I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try
But that was just a dream
That was just a dream
-- From "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
Just as we predicted when Nortel Networks
The herd of hungry would-be buyers, according to The Wall Street Journal, is led by telecom infrastructure operation Nokia Siemens Networks, which is run jointly by (surprise!) Finnish telecom Brobdingnagian Nokia
Nokia Siemens prefers (again, surprise!) Nortel's wireless products and services. Separately, Siemens Enterprise Communications is bidding for Nortel's business telecom assets. Bidders for these and other parts of Nortel's carcass include Genband, a nonpublic business in which Alcatel Lucent
The leaders in data and voice communications equipment don't seem to care for Nortel's leftovers, though. Cisco Systems
Unfortunately, it looks like Nortel investors will be left holding the bag. Company spokesman Jay Barta says that Nortel wants to "provide maximum benefit to our key stakeholders, including our creditors, customers and employees." Notice that "shareholders" is not part of that list.
Nortel's liabilities outweigh the assets by about $4 billion. Keep in mind that Nortel sports a market cap of roughly $100 million now -- less than one-thousandth of its glory-day peaks above the $200 billion mark.
Do you see any combination of chop-shop sales adding up to that large a premium? I sure don't. But the stock popped some 20% on this news, in spite of these major issues that spell "no value" to me in large, red letters. If you’re in the unenviable position of holding leftover shares, sell them today while you have the chance to benefit from this irrational spike.
Nokia is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days.
Fool contributor Anders Bylund holds no position in any of the companies discussed here. You can check out Anders' holdings or a concise bio if you like. The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.