Paris, July 17, 2012 – Based on analysis of second quarter preliminary financial results, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) expects Q2 2012 adjusted operating income to be a loss of around Euro 40 million with revenues above Euro 3.5 billion.
These figures reflect a good sequential growth in sales with all geographies and divisions growing but a slower than expected business mix improvement. Actions on fixed costs however remained strong with a decrease of more than Euro 100 million compared to Q2 2011.
Looking ahead, based on the current order book, Alcatel-Lucent expects the second half of 2012 to be better than the first half, but in light of year-to-date performance and the difficult macro-economic environment, Alcatel-Lucent will not be able to achieve its previously announced adjusted operating margin guidance for the full-year 2012.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide further details on its business performance and full-year guidance during its second quarter earnings presentation on July 26, 2012.
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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 was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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