Clearwire: Still Thinking…

February 1st, 2013 by · 3 Comments

clwr filed a preliminary proxy statement related to the proposed merger with Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings), but it left pretty much everything hanging where it has been since Dish made its unsolicited bid of $3.30. Things have gotten increasingly complicated of late, as the DOJ has asked the FCC not to decide until it makes its own decision in light of national security concerns and such.

Clearwire didn’t take the first round of financing from Sprint because it would have killed the Dish offer, and it suggests that it can’t agree to some of Dish’s proposed contractual arrangements without violating its other contracts (meaning with Sprint mostly). Their board’s special committee is still considering the Dish offer, but on the other hand Sprint issued a parallel announcement stating its pleasure that the board continues to recommend approval of its $2.97 offer.

Which means that… Well, it means pretty much nothing more than Clearwire is ‘still thinking’, as are the Feds, while both Softbank/Sprint and Dish are mostly just waiting for them to get on with it already. The rest of us too actually.

I continue to maintain that what Dish wants is not to win the purchase of Clearwire, but rather to kill the deal and force Sprint into a joint venture whose wholesale network gets funded by both. Sprint has no intention of selling out to Dish and they know it, as Softbank’s rationale for taking control of Sprint was in no small part related to Clearwire’s spectrum.  So they’re throwing red meat to Clearwire’s shareholders, and you know that if Sprint raises its bid then Dish probably will keep the pressure on by making another higher ‘unbinding’ approach.


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Categories: Mergers and Acquisitions · Wireless

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  • CarlK says:

    Time is running short for Sprint to conclude this deal and satisfy Softbank’s desire for Clwr’s spectrum if The Rising Sun is ever going to buy Sprint.

    Here’s what is going to happen now that Cramer, The Carnival Barking,” tape painting Wrong Street Mouth Piece has hit the sell button.

    Dish is going to buy a portion of valuable CLWR spectrum including but not limited to a carve out “wholesale relationship” which further increases the price to owners, at the same time “Son” from Softbank raises his stingy bid.

    Dan The Huckster Hesse better move quickly, or his Head is going to be lost in the next shuffle with Charlie The Big Tuna Fish Ergen along with The Rising Sun. imo

  • en_ron_hubbard says:

    Rob– your last paragraph, first line, should refer to Dish and not Sprint.

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