Friday, April 25, 2014   

Financially troubled Nokia mulls sale of headquarters
(10-03 16:12)

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, wchih has been struggling with heavy financial losses, might sell its headquarters on the outskirts of Helsinki, a senior company official was quoted as saying today.
“We are exploring different options for our property assets. This includes a possible sale of our headquarters,'' Nokia's financial director Timo Ihamuotila told the Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat, AFP reports. “However we have no plans to move our head office.’’
The sale of property by a company which then rents the same assets from the buyer is a well-established strategy used by companies needing to raise cash.
Nokia, once the leader in mobile phones, has been losing market share as consumers move to smart phones powered by Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating system.It has tied its future to using Microsoft's Windows Phone smart phone operating system, but has yet to produce a major hit with consumers.
The company, in the midst of a major restructuring plan, posted a net loss of 1.4 billion euros in the second quarter of this year, but had a cash pile of more than 4.0 billion euros. The company built its steel and glass Nokia House head office on the coast in the Helsinki suburb of Epsoo in the 1990s when it was enjoying spectacular growth.
The Finnish daily Ilta-Sanomat said without citing sources that the building is worth between 200 million and 300 million euros.
   
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