Nokia posts $196 million loss amid otherwise encouraging results
By Aaron Souppouris on April 18, 2013 06:02 am Email @AaronIsSocial 262Comments
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After a brief return to profitability last quarter, Nokia has posted a small loss in Q1 2013. The company's operating loss was €150 million (roughly $196 million) on €5.85 billion ($7.65 billion) in revenue over the quarter, but despite the losses, today's financial results are definitely encouraging. As Nokia itself predicted, its Devices and Services division recorded a slight loss of €42 million ($55 million), and its HERE mapping division lost €97 million ($127 million), but those losses were offset by very positive results from Nokia Siemens Networks, which turned last year's €1 billion ($1.31 billion) loss into a €3 million ($3.92 million) profit.
Compared to this time last year, when Nokia posted an operating loss of €1.34 billion on €7.35 billion revenue, it's clear that the company's restructuring efforts have not been in vain. Nokia's cash-on-hand and other liquid assets also rose during the quarter, from €4.37 billion ($5.69 billion) to €4.48 billion ($5.85 billion).
Nokia's work is nowhere near finished, but it's moving in the right direction
Shipments of Nokia's Lumia Windows Phones increased from 4.4 million last quarter to 5.6 million, which represents an all-time high since Elop made the decision to switch to Microsoft's then-fledgling smartphone platform. Sales of "Smart Devices" in general again dropped quarter-over-quarter, from 86.3 million to 61.9 million. That drop is due to Nokia ramping-down of sales of Symbian devices, which is reflected in an increase in the average selling price of a Smart Device from €186 ($243) to €191 ($249) — Lumias have a higher margin than Symbian devices.
Speaking on today's results, Elop said he was pleas