Nokia OPK: “Symbian and MeeGo have different sweet spots”

22. July 2010 at 16:21

Symbian Sweet spotWith the Nokia Q2 2010 results out with a highlights of 111+ million devices shipped, sales tops of €10 billion or $12.8 billion, and a net profit of €221 million and down with 40% from previous year’s Q2 of €380 million. Although, this is a slight a tickle for Nokia, still they are determined to have fightback this year. As OPK noted that they are planning to ship more than 50 million Symbian^3 devices. Which the Nokia N8 is their first S^3 device to hit later this Q3 and will be followed by other series running on Symbian^3.

“Symbian is about leveraging scale and expanding the smartphone category to cover a broad mass market footprint. In contrast, MeeGo is about leveraging speed and agility to create industry leading flagship solutions. Symbian and MeeGo have different sweet spots. We intend to capitalize on the unique strengths of each platform.”-OPK, Nokia CEO

Nokia Q2 results highlights:

  • Nokia net sales of EUR 10.0 billion, up 1% year-on-year and 5% sequentially (down 4% and up 2% at constant currency).
  • Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.8 billion, up 3% year-on-year and 2% sequentially (down 2% and 1% at constant currency).
  • Services net sales of EUR 158 million, up 7% sequentially; billings of EUR 295 million, up 29% sequentially.
  • Nokia total mobile device volumes of 111.1 million units, up 8% year-on-year and 3% sequentially.
  • Nokia converged mobile device (smartphone and mobile computer) volumes of 24.0 million units, up 42% year-on-year and 12% sequentially.
  • Nokia mobile device ASP (including services revenue) of EUR 61, down from EUR 62 in Q1 2010.
  • Devices & Services gross margin of 30.2%, down from 34.0% in Q2 2009 and 32.4% in Q1 2010.
  • Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin of 9.5%, down from 12.2% in Q2 2009 and 12.1% in Q1 2010.
  • NAVTEQ non-IFRS net sales of EUR 253 million, up 71% year-on-year and 34% sequentially (up 69% and 30% at constant currency).
  • Nokia Siemens Networks net sales of EUR 3.0 billion, down 5% year-on-year and up 12% sequentially (down 11% and up 10% at constant currency).
  • Nokia Siemens Networks non-IFRS operating margin of 1.7%, up from 0.1% in Q2 2009 and 0.6% in Q1 2010.
  • Nokia operating cash flow of EUR 944 million.
  • Total cash and other liquid assets of EUR 9.5 billion at the end of Q2 2010.
  • Nokia taxes were unfavorably impacted by Nokia Siemens Networks taxes as no tax benefits are recognized for certain Nokia Siemens Networks deferred tax items. If Nokia’s estimated long-term tax rate of 26% had been applied, non-IFRS Nokia EPS would have been approximately half a Euro cent higher.

OPK on Nokia Q2 results:

“Despite facing continuing competitive challenges, we ended the second quarter with several reasons to be optimistic about our future. For one, the global handset market has continued to grow at a healthy pace, led by some of the less mature markets where Nokia is strong. We are also encouraged by the solid second quarter performance of our Mobile Phones business, helped by an improving line-up of affordable models.

In smartphones, we continue to renew our portfolio. We believe that the Nokia N8, the first of our Symbian^3 devices, will have a user experience superior to that of any smartphone Nokia has created. The Nokia N8 will be followed soon thereafter by further Symbian^3 smartphones that we are confident will give the platform broader appeal and reach, and kick-start Nokia’s fightback at the higher end of the market.”

…so in and overview, Nokia is really confident to succeed on the fightback.