U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile U.S. and Sprint are said to be in active merger talks, CNBC reported, citing sources.
Sprint’s shares were up 6.7% (S), while T-Mobile shares rose nearly 3% (TMUS) in morning trade.
CNBC reported that the companies are still weeks away from finalizing a deal and believe the chances of reaching that deal are not assured.
With the all-stock nature contemplated, SoftBank would emerge as a large minority holder in any combination, CNBC reported.
While T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere is expected to lead any combination that results from a merger, SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son has made it clear he wants a say in how the company is run, CNBC said.
Both Sprint and T-Mobile did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.