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Dish’s TerreStar Deal Said to Proceed as Auction Canceled

June 28, 2011

June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Dish Network Corp.’s $1.38 billion deal for TerreStar Networks Inc. is set to go to court for approval after no competing bids were made for TerreStar, a person familiar with the matter said.

TerreStar plans to proceed with the Dish deal after no rival bids were made by a 5 p.m. deadline yesterday, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter who didn’t want to be identified because it isn’t public.

Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, agreed to buy Reston, Virginia-based TerreStar out of bankruptcy protection, as it makes acquisitions to move beyond its traditional pay-television business. Dish’s agreement was subject to higher bids at an auction that had been scheduled for June 30.

TerreStar, which provides wireless communications using a satellite network, filed for bankruptcy last year. It put itself up for sale after an earlier restructuring plan fell apart. It will seek a judge’s approval for the Dish sale at a July 7 hearing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, the person said.

Marc Lumpkin, a spokesman for Englewood, Colorado-based Dish, declined to comment. Arik Preis, a TerreStar lawyer, didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment yesterday.

Dish’s deal for TerreStar follows moves by Charlie Ergen, Dish’s chairman, to buy out of bankruptcy video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. and DBSD North America Inc., another satellite communications company.

The case is In re TerreStar Networks Inc., 10-15446, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan)

--Editors: Michael Hytha, Glenn Holdcraft

To contact the reporter on this story: David McLaughlin in New York at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net


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