Light Reading
Margins improve in second quarter for Swedish vendor.

Ericsson Reports Q2

Light Reading
News Wire Feed
Light Reading
7/18/2014
50%
50%

STOCKHOLM -- ERICSSON SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

-- Sales in the quarter were SEK 54.8 (55.3) b. Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency, decreased -1% YoY and increased 13% QoQ
-- Sales recovered compared to the previous quarter driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America
-- Gross margin increased YoY to 36.4% (32.4%), driven by strong development in capacity business, increased IPR revenues and lower restructuring charges
-- With current visibility, key contracts awarded will gradually impact sales and business mix, in the second half of the year
-- Operating margin improved YoY to 7.3% (4.5%), mainly driven by stronger performance in segment Networks
-- Operating income amounted to SEK 4.0 (2.5) b.
-- Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 2.1 (4.3) b.

Comments from Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC):
Sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency, recovered compared to the previous quarter and were down by -1% year-over-year. Operating margin improved year-over-year, mainly driven by stronger performance in segment Networks.

Sales in the quarter year-over-year were driven by growth in the Middle East, China and India, as well as continued capacity business in North America. This was offset by, as previously communicated, lower revenues from two large mobile broadband coverage projects in North America that peaked in the first half of 2013, and reduced activity in Japan.

The operating margin improved year-over-year, especially in segment Networks. This was due to a higher gross margin primarily from improved business mix with an increased share of mobile broadband capacity projects in advanced LTE markets, as well as higher recurring IPR revenues and efficiency improvements.

After a slow start of the year, we are executing on previously awarded 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan. Furthermore, the investment climate in India is improving following the concluded spectrum auctions and government elections held in May.

Political unrest prevails in parts of the Middle East and Africa and is still impacting sales. There is also a continued political uncertainty in Russia and the Ukraine, but this had no negative impact on sales in the quarter.

As previously stated and with current visibility, key contracts awarded will gradually impact sales and business mix in the second half of the year.

In line with our strategic agenda, we have continued investing into new and targeted areas. The addition of the modems and Mediaroom businesses, as well as increased investments in IP, have resulted in increased R&D spending. At the same time, we continue to execute on profit improvement activities.

Our modems business will start generating sales by the end of this year, as our modem M7450 will be featured in smartphones and data devices. During the first half of 2014, we have invested SEK 1.2 b. primarily in R&D and we have a strong technology platform. However, the performance of the business is linked to our customers' success. As previously communicated, success will be measured in an 18-24 months timeframe after integration of the modems business, which was completed in August 2013.

Support Solutions showed negative result in the quarter due to lower sales related to legacy portfolio. However, the transition from traditional telecom software license business models to recurrent license revenue deals continues.

Operating cash flow was positive in the quarter driven mainly by improved income and maintained working capital days. The execution of the company-wide order-to-cash initiative continues and shows good progress.

In a transforming ICT market, we continue to evolve through investments in both our core business as well as in new and targeted areas. Through our technology and services leadership we are well positioned to continue to be a strategic partner to our customers as they move to capture new market opportunities.

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC)

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
From 4G to 5G: Alcatel-Lucent's Dave Geary

11|25|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Dave Geary, President of Wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, talks about the evolution of the 4G market, small cells, partnerships, 5G and the IoT.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Secure Telefonica Network With Huawei's High-End Firewall

11|24|14   |   4:37   |   (0) comments


Andrew Davies, IP architect of the Telefonica, a leading digital communications company, discusses the Huawei security gateway solution and putting the solution into the testbed.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Partners with Spirent to Verify CE12816's 10GE Port & TRILL Networking Capabilities

11|24|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Spirent Communications is the world's leading supplier for telecom testing appliances and solutions. Spirent has been in a close partnership with Huawei for a long time.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Airlines & Its ICT Transformation

11|24|14   |   2:07   |   (0) comments


In this video, Saudi Airlines discusses its network problems and how Huawei's Agile Network is its all-in-one solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Agile Switch Benefiting Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital

11|24|14   |   2:40   |   (0) comments


Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital speaks about how Huawei's Agile Switch has improved the medical service's network infrastructure.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FanPlay & Huawei Build a Wireless Agile Smart Stadium

11|24|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


FanPlay is a cloud-based white label service, which is effectively a football fan engagement platform underpinned by mobile payment technology.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building an Agile Stadium

11|24|14   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Stadiums may be thousands of tons of concrete and steel, but they now need to be agile. Being at the stadium may not be as alluring as it once was. Sports franchises and stadium operators discuss how to get fans back.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Helps ChinaCache Tackle Challenges in the Internet Industry

11|24|14   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


ChinaCache is China's largest content distribution network supplier. Huawei's CE12800 has provided ChinaCache with very strong support in its establishment of an infrastructure network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Cefinity on Managed Security Services & Next-Generation Firewall

11|24|14   |   7:05   |   (0) comments


Cefinity is a cloud management service provider in Southeast Asia. Ivan Zhang, CEO of the company, discusses the implementation of security service management in the cloud era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Agile Gateway in the Eyes of Cefinity

11|24|14   |   2:11   |   (0) comments


Cefinity is a managed service provider for enterprise networks. The company currently uses Huawei's AR series routers for the most complete range of functions. CEO Ivan Zhang speaks about the advantages of the AR series routers.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
CTO of Bus-Online Talks About Huawei's Agile Gateway

11|24|14   |   2:53   |   (0) comments


Bus-Online covers around 100 million users everyday. In addition to providing mobile TV, and advertising services to the public, Bus-Online has also entered the field of mobile Internet.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Amsterdam ArenA as an Agile Campus

11|24|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


The Amsterdam ArenA, home of the Ajax soccer team, can be a crowded space. ArenA has partnered with Huawei to work on bringing ample bandwidth to 53,000 people at the same time.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
Operators Should Block Ads to Get Their Cut, Startup Says
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/24/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed