Sprint (S) shareholders back Softbank's (SFTBF.PK) $21.6B offer to acquire 78% of the U.S....

|About: Sprint Corporation (S)|By:, SA News Editor

Sprint (S) shareholders back Softbank's (SFTBF.PK) $21.6B offer to acquire 78% of the U.S. carrier, with investors representing 53% choosing to receive $5.65 in cash and 0.26174408 share of new Sprint for each existing share owned. Around 3% elected to receive just stock, while the 44% of shares that didn't vote will get cash. The companies expect to close the merger on Wednesday. Meanwhile, S&P has downgraded Softbank's debt by two notches into "junk" territory, citing the risks from its purchase of Sprint and the latter's proposed acquisition of Clearwire (CLWR). (PR)