Nokia Unloads Headquarters for $222.5M USD
December 4, 2012 4:49 PM
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Move raises much needed capital, allowing Nokia to continue its Windows Phone 8 push
Nokia Oyj. (
) announced on Tuesday that it had
at last located
buyer for its gleaming Finnish headquarters
. Mired in
, Nokia has been selling off assets --
including some of its patents
-- to help it sustain its
Windows Phone 8 push
as it downsizes
and attempts a turnaround.
Interestingly, while Nokia sold its headquarters for €170M ($222.5M USD) to Exilion in a deal to be closed by the end of the year, it's also going to stay in the headquarters on a "long-term" lease deal. In that regard the move is similar to Ford Motor Comp.'s (
) decision pre-recession to re-mortgage most of its North American properties, a move that gave it capital needed to weather the recent recession and become the only member of America's Big Three automakers
to enter government-guided bankruptcy.
Nokia's CFO Timo Ihamuotila remarks on the deal, "We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome. As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia's core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets. We are naturally continuing to operate in our head office building on a long-term basis."
Nokia's headquarters building is for sale. [Image Source: Reuters/Benjamin Suomela/Lehtikuva]
The decision to release the headquarters is also interesting as some had speculated Nokia might look to shift more of its management to North America, to be closer to ally Microsoft Corp. (
). However, it appears that for now Nokia is holding tight to its Finnish roots, even as it trims its workforce.
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RE: In the long run
12/4/2012 6:58:50 PM
I hope so. Anyone who partners up with Microsoft deserves to die.
It's a shame because Nokia used to be awesome before becoming Microsoft's bitch. They had many awesome things like Maemo along with all the devices that shipped with it, the N9, Qt, factories in my country (which I don't think is anything special but won't complain about), their part in MeeGo, etc.
Well it was fun while it lasted. May Nokia burn in hell and it's spiritual successor Jolla raise to heaven, where they belong.
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