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Sprint, T-Mobile turn negative as Street mulls merger reports

  • With worries about the DOJ/FCC's willingness to approve a Sprint (S -2.6%)/T-Mobile (TMUS -2%) merger still running high, shares of both carriers are now lower following reports stating they've largely agreed to the terms of cash/stock deal that would value T-Mobile at ~$40/share.
  • T-Mobile is now 16% below the rumored acquisition price. A deal would reportedly require Sprint to pay ~$16B in cash, issue a similar amount of stock, and assume $9B worth of net debt.
  • Sprint already had $26.6B in net debt at the end of Q1, and has since used its receivables to land a $1.3B credit facility.
  • The WSJ reports Sprint would pay T-Mobile a $1B+ breakup fee consisting of cash and other assets if the deal is shot down. T-Mobile received a $4B breakup fee from AT&T ($3B in cash) in 2011 after regulators derailed their planned merger.
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