· Strengthened ability to serve the Korean market and reach new customers
· Second largest installed base with all leading Korean operators
· Purchase price is USD 242 million on a cash and debt free basis
· New name of the joint venture will be LG-Ericsson
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire Nortel's majority shareholding (50%+1 share) in LG-Nortel, the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel Networks. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
This acquisition will significantly expand Ericsson's footprint in the Korean market and provide Ericsson with a well established sales channel and strong R&D capability in the country. Furthermore, the acquisition will provide Ericsson with an industrial base and the ability to build new customer relationships.
The joint venture includes important contracts with Korean operators such as KT, LG Telecom and SK Telecom.
LG-Ericsson will become one of the major telecom players in Korea.
"Korea is one of the largest telecom markets with advanced end-user demand of new services. A strengthening of our position through the collaboration with our new partner LG Electronics will enhance our position for future technology shifts such as LTE," said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.
"LGE is pleased to have Ericsson as a new partner in this joint venture," said Yong Nam, Vice Chairman and CEO of LG Electronics. "Ericsson will provide global industry experience and technical expertise that will benefit both customers and employees. We look forward to a fruitful future collaboration."
"LG-Ericsson is expected to provide the Korean market with leading technology and customer supports in cooperation with Ericsson's Global Leadership in Telecommunication market. We are excited by the new perspective for our company." said Jae Ryung Lee, CEO of LG-Nortel.
The joint venture was established in 2005 through the contribution by LG Electronics of its telecommunications systems business and by Nortel of its Korean distribution business. The focus of the joint venture has been to develop and market large scale telecommunications systems such as WCDMA, CDMA and LTE for telecom service providers in Korea as well as enterprise products and services. In 2009, LG-Nortel generated approximately USD 650 million of sales and had 1,300 employees.
The joint venture will continue to be headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
In July 2009, Ericsson and the Korean government agreed to cooperate in growing a green ecosystem based on 4G technology. The competence in LG-Ericsson is expected to contribute to this initiative.
The transaction is expected to have a positive effect on Ericsson's earnings within a year after closing.
SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson's sole financial advisor in the transaction.
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