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  • "There's no way" Sprint's (S) attempt to buy Clearwire (CLWR +0.6%) succeeds without a higher bid, says Taran Asset Management's Chris Gleason, one of many institutional Clearwire investors planning to vote against Sprint's $2.97/share offer at Tuesday's meeting. Reuters has uncovered investors holding 31% of Clearwire's public (non-Sprint-owned) shares who oppose the current deal; Sprint needs a majority of public shares to be voted in favor. Clearwire is trading 10% above Sprint's offer price, and 1% below Dish's $3.30/share offer price. (previous[View news story]
    I still don't get why these big hedge funds care? Sprint is undervalued too, and the synergy between the two will unlock value within. I mean, I'm all for a higher price and agree this is a low bid, but really - what's the point?

    I read an article in Forbes by some real ding-a-ling. The net of it (I think) was that if CLWR shareholders defeat the Sprint bid, then Verizon will step up and make a bigger one. Now you tell me - is that pretzel logic or what? If Verizon wanted to make a bid, it would have. If Verizon thought Sprint's bid was beat-able, it would have a competing bid in today. Duh!

    Fact is, there will be no other higher offers except maybe from the truly desperate, like Dish, which is a sure loss for Sprint shareholders. And there's a sensible reason that this is so. Sprint, Clearwire, Softbank and China Mobile already operate equipment in that spectrum, so it's less costly to deploy and/or move customers. Verizon and AT&T do not and have not. Whether they should is up to them, but the point for us is that the value of >2GHz spectrum is less to everyone except the aforementioned.

    That, plus the fact that CLWR shareholders become S shareholders, should mean that no real investor should be disheartened by Sprints lowball bid.

    Speculators - maybe! Investors - Not!

    I wonder what I'm missing?!
    May 17, 2013. 03:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Not Buying Shares Of Sprint [View article]
    That's an interesting question. Of course people think it's worth what someone is willing to pay for it. But SPRINT+Softbank is worth a lot more in my mind that Sprint+Dish. Funny, huh?
    May 2, 2013. 02:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Not Buying Shares Of Sprint [View article]
    I agree 1000 percent, but it's just not worth the risk. I'll hang tight and forgo a small gain to eliminate the risk. So far, though, the gain has been negative.
    May 2, 2013. 02:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I'm Not Buying Shares Of Sprint [View article]
    I recently exited Sprint because I'm worried that shareholders, particularly short term thinking hedge funds will litigate towards a dish deal which would be a financial disaster for Sprint. As soon as dish exits the picture, I'll be back in.
    Apr 30, 2013. 02:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) doesn't plan to up its bid for Sprint (S) to top Dish's (DISH +2.1%), a company exec states. Is the Japanese carrier set on keeping its current offer, or is this a hardball negotiating tactic? Either way, SoftBank seems to be betting the advantages of its bid - a lower debt load, the ability to leverage SoftBank's resources to take on AT&T/Verizon - will lead Sprint to stay loyal in spite of shareholder pressure and the superior up-front value of Dish's offer. [View news story]
    Gosh, I hope so! Imagine an 'pre-IPO-like' investment in the worlds largest telco versus another unstable domestic triple play whoop-de-doo.
    Apr 19, 2013. 12:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint (S +0.8%) has formed a special committee to review Dish's (DISH -0.1%) merger offer, David Faber reports. He adds there's plenty of speculation about the $9B+ in new debt that would need to be raised by Dish, and which would leave the combined company with $44B in debt. Also, much like Dish's offer for Clearwire, some wonder if the Sprint offer is simply a negotiating tactic to reach some other kind of deal (presumably involving Dish's 4G spectrum). (more on Sprint/Dish[View news story]
    So, I'm out. It's been a good ride, but the risk is simply too high for now. Ready to jump back is as soon as things look more directional. I knew the Dish deal was un-doable because of debt, but I had no idea it would reach $44B. I'm sure Hesse wants to tell Dish to get lost, but he can't and has to make a thorough DD.

    I continue to believe that Sprint + Softbank + Clearwire = the #1 SP in the world. Painful.
    Apr 18, 2013. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ergen Chooses Sprint Over DirecTV [View article]
    Sorry, but I just looked at the DISH balance sheet and cashflow statement on Yahoo and it is not very impressive. I don't really understand DISH's business model, but I certainly have a strong opinion on why DISH would be hell bent on getting into another business.

    My take is that Dan Hesse sees a world powerhouse on the order of China Mobile or Vodaphone if he ties up with Son. A dish tieup would be a bumpkin, cost-cutting, go-nowhere party, but I think Dan let this thing get out of control by offering a too low price for CLWR and then sitting on it for too long. However, I also think he might not have had much of a choice if Son firmly said "This is as far as I'll go! Make it work". If that's true, the Son won't be upping his bid and Sprints upside no longer exists.

    As I've said elsewhere, I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not taking chances at this point. Better to take profits and lose out on some upside than to take the huge risks I see right now - and that risk is Verizon - not Dish!
    Apr 16, 2013. 11:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The War Of 4G Long Term Evolution [View article]
    Matt's right. DISH has been doing absurd things ever since the Softbank offer. One has to question their intent.

    Furthermore, I completely disagree that this is strategic for Softbank. I think it's opportunistic, and was probably engineered by Hesse. I can see Son walking much more easily than I can see him upping the offer. I truly hope I'm wrong, but he was out on a limb with the Japanese people when he first made the offer.
    Apr 16, 2013. 11:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint Shareholders: Watch Out Below [View article]
    Why is noone considering Verizon? If they scarf up a decent portion of the better spectrum, Sprint is devalued, Dish is less enthusiastic, and Softbank will probably pull out. In any event, only shameless pumping will keep the price up.

    I've been long a cheerleader and thank God for Dan Hesse every day, but now I think he made a big mistake by putting in an absurdly low offer for CLWR and then dragging the close out forever. I fear the tiger has now broken the leash and we're sitting in cuckoo city with CE.
    Apr 16, 2013. 10:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Surprise! Sprint Gets Dished [View article]
    Nice article, Karl. So your assertion is that Dish wants to deliver broadband wirelessly and compete with Comcast and Charter, as well as AT&T and Verizon?
    Apr 15, 2013. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Disgruntled Clearwire (CLWR) investor Crest Financial is offering Clearwire $240M in convertible debt financing as an alternative to the $80M/month in financing being provided by Sprint (S). Crest, which considers Sprint's $2.97/share deal to acquire Clearwire insufficient, argues its funds would leave Clearwire with enough capital to build 2K 4G LTE cell sites and handle this year's interest payments. Clearwire closed at $3.28 today, 10% above Sprint's offer price. [View news story]
    That would be a curve ball indeed. This is Sprint's deal to screw up.
    Apr 3, 2013. 11:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Clearwire Rebuffs Dish By Accepting Second Monthly Financing From Sprint [View article]
    It's business, buddy. The market price is what the market is willing to pay. If you think it's worth more, make an offer! Maybe you can turn around and sell it for a profit.

    I happen to agree with you and fully expected a better bid to emerge, but it has not and looks like it will not. However, Clearwire shareholders then become Sprint shareholders, so if Sprint get's a nudge from winning a good deal, who loses? I'd suggest that the only losers are those who need the value but are unwilling or unable to do the deal.

    The way I see it, right now, is that the other big players in the NA market are too dim to understand the value of high-frequency spectrum. Softbank and Sprint get it. Clearwire has lived it for years. T and V - not so much. Too focused on reaping rather than sowing. Good for me!
    Apr 3, 2013. 01:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Clearwire Competition May Intensify As Crest And Dish Continue To Oppose Sprint's Bid [View article]
    Buzzy could be right, but I think Sprint will improve the offer. Not because Crest will force it to - Crest has neither power nor leverage. Not because Dish will influence them - the Dish offer is obviously a inferior. Because Sprint has to do business in the future and many customers are also shareholders. The offer is truly not fair, but there are no other 'real' bidders, so I guess that makes the offer, in fact, fair.

    The thing that you need to understand (Crest et al.) is that if Sprint gobbles up Clearwire in an 'unfair' deal, all that excess value goes to Sprint Shareholders, which Clearwire shareholders will become. You have the same stock...same value...just a different ticker! There may be small differences, but are they material?

    So...Where's the beef?
    Mar 25, 2013. 04:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: Continuity, Confirmation And Dividends Will Keep This Stock A Solid Buy [View article]
    Thank you, RS.

    In a capitalist society such as ours, it is essential that the allocators (us) keep the aggressive tendencies of the managers that we want to be aggressive, in check. Management (Philosophically - not specifically ours) will quickly move to maximize their benefit, and capital allocators must be prepared to keep the situation in balance, or things invariably go off the rails and a good thing for all turns into a bad thing for all. The worst thing that can happen in a capitalist society is that people say "They're making me money - I'll cut them all the slack they ask for." This is a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.
    Mar 21, 2013. 11:26 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Annaly: Continuity, Confirmation And Dividends Will Keep This Stock A Solid Buy [View article]
    Look, RS. We both are obviously long, management has just changed, and now we are presented with something that doesn't smell right. And the nonsensical 'supporting arguments' make it scarier.

    Everyone refrained from judging Bernie Madoff...until the day came. How can a little light possibly hurt management? How can pushing them to do the right thing be anything but supportive of them?

    I think Welly has everyone's best interests in mind, but maybe is a little more 'corporate' than Mike was and is listening to lawyers. That is not always a wise thing to do.

    This is a situation where those shareholders who have remained with the team, despite the may who have bolted for slightly higher returns, stand up for their company! This proposal is not in managements best interests either, long term. Let's get them to do the right thing.

    Update: Unless, of course, they can provide a sensible and defensible reason that this is in everyone's best interest.
    Mar 21, 2013. 11:07 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment