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Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK)

Q1 2010 Earnings Call

April 22, 2010 8:00 AM ET

Executives

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo - President and CEO

Timo Ihamuotila - EVP CFO

Kristian Pullola - VP, Head of Treasury and IR

Analysts

James Dobson - Morgan Stanley

Mike Walkley - Piper Jaffray

Gareth Jenkin - UBS

Mark Sue - RBC Capital Market

Kai Korschel - Deutsche Bank

Ittai Kidron - Oppenheimer

Andrew Griffin - Bank of America Merril Lynch

Phil Cusick - Macquarie

Kulbinder Garcha - Credit Suisse

Pierre Ferragu - Bernstein

Operator

Good morning. My name is [Dennis] and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Nokia first quarter 2010 earnings conference call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks there will be a question-and-answer session. (Operator instructions) I will now turn the call over to Mr. Kristian Pullola, Vice President, Head of Treasury and Investor Relations. Sir, you may begin your conference.

Kristian Pullola

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Nokia's first quarter 2010 conference call. I'm Kristian Pullola, Head of Nokia Investor Relations; Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEO; and, Timo Ihamuotila, CFO of Nokia are here in [Espo] with me today.

During this briefing and call, we will be making forward-looking statements regarding the future business and financial performance of Nokia and its industry. These statements are predictions that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may therefore materially differ from the results currently expected.

Factors that could cause such differences can be both external, such as general, economic, and industry conditions as well as internal operating factors. We have identified these in more detail on pages 11 to 32 in our 2009 20-F and in our press release issued today.

Our aim is to finish this call in approximately one hour. To view the supporting slides while listening to the call, please go to the IR Web site. Please note that today's press release and this presentation includes non-IFRS results information in addition to the reported results information. Our quarterly results release includes a detailed explanation of the content of the non-IFRS information as well as a reconciliation between the two.

With that, Olli-Pekka, please go ahead.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Thank you, Kristian. Good morning and good afternoon. I know there will be a lot of sort of interest today to discuss the guidance we have given today and Timo will talk about that in a moment. But before that, I will go through the operational update. So please bear with me for some time.

In Q1 Nokia delivered revenue and earnings growth on a year-over-year basis. Although the competitive environment remains tough, the economic headwinds we faced last year have eased and the macro outlook is more supportive.

Despite challenges at the high end of our device portfolio, Nokia delivered results in line with our guidance. In our Devices & Services business Nokia continued to show solid smartphone momentum in lower price points.

In the seasonally slow Q1 we grew our converged mobile device units [read] smartphones on a sequential basis and increased our estimated converged mobile device volume market share. We have made good progress in this strategic area and we are capitalizing on our unique capability to bring the benefits of smartphones to the mass market globally.

Our high-end portfolio renewal is linked to the key 2010 operational milestones we communicated during our Capital Markets Day last December.

We are highly focused on execution to insure our new offerings are a success. We are working hard to deliver a family of Symbian^3 devices that are targeted to offer a clearly improved user experience, a high standard of quality and a competitive value to consumers.

You can expect the first Symbian^3 device to launch in Q2 and ship in Q3, first to the open channel as normal and then to the operators.

While this is somewhat later than our original internal plan, it is really most important to get the quality and the user experience right; and compared to the recent past we have raised the bar significantly on both of these critical dimensions.

We believe our Symbian^3 products will be a powerful force in the market in Q4 this year and we have shifted the planned introduction of Symbian^4 based products to next year. When it comes to MeeGo, we expect to achieve our product milestones by the end of this year.

I continue to be encouraged by the progress we are making. This year we are focused on delivering next generation products to the market, taking great strides forward with our user experience, improving our direct and continued relationships with consumers and fostering the growth of our developed ecosystem.

Already we have delivered on our promise to increase the proportion of Touch and [inaudible] devices in our portfolio with the launch of the Nokia C3, C6 and E5 last week and there is more to come.

Already we have also made clear progress with our solution strategy in the creating services on devices to provide compelling value. So let me get to that with an overview of Q1.

In Q1 the overall competitive environment for mobile [enhanced] most generally as we expected, tough but manageable. Our shipments were up 16% year-over-year and down 15% sequentially. On a sequential basis, we gained share in Greater China where we generated record volumes in net sales in Q1. However, we lost share in Europe, MEA, Asia Pacific an North America.

According to our estimates, our device volume market share was 33% in Q1, down 2% compared to Q4. Approximately half of this was due to [sale inverter] sell out dynamics according to our estimates.

In addition to channel dynamics we were impacted by competition from some relatively new [handset] vendors based in Asia. We have taken action and we believe we have a good set of assets to defend our position aggressively and gain ground going forward.

In addition to our superior brand and distribution relationships we intend to leverage a combination of devices and services to provide a differentiated value to both consumers and operators.

The include the Nokia 2690, our new low-priced memory card device, our range of attractively priced touch and QWERTY devices, our aspirational value offerings such as the 530 Xpress Radio, the 2700 and the 5130 and our services such as Nokia Live Tools, music and messaging.

In Q1 our converged mobile devices [read] Smart phones volumes increased 57% year-over-year and 3% sequentially. This did drive our estimated converged mobile device volume market share to 41% in Q1 compared to 38% a year ago and 40% in Q4.

This brings me to Device & Services highlights. In Q1, we continued to build on the team that started to gain strong momentum in Q3 of last year, growing rapidly in Smart phones by offering a solid range of touch and QWERTY devices across a variety of price points.

Our top eight Smart phones in Q1, based on both net sales and cross profit, were all touch and/or QWERTY devices, the Nokia 5230, 5800, 5530 and X6 touch screen devices, the E71, E72 and E63 QWERTY devices and the N97 Mini, which has both a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard.

In the mobile phones category our top products in Q1 based on both net sales and cross profit were the 5130 and the 2700. We continue to show healthy diversity in our top 10 revenue and cross profit generating mobile phones. We've had ASPs ranging from EUR 115 to over EUR 150 in Q1.

In total, we shipped 18 million touch and/or QWERTY devices in Q1 compared to 17 million in the previous quarter. This represents 6% sequential growth which is a good performance in the seasonally weak first quarter. The year-over-year growth was approximately 300%, strong by any measure.

Last week, as I already mentioned, we announced three new devices that should help us to continue our touch and QWERTY momentum. In particular, the Nokia C3, our most affordable QWERTY device, has received a very positive response. With the C3 we are offering a high-quality [inaudible] on our consumer value.

Many emerging market consumers will use the C3 to get access to information, entertainment and social networks. Our aim is to make it affordable and easy for them, unlike the high cost and unnecessary complexity of the PCs.

Users can set up Ovi Mail and chat accounts straight from the C3. The experience is a pleasure and the look and feel of the device is exceptional for its affordable price. We plan to start shipping the C3 in Q2 and we expect to be fully ramped up in Q3. The unsubsidized retail price for the C3 will start at EUR 90.

In Services, we continued to make good progress in Q1. The key highlight was the amazing response from consumers, operators and distribution partners to the inclusion of our walk and drive navigation with our smartphones.

Since our announcement in January there have been 10 million downloads of the offering. We are pleased with the usage patterns we are seeing. Consumer engagement is very high. In addition, feedback on the user experience has been very good with a double-digit positive net promoter score since we launched.

Most importantly, the early signs saw that the strategy to capture value through device sales is working. Since the launch date, we have seen a step up in demand in many markets for devices that come or can come with navigation. We believe integrated walk and drive navigation on mobile handsets will become even more central and critical to the user experience.

On top of that, developers can build on our location platform to create new applications that leverage location context in other innovative ways. The potential here is huge.

In Music we continue the roll-out of our offering to new geographies, including Russia. We also continue to improve the user experience, launching a new version of the service and we launched [Comes] with Music in China earlier this month. We did it DRM free with a broad range of devices and with an [innovative] business model tailored for the local market.

We are building on our leadership position and leveraging our strong brand and distribution particularly in large, high-growth markets. India is next for [Comes] with Music and that will bring us to a total of 30 countries including all the free countries, covering 70% of Nokia's distribution footprint.

In Messaging we have now signed agreements with 72 operators for Nokia Messaging, our post email service. 52 of these operators are already up and running with the service. Our consumer metrics are also solid.

Nokia Messaging now has over 3 million accounts and Ovi Mail, our free email account service targeted towards emerging markets, now has more than 8 million accounts. If you combine Nokia Messaging with the Nokia C3 QWERTY device that I highlighted earlier, we have great potential to partner with operators to really accelerate the adaptation of consumer messaging services.

In Media, the Nokia of the Ovi Store continue on a steep growth trend and we have achieved 1.7 million downloads in one day. Every month we are building more and more momentum to illustrate our reach, our support for regional localization and our strategy to partner with operators.

Approximately 90% of mobile consumers can now get Ovi Store in their local language and 66 operators in 19 countries support integrated billing for Ovi Store downloads. Now onto Nokia Siemens Networks.

Although the first quarter is typically the weakest quarter in the infrastructure business, NSN delivered a small operating profit on a non-IFRS basis. NSN continues to generate momentum in key areas winning a high proportion of the industry's most high-profile deals.

The two LTE wins with TeliaSonera in Sweden and Norway as well as one non-public win lifted NSN's LTE references to 10, which is the highest in the industry. We have 25 active trials with customers here. NSN continues to have a strong potential in this key area.

In 3G NSN also made good progress. The contract signed with Iliad for the greenfield rollout of Free, default France network, is testament to the quality of NSN's all IP offering. In India, NSN secured EUR 1 billion in new contracts in Q1 from [Boti] and SL. We also believe NSN is well positioned for the rollout of 3G in India.

In Managed Services, NSN signed 14 new contracts in the quarter including a five-country deal with NII, Nextel in Latin America. This is a landmark multivendor deal for NSN.

We are seeing indications that NSN is stabilizing its business and it's now building the foundations for future growth. Thus we are encouraged that NSN is heading in the right direction and we remain confident that NSN has the right strategy in place to make further good progress.

Now I will hand the call over to Timo. Thank you.

Timo Ihamuotila

Thank you, Olli-Pekka. I will start by taking you through the Q1 financial highlights for Devices & Services. On a reported basis, Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.7 billion were down 19% sequentially and up 8% year-over-year.

The sequential decline in net sales was mainly driven by seasonality as well as the competitive environment. On a constant currency basis, Devices & Services net sales were down 19% sequentially and up 7% year-over-year. So, as you can see, the currency impact on the top line was insignificant because of our hedging.

We ended Q1 with normal channel investor inventories of four to six weeks. Industry price competition continued to be very robust in Q1 as expected. Nokia's Device ASP in Q1 was EUR 62 including Services down EUR 2 sequentially.

On a sequential basis our Device ASP decline was driven by price pressure particularly in certain high-end smartphones, offset to some extent by a positive mix shift from mobile phones to converged mobile devices. As mentioned earlier, we are now including Services in our ASP numbers.

In Q1 our converged mobile device ASP was EUR 155 compared to an ASP of EUR 186 in Q4. The sharp decline in converged mobile device ASP was mainly driven by mix, consistent with our strategy to bring smartphones to lower price points. In addition, as said earlier, we saw price pressure in certain high-end products.

Mobile phones ASP was EUR 39 in Q1 compared to an ASP of EUR 40 in Q4. In Q1 Services net sales were EUR 148 million, down 12% sequentially. The decline was driven by our inclusion of our navigation offering with our smartphones. This business model has extended the average duration of our Maps licenses leading to revenue recognition over a longer period of time.

Billings were EUR 228 million in Q1, up 1% sequentially. As I explained last quarter, you will see the gap between billings and net sales widening in 2010. This is perfectly normal as we are bundling more and more services like navigation with our devices.

Devices & Services gross margins in Q1 were 32.4%, down 190 basis points sequentially. In Q1 we did not have the [lumpy] and nonrecurring royalty related inflow that benefited Q4 gross margins by approximately 80 basis points.

The remaining sequential net decline was largely driven by [factor] price erosion than product material cost erosion, especially in the high end of our mobile device portfolio. Lower volumes in Q1 compared to Q4 also had an impact.

Now let me try to clearly explain how FX and hedging impacted gross margins. In Q1 the net impact of FX and hedging were slightly positive sequentially. On the negative side, in Q1 we saw a net negative FX impact due largely to the Japanese Yen appreciation.

On the positive side, in Q1 we saw approximately 150 basis points of net gains related to our hedging activities. Excluding the net hedging gains in Q1, our Devices & Services gross margin would have been approximately 31% and our operating margin approximately 10.5%, which is the midpoint of our Q2 guidance.

In Q2 we expect our net hedging gains to be approximately zero. In Q1, Devices & Services non-IFRS OpEx was EUR 1.36 billion, down EUR 180 million on a sequential basis. As a branded percentage of net sales, non-IFRS OpEx increased sequentially by 160 basis points largely due to the seasonally low net sales in Q1.

Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margin was 12.1% in Q1, down 330 basis points sequentially. This was in line with our guidance.

Next, an update on active services users; we began using active service users as an operational metric mid 2009. In Q1 our active service users grew from 62 million to 77 million. This was primarily driven by Nokia Max and Nokia Messaging.

Our target for the first half of 2010 is to reach 150 million active service users. That is a tough target but we continue to work hard to achieve it. We also continue to target 300 million active service users by the end of 2011.

Moving on to Nokia Siemens Networks and Navteq; NSN's net sales were EUR 2.7 billion in Q1, a decline of 25% sequentially compared to the seasonally strong fourth quarter and it decreased 9% year-over-year.

This performance was achieved in the face of challenges in India and Russia where new local security review practices are causing market delays.

NSN's non-IFRS gross margin was 31.4%, up 80 basis points sequentially. This improvement was driven by continued progress on product cost reductions and also an unusually favorable proportion of higher margin transactions in Q1, offset to some extent by seasonally lower net sales. We expect the safe mix to be less favorable in Q2.

NSN continued to show excellent discipline in cost control with non-IFRS OpEx of EUR 845 million. This is down EUR 65 million or 7.1% compared to Q1 2009.

NSN's non-IFRS operating profit was 0.6% of net sales, down 490 basis points sequentially but up 470 basis points year-over-year on lower net sales.

This further highlights the strong gross margin performance in Q1 as well as the significant progress made by NSN to improve its operating leverage. NSN continues to execute the restructuring plan announced in November 2009 and progress is on track.

Overall, NSN's Q1 results indicate that NSN's execution on its three strategic priorities driving for growth, cost leadership and reinvigoration of the organization is beginning to have an impact on its financial performance.

NSN's contribution to Nokia's cash flow from operations was negative EUR 230 million in Q1. At the end of Q1, NSN's contribution to Nokia's gross cash was EUR 650 million and NSN's contribution to Nokia's net cash was negative EUR 280 million.

Then on Navteq, non-IFRS net sales in Q1 were EUR 189 million, down 16% sequentially, however, up 41% year-over-year. For Navteq this represents good performance in the seasonally weak Q1 driven by improvements in the automotive market and in Navteq Wireless business particularly with Nokia. Non-IFRS operating margins were 21.7% compared to 24% in Q4.

Then, turning back to Nokia as a whole, Nokia's financial income and expenses in Q1 was an expense of EUR 73 million compared to an expense of EUR 79 million in Q4.

In Q1 our cash flow from operations was EUR 1 billion compared to EUR 1.5 billion in Q4. Sequential decline was attributable to lower profitability, lower net inflows for financial income and expense and higher tax outflows. This was partly offset by favorable networking capital changes compared to Q4.

We ended Q1 with total cash and other liquid assets of EUR 9.7 billion and net cash of EUR 5 billion. Then a note on taxes; Nokia's Q1 taxes were, again, negatively impacted by NSN's taxes since no tax benefits are recognized for NSN's finished tax losses.

We talked about this last quarter. If Nokia's long-term estimated tax rate of 26% had been applied non-IFRS ABS would have been EUR 0.01 higher. In the shorter term, the negative impact of NSN's taxes on Nokia's tax rate is expected to continue. We plan to continue to highlight for you in the press release and earnings call whenever there are tax related differences.

Let's then move to the guidance, which we are providing to you in the release and on the attached slide, so guidance for Q2 and 2010. In Q2 we expect Devices & Services net sales to be between EUR 6.7 billion and EUR 7.2 billion and we expect NSN net sales to be between EUR 3.1 billion and EUR 3.4 billion.

We expect non-IFRS operating margins for Devices & Services to be in the range of 9% to 12% in Q2 and we expect NSN non-IFRS operating margins to be between 0% and 3% in Q2. As an update to earlier annual guidance we now expect Devices & Services non-IFRS non-operating margins to be 11% to 13% for the full year 2010.

To help you even better understand the dynamics in our business, we see the main financial drivers, both positive and negative ones, on an ongoing basis as follows. For Devices & Services and NSN net sales such drivers include seasonality, market conditions, the competitive environment in general as well as our overall product portfolio competitiveness.

For Devices & Services non-IFRS operating margins, such drivers include seasonality and gross margins, which are driven by our overall product portfolio competitiveness as well as the Device price erosion and development of product costs.

For NSN non-IFRS operating margins, drivers include seasonality, net sales mix and cost control. In addition, both Devices & Services and NSN, the current volcanic ash situation in Europe could have a negative impact on our results depending on how long the situation lasts.

With that, I'll hand it back to Olli-Pekka.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Thank you, Timo. The Symbian^3 product cycle is very important for Nokia and we will not ship the first device before it is ready. With our Symbian^3 devices we intend to improve our position at the high-end of the market. I am confident that we will succeed.

The timing of when we begin volume shipments of Symbian^3 devices will have an impact on our 2010 numbers and it's reflected in our updated annual guidance. Nevertheless, I am confident that we will deliver substance of progress in 2010.

We plan to start shipping our first Symbian^3 device close to our original milestone date and this should allow us to end the year with positive momentum. To continue the momentum in 2011 we remain on track with our planned end-of-the-year MeeGo product milestone.

Our opportunities and our ambitions remain fully intact and even today I can say our determination has only increased. Thank you.

Kristian Pullola

Thank you, Olli-Pekka. We will now continue with our Q&A session. Please limit yourself to one question only. Operator, please go ahead.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

(Operator instructions) Your first question comes from the line of James Dobson - Morgan Stanley.

James Dobson - Morgan Stanley

I had a question about Symbian^3 and 4. It's got a couple of parts to it. I wonder if you could maybe just explain to us the reasons for the delays that we should know about. Then I think as a secondary point, I think, what real big improvements do you think these new iterations of Symbian will give to you when you're up against the modern operating systems like Android and the Apple OS? Do you think that Symbian^3 and 4 can narrow the gap or not?

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Olli-Pekka here, so I will take that one. I think there are two kinds of delays when it comes to market dynamics. One way to look at that is something delayed from the overall competitive dynamics point of view and the other one is something delayed from the internal milestone point of view.

I think we are here talking about the latter. To cut it really short -- and maybe I should not cut it short -- but, nevertheless, we will not ship the product before the quality is something that will meet the end user needs and demands. So the consumer experience from the quality point of view needs to be there.

So it's a painful thing to delay something a bit. I definitely am aware of that. It's painful but at the same time meeting the quality requirements is the right thing to do as well and is in everybody's interest. So this is basically we just want to ship a product that really will make it in the -- products that will make it in the marketplace.

Of course, when we are talking about Symbian^3 we are talking about the lineup of products, not one product only.

Then when it comes to the latter part of your question here, so I think this simply will be more intuitive, more fun and faster and definitely can, in my opinion, meet the market best. Now I'm talking about Symbian^3 here.

Then I'm saying I'm confident on that one. Of course, this is an area where we have been working together with many industry participants, so this has not happened in isolation inside Nokia. We have been working with basically all the major operators in this world who, of course, have access to what is there to come from our competitors as well.

In fact, the feedback here has been extremely good. So I'm really -- that's, of course, -- it needs to be noted here on the positive side. Then Symbian^4 is something that is planned to have an incremental improvement on Symbian^3. But from a sort of development dynamics point of view, I think it's quite important to understand that the heavy lifting here is happening with Symbian^3.

So that's really been the one we have been working long and hard with in order to really sort of bridge the gap or close the gap we have had since the high end to the competition. So this is not something that would have happened in the course of the spring. We have been working hard and heavy lifting in order to make that happen and now we are very close in fact to that happening.

Then Symbian^4, in fact, will be a much smaller increment from the development point of view on that one, not heavy lifting in the same way. But we believe that we can enhance the consumer experience even more with that.

James Dobson - Morgan Stanley

Interesting. When you say more intuitive and fun is there anything specific you can talk about that will help us judge what Symbian^3 can mean for your business because it's reasonably critical, as you say.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Yes, kind of more intuitive means it's easier to use and you're really feel it's more straightforward and more intuitive and I think it can be fun, as well, when you look at the different functionality. But we have not introduced a product here as of yet and so that will happen. Stay tuned. But I'm talking about Symbian^3 in general.

Timo Ihamuotila

Maybe a comment that you have seen the demos and the usability is really improving significantly regarding the basic touch usability and then we further have Flash report for the product, which is very good for video and these are really the key usability improvements.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

What I'm really referring here to the sort of operator sort of feedback and response because that, I believe, here these people know what the [inter-market plays].

Timo Ihamuotila

I promise to be two seconds. So, as Olli-Pekka says, we follow these as [one KPI], this operator ranging for product and that metric is actually very positive for these devices.

Kristian Pullola

Next question please.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Mike Walkley - Piper Jaffray.

Mike Walkley - Piper Jaffray

Just following up on that question with the large sequential drop in converged device ASPs, can you walk us through some of the variables for that drop? You talked about sharp price declines in some high-end products and mix. Can you maybe break it out between the two for us?

Then, as you launch Symbian^3 products and you need to extend your smartphone portfolio, would Symbian^3 potentially raise your converged device ASPs in the back half of the year or is it more going to the mid tier and ASPs should continue to fall from current levels?

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

This is Olli-Pekka here. So, again, if I try to make the point simplified a bit and Timo then can make it more complex and give sort of more better answer.

In my opinion, it's simply the 5230 entering the portfolio. A product that we really didn't have there in Q4 selling in big volumes to markets where smartphones have not been as of yet, so taking market share from feature phones, basically. That one product here, big volumes, the right price volume has had an impact.

Of course, the price competition has been there. We acknowledge that but it's really if I simplify this one product. Now then when it comes to Symbian^3, obviously I spoke about already, about the fact that it's something where we intend to close the gap in the high end of the marketplace, of course, starting to also then take it lower in the price point as well with different types of products.

But, of course, this for some time, for a relatively long time, will remain a higher-end lineup. I mean, by definition we will have - excuse me - an increasing impact on the ASP without a [inaudible] to the ASP development in general because it also depends on how successful we are in the lower end of this model.

Kristian Pullola

Next question, please.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Gareth Jenkins - UBS.

Gareth Jenkins - UBS

I've got a couple of very quick ones, if I could. Just in terms of the guidance shared for the rest of the year, could you maybe distill that into the component parts of, A, what you've seen already in terms of competition in Asia and, B, how much of it is Symbian^3 delay? So it sounds like Symbian^3 really won't have a material impact until Q4.

Then just secondly and I guess related to that, on Symbian^3 and just Sybmian generally, do you feel that the fact that it's a foundation and that you are effectively doing consensus decision making along with the operators is actually slowing the process down and that maybe it would be better to internalize some of this development?

Timo Ihamuotila

This is Timo here. Maybe I'll start with gross margin part or, sorry, on the operating margin guidance part for the full year. So clearly we now came out with our result at 12.1% and we are guiding between 9% and 12% for Q2. So that itself is having impact on the overall full-year number.

Then when you were asking how does the Symbian^3 product actually affect that, so it is not only that they would have an impact on Q4. The impact will be there already in Q3 but then there are other dynamics like the pricing pressure and also the FX impact which will roll off after Q1.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Yes, and I'll take the latter part about the operator dynamics here. So in this business you typically work in two ways. You make the so-called plane vanilla version of a device that you sell in the open market, which will not require operator customization and stuff like that.

Of course, that's independent of the operator corporation that we are going to do here with Symbian^3 as well. But with the open channel you can only reach a certain part of the market. So in order to really go for high market shares you need to, of course, have the operator's report and ranging as well and that will always, from anybody, require certain adaptation work for the needs of that operator.

Here we are, of course, working with them. But, as such, it's not slowing down the plane vanilla, which is independent of that. I was referring to the operator feedback we have had when we have been discussing the ranging sort of public with them.

Kristian Pullola

Next question, please.

Operator

Your next question is from the line of Mark Sue - RBC Capital Market.

Mark Sue - RBC Capital Market

From a defensive position, is there some assurance that it's just a one-time increase in expenses as you catch up to competitors? If competitors move forward as well does it become a perpetual game of catchup with Symbian^3 and does that mean more spending to close the gap later on with Symbian^4? Should we see it as a catchup or can we see it as a leapfrog platform?

Philosophically, Olli-Pekka, if you could just give us your thoughts of whether Nokia can be big and fast or just big.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Yes, philosophically, one needs to be fast and big here. It's one wants to go for the market share and for the market leadership as well and that needs to remain the thinking. That, of course, needs to show in how we work. I think we've got a lot of solutions there, partly implemented, partly to be implemented.

But philosophically, yes, I think that's a necessity. The question is then sort of how well you succeed with that. I have no sort of doubt in my mind on that one. Then when it comes to the first part of your question, so, like I said, when we are talking about Symbian, Symbian^3 has been, like I said, the heavy lifting and that has been really in the focus for some time here.

In fact, we really have cleared space for Symbian^3 from the investment point of view. Hence, in fact, you have seen a relative sort of - you have not seen product introductions during the last, I would say, six months in the way we could have done without having this, as you can call it, the catchup investment, the heavy-lifting part.

Once we have gotten there, Symbian^3 is a smaller increment. At the same time, I need to point out that we are not working in the high-end with Symbian only but really going even for higher end with MeeGo and that's, of course, a substantial investment that we have been making and we will continue to make and not increase in the overall spend here.

Like I said, we expect, also that we are on track to deliver during the course of this year as well in the highest end with MeeGo. I think the opportunity here, although it was not asked, to mention that the response we have gotten from different type of market participants, again, including the operators here for MeeGo has been tremendous.

The openness here and the credibility of Intel and Nokia combined driving that as well as the fact that MeeGo extends a wide variety of device pipes, connected TVs in car and so forth, is very attractive to operators who have these type of strategies. In that way, when we are discussing Symbian, yes, extremely important and we are extremely committed. But at the same time we need to mention that the highest end MeeGo will be extremely well [advancement].

Timo Ihamuotila

Maybe I'll quickly comment from the OpEx side. So we are continuing to expect EUR 5.7 billion of OpEx for this year and we are not expecting that Symbian going forward would somehow have a significant need to increase OpEx past that either.

I would also like to highlight that as we discussed about our operating margin guidance, so there are some items clearly which are taking it down, what we discussed. We feel that now is the right time to continue to invest at this level to really make sure that we have a quality release out when the Symbian^3 products come out.

But longer term we have not changed our view on the fact that when we look at the split between [securitization], OpEx and sales and marketing OpEx we need to move further towards sales and marketing and continue to improve efficiency in the R&D OpEx and we can do that with Symbian.

Kristian Pullola

Next question, please.

Operator

Your next question is from the line of Kai Korschel - Deutsche Bank.

Kai Korschel - Deutsche Bank

I have two questions. The first one is on the operating leverage. Now, I believe [week] last you said that roughly 90% of CM [cost] is variable. If there is no improvement in the mix shift in the second half from Symbian^3, how should we think about the gross margin dynamics in the second half?

My second question is on NSN. I think you were quite positive on engine CapEx, so do you actually expect an absolute rise in CapEx on the back of 3G rollout?

Timo Ihamuotila

This is Timo here. Maybe I'll start with the first question, which is basically about the gross margin dynamics for second half and the operating leverage there. We are coming with a very competitive lineup but, of course, we have to plan, and it's the right thing for the company to plan to really gain share on that higher end of the smartphone market. Really, when you look at our guidance, this is exactly how you have to look at it there.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

I'll take the other [the other one]. So we did not change at this point of time our estimate for the full year, flat market in Euro terms, although there are some differences between different markets here.

Of course, there is quite a lot of sort of needs for the operators to invest as really the capacity needs in the networks continue to increase. But our sort of estimate continues to be flat Euro terms this year.

Kristian Pullola

Next question, please.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Ittai Kidron - Oppenheimer.

Ittai Kidron - Oppenheimer

I wanted to get back into the delay of Symbian^3 again. Can you give us a little bit more color? Was this hardware or software related? What I'm trying to get into was whether this delay also delays the proliferation of Symbian^3 across multiple hardware, across multiple devices or is it just limited to the hardware of that specific device you were going to come out with?

So if it's software I would assume that it delays all of your [orders] for all of the other products as well that are using it. Am I thinking about this correctly?

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

No, in fact, if it's software, once the software is ready, we, of course, can take it to new devices as well. In fact, if I'm saying here that the first Symbian^3 device is delayed, in fact, the second Symbian device is delayed less than the first one because once we get there we can then do that one. But I'm talking about sort of different form factors, different type of devices.

Timo Ihamuotila

Yes, I would say that one of the strengths of the Symbian platform is exactly the fact that when we then get the release we have a possibility to have a portfolio product pretty fast and we expect to have not only one product during second half but products on the market.

Kristian Pullola

Next question, please.

Operator

Your next question will come from the line of Andrew Griffin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Andrew Griffin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Another Symbian^3 question, roughly speaking, how many products do you expect to have out by the end of the year? What sort of price points are you targeting and are there any more Series 60 phones to come or is everything going to be Symbian^3 from now on?

Timo Ihamuotila

Well, maybe as a qualifier and comment first, so Symbian and Series 60 are finally united now in our language, so we shouldn't look at them in different. The fact that we are putting, of course rightly so, so much emphasis on the Symbian^3 products now does not take away the fact that there is possibility to use the previous release as well, particularly maybe in lower price points.

So in that sense we are not saying that there would be nothing else coming than Symbian^3 products. The flexibility of Symbian really allows us to bring products for different price points and different purposes on the market.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

I think that was more than a qualifier. I think it was the answer as well.

Andrew Griffin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

In terms of the number of products you're expecting to have Symbian^3, roughly speaking?

Timo Ihamuotila

I don't know. I said products. I don't know if you want to shed more light into this.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

No, we don't want to make that type of announcement yet.

Andrew Griffin - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

I guess the last one was on the price points of Symbian^3 specifically. You said it's targeted at high end but would there be any more feature phone type price point Symbian^3 products by the end of the year?

Timo Ihamuotila

It will remain relatively high end and, yes, it will remain relative - not the highest end. Really the highest end - highest, highest, highest - we are doing with MeeGo but Symbian will be really in the high end as well.

Like I said, taking down the ASP there will not happen instantaneously, of course. You need to sort of have a reason why every product. In other words, Symbian will continue as well, like Timo said.

Kristian Pullola

Next question please.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Phil Cusick - Macquarie.

Phil Cusick - Macquarie

As I think about Symbian^3 being delayed, can you talk to me about why then are you delaying Symbian^4? Are you taking talent off of the sort of 4 process and putting it on 3 so the 4 development process is delayed? Then what's your plan around the hardware that was going to be on Symbian^4?

Do you think you still launch the same, hence that's on the same timing but some will be enabled with Symbian^3 instead of 4 sort of late this year or next year? Or do you delay there?

Then just a quick follow-up; there's some chatter that ARM could be acquired by Apple. I wonder if you have any thoughts on that and how that might impact you.

Timo Ihamuotila

Yes, we in fact believe, looking at the market conditions here, that the Symbian^3 - sorry, I've been coughing for five weeks now and I'm losing my voice a bit. Sorry about that.

We really believe the Symbian^3 will be competitive not only this year but going forward next year as well. This is really a sort of an optimization point of view. When do you take what type of versions to the marketplace and how?

Looking at what we can do with Symbian^3, during the last part of the year bearing in mind the MeeGo investment as well, we really don't feel we are in a position where we really would need Symbian^4 this year.

So in that way it really is a lot like sort of how to make the market calls in the best possible ways. I don't want to take stand to the hardware side here because it relates to choices between different windows. I don't think I'm in a position to do that.

I think in fact [QuoCom] in yesterday's call didn't go anywhere when they got the same type of question from their investors. This ARM, Apple, I really am not in a position to have an opinion on that.

Kristian Pullola

Next question please.

Operator

Your next question is from the line of Kulbinder Garcha - Credit Suisse.

Kulbinder Garcha - Credit Suisse

I have a question and clarification. My question is a bit more strategic, Olli-Pekka. It seems that your market share from a volume point view and Devices now 33%. It could be lower given how difficult it is to estimate the size of this market. I am wondering what you have to do to get your volume share back up.

Is it a matter of this is no longer as relevant in this industry? Or where in this lower end part of the market where there have been some underestimation of it, do you have to price more aggressively? Is that really built into your guidance, this kind of a lower end more aggressive pricing scenario to sustain or even expand your lower end volumes and share?

For Timo my clarification really is, so your EBIT market this quarter if you didn't have the currency impact, the positive [ForEx] would have been about 10.5% if I understood you correctly.

What worries me is if I look at Q2 I don't think there's much OpEx really to go down to sales. The mix is getting worse. You've got no new products. I'm kind of at a loss as to how you can even get to mid-point of your margin guidance to Q2.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

You can start, Timo, if you want.

Timo Ihamuotila

I don't really have that much to add to this. This is simply the guidance what we are giving and of course this is where we expect to get taken into account the pricing dynamics on the market and the mix shift as well.

We are also introducing new products in Q2 like the C3 lowest QWERTY device, so there is some newness coming into the portfolio as well. So I wouldn't exactly say that there is nothing coming.

Of course, we are trying to improve the portfolio all the time and besides that we are bringing the new navigation, the included navigation into the sales context during Q2 as well. That will drive demand for our smartphones.

Kulbinder Garcha - Credit Suisse

So if those products sell well Timo, just so I understand it, how well they sell determines whether you have the upper end or the lower end of the range. Is that the right way of thinking of things?

Timo Ihamuotila

These were just some examples of dynamics which work to the opposite direction of what you said yourself.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

I think Timo was making a great point here when he talked about the navigation. So now that we are really putting the turn-by-turn navigation into many devices, so in fact we are upgrading the total portfolio of navigation compatible devices.

Baring in mind the way the market has responded to the turn-by-turn, now in the former downloads but in the Q2 in the form of preloads, that's like uplifting or elevating your full portfolio to a higher level from the consumer interest point of view.

So we also need to look at not only the devices in terms of the hardware or the form factor but one competitor has well illustrated depending on what you include there in terms of content, services, software even after the launch.

Then to your strategic question, the first part of your question, I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we need to and we can continue to be strong in the low end as well as the low, mid-tier.

Yes, indeed, what you said about the market size being difficult to estimate. We definitely have come up with our best effort on the market size based on the new data analysis we can do.

There's a lot of business here. Of course from a competitive dynamics point of view, it's very different from the smartphone business. Hence we have put in a dedicated team to really attack that market.

In fact, the market dynamics here are quite interesting and different as well. You take India as an example. We are now launching the 2690 because the low price memory card device that's something that the Indian market requires and it will give us ammunition to really fight aggressively. Also the Dual Sim which is an Indian [phone]. We will come out with a device relatively soon.

Indonesia, another type of market where it's in fact very much messaging driven and a very interesting market, messaging driven, complete like no other developing market. The product that we are now launching, C2, will be extremely important in Indonesia so far in the messaging front, whereas our E63 simply has been too expensive from the price point of view, so very important.

There's quite a lot of dynamics here as well and I really believe you can continue to be strong in high end and low end and in between as well. But it will require different battle strategies, dedicated teams and completely different type sort of aggressiveness when it comes to your cost base.

Timo Ihamuotila

And just to highlight that Olli-Pekka did not launch a new product on even lower price point with C2. So we actually launched C3. So I just wanted to -- .

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

C3.

Timo Ihamuotila

Kulbinder, one more thing which I forgot to ask, that we are now at EUR 6.7 billion net sales. We are guiding EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 7.2 billion, so we are also expecting some leverage from simply the higher sales into the final, let's call it fixed cost part of the variable cost, i.e. the production cost will be simply as expected to spread to more products. So there is slight impact possibly on that as well.

Kristian Pullola

Let's, Operator, take one final question.

Operator

Thank you. The next question is from the line of Pierre Ferragu with Bernstein. Pierre, your line is open. Pierre's line is no longer -- .

Kristian Pullola

Thank you, Operator. So, ladies and gentlemen, that then concludes our call. I would like to remind you that during in the conference call today, we have made a number of forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual results may therefore differ materially from the results currently expected.

Factors that could cause such differences can be both external such as general economic and industry conditions as well as internal operating factors. We have identified these in more detail on pages 11 to 32 in our 2009 20-F and our press release issued today. Thank you.

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the Nokia first quarter 2010 earnings conference call. You may now disconnect.

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