Analyst: Apple unlikely to bid on TomTom

“Apple has about $20 billion in cash, that Investors seem to think it will spend on TomTom, a Dutch company that makes portable GPS devices and already has an application for the iPhone. On Friday, talk of a possible bid sent shares of TomTom up 21.6% at the close in Amsterdam. Even though TomTom’s share price has been pummeled over the past year, the speculation seems pretty overdone,” Lionel Laurent reports for Forbes.

“In terms of strategic advantage, it’s not clear what buying TomTom would bring to the table for Apple). TomTom may certainly be interested in moving into the mobile-phone space but there is no obvious reason to believe Apple would want to make a move into the navigation space. If anything, the technology sector’s view of navigation has been severely chastened after the wild sums of money spent by TomTom and Nokia ( NOK – news – people ) on buying digital map companies; demand has not grown enough to justify the premiums paid,” Laurent reports.

“Another well-placed source in Amsterdam familiar with TomTom’s strategy also poured cold water on the bid talk, describing an offer from Apple as ‘unlikely,'” Laurent reports. “He said that TomTom’s management owned 52% of the company, which would be an obvious deterrent for an outside buyer, with little chance of a hostile or under-the-radar approach.”

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