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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) today announced an
agreement on the way forward for the joint venture (JV) ST-Ericsson. As
communicated by the parent companies in December 2012, both have been working
together toward a strategic solution for the JV. After months of intensive joint
work, the parent companies have selected the strategic option which maximizes
their respective future prospects and growth plans.
The main steps agreed upon to split up the JV are the following:
* Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode
thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode
* ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode
thin modems, and related business as
well as certain assembly and test
* Starting the close down of the remaining parts of ST-Ericsson
The formal transfer of the relevant parts of ST-Ericsson to the parent companies
is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013, subject to
After the split up it is proposed that Ericsson will assume approximately 1,800
employees and contractors, with the largest concentrations in Sweden, Germany,
India and China.
It is also proposed that ST will assume approximately 950 employees, primarily
in France and in Italy, to support ongoing business and new products development
Today, it is also announced that Carlo Ferro is appointed President and Chief
Executive Officer of ST-Ericsson, effective April 1, 2013. Ferro is currently
Chief Operating Officer of ST-Ericsson and succeeds Didier Lamouche who, as
previously announced, will pursue opportunities outside the company. Ferro will
lead the work in securing both business continuity of ST-Ericsson and effective
completion of the transition phase.
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson and Chairman of the Board of
Directors, ST-Ericsson said: "I welcome Carlo Ferro as the new President and CEO
of ST-Ericsson. Carlo has over twenty years of experience in the semiconductor
industry and a strong track record in driving and managing complex
transformation projects. He has been a contributor to the solid progress ST-
Ericsson has made the past year in terms of strategy execution and significantly
lowering the breakeven point."
"Ericsson continues to believe that the thin modems hold a strategic value to
the wireless industry. With this move Ericsson will create a highly focused
"thin modem only" operation - an area in which both parents have invested
significant amounts to establish industry leading technology and Intellectual
Property," said Hans Vestberg. "Initial customer contacts give support to the
belief that our modems will meet the requirements of the manufacturers in the
rapidly growing smartphone and tablet market."
As previously communicated, Ericsson has made provisions of SEK -3.3 b. in 2012
which will cover costs related to the implementation of the strategic option.
Once the multimode thin modem business has been fully integrated into Ericsson
in Q4 the operation will be reported as a standalone segment. Our current best
estimate is that it will generate operating losses of approximately SEK 0.5 b.
in Q4, 2013, primarily related to R&D expenses.
The thin modem technology developed within ST-Ericsson has evolved into a unique
architecture for low power, highly integrated multimode multi-band modems
covering GSM/GPRS/EDGE, TD-SCDMA, HSPA+, LTE (TDD/FDD), LTE-Advanced, the widest
array of frequency bands and a feature set that includes Single RF Chip Carrier
Aggregation, VoLTE and IMS.
An LTE/HSPA+/3G/2G modem based on this evolved architecture was recently
demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has received its first
global operator certification.
CONFERENCE CALL FOR ANALYSTS, INVESTORS AND MEDIA
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14:00 CET (13:00 UK time, 09:00 Eastern Daylight Time in the US, and 22:00 local
time in Japan). CFO Jan Frykhammar and Chief Strategist Douglas Gilstrap, will
comment on the announcement and take questions.
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