Crest Financial Issues Presentation Urging Clearwire Stockholders To Vote Against Sprint-Clearwire Merger
HOUSTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crest Financial Limited, the largest of the independent, minority stockholders of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), yesterday filed a 40-page presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing its reasons for asking Clearwire stockholders to reject the proposed merger with Sprint Nextel Corporation.
The presentation elaborates on Crest's long-held contentions that the price Sprint is offering to pay Clearwire stockholders for their shares is highly inadequate and that the Clearwire Board entered into an unfair Merger Agreement with Sprint, is plagued by weak corporate governance, is under undue influence of Sprint and has failed to protect non-Sprint stockholders.
In addition, the presentation highlights statements from the chief executives of DISH Network and SoftBank earlier this month suggesting that the real prize offered by an acquisition of Sprint is acquiring control of Clearwire and its valuable spectrum. As noted in the presentation, DISH's Charlie Ergen, as reported in the Denver Business Journal, said, "It's better for us to own Sprint, because then we control Clearwire." In addition, at SoftBank's "Press Conference 2013 Summer," SoftBank Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son said: "In the Sprint-SoftBank transaction, Clearwire's spectrum is key."
David Schumacher, the General Counsel of Crest Financial, said: "These statements confirm what Crest has been communicating to Clearwire's other shareholders for some time now: The battle for Sprint is really a battle for Clearwire's valuable spectrum, and that each of Sprint's suitors wants to divert the value of Clearwire's spectrum assets to itself so as to extract maximum benefit for itself to the detriment of Clearwire's minority shareholders."Crest strongly urges Clearwire stockholders to vote "AGAINST" the Sprint-Clearwire merger using the GOLD proxy card. D.F. King & Co, Inc. has been retained by Crest to assist it in the solicitation of proxies in opposition to the merger. If stockholder have any questions or need assistance in voting the GOLD proxy card, please call D.F. King & Co. at (800) 949-2583. The presentation can be found at http://www.dfking.com/clwr. About Crest Financial LimitedCrest Financial Limited (" Crest") is a limited partnership under the laws of the State of Texas. Its principal business is investing in securities. Important Legal InformationIn connection with the proposed merger of Clearwire with Sprint Nextel Corporation (the " Proposed Sprint Merger"), Crest and other persons (the " Participants") have filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The definitive proxy statement was mailed to the stockholders of Clearwire on or about May 6, 2013. SECURITYHOLDERS OF CLEARWIRE ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT, WHICH IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND THE PARTICIPANTS' OTHER PROXY MATERIALS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION, INCLUDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO THE PARTICIPANTS, CLEARWIRE AND THE PROPOSED SPRINT MERGER. The definitive proxy statement and all other proxy materials filed with the SEC are available at no charge on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, the definitive proxy statement is also available at no charge on the website of the Participants' proxy solicitor at http://www.dfking.com/clwr. Forward-looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements that are predications of or indicate future events, trends, plans or objectives. Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements because, by their nature, they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future activities and are subject to many risks and uncertainties. Due to such risks and uncertainties, actual events may differ materially from those reflected or contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the future tense or other forward-looking words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "should," "may," "will," believes," "continue," "strategy," "position" or the negative of those terms or other variations of them or by comparable terminology.
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