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Verizon and Vodafone at a Standstill

Verizon (NYSE: VZ  ) and has been trying to buy Vodafone's (NASDAQ: VOD  ) 45% stake in Verizon Wireless for years, and now might be the time to make a deal. But Vodafone isn't going to give it up cheap and has been reluctant to accept offers less than $130 billion. In the video below, Erin Miller asks Fool contributor Travis Hoium how he thinks this standoff will end.

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  • Report this Comment On May 12, 2013, at 5:22 AM, RobertC429 wrote:

    Have Verizon said anything on the record? Hasn't it all been rumour? Advantage Vodafone.

    To my knowledge, Vodafone have never said they would accept $100b. A figure from the rumour mill! Advantage Vodafone.

    Vodafone's dividend is not dependent on a VW dividend. Advantage Vodafone.

    The location of the HQ and which company gains the senior management positions will have some bearing on the eventual company's strategy. This does not come across in the discussion. Advantage Vodafone; the status quo is less disturbing.

    Verizon and Vodafone have not always walked side by side, re dividends and 3G technology. Advantage no one, especially their customers!

    Does Verizon think it can 'force' Vodafone to sell? Unbelievable, but all the signs are there. Advantage Vodafone.

    The question is, is it possible for one company to buy out the other company's share of a money making machine. It is like pulling yourself up by your shoe laces. Often done, but never witnessed!

    Advantage Vodafone.

    Still, there could be an offer for the whole of Vodafone. Advantage .... I don't know, but it had better be a good price! And if not, they should get on with their business and looking after their customers.

  • Report this Comment On May 14, 2013, at 8:00 AM, RobertC429 wrote:

    So, VW eventually pays out a dividend.

    Advantage Vodafone, again.

    While holding cash gives a warm feeling, especially when it belongs to you, where should it go for safe keeping? Interest rates are below inflation and then it's taxed.

    Better off leaving it in VW. At least it is theoretically inflation proofed against government printing money like there's no tomorrow, and the expectation is that value will be added.

    VZ needs to offer a very good price, and in cash, or get on with running the business.

    Who will want VZ shares? A company that will have over paid for the honour of 100% ownership.

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