March 30, 2008 / 5:48 PM / 12 years ago

Motorola spin-off is no panacea: Barron's

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorola Inc’s MOT.N decision to spin off its handset division will not raise a share buying opportunity for investors and will not improve chances of a turnaround at the unit, Barron’s reported on Sunday.

Motorola does not have a detailed plan as to how, or specifically when, the spin-off will occur, Barron’s said in its March 31 edition.

The paper said Motorola has also been unable to find a qualified executive to manage the new handset company.

“There’s a lot of execution risk” to the spin-off plan, Mark Sue, RBC Capital Markets analyst, said in the Barron’s report.

It said the notion that a spin-off would improve the chances of a turnaround in handsets is “seriously flawed”.

Reporting by Yinka Adegoke, editing by Maureen Bavdek

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