Nokia says investigation 'not expected to have a material impact'
The company said, "While Nokia does not typically comment on market rumors, given the market reaction and inquiries related to a disclosure in the risk factors section of its annual report on Form 20-F for 2018, the company issues this statement to clarify that the specified investigation is not expected to have a material impact on Nokia. We have seen no evidence that would suggest that criminal penalties would apply in this case, and we believe it is highly likely that any penalties that might apply would be limited and immaterial. Nokia wishes to clarify that the context of this disclosure is the risk factors section of its annual report on Form 20-F where the company lists various risks which could potentially have a material impact on it. However, the disclosure does not reflect Nokia's assessment of the expected or likely impact of the investigation on Nokia. As noted in the annual report, to ensure complete compliance we are now scrutinizing certain transactions in the former Alcatel Lucent business. Out of an abundance of caution and in the spirit of transparency, Nokia has contacted the relevant regulatory authority regarding this review. We are proud of our reputation as one of the world's most ethical companies and this level of openness, transparency and cooperation is what you would expect from Nokia."