Alcatel-Lucent Q4 revenue reaches $4.70 billion, APAC region up 20%

Alcatel-Lucent, now acquired by Nokia, has reported fourth quarter revenue of 4.16 billion euros ($4.70 billion), as compared to 3.68 billion euros a year ago. The gear maker’s fourth quarter adjusted operating income was 560 million euros, as compared to 284 million euros a year ago. Its fourth quarter net income group share was 659 million euros, as compared to 271 million euros year ago, the company said.

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During the fourth quarter, the company said that its group revenues, excluding Managed Services and at constant perimeter, increased 15% year-on-year, with strong growth in next-generation revenues, which were up 36%.

“Our Q4 results demonstrate best-in-class execution, enabling us to close the Shift journey with the pride of having accomplished what we had committed to. Until the very last day of the quarter, the organization showed relentless dedication leading to the fulfillment of the major goals of The Shift Plan, the most emblematic being free cash flow positive and reaching Euro 950 million of cumulative fixed costs savings,” Philippe Camus, Chairman and CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, said.

Alcatel-Lucent generated free cash flow of 660 million euros in 2015, exceeding the Shift Plan target of being free cash flow positive in 2015. It said that the share of next-generation technologies has grown to 77% of revenues in 2015, from around half of revenues in 2012.

The company said that profitability of its Core Networking segment improved slightly compared to the year ago quarter to reach an adjusted operating margin of 16.3% while its Access segment set a new record with an adjusted operating margin of 11.8% compared to 0.3% in the year-ago quarter.

“I would like to thank all our employees for such an achievement and our customers for their trust. Based on this success, the Group has now embarked on the next chapter of its story with Nokia and will continue to deliver value as part of a global leader in technology and services for an IP connected world,” he added.

North America revenues increased 15% at actual rates year-over-year and 2% at constant rates reflecting a strong end of year activity notably in terrestrial optics, wireless and fixed networks. Revenues in Europe increased 2% year-over-year and 1% at constant rates.

Excluding Managed Services, revenue growth in Europe stood respectively at 4% and 3%. Asia Pacific posted 20% year-over-year growth at actual rates and 12% at constant rates, notably reflecting continued strength in Australia.

In Rest of World, revenues were up 15% at actual rates and 12% at constant rates mainly driven by CALA.

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