Alcatel-Lucent first quarter 2013 results

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Alcatel-Lucent announces Q1 2013 results

Continued progress with The Performance Program

 

Key numbers for the first quarter 2013

•       Revenues of Euro 3,226 million, up 0.6% year-over-year

•       Adjusted2 gross profit of Euro 947 million or 29.4% of revenues

•       Adjusted2 operating loss1 of Euro (179) million or -5.5% of revenues

•       Published net loss of Euro (353) million or Euro (0.16) per share

•       Operating cash-flow3 of Euro (144) million

•       Net (debt)/cash of Euro (358) million as of March 31, 2013

Click here for the full press release in PDF (including reported and adjusted results, key figures and adjusted proforma results)

Paris, April 26, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced first quarter 2013 results.

Michel Combes, CEO Alcatel-Lucent, commented: “Alcatel-Lucent’s first quarter results reflect both encouraging trends in the marketplace and good progress with The Performance Program, for which discipline on execution remains the priority in 2013.

Free cash-flow remains a challenge. Strong focus will be placed on working capital management to reverse some of the negative impact incurred this quarter.

We are actively reviewing the Group’s businesses and operating model to design the conditions for value creation in the future. I am looking forward to sharing the outcome in early Summer.”

MAIN POINTS

First quarter revenue increased 0.6% year-over-year and decreased -21.2% sequentially to
Euro
3,226 million. At constant currency exchange rates and perimeter, revenues increased 1.8% year-over-year and decreased -19.9% sequentially. Networks & Platforms grew 6% year-over-year with high single digit growth in IP and good traction in Wireless, Fixed networks, Platforms and Services, all partially offset by a double-digit decline in Optics. Focused Businesses declined at a double-digit rate compared to the year ago quarter, with Enterprise at a mid-single digit rate and Submarine at a faster pace. Finally, the slowdown in Managed Services continued, reflecting our restructuring efforts. From a geographic standpoint, also adjusted for constant currency and compared to the year ago period, North America reached historical highs as a percentage of total revenues (48%), resulting from strong growth in the region. While Japan showed good traction and China stabilized, the Asia Pacific region declined at a low single digit rate. Cautious spending persisted in Europe, which declined at a 10% rate. Rest of world declined at 10%, where growth in Brazil was offset by weakness in the rest of Central and Latin America and Middle East and Africa.

Adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (179) million or -5.5% of revenue. Gross margin came in at 29.4% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 30.2% in the year ago quarter and 30.4% in the fourth quarter 2012. The year-over-year decline in gross margin mainly results from unfavorable product mix. The sequential decrease in gross margin mainly results from lower volumes. Operating expenses decreased -5.5% year-over-year on a reported basis and adjusted for constant currency decreased -5.0% year-over-year, reflecting results of our actions to streamline our cost structure, strongly focusing on SG&A expenses (decreasing -11.7% year-over-year on a reported basis and adjusted for constant currency decreased -11.3%). On a sequential basis, operating expenses declined at -0.3% as reported and increased 0.5% at constant currency, as decline in SG&A, reflecting results of our actions to streamline our cost structure (-1.5% quarter-over-quarter when adjusted for constant currency) was partially offset by an increase in R&D (+2.3% quarter-over-quarter at constant currency).

First quarter reported net loss (group share) of Euro (353) million or Euro (0.16) per share. This includes restructuring charges of Euro (122) million and Euro (152) million of financial loss.

The reported net loss (group share) also includes Purchase Price Adjustments (PPA entries in relation to the Lucent business combination) of Euro (23) million pre-tax or Euro (14) million after tax.

Net (debt)/cash of Euro  (358)  million, versus Euro 147  million of net cash as of December 31, 2012. The sequential decrease in net cash of Euro (505) million primarily reflects a negative operating cash-flow of
Euro (144) million, interest paid of Euro (101) million, taxes paid of Euro (28) million, restructuring cash outlays of Euro (100) million, contribution to pensions and OPEB of Euro (43) million and capital expenditures of Euro (117) million. The negative operating cash-flow of Euro  (144) million results from an adjusted operating loss of Euro (179) million and from a negative contribution from the working capital requirements of Euro (146) million. The change in operating working capital requirement has been negative in the first quarter 2013 by Euro (72) million mainly driven by a negative impact from progress payment attributed to business trends and timing. The level of receivables sold without recourse decreased by Euro (148) million to Euro 963 million as of
March 31, 2013.

During the quarter, we received the senior secured credit facilities proceeds, increasing the level of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities to Euro 6.25 billion as of March 31, 2013.

Funded status of Pensions and OPEB of Euro (422) million at end of March, compared to
Euro  (1,308) million as of December 31, 2012. Excluding currency impact, this deficit narrowing mainly results from a decrease of our benefit obligations of Euro 786 million due to the increase of around 25 bps in the discount rates used for pensions and post-retirement healthcare plans, from an actual return of the plan assets for Euro 263 million, and from a one-time credit of Euro 55 million related to plan amendments. These effects were partially offset by Euro (235) million of interest cost. The net effect of currency change was negligible on the funded status this quarter.

As of January 1, 2013, the revised standard IAS 19 ‘Employee Benefits’ now defines the financial component of pension and post-retirement benefits as “net interest on the net defined liability (asset)”. It is measured as the sum of interest income on plan assets, interest cost on the defined benefit obligations and interest income (cost) on the effect of the asset ceiling; each of these interest amounts being computed using the same common discount rate. Such financial component is recognized in the consolidated income statements as other financial income (loss).

Alcatel-Lucent reminds that according to the regulatory perspective – which determines the funding requirements- and to preliminary assessment of the company’ US plans, no extra funding contribution will be required through at least 2016.

REPORTED RESULTS

In the first quarter, the reported net loss (group share) was Euro (353) million or Euro (0.16)per diluted share (USD (0.20) per ADS) including the negative after tax impact from Purchase Price Allocation entries of Euro (14) million.

ADJUSTED RESULTS

In addition to the reported results, Alcatel-Lucent is providing adjusted results in order to provide meaningful comparable information, which exclude the main non-cash impacts from Purchase Price Allocation (PPA) entries in relation to the Lucent business combination. The first quarter 2013 adjusted2 net loss (group share) was Euro (339) million or Euro (0.15) per diluted share (USD (0.19) per ADS), which includes restructuring charges of Euro (122) million, a post-retirement benefit plan amendment gain of Euro 55 million, a net financial loss of Euro (152) million, an adjusted tax credit of Euro 42 million, and non-controlling interest charge of Euro (16) million.

BUSINESS COMMENTARY

NETWORKS & PLATFORMS

For the first quarter 2013, revenues for Networks & Platforms were Euro 2,713 million, an increase of 4.2% compared to Euro 2,604 million in the year-ago quarter and a -21.2% decline compared to Euro 3,445 million in the fourth quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, Networks & Platforms revenues increased 5.6% year-over-year and decreased -19.9% sequentially. The segment posted an adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (107) million or an operating margin of -3.9% compared to an adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (152) million or a margin of -5.8% in the year-ago period.

Key highlights:

•       Revenues for the IP division were Euro 493 million, increasing 6.3% from the year ago quarter and 9.3% at constant currency. Revenues grew in both the Americas and APAC regions with strong progress in our order book, as evidenced by our recent win with Japan’s NTT Communications. IP Core router momentum continues to build with 2 new 7950 XRS wins announced in the quarter, including Belgacom and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), for a total of 8 wins and more than 20 trials to date. Earlier this month, we announced the launch of Nuage Networks™, an Alcatel-Lucent venture focused on software defined networking (SDN) solutions, which has developed an open software-based solution to address key datacenter network constraints that limit cloud services adoption. Trials of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform started in April in Europe and North America, with a number of customers including French service provider SFR, UK cloud service provider Exponential-e, Canada’s TELUS and US healthcare provider, UPMC.

•       Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 342 million, a decrease of 15.6% from the year-ago quarter. We continued to witness declines in our legacy equipment, which now represents 30% of our optics product revenues, partially offset by growth in WDM in both our Europe and APAC regions. Our 1830 Photonic Service Switch continues to grow as a percentage of optical revenues, reaching 36% in the first quarter, as sales grew at a high double-digit rate compared to the year-ago quarter. The relative share of 100G shipments has also continued to increase, from 12% in 2012 to 19% in the first quarter of 2013. Traction with our 400G Photonic Service Engine has also been confirmed, with the recent completion of successful 400G trials with Shaw Communications in Canada, France Telecom/Orange and Telefónica España.

•       Revenues for the Wireless division were Euro 966 million, an increase of 4.9% from the year-ago quarter. Within Wireless, we witnessed growth in LTE and RFS, which includes cable, antenna and tower systems, that was partially offset by an overall decline in 2G/3G technologies. Our LTE business reached its highest level of revenues ever, as network deployments in the US continue to drive growth. Elsewhere around the world, we signed a number of new LTE contracts including Etisalat in Sri Lanka and unveiled lightRadio™ Metro Radio with China Mobile, which will help accelerate deployment of 4G TD-LTE technology across China.

•       Revenues for the Fixed Networks division were Euro 405 million, an increase of 8.6% from the year-ago quarter, reflecting strong growth in both copper and fiber products. We expanded our fiber footprint in the quarter, adding 13 new customers, as growth continued to be driven by APAC, and more specifically China. Our VDSL2 vectoring products continue to be successful in the market, shipping our 1 millionth line in the quarter, in addition to a number of trials announced, including China Telecom and Tunisie Telecom, totaling over 40 to-date. These, in addition to the seven new DSL customers, helped drive overall growth in our copper business, with strong performance in both Europe and the Americas. We are also working with P&T Luxembourg in the world’s first trial of combined VDSL2 Bonding and Vectoring technologies, using our Zero-Touch Vectoring innovation.

•       Revenues for the Platforms division were Euro 226 million, an increase of 1.8% from the year-ago quarter. In the quarter, we saw growth from a number of activities within the Platforms division, including the Motive Customer Experience Solutions business (CxS), Advanced Communications (IMS), Subscriber Data Management and Payment & Charging businesses. The basis for growth in these businesses was driven by LTE service introduction and smartphone proliferation. We expanded our Payment & Charging offering in the quarter with the introduction of our Smart Plan solution, which helps service providers introduce new services and data plans, creating new revenue and enhancing the customer experience.

•       Revenues for the Services division were Euro 293 million, an increase of 33.2% from the year-ago quarter. Strong growth in the division was led by Network Build and Implementation (NBI) as well as Integration Services, both of which benefitted from network rollouts in the US. In the first quarter, we have announced an agreement for the transformation of KPN’s fixed network, where we will migrate existing voice and transport networks to next-generation technologies.

•       The improvement in adjusted operating margin from the year-ago quarter was due to continuous actions to reduce fixed costs which were partially offset by a slight decline from product mix.

FOCUSED BUSINESSES

For the first quarter 2013, revenues for the Focused Businesses segment were Euro 244 million, a decrease of -22.0% compared to Euro 313 million in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of -19.2% compared to Euro 302  million in the fourth quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, Focused Businesses revenues decreased -23.0%year-over-year and decreased -18.9%sequentially. The segment posted an adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (9)million or -3.7%of revenues, compared to an adjusted2 operating1 income of Euro 14 million or a margin of 4.5% in the year-ago quarter.

Key highlights:

•      Revenues from our Focused Businesses decreased 22.0% in the first quarter with declines in both our Enterprise and Submarine businesses. Our Enterprise business saw weakness in our voice telephony equipment that was partially offset by mid-single digit growth in data communications, where we are gaining traction in the datacenter market. Our OpenTouch innovations have seen a continued global ramp-up as we have added 100 new clients onto our platform. While our Submarine business declined compared to the year-ago quarter, the order book continued to grow which should result in an increase in activity as the year progresses.

•       The adjusted operating margin decline of our Focused Business mainly reflected lower volumes compared to the year-ago quarter and lower fixed cost absorption in our Submarine business, while Enterprise showed improvements in operating expenses.

MANAGED SERVICES

For the first quarter of 2013, revenues in our Managed Services business were Euro 204 million, a decrease of -4.2% compared to Euro 213 million in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of -26.1% compared to Euro 276 million in the fourth quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, our Managed Services business declined -1.4% compared to the year-ago quarter and decreased -25.7% sequentially. The business posted an adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (5) million or -2.5% of revenues, compared to an adjusted2 operating1 loss of Euro (70) million or a margin of -32.9% in the year-ago quarter.

Key highlights:

•       Revenues from our Managed Services decreased 4.2% in the first quarter to Euro 204 million, as we continue to restructure this business. As of the first quarter of 2013, we have successfully addressed in total 10 of the 15 planned contracts as part of our Performance Program. In parallel, we have entered into 5 new and extension contracts, including KPN to manage their fixed network operations (in addition to the services mentioned above) and Telewings, a company owned by Telenor, to provide managed and transformation services.

•       The year-over-year improvement in the adjusted operating margin of the Managed Services division reflects ongoing actions to reduce the cost structure of this business, resulting mainly from exiting and restructuring contracts as part of our Performance Program.

Alcatel-Lucent will host a press and analyst conference at 1 p.m. CET which will be available live via conference call or audio webcast. All details on www.alcatel-lucent.com/1q2013.

Notes

The Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent met on April 24, 2013, examined the Group’s condensed consolidated financial statements at March 31, 2013, and authorized their issuance.

These condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited. They are available on our website.

1-      Operating income (loss) is the Income (loss) from operating activities before restructuring costs, litigations, impairment of assets, gain (loss) on disposal of consolidated entities and post-retirement benefit plan amendments.

2-      “Adjusted” refers to the fact that it excludes the main impacts from Lucent’s purchase price allocation.

3-      “Operating cash-flow” is defined as cash-flow after changes in working capital and before interest/tax paid, restructuring cash outlay and pension & OPEB cash outlay.

2013 Upcoming events

July 31, 2013: Second quarter 2013 results

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry

Alcatel-Lucent innovations are regularly recognized by international institutions for their positive impact on society. In 2012 and for the second year running, Alcatel-Lucent was named one of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators, recognition for the company’s continued addition to its world-class patent portfolio, one of the largest in the telecom industry. Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for its sustainability performance. In 2012 the company was ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of Realizing the Potential of a Connected World

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris

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