T-Mobile US Inc. has officially completed its merger with Sprint to create a new brand identity, the New T-Mobile - a supercharged carrier that will deliver a transformative 5G network in the US. T-Mobile US will act as the parent company of the new brand, and will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “TMUS”. The combined company will operate under the name T-Mobile.
The New T-Mobile will provide a nationwide 5G network, which will bring lightning-fast speeds to urban areas and underserved rural communities alike. With the merger, the New T-Mobile will provide 14 times more capacity with better service at lower prices. The enhanced scale and financial strength of the combined company will drive a planned investment of $40 billion into its network and business over the next three years. Synergies achieved from the integration have the potential to unlock massive scale and unleash at least $43 billion in value for shareholders.
The company also announced that with the close of the merger, it has completed its long-planned Chief Executive Officer transition from John Legere to Mike Sievert ahead of schedule. Effective immediately, Sievert will assume the role of CEO of T-Mobile. Legere, who served as CEO of T-Mobile since 2012, built a culture around listening to employees, putting the customer first and shaking up the market with signature Un-carrier moves. During his tenure, Legere engineered a turnaround of the company as T-Mobile completely disrupted the wireless industry and became the fastest-growing company in wireless, capturing 80% of the industry’s postpaid phone growth from 2013 to today. Legere will continue as a member of the Board of Directors for the remainder of his current term, through the Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled in June 2020.
Mike Sievert, president and CEO of T-Mobile commented that during this extraordinary time, it has become abundantly clear how vital a strong and reliable network is to the world we live in. The New T-Mobile’s commitment to delivering a transformative broad and deep nationwide 5G network is more important and more needed than ever and what they are building is mission-critical for consumers. With this powerful network, the New T-Mobile will deliver real choice and value to wireless and home broadband customers and double down on all the things customers have always loved about the Un-carrier. T-Mobile has been changing wireless for good — and now they are going to do it on a whole new level!
The World's Most Transformative Network
Strong, dependable network connectivity has never been more critical to customers or to the country. Now the New T-Mobile will focus on creating a much-needed transformational nationwide 5G network, driving innovation in the U.S. and bringing wireless access to people throughout the country. This quantum leap forward can only be achieved by using T-Mobile and Sprint’s combined low-, mid- and high-spectrum bands — and only the New T-Mobile will have the resources to do it quickly.
- The network will have 14 times more capacity in the next six years than T-Mobile alone has today, enabling the New T-Mobile to leapfrog the competition in network capability and experience.
- Customers will have access to average 5G speeds up to eight times faster than current LTE in just a few years and 15 times faster over the next six years.
- Within six years, the New T-Mobile will provide 5G to 99% of the U.S. population and average 5G speeds in excess of 100 Mbps to 90% of the U.S. population.
- New T-Mobile’s business plan is built on covering 90% of rural Americans with average 5G speeds of 50 Mbps, up to two times faster than broadband on average.
Neville Ray, president of Technology at T-Mobile commented that the network is at the core of everything they do as a business, and it’s critically important for keeping customers connected to each other, their communities and the world. The supercharged 5G network that they’ll build as a combined company will be a huge step forward, transforming wireless, fueling innovation and delivering new experiences for customers all across the country that they can’t even imagine today.
Better Products At Lower Prices
With 14 times more total capacity in the next six years than T-Mobile has today, customers won’t have to choose between great service or low prices — they’ll get both. The New T-Mobile will offer free access to 5G and the best rate plans at low prices, now and in the future, so all customers can reap the benefits of a supercharged Un-Carrier network at a great value. And the New T-Mobile has committed to delivering the same or better rate plans for three years, which includes access to 5G, including for prepaid and Lifeline customers.
Backed by that additional capacity, the New T-Mobile is also taking the fight beyond wireless. By offering an alternative to in-home broadband, the Un-carrier will provide much-needed competition in-home internet to Big Cable, at a time when just under half of the country’s households have only one or zero options for high-speed broadband. The New T-Mobile’s wireless in-home broadband service will overcome the obstacles to extending traditional wireline access by blanketing high-capacity coverage over previously difficult to serve areas. Its network will deliver 100+ Mbps speeds for wireless broadband to 90% of the population and offer in-home service to millions of the country’s households in the next six years.
A Brand that Customers Love
New T-Mobile will capitalize on the winning formula it built and double down on what customers love about the brand. It will also continue to be a force for good, pledging not only to be a bigger company but also a better company. New T-Mobile customers should expect everything the Un-carrier has ALWAYS stood for: treating customers right, shaking up the status quo and being a force for good. The company will use its network to lift up communities nationwide and bring the benefits of 5G to as many Americans as possible, and it will continue supporting the programs and causes that matter most to employees and the communities they serve.
It began with the T-Mobile Connect plan. To address America’s urgent needs around COVID-19, T-Mobile fast-tracked its groundbreaking, lowest-priced plan EVER, launched on March 23. Other initiatives to bring the New T-Mobile’s newly expanded network capabilities to the customers and communities that can benefit most will launch soon, including the Connecting Heroes Initiative to offer FREE unlimited talk, text and smartphone data to ALL first responders at ALL public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS agencies; and Project 10Million, delivering free internet access and hardware to 10 million households over the next five years.
New T-Mobile customers will also receive industry-leading customer care, and all post-paid customers will have access to T-Mobile’s award-winning Team of Experts (TEX) model as it expands into every current and planned customer experience centre.
Massive Value-Creation Opportunity
The combined assets of T-Mobile and Sprint are so complementary that the merger is expected to unlock at least $43 billion in synergies for all shareholders. The vast majority of synergies in this deal come from combining networks, such as reducing redundant cell sites and rapidly deploying spectrum and other technologies more efficiently. The company plans to deliver seamless, high-quality integration, just as it did with its MetroPCS merger, which was completed a year earlier than planned. These synergies and our combined scale are expected to put New T-Mobile in an enhanced financial position, including significant free-cash-flow, margin expansion, and strong, flexible capital structure.
Under the terms of the transaction, Sprint shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.10256 T-Mobile shares for each Sprint share, or the equivalent of approximately 9.75 Sprint shares for each T-Mobile share. As previously announced, per a separate arrangement, SoftBank Group Corp. surrendered approximately 48.8 million T-Mobile shares acquired in the merger to New T-Mobile immediately following the closing of the transaction, making SoftBank’s effective ratio 11.31 Sprint shares per T-Mobile share.
Effective at the beginning of today’s trading session, T-Mobile will trade on the NASDAQ on a combined basis under the ticker symbol “TMUS.” The Sprint shares will no longer trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
PJT Partners and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisors to T-Mobile. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz provided legal counsel to T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom. Evercore acted as financial advisor to the committee of independent directors of T-Mobile and Latham & Watkins provided legal counsel to the committee of independent directors. Morgan Stanley served as a financial advisor to Deutsche Telekom.
The Raine Group LLC acted as lead financial advisor to Sprint. J.P. Morgan also acted as a financial advisor to Sprint. Morrison & Foerster LLP provided legal counsel to Sprint and SoftBank.