Ericsson said on Thursday that the US securities regulator has opened an investigation concerning the matters described in the company’s 2019 Iraq investigation report.
The Swedish telecom equipment maker said it was fully cooperating with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and it was too early to determine or predict the outcome of the investigation.
Ericsson disclosed in February that an internal investigation had found it may have made payments to the Islamic State militant group in Iraq – misconduct it said “started at least back in 2011.”
The US Department of Justice, which fined Ericsson in 2019 over the settlement of another bribery case, is also investigating the company’s handling of the investigation and is expected to fine the company.
“In these cases it is not uncommon for multiple branches of the US authorities to become involved and this is not something that we would expect to significantly change any final penalty and/or settlement,” according to Mads Rosendal, an analyst at Danske Bank Credit Research.
“It could however lead to further delays now that more stakeholders will be involved.”