Software giant Microsoft (MSFT) announced this morning that the company has exited the feature-phone business. The company has agreed to sell its feature-phone assets to a new company that has affiliations with Foxconn and Nokia.
A few key figures of Microsoft’s exit are:
1. $350 Million Deal Split Among HMD and FIH Mobile
Microsoft sold its feature-phone assets in deals worth $350 million. The company sold its assets to the Finnish company HMD. The company is affiliated with Nokia, also a Finnish company.
The deal gives HMD an exclusive license to create mobile phones and tablets under the Nokia brand name.
FIH Mobile, a Foxconn subsidiary, will be acquiring Microsoft Mobile Vietnam in the deal. All devices which lack smartphone functionality will be passed to FIH Mobile in the deal.
2. HMD Agrees to $500 Million Investment Over 3-Year Period
HMD agreed to invest $500 million into the venture over the next three years. The company will hold a global license to the Nokia brand for a period of 10 years, according to initial details of the agreement.
3. Microsoft Paid $7.6 Billion for Nokia’s Phone Business
One of the biggest blunders in the history of Microsoft was paying $7.2 billion for Nokia’s phone business. Microsoft purchased the company as a foray into the mobile phone business, but announced that the company would write off the acquisition in 2015.
The company paid $7.2 billion for Nokia, but was able to write off $7.6 billion in losses for costs accrued during the acquisition. The company also cut 7,800 jobs in the process.
Nokia will receive royalties from all Nokia-branded products sold by HMD and will maintain a board seat on HMD. The deal is expected to clear final regulatory hurdles in the second half of 2016.
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