Following the weeks of back and forth between SoftBank and Dish Network, both Sprint and the Japanese carrier have announced a substantial amendment to the initial purchase terms in order to better placate shareholders. According to the new terms, SoftBank is increasing the amount of cash it will pay to investors by $4.5 billion to a total of $16.64 billion.
The increase in upfront cash is being offset by a $3 billion reduction in the $4.9 billion investment SoftBank planned to make in New Sprint after the acquisition was completed, as well as new financing on SoftBank’s part, meaning that the investment in New Sprint will go all the way down to $1.9 billion.
Both companies believe that amending the financial terms is a net gain for Sprint’s shareholders and reflects Sprint’s Network Vision progress and profitability improvements, with the caveat that Sprint’s current shareholders will have a reduced 22% ownership of the new company.
SoftBank will have an increased stake of 78% in New Sprint as a result of the increased purchase price forced by Dish Network’s overtures into convincing Sprint’s shareholders that its offer was the only viable option. That option that was ultimately rejected by the internal committee formed to investigate both the SoftBank and Dish Network offers over the past few weeks in a new statement on the situation made by Sprint and has given Dish Network until June 18th to make a “best and final” offer for Sprint.
“We have expended substantial time and energy engaging with Dish over the past nine weeks, including an extensive due diligence process, but these efforts did not lead, in the Special Committee’s view, to a proposal that was reasonably likely to lead to a proposal superior to SoftBank’s”
As a result of these changes, the previously planned shareholder vote scheduled for Wednesday June 12th has now been postponed to the 25th of this month, the SoftBank purchase has already received the required regulatory clearances from other federal regulators, albeit with specific conditions related to infrastructure concessions as a result of Congressional investigations centered on Chinese telecom company Huawei and the last remaining regulatory hurdle in FCC approval is expected soon after the shareholder vote.