To conclude, I think it's safe to say that Alcatel-Lucent did have a fabulous quarter, showcasing its improvements in profit and balanced demand. For the last few months investors have speculated that Nokia would not have purchased the entire company had it been able to just get the IP routing business, but I think Alcatel-Lucent is proving that it has a lot to offer, and is diversified, thereby making the investment appeal of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent that much more appealing
It is obvious that ALU will want to see as many pensioners as possible to take the lump-sum before September 25th. On the contrary should this not happen, it will not be surprising for ALU to reinstate a second lump-sum proposition to pensioners. ( This is only my own deduction )
myk, leaving the lump-sum untouched represents also a risk as the beneficiary will not get a penny upon the pensioner's death. I would probably opt for a 25 or 75% life insurance option offered by ALU The monthly payment would of course be lesser but at least with a certain return for life of the beneficiary. This is not an easy decision which has to be taken with good research without hurrying.
jez, I like your idea, however, I would have preferred to see a partnership rather than a merger. ALU is doing well on its own long term without the need to find another buyer,
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Time will tell. At the rate ALU is improving we might find some changes from the BOD of the merger transaction.
buck, the deal if it is done is to receive 55 shares of NOKIA for every 100 shares of ALU in mid 2016. There is no way to tell the share price of ALU until then.