BofA/Merrill Lynch Adds Nokia (NOK) to 'Most Preferred Tech' List; Sees Upside Catalysts Forming

October 1, 2013 7:45 AM EDT
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BofA/Merrill Lynch (BAML) is adding Nokia (NYSE: NOK) to its "Most Preferred Tech Shares" list, seeing a slew of positive catalysts for the name moving forward.

The stub appears inexpensive following Nokia's agreement to sell its Devices & Services unit to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) last month, BAML said. The stub is currently trading for 0.75- and 0.67-times FY14 and FY15 enterprise value-to-sales multiples leading to pro forma EBIT margins of 11.7 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively.

BAML sees Nokia's patent and licensing division contributing about €500 million in EBIT during FY15 with the potential for more upside surprise.

The Nokia/Microsoft deal should be approved at the November 19th EGM, BAML said.

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Shares of Nokia closed at $6.51 yesterday, with a 52 week range of $2.52 to $6.78.

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