#Nokia prodala #HERE odjel konzorciju proizvođača automobia za 2,8 milijardi €

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Nokia je nastavila svoju poslovnu transformaciju s današnjom službenom najavom o prodaji HERE odjela konzorciju proizvođača automobila za ne tako velikih 2,8 milijardi eura. Nakon objave o preuzimanju francuske kompanije Alcatel Lucent sudbina HERE odjela je već bila zapečećena s obzirom da je ta transakcija Nokiju stavila u poziciju ponovnog traženja kapitala. To je i dijelom navedeno kao glavni razlog prodaje odlea u službenoj objavi za medije. HERE odjel je nastao kupnjom tvrtke NAVTEQ za približno 5 milijardi € 2011. godine kako bi Nokia napravila pouzadne karte za svoje mobilne uređaje. Sada kada je Odjel za uređaje dio Microsofta, Nokia smatra da je njenim investitorima ali i odjelu bolje udomiti ga negdje drugdje gdje će se nastaviti razvijati. HERE trenutno broji oko 6 454 zaposlenika diljem svijeta, a svoj ured ima i u Hrvatskoj, preciznije Zagrebu.

Konzorcij koji će kupiti Odjel sastoji se od renomiranih proizvođača AUDI AG, BMW Group i Daimler AG koji će zasigurno znati iskoristiti vrijednost HERE odjela ali, vjerujem, nastaviti razvijati karte za mobilne platforme. Nokia je u izjavi napisala kako će se HERE odjel u sljedećem financijskom izvješću već navesti kao završen posao, ali će ostati dio Nokije i njenog poslovnog plana sve do kraja preuzimanja koje će se dogoditi u prvom tromjesečju 2016. godine.

Nokia dalje nastavlja sa svoja dva poslovanja, Networks i Technologies i biti će usredotočena na plasiranje mrežnih tehnologija i usluga, svojih patenata te razvoj novih tehnologija.

Jedan dobar dio identiteta Nokije je otišao s prodajom HERE odjela s obzirom da su njegove karte bile povezane s nama korisnicima smartfona, što nas realno najviše i zanima od svega. Međutim, Nokia će nastaviti živjeti u onom starom obliku kroz Technologies odjel plasirajući nove tehnologije i licencirajući svoj brend. Za sada se ne spominje što će Technologies odjel točno raditi ali izgleda da će on ostati unutar Nokije barem još neko vrijeme.

Naravno, ovaj blog će i dalje nastaviti pratiti i prenositi vam sve informacije vezane uz HERE i njegovo poslovanje i poslije prvog tromjesečja 2016. godine kao što smo to nastavili s bivšim odjelom za uređaje i usluge ili pak MixRadio aplikacijom. Ipak je HERE dio Nokije i taj duh će ponijeti sa sobom.

Evo što je čelni čovjek HERE odjela rekao u intervjuu:

 

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Nokia completes next stage of transformation with agreement to sell HERE to automotive industry consortium at an enterprise value of EUR 2.8 billion

Nokia Corporation
Stock Exchange Release
August 3, 2015 at 08:00 (CET +1)

Nokia completes next stage of transformation with agreement to sell HERE to automotive industry consortium at an enterprise value of EUR 2.8 billion

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced an agreement to sell its HERE digital mapping and location services business to a consortium of leading automotive companies, comprising AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG (the “Consortium”). The transaction values HERE at an enterprise value of EUR 2.8 billion with a normalized level of working capital and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Upon closing, Nokia estimates that it will receive net proceeds of slightly above EUR 2.5 billion, as the purchaser would be compensated for certain defined liabilities of HERE currently expected to be slightly below EUR 300 million as part of the transaction. Nokia expects to book a gain on the sale and a related release of cumulative foreign exchange translation differences totaling approximately EUR 1 billion as a result of the transaction.

In April 2015, Nokia announced a review of strategic options for HERE in light of its proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent. The announcement of this sale to the Consortium concludes that strategic review process.

Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, said: “With this step we complete the latest stage of Nokia’s transformation. We integrated the former Nokia Siemens Networks, divested our Devices & Services business, and have now reached agreement on a transaction for HERE that we believe is the best path forward for our shareholders, as well as the customers and employees of HERE. Going forward, we will focus on our planned combination with Alcatel-Lucent. Once that is complete, Nokia will be a renewed company, with a world-leading network technology and services business, as well as the licensing and innovation engine of Nokia Technologies.”

HERE is developing a location cloud that harnesses the power of data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services. In the automotive industry, where it serves most of the world’s leading automakers, its focus is on developing precise and accurate mapping as well as services that will enable an entirely new class of driver experiences, including highly automated driving. The company also serves the world’s leading enterprises and Internet players, including Microsoft, Samsung and SAP, and offers highly rated apps to consumers using Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

“I believe today’s announcement is a very good outcome for HERE, its customers and employees. The new ownership structure of HERE will allow us to accelerate our strategy, further scale our business and fulfill our intent to become the leading location cloud company across industries,” said HERE President Sean Fernback.

HERE has been a separate operating and reportable segment for financial reporting purposes for Nokia with a non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 46 million on net sales of EUR 552 million for the first half of 2015, and a non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 31 million on net sales of EUR 971 million for the full year 2014. In reported terms, HERE generated an operating profit of EUR 28 million for the first half of 2015, and an operating loss of EUR 1 241 million for the full year 2014, with the latter including a EUR 1 209 million charge for the impairment of goodwill. At the end of June 2015, HERE had 6 454 employees. Nokia plans to report HERE as a discontinued operation from the third quarter of 2015 onwards. HERE will continue to operate as a business of Nokia until the closing of the transaction.

Upon closing of the HERE transaction, Nokia will consist of two businesses: Nokia Networks and Nokia Technologies. Nokia Networks will continue to be a leading provider of broadband infrastructure software and services. Nokia Technologies will continue to provide advanced technology development and licensing. Nokia’s proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent is expected to close in the first half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, and will create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.

Nokia suspended its capital structure optimization program in conjunction with the announcement of the proposed combination with Alcatel-Lucent. As previously stated, Nokia intends to evaluate the resumption of a capital structure optimization program after the closing of the proposed Alcatel-Lucent transaction.

About Nokia
By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure, software and services; HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence; and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing. www.nokia.com

About HERE
HERE, a Nokia company, is a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences. We build high-definition (HD) maps and combine them with cloud technology to enable rich, real-time location experiences in a broad range of connected devices – from smartphones and tablets to wearables and vehicles. To learn more about today’s announcement, visit the HERE 360 blog.

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