Class Action Reports

Ericsson Class Action Report

Levi & Korsinsky, LLP

April 20, 2018

On April 5, 2018, investors sued Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson” or the “Company” in United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs in the federal securities class action allege that they acquired Ericsson’s American Depository Shares (“ADS”) at artificially inflated prices between April 8, 2013 and July 17, 2017 (the “Class Period”). They are now seeking compensation for financial losses incurred upon public revelation of the Company’s alleged misconduct during that time. Here’s everything you need to know about the Ericsson class action lawsuit:


Summary of the Allegations

Company Background

According to its website, the Company (NASDAQ: ERIC) is “one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers” with networks that carry approximately 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic.

Ericsson provides services including but not limited to systems integration, network rollouts and consulting projects “that are often structured as multi-year contracts.”

According to the April 5, complaint, revenue generated from those services was included in the Company’s Global Services segment until 2016, when Ericsson changed its reporting structure. Starting that year, these revenues were split between the “new” Networks and IT & Cloud segments. In 2016, the Networks, IT & Cloud and Media segments respectively accounted for 74 percent, 22 percent and 4 percent of Ericsson’s total revenue.

Summary of Facts

Ericsson and five of its current and/or formers officers and directors now stand accused of deceiving investors by lying and withholding critical facts about the Company’s business practices during the Class Period.

Specifically, they are accused of omitting truthful information about recognition of revenue and recognition of certain costs from SEC filings and related material. By knowingly or recklessly doing so, they allegedly caused Ericsson’s ADS to trade at artificially inflated prices.

The truth came out in a series of disclosures made by the Company between April 21, 2016 and July 18, 2017. In each case, Ericsson attributed poor financial performance to weak revenue from service projects, including “certain large customer projects.”

In the last disclosure, made during an earnings call on July 18, 2017, the Company admitted that it had identified more than 40 “long-term service contracts to date with total annual sales of almost $1 billion that Ericsson would exit, renegotiate or transform.”

A closer look…

As alleged in the April 5 complaint, the Company repeatedly made misleading public statements during the Class Period.

For example, on a form filed with the SEC on April 8, 2014, the Company said in pertinent part: “Our focus on profitability is now starting to pay off, with stable margins in Professional Services and a steady improvement in Networks during the year. Operating income was up from SEK 10.5 billion in 2012 to SEK 17.8 billion in 2013, with our operating margin increasing from 5 % to 8%.”

On another form filed with the SEC on March 31, 2015, the Company said in pertinent part: “There was continued momentum for Professional Services with double-digit sales growth during the second half of the year.”

Finally, on a form filed with the SEC on April 4, 2016, the Company said in pertinent part: “Professional Services reported sales grew 15% with strong development across the portfolio an with growth in all ten regions…”

Impact of the Alleged Fraud on Ericsson’s Stock Price and Market Capitalization

Closing stock price prior to disclosures:


Closing stock price the trading day after disclosures:


One day stock price decrease (percentage) as a result of disclosures:



The following chart illustrates the stock price during the class period:


Actions You May Take

If you have purchased shares during the Class Period, you may join the class action as a lead plaintiff, remain a passive class member, or opt out of this litigation and pursue individual claims that may not be available to the class as a whole.

NOTE: The deadline to file for lead plaintiff in this class action is June 5, 2018. You must file an application to be appointed lead plaintiff prior to this deadline in order to be considered by the Court. Typically, the plaintiff or plaintiffs with the largest losses are appointed lead plaintiff.

In order to identify your potential exposure to the alleged fraud during the time in question, you may wish to perform an analysis of your transactions in Ericsson common stock using court approved loss calculation methods.





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