Telecom & Wireless

Is There Enough Arbitrage in the Alcatel-Lucent Nokia Merger?

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its proposed public exchange offer to acquire Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). As previously announced, Nokia intends on acquiring all the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent through a public exchange offer in France and the United States, where Alcatel-Lucent shares will be exchanged for Nokia shares.

Under the terms offered in April, a consideration of 0.55 of a newly issued ordinary share of Nokia would be offered in exchange for each ordinary share of Alcatel-Lucent.

The proposed transaction is subject to the minimum tender condition, approval by Nokia’s shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. However, if Nokia backs out of the deal and does not acquire Alcatel-Lucent, the company will then be subject to a termination fee of €400 million (about $444 million).

If, at the completion of the exchange offer or the subsequent offering period, Nokia owns 95% or more of the share capital and voting rights of Alcatel Lucent, Nokia intends to request from the AMF, within three months of the expiration of the French offer period, the implementation of a squeeze-out for the remaining outstanding Alcatel Lucent shares.

This newly combined company would target roughly €900 million of operating cost synergies to be achieved on a full year basis in 2019, assuming completion of the exchange offer no later than the end of the first half of 2016.

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Shares of Alcatel-Lucent were down 0.7% at $3.50 on Friday’s close. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $4.39 and a 52-week trading range of $2.28 to $4.96.

Nokia shares were down 0.5% at $6.61, in its 52-week trading range of $6.26 to $8.73. The stock has a consensus analyst price target of $8.98.

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