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Internet Market Close Report for 1998.02.11

ISDEX & Market Moves Snapshot

  11-Feb-98 % change point change
ISDEX Geometric Average 122.17 2.85% 3.39
ISDEX Price Weighted Composite 955.72 2.85% 26.50
NASDAQ 1,708.55 -0.03% -0.49
DJIA 8,314.55 0.23% 18.94
note:Raptor removed      
merged w/Axent      

  • Earthlink Network (NASDAQ:ELNK) inks a multi-year bonanza deal with Sprint (NASDAQ:FON). Here's the 'official' deal snapshot teh companies released, which we include because the deal has many notable elements:

    1) Sprint will purchase approximately 30 percent minority stake in EarthLink, as follows:
    * Sprint will initiate a tender offer for 1.25 million EarthLink common shares at $45 per share;
    * Sprint will receive 4.1 million shares of convertible preferred stock directly from EarthLink; and
    * Sprint will secure status as the exclusive telecommunications provider promoted in EarthLink's channels.

    2) In exchange for 4.1 million preferred shares and the right to tender for 1.25 million common shares, Sprint will provide EarthLink with:
    * All of Sprint's approximately 130,000 Internet Passport subscribers;
    * A five-year commercial agreement for Sprint to promote EarthLink
    through its marketing channels, including commitments to generate a
    minimum of 150,000 new EarthLink members annually;
    * A four-year network contract allowing EarthLink to utilize Sprint's
    world-class data IP network at favorable prices;
    * Approximately $24 million in cash;
    * A $100 million line of credit in the form of convertible debt for
    EarthLink's use, available incrementally over the first three years; and
    * Agency status to bundle Sprint's telecommunications services with EarthLink services.

    ELNK shares pop on the deal to more than $45 each as Sprint brought out its value calculator. While we think the deal positions Earthlink as a major player going forward we hope that Sprint doesn't get too involved in the day to day at Earthlink. After all, Sprint's own Internet access service has tweetered along to barely more than 100,000 subs--despite the great Sprint name. But we think that's why it did this deal, to latch onto a firm doing it right.

  • AOL (NYSE:AOL) sets a 2-for-1 stock split. On March 16, 1998, stockholders will receive one additional share for every share they own on the record date of Feb. 23. Following the March 16 effective date of the split, America Online will have approximately 220 million shares outstanding.

    We've written about AOL many times and think that it's in a great position to leverage all things Internet, if it can see the need to ditch its own closed software system, overhaul its miserable email system that now seems like 100% spam (at least in my mailbox which I can no longer even use it's so bogged down with absolute garbage), capitalize Digital Cities as a separate entity, and free up the mass of content buried under layers of pages.

    Critics and critiques aside AOL still rules the roost on Main Street and Wall Street.