Third Point picks up stake in Nokia

Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:04am EDT

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(Reuters) - Activist investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point LLC said it took a stake in Nokia Oyj (NOK1V.HE) (NOK.N) late in the third quarter ended September 30.

Third Point said it "seized an opportunity to create new Nokia at a substantial discount to target value", following the Finnish phonemaker's decision to sell its devices and services business to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).

"The company will have approximately 8 billion euros ($11 billion) cash when the transaction closes, and we expect a meaningful portion of the excess will be distributed to shareholders in coming quarters," Third Point said in its quarterly investor letter. (link.reuters.com/xar93v)

Nokia shares were up 1.4 percent at $7.25 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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