Nokia Agrees to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

Nokia Agrees to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

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Nokia has announced an agreement to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion EUR or about $16.6 billion USD.

The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The all-share transaction values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6 billion on a fully diluted basis, corresponding to a fully diluted premium of 34% (equivalent to EUR 4.48 per share), and a premium to shareholders of 28% (equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share) (see Appendix 1), on the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months. This is based on Nokia's unaffected closing share price of EUR 7.77 on April 13, 2015.

Each company's Board of Directors has approved the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2016. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, completion of relevant works council consultations, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

Nokia Agrees to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

The companies say that this agreement will position them to enable the next wave of technological change, including the Internet of Things and transition to the cloud.

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The combined company will have unparalleled innovation capabilities, with Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs and Nokia's FutureWorks, as well as Nokia Technologies, which will stay as a separate entity with a clear focus on licensing and the incubation of new technologies.

With more than 40 000 R&D employees and spend of EUR 4.7 billion in R&D in 2014, the combined company will be in a position to accelerate development of future technologies including 5G, IP and software-defined networking, cloud, analytics as well as sensors and imaging.

Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia have highly complementary portfolios and geographies, with particular strength in the United States, China, Europe and Asia-Pacific. They will also bring together the best of fixed and mobile broadband, IP routing, core networks, cloud applications and services. This combination is expected to create access to an expanded addressable market with improved long term growth opportunities.

Consumers are looking to access data, voice and video across networks of all kinds. In this environment technology that used to operate independently now needs to work well together. That is not always the case today, but together Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent are uniquely suited to helping telecom operators, internet players and large enterprises address this challenge.
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You can read more about the transaction highlights and terms at the link below.

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Nokia Agrees to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion
Mr Logic - April 15, 2015 at 6:30pm
From reading some of the other posts I realize many people still have misconception that Nokia is still in the mobile phone business. They are not. The mobile phone making division of Nokia was sold to Microsoft to form Microsoft Mobile. Which also acquired some rights to continue using the "Nokia" brand on their device. Hence the confusion.
Mr Logic - April 15, 2015 at 6:35pm
Nokia is now just a telecommunication company similar to AT&T. So unless you are from Finland or work in the telecommunication industry or is a stock holder, this news simply isn't relevant information.
6italia0 - April 15, 2015 at 2:28pm
Why can't Nokia just die like they were supposed to? Windows phone was terrible to begin with and revamping it into newer smartphones isn't any better
ottifant - April 15, 2015 at 9:50am
.... and maybe create new innovative and really good non-android smartphones??
ottifant - April 15, 2015 at 9:51am
non-android, non-win, non-iOS that is. Something new, ya know
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