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Nokia HQ  (Source: Reuters)
Move could generate cash, allow Nokia to shift its management closer to its American partners

Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) has shown off some pretty slick looking Windows Phone 8 handsets (the Lumia 820/920) and sounds poised to aggressively bring them to a number of U.S. carriers.  But the company is still in deep financial trouble, with smartphone sales at a fraction of the levels they were at during the Symbian heyday.  And with serious Windows Phone 8 efforts from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) Nokia is looking to get any advantage it can.

Amid its push to sell off certain assets to replenish its dwindling cash pile, the devicemaker is reportedly looking to sell its headquarters, which borders the Baltic Sea along a river which separates Helsinki and the town of Espoo.  The building has three large sections, which are as high as 10-stories tall [source] and features a sleek, modern design of glass and steel [source].

Nokia spokeswoman Maija Taimi confirmed to Reuters, "We are evaluating different options for non-core parts, such as real estate holdings, and that includes the headquarters."

Nokia HQ
Nokia's headquarters building is for sale. [Image Source: Reuters/Benjamin Suomela/Lehtikuva]

The headquarters is estimated to be worth 200-300M € ($259-388M USD).

The sale could be a bit of a catalyst for Nokia as it could mark a push by the company to move some of its design and management into new, more affordable locations in the U.S.  That could help improve its synergies with close partner Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), maker of the Windows Phone operating system.

Source: Reuters



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RE: Maybe Microsoft Should Just Buy Nokia
By StevoLincolnite on 10/3/2012 1:27:21 PM , Rating: 3
If Microsoft waits, Nokia's value may drop much lower than it is currently, making it much better business sense to: "Buy 'em out boys!"

However, If Windows Mobile doesn't catch on and they do buy Nokia, I doubt Microsoft could even hope to resurrect them.
Microsoft's marketing leaves much to be desired if history is anything to go by after all, not to mention all the buzz seems to be happening around Google, Samsung and Apple these days and not so much the giants of old like AMD, nVidia, Intel and Microsoft.


RE: Maybe Microsoft Should Just Buy Nokia
By Articuno on 10/3/2012 1:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
If Windows Phone somehow catches on, Nokia is their tier 1 hardware manufacturer for the devices. If Windows Phone doesn't catch on, Microsoft will buy Nokia out of bankruptcy for next to nothing and get their patent portfolio so that they can attack Android and iOS.

Win-win for Microsoft, win-lose for Nokia.


RE: Maybe Microsoft Should Just Buy Nokia
By corduroygt on 10/3/2012 1:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia's patents guarantee that Apple can't really mess with you, so there's value there...And their mapping service, which is far better than apple's.


By Voldenuit on 10/3/2012 2:09:29 PM , Rating: 3
A blind guide dog with a head cold and a hearing impediment is a better mapping service than iOS6 Maps.


By kleinma on 10/3/2012 3:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
Apple and Microsoft have cross licensing agreements for their patent portfolio. Otherwise they both would have been to court already. Microsoft wouldn't gain much on the Apple front with Nokia in its utility belt. On the google front, that could be a different story.


RE: Maybe Microsoft Should Just Buy Nokia
By RufusM on 10/3/2012 3:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
Given Apple's black eye over their mapping software, they could purchase Nokia too. Apple is likely to invest a lot of money in maps over the next several years so purchasing Nokia may not be a bad idea. They certainly have enough cash on hand to make it happen.


By HrilL on 10/3/2012 3:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
doubt apple could purchase Nokia outright. The EU would block the sale and the US Justice department might as well.


By BZDTemp on 10/3/2012 6:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agree.
While somewhat in trouble there is still much love for Nokia where as I think it will be hard to find anyone loving Microsoft.
Nokia is cool, Microsoft not so much.


By tamalero on 10/4/2012 3:48:05 AM , Rating: 2
considering how Nokia CEO as been moving..
it seems he wants to be it that way.


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