Nokia Sales Return to Growth with Strong Profitability

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 17, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Nokia (NYSE:NOK): Third-quarter 2002 (IAS) compared with third-quarter 2001:

- Net sales increased 2% to EUR 7 224 million (EUR 7 050 million in 3Q 2001).

- Pro forma operating profit increased by 14% to EUR 1 219 million (EUR 1071 million); pro forma operating margin increased to 16.9% (15.2%).

- Reported operating profit increased to EUR 859 million (EUR 284 million); reported operating margin increased to 11.9% (4.0%).

- Pro forma adjustments: a one-time charge of EUR 306 million related to outstanding long-term financing to MobilCom and EUR 54 million in goodwill amortization.

- Pro forma earnings per share (diluted) increased to EUR 0.18 (EUR 0.16).

- Reported net profit increased to EUR 610 million (EUR 186 million) and reported earnings per share (diluted) increased to EUR 0.13 (EUR 0.04).

- Operating cash flow in the third quarter was EUR 2.2 billion (EUR 1.4 billion).

JORMA OLLILA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO: "Nokia's third-quarter results were greatly encouraging, marking a return to top-line growth with pro forma earnings per share at EUR 0.18, ahead of earlier guidance. The strength of this performance speaks very highly for our people and my thanks go to the whole Nokia team.

In clear demonstration of our strong execution and consistent approach to operational efficiency, we were again able to sustain strong profitability and a very high operating cash flow of EUR 2.2 billion. In mobile phones, pro forma operating profit rose by an outstanding 25%, compared with the third quarter last year, with margins exceeding expectations at a very healthy 22.2%. I am also very satisfied with Nokia's overall market position and market share developments throughout the year.

Color and multimedia are adding excitement to mobile communications. The handset market is entering a new growth period spurred by the arrival of an increasing number of mass volume products with color and multimedia messaging capability, all enriching the customer experience. Current visibility suggests overall market volume for 2002 will reach our earlier expectations of 400 million units sold.

Compelling new services and phone features are increasingly moving both business people and consumers from a very large existing subscriber base to upgrade their phones, or even look towards owning more than one device.

The mobile network infrastructure market remains challenging with continued low investments. However, we have seen significant progress in the third-generation WCDMA rollout. Pre-commercial network launches are underway and manufacturers and operators are completing interoperability testing.

I have no doubt that wireless wide-band technology will become vital for capacity, speed and quality of service, as the industry moves forward at full speed. In September, we demonstrated our first dual-mode WCDMA/GSM phone on a live network. Type approval tests for the Nokia 6650 have been passed and we are ready to begin shipments to operators. We expect the 3G business system to be sufficiently mature to support broad handset shipments within the first half 2003.

New mobile services are being introduced in the majority of networks. We are more than pleased by the fast-paced take up of multimedia messaging, with over 50 network operators in Europe and Asia already offering multimedia messaging services. This to me is clear indication that digital convergence in mobility has become a reality. Completely new categories of devices, such as phones with integrated cameras, have begun to redefine the scope and scale of the market, greatly expanding Nokia's future potential for growth."


 3Q 2002              PRO FORMA - IAS              REPORTED - IAS
                     (excludes goodwill                 
                    amortization and non-
                       recurring items)
EUR (million)    3Q/2002  3Q/2001   Change  3Q/2002 3Q/2001  Change
                                     (%)                       (%)
Net sales        7,224    7,050        2      7,224    7,050     2
 Nokia           5,633    5,269        7      5,633    5,269     7
  Mobile Phones
 Nokia Networks  1,545    1,659       -7      1,545    1,659    -7
 Nokia Ventures     89      140      -36         89      140   -36
Operating profit 1,219    1,071       14        859      284   202
 Nokia           1,249    1,002       25      1,226      979    25
  Mobile Phones
  Nokia Networks    80      155      -48       -250     -585    57
  Nokia Ventures   -25      -72       65        -31      -96    68
 Common Group      -85      -14                 -86      -14        
 Operating          16.9     15.2               11.9      4.0        
 margin (%)
 Nokia              22.2     19.0               21.8     18.6          Mobile Phones (%)
 Nokia Networks (%)  5.2      9.3              -16.2    -35.3        
 Nokia Ventures    -28.1    -51.4              -34.8    -68.9        
Organization (%)
 Financial income    30       6                  30      6        
  and expenses
Profit before tax  1,245    1,068     17        885     281     215
 minority interests
Net profit           881      760     16        610     186     228
EPS, EUR                                                                     
 Basic              0.19      0.16    19        0.13    0.04    225
 Diluted            0.18      0.16    13        0.13    0.04    225
 All figures can be found in the tables on pages 7 to 14 of the full
 text release found at the the URLs located at the end of this release.


Nokia's third-quarter sales rose by 2% compared with the third quarter 2001, reaching EUR 7.2 billion. This was in line with company guidance and marked a return to top-line growth. Sales for Nokia Mobile Phones grew a healthy 7% year on year to EUR 5.6 billion, reflecting strong growth in Europe and continued growth in Asia Pacific, partially offset by lower sales in the Americas. In Nokia Networks, sales showed a decline of 7%, compared with the third quarter 2001, reflecting lower- than-expected GSM network investments in Europe and Asia Pacific, while growth in the U.S. continued.

Solid 4Q sales outlook

Sales for the Nokia Group in the fourth quarter 2002 are anticipated to grow by 2-5% year on year and to be in the range of EUR 8.9 billion to EUR 9.2 billion. Growth is being primarily driven by increasing volume deliveries of the company's very strong product range in mobile phones. Nokia Networks sales estimates include recognition of dual-mode GSM/WCDMA network revenue, assuming the necessary technology milestones are satisfied.

Profitability outlook remains very strong Nokia's profitability outlook remains very strong, reflecting the company's execution and operational efficiencies and strong product mix. Fourth quarter pro forma EPS (diluted) is expected to be in the range of EUR 0.23 to 0.25, culminating in a full-year 2002 pro forma EPS (diluted) in the range of EUR 0.79 to EUR 0.81. Pro forma operating margins in the fourth quarter for Nokia Mobile Phones and Nokia Networks are expected to continue at approximately third quarter levels.

Full-year handset market estimate at 400 million Nokia reiterates its full-year 2002 handset market volume estimate of 400 million units sold. All regions are estimated to show growth of at least 5%, led by Asia Pacific and Europe and followed by the Americas. GSM continues to be the largest cellular standard globally, with nearly 75% of all new mobile subscribers in 2002 so far estimated to be GSM users.

Mobile phone market share rising year on year Nokia's third-quarter mobile phone sales volume increased year on year by about 17% to 37 million units, clearly outpacing growth in overall market volume, which is estimated to have increased by about 13% to around 103 million units. This resulted in an increase in Nokia's market share compared with the third quarter 2001.

Nokia's market share also increased in Europe and Africa in the third quarter compared with the second quarter 2002. This was more than offset by temporary weakness in the Americas, leading to a slight sequential overall market share decrease. Industry-wide channel inventories decreased during the quarter.

With the ramp up of new high-volume consumer products and the rise of holiday product campaigns, the company expects fourth-quarter market share to be substantially higher than in the third quarter. For each quarter in 2002, Nokia believes it will achieve a market share increase year on year, leading to a higher full-year market share than in 2001.

Operators preparing for new services

During the third quarter, investments in GSM infrastructure continued at a low level. However, operators are actively preparing for new advanced services. Notably, more than 50 GSM operators in Europe and Asia have already begun offering multimedia messaging services (MMS).

Nokia successfully met requisite technology milestones for the start of single-mode WCDMA revenue recognition in the third quarter of EUR 430 million. The company expects to recognize dual-mode GSM/WCDMA revenue in the fourth quarter of approximately EUR 400 million, assuming that the required technology milestones are met.

At the end of the quarter, Nokia had delivered EDGE-capable GSM network equipment to 23 operators across all GSM frequencies in all continents, supporting the company belief that EDGE technology will be widely deployed.

MobilCom write-off -- EUR 306 million As outlined in the September mid-quarter update, Nokia has agreed with France Telecom the principle terms of converting Nokia's outstanding receivables from MobilCom. At the same time, the remaining financing commitment to MobilCom of approximately EUR 530 million will not be made available. These arrangements with France Telecom, however, are subject to the overall resolution of the MobilCom situation.

During the third quarter, the negative impact on Nokia of the MobilCom exposure was EUR 306 million. In an agreement with MobilCom Nokia has ceased all deliveries to them.

Customer financing decreasing

At the end of September, outstanding long-term customer financing loans totaled EUR 1,334 million (EUR 1,555 million at June 30, 2002), while guarantees given on behalf of third parties totalled EUR 117 million (EUR 121 million at June 30, 2002). In addition, Nokia had financing commitments totalling EUR 1,127 million (EUR 2,542 million at June 30, 2002). Total customer financing (outstanding and committed) stood at EUR 2,578 million (EUR 4,218 million at June 30, 2002).

Nokia sees that the current industry environment does not require increases in customer financing. Since June 30, 2002, Nokia has in total reduced its customer financing by EUR 1,640 million. No material new customer financing commitments have been added during the last 15 months.


During the January to September period, Nokia Mobile Phones announced 24 new products and started shipping 25. The company plans both additional new product announcements and rollouts for the current quarter, which will bring the total number of new product shipments for the full-year to over 30.

In the third quarter, Nokia introduced three new models for mass volume consumer segments, all with color displays and MMS capability. The Nokia 3510i GSM model for the European markets, and the equivalent Nokia 3530 for the Asia Pacific markets, are both scheduled for shipment by the holiday season. The Nokia 3650 tri-band GSM model with integrated camera and groundbreaking form factor is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2003 in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

The company also announced the Nokia 6650, the first 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) compliant mobile phone. Operating both in the GSM 900/1800 frequencies and on WCDMA protocol, it became the first GSM/WCDMA handset able to work in Europe and Asia, including Japan. Type approval tests for the phone have been passed in both Europe and Japan, enabling immediate release of the product for operator tests in live networks. Depending on the opening schedules of WCDMA networks and the maturity of interoperability among networks, services and terminals, the first commercial deliveries of the Nokia 6650 are estimated to start during the first half of 2003.

In August, Nokia welcomed Samsung to the community of Series 60 licensees, further accelerating the move towards a global interoperable mobile services market. Licensing agreements have now been signed with Samsung, Matsushita and Siemens for the company's Series 60 smartphone software, incorporating key enabling technologies, such as MMS and Java(TM).


Nokia reinforced its leading position in third-generation WCDMA networks, signing agreements with J-Phone in Japan for a major expansion of its WCDMA radio-access network and with Vodafone Ireland to become the sole supplier of its WCDMA radio- access and core network.

Deployments of Nokia's WCDMA networks are continuing. By the end of the quarter, Nokia was rolling out 25 WCDMA networks to customers in 14 countries and had an additional 17 WCDMA system trials underway with other operators.

At a key 3G event in September, the company announced it had successfully met requisite technology milestones for the start of 3G WCDMA revenue recognition during the third quarter, 2002. With the availability of the commercial software release for WCDMA networks, and the availability of dual-mode commercial phones, operators can now start pilot usage of their networks. In addition, operators are also in a position to enter the network tuning, optimization and application integration phase as necessary steps towards the first network launches expected in late 2002 and early 2003.

Nokia signed GSM expansion deals with ONE in Austria and Jianxi MCC in China, as well as a contract to supply GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks to TAC in Thailand. The company also announced broadband deals with two Finnish operators as well as TETRA professional mobile radio contracts in Taiwan and Germany.

Multimedia messaging is off to a good start. Nokia announced deals during the quarter to supply its multimedia messaging solution to 10 operators in Europe and Asia, including being selected as a preferred supplier by Orange for its group-wide MMS.


As corporate IT security spending did not grow, sales at Nokia Internet Communications developed slightly below expectations. During the quarter, Nokia Internet Communications' business fundamentals remained sound. The unit maintained its substantial market share, deepened its product portfolio and continued to enjoy healthy gross margins on its products and services. Nokia remains committed to building a leading position in the corporate network security market. Sales of Nokia Home Communications clearly declined, reflecting an industry in transition and a move by the unit towards a more horizontal business model.

NOKIA IN THE THIRD QUARTER 2002: (REPORTED)(International Accounting Standards (IAS) comparisons given to the third quarter 2001 results unless otherwise indicated)

Nokia's net sales increased by 2% to EUR 7,224 million (EUR 7,050 million). Sales of Nokia Mobile Phones increased by 7% to EUR 5,633 (EUR 5,269 million). Sales of Nokia Networks decreased by 7% to EUR 1,545 million (EUR 1,659 million). Sales of Nokia Ventures Organization decreased by 36% and totalled EUR 89 million (EUR 140 million).

Operating profit increased by 202% to EUR 859 million (EUR 284 million), representing an operating margin of 11.9% (4.0%). Operating profit in Nokia Mobile Phones increased by 25% to EUR 1 226 million (EUR 979 million), representing an operating margin of 21.8% (18.6%). Operating loss in Nokia Networks decreased to EUR 250 million (operating loss EUR 585 million), representing an operating margin of -16.2% (-35.3%). Nokia Ventures Organization reported an operating loss of EUR 31 million (operating loss of EUR 96 million). Common Group Expenses, which comprises Nokia Head Office and Nokia Research Center, totaled EUR 86 million (EUR 14 million). This also includes the impairment of minority investments to the amount of EUR 48 million.

Financial income totaled EUR 30 million (EUR 6 million). Profit before tax and minority interests was EUR 885 million (EUR 281 million). Net profit totaled EUR 610 million (EUR 186 million). Earnings per share increased to EUR 0.13 (basic) and to EUR 0.13 (diluted), compared with EUR 0.04 (basic) and EUR 0.04 (diluted) in the third quarter 2001.

NOKIA IN JANUARY - SEPTEMBER 2002 (REPORTED): (IAS comparisons given to January - September 2001 results, unless otherwise indicated)

Nokia's net sales decreased by 5% to EUR 21,173 million (EUR 22,403 million). Sales of Nokia Mobile Phones were flat at EUR 16,469 million (EUR 16,448 million). Sales of Nokia Networks decreased by 20% to EUR 4,455 million (EUR 5,577 million). Sales of Nokia Ventures Organization decreased by 21% and totalled EUR 352 million (EUR 443 million).

Operating profit increased by 32% to EUR 3 314 million (EUR 2,509 million), representing an operating margin of 15.7% (11.2%). Operating profit in Nokia Mobile Phones increased by 16% to EUR 3,559 million (EUR 3,064 million), representing an operating margin of 21.6% (18.6%). Operating profit in Nokia Networks increased to EUR 33 million (EUR 0 million), representing an operating margin of 0.7% (0%). Nokia Ventures Organization reported an operating loss of EUR 135 million (operating loss of EUR 482 million). Common Group Expenses, which comprises Nokia Head Office and Nokia Research Center, totalled EUR 143 million (EUR 73 million).

Financial income totalled EUR 104 million (EUR 80 million). Profit before tax and minority interests was EUR 3,399 million (EUR 2,580 million). Net profit totalled EUR 2,335 million (EUR 1,750 million). Earnings per share increased to EUR 0.49 (basic) and to EUR 0.49 (diluted), compared with EUR 0.37 (basic) and EUR 0.37 (diluted) in January to September 2001.

The average number of employees during the period from January to September 2002 was 52,963. At September 30, Nokia employed a total of 52,392 people (53,849 people at December 31, 2001).

At September 30, 2002, net debt-to-equity ratio (gearing) was -52% (-41% at December 31, 2001). During the January to September period, 2002, capital expenditure amounted to EUR 348 million (EUR 820 million). On September 30, the Group companies owned 969,840 Nokia shares. The shares had an aggregate par value of EUR 58,190.40, representing 0.02% of the share capital of the company and the totall voting rights. The number of issued shares on September 30 was 4,760,795,093 and the share capital was EUR 285,647,705.58.

This information was brought to you by Waymaker

The following files are available for download: The full report The full report