Softbank Corp. is close to a deal to acquire a 70% stake in Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) for $20 billion, as Japan’s No 3 phone operator looking for expansion overseas amid a sluggish local market.
Three persons with knowledge about the issue, who refused to be identifies as the negotiations are private, stated that Softbank was in talks to acquire around $12 billion of existing Sprint stock at a premium and $8 billion in newly issued shares.
Bloomberg compiled data confirms that the agreement would be the major publicly reported outbound purchase by a Japanese corporation since around 2000 at $20 billion.
The Nikkei reported that Softbank may unveil the agreement as early as this afternoon in Japan.
Shifting reader’s focus to broader market, let us consider market performance of other stocks that significantly affect same sector. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) fell -1.28% to settle at $44.62, Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE:TDS) moved up +0.44% to end at $24.99 while MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE:PCS) jumped +2.06% to finish at $11.88 on Friday.
Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) on Oct 12, 2012 decreased -0.52% to the closing price of $5.73. The overall volume in the last trading session was 133.53 million shares. Its fifty two weeks range was $5.58 – $5.85. The total market capitalization remained at $17.19 billion.
SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION is ahead of its 52-week low with 172.86% and lagging behind from its 52-week high price with -5.13%. SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION’s last month’s stock price volatility remained 5.08%. In its share capital SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION has 3.00 billion outstanding shares, among them 3.00 billion shares have been floated in market exchange. SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION’s stock’s institutional ownership remained 89.44% while insider ownership included 0.24%.
The stock price of SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION is moving forward from its 20 days moving average with 7.51% and remote positively from 50 days moving average with 13.22%. SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION’s current year’s earnings per share experienced an addition with 16.79% while its current quarter performance remained at 65.61%. Company’s beta coefficient included 1.13. Beta factor measures the amount of market risk associated with market trade.
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