“As expected, the first quarter of this year has been extremely challenging for Sony Ericsson due to continued weak global demand. We are aligning our business to the new market reality with the aim of bringing the company back to profitability as quickly as possible,” said Dick Komiyama, President, Sony Ericsson. “
The management intends to pursue an additional cost saving program targeting a further annual operating expense reduction of Euro 400 million, to be completed by mid-2010.” The company’s initial cost saving program targeting annual operating expense reductions of Euro 300 million by the end of the first half of 2009, including a workforce reduction of 2,000 headcount, has now been completed. A total of Euro 187 million restructuring charges have been recorded compared to the initial estimated costs of Euro 300 million.
In January 2009 an additional cost saving program was initiated to target annual operating expensereductions of Euro 180 million by the end of 2009. The cost of this program will be covered by theinitial Euro 300 million restructuring costs announced in July 2008.The additional cost saving program announced today will include a further reduction in the global workforce of approximately 2,000 people. It is estimated that new restructuring charges of Euro 200 million will be needed to complete this program.
As of March 31, 2009, Sony Ericsson retained a strong net cash position of Euro 1.1 billion. Market share in the first quarter decreased and is now estimated to be around 6%, down two percentage points sequentially. Sony Ericsson forecasts that the global handset market for 2009 will contract at least 10% from around 1,190 million units in 2008