T-Cell and Dash finish merger talks, saying they have been ‘unable to seek out mutually agreeable phrases’

John Legere
T-Cell CEO John Legere. (GeekWire File Picture)

T-Cell and Dash made an official announcement this morning, however not with the information many anticipated. After one other spherical of merger talks, the wi-fi carriers mentioned in a joint assertion that they’re calling off their talks.

Right here’s the total announcement.

Bellevue, Washington and Overland Park, Kansas — November four, 2017 —T-Cell (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Dash (NYSE: S) immediately collectively introduced that they’ve ceased talks to merge as the businesses have been unable to seek out mutually agreeable phrases.

“The prospect of mixing with Dash has been compelling for quite a lot of causes, together with the potential to create important advantages for customers and worth for shareholders. Nevertheless, we’ve got been clear all alongside take care of anybody must lead to superior long-term worth for T-Cell’s shareholders in comparison with our excellent stand-alone efficiency and monitor file,” mentioned John Legere, President and CEO of T-Cell US, Inc. “Going ahead, T-Cell will proceed disrupting this trade and bringing our confirmed Un-carrier technique to extra clients and new classes – finally redefining the cellular Web as we all know it. We’ve been out-growing this trade for the final 15 quarters, delivering excellent worth for shareholders, and driving important change throughout wi-fi.  We received’t cease now.”

Dash CEO Marcelo Claure.

Dash President and CEO and Softbank Board member Marcelo Claure mentioned: “Whereas we couldn’t attain an settlement to mix our corporations, we definitely acknowledge the advantages of scale by way of a possible mixture.  Nevertheless, we’ve got agreed that it’s best to maneuver ahead on our personal. We all know we’ve got important property, together with our wealthy spectrum holdings, and are accelerating important investments in our community to make sure our continued development.  As convergence within the connectivity market continues, we consider important alternatives exist to ascertain robust partnerships throughout a number of industries.  We’re decided to proceed our efforts to alter the wi-fi trade and compete fiercely.  We stay up for persevering with to take the combat to the duopoly and newly rising opponents.”

T-Cell and Dash, the No. three and four U.S. wi-fi corporations, have been speaking about merging, on and off, for a number of years. Dash’s father or mother SoftBank almost acquired T-Cell in 2014 however the deal fell by way of after U.S. officers expressed considerations.

Earlier this week, the deal reportedly hit a stumbling block due to a disagreement over possession of a mixed T-Cell/Dash entity. However then, the Wall Avenue Journal mentioned Legere had spoken with Claure to clarify T-Cell’s dedication to maintain negotiations alive. As we speak’s assertion makes it clear the talks are over.

In an electronic mail to T-Cell workers obtained by GeekWire, T-Cell CEO John Legere mentioned that he stays excited concerning the firm’s future regardless that the Dash deal just isn’t occurring. Right here’s the e-mail:

There are many rumors swirling round — some true and a few not. Right here’s what’s true – T-Cell has been speaking with Dash a couple of potential mixture of our corporations. As we speak we ended these discussions.

We’re at all times partnership and development alternatives to speed up our enterprise, however any deal we do has to ship unimaginable long-term worth to our firm. That’s no small feat as a result of we’ve got such a vibrant future on our personal as a standalone enterprise. You’ve all labored so arduous to place T-Cell on this place of energy and have the choices that we’ve got. It’s unimaginable! This time round, we couldn’t discover an association that meets our excessive bar – and there’s no have to accept something much less.

So, what’s subsequent? There’s a lot left to do! The Un-carrier mission stays the identical. I’ve by no means been extra enthusiastic about our future.

John Legere
T-Cell USA

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