Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson today set the prices for its recently announced Bond Exchange Offer.
Under the terms of the Exchange Offer, as defined in the Exchange Offer Memorandum dated November 4, 2003, holders of the 6.375% Euro Medium Term Notes maturing May 31, 2006 (the "Notes") will be offered the opportunity to exchange up to EUR 0.5 billion of existing Notes for new Ericsson Exchange Securities.
At 12:00 noon (London time) today, the yield of the DBR 6.25% maturing April 26, 2006 was 2.853%. Based on a previously-announced Exchange Spread of 230 bps, the Exchange Price for the Notes will be 108.488.
At 12:00 noon (London time) today, the yield of the DBR 5.25% maturing January 4, 2011 was 4.024%. Based on a previously-announced New Issue Spread of 285 bps, the New Issue yield would be 6.874% on an annual basis, which equates to 6.760% on a semi-annual basis. This implies a coupon of 6¾% (paid semi-annually) and a New Issue Price of 99.946 for the Ericsson Exchange Securities.
Based on the prices above, investors will be able to exchange their holdings in the Notes for new Ericsson Exchange Securities at an Exchange Ratio of 1:1.0855, as set out in the Exchange Offer Memorandum.
Holders of the existing Notes are asked to submit acceptances via Electronic Acceptance Instruction to the relevant Clearing System no later than 5:00 pm (London time) on November 25, 2003. The settlement date for the Ericsson Exchange Securities is November 28, 2003. Contact details for the Exchange Agent and Dealer Manager appear below.
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Ericsson Investor Relations
Phone: +46 8 719 6553, +46 730 371 100
Ericsson Media Relations
Phone: +46 8 719 1880, +46 8 719 69 92
Dealer Manager: J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd.
Paul Hawker - Liability Management Desk
Phone: +4420 7777 4185
Jonathan Brown - Syndicate Desk
Phone: +4420 7777 1986
Exchange Agent: JPMorgan Chase Bank
Phone: +4420 7777 2742
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