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(Revised January 2009)
Nextel Partners: Put Option
Nextel Partners' shareholders have voted to exercise a put option that will require the company's largest shareholder, Sprint Nextel Corp., to purchase all the shares it does not already own. However, the put option does not stipulate a price to be paid, but rather a process involving third-party appraisers, who will set the sale price. This is so even though Nextel Partners is a publicly traded company. Raises issues regarding the definition and determination of "fair market value" and permits discussion of topics such as control premia, discounts for illiquidity, and possible departures by the stock price from "fair market value."
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions;