Ericsson resolves on an offer for C shares for LTV 2009

Press release
May 06, 2009 06:00 (GMT +00:00)
In accordance with the resolution by the Annual General Meeting 2009, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) expands its treasury stock in order to provide shares for the Long-Term Variable Compensation Program (LTV) 2009 for employees in Ericsson.

The Board of Directors of Ericsson has resolved, by virtue of an authorization given by the Annual General Meeting on April 22, 2009, to direct an offer to all holders of C shares to acquire these shares. Acquisition shall be made during the period 11 - 22 May, 2009. Payment for acquired shares shall be made in cash with SEK 5.0024 per share.

The offer is part of the financing of Ericsson's Long-Term Variable Compensation Program 2009 and includes all 27 000 000 C shares which Ericsson has previously decided to issue to AB Industrivärden and Investor AB, for the program. AB Industrivärden and Investor AB have informed Ericsson that they intend to accept the offer.

Once all 27 000 000 C shares have been acquired by Ericsson, the Board intends to convert them to B shares. After the conversion, the number of B shares in issue will amount to 3 011 595 752. Ericsson currently holds 58 774 656 shares as treasury stock.

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