OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ) announced that two of its employee benefit plans intend to sell, in the aggregate, approximately 3.5 million shares of common stock of Sprint Nextel Corporation (valued at approximately $68 million, based upon the closing price of Sprint Nextel common stock on the New York Stock Exchange of $19.55 per share on July 25, 2006) allocated to the accounts of participants in the plans. The employee benefit plans will use the proceeds from the sales to purchase approximately 1.63 million shares of common stock of EMBARQ (based upon the closing price of EMBARQ common stock on the NYSE of $41.92 per share on July 25, 2006), or approximately 1.1% of outstanding shares based upon the number of shares outstanding as of July 25, 2006. The transactions are required under applicable federal tax regulations and the terms of the benefit plans as a result of the spin-off of EMBARQ by Sprint Nextel.

EMBARQ expects that the sales of Sprint Nextel common stock and purchase of EMBARQ common stock by the two plans will commence on or about July 28, 2006, and be completed no later than August 15, 2006. To effectuate the transactions, the two plans intend to enter into an agreement with Fidelity Management Trust Company, the trustee of the plans. The agreement is intended to qualify as a trading plan under Rule 10b5-1(c)(1) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and to comply with the safe harbor under Rule 10b-18 of the Act. The sales of Sprint Nextel common stock and purchases of EMBARQ common stock will be effected from time to time during the transaction period on the open market and/or in privately negotiated transactions, as determined by Fidelity.

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About EMBARQ

EMBARQ (NYSE: EQ) provides a complete suite of communications services to customers in its local service territories. EMBARQ, which is expected to rank among the Fortune 500, brings common-sense ideas, reliable service and a renewed commitment to the communities it serves. EMBARQ focuses on offering its customers practical, innovative products and competitive pricing. The company has approximately 20,000 employees and operates in 18 states offering local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet, wireless, and entertainment services. For more information, visit http://www.embarq.com .

SOURCE Embarq Corporation
07/25/2006
 

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