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Siemens total sectors profit up 15 percent

Staff writer ▼ | January 28, 2014
Siemens reported earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Excluding currency and portfolio effects, new orders increased in Q1 (ended December 31, 2013) 12 percent to 20.8 billion euros euros.
SiemensSiemens reported earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Excluding currency and portfolio effects, new orders increased in Q1 (ended December 31, 2013) 12 percent to 20.8 billion euros euros.

At 17.3 billion euros, revenue was one percent below the prior-year level. The book-to-bill ratio was 1.20. The order backlog at the end of the first quarter again reached the record level of 102 billion euros.

Total Sectors profit was up 15 percent to 1.8 billion euros, while the Sectors' profit margin rose to 10.2 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in the prior-year quarter. Net income increased to 1.5 billion euros from 1.2 billion euros. Earnings per share climbed to 1.70 from 1.42.

New orders at the Energy Sector increased three percent to 7.2 billion euros in a market environment that remained highly competitive. While declining at the Power Generation and Power Transmission Divisions, new orders doubled at the Wind Power Division. Revenue at the Sector declined four percent to 5.8 billion euros. Due in part to lower charges compared to the prior-year quarter, profit at the Sector improved to 506 million euros from 410 million euros, while the profit margin rose to 8.8 percent from 6.5 percent a year earlier.

The Healthcare Sector contributed 471 million euros to profit in the first quarter, compared to 503 million euros in the first quarter of the prior year. The decrease includes burdens on profit from currency effects.

The Sector also faced ongoing market challenges, including weak economic conditions in Europe, uncertainty in the healthcare market, an excise tax on medical devices in the U.S. and slowing growth in China. The profit margin was 15.2 percent, compared to 15.5 percent in the prior-year quarter. New orders at the Sector climbed four percent to 3.2 billion euros and revenue increased one percent to 3.1 billion euros.

At the Industry Sector, new orders rose ten percent to 4.6 billion euros, driven by a substantially higher volume from major orders in the Sector's long-cycle businesses. At 4.3 billion euros, revenue remained at the prior-year level.

Profit was down five percent to 482 million euros. Profit increased at the Industry Automation Division while declining at the Drive Technologies Division. The profit margin at the Sector was 11.2 percent, compared to 11.5 percent in the prior-year period.

At the Infrastructure & Cities Sector, new orders soared 45 percent, driven by a major order totaling 1.6 billion euros for two driverless subway lines in Saudi Arabia to be supplied by the Sector's Transportation & Logistics and Power Grid Solutions & Products businesses. Revenue increased four percent year-over-year to 4.4 billion euros.

Profit at the Infrastructure & Cities Sector climbed to 330 million euros from 141 million euros in the comparable period a year earlier, supported by profit increases in all the Sectors' businesses. Improved project execution at the Transportation & Logistics business was a key factor. The profit margin rose to 7.6 percent, compared to 3.4 percent in the prior-year period.

Siemens expects its markets to remain challenging in fiscal 2014. Siemens' short-cycle businesses are not anticipating a recovery until late in the fiscal year. The company expects orders to exceed revenue, for a book-to-bill ratio above 1.

Assuming that revenue on an organic basis remains level year-over-year, Siemens expects basic earnings per share (Net Income) for fiscal 2014 to grow by at least 15 percent from 5.08 in fiscal 2013.