A tale of two mobile disruptions

The first quarter of mobile sales in 2012 can be defined by two disruptions which turned positive expectations into bad news for Nokia, HTC and Research in Motion.

During the first quarter this year HTC, RIM and Nokia all surprised investors with bad news. The effect is evident in the share price of these companies which, in the case of RIM and Nokia is around book value, and in the case of HTC, neared 12 month lows and a 70 per cent drop from peak.

These “misses” in earnings and expectations are on top of the already woeful news from Sony Ericsson and Motorola, which have not had profits for years and LG, which has been borderline since late 2009.

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