Nokia Stock Jumps More Than 10% After Announcing $650 Million Buyback Program

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Key Takeaways

  • Nokia ADRs gained more than 10% higher after the Finnish telecommunications company announced a $650 million share buyback program.
  • Fourth-quarter net sales of 5.7 billion euros were down 23% year-on-year.
  • CEO Pekka Lundmark warned that the “challenging environment” of 2023 will continue into 2024.

American depositary receipts (ADRs) of Nokia (NOK) soared on Thursday after the Finnish telecommunications company announced a $650 million share buyback program, even as the firm warned of a tough operating environment this year.

Nokia said that it will begin a two-year 600 million euro ($650 million) share buyback this quarter, despite a plunge in its fourth-quarter profit.

Operating profit in the last three months of 2023 fell 27% year-on-year to 846 million euros, while net sales slumped 23% to 5.7 billion euros.
"Looking ahead, we expect the challenging environment of 2023 to continue during the first half of 2024, particularly in the first quarter," Nokia CEO Pekka Lindberg said in a statement, blaming “the macro-economic environment, higher interest rates, and customer inventory digestion” for the sales decline.

The company was dealt a setback in December when U.S. mobile carrier AT&T tapped its rival Ericsson to build a new U.S. 5G network.

The Finnish company had already been reeling from weaker third-quarter earnings and said it would cut 14,000 of its 86,000 staff to cut costs last year.

ADRs of Nokia were up 11.6% at $3.80 in late-morning trading Thursday. The stock has lost 18% of its value over the past year.

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