Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More, More Navteq...

Ok, I’m done building up my position in Navteq. I picked up some more yesterday at $74.46 and $74.36. Now, I’ll just sit back and see how this develops.

On a side note, Genzyme reported numbers today and it was pretty much inline. The revenue beat and guidance was nice. The company still reiterated $4 eps for 2008 and $7 for 2011. This looks very doable and maybe a bit conservative. Anyways, the company is trading ~ 19 times this years earnings. It’s too cheap; it should be trading at a premium to its growth rate. I’m looking for $90 – $100 this year. We’ll see…


At February 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read this?

It would seem - and I am making an assumption here - that since the EC considers TELE and NVT a "duopoly" that they would have the same "serious doubts" regarding the NOK/NVT combination as they would have of the TOM/TELE combo.

Could the TOM/TELE decision set the precedent for the NOK/NVT deal? I don't know, but it could be a long wait until the April 17,2008 deadline.

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Tom Tom's proposed acquisition of Tele Atlas
The European Commission has opened a detailed investigation under the EU merger regulation into TomTom's proposed acquisition of Tele Atlas, both of The Netherlands. TomTom produces portable navigation devices (PNDs) and Tele Atlas is one of two producers of navigable digital maps, a crucial input for PND manufacturers. The Commission's initial market investigation has indicated that the proposed merger raises serious doubts with regards to vertical competition concerns. A decision to open an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has until 17 April 2008 to take a final decision on whether the proposed transaction would significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area (EEA) or a significant part of it.
Tom Tom is active in navigation software and manufacturing of PNDs and is the market leader in the EEA. Tele Atlas is one of only two producers of navigable digital maps offering a complete coverage of Europe and North America (the other being U.S firm Navteq).

After a preliminary review, the Commission has identified serious doubts that the acquisition by TomTom of Tele Atlas might, in the light of the duopoly market for navigable digital maps and TomTom's strong position on the market for PNDs, lead to a significant impediment of effective competition within the EEA.

Navigable digital maps are essential inputs for producers of PNDs. The proposed acquisition raises vertical competition concerns because TomTom acquires one of the current two map suppliers that provide maps for the whole of Europe. The Commission's in-depth investigation will focus, inter alia, on assessing whether the transaction would increase the costs of other PND manufacturers for navigable digital map or limit their access to these maps, and as a consequence harm consumers.
More information on the case will be available at:

At February 14, 2008, Blogger Money Turtle said...

The NOK/NVT merger should actually create a more competitive environment over in Euro. Right now, it's just Tom/Tele over there. There's definitely a possibility of a delay, but I eventually see this deal closing.


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