Alltel Corporation (AT), the nation’s fifth-largest cell-phone provider (largest in terms of geographic area) announced Sunday night it has agreed to a deal to be acquired by the private investment firms TPG Capital (formerly Texas Pacific Group) and Goldman Sachs Capital as part of a $27.5 billion deal.
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The deal would constitute the largest acquisition of a wireless company by a private equity firm. The purchasing price will be around $71.50 per share for the Little Rock based wireless company. The price constitutes a premium of 23% over Alltel’s year-end price, when the first rumors of the deal were announced, and 10% over Friday’s $65.21 closing price.
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Prior to the deal being finalized, it must first be approved by Alltel’s shareholders and by U.S. regulators. The company expects the deal to go through by March of 2008.
Alltel’s chief executive, Scott Ford, has been quoted as saying the buyout price is “a 10% premium over a price that clearly anticipated this outcome.” He also stated in a press release, “This transaction delivers substantial and certain value to our shareholders while providing the company with long-term partners who share our commitment to our customers, employees and the communities we serve. This transaction also ensures our customers can continue to rely on Alltel to deliver high-quality service and leading edge products and services.”
Ford stated Alltel, a company with 12 million subscribers and 15,000 employees, has no plans for any immediate staffing changes.
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This may be a hot period for telecom and wireless with several mergers brewing and an overall bullish trend in the sector. Below we take a look not only at Alltel but several other attractive investments we found using PowerOptions patented technologies.
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|AT||$65.21||ATGM||07 JUL $65.00||$2.90||4.40%||4.30%||4.30%|
|TWTC||$18.30||JMQGW||07 JUL $17.50||$1.55||8.50%||4.50%||4.50%|
|VIP||$99.69||VIQGT||07 JUL $100.00||$6.10||6.10%||6.50%||6.80%|
|CHU||$15.15||CHUGC||07 JUL $15.00||$0.95||6.30%||5.60%||5.60%|
AT – Alltel Corp. ALLTEL Corporation provides wireless voice and data communications services to individual and business customers in the United States. This trade involves the July $65 call option and offers 4.4% downside protection and 4.3% potential profit if the stock is above the $65.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $65.21.
Competitors for AT include: Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), AT&T Mobility LLC (private), Cellco Partnership (private), BellSouth Corp. (BLS), and CenturyTel Inc. (CTL).
TWTC – Time Warner provides managed voice and data networking solutions to business customers and organizations in the United States. This trade involves the July $17.50 call option and offers 8.5% downside protection and 4.5% potential profit if the stock is above the $17.50 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $18.30.
Competitors for TWTC include: AT&T Inc. (T), Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q), and Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ).
VIP – Vimpel Communications provides wireless telecommunications services in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. This trade involves the July $100 call option and offers 6.1% downside protection and 6.8% potential profit if the stock is above the $100.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $99.69.
Competitors for VIP include: Golden Telecom Inc. (GLDN), Mobile Telesystems OJSC (MBT), and Rostelecom OAO (ROS).
CHU – China Unicom Ltd offers cellular, international and domestic long distance, and data and Internet services in China. This trade involves the July $15 call option and offers 6.3% downside protection and 5.6% potential profit if the stock is above the $15.00 strike price at the end of the option period. The stock is currently trading at $15.15.
Competitors for CHU include: China Mobile Communications Corporation (private), China Netcom (Group) Company Limited (private), China Telecommunications Corporation (private), China Telecom Corp. Ltd. (CHA), China Telecom Limited ADR (CHL), China Netcom Group Corp. (Hong Kong) Ltd. (CN), and Hutchison Telecom. Intl. Ltd. (HTX).
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