T-Mobile and Sprint calls off merger…again

Sprint and T-Mobile have called off merger talks for the second time in 2 years.

Here is the statement released by T-Mobile.

Bellevue, Washington — November 4, 2017 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced that it has ceased talks to merge with Sprint, as the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms.

“The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders. However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile’s shareholders compared to our outstanding stand-alone performance and track record,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. “Going forward, T-Mobile will continue disrupting this industry and bringing our proven Un-carrier strategy to more customers and new categories – ultimately redefining the mobile Internet as we know it. We’ve been out-growing this industry for the last 15 quarters, delivering outstanding value for shareholders, and driving significant change across wireless.  We won’t stop now.”

Press release from Sprint:

Overland Park, Kansas — November 4, 2017 —  Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that it has ceased talks to merge with T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) as the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms.

Sprint President and CEO and SoftBank Board member Marcelo Claure said: “While we couldn’t reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination. However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own. We know we have significant assets, including our rich spectrum holdings, and are accelerating significant investments in our network to ensure our continued growth.  As convergence in the connectivity marketplace continues, we believe significant opportunities exist to establish strong partnerships across multiple industries.  We are determined to continue our efforts to change the wireless industry and compete fiercely.  We look forward to continuing to take the fight to the duopoly and newly emerging competitors.”