several fortunes on the iphone deal, which hasn't been a great return on investment yet, and the issues they're having with their networks and trying to remain competitive aren't reassuring either. WiMax was a bust, Clearwire was a bust, Nextel just added subscribers, and a lot left due to satisfaction issues when the best Nextel features were shuttered. Were I a shareholder, I'd insist on a rapid conversion to LTE for the entire network or I'd sell my portions and go with a company with better visions and preparedness for the future

2. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Sprint & big deals don't mix. The deal they made with Apple almost bankrupted them.

8. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

your most likely to go bankrupt of personal bankruptcy then sprint would! another idiot who thinks they know how a company is to be run, gee, what company are you running? none! thoght so, how about it idiot! why dont you call Dan Hesse and give him some advice! LOL

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Dude, chill Edit: Nvm. Somehow I didn't catch on to you being troll.

14. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

your a slow learner! help Hesse, since you seem to know it all!

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'm gonna give your stupid Borat azz some advice. Learn to spell & understand English before you comment. If i ever go bankrupt, it will be from tryn to feed your fat Bolshevik Momma. js :-)

13. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

this isnt spelin class bozzo, i hope you like my spellin now! now run along, your daddy wants to teach you how to spell and proper englishh! who the heck are you to give me advise! you have the nerve to try to give Hesse advise, sorry but your a bigger failure then you know!

19. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

And if Sprint hadn't made the deal with Apple, it surely would have bankrupted them.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hesse, by the looks of your stock, it better be one heck of a deal, and since you always dislike your competitor's proposals, expect the same back.

4. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I wish the ATT & T-Mobile Merger went through the coverage would have been insane I wouldn't mind paying extra for all that coverage

5. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I would.

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

AT&T buying T-Mobile is far different than Sprint and T-Mobile merging or one buying the other. AT&T was already second to Verizon and closing in on them as far as subscribers went (the gap between the companies were a lot larger a few years ago). When they looked to buy T-Mobile, it would have just thrown them so far over the top that not even Sprint would be able to battle them and Verizon. Oddly enough, I'm convinced that Sprint would have been looking for a buyer in Verizon in a few years. If you took away the difference in technology, I wouldn't mind a Sprint/T-Mobile deal. The added subscribers would put them in the league of the other two companies subscriber wise and you'd still have a great deal of competition. Although it would put an insanely large gap between them and the would be 4th largest carrier. But that kind of merger would take an incredible amount of work. No one wants Deja Vu of Sprint/Nextel...

21. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Jeff is one of the few commentors here I enjoy reading.. I don't think I've ever disagreed with one of his comments and I definitely don't disagree with this one.

39. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I think CEO Dan Heese is making a good choice here. I mean the deal of buying MEtroPCS wasnt a bad idea but on a business perspective. Sprint already adquire the Iphone. Iphone will work on the long run. I guess is like he says its just no the right time to invest or adquire a small carrier. Sprint has improve a lot, still work to do on other areas but I think is going to the right path

44. jsjr76

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

To prayerofaltair, men that get an undergrad from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and a Masters in Science from MIT are hardly morons. From being a business owner, I totally agree with Dan. The iPhone was an investment with a longer term ROI and until 2014 that investment won't "mature" so to speak (it will start resulting in a positive return exceeding the break even)So unless the deal of a lifetime comes along, it's only smart to avoid additional big spending. Morons don't get elected CEO of a company in dire straits, launch the first 4G network, get the baddest (at the time) Android in America,get the iPhone, and launch an LTE network in 5 years. Dan Hesse took Gary Forsee's death spiral and pulled the plane out of certain disaster. He's a bad MF in my opinion and needs to keep on keepin' on.

45. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Exactly my point

49. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I agree, Hesse has been a great CEO overall. I think he made a pretty big mistake with betting the farm on the Iphone, sure it helped with churn but churn was going down to already historically low rates for sprint after they got the Evo, I bet if they would have released an exclusive killer android like the Droid Razr or something like that instead it would have been almost as good on that, and would have been a lot less risky manuever.

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