Nokia Ups Sales

Nokia reports fourth-quarter 2004 net sales of EUR 9.1 billion, EPS EUR 0.23

January 27, 2005

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HELSINKI -- Nokia in Q4 2004
(all comparisons are to fourth-quarter 2003 results regrouped according to 2004 organization):

  • Net sales increased 3% to EUR 9 063 million (EUR 8 789 million in Q4 2003), up 8% at constant currency.

  • Operating profit decreased 19% to EUR 1 357 million (EUR 1 669 million), with an operating margin of 15.0% (19.0%).

  • EPS (diluted) was EUR 0.23 compared with EPS (diluted) EUR 0.25 in the fourth quarter 2003 (including a 4Q 2003 EUR 0.05 net negative impact from one-time items) on net profits of EUR 1 019 million (EUR 1 168 million).

  • Nokia mobile device volumes reached a record 66.1 million units, up 19%, resulting in an estimated market share of 34%.

  • Mobile Phones net sales decreased 6% to EUR 5 660 million (EUR 6 038 million), with EUR 1 060 million operating profit (EUR 1 697 million) and operating margin of 18.7% (28.1%).

  • Multimedia net sales increased 29% to EUR 1 230 million (EUR 953 million).

  • Enterprise Solutions net sales increased 122% to EUR 280 million (EUR 126 million).

  • Networks net sales increased 12% to EUR 1 906 million (EUR 1 706 million), with EUR 260 million operating profit (EUR 41 million) and operating margin of 13.6% (2.4%).

  • Operating cash flow was EUR 0.8 billion (EUR 1.3 billion) and total combined cash and other liquid assets were EUR 11.5 billion (EUR 11.3 billion) at the end of the year.

    Nokia in full-year 2004
    (all comparisons are to full-year 2003 results regrouped according to 2004 organization):

  • Net sales decreased 1% to EUR 29 267 million (EUR 29 455 million in 2003), up 6% at constant currency.

  • Operating profit decreased 14% to EUR 4 330 million (EUR 5 011 million), with an operating margin of 14.8% (17.0%).

  • EPS (diluted) was EUR 0.70 (including a EUR 0.03 net positive impact from one-time items) on net profits of EUR 3 207 million, compared with EPS (diluted) of EUR 0.75 in 2003 (including a EUR 0.06 net negative impact from one-time items) on net profits of EUR 3 592 million.

  • Nokia mobile device volumes reached a record 207.7 million units, resulting in an estimated market share of 32%.

  • Mobile Phones net sales were EUR 18 507 million (EUR 20 951 million) down 12%, down 5% at constant currency. Operating profit was EUR 3 768 million (EUR 5 927 million) and operating margin 20.4% (28.3%).

  • Multimedia net sales increased 46% to EUR 3 659 million (EUR 2 504 million), with EUR 179 million operating profit (EUR 186 million operating loss) and operating margin of 4.9% (-7.4%).

  • Enterprise Solutions net sales increased 57% to EUR 830 million (EUR 529 million), with EUR 199 million operating loss (EUR 141 million operating loss) and operating margin of - 24.0% (-26.7%).

  • Networks net sales increased 13% to EUR 6 367 million (EUR 5 620 million), up 21% at constant currency. Operating profit was EUR 878 million (EUR 219 million operating loss) and operating margin 13.8% (-3.9%).

  • Operating cash flow was EUR 4.3 billion (EUR 5.3 billion) and total combined cash and other liquid assets were EUR 11.5 billion (EUR 11.3 billion) at the end of the year.

    Nokia's Board of Directors will propose a dividend of EUR 0.33 per share for 2004 (EUR 0.30 per share for 2003).

    JORMA OLLILA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO:
    This was a year of record-breaking mobile device volumes for our industry, which drove both the device and infrastructure markets forward. Global mobile subscriptions also rose sharply to 1.7 billion for 2004.

    For Nokia, device volumes also reached new highs for the fourth quarter and full year largely backed by the ongoing boom in growth markets such as Latin America, Russia, India and China, and brisk sales of color screen and camera phones. Our North American phone volumes were, however, disappointing.

    In the fourth quarter, Nokia's record mobile device volumes, together with sequentially stable average selling prices and better-than-expected infrastructure sales and profitability, pushed our net sales and EPS ahead of guidance.

    Nokia's full-year 2004 mobile device market share was 32%, based on an estimated market volume of 643 million units. I am pleased with our steady quarter-on-quarter market share gains during the second half. Based on an estimated 194 million units for the market, we achieved a 34% share in the fourth quarter largely as a result of sequential market share gains in Asia-Pacific, China and Europe/Middle East/Africa.

    During the fourth quarter, we started shipping the Nokia 6630, our latest 3G smartphone, and the initial response has been positive with more than 30 3G operators including it in their offering. In Western Europe, the Nokia 6230 was the top-selling phone in the industry for the fourth quarter - a first for a camera phone. Of the 36 devices we announced in 2004, the majority had cameras and nearly all had color screens. We also introduced additional designs with ten new clamshell models, in addition to flip-open messenger devices and the Nokia 9300 smartphone for enterprises. During 2004, we continued to be the clear market leader in the GSM megapixel market and in smartphones, which combines a handheld computer with a mobile phone.

    Nokia's infrastructure sales and profitability in the fourth quarter exceeded our expectations due to robust year-end spending by operators combined with our shortened delivery lead times. Profitability was also positively impacted by the successful resolution of a prior customer delivery issue as well as a product mix favoring high-margin products. In Asia-Pacific, we emerged as a clear leader in 3G WCDMA.

    In our infrastructure business, 2004 was a pivotal year. We significantly expanded our presence in India and Russia, and entered new markets in the Middle East and Africa. In the second half, the pace of commercial 3G launches intensified in more developed markets, with the number of subscribers jumping to nearly 16 million by the end of 2004. By the end of the year, we were a supplier to 28 of the 63 commercially launched 3G networks.

    The past year was demanding for Nokia. In response, we set five top priorities in the areas of customer relations, product offering, R&D efficiency, demand-supply management and the ability to offer end-to-end solutions. We are making good progress in these areas, and I believe we are now better positioned to meet future challenges as a result.

    Our fourth-quarter performance was clearly a reflection of the ability of the Nokia team to rapidly respond to faster-than-expected market growth. I thank everyone for putting our customers first and stretching to meet and exceed our targets.

    Nokia Corp.

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