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Alcatel-Lucent Reports Q3 2016 revenues

November 08, 2016

Key numbers for the third quarter 2016 (unaudited)

Group revenues
(In Euro million)
Third quarter 2016 Third quarter 2015 Change y-o-y (actual) Change y-o-y (constant) Second quarter 2016 Change q-o-q (actual) Change q-o-q (constant) Year-to-date 2016 Year-to-date 2015 Change y-o-y (actual) Change y-o-y (constant)
Total Networks 2,805 3,194 -12% -11% 2,798 0% -1% 8,372 9,375 -11% -10%
Ultra Broadband Networks 1,639 1,966 -17% -16% 1,639 0% -2% 4,866 5,723 -15% -14%
Mobile Networks 1,060 1,418 -25% -25% 1,033 3% 1% 3,085 4,122 -25% -25%
Fixed Networks 579 548 6% 5% 606 -4% -6% 1,781 1,601 11% 12%
IP Networks and Applications 1,166 1,228 -5% -4% 1,159 1% 0% 3,506 3,652 -4% -3%
IP/Optical Networks 974 1,004 -3% -2% 995 -2% -3% 2,960 2,991 -1% 1%
Applications & Analytics 192 224 -14% -13% 164 17% 17% 546 661 -17% -18%
Common Group and Other(1) 321 235 37% 35% 281 14% 13% 850 739 15% 14%
Total Group revenues 3,126 3,429 -9% -8% 3,079 2% 0% 9,222 10,114 -9% -8%

(1) After elimination of inter-segment revenues

Paris, November 8, 2016 - Alcatel-Lucent reports revenues for Q3 2016 in the context of its combinationwith Nokia. Olivier Durand, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent, comments: “Alcatel-Lucent’s Q3 2016 results showed solid performance, in light of market conditions that remained challenging, particularly in mobile infrastructure. Regarding our integration with Nokia, we continued to make strong progress and are now shifting to the optimization phase, focusing on delivering the cost synergies committed. The squeeze-out of the remaining Alcatel-Lucent securities on November 2, 2016 marked the finalization of this merger in only 19 months, and will allow to fully capture the business and synergy opportunities of the combination.”

HIGHLIGHTS OF Q3 2016

Revenues highlights

  • On a Group level, revenues in Q3 2016 totaled Euro 3,126 million, a decrease of 9% year-over-year and an increase of 2% sequentially. On a constant currency basis, revenues would have decreased 8% year-over-year and would have been flat sequentially.
  • Networks revenues totaled Euro 2,805 million in Q3 2016, a decrease of 12% year-over-year and flat sequentially. On a constant currency basis, revenues would have decreased 11% year-over-year and 1% sequentially.
  • Ultra Broadband Networks revenues totaled Euro 1,639 million in Q3 2016, a decrease of 17% year-over-year and flat sequentially. On a constant currency basis, revenues would have decreased 16% year-over-year and 2% sequentially. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by Mobile Networks, partially offset by growth in Fixed Networks.
    • The decrease in Mobile Networks was primarily related to lower levels of activity across regions. Particular weakness was seen with customers in Greater China and, to a lesser extent, Europe and North America.
    • The increase in Fixed Networks was primarily driven by broadband access, which benefitted from a large project in Asia-Pacific, which is nearing completion, as well as digital home, related to customers in Latin America and North America. These were partially offset by a decrease in services.
  • IP Networks and Applications revenues were Euro 1,166 million in Q3 2016, a decrease of 5% year-over-year and an increase of 1% sequentially. On a constant currency basis, revenues would have decreased 4% year-over-year and would have been flat sequentially. The year-over-year decrease was driven by both IP/Optical Networks and Applications & Analytics.
    • Within IP/Optical Networks, the revenue decrease was due to IP routing, partially offset by optical networks. For IP routing, the decrease was primarily related to customers in Europe and North America. In North America the decrease was primarily due to lower packet core deployments. For optical networks, the increase was primarily related to continued momentum with customers in North America, partially offset by a decrease related to customers in Latin America.
    • The decrease in Applications & Analytics net sales was due to broad based declines across most business lines and regions.
  • Group Common and Other revenues totaled Euro 321 million in Q3 2016, an increase of 37% year-over-year and 14% sequentially. On a constant currency basis, revenues would have increased 35% and 13% sequentially. The year-over-year growth was primarily attributable to strong performance in Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN).

Geographical revenue highlights

Geographic breakdown of revenues
(In Euro million)
Third quarter 2016 Third quarter 2015 Change y-o-y (actual) Second quarter 2016 Change q-o-q (actual) YTD 2016 YTD 2015 Change y-o-y (actual)
Asia-Pacific 382 316 21% 362 6% 1,102 931 18%
Europe 656 844 -22% 767 -14% 2,177 2,412 -10%
Greater China 344 457 -25% 281 22% 822 1,071 -23%
Latin America 180 184 -2% 202 -11% 566 511 11%
Middle East & Africa 135 211 -36% 149 -9% 455 677 -33%
North America 1,429 1,417 1% 1,318 8% 4,100 4,512 -9%
Total group revenues 3,126 3,429 -9% 3,079 2% 9,222 10,114 -9%

From a geographic perspective, North America revenues increased 1% year-over-year to Euro 1,429 million, primarily due to ASN. Excluding ASN, North America revenues would have decreased by approximately 7% year-over-year. Europe revenues were Euro 656 million, representing a 22% decrease year-over-year, with declines across all businesses. Revenues in Greater China totaled Euro 344 million, a decrease of 25% compared to the year-ago period, primarily due to Mobile Networks. Asia-Pacific revenues totaled Euro 382 million, an increase of 21% year-over-year, driven by strength in Fixed Networks. Latin America revenues were Euro 180 million, representing a 2% year-over-year decrease and Middle East and Africa revenues totaled Euro 135 million, a decline of 36% year-over-year.

Key Events

  • On September 20, 2016, Nokia announced that the French stock market authority (Autorité des marchés financiers, "AMF") approved Nokia's proposed public buy-out offer (the "Public Buy-Out Offer") in cash followed by a squeeze-out in cash (the "Squeeze-Out") relating to the remaining securities of Alcatel-Lucent that Nokia does not already own. In the Public Buy-Out Offer, Nokia offered a consideration of EUR 3.50 per Alcatel-Lucent Share, EUR 4.51 per 2019 OCEANE, and EUR 4.50 per 2020 OCEANE. In the Squeeze-Out, the Shares and OCEANEs not tendered into the Public Buy-Out Offer would be transferred to Nokia for the same consideration as the above-mentioned consideration of the Public Buy-Out Offer, net of all costs.
  • On October 4, 2016, the AMF announced that a legal action was filed before the Paris Court of Appeal on September 30, 2016 for annulment of the AMF's clearance decision regarding the Public Buy-Out Offer, which would be followed by the Squeeze-Out, for all remaining securities of Alcatel-Lucent. Consequently, the Public Buy-Out Offer period was extended until further notice and the Squeeze-Out, which was scheduled for October 6, 2016, was scheduled to take place once the Public Buy-Out Offer is completed.
  • On October 25, 2016, the AMF announced the continuation of the timetable of the Public Buy-Out Offer followed by the Squeeze-Out for all remaining securities of Alcatel-Lucent. Accordingly, the Public Buy-Out Offer period would end on October 31, 2016 and the Squeeze-Out would be implemented on November 2, 2016, in accordance with the General Regulation of the AMF. The legal challenge filed before the Paris Court of Appeal on September 30, 2016 against the AMF's clearance decision regarding the Offer dated September 20, 2016 is still pending and the Court is expected to issue a decision during the first quarter of 2017. Alcatel-Lucent believes that the Offer complies with all applicable laws and regulations and that the legal challenge is without merit.
  • On November 2, 2016, Nokia announced the 100% ownership of Alcatel-Lucent following the completion of the Squeeze-Out of all remaining Alcatel-Lucent securities not tendered into the Public Buy-Out Offer, completing the acquisition announced 19 months ago.
  • The composition of the Board has been modified to reflect the new ownership structure of the company following the squeeze-out and the delisting from Euronext Paris. Independent directors Carla Cico, Jean- Cyril Spinetta and Sylvia Summers, as well as Board observers Gilles Le Dissez and Laurent du Mouza, resigned from the Board effective from November 7, 2016. Directors Risto Siilasmaa and Rajeev Suri also resigned as of the same date, while Kristian Pullola and Riikka Tieaho were coopted to the Board for the remaining duration of their respective terms of office.

Notes

The Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent met on November 7, 2016, examined the Group's unaudited consolidated financial statements at September 30, 2016.

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