Iliad considering bid for bigger stake in T-Mobile US

France’s Iliad is considering the possibility of bidding for a “significantly larger” stake in Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile than it previously sought.

Iliad’s $15 billion bid for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile US came as a shock to the market in early August, which had been expecting a deal to materialise with SoftBank-owned Sprint.

However, Sprint has since abandoned its bid following continued resistance from US regulators, and in a bid to better its own offer – which had been deemed inadequate – Iliad is now planning to bid for a larger stake, according to Bloomberg.

According to people familiar with the matter, Iliad will still offer the same price of approximately $33 per share, but will significantly increase the number of shares.

This offer is still notably lower than that of Sprint, which had bid $40 per share, and two executives at Deutsche Telekom told reporters that the deal was worth $35 per share at the very minimum.

Xavier Niel, founder and majority shareholder at Iliad, has allegedly set a deadline of mid-October to reach a preliminary agreement with Deutsche Telekom, and decide whether the French firm will up its bid or walk away.

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