Autoliv confirms conclusion of specific part of ongoing investigation with the European Commission
(Stockholm, Sweden, November 22, 2017) – Autoliv, Inc. (NYSE: ALV and SSE: ALIVsdb), the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, today confirmed that a specific part of an ongoing investigation by the European Commission had been concluded for €8.1 million. The Company accrued for the amount in the third quarter of 2017.
The Company initially communicated in its third quarter earnings release for 2017 that part of the investigation was likely to be concluded shortly. The recorded amount (equivalent to approximately $9.5 million) relates to a discrete portion of the EC investigation relating to two specific car manufacturers, while the more significant portion of its investigation continues. Management does not believe the outcome of this discrete portion of the EC’s investigation provides an indication of the total probable loss associated with the continuing portion of the EC’s investigation, which the Company believes will probably materially affect operating results for the periods in which it becomes estimable.
Autoliv cannot currently estimate when a conclusion of the remaining, more significant, part of the investigation is likely to occur.
As previously disclosed, Autoliv has, since July 2011, been the subject of an investigation of anti-competitive behavior among suppliers of occupant safety systems in the EU. For further information see Note 16 to the financial statements in Autoliv’s 2016 Annual Report and Note 13 to the financial statements in Autoliv’s 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2017.
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Autoliv, Inc. is the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, and through its subsidiaries develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. Together with its joint ventures, Autoliv has more than 80 facilities with 70,000 employees in 27 countries. In addition, the Company has 22 technical centers in ten countries around the world, with 19 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier. Sales in 2016 amounted to about US $10.1 billion. The Company's shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ALV) and its Swedish Depository Receipts on Nasdaq Stockholm (ALIV sdb). For more information about Autoliv, please visit our company website at www.autoliv.com.
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