SIE: Siemens AG: Final Results
UK Regulatory Announcement
Facts and figures for shareholders Fiscal 2012
October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012
President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
Fiscal 2012 was not an easy year for us. Even though we achieved one of our
best results ever – despite the difficult economic environment worldwide – we
didn’t fully attain our goals of outperforming the market and our competitors.
To move forward, we’ve launched a new Company-wide program. Presented in
November 2012, the initiative will enable us to make effective, concrete
adjustments in our operations – changes we’ll have to make if we’re to
continue generating profitable growth of the kind we’ve achieved in the last
few years. For my colleagues on the Managing Board and myself, the trust that
you’ve placed in our Company is an invaluable source of support.
All in all, Siemens is well positioned to seize the opportunities of the
future – as we demonstrated again in fiscal 2012. Continuing a decade of
substantially improved performance, we posted a 7% increase in revenue and
generated €5.2 billion in income from continuing operations, one of our
largest profits ever. I would like to thank Siemens employees around the world
for their commitment and their contribution to this success.
The unchanged dividend proposal of €3.00 that the Managing Board and the
Supervisory Board will make to the 2013 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting is also a
sign of trust and continuity. We want you to profit from the positive
developments at our Company – and we want you to continue placing your trust
in us. Because Siemens is and will remain a strong company.
Dr. Gerhard Cromme
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG
Despite a difficult economic environment and special burdens in the project
business, Siemens’ overall performance in fiscal 2012 was respectable.
In fiscal 2012, the Supervisory Board performed the duties assigned to it by
law, the Siemens Articles of Association and the Bylaws for the Supervisory
Board. We regularly advised the Managing Board on the management of the
Company and monitored the Managing Board’s activities. We were directly
involved in all major decisions regarding the Company. In written and oral
reports, the Managing Board regularly provided us with timely and
comprehensive information on Company planning and business operations as well
as on the strategic development and current state of the Company. Deviations
from business plans were explained to us in detail. The Managing Board
coordinated with us the Company’s strategic orientation. On the basis of
reports submitted by the Managing Board, we considered in detail all business
transactions of major significance to the Company. The proposals made by the
Managing Board were approved after detailed examination and consultation.
In my capacity as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, I was in regular contact
with the Managing Board between Supervisory Board meetings and was kept
up-to-date on current developments in the Company’s business situation and on
key business transactions.
The Supervisory Board would like to thank the members of the Managing Board as
well as the employees and the employee representatives of all Siemens
companies for their work.
Fiscal 2012 – Financial summary
In fiscal 2012 we increased revenue by 7% year-over-year to €78.296 billion,
with all four Sectors and all three reporting regions contributing to growth.
New orders came in near the level of revenue but 10% lower compared to the
prior year, which included substantially higher volumes from large orders in
our Sectors Infrastructure&Cities and Energy. For example, orders a year
earlier included Siemens’ largest-ever order for trains, worth €3.7 billion.
In fiscal 2012, we achieved income from continuing operations of €5.184
billion. While this was one of our highest results ever, it was substantially
lower than in the prior year and lower than we expected one year ago. The
decline was due mainly to our Energy Sector which took substantial charges
mainly related to projects with a complex marine and regulatory environment in
the current period and benefited from the divestment of its share in Areva NP
in the prior year. Due mainly to challenges in these projects we reduced our
income guidance during fiscal 2012. Furthermore, profit in Energy in fiscal
2012 was also burdened by profit impacts of €327 million (pretax) related to a
change in credit risk assessment for Iran. Income from continuing operations
in fiscal 2012 was also held back by a less favorable market environment in
the second half of the fiscal year. This was particularly evident in the
Industry Sector where profit came in 10% lower year-over-year. Profit at
Infrastructure&Cities in fiscal 2012 also declined year-over-year, as the
Sector took €86 million (pretax) in charges at a rolling stock project in
Germany. In contrast, our Healthcare Sector increased profit year-over-year.
For comparison, profit at Healthcare in fiscal 2011 was burdened by charges
related to particle therapy projects. In fiscal 2012, income from continuing
operations was also burdened by a sharply higher loss at Equity Investments.
This was due primarily to our share in NSN. In fiscal 2012, NSN took
substantial restructuring charges in connection with its previously announced
measures aimed at maintaining its long-term competitiveness and improving
Net income in fiscal 2012 was €4.590 billion, down from €6.321 billion a year
earlier. This decline was due to lower income from continuing operations, only
partly offset by lower losses from discontinued operations. In the prior year,
discontinued operations were burdened by a substantial loss related to our
former Siemens IT Solutions and Services business, partly offset by income
from discontinued operations related to OSRAM. Income from discontinued
operations related to OSRAM turned negative in the current period.
As a result of the above-mentioned profit impacts, two of our Sectors, Energy
and Infrastructure&Cities, missed their respective adjusted EBITDA target
ranges in fiscal 2012.
We achieved our target for capital efficiency measured in terms of ROCE
(adjusted) on a continuing basis, with a result of 17.0%, well within our
target range of 15% to 20%. ROCE (adjusted) on a continuing basis a year
earlier was 25.3%, benefiting from the above-mentioned divestment at Energy.
Our Free cash flow from continuing operations declined to €4.790 billion, down
19% year-over-year. Free cash flow development was particularly influenced by
lower income from continuing operations. Additional factors included cash
outflows in the current period related to project-related charges in
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we initiated a share buy-back program of
up to €3.0 billion, to be financed partly by long-term debt, and issued bonds
totaling €2.7 billion. These measures are aimed at taking advantage of
favorable capital market conditions while reducing the gap to our capital
structure target. We have set this target, defined as the ratio of adjusted
industrial net debt to adjusted EBITDA, in the range of 0.5 to 1.0. In fiscal
2012, our capital structure was a positive 0.24 compared to a negative 0.14 in
the prior fiscal year.
We believe that we achieved the goals we had announced in our Interim report
for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. With regard to One Siemens, our
framework for sustainable value creation, we believe that we did not fully
succeed in our fundamental goal of continuous improvement relative to our
markets and competitors. We believe that Agenda 2013, an initiative started by
our Healthcare Sector at the beginning of fiscal 2012 is making a contribution
to achieve these goals. We intend to expand these efforts on a company level.
We therefore initiated “Siemens 2014”, a company-wide program aimed at
improving our productivity. We defined action areas for cutting our costs,
strengthening our portfolio and becoming faster and less bureaucratic. These
goals apply company-wide, with specific implementation measures to be
developed by each Sector. While program-related productivity measures will
burden Total Sectors profit, particularly in fiscal 2013, we expect that the
productivity gains realized will enable us to achieve a Total Sectors profit
margin of at least 12% by fiscal 2014.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 in connection with the “Siemens 2014”
company program, we decided to divest our solar business, consisting of our
solar thermal and photovoltaic activities, because they have not met our
expectations with regard to a number of factors, including changed market
conditions, lower growth and strong price pressure.
We intend to provide an attractive return to shareholders. We previously set a
target range for our dividend payout percentage of 30% to 50% of Net income
excluding selected exceptional non-cash effects. The Siemens Managing Board,
in agreement with the Supervisory Board, proposes a dividend of €3.00 per
share, unchanged from a year earlier. This proposal represents a dividend
payout percentage of 56%, based on shares outstanding as of September 30,
The Siemens share/Investor relations
Stock performance. The Siemens share price developed positively over the
course of fiscal 2012. However, the markets were volatile during this period
due to ongoing uncertainty in the eurozone. After increasing at the beginning
of the fiscal year, stock markets in general and the Siemens share price in
particular declined for several months. Then, in June 2012, a positive stock
market trend began. This trend continued until the end of fiscal 2012. In
August 2012, the Company launched a share buyback program. From the start of
the buyback program until the end of the fiscal year, the Siemens share price
gained more than 13%.
Over the entire fiscal year, Siemens stock performed comparatively well in
this market environment, closing at €77.61 per share on September 30, 2012.
For shareholders who reinvested their dividends, this amounted to a gain of
18.6% (fiscal 2011: a loss of 9.5%) compared to the closing price a year
earlier. The Siemens share performed somewhat more weakly than the leading
international index, MSCI World (which rose 21.6%), and remained noticeably
behind the leading index of the German stock market, the DAX (which advanced
Siemens on the capital market. We take our responsibility to maintain an
intensive dialogue with the capital market very seriously. Cultivating close
contacts with our shareholders, we keep them informed of all major
developments throughout Siemens. As part of our investor relations work, we
provide information on the Company’s development in quarterly, semiannual and
annual reports. Our CEO and CFO also maintain close contact with investors
through roadshows and conferences. In addition, Siemens holds Sector Capital
Market Days, at which the management of our Sectors informs investors and
analysts about the Sectors’ business strategies and market environments.
We also provide extensive information online. Quarterly, semiannual and annual
reports, analyst presentations, press releases and our financial calendar for
the current year (please see Financial calendar on the middle Page), which
includes all major publication dates as well as the date of the Annual
Shareholders’ Meeting, are available at www.siemens.com/investors
Additional information on our investor relations activities is available at
and in the Siemens Annual Report, the English and German versions of which can
be downloaded at
Copies of the Annual Report (free of charge) can be ordered at
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This document includes supplemental financial measures that are or may be
non-GAAP financial measures. New orders and order backlog; adjusted or organic
growth rates of revenue and new orders; book-to-bill ratio; Total Sectors
profit; return on equity (after tax), or ROE (after tax); return on capital
employed (adjusted), or ROCE (adjusted); Free cash flow, or FCF; cash
conversion rate, or CCR; adjusted EBITDA; adjusted EBIT; adjusted EBITDA
margins, earnings effects from purchase price allocation, or PPA effects; net
debt and adjusted industrial net debt are or may be such non-GAAP financial
measures. These supplemental financial measures should not be viewed in
isolation as alternatives to measures of Siemens’ financial condition, results
of operations or cash flows as presented in accordance with IFRS in its
Consolidated Financial Statements. Other companies that report or describe
similarly titled financial measures may calculate them differently.
Definitions of these supplemental financial measures, a discussion of the most
directly comparable IFRS financial measures, information regarding the
usefulness of Siemens’ supplemental financial measures, the limitations
associated with these measures and reconciliations to the most comparable IFRS
financial measures are available on Siemens’ Investor Relations website at
www.siemens.com/nonGAAP. For additional information, see supplemental
financial measures and the related discussion in Siemens’ most recent annual
report on Form 20-F, which can be found on our Investor Relations website or
via the EDGAR system on the website of the United States Securities and
This document contains statements related to our future business and financial
performance and future events or developments involving Siemens that may
constitute forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by
words such as “expects,” “looks forward to,” “anticipates,” “intends,”
“plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “will,” “project” or words of
similar meaning. We may also make forward-looking statements in other reports,
in presentations, in material delivered to stockholders and in press releases.
In addition, our representatives may from time to time make oral
forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on the current
expectations and certain assumptions of Siemens’ management, and are,
therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors,
many of which are beyond Siemens’ control, affect Siemens’ operations,
performance, business strategy and results and could cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of Siemens to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied
by such forward-looking statements or anticipated on the basis of historical
trends. These factors include in particular, but are not limited to, the
matters described in Item 3: Key information – Risk factors of our most recent
annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC, in the chapter “Risks” of our
most recent annual report prepared in accordance with the German Commercial
Code, and in the chapter “Report on risks and opportunities” of our most
recent interim report.
Further information about risks and uncertainties affecting Siemens is
included throughout our most recent annual and interim reports, as well as our
most recent earnings release, which are available on the Siemens website
www.siemens.com, and throughout our most recent annual report on Form 20-F and
in our other filings with the SEC, which are available on the Siemens website
www.siemens.com, and on the SEC’s website www.sec.gov. Should one or more of
these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions
prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements of Siemens may
vary materially from those described in the relevant forward-looking statement
as being expected, anticipated, intended, planned, believed, sought, estimated
or projected. Siemens neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update
or revise these forward-looking statements in light of developments which
differ from those anticipated.
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