Nokia Oyj Stock Sell Recommendation Reiterated (NOK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nokia Oyj (NYSE: NOK) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a sell with a ratings score of D. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, NOKIA CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 15.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 22.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • NOK's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.97 is weak.
  • NOKIA CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NOKIA CORP reported poor results of -$1.11 versus -$0.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.06 versus -$1.11).
  • 37.40% is the gross profit margin for NOKIA CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -4.56% is in-line with the industry average.

Nokia Corporation operates as a mobile communications company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Devices & Services, HERE, and Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Oyj has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Nokia Oyj Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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