Hedge Funds Hit Hard By Microsoft-Nokia Merger

Sep 3 2013 | 12:09pm ET

Despite rumblings as far back as February, some prominent hedge funds clearly did not see Microsoft's all-cash $7.2 billion deal for most of Nokia coming.

What had been a very profitable bet against the cellphone maker—whose shares had lost 93% over the past 13 years—soured quickly after the merger was announced yesterday. Some 12% of Nokia shares were on loan to short-sellers, who saw the stock's price soar nearly 50% after the announcement.

Hedge funds may have lost up to €640 million, according to Reuters. Among Nokia's biggest short-sellers were Discovery Capital Management, Viking Global Investors, Maverick Capital Management, Blue Ridge Capital and Lone Pine Capital.

"It's going to be a long/short body-bag job," Hobart Capital's Justin Haque told Reuters.

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