Nokia (NOK) Jumping Into Alcatel (ALU) Deal Could Pressure Corp. Ratings - Danske Bank

September 26, 2013 8:26 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may be looking to do a deal with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), but one analyst thinks that Nokia should wait or not do one at all.

Danske Bank’s Louis Landeman, during a recent interview, said Nokia and Alcatel in a tie-up would hamper the positive momentum that Nokia is seeing in its credit ratings. The outcome might be slight downgrade or stabilization at current levels.

Currently, S&P, Fitch, and Moody's all have Nokia's credit ratings under review following recent M&A activity. Landeman thinks that it is unlikely that the ratings agencies will take action before the company is done with its strategic review.

Nokia spreads might widen depending on how a deal is structured. Right now, Alcatel's ratings are vulnerable given that it is going through a major restructuring and is having trouble generating stable free cash flow.

Moody's is at B1, Fitch is at BB-, and S&P is at B+ on Nokia. Shares are indicated lower Thursday.


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