July 17, 2003 |
Singapore Technologies Telemedia's proposed acquisition of Global Crossing Ltd. is being formally opposed by the U.S. Defense Department because of national security concerns, according to federal officials. The Pentagon is concerned about foreign ownership of Global Crossing because it provides the U.S. with commercial and military Internet links. The objection was conveyed July 11 in a letter to the Treasury Department, an official familiar with the letter said.
July 15, 2003 |
Singapore Technologies Telemedia, a government-owned telecommunications company, said it planned to name former U.S. Defense Undersecretary Pete Aldridge to the board of Global Crossing Ltd., the troubled network operator it wants to buy. Aldridge, who retired from government work in May, would be appointed to Global Crossing's security committee, responsible for ensuring the integrity of the company's fiber optic network, a spokeswoman for ST Telemedia said.
July 9, 2003 |
The Pentagon plans to oppose an agreement by Singapore Technologies Telemedia to buy a majority stake in Global Crossing Ltd., an official familiar with the situation said Tuesday. Defense Department officials cited national security concerns in a memorandum to oppose the acquisition of the 61.5% stake by STT, which is owned by an arm of the Singapore government, said the official who asked not to be identified.
July 2, 2003 |
Troubled telecommunications company Global Crossing Ltd. on Tuesday won its bid to continue exclusive talks to be bought by Singapore Technologies Telemedia. The decision, issued by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber, represents a loss for XO Communications Inc. and other suitors who have been blocked by the court-mandated exclusivity period. The judge agreed to extend that period until Oct. 28.
July 1, 2003 |
Carl Icahn's XO Communications Inc., a telecommunications company, said it now owns about $790 million of Global Crossing Ltd. bank debt as part of a plan to acquire the fiber-optic network operator. XO, based in Reston, Va., said it bought $495 million of the $2.21 billion in outstanding loans in a tender offer, adding to the $294 million it already owned. The company said it paid 22 cents on the dollar in the tender offer.
June 27, 2003 |
XO Communications Inc., ratcheting up the bidding war for Global Crossing Ltd., offered $200 million to Global bondholders to get them to back its bid for the company, sources familiar with the situation said. XO, a regional telephone company looking to expand globally, is adding the $200 million to its existing $495-million bid for Global Crossing's bank debt. Global Crossing, which filed for Bankruptcy Court protection in January 2002, previously agreed to sell a 61.
June 25, 2003 |
Carl Icahn's XO Communications Inc. raised to $495 million its offer to buy debt held by bank lenders to Global Crossing Ltd. in a bid to win control of the bankrupt network operator and scuttle a previous sale agreement. XO wants Global Crossing's 100,000-mile fiber optic network for sending phone calls and data at high speeds and has said it also would pay $700 million for the company's assets. Global Crossing and its bondholders had agreed to sell a 61.
June 13, 2003 |
Carl Icahn's XO Communications Inc. said it might offer $700 million in cash for Global Crossing Ltd. after an initial offer, which included notes and warrants, was spurned by creditors of the ailing optical network operator. XO said it also might offer $472.5 million for the company's bank debt, on the condition Global Crossing cancels an agreement to sell control to Singapore Technologies Telemedia.
June 3, 2003 |
Singapore Technologies Telemedia has a binding contract to buy Global Crossing Ltd. that forbids the telecom firm, which is in bankruptcy proceedings, from considering an offer from investor Carl Icahn, a source close to the deal said. Billionaire Icahn's U.S.-based XO Communications Inc. said Friday that it offered more than $700 million to buy Global Crossing. That compares with the $250 million that state-controlled telecom group ST Telemedia has agreed to pay for a 61.5% stake in the U.S.
May 31, 2003 |
Billionaire buyout artist Carl Icahn made a bid Friday for one of the battered telecommunications sector's biggest casualties: Global Crossing Ltd. XO Communications Inc., which emerged from bankruptcy proceedings in January after Icahn acquired control, said it offered $700 million for the fiber optic network provider, whose lavish former offices in Beverly Hills epitomized the excesses of the technology boom.