Alcatel-Lucent preliminary results Q4, full year 2006
Alcatel-Lucent provides preliminary unaudited results for fourth quarter and full year 2006 and provides preliminary 2007 outlook
Paris, France – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) 2007-01-23 announced that it expects reported revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 to be approximately Euro 3.87 billion and reported operating income(1) to be approximately Euro 0.12 billion, including the impact from purchase accounting entries of approximately Euro (0.23) billion. Restructuring charges (which consist primarily of non cash write-offs of intangibles associated with product rationalization and of a limited impact from headcount reduction at this point) and asset impairment charges of capitalized development costs are expected to be approximately Euro (0.80) billion for the fourth quarter 2006.
Alcatel-Lucent expects on a preliminary basis its full year 2006 reported revenue to be approximately Euro 12.3 billion and reported operating income(1) to be approximately Euro 0.71 billion, including the impact from purchase accounting entries of approximately Euro (0.23) billion.
The reported results for the fourth quarter 2006 will include Alcatel stand-alone operations for October and November 2006, and the combined operations of Alcatel-Lucent for December 2006. Businesses to be contributed to Thales will be presented as discontinued activities.
The reported results for the full year 2006 will include Alcatel stand-alone operations from January to November 2006, and combined operations of Alcatel-Lucent for December 2006. Businesses to be contributed to Thales will be presented as discontinued activities.
In order to provide meaningful comparable information, Alcatel-Lucent intends to provide adjusted pro-forma financial results, in addition to reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2006, in its February 9, 2007 announcement. These results will include combined operations for Alcatel-Lucent as of January 1, 2006. Businesses to be contributed to Thales will be presented as discontinued activities. These results will exclude any impact from purchase accounting entries.
On an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent expects fourth quarter 2006 revenue to be approximately Euro 4.42 billion, compared with revenue of Euro 5.25 billion in the 2005 fourth quarter. Fourth quarter 2006 operating profit(2) is expected to be approximately at breakeven, compared with Euro 0.57 billion profit for the 2005 fourth quarter.
On an adjusted pro-forma basis, Alcatel-Lucent expects full year 2006 revenue to be approximately Euro 18.3 billion, compared with Euro 18.6(3) billion revenue for full year 2005. Full year 2006 operating profit(2) is expected to be approximately Euro 1.04 billion, compared with Euro 1.41(3) billion in full year 2005.
“2006 was an extraordinary year in many ways for our company,” said Patricia Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent. “We completed the first and largest merger to date in our industry, we enhanced our wireless portfolio through the acquisition of Nortel’s UMTS radio business and we completed a substantial part of the transfer of some of our operations to Thales.
In the past few months, these moves created short-term uncertainty for our customers and for our people as we worked to develop the combined company’s product portfolio and new organization structure. This uncertainty together with the work required to close the merger significantly impacted the business. In addition, the last quarter of the year proved to be challenging from a market perspective, driven by a shift in spending from some of our large North American customers and heightened competition in the global wireless market. Overall, the 2006 adjusted pro-forma financial results of the combined company were impacted by the weak performance in the fourth quarter resulting in cumulative revenues for full year 2006 at a similar level to full year 2005 revenues.
Despite the challenges we faced during the quarter, considerable progress was made in planning the convergence of product lines, the optimization of synergies and the preparation of cost cutting programs. As we begin our first year as a combined Alcatel-Lucent we can now more fully benefit from the impact of these major strategic moves as well as begin to achieve our future potential. Based on our outstanding combined portfolio of technology and global footprint, we feel confident that Alcatel-Lucent can resume growth in full year 2007, with growth gaining momentum throughout the year, and with a growth rate at least at the carrier market growth rate which today we see in the mid single digits. In a market that continues to be highly competitive, Alcatel-Lucent has decided to take additional actions to further reduce its cost structure. Together with the initial cost synergies plan, we expect to achieve combined cost savings of at least Euro 600 million in full year 2007, which is Euro 200 million higher than our initial synergy target for 2007.
With the merger closed and with 2006 behind us, we now look forward to beginning a new era as a diversified player, well-positioned with the scale and scope needed to address ongoing market changes and opportunities.”
(1) Operating Income is herein referred to as the income (loss) from operating activities before restructuring, impairment of capitalized development costs, and gain (loss) on disposal of consolidated entities.
(2) Operating Profit is herein referred to as the income (loss) from operating activities before restructuring, impairment of capitalized development costs, share-based payment, and gain (loss) on disposal of consolidated entities.
(3) To be compared with our last set of 2005 pro forma figures published on November 14, 2006 in the F-3 Form, i.e. pro forma revenues of Euro 18,569 million and pro forma operating profit of Euro 564 million. The published operating profit in F-3 Form of Euro 564 million includes charges of Euro (799) million for purchase accounting. The remaining difference Euro (48) million being explained by adjustments resulting from the ex Lucent’s data conversion from U.S. GAAP to IFRS.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With 79,000 employees and operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organizations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved proforma combined revenues of Euro 18.6 billion in 2005, and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. [All figures exclude impact of activities to be transferred to Thales]. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: www.alcatel-lucent.com
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