SoftBank Group is approaching closer to conclude a broad deal to merge its Sprint Corp (NYSE:S) unit with T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS), a much awaited move for the Japanese firm that would create a peer to country’s top two wireless carriers. An agreement could be reported as early as this month. Tokyo-based SoftBank has 83% stake in Sprint, while Deutsche Telekom has 64% of T-Mobile.
The parents are conversing merging the units through stock swap and are anticipated to begin finalizing ownership ratios and other terms soon. This merger plan would require the approval of the U.S. FCC and the U.S. Department of Justice. T-Mobile is the bigger of the two firms by market capitalization, at nearly $50 billion. Sprint trades on the NYSE platform and has a value of about $28 billion.
T-Mobile comes third among wireless carriers by subscribers in the United States, followed by Sprint in fourth. The combined firm would muster as many as 131 million subscribers depending on figures as of March 31 given by U.S.-based Strategy Analytics. This would put them almost even with second-ranked AT&T.
Opposition from the FCC upset SoftBank’s bid to buy T-Mobile in 2014. However, the prospects for consolidation among carriers in the U.S. have brightened with the pro-deregulation perspective of President Donald Trump. SoftBank had thought merging Sprint with Charter Communications, taking a probably easier route to antitrust nod. However, Masayoshi Son’s group went back to following an agreement for T-Mobile as the better alternative for generating synergies.
In the last trading session, the stock price of Sprint gained 0.42% to close the day at $7.15. The gains came at a share volume of 11.58 million compared to share volume of 15.80 million. After the recent gains, the market cap of firm was noted at $28.58 billion.