Motorola Posts $80 Million Loss For 4Q11

Motorola Mobility said on Thursday that its 4Q11 ended in a loss of US$80 million. The company said it shipped 10.5 million mobile devices, including 5.3 million smartphones and just 200,000 tablets. In comparison, Apple this week said it shipped 15 million iPads and 37 million iPhones during 4Q11.

For the full year, Motorola said it shipped 42.4 million mobile devices, including 18.7 million smartphones and one million tablets. Apple sold 32 million iPads and 93 million iPhones during 2011.

While Motorola’s net revenue from mobile devices increased five percent year-over-year to $2.5 billion, the company said in a press release that sales in that area were “impacted by the increased competitive environment.” Presumably that was a reference to Apple, although the company was not mentioned.

Motorola Mobility is in the midst of a proposed $12.5 billion acquisition by Google, so the company did not conduct a teleconference with analysts, which is the norm for publicly-traded companies when announcing their quarterly earnings. The merger was announced last August, and Motorola said that it “currently expects the transaction to close in early 2012 once all conditions have been satisfied.” Those conditions involve regulatory approvals in the United States and other countries.