- Sprint stock rocketed more than 70% on Tuesday.
- The rally came after a federal judge approved Sprint’s megamerger with T-Mobile.
- The two mobile carriers had agreed in April 2018 to merge, but authorities worried the deal would reduce competition and raise prices.
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America’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers agreed back in April 2018 to join forces, but authorities held up the $26 billion all-stock deal as they worried it would reduce competition and increase prices for customers.
To win approval from federal antitrust officials and industry regulators, the two carriers agreed to help build a new rival carrier and offer the same or better-value plans to customers. A coalition of state attorneys general, however, had argued the merger could increase device prices and service charges, The Wall Street Journal reported. They may still appeal the decision.
Judge Victor Marrero cleared the merger without conditions, the Financial Times reported.
Sprint’s shares soared to $8.30 in morning trading, a premium to their valuation of $6.62 under the merger terms (the value of 0.10256 T-Mobile shares based on their closing price of $64.52 on April 27, 2018). The rally lifted Sprint’s market capitalization by roughly $14 billion to over $34 billion.
T-Mobile shares climbed about 12% to $94.30, boosting the carrier’s market capitalization by more than $7 billion to nearly $81 billion.
The enlarged T-Mobile is set to have more than 90 million US customers, putting it on a more even footing with the industry titans AT&T and Verizon, The Journal said. Deutsche Telekom will own about 42% of the new company, SoftBank will own 27%, and the rest of the shares will be publicly owned.
When Sprint and T-Mobile announced the deal nearly two years ago, they expected to realize more than $6 billion in annual cost savings. They also predicted they would make more than $53 billion in annual revenue and $22 billion in adjusted profits.
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