Nokia (NOKIA), today published its third quarter interim report. According to the press release, the company says the merge with the French Alcatel-Lucent is now closer and they have received all the regulatory approvals to proceed with the public exchange offer. It is estimated to happen during the first quarter next year.

Nokia reported a turnover with 3036 million euros in July-September, declining 2 percent from the year earlier and increasing from the previous quarter. The operating profit was 475 million euros, up 4 percent from year earlier , but down 4 percent from the previous quarter. Earnings per share was 0,05 euros compared to 0,57 euros.

– I continue to believe that the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent provides a very strong long-term value creation opportunity, the CEO Rajeev Suri said in the release.

The company also said it will raise the near term outlook. – The performance at Nokia Networks was the highlight of the quarter, and allowed us to raise our full-year outlook for that business, Suri said.

Nokia sold its HERE maps and location unit to German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler in August 2015. According to Volkswagen (VOW:Xetra) press release yesterday, the company is expecting to close the deal during the next six months after the regulatory approvals. Audi´s share of the purchase price will be around 0,85 billion euros, according the release.

According to Nokia release today, HERE net sales amounted to 283 million euros in the third quarter 2015, compared to 236 million euros a year earlier. The operating profit was 20 million euros in the third quarter 2015, compared to an operating loss of 1 215 million euros in the third quarter 2014. On a non-IFRS basis and excluding the positive impact of stopping amortization and depreciation, HERE operating margin in the first nine months of 2015 was 10.1%, compared to 1.6% in the first nine months of 2014.

Nokia published also 7 billion euros program to optimize capital structure ahead of planned public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities. It also said that the 900 million euros synergies from the Alcatel-Lucent merge would be achieved in 2018, not in 2019 as earlier planned.

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