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- Siemens AG to spin off 55 percent of Siemens Energy to Siemens shareholders
- Plans call for further reducing Siemens’ stake significantly within 12 to 18 months after spin-off’s effective date
- Siemens AG contractually obligated to ensure Siemens Energy’s autonomy and independence
- Siemens Energy to have strong capital and liquidity base; solid investment-grade rating targeted
- Initial listing of new shares planned for September 28, 2020
Siemens AG has today published key details of the spin-off of its energy business, together with the invitation to the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on July 9, 2020. Issuance of the spin-off report marks another key milestone in the creation of an independent, world-leading energy pure play. Siemens shareholders are to automatically receive one share of Siemens Energy AG for every two shares of Siemens AG. Fifty-five percent of Siemens Energy will be spun off to Siemens shareholders. Depending on the strategic and operational development of the two companies, Siemens AG intends to further reduce its stake in Siemens Energy significantly within 12 to 18 months. In addition, Siemens has placed itself under a contractual obligation to refrain from exercising a controlling influence over the new company in the future. Subject to approval by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting, plans call for the spin-off to take place, as announced, by the end of September 2020. The initial listing is to take place on September 28th, 2020.
We released our second quarter results for fiscal year 2020 on May 8, 2020. The Press Conference Call and the Analyst Call were broadcast live.
- Revenue stable, orders below prior-year level
- Order backlog at €69 billion, further €81 billion at Siemens Energy
- Outlook relativized due to COVID-19
- Timeline for spin-off of energy business confirmed
- Share buyback on hold due to spin-off
- Spin-off of Flender planned
Despite the clear
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Siemens AG performed solidly in the second
quarter of fiscal 2020. Revenue remained nearly unchanged, while net income
declined to €697 million compared to the strong prior-year quarter. Orders were
down primarily due to a lower volume from major orders at Siemens Mobility
year-over-year. In view of the current situation, Siemens will no longer
confirm its original guidance for fiscal 2020. Nonetheless, the company sees
itself well positioned both operationally and strategically for the coming
quarters. Implementation of Siemens’ Vision 2020+ strategy is right on track,
and the company is making faster progress than expected in achieving its cost
- Revenue was €14.2 billion, nearly level with the same quarter a year ago, as increases at Siemens Healthineers and Mobility offset a decline at Digital Industries; orders declined 8%, to €15.1 billion, on sharply lower volume from large orders at Mobility
- On a comparable basis, excluding currency translation and portfolio effects, revenue declined 1% and orders came in 9% lower; the book-to-bill ratio of 1.06 remained well above one
- Adjusted EBITA Industrial Businesses was significantly lower at €1.6 billion, with all industrial businesses showing effects from the COVID-19 pandemic; Adjusted EBITA margin Industrial Businesses of 12.1% was held back also by severance charges of €0.2 billion, taking 1.2 percentage points
- Net income, including a loss of €0.3 billion from discontinued operations, was €0.7 billion compared to €1.9 billion in Q2 FY 2019, which benefited from income of €0.2 billion from discontinued operations as well as a lower tax rate; basic earnings per share (EPS) declined to €0.80
- Given the current situation, we can no longer confirm our original guidance for fiscal 2020; for our new guidance, see page 5 of this document
At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2020, Gas and Power and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) were classified as held for disposal and discontinued operations. Prior-period amounts are presented on a comparable basis.
- Siemens Managing Board decides to form worldwide aid fund to help relieve
and combat the coronavirus pandemic
- Siemens to match all funds donated
- Fund to supplement numerous aid
programs already in place at international Siemens units
- Company and employees aim to help people stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide
- Entire Managing Board joins in donation campaign
- President and CEO lays foundation by donating €1 million
Effective immediately, the Managing Board of Siemens AG has decided to set up a COVID-19 aid fund. Under the auspices of the community-serving nonprofit organization Siemens Caring Hands e.V. (“Caring Hands”), this aid fund is to provide support, without red tape, to relief organizations and medical facilities as well as to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis worldwide.
- Charter of Trust companies are helping with cybersecurity for telework
- Some 130,000 Siemens employees worldwide are working from home due to
the corona crisis
To slow the spread of the coronavirus, millions of people around the world have been working from home for about three weeks now – including more than 100,000 Siemens employees. Siemens and 16 other global companies from the Charter of Trust (CoT) initiative have developed eight tips for boosting cybersecurity so that employees can work just as securely from home as they do at the office. Their recommendations are meant to help ward off hacker attacks and enable companies to maintain business continuity. These tips range from switching off voice-controlled devices and covering webcams to not mixing personal and business use of devices. All recommendations have been published on the Charter of Trust website: bit.ly/39BB8Gv.
Shifting freight transport to rail has its limitations. Therefore, a share of this transport will need to be carried out by trucks that combine reliable service with minimum environmental impact. The eHighway system is twice as efficient as conventional internal combustion engines. This Siemens Mobility innovation supplies trucks with power from an overhead contact line. This reduces local air pollution and contributes significantly to the decarbonization of the transport sector.
At the Munich Security Conference 2018, Siemens and eight partners from industry signed the first joint charter for greater cybersecurity. Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization. Since 2018, the Charter of Trust has grown to 16 members. In addition to Siemens and the Munich Security Conference, the signatories include AES, Airbus, Allianz, Atos, Cisco, Daimler, Dell Technologies, Deutsche Telekom, IBM, NXP, SGS, Total and TÜV Süd.
In addition, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the CCN National Cryptologic Center of Spain and the Graz University of Technology in Austria have joined the charter as associate members. On February 19, 2019, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a letter of intent to join the Charter of Trust for cybersecurity in Tokyo, expanding the Charter’s reach into Asia. The company’s membership is expected to be finalized by the end of September 2019. MHI will be the first Asian company to join the global cybersecurity initiative.
Siemens is setting the course for establishing the next generation of management. To this end, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG has made pivotal personnel decisions at an extraordinary meeting.
- Joe Kaeser is not pursuing a further contract extension as President and CEO of Siemens AG and is to be proposed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Energy.
- Roland Busch has been named President and CEO of Siemens AG and is receiving a new contract for an additional five years. He is already to assume overarching responsibility for the Operating Companies Digital Industries, Smart Infrastructure and Mobility as of April 1, 2020.
- Christian Bruch, EVP at Linde plc, to become new CEO of the Gas and Power Operating Company and designated CEO of Siemens Energy.
- Maria Ferraro, CFO of the Digital Industries Operating Company, to become new CFO of Gas and Power and designated CFO of Siemens Energy.
- Michael Sen and Klaus Patzak to leave the company by mutual agreement.
- Spinoff and public listing of Siemens Energy at end of September 2020 being pursued on schedule and without change.
Siemens is setting the course for establishing the next generation of management. To this end, the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG has made pivotal personnel decisions at an extraordinary meeting today. Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser (62) has informed the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG that he will not be pursuing an extension of his contract. He will be proposed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Siemens Energy. The Supervisory Board has appointed Roland Busch (55), who is currently Deputy CEO, to be President and CEO of Siemens AG. At the latest, this appointment is to be effective at the end of the next ordinary Annual Shareholders’ meeting, which is to take place on February 3, 2021. He is receiving a new contract for five years, effective April 1, 2020. In this connection, he will already be responsible for the planning and implementation of the budget for fiscal 2021 and will be assuming all relevant responsibilities within the Managing Board. In addition to his current duties, Roland Busch will – effective April 1, 2020 – also already be responsible for the overarching integration and management of the businesses of the future Siemens AG (Smart Infrastructure, Digital Industries and Mobility) within the Siemens Managing Board.