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Nokia Q1 2018 results: Technologies sees strong profit & sales growth YoY. CEO Statement


Nokia has today made its Q1 2018 Earnings report public. The Q1 2018 highlights are strong growth and solid performance in Nokia’s Technologies business registering big boost in both sales and profitability YoY.

Nokia Technologies has seen 48% year-on-year net sales increase and 48% year-on-year operating profit increase in Q1 2018, primarily related to new license agreements. Overall sales in Q1 2018 was EUR 4.9bn.

Here are the complete Nokia Q1 2018 results highlights,


  • Net sales in Q1 2018 were EUR 4.9bn, compared to EUR 5.4bn in Q1 2017. On a constant currency basis, net sales would have been flat year-on-year.
  • Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q1 2018 was EUR 0.02, compared to EUR 0.03 in Q1 2017. Reported diluted EPS in Q1 2018 was negative EUR 0.06, compared to negative EUR 0.08 in Q1 2017.

Nokia’s Networks business net sales were EUR 4.3bn, with operating profit of EUR 43mn

  • Q1 net sales and profitability were impacted primarily by lower net sales in North America. However, order intake and backlog were excellent in Q1. Therefore, Nokia expects the net sales trajectory in North America, as well as profitability, to improve significantly in the second half of 2018.
  • Based on firm orders, Nokia sees customer demand for 5G accelerating further, particularly in North America, where we expect commercial 5G network deployments to begin near the end of 2018.
  • Encouraging progress was made in Q1 with our strategy to diversify and grow by targeting attractive adjacent markets.  Strong momentum continued with large enterprise vertical and webscale customers, with double-digit year-on-year growth in net sales and order intake.
  • Momentum in our end-to-end strategy continued, with one third of our sales pipeline now comprised of solutions, products and services from multiple business groups.

Nokia Technologies net sales were EUR 365mn, with operating profit of EUR 274mn

  • Strong track record continued, with 48% year-on-year net sales growth and 136% year-on-year operating profit increase in Q1, primarily related to license agreements entered into in 2017.
  • Nokia Technologies continued to make good progress on new patent licensing agreements, as well as brand and technology licensing agreements; no major agreements were announced in Q1.

Here is what Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has to say about Q1 2018 results.


We see strong momentum building for the full year despite a slow start in Networks. I have considerable confidence that Nokia is well-positioned to out-perform a strengthening Networks market and meet our full-year 2018 guidance.

Our confidence is based on strong order intake and backlog in Q1; our end-to-end strategy is resonating with customers, resulting in strong cross-sell activity and a year-on-year doubling of the multi-business group pipeline; we have clear visibility to 5G deals for large-scale commercial rollouts in United States in the second half of the year; and are successfully executing our diversification strategy, with consistent double-digit profitable growth with enterprise and webscale customers.

On the licensing side, first quarter recurring revenue was up by 65% year-on-year, and we expect continued strong growth in the months ahead. We see further opportunities in smart phone licensing in China, in the automotive sector and in brand licensing.

Our end-to-end portfolio positions us very well for 5G and our efforts to accelerate global 5G adoption are clearly delivering results. We will fuel that adoption in 2018 with investments in trial costs, as needed. These investments will position us to capture opportunities in a 5G market that we believe will substantially accelerate later this year in the United States, followed by other large-scale 5G commercial rollouts starting in 2019 in multiple geographies. Given these developments, we expect to see continued softness in the first half of 2018, followed by a much stronger second half.

We also see a clear path to market share gains this year given our success in 4G expansion, 5G deals, IP routing in both the service provider segment and adjacent markets, and optical, driven by 5G and webscale customers. 

While our Networks gross margin in Q1 decreased on a year-on-year basis, the primary underlying reasons for that – regional and product mix – are largely temporary in nature and expected to improve in the second half of 2018. It is also important to understand that we did not see significant degradation of margins at the overall product level. We remain on track to deliver on our EUR 1.2 billion cost savings commitment.

Rajeev Suri
President and CEO

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