Ericsson Acquires Cradlepoint
Ericsson will acquire Cradlepoint, the US-based company specialized in Wireless Edge WAN 4G and 5G Enterprise solutions. Ericsson said in a statement that Cradlepoint complements their existing 5G Enterprise portfolio which includes Dedicated Networks and a global IoT platform.
The company added that the combined offering will create valuable new revenue streams for customers by supporting full 5G-enabled services for enterprise, and boost returns on investments in the network. Cradlepoint will become a fully owned subsidiary of Ericsson while continuing to operate under its existing brand. Employees will remain within the company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. It will be part of Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies & New Businesses.
The acquisition price amounts to an enterprise value of $1.1 billion with the transaction expected to close before the end of this year, subject to closing conditions. The purchase price, which is funded from Ericsson’s cash-in-hand, is paid in full on closing. Cradlepoint’s sales for 2019 were SEK 1.2 billion with a gross margin of 61%. Ericsson’s operating margins are expected to be negatively impacted by approximately 1% in 2021 and 2022, where half is related to amortization of intangible assets which arise from the acquisition. Cradlepoint is expected to contribute to operating cash-flow starting in 2022. Ericsson’s 2022 group financial targets remain unchanged.
"Portfolio-near acquisitions are an integral part of our earlier communicated strategy. The acquisition of Cradlepoint complements our existing offerings and is key to our strategy of helping customers grow the value of their 5G network investments. Ericsson is uniquely positioned to build on Cradlepoint’s leadership position in Wireless Edge and the wireless WAN market. Combining the scale of our market access and established relationships with the world’s biggest mobile operators we are making a strong investment to support our customers to grow in this exciting market,” said Börje Ekholm, President and CEO of Ericsson.