Nokia Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

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Nokia (NYS: NOK) reported earnings on Oct. 18. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Nokia beat expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped significantly and GAAP loss per share increased.


Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Nokia tallied revenue of $9.30 billion. The 40 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $8.94 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 23% lower than the prior-year quarter's $12.08 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at -$0.09. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.14 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.34 for Q3 versus -$0.03 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 27.6%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -1.1%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -13.4%, 1,260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $10.22 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.06.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $39.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.33.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,901 members out of 3,256 rating the stock outperform, and 355 members rating it underperform. Among 619 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 537 give Nokia a green thumbs-up, and 82 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nokia is hold, with an average price target of $2.33.

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