Tue, Jul. 21, 11:32 AM
- The WSJ and Germany's Manager Magazin report Nokia (NOK -0.7%) has reached a deal with a consortium featuring Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIY), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), and Audi (OTCPK:AUDVF) to sell its HERE mapping/navigation software unit for about €2.5B ($2.72B).
- The deal will reportedly be finalized by month's end, with the automakers subsequently running HERE, the top player in the automotive navigation software space, as an open platform. The reported sale price is less than the ~$4B Nokia was believed to be seeking.
- With HERE having 2014 revenue of €969M (+6% Y/Y), Nokia appears to be selling the unit for roughly 2.6x trailing sales. Bloomberg reported overnight Nokia and the automakers were close to a deal.
- Update: More details from the WSJ. Sources state the automakers "intend to purchase all of Nokia Here and then invite other global auto makers to take stakes in the company."
- Update 2: Reuters reports a deal worth between €2.5B-€3B is close, while adding the issue of patent ownership still needs to be worked out. The automakers want full ownership of Nokia's mapping patents; Nokia wants to keep control of some of the patents related to "how mobile devices connect to networks."
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