Feeds

Nokia posts massive loss, blames 'ambiguity'

Horrific train crash at former world leader

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Nokia posted a large operating loss of €487m today, only its second quarterly loss in 19 years. And without the royalty settlement with Apple it would have been much worse: the settlement gifted Nokia a one-time bonus of €430m.

"Our new strategy introduced ambiguity," admitted CEO Stephen Elop. The figures tell a story of unit sales and margins both crashing dramatically.

Smartphone units fell 34 per cent year-on-year, from 25.2 million to 16.7 million; non-smartphone unit shipments fell from 85.8 million a year ago to 71.8 million in Q2 2011, down 16 per cent. Overall, phone sales were down 20 per cent from Q2 2010.

It means Nokia lost its smartphone lead, as predicted, falling to third position behind Apple and Samsung. Net sales fell by 11 per cent QoQ and were 7 per cent down from a year ago.

Nokia reported a negative margin of 4.5 per cent (+6.7 per cent on a non-IFRS basis), confirming it was paying people to take its phones away.

Elop also confirmed the exploration of a private equity deal for Nokia Siemens Networks. The division looked relatively perky, compared to the bloodbath at the rest of the company. NSN posted a lower loss than a year ago, with net sales up 20 per cent to €3.642.

Nokia accounted for the negative margins by explaining that the company had to shift inventory for its unwanted phones that had built up in Europe and China. Yet even with the "giveaways", unit shipments fell 23 per cent in Europe, 30 per cent in Asia-Pacific, and 34 per cent in China.

The company also recognised significant changes taking place in the quarter as Elop takes an axe to the bureaucracy. Nokia says it is aiming for break-even margins by the end of Q3.

Elop confirmed that the orphan N9 Linux phone will be "regional" only, and that volume shipments of Windows-based devices won't materialise until next year. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.