ⓘ Breakup fee


ⓘ Breakup fee

A breakup fee is a penalty set in takeover agreements, to be paid if the target backs out of a deal. The breakup fee is ostensibly to compensate the original acquirer for the cost of the time and resources expended in negotiating the original agreement. A breakup fee also serves to inhibit competing bids, since such bids would have to cover the cost of the breakup fee as well.


1. Reverse breakup fee

A reverse breakup fee is a penalty to be paid to the target company if the acquirer backs out of the deal, usually because it can’t obtain financing. Reasons for such fees include the possibility of lawsuits, disruption of business operations, and the loss of key personnel during the period when the company is "in play."


2. Notable examples

  • If Japanese corporation SoftBanks $20 billion bid to buy 70% of Sprint Nextel fell through, SoftBank would have had to pay a $600 million breakup fee. SoftBank completed the deal with Sprint and is no longer subject to the reverse termination fee.
  • As a result of the failed 2011 merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, AT&T will have to pay a reverse breakup fee of $3 billion in cash and $1–3 billion in wireless spectrum.
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  • Sussex paid a 313 million breakup fee in advance, in case the deal fell through with 78 million of that used to pay the breakup fee to Pinnacle Entertainment
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