Nortel

Nortel

January 06, 2005 09:22 ET

Nortel Provides Status Update; Expects to Commence Filing of Financial Statements on January 10, 2005


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: NORTEL

NYSE, TSX SYMBOL: NT

JANUARY 6, 2005 - 09:22 ET

Nortel Provides Status Update; Expects to Commence
Filing of Financial Statements on January 10, 2005

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan 6, 2005) -

Nortel Networks Corporation (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) and its principal
operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Limited ("NNL"), today provided a
status update pursuant to the alternative information guidelines of the
Ontario Securities Commission. These guidelines contemplate that the
Company and NNL will normally provide bi-weekly updates on their affairs
until such time as they are current with their filing obligations under
Canadian securities laws.

The Company and NNL reported that there have been no material
developments in the matters reported in their status updates of June 2,
2004, June 15, 2004, June 29, 2004, July 13, 2004, July 27, 2004, August
10, 2004, August 19, 2004, September 2, 2004, September 16, 2004,
September 30, 2004, October 14, 2004, October 27, 2004, November 11,
2004, November 24, 2004, December 8, 2004, December 21, 2004 and the
Company's press release "New York Stock Exchange Grants Nortel Three
Month Extension" dated January 3, 2005, with the exception of the
matters described below.

Filing of Financial Statements

Consistent with previous announcements, Nortel Networks Corporation
expects that it will commence to file its audited financial statements
for the year 2003 prepared in accordance with United States and Canadian
generally accepted accounting principles, and related Annual Report on
Form 10-K and Canadian filing, on January 10, 2005. In conjunction with
the filing of these statements and related periodic reports, the Company
will issue a press release. In addition, the Company plans to hold a
conference call to discuss the filings followed by a media question and
answer session. The details of the conference call and media press
conference will be provided in a separate communication.

The Company expects that its subsidiary NNL will file its audited
financial statements for the year 2003 prepared in accordance with
United States and Canadian generally accepted accounting principles, and
related Annual Report on Form 10-K and Canadian filing, shortly after
the filing of the Company's 2003 audited financial statements and
related periodic reports. Further, the Company expects that it and NNL
will file their unaudited financial statements for the first and second
quarters of 2004, and related periodic reports, before the end of
January 2005 and follow as soon as practicable thereafter with the
filing of their unaudited financial statements for the third quarter of
2004 and related periodic reports and any required amendments to
periodic reports for prior periods.

Outlook

The Company now expects revenues in the fourth quarter of 2004 to be
approximately US$2.8 billion.

EDC Support Facility

As previously announced, NNL obtained a further waiver on December 10,
2004 from Export Development Canada ("EDC") of certain defaults under
the EDC performance-related support facility (the "EDC Support
Facility") related to the delay by the Company and NNL in filing the
Company's and NNL's 2003 Annual Reports on Form 10-K (the "2003 Annual
Reports"), and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the first, second and
third quarters of 2004 (the "2004 Quarterly Reports"), in each case with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), the trustees
under the Company's and NNL's public debt indentures and EDC. The waiver
also applies to certain additional breaches under the EDC Support
Facility related to the delayed filings and the planned restatements and
revisions to the Company's and NNL's prior financial results (the
"Related Breaches").

The current waiver from EDC will expire on January 15, 2005. As the
Company and NNL do not expect to deliver the 2004 Quarterly Reports by
January 15, 2005, EDC will have the right, on such date, unless EDC has
granted a further waiver in relation to these delayed filings and the
Related Breaches, to terminate the EDC Support Facility, exercise
certain rights against collateral or require NNL to cash collaterize all
existing support. While NNL is seeking a new waiver from EDC in
connection with the delay in filing the 2004 Quarterly Reports, there
can be no assurance that NNL will receive a new waiver or as to the
terms of any such waiver.

In addition, the Related Breaches will continue beyond the filing of the
2003 Annual Reports and the 2004 Quarterly Reports. Accordingly, EDC
will have the right (absent a further waiver of the Related Breaches) to
terminate or suspend the EDC Support Facility or exercise certain rights
against collateral notwithstanding the filing of the 2003 Annual Reports
and the 2004 Quarterly Reports. While NNL expects to seek a permanent
waiver from EDC in connection with the Related Breaches, there can be no
assurance that NNL will receive a permanent waiver, or any waiver or as
to the terms of any such waiver.

The EDC Support Facility provides up to US$750 million in support, all
presently on an uncommitted basis. The US$300 million revolving small
bond sub-facility of the EDC Support Facility will not become committed
support until all of the delayed reports are filed with the SEC and NNL
obtains a permanent waiver of the Related Breaches. As of December 31,
2004, there was approximately US$296 million outstanding support
utilized under the EDC Support Facility, approximately US$212 million of
which was outstanding under the small bond sub-facility.

The Company's and NNL's next bi-weekly status update is expected to be
released during the week of January 17, 2005.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities
that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and
secure and protect the world's most critical information. Serving both
service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative
technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP,
multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to
help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business
in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the
Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit
www.nortel.com/news.

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking
and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or
events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual
results or events.

Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current
expectations include, among other things: the outcome of Nortel's
independent review and planned restatement or revisions of its
previously announced or filed financial results; the resolution of the
accounting issues announced on November 11, 2004, including the outcome
of discussions with the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission; the impact of the management changes announced on April 28,
2004 and August 19, 2004; the impact of the inability to meet Nortel's
filing obligations on support facilities and public debt obligations;
any potential delisting or suspension of the Company's or NNL's
securities; the adverse resolution of litigation, investigations,
intellectual property disputes and similar matters; the sufficiency of
Nortel's restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on
August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004, including the
potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with
restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions;
cautious or reduced spending by Nortel's customers; fluctuations in
Nortel's operating results and general industry, economic and market
conditions and growth rates; the communication by Nortel's auditors of
the existence of material weaknesses in internal controls; Nortel's
ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in
Nortel's cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings;
the use of cash collateral to support Nortel's normal course business
activities; the dependence on Nortel's subsidiaries for funding; the
impact of Nortel's defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on
results of operations and Nortel's cash flows; Nortel's dependence on
new product development and its ability to predict market demand for
particular products; Nortel's ability to integrate the operations and
technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact
of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and
product competition; barriers to international growth and global
economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including
interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of
rationalization in the telecommunications industry; changes in
regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel's
customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock
market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the
settlement date or early settlement of Nortel's purchase contracts; the
impact of Nortel's supply and outsourcing contracts that contain
delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in
the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; and the
future success of Nortel's strategic alliances.

For additional information with respect to certain of these and other
factors, see the most recent Form 10-Q/A and Form 10-K/A filed by Nortel
with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws,
Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise..

Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel.

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