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Nokia makes $585M profit in Q4, $3B loss for entire year

updated 08:12 am EST, Thu January 24, 2013

Quarterly profit significant improvement to $1.2B loss in Q4 2011

Nokia made a profit of 439 million ($585 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to recently released financial reports. Full year results for 2012 saw that the losses in previous quarters still puts the company at an overall loss of 2.3 billion ($3 billion), despite the Lumia-based sales uptick seen in the last quarter.

While the $585 million profit is a complete turnaround from the $775 million loss in the third quarter, Nokia has decided not to pay a dividend to shareholders, citing a need for "strategic flexibility." The profit is a significant improvement on the $1.2 billion loss for Q4 2011, the same period the previous year, despite sales slumping 20% to 8 billion ($10.7 billion). The phone manufacturer ended 2012 with 4.4 billion ($5.8 billion) in net cash reserves, up from the 3.6 billion ($4.7 billion) of last year.

Device sales were claimed before the financial report as having "exceeded expectations," with 86.3 million units being sold in the quarter. Lumia smartphones made up 4.4 million of the figure, a rise from the 2.9 million sold in Q3, and while Smart Device volumes rose 5-percent quarter-on-quarter to 6.6 million units, the Q4 figures are still a 66-percent drop compared to Q4 2011.

Regionally speaking, the sales of devices in North America for the quarter has risen 133-percent compared to Q3 to 700,000, a 40-percent increase on Q4 2011. Net sales in North America has also risen to 196 million ($261 million) for Q4, a rise of 444-percent on the results of the third quarter, and a 270-percent year-on-year change. The North American increases are the only real high-points for the yearly results, with all other regions reporting a year-on-year loss, including a 69-percent drop in shipments to Greater China.

The Nokia Siemens section of the company reached net sales of 13.7 billion ($18.3 billion) for the year, a 2-percent drop from 2011, and an operating loss of 799 million ($1 billion).



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