Nokia Corporation Half Year Financial Report August 4, 2016 at 08:00 (CET +1)
Solid financial performance and raised cost savings target
This is a summary of the Nokia Corporation financial report for Q2 and half year 2016 published today. The complete financial report for Q2 and half year 2016 with tables is available at http://nokia.com/financials. Investors should not rely on summaries of our financial reports only, but should review the complete financial reports with tables.
Non-IFRS net sales in Q2 2016 of EUR 5.7 billion (reported: EUR 5.6 billion). In the year-ago quarter, non-IFRS net sales would have been EUR 6.4 billion on a comparable combined company basis (reported: EUR 2.9 billion on a Nokia stand-alone basis).
Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q2 2016 of EUR 0.03 (reported: EUR negative 0.12).
Raised annual cost savings target to approximately EUR 1.2 billion of total annual cost savings to be achieved in full year 2018, compared to the combined non-IFRS operating costs of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent for full year 2015, excluding Nokia Technologies. Related to this, Nokia recorded approximately EUR 600 million of restructuring and associated charges in the second quarter 2016.
Nokia's Networks business
11% year-on-year net sales decrease in Q2 2016. Consistent with our outlook for the wireless infrastructure market, net sales were weak in Mobile Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks, and accounted for approximately 80% of the overall decrease in Nokia's Networks business. IP Networks and Applications also contributed to the decrease. This was partially offset by strong growth in Fixed Networks within Ultra Broadband Networks.
In Q2 2016, solid gross margin of 37.4% and operating margin of 6.0% were adversely affected by a customer in Latin America undergoing judicial recovery. Excluding this, gross margin would have been approximately 38% and operating margin would have been nearly 7%.
11% year-on-year net sales decrease in Q2 2016. Excluding the impact of non-recurring items that benefitted the year-ago quarter, Nokia Technologies net sales would have grown by approximately 10% year-on-year, primarily due to higher intellectual property licensing income from existing licensees.
Announced an expansion of the patent cross license agreement with Samsung on July 13, 2016 to cover certain additional patent portfolios, reinforcing Nokia's leadership in technologies for the programmable world. The expansion of the agreement occurred subsequent to the end of the second quarter 2016, and therefore did not impact the second quarter of 2016 financials. Instead, the expanded agreement will have a positive impact to Nokia Technologies starting from the third quarter of 2016. Nokia expects total annualized net sales related to patent and brand licensing to grow to a run rate of approximately EUR 950 million by the end of 2016.
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