(Reuters) - Private equity firm Centerbridge Partners LP has reached a tentative deal to buy bankrupt telecommunications firm LightSquared Inc for $3.3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, quoting people familiar with the matter.
LightSquared, backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falconer, has been in bankruptcy since 2012 and is fighting to keep control of its valuable spectrum amid a takeover push by Dish Network Corp
Reuters could not reach Centerbridge or LightSquared for comment outside regular business hours.
Three creditor groups have proposed plans that contemplate an auction for the assets, and Dish has already made a baseline bid of $2.2 billion.
Centerbridge has offered to pay about $3.3 billion for LightSquared and assume about $1.7 billion in various liabilities, the Journal quoted the people as saying. (WSJ story: http://link.reuters.com/gud45v)
A filing on LightSquared's bankruptcy docket on Wednesday evening showed that the company did not hold the auction for its assets scheduled for Wednesday and that LightSquared was pursuing an alternative transaction.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
It now backs Centerbridge's plan and with JPMorgan Chase & Co
(Reporting by Neha Alawadhi and Aman Shah in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)