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Nokia’s strong Q4 2014 results. Nokia N1’s remarkable reception. Networks (8%), HERE (15%) & Technologies (23%) all see growth & report profit

Nokia new logoNokia has posted its results for Q4 and full year 2014. All three Nokia businesses have seen growth YoY and have reported positive contribution to the earnings. Here are the highlights,

  • 454 million EUR operating profit ( 524 Operating profit (non-IFRS) )
  • Networks reported operating profit of 14% with YoY growth of 8% in sales
  • HERE achieved 15% year-on-year growth in net sales
  •  In Q4 2014, HERE sold map data licenses for the embedded navigation systems of 3.9 million new vehicles, compared to 3.2 million vehicles in Q4 2013.
  • Nokia Technologies achieved 23% year-on-year growth in net sales, from EUR 121 million in Q4 2013 to EUR 149 million in Q4 2014
  • The early reception to the Nokia N1 tablet has been remarkably favorable

Segment wise results:

Nokia Networks

  • Nokia Networks achieved 8% year-on-year growth in net sales, from EUR 3.1 billion in Q4 2013 to EUR 3.4 billion in Q4 2014, primarily due to strong performance in North America.
  • Nokia Networks achieved strong underlying operating profitability with non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 470 million, or 14.0% of net sales, compared to EUR 349 million, or 11.2% of net sales, in Q4 2013.
  • Mobile Broadband achieved 13% year-on-year increase in net sales, driven by strong growth in overall core networking technologies and modest growth in overall radio technologies. Within radio technologies, strong year-on-year growth in LTE was partially offset by a decline in mature radio technologies.
  • Global Services returned to year-on-year growth for the first time since Q4 2012, with net sales up by 3% and particularly strong growth in the strategically important systems integration business line.

HERE

  • HERE achieved 15% year-on-year growth in net sales, from EUR 255 million in Q4 2013 to EUR 292 million in Q4 2014, primarily due to HERE’s leading market position and positive trends in the automotive market.
  • In Q4 2014, HERE sold map data licenses for the embedded navigation systems of 3.9 million new vehicles, compared to 3.2 million vehicles in Q4 2013.

Nokia Technologies

  • Nokia Technologies achieved 23% year-on-year growth in net sales, from EUR 121 million in Q4 2013 to EUR 149 million in Q4 2014, primarily due to Microsoft becoming a more significant intellectual property licensee in conjunction with the sale of substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business to Microsoft, as well as higher intellectual property licensing income from certain other licensees.
  • In Q4 2014, Nokia Technologies non-IFRS operating expenses increased both year-on-year and sequentially primarily due to investments in business activities, which target new and significant long-term growth opportunities, as well as increased activities related to anticipated and ongoing patent licensing cases.

This is what Nokia CEO has to say about these results,

2014 was a time of significant change for Nokia and we ended the year in a renewed position of strength. I want to extend my thanks to our customers who have shown such strong support during our transformation and our employees who have worked so hard to make it happen.

The power of the new Nokia could be seen in our fourth quarter results. All of our businesses delivered strong year-on-year net sales growth. Profitability was excellent in Nokia Networks, and we were particularly pleased with our net sales growth in North America and core networks. HERE continued its momentum in the automotive segment, and the early reception to the Nokia N1 tablet has been remarkably favorable, showing the ongoing power of the Nokia brand and the long-term potential of our brand licensing business.

Looking ahead, while 2014 was a year of reinvention, we see 2015 as a year of execution. We are already moving fast, with HERE sharpening its strategic focus, Nokia Technologies accelerating its licensing and innovation activities, and Nokia Networks increasing its momentum in growth areas including virtualization and telco cloud.

As we pursue these opportunities, we will not shy away from investing where we need to invest. But, we plan to always combine that with disciplined cost control and a focus on delivering ongoing productivity and quality improvements across the company.

Overall, while we must remain focused on our execution, I believe that Nokia is well positioned to meet its goals for the year.

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Nayan
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