31-07-2014, 21:25 #1
[EN] Controlador do Online.net propõe comprar T-Mobile USA por US$ 15 bilhõesThe French cellphone carrier Iliad said on Thursday that it had made a $15 billion bid for a majority stake in T-Mobile.
The move by Iliad, the fourth largest cellphone operator in France, comes as T-Mobile and Sprint continue discussions on combining the third- and fourth-largest operators in the United States behind AT&T and Verizon.
Under the terms of the deal, Iliad said it would offer $15 billion for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile. The French company said it valued the remaining stake in T-Mobile at $40.50 a share, based on unspecific cost savings totaling $10 billion to be created from the deal.
In total, Iliad said its offer value T-Mobile’s shares at $36.20, a 17 percent premium on the carrier’s closing share price on Wednesday. T-Mobile’s shares rose 6.4 percent, to $32.91, in afternoon trading in New York.
“The U.S. mobile market is vast and attractive,”Iliad said in a statement on Thursday. “T-Mobile has successfully established itself in the market by positioning itself, in many respects, in a similar way to Iliad in France.”
The French carrier said it had submitted its offer to T-Mobile’s board, though no deal has yet to be accepted, according to a company statement.
Founded in 1999, Iliad has gained market share in France by offering cheap deals and improved customer service compared with the company’s larger carriers, including the former state telecommunications monopoly Orange.
In the first quarter of 2014, the latest figures available, Iliad had 14.3 million customers, including 8.6 million mobile subscribers and 5.7 million fixed-line users. By contrast, T-Mobile has more than 50 million cellphone customers.
The French company, which has a market value of 11.9 billion euros, or $15.9 billion, reported 1 billion euros in revenues during the first quarter of 2014.
Revenues at T-Mobile, which has a market capitalization $25.3 billion, reached almost $7.2 billion during the second quarter of the year, the latest figures available.
Yet it is unclear how Iliad would achieve that $10 billion in cost savings, since the French company has no presence in the United States. Analysts have reckoned that a tie-up of Sprint and T-Mobile would reach into the tens of billions in large part from both companies cutting duplicate functions like marketing and back-office operations.
Buying a big stake in T-Mobile could also test Iliad’s financial capabilities. The French company had a market value of about $16 billion as of Thursday, while T-Mobile was valued at roughly $25 billion.
Iliad said that it would pay for the proposed deal through a combination of debt financing provided by a consortium of banks and an additional equity fundraising worth about 2 billion euros.
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the approach.
01-08-2014, 10:01 #2
T-Mobile Gets a Bid, But Not From JapanAugust 1st, 2014 by Rob Powell
Yes, a bid landed on the table for T-Mobile today from a foreign wireless carrier backed by a billionaire with a talent for disruption. But it wasn’t from Softbank and Masayoshi Son was not involved. The French carrier Iliad, which is backed by Xavier Niel, has come out of nowhere to offer $15B in cash for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile US.
Softbank and Sprint have been widely rumored to be preparing for a buyout of T-Mobile US, but have been moving cautiously after getting an initial negative response to the idea from regulators. Iliad wouldn’t face the same issues, since they aren’t in the US market and thus wouldn’t reduce competition.
However, Deutsche Telekom AG doesn’t appear to be too enamored with the idea, with those $40/share plans with Softbank looking rather larger than the $33/share Iliad is proposing. But given the easier regulatory path, if Iliad has room to bid a bit higher then DT just might bite. But just where the financial rationale for Iliad’s current bid comes from seems a bit mistifying to analysts since the synergies available seem rather minimal.
T-Mobile’s disruptive strategy in the US is similar to what Iliad has been doing in France, however, and perhaps that is what has grabbed Niel’s attention. But it sure does seem like he’d be doubling down on an already risky strategy.
Masayoshi Son already sent one fellow maverick billionaire rival packing in his takeout of Sprint and Clearwire. Now another has lined up to take him on. This could get interesting.
01-08-2014, 17:56 #3
- Data de Ingresso
- Oct 2010
- Rio de Janeiro
Excelente. É a operadora com o melhor customer service e melhores preços; e pior tecnologia ;-)
06-08-2014, 12:46 #4
Sprint Apparently Tosses In the Towel On T-MobileAugust 6th, 2014 by Rob Powell
According to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg this morning, Sprint has given up its quest to purchase its rival T-Mobile US — again. Of course, it’s not an official decision and even if true they could restart things in a heartbeat if they wanted to, but the WSJ has had the inside track on this since the beginning.
The issue has never been about how to successfully woo T-Mobile, but rather how to get regulators to if not approve then perhaps just look the other way. But while the FCC’s recent indication it wouldn’t even allow the two companies to make a joint bid in the pursuit of spectrum was a blow, I think it was Iliad and its billionaire protagonist Xavier Niel that killed the idea.
Iliad’s surprise bid for T-Mobile US knocked out the main pillar underneath the case to allow Sprint to buy them. Regulators like 4 and not 3, and Sprint’s main argument was that 4 is not viable in the long term. Iliad’s bid, however, says that at least part of the industry thinks it is and is willing to invest in #4 despite the scale problems. That boosts the position of regulators substantially, and Sprint was already having trouble convincing them.
The question now is whether Iliad will have a followup bid for T-Mobile US. DT was not impressed with the first one, but that was with Sprint in the picture. Now that Masayoshi Son is apparently taking is ball and going home, the yardstick that was being used to call Xavier Niel’s bid inferior is no longer handy.
Sprint’s CEO Hesse may be out now too they say, though I’m not sure any of this is his fault. [Update: Marcelo Claure has been named Sprint's new CEO. ] T-Mobile’s ‘uncarrier’ campaign has certainly shaken things up this past year, and not just in terms of subscriber momentum.
14-10-2014, 10:57 #5
Iliad Comes To Its Senses
France's Iliad bids adieu to T-Mobile, withdraws takeover bid
French telecom provider says T-Mobile and parent company Deutsche Telekom refused to entertain its new offer.
October 14th, 2014 by Rob Powell
Yesterday another chapter in the never-ending saga of who will buy T-Mobile came to a close. Iliad and its billionaire founder Xavier Niel has dropped its campaign to acquire a majority stake in the company.
The French alternative mobile operator had been assembling a followup bid after getting the cold shoulder over the summer. They were said to be aiming for a 2/3 share at about $36, which would have been in the ballpark of what DT was looking for. But apparently DT simply decided it wasn’t interested at this time. Iliad had set itself a deadline of mid-October for coming up with a viable deal, and they stuck to it. Investors seem glad they have, and indeed such a deal was a bit hard to figure out on paper.
So with AT&T, Softbank, and now Iliad fallen by the wayside, the John Legere and the Uncarrier will try to keep up the momentum. Through a series of provocative, audacious moves, the once beleagured fourth rail of US wireless has been posting big subscriber growth numbers and shaking up the established mobile order. Perhaps someday they’ll even convince DT to stop trying to escape from the USA.
But the next suitor is widely expected to be Dish. The theory is that Charlie Ergen and crew are about due to tilt at another windmill, and who knows this time they might capture it.
14-10-2014, 11:12 #6
- Data de Ingresso
- Oct 2010
- Rio de Janeiro
Ô mulherzinha dificil essa T-Mobile! :-)