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AT&T Is Said Able to Cut T-Mobile Bid Price If Remedies Grow

AT&T Inc. can lower the price it pays for T-Mobile USA Inc. if the remedies requested by regulators become too expensive, according to three people with direct knowledge of the purchase contract.

AT&T would be able to pay less than the deal’s original $39 billion value if regulators demand asset sales that surpass 20 percent of that figure, or about $7.8 billion, said the people, who declined to be identified because some contract details aren’t public. AT&T could walk away from the deal and pay T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG a breakup fee if the concessions requested top 40 percent of that value, they said.