Verizon acquire Tracfone in a $3.1 billion deal

Verizon Communications (VZ) has phoned the executive team at Tracfone, and has inked a deal.

The communications giant (which is the parent company of Yahoo Finance) announced Monday it has acquired pre-paid wireless leader Tracfone. The cost of the transaction will include $3.125 billion in cash and $3.125 billion in Verizon common stock, subject to customary adjustments, at closing.

The agreement also includes up to an additional $650 million in future cash consideration related to the achievement of certain performance measures and other commercial arrangements.

Tracfone boasts 21 million subscribers through a network of over 90,000 retail locations worldwide. The deal takes Verizon more into the lucrative value-oriented space of the wireless market.

“This transaction is aligned with what we do best: providing reliable wireless service alongside a best-in-class customer experience,” said Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring Tracfone and its brands into the Verizon family where we can put the full support of Verizon behind this business and provide exciting and compelling products into this attractive segment of the market. We are pursuing this important strategic acquisition from a position of strength given our very strong and prudent financial profile.”

Programming note: Verizon Communications executive vice president and Group CEO — Verizon Consumer Ronan Dunne will be live on Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade today to discuss the deal.

Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and co-anchor of The First Trade at Yahoo Finance.