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Nokia may sell headquarters - report

Oct 03 2012 10:25 AFP
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Helsinki - Struggling Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia might sell its headquarters on the outskirts of Helsinki, a senior company official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

"We are exploring different options for our property assets. This includes a possible sale of our headquarters," Nokia's financial director Timo Ihamuotila told the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat.

"However we have no plans to move our head office," he added.

The sale of property by a company which then rents the same assets from the buyer is a well-established strategy used by companies needing to raise cash.

Nokia, once the leader in mobile phones, has been losing market share as consumers move to smartphones powered by Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating system.

It has tied its future to using Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone operating system, but has yet to produce a major hit with consumers.

The company, in the midst of a major restructuring plan, posted a net loss of €1.4bn in the second quarter of this year, but had a cash pile of more than €4bn.

The company built its steel and glass "Nokia House" head office on the coast in the Helsinki suburb of Epsoo in the 1990s when it was enjoying spectacular growth.

The Finnish daily Ilta-Sanomat said without citing sources that the building is worth between €200m and €300m.


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