AT&T has won the approval from the US Justice Department to proceed with its proposed $944m acquisition of Centennial communications, but on the condition that it would divest Centennial’s operations in eight service areas in Louisiana and Mississippi.
In November 2008, AT&T and Centennial have entered into an agreement under which AT&T would acquire Centennial. Under the terms of the deal, Centennial stockholders would receive $8.50 per share in cash. The acquisition was approved by Centennial’s stockholders in February 2009.
The Justice Department said that it requires the divestitures as the proposed transaction would substantially lessen competition to the detriment of consumers of mobile wireless telecommunications services in the areas of southwestern and central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.
In May 2009, AT&T has announced a definitive agreement to sell to Verizon Wireless five of the Centennial service areas covered under the DOJ ruling for $240m.