Following the second quarter earnings announcement on July 19,
2012 more than half of the analysts covering
) have revised their estimates downward. The downward revisions
were primarily based on stiff competition from other smartphone
developers, reduction of handset prices and the lukewarm response
for new Window-based Lumia phones.
Second Quarter Highlights
Quarterly net loss was approximately $1,964 million or a loss of
49 cents per share compared with a net loss of $523 million or 10
cents per share in the prior-year quarter. However, quarterly
adjusted (excluding special items) earnings per share of a loss of
10 cents were better than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of
Quarterly net revenue was approximately $9,689 million, down 19%
year over year, breezing past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
$9,333 million. Quarterly gross margin was 23.6% compared with
30.8% in the year-ago quarter. Again, operating margin was a
negative 11% in the reported quarter compared with a negative 5.3%
in the year-ago quarter.
Agreements of Analysts
Of the 17 analysts covering the stock in the last 30 days, three
analysts revised the EPS estimates upward, but 13 slashed them for
the ensuing third and fourth quarters of 2012.
Likewise, for fiscal 2012, out of the 22 analysts covering the
stock, six analysts raised EPS estimates while 14 reduced.
Similarly, for fiscal 2013, out of the 22 analysts, four analysts
increased the estimates but 15 analysts moved in the opposite
Currently, the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate for the third
quarter of 2012 is pegged at a loss of 11 cents per share with a
projected annual decline of 379.41%. Similarly, for the fourth
quarter of 2012, the current EPS estimate of a loss of 4 cents per
share reflects a year-over-year decline of 152.94%.
Magnitude of Estimate Revisions
In synergy with the downward estimate revision over the last 30
days, the current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the third quarter of
2012 was 3 cents above the previous estimate of a loss of 8 cents.
Likewise, for the fourth quarter of 2012, the current Zacks
Consensus Estimate was 2 cents above the earlier estimate of a loss
of 2 cents over the last 30 days.
For fiscal 2012, the current Zacks Consensus Estimates was 6
cents above the previous estimate of a loss of 37 cents over the
past 30 days. Likewise, for 2013, the current Zacks Consensus
Estimate was 3 cents below the previous estimate of 3 cents.
With respect to earnings surprises, the company has produced an
average earnings surprise of 121.32% in the trailing four quarters.
The current Zacks Consensus Estimates for both the ongoing quarter
and the fourth quarter of 2012 contain 0.00% upside potentials
(essentially a proxy for future earning surprises), respectively,
while for fiscal 2012 and 2013, Nokia reflects a growth potential
of 0.00%, respectively.
Nokia remains in dismal state as the operating margin of its
core Devices & Services segment plunged by a huge margin.
Recently, the company was forced to reduce the price of its
flagship 4G LTE-enabled Lumia 900 smartphone in the U.S. by a
massive 50%, reflecting the company's struggle for achieving a
meaningful foothold in the smartphone segment. Importantly,
) was Nokia's carrier partner for Lumia 900.
We currently have a long-term Neutral recommendation on Nokia.
However, for the short term (1-3 months), the stock has a Zacks #3
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