I've long suspected as much, but it's now official: Nokia
Following up last week's handful of announcements of the deepest round of job cuts in as many months, the divestiture of its super-high-end luxury brand Vertu, and management shakeup, Moody's
The company cited the announcements the previous day as an indication that its woes were worse than most investors were expecting. This is the second time in two months that Moody's has downgraded Nokia's credit rating, even though Nokia has aggressive plans to cut costs and reduce its cash burn.
Here's how Nokia's operating cash flow and current ratio have fared over the past five years, with the past year in particular seeing declines.
Moody's acknowledges that the desperate measures are the result of desperate times and are necessary evils if the company hopes to return to profitability amid brutal competition from cash-rich rivals Apple
The ratings agency also added, "A return to profitability also depends on Nokia successfully transitioning its range of smartphones to the new [Microsoft
However, on the equity side, analysts aren't so hopeful. BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long wrote in a research note: "We assume zero value for the device and Nokia Siemens Networks businesses. We see little hope for a turnaround from here even with a refined strategy." Yup. Zero.
Thus, Nokia embarks upon the sad path to trading down to tangible book value. Shares currently trade at 0.7 times book value and 1.5 times tangible book value. Long values Nokia under $9 billion, mostly because of its $6 billion in cash and $2.5 billion patent portfolio. That's slightly less than the current market cap of about $9.5 billion, down from a whopping $150 billion just four years ago.
Next stop: tangible book value.
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