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Why Straight Path Communications Inc. Stock Jumped Today

By Steve Symington - Apr 25, 2017 at 11:29AM

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The wireless spectrum company is now the subject of a bidding war. But can it go much higher?

What happened

Shares of Straight Path Communications (NYSEMKT: STRP) were up 12.8% as of 11:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday after the wireless spectrum specialist announced it had received a "superior proposal" to AT&T's previous acquisition bid.

So what

Straight Path stock jumped 150% two weeks ago when AT&T offered $95.63 per share, or a total transaction value of $1.6 billion. Then shares climbed another 17% on April 17, 2017, when regulatory filings revealed that an unnamed third party (presumed to be Verizon) was considering a competitive bid. Today, however, Straight Path's board stated that an unnamed "multi-national telecommunications company" has offered  $104.64 per share, reflecting an enterprise value of $1.8 billion.

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Now what

What's more, Straight Path is giving AT&T five business days to negotiate an amendment to match or exceed this new offer. And if Straight Path opts to go with its new suitor, it will be required to pay a $38 million termination fee to AT&T per the terms of the original agreement. But with the new offer valuing Straight Path a full $200 million above AT&T's bid, that would be an easy choice if AT&T decides to back down.

In the end, there's certainly a chance AT&T will return to the table and up the ante again. But with shares now trading at a jaw-dropping $125.50 per share as of this writing -- well above even the latest offer -- I think Straight Path shareholders who have held on this long would be wise to take their profits and put them to work elsewhere.

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