SoftBank raises to $ 14.8 billion T-Mobile US, the sale of shares


SoftBank has held a large part of its stake in T-Mobile US in a deal set to inject 20 billion usd in the Japanese group as it fights the concerns of shareholders on the company’s business strategy.

The company will increase to $ 14.8 billion in a share sale that the price shown on Tuesday, the valuation of T-Mobile US stock at $103 each, according to three people briefed on the sale. The transaction is the first of a series of transactions are expected to net SoftBank 20.4 billion as it exits the major portion of its assets in the US telecoms group.

SoftBank has also agreed to sell its remaining stake of T-Mobile US stake a value of $10 billion to Deutsche Telekom, the largest shareholder. This side-agreement is structured as a purchase option, which expires in four years, according to a filing with the u.s. securities regulator, and would give the German group of a majority stake of T-Mobile US.

The sale Tuesday represented a reduction of less than 4% of T-Mobile US’s closing price of $107.16, a record for the stock, which has gained more than 36% this year, while the broader U.S. stock market has slightly decreased.

SoftBank declined to comment. T-Mobile usa and Deutsche Telekom did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The contract of sale is as SoftBank attempts to restore confidence in its performance after the recording of a $13bn loss during its most recent fiscal year.

SoftBank’s investment portfolio is under pressure following a series of setbacks in several high-profile of paris, including the property of the group WeWork and ride-hailing company Uber.

It has also been hurt by the recent fall in Wirecard’s share price as a result of a controversial trade by SoftBank Investment Advisors, which manages the Japanese group’s $ 100 billion Vision Fund.

The share sale comes just months after T-Mobile US and Sprint, which was controlled by SoftBank, have given the green light to be combined by a federal judge, following a long legal battle with a group of states led by the Democrat officials.

SoftBank has received a nearly 25% stake in the company, but has tried to simplify this position, because it seeks to raise funds.

In May SoftBank indicated it may also sell as much as $11.5 bn of its prized stake in Alibaba.

The Japanese group is expected to use the proceeds to reduce its debt burden and to repurchase shares within the framework of a truce with the investor activist Elliott Management.

Marcelo Claure, SoftBank’s executive and T-Mobile’s director, was set to buy 5m shares, supported by a loan from the Japanese society in the context of the transaction. These shares would be valued at $515m based on the selling price.

Ron Fisher, a longtime SoftBank executive, will leave T-Mobile the board of directors following the case.

The series of transactions include an offer of shares, bonds redeemable in shares and rights offering, together with the actions of the investment banks can sell if there is enough demand from investors, known as the “greenshoe”.

Histogram of Year-to-date product (in billion us$), showing the firms to raise large amounts of money in the secondary offerings this year

Tuesday, the offer of T-Mobile US to fund the purchase of SoftBank stake was the largest secondary share issue of the year, according to data from Refinitiv. The case edge of the before last month of the $13bn sale of BlackRock stock by PNC and Financial has been the largest since the U.S. Treasury has sold $21bn of stock in AIG, the insurer, he jumped during the financial crisis.

A group of banks led by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have underwritten the offer. PJT Partners advised T-Mobile US independent of the board of directors and the committee of the Raine Group advised SoftBank.


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