Citing people familiar with the matter, Manager Magazin also confirmed an earlier report that online taxi service Uber is looking at the books of HERE, Nokia's mapping unit, and that U.S. private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is also interested.
According to Manager Magazin, the book value of the unit is 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion). A more bullish brokerage estimate by Inderes Equity Research values HERE at 4.4 billion to 6.9 billion euros, based on a sum-of-parts calculation.
Nokia, Facebook and Uber declined to comment on the report. Hellman & Friedman, BMW, Audi and Daimler were not immediately available for comment.