Ericsson reports second quarter 2014

By GlobeNewswire,  July 18, 2014, 01:34:00 AM EDT


STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sales in the quarter were SEK 54.8 (55.3) b. Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency, decreased -1% YoY and increased 13% QoQ
  • Sales recovered compared to the previous quarter driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America
  • Gross margin increased YoY to 36.4% (32.4%), driven by strong development in capacity business, increased IPR revenues and lower restructuring charges
  • With current visibility, key contracts awarded will gradually impact sales and business mix, in the second half of the year
  • Operating margin improved YoY to 7.3% (4.5%), mainly driven by stronger performance in segment Networks
  • Operating income amounted to SEK 4.0 (2.5) b.
  • Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 2.1 (4.3) b. 


SEK b.
Q2

2014
Q2

2013 
YoY

change
Q1

2014
QoQ

change
Six months

2014
Six months

2013
Net sales 54.8 55.3 -1% 47.5 15% 102.4 107.4
Sales growth adj. for comparable units and currency - - -1% - 13% -4% 7%
Gross margin 36.4% 32.4% - 36.5% - 36.4% 32.2%
Operating income 4.0 2.5 62% 2.6 52% 6.6 4.6
Operating margin 7.3% 4.5% - 5.5% - 6.5% 4.3%
Net income 2.7 1.5 76% 1.7 57% 4.4 2.7
EPS diluted, SEK 0.79 0.45 76% 0.65 22% 1.44 0.82
EPS (Non-IFRS), SEK 1) 1.07 0.88 22% 0.90 19% 1.98 1.88
Cash flow from operating activities 2.1 4.3 -52% 9.4 -78% 11.5 1.3
Net cash, end of period 32.5 27.4 18% 43.6 -26% 32.5 27.4
1) EPS, diluted, excl. amortizations and write-downs of acquired intangible assets, and restructuring

Comments from Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)

Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency, recovered compared to the previous quarter and were down by -1% year-over-year. Operating margin improved year-over-year, mainly driven by stronger performance in segment Networks.

Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America. This was offset by, as previously communicated, lower revenues from two large mobile broadband coverage projects in North America that peaked in the first half of 2013, and reduced activity in Japan.

The operating margin improved year-over-year, especially in segment Networks. This was due to a higher gross margin primarily from improved business mix with an increased share of mobile broadband capacity projects in advanced LTE markets, as well as higher recurring IPR revenues and efficiency improvements.

After a slow start of the year, we are executing on previously awarded 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan. Furthermore, the investment climate in India is improving following the concluded spectrum auctions and government elections held in May.

Political unrest prevails in parts of the Middle East and Africa and is still impacting sales. There is also a continued political uncertainty in Russia and the Ukraine, but this had no negative impact on sales in the quarter.

As previously stated and with current visibility, key contracts awarded will gradually impact sales and business mix in the second half of the year.

In line with our strategic agenda, we have continued investing into new and targeted areas. The addition of the modems and Mediaroom businesses, as well as increased investments in IP, have resulted in increased R&D spending. At the same time, we continue to execute on profit improvement activities.

Our modems business will start generating sales by the end of this year, as our modem M7450 will be featured in smartphones and data devices. During the first half of 2014, we have invested SEK 1.2 b. primarily in R&D and we have a strong technology platform. However, the performance of the business is linked to our customers' success. As previously communicated, success will be measured in an 18-24 months timeframe after integration of the modems business, which was completed in August 2013.

Support Solutions showed negative result in the quarter due to lower sales related to legacy portfolio. However, the transition from traditional telecom software license business models to recurrent license revenue deals continues.

Operating cash flow was positive in the quarter driven mainly by improved income and maintained working capital days. The execution of the company-wide order-to-cash initiative continues and shows good progress.

In a transforming ICT market, we continue to evolve through investments in both our core business as well as in new and targeted areas. Through our technology and services leadership we are well positioned to continue to be a strategic partner to our customers as they move to capture new market opportunities.

NOTES TO EDITORS

You find the complete report with tables in the attached PDF or by following this link:

www.ericsson.com/res/investors/docs/q-reports/2014/06month14-en.pdf or go to: www.ericsson.com/investors

Ericsson invites media, investors and analysts to a briefing at the Ericsson Studio, Grönlandsgången 4, Stockholm, at 09.00 (CET), July 18, 2014. An analysts, investors and media conference call will begin at 14.00 (CET).

Live webcast of the briefing and conference call details, as well as supporting slides, will be available at www.ericsson.com/press and www.ericsson.com/investors

Video material will be published during the day on www.ericsson.com/press

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Helena Norrman, Senior Vice President, Communications

Phone: +46 10 719 34 72

E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

Investors

Peter Nyquist, Head of Investor Relations

Phone: +46 10 714 64 49

E-mail: peter.nyquist@ericsson.com

Åsa Konnbjer, Director, Investor Relations

Phone: +46 10 713 39 28

E-mail: asa.konnbjer@ericsson.com

Stefan Jelvin, Director, Investor Relations

Phone: +46 10 714 20 39

E-mail: stefan.jelvin@ericsson.com

Rikard Tunedal, Director, Investor Relations

Phone: +46 10 714 54 00

E-mail: rikard.tunedal@ericsson.com

Media

Ola Rembe, Vice President, Head of External Communications

Phone: +46 10 719 97 27

E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

Corporate Communications

Phone: +46 10 719 69 92

E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

Ericsson discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication at 07.30 CET, on July 18, 2014.

Ericsson second quarter report 2014 http://hugin.info/1061/R/1830258/634802.pdf

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Source: Ericsson

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Referenced Stocks: ERIC


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