Nokia reduces losses as merger with rival proceeds
Finnish telecom equipment giant Nokia said Thursday it has managed to reduce losses but remained in the red in the third quarter after acquiring its former rival, French-American Alcatel-Lucent.
The world's former number one in handsets, which turned into a telecom equipment maker, reported a net loss of 125 million euros ($135 million) in the third quarter after a 665-million-euro loss in the previous quarter ($725 million).
Thanks to the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, the company's net sales grew by nearly 94 percent to 5.89 billion euros from 3.04 billion for Nokia alone a year before (to $6.43 billion from $3.32 billion).
Nokia's chief executive Rajeev Suri described the results as solid "despite market conditions that are softer than expected".
While the global slowdown in the construction of new telecom networks continues to put pressure on the company, Suri expressed satisfaction with an "excellent quarter" from the Fixed Networks business and from Nokia Technologies business unit which benefited from a recent licensing agreement with South Korean Samsung.
"The results also reflect another excellent quarter from Fixed Networks, which improved both net sales and profitability from one year ago," Suri said in a statement.
The company also announced that one of its long-time key members of the board, chief financial officer Timo Ihamuotila, would leave the company to take up a similar position at the Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB in Switzerland.
Ihamuotila was the only Finn on the board of the company based in Espoo, Finland, and he will be succeeded by another Finn Kristian Pullola, who up until now served as a corporate controller at Nokia.