Though it gives shareholders more cash, SoftBank's (SFTBF.PK) offer (I, II) for a 78% stake in...

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Though it gives shareholders more cash, SoftBank's (SFTBF.PK) offer (I, II) for a 78% stake in Sprint (S +2.2%) values the company at $1.1B less ($27.8B vs. $28.9B) than its old offer for a 70% stake, says Janco's Gerard Hallaren. "We have little faith this proposal will succeed," he adds. However, the WSJ observes the offer "contains poison-pill provisions that make it considerably harder" for Dish (DISH +0.6%) to thwart SoftBank, and increases Sprint's termination fee to $800M from $600M. Dish, which has reportedly lined up $9B in financing commitments, has until June 18 to make its final offer. Sprint and Clearwire (CLWR +2.2%) are both up moderately.