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Ericsson announces non-cash impairment charge mainly relating to Vonage

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  • Non-cash impairment of SEK 11.4 billion to be recorded in the second quarter 2024, relating to the impairment of intangibles mainly attributed to the Vonage acquisition
  • Reflects lower anticipated market growth in some of Vonage’s current portfolio
  • The Ericsson strategy to build a new source of monetization for the telecom industry remains. Vonage is positioned at the center of digitalizing enterprises and society through the development of the Global Network Platform for network APIs; 12 partnerships with leading service providers have already been announced, with Singtel and Telstra added in Q2
Press release
Jul 03, 2024 20:15 (GMT +00:00)

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces that, in accordance with IFRS accounting requirements, it will record a non-cash impairment charge of SEK 11.4 billion in the second quarter of 2024, primarily reflecting lower anticipated market growth rates in Vonage’s current portfolio. The Net income impact after tax will be SEK 11.4 billion and reported in segment Enterprise.

Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Business Area Global Communications Platform and CEO of Vonage says: “Given deterioration in the market environment and elective decisions we have made to refocus our investments in strategically prioritized areas, we have reassessed certain growth assumptions, resulting in a non-cash impairment of SEK 11.4 billion.”

Niklas Heuveldop adds: “We continue to advance our strategy to build a Global Network Platform for network APIs, which was the strategic impetus for the Vonage acquisition. We recently announced additional partnerships with leading mobile network operators and we see continued positive momentum across the industry. Through this strategy, we are making advanced 5G network capabilities available to the world’s developer community to accelerate the innovation of value-added applications for industry and society. This will open up new revenue streams for our operator customers and spur growth in the telecom industry.”


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– Final determination of the extent of the impairment based on fair value analysis compared to carrying value

– Completion of the quarterly financial statements and review by our independent registered public accounting firm

– Potential changes in estimated impairment amounts based on the completion of the review process

– Extent of impairment impacts on cash flow and dividend capacity

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