Nokia (NOK) Reports In-Line Q3 EPS

October 27, 2016 6:28 AM EDT
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Nokia (NYSE: NOK) reported Q3 EPS of EUR0.04, in-line with the analyst estimate of EUR0.04. Revenue for the quarter came in at EUR6 billion versus the consensus estimate of EUR6.5 billion.

Nokia delivered solid third quarter results. Nokia Technologies led the way, with a sharp year-on-year increase in net sales, largely driven by revenues related to the Samsung licensing agreement that was announced in Q3. The results also reflect another excellent quarter from Fixed Networks, which improved both net sales and profitability from one year ago.

When we announced our second quarter results in August, we said that we expected to see slight sequential improvement in both net sales and operating margin in the third quarter in our Networks business, and we delivered in both of those areas. I was particularly pleased with our operating margin performance in the quarter, which reflects the strong, focused execution across the organization.

We were able to deliver these solid results despite market conditions that are softer than expected, particularly in mobile infrastructure. As we look forward, we expect those conditions to stabilize somewhat in 2017, with the primary addressable market in which Nokia competes likely to decline in the low single digits for that year.

I believe that Nokia remains well-positioned for this environment. Our disciplined operating model of tight cost controls, prudent investment and focused innovation; our constant industrialization of best practices across the company; our structured approach to fast integration and synergy capture -- all help give us a competitive advantage.

In addition, the power of our broad portfolio was evident in the quarter. We have the unique scope necessary to be able to design and deliver end-to-end networks and thus anchor ourselves in the long-term purchasing strategies of our customers. We also have the capability to diversify into new areas where high-performance, end-to-end networks are increasingly required, such as for large Internet and enterprise vertical market companies. We are seeing good growth in these segments, and have plans to target them further as we move forward.

While the fourth quarter is expected to be soft from a topline perspective, I believe that we will meet our guidance for our Networks business of significant sequential sales and operating margin increase for Q4 and our full-year operating margin guidance of 7% to 9%. In short, we remain on track in our execution and focused on creating value for our customers and shareholders.

- Rajeev Suri President and CEO

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