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Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Crest Financial Limited, an investment firm based in
Houston, sent a letter to Mount Kellett Capital Management LP regarding issues related to the rights and economic position of the minority shareholders of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) in light of Clearwire's relationship with Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) and Clearwire's liquidity issues related to the Clearwire's build-out program.
The text of the letter is as follows:
November 6, 2012
VIA FACSIMILE AND COURIER
Jonathan FiorelloChief Operating OfficerMount Kellett Capital Management LLP623 Fifth Avenue18 Floor
New York, New York 10022
Dear Mr. Fiorello:
Crest Financial Limited ("Crest"), a
Houston-based investment company, is a long-term investor in Clearwire Corporation (the "Company"). Crest, with its affiliates, currently owns 45,756,898 Class A shares of the Company, or approximately 6.62 percent of the Company's outstanding Class A stock.
We have read the
November 1, 2012 letter that you sent to the Company. Crest also has been monitoring the recent developments associated with the Plan of Merger and Agreement ("Merger Agreement") between Sprint Nextel Corporation ("Sprint"), the Company's dominant shareholder, and Softbank Corporation ("Softbank"). It appears that the Softbank-Sprint merger may not be in the Company's best interest and may threaten the interests of the Company's minority shareholders. Your letter expressed many of the concerns we have in this regard, and we commend you for sending it.
By way of background, Crest and its affiliates have a long history of investing in the spectrum that Clearwire currently holds. In 1996, the FCC awarded to Digital & Wireless, a Crest affiliate, licenses providing rights to frequencies in 19 markets in a BTA auction. In June of 2004, Clearwire Corporation, then still a privately-held corporation, acquired these licenses from Digital & Wireless. As part of the consideration for this sale, Crest received a significant number of Clearwire Corporation shares. Since that sale, Crest and its affiliates have continued to purchase shares in Clearwire, thus evidencing our belief in the value of Clearwire's assets and, just as important, Clearwire's business plan for monetizing these assets.