Q3 report 2012
Ericsson's financial report was released at 7.30am CET, on October 26, 2012. On this page you will find: CEO Comments, Press Conference webcast and the Media & Analyst conference call information.
Comments from Hans Vestberg, President and CEO
“Demand for Global Services and Support Solutions continued to be good, while Networks showed a decline in sales YoY. In North America Networks sales developed favorably, despite the expected decline in CDMA sales, while parts of Europe, China, Korea and Russia continued to be slow,” says Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). “The growing Global Services business contributes not only with topline but also with stable operating profitability and, together with Support Solutions, represented more than 50% of Group sales.
We believe that the fundamentals for longer-term positive development for the industry remain solid. There are now one billion smartphones in the world and the number is expected to reach three billion in 2017. The introduction of new devices and applications put higher consumer demands on network performance and quality. This drives demand for our technology, software and services capabilities. However, at the same time, we see a continued macroeconomic slow down and political unrest in parts of the world, which has led to more cautious operator spending in some parts of the world.
Our joint venture ST-Ericsson is still in a challenging situation although performance improved in the quarter. Ericsson, together with STMicroelectronics, is continuously reviewing the strategy and business case. We remain confident that ST-Ericsson has a strategic position in the industry to enable the device ecosystem.
We have a strong portfolio, position and capabilities in place. However, our profitability is not satisfactory. Operating expenses for comparable units have declined -7% YoY and we also see steady improvements in execution of projects. These improvements are encouraging, but not enough and we will continue to proactively identify and execute additional efficiency gains and cost reductions,” concludes Vestberg.
Conference call for analysts, investors and media, 2PM CET
The conference call for financial analysts, investors and media will began at 14.00 CET (13.00 UK time, 08.00 Eastern Time in the US, and 21.00 local time in Japan).
President and CEO Hans Vestberg, CFO Jan Frykhammar, Head of Business Unit Networks Johan Wibergh, Head of Business Unit Global Services Magnus Mandersson and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions Per Borgklint commented on the report and answered questions.
A replay of the conference call will be available after the scheduled end time. The playback will be available from 16.30 CET on October 26, 2012, until 23.59 CET on November 3, 2012.
Sweden replay number: +46 8 505 202 94
International replay number: +44 20 776 964 25
US replay number: +1 630 652 31 11*
Replay pass code: 8969 806#
Press conference and webcast
Ericsson held a press conference and a live webcast starting at 09.00 CET on October 26 at Ericsson Studio, Grönlandsgången 4, Kista.
Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg and CFO Jan Frykhammar commented on the report and answered questions. The press conference was open to journalists and analysts.
Note: Webcast viewers were not able to pose questions.