* Decision to not acquire full majority of ST-Ericsson.
* Non-cash charge of approximately SEK 8 b. in Q4, 2012 related to its
stake in ST-Ericsson, including approximately SEK 3 b. cash out of
majority in 2013.
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced that it will take a non-cash charge
approximately SEK 8 b. in Q4, 2012 related to its 50% stake in ST-Ericsson.
total effect on Ericsson Group Net Income Q4, 2012, is approximately SEK -8
(non-cash), with no tax effect.
The charge includes write down of assets to reflect the current best
Ericsson's share of the fair market value of the JV, as well as additional
charges related to the available strategic options for the future of the
ST-Ericsson announced its strategic plan in April 2012 and is in the middle
executing on company transformation aiming at lowering its break-even point
introducing new technologies. On October 9, 2012, the two parent companies
announced a strategic review of the business plan and the future ownership
structure. On December 10, 2012, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) announced
intention to exit as a shareholder in ST-Ericsson.
Ericsson continues to believe that the modem technology, which it
contributed to the JV, has a strategic value for the wireless industry. For
Ericsson, a key priority in this process is a successful market
the new LTE modems which Ericsson is certain will be very competitive and
in the market.
Ericsson will continue to explore various strategic options for the future
ST-Ericsson assets. To acquire the full majority of ST-Ericsson is,
an option. Ericsson's current best estimate is that the implementation of
strategic options at hand will require approximately SEK 3 b. of Ericsson
funding, of which the majority in 2013.
Ericsson will provide any additional financial information in conjunction
the Q4 report 2012.
During the process of exploring options Ericsson will not speculate on the
possible outcomes, timelines, and future strategic alternatives for ST-
Conference call for analysts, investors and media
Ericsson invites media, investors and analysts to a conference call with
President and CEO Hans Vestberg and Jan Frykhammar, CFO, at 14.00 (CET) on
December 20, 2012.
A replay of the conference call will be available after the scheduled end
The playback will be available from approx. 16.30 CET on December 20, 2012,
until 23.59 CET on December 27, 2012.
Dial in number:
Sweden number: +46 850 520 270
International number: +44 208 817 9301
US number: +1 718 354 12 26
Confirmation code: 9624 162# password: Tulip
Sweden replay number: +46 8 505 202 94
International replay number: +44 20 776 964 25
Replay pass code: 9624 162#
Ericsson discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the
Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information
submitted for publication on December 20, 2012 at 08.30 CET.
Ericsson's Q4 results negatively impacted by non-cash charge:
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