New Study Says Sprint Bid Vastly Undervalues Clearwire
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --A new study by former
FCC commissioner Dr. Harold Furchtgott-Roth and the Analysis Group asserts
that the price Sprint has offered for Clearwire Corporation significantly
understates the true value of Clearwire's technology opportunities and
wireless spectrum holdings. The study supports Crest's contention that the
public would be best served if Clearwire remained free to offer its spectrum
to multiple wireless carriers.
The study was submitted to the Federal Communications Commission today by
Crest Financial Limited, a major minority shareholder in Clearwire, in
connection with the FCC's review of Sprint's proposed acquisition of
According to the Furchtgott-Roth Report, Sprint's $2.97 per share offer for
Clearwire represents a value of just $0.11 per MHz pop for Clearwire's
spectrum and significantly understates the current value of Clearwire's unique
spectrum holdings. The Report says that applying reasonable assumptions to
the multi-customer business plan presented by two firms advising the Clearwire
board results in a valuation between $9.54 and $15.50 per share. These share
price values correspond to spectrum prices between $0.31 and $0.50 per MHz
The Sprint offer also fails to account for Clearwire's unique ability to
deploy wireless technology that offers far greater future value than the
technology currently offered by most major U.S. carriers, the study says. In
his report, Dr. Furchtgott-Roth explains that TDD-LTE technology allows for
higher download speeds and efficient spectrum utilization. He also notes that
"the only band of spectrum in the United States that can be developed for
TDD-LTE services is the 2.5 GHz band largely controlled by Clearwire."
The Report, which was commissioned by Crest, explains that Sprint's offer
ignores both the value ascribed to similar spectrum in recent transactions and
the fact that Clearwire's spectrum holdings, together with its technology
offerings, are well-suited for use by multiple carriers. "The fragmented
spectrum holdings of other U.S. carriers create an opportunity for Clearwire
to offer a valuable wholesale service," the report states. The Report
supports Crest's argument made in filings with the FCC that Sprint's
acquisition of Clearwire would harm not only Clearwire shareholders but also
the public at large.
Furthermore, the Report says that for unexplained reasons Clearwire abandoned
the lucrative multi-customer strategy in favor of the Sprint acquisition. The
Report supports Crest's position that the public would be best served if
Clearwire could offer its spectrum to multiple customers, thereby allowing
more wireless carriers to pursue new technologies and mount challenges to the
wireless market's current duopoly.
Dr. Furchtgott-Roth was an FCC commissioner from 1997 through 2001. Before
that, he was chief economist for the House Committee on Commerce and a
principal staff member on the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
The Furchtgott-Roth study echoes a separate study, also done for Crest, by
Information Age Economics (IAE), which says that the true value of the
wireless spectrum owned by Clearwire is two or three times higher than the
value reflected in the price Sprint has offered to pay to acquire Clearwire.
The Furchtgott-Roth Report can be found here: www.bancroftpllc.com/crest.
SOURCE Crest Financial Limited
Contact: Jeffrey Birnbaum, +1-202-661-6367, JBirnbaum@BGRPR.com
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