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Nokia (NOK) Beats Q2 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

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Nokia Corporation (NOK - Free Report) reported healthy second-quarter 2022 results, wherein both the bottom and the top lines beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Net Income

Profit (from continuing operations) in the quarter was €467 million ($497.5 million) or €0.08 (8.5 cents) per share compared with €350 million or €0.06 per share in the prior-year quarter.

Comparable profit came in at €585 million ($623.2 million) or €0.10 (11 cents) per share, up from €539 million or €0.09 per share in the year-ago quarter. The improvement reflects an increase in net sales. The bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1 cent.

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Revenues

On a constant currency basis, quarterly net sales improved 10.5% year over year to €5,873 million ($6,256.5 million), driven by growth in Mobile Networks and Network Infrastructure. The top line beat the consensus estimate of $6,073 million.

Segment Results

Net sales in Mobile Networks increased 9% year over year to €2,593 million ($2,762.3 million) due to limited impact from Covid-19-related lockdowns in China. The segment’s gross margin fell 70 basis points (bps) to 40.2%. Operating margin was 11.2%, up from 10.5%.

Network Infrastructure sales were up 21% year over year to €2,153 million ($2,293.6 million), as the business continued to benefit from strong demand in Fixed Networks and Submarine Networks. Gross margin increased 10 bps to 35.4%. Operating margin was up 240 bps to 11.5%.

Cloud and Network Services sales were up by 7% year over year at €753 million ($802.17 million), due to growth in Enterprise Solutions and Cloud and Cognitive services. Gross margin soared 150 bps to 37.2%. Operating margin fell 210 bps to a negative 0.7%.

Nokia Technologies sales declined 24% year over year to €305 million ($324.91 million) due to expiry of two licensing agreements that ended in 2021, which are in the process of renewal, along with the expiration of a patent licensing agreement with a company that has exited the smartphone market. Gross margin fell 10 bps to 99.7%. Operating margin declined 1170 bps to 71.1%.

Sales in Group Common and Other grew 24% year over year to €77 million ($82.03 million), as Radio Frequency Systems witnessed strong growth in North America. Gross margin was negative 5.2%, down 40 bps.

Other Details

Cost of sales increased to €3,512 million from €3,133 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross profit grew 8.4% to €2,361 million. Operating profit was €564 million compared with €484 million a year ago.

Cash Flow & Liquidity

During the second quarter, Nokia used €43 million of cash for operating activities compared with €106 million generated in the year-ago quarter.

As of Jun 30, 2022, the company had €5,457 million ($5,702.3 million) in cash and cash equivalents with €4,424 million ($4,622.9 million) of long-term liabilities.

Outlook

For 2022, Nokia expects net sales between €23.5 billion and €24.7 billion. Comparable operating margin is estimated to be between 11% and 13.5%. Free cash flow is projected in the 25-55% range of conversion from comparable operating profit.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Nokia currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.


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