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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 20-F
 
REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(b) OR (g) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
OR
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2021
OR
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
OR
 
SHELL COMPANY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number 000-12033
TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
LM ERICSSON TELEPHONE COMPANY
(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)
Kingdom of Sweden
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
SE-164 83 Stockholm, Sweden
(Address of principal executive offices)
Jonas Stringberg,
Head of Group Controlling and External Reporting 
Telephone: +46 10 719 0000, jonas.stringberg@ericsson.com
Torshamnsgatan 21
,
SE-164 83 Stockholm
,
Sweden
(Name, Telephone,
E-mail
and/or Facsimile number and Address of Company Contact Person)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
Title of Each Class
 
Trading symbol(s)
 
Name of Each Exchange on which Registered
American Depositary Shares (each representing one B share)
B Shares *
 
ERIC
 
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
 
*
Not for trading, but only in connection with the registration of the American Depositary Shares representing such B Shares pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act:
None
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:
 
B shares (SEK 5.00 nominal value)
     3,072,395,752  
A shares (SEK 5.00 nominal value)
     261,755,983  
C shares (SEK 5.00 nominal value)
     0  
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐
If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.    Yes  ☐    No  ☒
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files)    Yes  ☒    No  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or an emerging growth company . See the definitions of “large accelerated filer” and “accelerated filer” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
       
Non-accelerated filer      Emerging growth company  
If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13 (a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.  
Indicate by check mark which basis of accounting the registrant has used to prepare the financial statements included in this filing:
 
☐  U.S. GAAP
                  ☒       International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the
International Accounting Standards Board
  ☐  Other
If “Other” has been checked in response to the previous question, indicate by check mark which financial statement item the registrant has elected to follow.
Item 17  ☐    Item 18  ☐
If this is an annual report, indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ☐    No  
 
 
 

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ii

PART I
INTRODUCTION
Unless otherwise indicated, all references herein to “Ericsson,” the “Company,” “the Group,” “we,” “us,” or “our” or “our company” are references to Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and its consolidated subsidiaries.
This document is our Annual Report on Form
 
20-F
 
for the year ended December 31, 2021 (the “2021 Form
 
20-F”).
 
Reference is made to the English version of our Swedish Annual Report for 2021, with certain adjustments made to comply with U.S. requirements and the additional disclosure and updates made in the document due to subsequent events which is attached hereto as Exhibit 15.1 (the “2021 Swedish Annual Report (adjusted version)”). Only (i) the information included in this 2021 Form
 
20-F,
 
(ii) the information in the 2021 Swedish Annual Report (adjusted version) that is incorporated by reference in this 2021 Form
 
20-F,
 
and (iii) the exhibits to the 2021 Form
 
20-F
 
that are required to be filed pursuant to the Form
 
20-F
 
shall be deemed to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for any purpose, including incorporation by reference into the Registration Statement on Form
 
F-3
 
filed on March 26, 2021 (File
 
No.333-254736
 
) and any other document filed by us pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which incorporates by reference the 2021 Form
 
20-F.
 
Any information in the 2021 Swedish Annual Report (adjusted version) that is not referenced in the 2021 Form
 
20-F
 
or filed as an exhibit thereto shall not be deemed to be so incorporated by reference. Certain industry, technical and financial terms used in this 2021 Form
 
20-F
 
are defined in the subsections entitled “Glossary” and “Financial Terminology” of the 2021 Swedish Annual Report (adjusted version), which are incorporated herein by reference.
Market data and certain industry forecasts used herein were obtained from internal surveys, market research, publicly available information and industry publications. While we believe that market research, publicly available information and industry publications we use are reliable, we have not independently verified market and industry data from third-party sources. Moreover, while we believe our internal surveys are reliable, they have not been verified by any independent source.
The information included on
http://www.ericsson.com
/ and other websites that appear in this 2021 Form
20-F
is not incorporated by reference herein. From time to time, we may use our website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding our company is routinely posted on and accessible at
http://www.ericsson.com
/.
Forward-Looking Statements
This 2021 Form
20-F
includes forward-looking statements, including statements reflecting management’s current views relating to the growth of the market, future market conditions, future events, financial condition, and expected operational and financial performance, including the following:
–– Our goals, targets, strategies, planning assumptions and operational or financial performance expectations, such as the investor day key messages and our targets and strategies as described in the introductory bullets, the CEO comments, the Segment descriptions and in Other information
–– Industry trends, future characteristics and development of the markets in which we operate
–– Our future liquidity, capital resources, capital expenditures, cost savings and profitability
–– The expected demand for our existing and new products and services as well as plans to launch new products and services including research and development expenditures
–– The ability to deliver on future plans and to realize potential for future growth
–– The expected operational or financial performance of strategic cooperation activities and joint ventures
–– The time until acquired entities and businesses will be integrated and accretive to income
–– Technology and industry trends including the regulatory and standardization environment in which we operate, competition and our customer structure.
The words “believe”, “expect”, “foresee”, “anticipate”, “assume”, “intend”, “likely”, “projects”, “may”, “could”, “plan”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “will”, “should”, “would”, “predict”, “aim”, “ambition”, “seek”, “potential”, “target”, “might”, “continue”, or, in each case, their negative or variations, and similar words or expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. Any statement that refers to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements.
We caution investors that these statements are subject to risks and uncertainties many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond our control that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements.
Important factors that could affect whether and to what extent any of our forward-looking statements materialize include but are not limited to the factors described in the section Risk Factors.
These forward-looking statements also represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date that they were made. We expressly disclaim a duty to provide updates to these forward-looking statements, and the estimates and assumptions associated with them, after the date of this
20-F,
to reflect events or changes in circumstances or changes in expectations or the occurrence of anticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law or stock exchange regulation.
ITEM 1. IDENTITY OF DIRECTORS, SENIOR MANAGEMENT AND ADVISERS
Not applicable.
ITEM 2. OFFER STATISTICS AND EXPECTED TIMETABLE
Not applicable.
ITEM 3. KEY INFORMATION
A. Selected Financial Data
The selected financial data previously required this Item has been omitted in reliance on SEC Release
No. 33-10890,
Management’s Discussion and Analysis, Selected Financial Data, and Supplementary Financial Information.
B. Capitalization and Indebtedness
Not applicable.
C. Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds
Not applicable.
D. Risk Factors
The information set forth under the heading “Financial Report – Risk Factors” of the 2021 Swedish Annual Report (adjusted version) is incorporated herein by reference.
 
1

ITEM 4. INFORMATION ON THE COMPANY
A. History and Development of the Company
General facts on the company
Legal and commercial name of the Parent Company:
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ).
Organization number:
556016-0680
Legal form of the Parent Company:
A Swedish limited liability company, organized under the Swedish Companies Act.
Country of incorporation:
Sweden.
Date of incorporation:
The Parent Company was incorporated on August 18, 1918, as a result of a merger between AB LM Ericsson & Co. and Stockholms Allmänna Telefon AB.
Domicile:
Our registered office is Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, SE–164 83 Stockholm, Sweden. Our headquarters are located at Torshamnsgatan 21, Kista, Sweden.
Telephone number:
+46 10 719 0000
Website:
www.ericsson.com
. The information included on our website is not incorporated herein by reference.
In addition, the SEC maintains an Internet site that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC:
http://www.sec.gov
.
Agent in the US:
Ericsson Inc., Vice President Legal Affairs, 6300 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75024. Telephone number: +1 972 583 0000.
Shares:
Ericsson’s Class A and Class B shares are traded on Nasdaq Stockholm. In the US, our American Depository Shares (ADS), each representing one underlying Class B share, are traded on NASDAQ New York.
Parent company operations:
The business of the parent company, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, consists mainly of corporate management, holding company functions and internal banking activities. Our parent company operations also include customer credit management activities performed by Ericsson Credit AB on a commission basis.
Subsidiaries and associated companies:
For a list of our significant subsidiaries, please see “Item 4C. Shares owned directly by the Parent Company”. We are engaged in a number of minor joint ventures and cooperative arrangements. For more information regarding risks associated with joint ventures, strategic alliances and third-party agreements, please see “Item 3D. Financial Report – Risk Factors”.
Company history and development
Innovating to empower people, business and society
Our origins date back to 1876 when Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent application in the United States for the telephone. The same year, Lars Magnus Ericsson opened a small workshop in Stockholm to repair telegraph instruments and sell his own telephone equipment.