Downturn pushes Nortel results into the red


Downturn pushes Nortel results into the red

Simon Quicke

Struggling Nortel has blamed the economy for its current woes after posting losses for its first quarter.

The Canadian telco, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, reported a 37% drop in revenues to $1.73bn and a net loss of $507m, compared with a $138m loss for the first quarter last year.

Contributing to the numbers was a $59m restructuring charge and a lower level of completed contract business.

There was some better news around the supplier's drive to control costs, with operating expenses dropping by 15% year on year.

Drilling down to the individual business units, there were reductions across the board. Enterprise solutions dropped by 41% to $395m and carrier networks decreased by 32% year on-year to $737m.

Nortel president and CEO Mike Zafirovski said that it had expected revenues and margins to be down because of the current state of the economy.

He hinted that Nortel was continuing to evaluate the direction of the company as it operated under creditor protection status in Canada and Chapter 11 in the US.

"Discussions are taking place with various external parties. However, decisions have not been taken and we continue to evaluate our restructuring alternatives. To provide maximum flexibility we are also taking the appropriate steps to complete the move to standalone businesses," he said.

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