(Oslo, Norway – October 22, 2019) Nordic Semiconductor ASA today hosts a Capital
Markets Day in connection with the presentation of the company’s interim results
for the third quarter 2019.
At the event, Nordic Semiconductor will present the strategic fundament for
profitable growth in the years to come, as well as certain forward-looking
statements which may be summarized as follows:
- Nordic aspires to become a USD 1 billion company within the next 5 years. This
ambition is based on a solid growth outlook for both the short-range and
long-range business segments.
- For the short-range business, the company sees annual growth of 20%-30% for
Bluetooth and multiprotocol solutions, whereas revenue from the Proprietary
business is expected to continue declining.
- The long-range cellular IoT business is in the early stages of
commercialization. Nordic’s ambition is to gradually build a cellular IoT
business of a similar size as the short-range business in 5 years.
- The company has set a long-term ambition for an EBITDA-margin of 20%.
- In the medium-term, Nordic expects a gross margin level of 48%-50% for the
short-range business, whereas the expected gross margin for the module-based
long-range cellular business is expected at 35%-40%.
- While R&D is expected to increase in absolute terms, both R&D and other
operational costs are expected to decline as a percentage of revenue.
- Nordic assesses its cash position to be adequate given the expected level of
R&D investments and the procurement requirements of tier-1 customers. The
company does not expect to pay dividends for 2020 or 2021.
"We have a strong platform for profitable growth in the years to come and see a
healthy market outlook. We are the leaders in connectivity and embedded
solutions in our current markets and can present a scalable technology and
product roadmap to match the diverse customer requirements in an IoT market that
is expanding into new areas and applications", says CEO Svenn-Tore Larsen in
The company seeks to fortify its strong position in the short-range market
through continued product line extensions and integration of advanced
multiprotocol solutions in its flagship nRF52 series, and a timely development
of the next-generation nRF53 system-on-a-chip (SoC).
"In terms of sales and marketing, we build on a large customer base in the broad
market as well as strong ties to market leaders in many verticals. This makes us
an increasingly interesting partner for global tier-1s and their large and
expanding platform ecosystems", Larsen continues.
Nordic Semiconductor sees continued solid organic growth for many of the
established verticals in the short-range market, including Wearables,
Gaming/VR&AR, and Smart Home applications. The company also believes that new
and potentially disruptive applications may create large market opportunities in
areas like Smart Lighting, Drug delivery systems, Disease monitoring and
Overall, Nordic Semiconductor expects revenue from Bluetooth low energy products
and multiprotocol solutions with e.g. Thread and Zigbee to increase by an
average 20%-30% annually.
Nordic Semiconductor expects its short-range business to generate gross margins
in the range of 48%-50% in the medium term, taking into a account a slight
dilutive effect of increasing volumes from tier-1 customers.
Nordic Semiconductor also aims to build a leading position in low-power cellular
IoT (cIoT) and will continue to invest in a technology and product roadmap
building on the company’s recently launched nRF91 SoC for long-range IoT
applications. The company sees a multitude of business opportunities with both
existing and new verticals and customers. The ambition is to build a cellular
IoT business of a similar size as the short-range business in 5 years.
Longer than expected certification processes and development cycles for end-user
products have pushed the expected volume and revenue trajectories out in time,
and the company no longer expects sufficient revenue to cover operational costs
in the long-range business in 2020.
"We believe the evolvement of IoT represents a massive opportunity for both
short-range and long-range and solutions combining the connectivity solutions.
Our technology, products, and customer portfolio place us in pole position, and
we will continue to invest to unlock the great value potential in this growth
market", says Larsen.
In order to make its technology easily available to the broad market and drive
customer development, Nordic has released a module-based product range, which
inherently will carry lower gross margins than the short-range business. Nordic
targets a gross margin level of 35%- 40% for the long-range business, with the
dilutive effect on the total Group gross margin depending on the pace of the
volume ramp of long-range products.
At the Capital Markets Day event, Larsen will be joined on stage by Director of
Sales and Marketing Geir Langeland, Director of Product Management Kjetil
Holstad, CTO Svein Egil Nielsen, and CFO Pål Elstad.
Nordic Semiconductor is also proud to present Director FedEx Operations
Technology Innovation, O.P. Skaaksrud, as a guest speaker.
The Capital Markets Day will take place today at Thon Hotel Vika Atrium,
Munkedamsveien 45, 0250 Oslo from 12:00-15:00 CET, with registration from
For further information, please contact:
Pål Elstad, CFO Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Phone: +47 991 66 293
Ståle Ytterdal, IR Nordic Semiconductor ASA
Phone: +47 930 37 430