Crest Financial Sends Letter To Mount Kellett About Clearwire And Sprint
Crest also is concerned that recent actions (or inactions) of the Company's Board may not be in the best interests of either the Company or its minority shareholders. Like you, we also expect that the members of the Company's Board will continue to perform the fiduciary duties that each owes to the Company and its shareholders. Crest is concerned that Softbank and Sprint are positioning themselves to obtain the exclusive benefit from the Company's valuable spectrum and assets through the Merger Agreement at the expense and to the detriment of the Company and its minority shareholders. While Sprint acquired enough shares to further cement its control of the Company (50.8%) just days after the Merger Agreement was announced, Sprint and Softbank have stated publicly that their transaction "does not require Sprint to take any actions involving Clearwire other than those set forth in agreements Sprint has previously entered into with Clearwire and certain of its shareholders." Odder still is the value placed on the shares purchased by Sprint in that transaction: $2.00 per share of Class A stock and $13.98 per share of Class B stock. The Class A shares were valued at their original price. But the Class B shares received a significant premium; Class B shares were issued at $7.33 per share. We think this higher valuation for the Class B shares is intended to unfairly benefit Class B shareholders and at the expense of Class A shareholders, including Crest and you.
In light of this, Crest believes that compliance with its fiduciary duties under these circumstances would require a properly functioning Board to take a variety of actions to mitigate the danger of Sprint improperly using its status as the controlling shareholder to oppress the rights and economic position of minority shareholders. For example, it could assess the impact on the Company and its public shareholders of the Softbank-Sprint merger as well as subsequent events and public statements, review all other dealings with Sprint, and establish defensive measures to enhance the ability of independent directors to ensure full value for minority shareholders. One area of inquiry could be the Equity holders Agreement of 2008 and, specifically, the standstill agreement that prohibits Sprint from "any direct or indirect acquisition of any Common Stock." The standstill agreement contains an exception to protect minority shareholders—namely, that Sprint can only make an offer for 100 percent of the Company's shares, and only if the offer is approved by independent, unaffiliated members of the Company's Board and by a majority of minority voting shares.
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