Nokia has revealed an interesting M&A move over in Europe this morning. They have announced their intention to acquire Finland-based Comptel, launching a recommended cash tender offer for the company’s shares.
The deal would bring Comptel’s service orchestration, data processing, customer engagement, and agile service monetization solutions under Nokia’s roof. There they would be combined with Nokia’s own software capabilities, which include Cloudband and Nuage. Those of course derive from the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition.
The result would be the ability to offer end-to-end orchestration of complex NFV and SDN deployments, and thus make a more complete case to the carrier market going forward. One might see this deal as having a similar plan in mind as we saw in the Ciena/Cyan deal a year and a half ago.
The price tag for Nokia is approximately €347M, which derives in part from an offer price per share of €3.04, a 28.8% premium above the closing price yesterday. That price has been unanimously recommended by Comptel’s board of directors.
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