UPDATE 1-Bid deadline for Canada's Mobilicity delayed by a week

Mon Dec 9, 2013 5:34pm EST
 
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO Dec 9 (Reuters) - The court-appointed monitor for struggling Canadian wireless startup Mobilicity has extended the deadline for suitors to bid for the company by a week to Dec. 16, a regulatory filing shows.

Bidders for the Toronto-based startup, which filed for court protection from its creditors earlier this year, now have until noon next Monday to submit their offers in the court-supervised auction, according to a document posted on the website of monitor Ernst & Young Inc.

Ernst & Young said it extended the deadline following requests from several bidders.

Mobilicity, formally known as Data & Audio Visual Enterprises, offers lower-cost unlimited talk and text plans to fewer than 200,000 customers, mainly in several of Canada's biggest cities. It had previously agreed to sell itself to Telus Corp, one of Canada's dominant wireless providers.

But the federal government twice blocked the sale of Mobilicity to Telus on the grounds it would create an undue concentration of wireless spectrum ownership.

The largest of Mobilicity's creditors, private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group Inc, wants the startup to merge with Wind Mobile, the biggest of the new players in the Canadian mobile market, and would put resources behind such a move, a Catalyst spokesman said on Monday.

Wind, the brand name of Globalive Wireless Management Corp, has entered the court process and is assessing Mobilicity's value, Chief Executive Anthony Lacavera said last week. Globalive is controlled by Lacavera, with backing from Europe's Vimpelcom Inc.   Continued...