May 9 Japanese telecoms group SoftBank Corp
expects more than $3 billion in annual cost savings by
2017 if it succeeds in its battle with Dish Network Corp
to buy Sprint Nextel, a securities filing showed.
Dish, the No.2 satellite television provider in the United
States, has offered to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion in cash and
stock, which could scupper SoftBank's proposed acquisition.
SoftBank's cost savings projection comes after Dish said
that its offer is more compelling because it would achieve $11
billion in cost savings and create a national provider of video,
broadband and voice services.
"SoftBank's synergies, plus its $8 billion primary
investment, will accelerate Sprint's ongoing turnaround and
position it to become the U.S. wireless industry's technology
and operational leader," SoftBank said in a filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission late on Wednesday.
SoftBank said that the combined entity can also cut capital
expenditure by 32 percent to 36 percent. Sprint shareholders are
scheduled to vote on the SoftBank deal on June 12.