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Nokia Q4 2017 results: Technologies saw very strong profit & sales growth. Networks saw growth & solid performance too

Nokia has today made its Q4 2017 Earnings report public. The Q4 2017 highlights are strong growth and solid performance in Nokia’s Networks business and Nokia Technologies registering big boost in both sales and profitability.

Nokia Technologies has seen 79% year-on-year net sales increase and 146% year-on-year operating profit increase in Q4 2017, primarily related to new license agreements. Overall sales in Q4 2017 was EUR 6. On a constant currency basis, non-IFRS net sales increased 5% and reported net sales increased 6%, with 2% growth in Nokia’s Networks business and 80% growth in Nokia Technologies.

Nokia Networks saw a solid Q4 2017 gross margin of 37.6%, and an operating margin of 11.1% with 2% increase in sales.

Here are the complete Nokia Q4 2017 results highlights,

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Non-IFRS net sales in Q4 2017 of EUR 6.7bn (EUR 6.7bn in Q4 2016). Reported net sales in Q4 2017 of EUR 6.7bn (EUR 6.7bn in Q4 2016). On a constant currency basis, non-IFRS net sales increased 5% and reported net sales increased 6%, with 2% growth in Nokia’s Networks business and 80% growth in Nokia Technologies.
  • Solid non-IFRS gross margin of 41.4% (42.2% in Q4 2016) and strong non-IFRS operating margin of 15.1% in Q4 2017 (14.0% in Q4 2016), with resilience in Nokia’s Networks business and strong performance in Nokia Technologies. Reported gross margin of 39.0% (40.3% in Q4 2016) and reported operating margin of 6.3% in Q4 2017 (4.8% in Q4 2016).
  • Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q4 2017 of EUR 0.13 (EUR 0.12 in Q4 2016) and EUR 0.33 in 2017 (EUR 0.22 in 2016). Reported diluted EPS in Q4 2017 of negative EUR 0.07 (EUR 0.11 in Q4 2016) and negative EUR 0.26 in 2017 (negative EUR 0.13 in 2016). In Q4 2017, reported diluted EPS was adversely affected by approximately EUR 0.13 due to re-measurement of deferred tax assets following the change in tax rates, primarily in the United States.
  • Strong cash performance in Q4 2017, with a EUR 1.8 billion sequential increase in net cash to EUR 4.5 billion, resulting from strong net working capital management.

Nokia’s Networks business

  • 2% net sales growth at constant currency in Q4 2017 was driven by IP Networks and Applications and by Ultra Broadband Networks. The large year-on-year variations in foreign exchange rates had a negative impact on reported net sales, with net sales down 4% compared to the year-ago period.
  • Strong operational discipline produced a solid Q4 2017 gross margin of 37.6%, and an operating margin of 11.1%.
  • Results for full year 2017 (4% decrease in net sales on a constant currency basis and an operating margin of 8.3%) consistent with our guidance for full year 2017.

Nokia Technologies

  • 79% year-on-year net sales increase and 146% year-on-year operating profit increase in Q4 2017, primarily related to new license agreements. Approximately EUR 210 million of the net sales in Q4 2017 (zero in Q4 2016) were non-recurring in nature and related to catch-up net sales, of which approximately EUR 80 million related to 2017 and EUR 130 million related to the prior years.
  • 57% year-on-year net sales increase and 94% year-on-year operating profit increase in 2017, primarily related to new license agreements and settled arbitrations. Approximately EUR 300 million of the net sales in 2017 (zero in 2016) were non-recurring in nature and related to catch-up net sales for prior years.
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