T-Mobile (TMUS) said Tuesday that it planned to offer as much as $3 billion of senior notes to help pay for the $9.3 billion of spectrum it won in a Federal Communications Commission auction last month.
“T-Mobile USA intends to use $2 billion of the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to acquire spectrum licenses pursuant to the FCC’s C-Band spectrum Auction 107," the Bellevue, Wash, company said in a statement.
The rest will go to redeem its 6.5% senior notes due 2026 and to refinance current debt, it said.
T-Mobile’s debt financing apparently isn’t bothering investors. Its stock recently traded at $126.50, up 0.7%. It has climbed 8% in the past six months, half the percentage rise in the S&P 500.
T-Mobile, the No. 3 wireless carrier, joins No. 2 AT&T (T) and No. 1 Verizon Communications (VZ) in taking on debt to finance their spectrum purchases. Verizon successfully bid for $45.4 billion last month and AT&T for $23.4 billion.
Last month, AT&T reached a deal to spin out 30% of its DirecTV unit by forming a new company with the San Francisco private-equity firm TPG Capital, which will pay $1.8 billion for its stake in the satellite-TV video business.
Also last month, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway said that it had taken an $8.6 billion stake in Verizon last year.
Verizon and AT&T recently traded little changed, at $55.70 and $29.94 respectively.