AT&T to Buy Alltel’s Retail Operations

by Tom Taulli | January 23, 2013 10:38 am

AT&T to Buy Alltel’s Retail Operations

A T and T ATT 9 300x199 AT&T to Buy Alltel’s Retail Operations[1]AT&T (NYSE:T[2]) has agreed to purchase[3] Alltel’s retail wireless business, which is a part of Atlantic Tele-Network (NASDAQ:ATNI[4]). The deal comes to roughly $780 million.

A few years ago, Verizon (NYSE:VZ[5]) purchased Alltel. But some of the assets had to be unloaded because of regulatory concerns, which included the retail operations.

The Alltel unit generated about $350 million in revenues during the first nine months of 2012, with operating profits of $34 million. It has about 585,000 customers, which are mostly in the rural areas of Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.

So far in today’s trading, the shares of AT&T are up 0.4% to $33.74.

Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPO Playbook[6], a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of “How to Create the Next Facebook[7]” and “High-Profit IPO Strategies: Finding Breakout IPOs for Investors and Traders[8].” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli[9]. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/A-T-and-T-ATT-9.jpg
  2. T: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=T
  3. agreed to purchase: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323940004578257724151675436.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
  4. ATNI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ATNI
  5. VZ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VZ
  6. IPO Playbook: http://investorplace.com/ipo-playbook/
  7. How to Create the Next Facebook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1430246472/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0GRB6ZMCTYDZVNG7Q7NV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846
  8. High-Profit IPO Strategies: Finding Breakout IPOs for Investors and Traders: http://goo.gl/pR2F3
  9. @ttaulli: https://twitter.com/ttaulli

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