Bloomberg News: "Dish Network debt protection surges on possible T-Mobile bid" (1 Viewer)

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From Bloomberg News:

[h=1]Dish Network debt protection surges on possible T-Mobile bid[/h] Bloomberg News Jan 11, 2012 – 1:23 PM ET
Stephen Yang/Bloomberg
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The cost to protect against losses on Dish Network Corp. debt jumped on speculation that the satellite-television company may be considering a bid for T- Mobile USA.


Credit-default swaps on Englewood, Colorado-based Dish climbed 30 basis points to 360 basis points as of 10:27 a.m. in New York, according to broker Phoenix Partners Group. That’s the biggest jump since Oct. 4, according to data provider CMA.


After regulatory opposition killed Deutsche Telekom AG’s sale of T-Mobile to AT&T Inc. on Dec. 19, speculation that Dish might be interested in acquiring T-Mobile has been “rather rampant,” according to Dave Novosel, an analyst at bond researcher Gimme Credit LLC in Chicago. Dish could partner with T-Mobile or another wireless company to create a strengthened competitor to AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Clayton said last month.


While a deal wouldn’t be “inconsistent with the recent moves they’ve made,” Novosel said “the nature of the deal makes some sense, but the size of the deal precludes something from happening.”
Aaron Johnson, a spokesman for Dish, didn’t immediately return a voicemail message seeking comment on the bond and credit-default swap moves.


Dish’s underperformance relative to DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-television provider is pushing the company to adjust its strategy, Novosel said in a telephone interview today.


“AT&T had plenty of financial flexibility to borrow against its balance sheet whereas Dish doesn’t have nearly the flexibility; one because it just has higher leverage, and two it’s a much smaller company,” Novosel said. “I don’t think Dish would be willing to sacrifice its balance sheet for an acquisition of this nature.”
Dish’s $2 billion of 6.75 percent notes due 2021 dropped two cents on the dollar to 106 as of 10:39 a.m. in New York, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Dish and Google Inc. submitted a bid for T-Mobile, SNL Kagan said yesterday, citing unidentified sources.
Credit-default swaps tied to Dish’s debt, which typically rise as perceptions of creditworthiness deteriorate, are down from 551.5 basis points on Oct. 4, according to CMA, which is owned by CME Group Inc. and compiles prices quoted by dealers in the privately negotiated market.


Credit swaps pay the buyer face value if a borrower fails to meet its obligations, less the value of the defaulted debt. A basis point equals $1,000 annually on a contract protecting $10 million of debt.
A benchmark gauge of U.S. company credit risk increased from a two-month low on concern the resolution of European sovereign-debt turmoil is a long way off. The Markit CDX North America Investment Grade Index, which investors use to hedge against losses on corporate debt or to speculate on creditworthiness, rose 1 basis point to a mid-price of 117.4 at 12:44 p.m. in New York, according to Markit Group Ltd.


The gauge advanced for the first time in three days as David Riley, head of the sovereign-debt unit at Fitch Ratings, said the European Central Bank should step up its government bond purchases to contain the euro region’s debt crisis. The index, which typically rises as investor confidence deteriorates and falls as it improves, fell yesterday to as low as 116.2 basis points, the lowest level since Oct. 31.


The U.S. two-year interest-rate swap spread, a measure of stress in credit markets, fell 1.9 basis points to 37.79 basis points, the narrowest since Nov. 10.


Bloomberg.com
 

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It would be a bunch of money... making a partnership seem much more reasonable. If Dish can get a OTA broadband service established, that could seriously impact their ability to not only get around other Telecoms who nickel and dime their customers for broadband service, but they could also make money on another industry as well.

But Dish doesn't seem to have that sort of cash flow to do it on their own.
 

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Since the day that it was announced that AT&T was walking away from the table on the TMobile deal, I have said that it wouldn't surprise me if DISH were next in line.

-SF
 

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