S - Sprint Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
6.87
-0.53 (-7.16%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT

6.90 +0.03 (0.44%)
Pre-Market: 7:23AM EDT

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Previous Close7.40
Open7.27
Bid0.00 x 1000
Ask7.10 x 39400
Day's Range6.80 - 7.28
52 Week Range5.28 - 7.90
Volume30,122,583
Avg. Volume24,118,909
Market Cap28.104B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.34
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)N/A
Earnings DateN/A
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend Date2007-12-05
1y Target EstN/A
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  • Why Dish Would Want to Buy Sprint, T-Mobile Assets
    Bloomberg6 days ago

    Why Dish Would Want to Buy Sprint, T-Mobile Assets

    Jun.18 -- Dish Network Corp. is in talks to pay at least $6 billion for assets that T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. are unloading to win regulatory approval for their merger, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Nabila Ahmen has more on "Bloomberg Markets: The Close."

  • T-Mobile, Sprint closer to clinching deal: 5 things to know
    MarketWatch17 hours ago

    T-Mobile, Sprint closer to clinching deal: 5 things to know

    The Department of Justice is expected to approve the merger between the 3rd and 4th largest U.S. phone companies in the coming days, according to reports, setting the stage for a shake-up of the U.S. wireless industry.

  • American City Business Journalsyesterday

    Need to know: Boeing caps Parisian affair, Amazon applauded in Alabama and old Times building reimagined

    Business Journal Managing Editor Rob Johnson recaps the week in Seattle business news and looks at the week ahead, including an interview with the CEO of the region's newest unicorn.

  • Motley Fool3 days ago

    Why Innovative Industrial Properties, Korn Ferry, and Sprint Slumped Today

    Nervous reactions to a host of different situations sent these stocks lower.

  • Four More States Sued to Block T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
    Market Realist3 days ago

    Four More States Sued to Block T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    Earlier today, four more US states sued to block T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint’s (S) proposed merger deal on antitrust concerns, which pulled down their stocks. At 2:35 PM ET, T-Mobile stock was down 3.1% for the day, while Sprint stock was down 6.6%.

  • Antitrust lawsuit opposing Sprint/T-Mobile merger picks up 4 more states
    American City Business Journals3 days ago

    Antitrust lawsuit opposing Sprint/T-Mobile merger picks up 4 more states

    Thirteen states and the District of Columbia are now suing to block T-Mobile's proposed union with Sprint.

  • 4 more states back lawsuit to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger as trial looms
    Yahoo Finance3 days ago

    4 more states back lawsuit to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger as trial looms

    Four more U.S. states are throwing their weight behind a federal lawsuit aiming to block a mega-merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, respectively the third and fourth-largest wireless carriers.

  • Even More States Pile On to Oppose T-Mobile and Sprint Merger
    Motley Fool3 days ago

    Even More States Pile On to Oppose T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

    That brings the number of state attorneys general trying to block the deal up to 14.

  • Reuters3 days ago

    UPDATE 2-Four U.S. states join lawsuit to stop T-Mobile-Sprint deal

    Four more U.S. states joined an unusual effort by state attorneys general to stop T-Mobile US Inc's acquisition of Sprint Corp, a New York official said at a court hearing on Friday. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada will be included in an amended complaint being filed Friday, said Beau Buffier, chief of the antitrust bureau in the New York attorney general's office. Sprint was down 5.9% percent around midday on Friday while T-Mobile had slipped 2.3%.

  • Four U.S. states join lawsuit to stop T-Mobile-Sprint deal
    Reuters3 days ago

    Four U.S. states join lawsuit to stop T-Mobile-Sprint deal

    Four more U.S. states joined an unusual effort by state attorneys general to stop T-Mobile US Inc's acquisition of Sprint Corp, a New York official said at a court hearing on Friday. Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada will be included in an amended complaint being filed Friday, said Beau Buffier, chief of the antitrust bureau in the New York attorney general's office. Sprint was down 5.9% percent around midday on Friday while T-Mobile had slipped 2.3%.

  • Layoffs Will Hurt AT&T’s Image More Than They Will AT&T Stock
    InvestorPlace4 days ago

    Layoffs Will Hurt AT&T’s Image More Than They Will AT&T Stock

    News that AT&T (NYSE:T) would cut 1,880 telecom jobs sent T stock higher but it also brought some degree of negative publicity to the company. The layoffs might also call into question the state of AT&T as the company redefines itself. Still, despite these concerns, T stock investors will more than likely keep their focus on the future of AT&T rather than its headcount.Source: Shutterstock AT&T stock investors have suffered for years as the company faced tremendous financial pressures. Competition squeezed revenues in wireless services as well as cable and satellite TV. At the same time, the company had to spend tens of billions of dollars to build a 5G network. On top of that, it has to pay down a massive debt load that rose as high as $168.5 billion in the third quarter of last year.Further, T stock has maintained a 34-year streak of annual dividend increases. Ending the payout hikes would likely devastate AT&T stock. Hence, despite a 6.3% dividend yield, the company must also continue to increase this payout on top of its other financial obligations.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Top-Rated Biotech Stocks to Invest In Today Amid these challenges, employees likely feel a sense of betrayal. Back in 2017, the company promised 7,000 new jobs if tax reform became law. Donald Trump signed his tax plan into law in 2017. However, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) says the tax savings likely went into stock buybacks and other things that do not benefit workers. Although AT&T continues to higher, the headcount has shrunk over the last few years. Traders Focus on ATT ExpensesUnfortunately for the CWA rank-and-file, Wall Street traders continue to focus on expenses, as was evident as the AT&T stock price rose slightly on Tuesday following the news. Given its debt and dividend obligations, traders probably see any cut in expenditures as a positive. Many believe this has long affected the T stock. The forward price-to-earnings multiple now stands at less than 9x. Many blame the company's expenses for this low multiple. Focus Will Return to 5G, WarnerMediaDespite the layoff news, over the long-term, T stock will trade based on the performance of 5G and how its content performs. Of the two, the outlook for 5G appears brighter. Once T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) acquires Sprint (NYSE:S), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), T-Mobile, and AT&T will be the only companies providing the wireless service poised to connect the future. With so few players in the space, intense price wars will likely not occur since all three carriers face huge expenses from building these networks. * Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less Admittedly, AT&T's foray into content brings greater risks. The company combined its HBO, Warner Brothers, and Turner content into WarnerMedia. With that, AT&T will compete directly with the likes of Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). At between $16 and $17 per month, AT&T WarnerMedia streaming service should compare well from a cost perspective. However, that will probably mean less revenue than the cable and satellite services once brought. Moreover, failure would likely attract investors to Verizon stock as Verizon has staked most of its future on 5G.Whether AT&T succeeds or fails with WarnerMedia could also determine how often the company faces issues with layoffs. However, it will probably have less-dramatic effects on T stock. Bottom Line on T stockAlthough the announced layoffs could bring negative sentiment and publicity to AT&T, they will likely have little long-lasting effect on T stock. Perhaps traders saw this move as path to cutting company expenses. However, AT&T remains heavily in debt and faces mounting costs.Still, as more customers sign up for its 5G service and the newly formed WarnerMedia, AT&T should find itself in a better position to grow revenues and profits. Over the long-term, these factors will be what probably drives T stock. Perhaps they will also motivate AT&T to add jobs again.As of this writing, Will Healy did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned stocks. You can follow Will on Twitter at @HealyWriting. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post Layoffs Will Hurt AT&T's Image More Than They Will AT&T Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Exclusive: T-Mobile prepares for Boost auction if Dish Network talks stall - sources
    Reuters5 days ago

    Exclusive: T-Mobile prepares for Boost auction if Dish Network talks stall - sources

    Investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc , which is advising T-Mobile, the third largest U.S. wireless carrier, on selling prepaid brand Boost Mobile as part of the company’s concession to gain regulatory approval to buy Sprint Corp, is expected to send out books to prospective buyers in two weeks, one source familiar with the matter said. While satellite television provider Dish Network remains the front-runner to acquire the Boost assets, Goldman has told prospective buyers as late as Tuesday that it is preparing for an upcoming auction of Boost. Another source characterized the process being run by Goldman as moving slowly.

  • Dish Might Save the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger
    Motley Fool5 days ago

    Dish Might Save the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

    Dish Network wants more spectrum, and selling it some assets might be the best option for getting a government OK.

  • T-Mobile and Sprint Might Clear Major Merger Hurdle, Still Face Another
    Motley Fool5 days ago

    T-Mobile and Sprint Might Clear Major Merger Hurdle, Still Face Another

    There's still a lawsuit to deal with.

  • What’s in Store for Sprint Stock?
    InvestorPlace5 days ago

    What’s in Store for Sprint Stock?

    On Friday, Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile U.S. (NASDAQ:TMUS) stocks jumped higher on reports that the Department of Justice would give the green light to their merger. Sprint stock rallied toward $7. TMUS stock initially ripped higher too, although it's cooled off already. Both stocks moved higher on Tuesday on news that Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) could be involved in the asset sale that's needed to get the deal done.Source: Shutterstock Many investors are wondering what Sprint stock price and T-Mobile stock will do going forward. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half The argument for a Sprint/T-Mobile tie-up is that the new entity will be better able to compete with Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T). For ages, VZ and T have had a tight grip over the wireless sector. Because of their dominance, it's easy to see why a stronger third player in the telecom space would benefit consumers. That said, one can see why going from four competitors to three is worrisome to regulators.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut the Justice Department wants to be more certain that the deal will benefit consumers. For that reason, Sprint is looking to offload its Boost Mobile prepaid business. There were rumors that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) may be interested in Boost, which temporarily sank the stocks of wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. However, Boost now looks to be going to Dish rather than Amazon. Now that we're on the cusp of a Sprint-T-Mobile deal, what's likely to happen to the companies going forward? Sprint and T-MobileWhile it's hard to imagine a tie-up between S and TMUS hurting consumers, that doesn't mean it's been easy for them to get the deal approved. For instance, ten state attorneys general have opposed the deal, filing a lawsuit against it. That lawsuit should be headed to pretrial soon, where the plaintiffs will look to convince a judge to grant a temporary restraining order. If they succeed, the deal will be pushed back by another several months. Good grief.However, that lawsuit could be scrapped if the Department of Justice gives the deal the green light, according to recent reports. To get that approval, S and T-Mobile will need to shed several assets that will allow a fourth competitor to emerge in the wireless carrier space. The duo has since approached Dish, Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR) and Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) about buying their Boost Mobile business.Current reports now suggest Dish is close to paying $6 billion for the assets that Sprint and TMUS need to unload to get their merger approved. Those assets are expected to include Boost Mobile, as well as spectrum.At the time the deal was announced -- now more than a year ago -- it was valued at $26.5 billion. The all-stock transaction is based on pricing from April 2018, with 0.10256 shares of T-Mobile being swapped for each share of Sprint, or 9.75 shares of Sprint for each share of T-Mobile. At the time, it valued Sprint stock at $6.62 per share.T-Mobile will be the name of the combined company if the deal is complete. T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will hold a 42% stake in the combined entity, while Sprint parent company SoftBank (OTCMKTS:SFTBY) will hold a 27% stake. Trading Sprint Stock Click to EnlargeBased on each investor receiving .10256 shares of TMUS for every 9.75 shares of S stock they own, Sprint stock would currently be valued at around $7.70 per share, provided the deal goes through.On the surface, that level is the point to which S stock can rise. That level is also above short-term range resistance near $7.20. Worth noting is that Sprint stock price is now over this level too, near $7.40, after the Dish news. On the downside, $6.60 has buoyed Sprint stock. However, make no mistake about this setup now: It is very much a binary event. Either the deal gets done or it doesn't. If it does, S stock can instantly rise. If it doesn't, Sprint stock will get hammered.While investors can make a case for owning TMUS stock without a deal, Sprint really needs this acquisition to go through. Both companies want this deal to get done, but one of them really needs it, and that's Sprint.So while investors can map out upside and downside levels, they won't matter. All that matters now is whether the deal gains approval. If it does, then the next consideration is T-Mobile's share price. That will determine Sprint's share price, since it's an all-stock deal.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long T, AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post What's in Store for Sprint Stock? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Sprint Stock Has Risen 3.4% since Start of June
    Market Realist5 days ago

    Sprint Stock Has Risen 3.4% since Start of June

    Sprint (S) stock has risen close to 3.4% since the beginning of June. On June 17, Sprint closed at $7.10, which was 1.3% higher than its previous closing price.

  • Southwest boosts guidance, Dish close to major deal, CBS may get back together with Viacom: Companies to watch
    Yahoo Finance5 days ago

    Southwest boosts guidance, Dish close to major deal, CBS may get back together with Viacom: Companies to watch

    Southwest Airlines, Dish, CBS, PG&E and Tesla are the companies to watch.

  • SoftBank’s Founder Has Some Very Eye-Popping Predictions
    Bloomberg5 days ago

    SoftBank’s Founder Has Some Very Eye-Popping Predictions

    (Bloomberg) -- SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son is trying harder than ever to convince investors of the potential for his many technology investments.At a general shareholders’ meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, Son shared some predictions that were eye-popping even by the standards of the outspoken Japanese billionaire. The value of SoftBank’s investment portfolio could grow 33-fold to 200 trillion yen ($1.8 trillion) in 20 years, he said. That’s an annual growth rate of 19%. The numbers were so outlandish that Son had to add a caveat.“Let me be clear that this is not a business plan,” he said. “It’s a tall tale.”The gathering was SoftBank’s 39th shareholders meeting, with about 2,000 investors present. Son’s remarks drew laughs and even feigned outrage from directors. Fast Retailing Co. CEO Tadashi Yanai, who sits on SoftBank’s board and is Japan’s richest man, urged shareholders to look out for Son “or he will go out of control.”The billionaire’s projections include investments by the Vision Fund. But even bullish analysts have much more modest projections for that portfolio. Chris Lane of Sanford C. Bernstein recently estimated the net present value of the current and future funds at $50 billion to $85 billion.Son then reminded shareholders how 15 years ago at the very same auditorium he presented another seemingly improbable target -- SoftBank with 1 to 2 trillion yen in profit. At the time, the company booked over 100 billion yen in losses. Annual net income has exceeded 1 trillion yen for the past three years.Over that period of time, Son has expanded into wireless operations with the acquisition of Vodafone Group Plc’s Japan unit, acquired Sprint Corp. in the U.S. and launched the $100 billion Vision Fund to transform SoftBank into a technology investment juggernaut. Still, the company trades at a deep discount to the worth of its holdings. The total value of the conglomerate’s publicly traded shareholdings is around 21 trillion yen, while SoftBank’s market cap is roughly 10.7 trillion yen. By the company’s own estimation, there is a discount of about 50%.Son’s message to investors is that when it comes to technology, he is ahead of the curve. He was early to recognize the value of e-commerce and invest in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. SoftBank was also first to introduce Apple Inc.’s iPhone in Japan. Now Son believes the world is on the verge of another technological shift, driven by artificial intelligence that will transform every industry. He argues that the company’s portfolio of unicorns from Uber Technologies Inc. to WeWork Cos. positions SoftBank to reap the most benefits from that disruption.“I wish I had the money to make tons of investments at the start of the internet revolution. I could see it coming,” Son said. “We started the Vision Fund at the very beginning of the AI revolution.”At least a few of the investors present took him at his word.“Son may talk big, but just look at what he has actually accomplished,” said Yasuhiro Suzuki, a SoftBank shareholder of about 20 years. “I have been to many of these meetings, but today Son seemed especially in high spirits.”Key Insights:The Vision Fund is nearing the end of its investment cycle and SoftBank is in the process of raising a second one of equal size, Son said. The two funds will be successive. SoftBank is in talks with limited partners in the first fund to renew their investments.The company is increasing staff at the fund to 1,000 people, from 415 now.To contact the reporters on this story: Pavel Alpeyev in Tokyo at palpeyev@bloomberg.net;Takahiko Hyuga in Tokyo at thyuga@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin ChanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • T-Mobile Doesn't Need Sprint This Bad
    Bloomberg6 days ago

    T-Mobile Doesn't Need Sprint This Bad

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- T-Mobile US Inc. may have found a way to salvage its takeover of Sprint Corp., but it comes at a cost, and leaves one to wonder whether its single-minded focus on sealing the deal is clouding its judgment. It certainly wouldn’t be the first company to let that happen in M&A. T-Mobile is in talks to sell assets, including wireless spectrum and Sprint’s Boost Mobile prepaid brand, to satellite-TV provider and known spectrum-hoarder Dish Network Corp. for at least $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. This is being done in an effort to appease the U.S. Department of Justice, which is concerned about the impact that T-Mobile’s $59 billion acquisition of Sprint will have on consumers’ wallets.The DOJ is said to want T-Mobile to lay the foundation for the emergence of a viable No. 4 competitor in the U.S. wireless market to help fill the hole that buying Sprint would leave behind. Dish could, in theory, be that new fourth competitor, and that’s likely the motivation behind the reported arrangement. But given the strategic needs of all involved, the logic of this workaround is puzzling. Let’s start with Dish. While it doesn’t have a wireless network, it already owns lots of mid-band spectrum licenses. These valuable assets have underpinned the company’s $18 billion market capitalization, even as its core satellite-TV business has lost droves of subscribers. Charlie Ergen, the billionaire chairman of Dish, has vaguely laid out plans for using the company’s spectrum to build a nationwide network to service the “internet of things,” ostensibly a step toward later launching a 5G network. Despite what he says, many investors and analysts have expected (or hoped) to see Ergen just sell the spectrum, rather than spending years entangled in a costly network build-out and as a latecomer to the 5G race at that. In any case, the last thing Dish would seem to need is more spectrum. Taking on Boost’s prepaid customers also wouldn’t seem to give Dish much of a leg up in the wireless space, and their bases don’t really overlap. What Dish does need is a partner with the ability to help build its network. If the Sprint deal were to collapse, T-Mobile could be said partner. (After all, Dish has been one of the biggest opponents of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, at least until now it seems.) Or what about Amazon?A couple of years ago, Ergen reportedly discussed a partnership of sorts with Amazon.com Inc. – and that has to make T-Mobile a little nervous. It’s hard to see how buying Sprint and potentially providing an entry point for Amazon is a better outcome for T-Mobile than the status quo of competing with Sprint, a far weaker rival. Gaining Sprint’s spectrum is also one of the biggest reasons for doing the merger in the first place, so it’s surprising that T-Mobile is willing to divest some of it. And a forced seller isn’t known to get the best price. This is why I wrote last week that it wouldn’t be a surprise if at this point T-Mobile decided to walk away from the deal, on account of disagreeable concessions and a lawsuit by a group of state attorneys general seeking to block the transaction. It may not be a stretch to think that may have been part of the DOJ’s angle in pushing for such divestitures. But if the DOJ and T-Mobile can come to this simple of an agreement – sell spectrum and Boost – then I’m left with two questions: Were regulators really not taking a hard line? Or are executives at T-Mobile and its German parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, so resolved to get the merger done that they’ll do it even if the merits are spoiled in the process? Craig Moffett, an analyst at MoffettNathanson LLC, put it this way in a note to clients on Monday: “At the end of the day, a bad deal is worse than no deal at all.” That’s true – unless you’re Sprint, in which case no deal is the worst outcome. But T-Mobile shouldn’t feel that same desperation.To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at tlachapelle@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at bewilliams@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., media and telecommunications. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Court Sets Pretrial Hearing Date for T-Mobile–Sprint Merger
    Market Realist6 days ago

    Court Sets Pretrial Hearing Date for T-Mobile–Sprint Merger

    On June 11, ten states filed an antitrust suit to block the proposed Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) merger. The lawsuit alleges that the deal could harm competition and raise costs for consumers. It's believed that the US Department of Justice is nearing a final decision.

  • Reuters6 days ago

    UPDATE 2-U.S. agency to vote on auctioning key unused parts of 2.5 GHz band for 5G

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote in July on whether to auction a key band of largely unused 2.5 GHz spectrum to help advance next-generation 5G wireless networks and scrap requirements that it be used for education, the agency said on Tuesday. The FCC in May 2018 voted to consider releasing additional key 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum reserved in the 1960s for what is now known as the Educational Broadband Service. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement the proposal would give existing users more flexibility in how they use the spectrum.

  • Reuters6 days ago

    UPDATE 1-Dish Network nearing $6 bln deal for T-Mobile-Sprint assets - Bloomberg

    Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp is in talks to buy the wireless assets of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp for at least $6 billion, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Dish could announce a deal as soon as this week for assets including wireless spectrum and Sprint's Boost Mobile brand, the Bloomberg report https://bloom.bg/2XkyT8I said, adding that it hasn't been finalized and talks could still fall through. The U.S. Justice Department had wanted Sprint and T-Mobile to sell off additional assets including some wireless spectrum to create a new wireless competitor before agreeing to approve their $26.5 billion merger.

  • Dish Network nearing $6 billion deal for T-Mobile-Sprint assets - Bloomberg
    Reuters6 days ago

    Dish Network nearing $6 billion deal for T-Mobile-Sprint assets - Bloomberg

    Dish could announce a deal as soon as this week for assets including wireless spectrum and Sprint's Boost Mobile brand, the Bloomberg report https://bloom.bg/2XkyT8I said, adding that it hasn't been finalized and talks could still fall through. The U.S. Justice Department had wanted Sprint and T-Mobile to sell off additional assets including some wireless spectrum to create a new wireless competitor before agreeing to approve their $26.5 billion merger.

  • Bloomberg6 days ago

    Dish Is Near a $6 Billion Deal for T-Mobile, Sprint Assets

    (Bloomberg) -- Dish Network Corp. is in talks to pay at least $6 billion for assets that T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. are unloading to win regulatory approval for their merger, according to people familiar with the matter.Dish could announce a deal as soon as this week for assets including wireless spectrum and Sprint’s Boost Mobile brand, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. The deal hasn’t been finalized and talks could still fall through, said the people.The potential divestitures are aimed at appeasing the Justice Department, which wants T-Mobile and Sprint to sell enough assets to ensure that the U.S. maintains at least four viable wireless players.Representative for Dish and the Justice Department declined to comment. Representatives for T-Mobile and Sprint didn’t respond to requests for comment.Dish rose 1.9% to $39.74 at 1:16 p.m. in New York trading, giving the Englewood, Colorado-based company a market value of about $18.6 billion. Sprint gained about 2.3% while T-Mobile rose 1.3%.T-Mobile agreed to buy Sprint in April 2018 for $26.5 billion, betting that together the carriers can build a next-generation wireless network to better compete with industry leaders Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc.Dish, co-founded by billionaire Charlie Ergen, had been on a shortlist of bidders for T-Mobile and Sprint assets favored by the Justice Department, people familiar with the matter said this month. Charter Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. were also on the list.T-Mobile and Sprint have already promised to sell Boost to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission. They also have to win over the Justice Department, which is concerned about the merger reducing the number of major U.S. wireless carriers to three.The companies are negotiating with the Justice Department after nine states and the District of Columbia sued to block the deal last week on antitrust grounds.(Updates companies’ share prices in fifth paragraph; adds background in seventh.)To contact the reporters on this story: David McLaughlin in Washington at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net;Scott Moritz in New York at smoritz6@bloomberg.net;Nabila Ahmed in New York at nahmed54@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Elizabeth Fournier at efournier5@bloomberg.net, ;Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net, ;Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net, Matthew MonksFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.