SAN FRANCISCO— Finnish mobile phone vendor Nokia Corp. said Tuesday (Dec. 4) it plans to sell its headquarters in Espoo, Finland, to a real estate investment firm for 170 million euro (about $223 million).
Nokia said it plans to lease the office building from the real estate investment firm, Finland-based Exilion Capital Ltd., on a long-term basis. Nokia said it expects to complete the sale by the end of 2012.
"We had a comprehensive sales process with both Finnish and foreign investors and we are very pleased with this outcome," said Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia's chief financial officer. "As we have said before, owning real estate is not part of Nokia's core business and when good opportunities arise we are willing to exit these types of non-core assets."