Nokia Q4 Cellphone Sales, Operating Profits Slide


Helsinki, Finland - Nokia cited its transition to the Windows Mobile smartphone platform and declining sales of its Symbian-based smartphones for a 29 percent decline in fourth-quarter cellphone revenues.

Nokia reported cellphone revenues of to 5,997 million euros ($7.9 billion) and an 18 percent decline for the full year to 23,943 million euros ($31.5 billion).

The cellphone business nonetheless posted a 203 million euro ($267.3 million) operating profit, though it was down 81 percent from the year ago and down for the full year by 75 percent to 884 million ($1.16 billion).

Including the company's network-infrastructure and Navteq and social-locations services, however, Nokia posted a consolidated operating loss in the quarter of 954 million euros ($1.26 billion) compared with a year-ago operating profit of 884 million euros ($1.16 billion).

For the year, consolidated operating results swung to the red with a loss of 1,073 million euros ($1.41 billion) compared with an operating profit of 2,070 million euros ($2.72 billion).

The results include 1,432 million euros ($1.88 billion) in restructuring and one-time good-will impairment charges that, if removed, would have resulted in an operating profit of 478 million ($629.1 million) for the quarter, down 56 percent from the year ago, and a full-year operating profit of 1,825 million ($2.4 billion), down 43 percent.

In the first quarter of 2012, however, the company said it expects "substantial charges" as a result of restructuring in its network-infrastructure business.

Handset dollar volume was down 29 percent for the quarter to 5,997 million euros but up sequentially by 11 percent. Handset sales were down 18 percent for the year to 23,943 million euros. In units, phone sales were down 8 percent to 113.5 million units year over year but up sequentially by 6 percent. Full-year unit sales were down 8 percent to 417.1 million.

In the North American market, cellphone volume fell in the quarter by 77 percent to 53 million euros and in units by 81 percent to 500,000.

For 2013, the company continues to target a reduction in cellphone-group operating expenses by more than 1 billion euros, including a planned reduction in the employee head count, attrition, a reduced number of outsourced personnel, and reductions in facility costs.

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