As the battle between SoftBank and Dish in the takeover of Sprint increasingly heats up, SoftBank has announced that it will raise its offer to from $20.1 billion to $21.6 billion.
SoftBank said Monday that the amended merger agreement will give shareholders a greater value, including greater cash consideration and increased certainty.
Under the new agreement SoftBank said it will deliver an additional $4.5 billion of cash to Sprint stockholders at closing, which brings the total cash consideration available to Sprint stockholders to $16.64 billion. This offer would also give SoftBank a higher stake in Sprint -- going from approximately 70 percent to 78 percent.
Sprint has been in talks with SoftBank since last October regarding a $20.1 billion offer. But, as the closing date neared, Dish came in with a surprise counteroffer of $25.5 billion. The two companies have carried out a public war of words, each claiming it would be the best buyer for the troubled wireless carrier.
Sprint shareholders were scheduled to vote Wednesday on a SoftBank takeover but the revised merger agreement creates a new deadline of June 18, 2013 for Dish to provide its "best and final" offer.
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