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Jun 4, 2013

Sprint slams Dish’s latest offer for Clearwire

By Liana B. Baker and Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) urged Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to reject Dish Network’s rival bid for the wireless service provider, saying that a deal under Dish’s terms would be illegal and violate Clearwire’s agreement with its shareholders.

Sprint, which made its case in a letter to Clearwire’s board on Monday, already owns a majority stake in Clearwire and is tussling with Dish to buy out minority shareholders.

May 31, 2013

Dish puts Sprint bid for Clearwire under pressure

NEW YORK, May 30 (Reuters) – One of the biggest minority
shareholders in Clearwire Corp, on Thursday urged the
wireless company to recommend against Sprint Nextel Corp’s
buyout offer after Dish Network Corp made a counter

Crest Financial, which holds about 8 percent of Clearwire
shares, said Clearwire should open itself to competitive
bidding, and said that even though Dish’s bid late Wednesday
appeared superior it may still prove inadequate to shareholders.

May 30, 2013

Clearwire to postpone vote on Sprint bid-sources

NEW YORK, May 30 (Reuters) – Clearwire Corp is
expected to postpone its shareholder vote on Sprint Nextel
Corp’s offer to buy the company after Dish Network Corp
made a higher counterbid, two sources familiar with the
situation said on Thursday.

Clearwire shareholders were due to vote on Friday on
Sprint’s offer to buy Clearwire for $3.40 a share, but will
postpone the meeting after Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen made a
bid of $4.40 late Wednesday, according to one source, who asked
not to be named because of lack of authorization to comment.

May 22, 2013

Clearwire, shareholders brace for fight over Sprint bid

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – Clearwire Corp
appeared to be on the brink of another fight with its
shareholders on Wednesday as the wireless service provider
approved Sprint Nextel Corp’s sweetened buyout offer while
minority shareholders said the bid was too stingy.

Clearwire announced its decision to support majority
shareholder Sprint a day after Sprint raised its offer for the
almost 50 percent of the company it does not already own to
$3.40 per share from $2.97 per share.

May 21, 2013

Sprint raises Clearwire offer, not enough for some

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) raised its buyout offer for wireless service provider Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to $3.40 per share, though some investors and analysts said the new bid was still not enough to overcome staunch opposition.

Clearwire shares almost immediately traded at the new offer price, having consistently traded well above the old $2.97-per-share bid. As recently as last week, analysts and investors said the deal was unlikely to be approved unless Sprint raised its bid substantially.

May 17, 2013

Clearwire investors aim to force Sprint to sweeten bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Minority shareholders of Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are expected to vote down a buyout offer from Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) next week and force the No.3 U.S. wireless company to cough up more cash for control of Clearwire’s valuable spectrum.

Sprint owns more than 50 percent of Clearwire and has offered to buy the remaining roughly 49 percent at $2.97 per share, or $2.2 billion. For the deal to succeed, it needs approval from more than half of minority shareholders at a special meeting on May 21.

May 15, 2013

Cisco profit beats Street, shares rise on outlook

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc posted a higher than expected quarterly profit and said current quarter revenue could increase, giving some relief to investors who had worried it was being hurt by weak technology spending.

Cisco shares rose about 8 percent after Chief Executive John Chambers said the company was seeing some good signs in the U.S. and that other parts of the world are “encouraging.”

May 13, 2013

Verizon Wireless to pay parents surprise $7 bln dividend

May 13 (Reuters) – Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile
service provider, said on Monday it would pay its parents
Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc a
dividend of $7 billion in June, surprising some analysts who had
not expected a big payout.

The dividend comes amid mounting speculation Verizon could
buy Vodafone’s stake in the venture if they can agree on a
price. Reuters reported on April 24 that Verizon was preparing a
$100 billion bid for the stake but investors have said they
expect Vodafone to seek a higher price.

May 10, 2013

Proxy firms divided on Clearwire-Sprint deal

By Sinead Carew

(Reuters) – The biggest U.S. proxy advisory firms on Friday issued conflicting opinions on Sprint Nextel Corp’s (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) proposed takeover of Clearwire Corp (CLWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), with ISS advising Clearwire shareholders to vote in favor of the deal and Glass Lewis urging them to vote against it.

ISS, the biggest U.S. proxy advisory firm, said Clearwire lacked any better options to keep the wireless service provider afloat.

May 9, 2013

Ergen says Dish must prevail in bidding war for Sprint

By Sinead Carew and Liana B. Baker

(Reuters) – Acquiring Sprint Nextel is so important to Dish Network Corp founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen that he said on Thursday he may have to put the satellite TV company up for sale unless it prevails in its bidding war for Sprint with Japan’s SoftBank Corp.

Ergen also proposed a number of other possible outcomes on Dish’s quarterly conference call. He said he could take on a bidding partner or sell some non-core Dish assets to pay down debt if a bidding war with SoftBank becomes too pricey.

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      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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