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Q1 Highlights:

  • Company returns to profitability in Q1 2010
  • ASP rises to Euro 134 as Xperia™ X10 and Vivaz™ start shipping
  • Improved cost structure generates better margins

The consolidated financial summary for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Sony Ericsson) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010 is as follows:

 

Q12009

Q4 2009

Q1 2010

Number of units shipped (million)

14.5

14.6

10.5

Sales (Euro m.)

1,736

1,750

1,405

Gross margin (%)

8%

23%

31%

Operating income (Euro m.)

-369

-181

20

Operating margin (%)

-21%

-10%

1%

Restructuring charges (Euro m.)

12

150

3

Operating income excl. restructuring charges (Euro m.)

-357

-32

23

Operating margin excl. restructuring charges (%)

-21%

-2%

2%

Income before taxes (IBT) (Euro m.)

-370

-190

18

IBT excl. restructuring charges (Euro m.)

-358

-40

21

Net income (Euro m.)

-293

-167

21

Average selling price (Euro)

120

120

134

Bert Nordberg, President, Sony Ericsson commented, “We are pleased to see the positive impact of both the launch of new products and the business transformation programme improving the company’s results. The Xperia™ X10, our first android-based Communication Entertainment device featuring signature Sony Ericsson applications Timescape and Mediascape™, and Vivaz™, a beautifully designed, touch-screen Symbian phone started shipping towards the end of the quarter. Both models have been well received by global customers.” He added, “Increases in both gross and operating margins show that we are on the right track to build the correct cost structure for our business organization and strategy. We will continue to work through the transformation programme to ensure that we are competitive.”
Units shipped in the quarter were 10.5 million, a decrease of 28% compared to the same period last year, reflecting the streamlining of the portfolio over the past 12 months to focus on higher-end phones. Sales for the quarter were Euro 1,405 million, a decrease of 19% year on year. Average selling price (ASP) increased 12% both sequentially and year-on-year to Euro 134 during the quarter due to good sell through of existing models, new flagship phones starting to ship at the end of the quarter and a positive currency effect.

Gross margin rose both sequentially and year-on-year, reflecting a more favourable product mix and the benefit of cost of sales improvements in the past year, including the resolution of certain royalty matters during the quarter.

Income before taxes for the quarter excluding restructuring was a profit of Euro 21 million, illustrating the positive impact of the cost reduction programme.
The transformation programme, which started in mid-2008, with the aim of reducing annual operating expenses by Euro 880 million is continuing with the full benefit expected during the second half of 2010. Since the start of the programme, Sony Ericsson has reduced its global workforce by approximately 3,150 people to reach a total of 8,450 by March 31, 2010. The total restructuring charges taken to date are Euro 342 million.

As of March 31, 2010, Sony Ericsson retained a net cash position of Euro 563 million.
During the first quarter of 2010, Sony Ericsson obtained additional external funding of Euro 150 million. The funding was guaranteed by the parent companies on a 50/50 basis.
Market share in unit base for the quarter decreased by one percentage point sequentially and is now estimated to be around 4%.
Sony Ericsson maintains a forecast of slight growth in units in the global handset market in 2010.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

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Net sales by market area by quarter

Sony Ericsson is a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson established in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London and operations in all major markets. Sony Ericsson vision is to become the industry leader in Communication Entertainment; where new styles of communicating through the internet and social media, become entertainment. Sony Ericsson offers exciting consumer experiences through phones, accessories, content and applications.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Sony Ericsson has identified certain important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. For a detailed description of risk factors see Sony’s and Ericsson’s filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly each company’s latest published Annual Report on Form 20-F