Nokia on Thursday posted better-than-expected results for the third quarter thanks to mobile device shipments that exceeded analysts’ expectations by a substantial margin. The Finnish phone vendor shipped 89.9 million feature phones, crushing expectations which were as low as 67 million units for the quarter, and revenue from its mobile devices group came in at €5.39 billion compared to the Street’s consensus of €5.06 billion. Total revenue fell 13% from the third quarter last year to €8.98 billion, also beating the Street’s €8.66 billion consensus, and EPS excluding some costs was €0.03 for the quarter. Wall Street was expecting earnings of €0.02 per share. Total mobile device shipments grew 20% sequentially to 106.6 million units, but average selling prices were down 18% quarter-over-quarter and 22% from the third quarter last year. Nokia’s net loss in the quarter was just €68 million while the Street was expecting a loss of €229 million. Nokia’s full earnings release follows below. More →
Apple’s popular iPad line will still dominate the consumer tablet market a full decade after its initial launch, according to one analyst. In a new report, Needham analyst Charlie Wolf sees the iPad’s share of consumer tablet shipments declining gradually over the next nine years to 60% in 2020. 60%, of course, is still an overwhelming share of the market. Future tablets are more likely to steal market share from each other rather than from the iPad, the analyst explains, noting that competitive offerings to date have been greeted by consumers with “a yawn and lackluster sales.” Wolf sees iPad shipments reaching 35.61 million units in 2011, up 137.4% from last year and representing 85% of all tablets shipped. In 2012, iPad shipments will grow to 54.3 million units according to Wolf’s model, and shipments will hit 72.66 million units in 2013. The analyst sees iPad shipments reaching nearly 140 million units in 2020, representing 60% of all tablets shipped that year and accounting for $53 billion in revenue and $16 billion in profit despite an average selling price that will have dropped to $377 from $630 in 2010. Wolf’s 10-year iPad projections follow below. More →
In a note to investors, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky echoed a notice from Research In Motion that cut the company’s quarterly outlook citing lower than expected smartphone sales. RIM now expects Q1 revenue “slightly below” original guidance due to pullback in shipments of smartphones and a lower average selling price. Shares of Research In Motion are down over 10% in after hours trading. We exclusively reported that RIM might only announce one handset at the company’s BlackBerry World conference next week, as opposed to most of their upcoming product lineup.