NEW YORK, March 22 Activist investor P.
Schoenfeld Asset Management LP stepped up its campaign against
the proposed MetroPCS Communications Inc merger with
T-Mobile USA, by calling on the MetroPCS Chief Executive and a
company director to step down.
The investment firm, which is currently campaigning for
other shareholders to vote against the deal, has complained
about the transactions valuation and the amount of debt the
combined company would have.
P. Schoenfeld Asset Management, which says it owns about 2.5
percent of MetroPCS shares, said MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist and
board member Kevin Landry should leave the board and argued that
Linquist should resign as CEO if shareholders vote down the
P. Schoenfeld Asset Management made the call for the two to
leave the board in a statement released on Friday.
Shareholders are set to vote on the deal at a special
meeting on April 12. MetroPCS representatives were not
immediately available for comment and Reuters was not
immediately able to reach Landry.
The investor complained that Linquist and Landry had sold
shares in MetroPCS since its planned deal was announced in
Under the terms of the deal, MetroPCS parent Deutsche
Telekom would end up with a 74 percent stake in the
combined company and MetroPCS would declare a 1-for-2 reverse
stock split and pay $1.5 billion in cash to its shareholders.
U.S. regulators have given their blessing to the deal but
the companies still need approval from MetroPCS shareholders.
MetroPCS shares traded up four cents at $10.52 in morning
trade on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock has fallen about
9 percent since Oct. 1, the day before it emerged that MetroPCS
and T-Mobile USA were in talks for a deal.