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Nokia losses deepen fourfold

Jul 19 2012 13:27
AFP

Helsinki - Nokia, which until recently was the world's biggest cellphone maker, reported a much worse-than-expected second quarter loss on Thursday as it presses on with a massive restructuring of its faltering business.

The Finnish company's chief executive Stephen Elop acknowledged in the earnings statement that the April-June period had been "a difficult quarter".

In the second quarter, Nokia posted a net loss of €1.41bn, about four times their loss of €368m during the same period a year earlier and more than double the loss anticipated by analysts.

Analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires had expected Nokia to post a net loss of just €654m for the quarter.

While the company also suffered a 19% plung in sales to €7.54bn, it did beat analyst expectations that it would rake in €7.24bn.

Nokia, which recently lost its ranking of 14 years as the world's biggest mobile phone maker, dramatically changed its strategy a year and a half ago when chief executive, Stephen Elop, warned it was "standing on a burning platform" and needed to immediately shift course.

The Finnish company's new strategy involved phasing out its Symbian smartphones in favour of a partnership with Microsoft.

That alliance has produced a first line of Lumia smartphones, which Nokia is counting on to help it survive in a rapidly changing landscape marked by stiff competition from RiM's Blackberry, Apple's iPhone and handsets running Google's Android platform.

"We are executing with urgency on our restructuring programme," Elop said Thursday.

While the company is struggling, it still has a strong cash position, and although a dividends payment sent its net cash holdings down compared with the first quarter to €4.2bn, it stressed it had more available money than a year ago.

This security net led to a positive market response, sending its stock up 9.63% to €1.50 in early afternoon trading on the Helsinki stock exchange, which was up 0.87%.

That is still a far cry from the more than €8 investors were paying for each of its shares just before Elop announced the massive restructuring a year and a half ago.

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