Crest Financial Protests Clearwire's Delay Of Vote On Sprint-Clearwire Merger And Urges Clearwire Board And Stockholders To Reject Sprint's New Offer
HOUSTON, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Crest Financial Limited, the largest of the independent minority stockholders of Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), protested today's decision of the Clearwire Board of Directors to adjourn the Clearwire special meeting to consider Sprint's increased offer price of $3.40 per share.
According to David K. Schumacher, Crest's General Counsel, "Sprint's decision to increase its offer price and request an adjournment reveals that Sprint was unable to secure a majority of the non-Sprint, 'minority' stockholder votes—even though Sprint attempted to pack that 'minority' with stockholders that are commercially tied to Sprint and Clearwire have already agreed to vote in favor of the merger and sell their shares to Sprint even if the merger is rejected."
Schumacher added: "Clearwire is acting in its usual stockholder-unfriendly way by adjourning the special meeting to grant Sprint the ability to pose a new, still inadequate offer. This is a consistent theme of this Board: Do everything possible to secure an undesirable merger with Sprint at a below market price. Stockholders should demand that the Clearwire Board finally act in the best interest of ALL shareholders, not just in the interest of Sprint."
Crest said that it has sent a letter to the Clearwire Board of Directors urging them to resist Sprint's new offer so that Clearwire can pursue direct offers through a competitive process once the bidding war over Sprint is concluded. Crest's letter to the Clearwire Board says: "Sprint's new offer for Clearwire still significantly undervalues Clearwire and its assets and provides no protections to minority stockholders. This incremental but grossly inadequate increase together with this morning's sudden adjournment of the stockholder vote on Sprint's first offer for Clearwire only confirms what we have been saying for some time: Clearwire is the prize, and Sprint is trying to buy Clearwire on the cheap and lock-up Clearwire's value before Sprint itself is purchased by SoftBank or DISH. That lock-up is patently unfair to minority stockholders. You can and must refuse to abet Sprint in its ongoing scheme."
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