Rio de Janeiro is one of the most iconic cities in the world, but for some decades, especially after losing its post as the national capital in 1960, it has suffered with lack of safety, economic and social problems. But in recent years it has been thriving again and now is on the right track to become a sustainable and innovative gateway to Latin America and a model for large cities in the region. This is one major conclusions drawn from the study "Pictures of the Future Rio 2030-2040", a future scenario of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Some of the first conclusions of this exclusive study, which should be finalized in November, were disclosed today, June 18th, by Siemens Brazil CEO, Paulo Stark during a presentation at the Urban Summit, a side event organized by UN-Habitat, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Prefeitura of Rio de Janeiro.
Capital-efficient growth is our aspiration. We have lived up to it. Orders and revenue grew in all regions, particularly in emerging markets. That benefits us in Germany as well. We delivered excellent bottom-line performance and are fully on track to reach the targets we set for fiscal 2011.
The University of Maastricht has contracted with Siemens Healthcare to deliver and install three powerful, high-field magnetic resonance tomographs (MRT). This order is one of the largest to date in the history of Siemens Healthcare in the Netherlands. The imaging devices will be used by the Brains Unlimited research project of the University of Maastricht. The objective of the project is to further investigate how the human brain functions.
In the first quarter of its new fiscal year 2012, Siemens achieved increased revenue and laid the cornerstone for future growth, despite the difficult economic environment. Thanks to a strong order backlog, revenue for the first quarter rose two percent compared to the same period a year earlier, while new orders declined five percent year-over-year. Profit was below the prior-year level due to project delays and increased investments. "The uncertainties of the ongoing debt crisis have left their mark on the real economy. Our revenue increased again, while certain project delays burdened profits. Although a recovery is expected in the second half of the year, we must work hard to achieve our goals. With a backlog of more than €100 billion, a strong portfolio and a solid financial position, we are a trusted partner," said Siemens President and CEO Peter Löscher.
Despite wintery road conditions, this year's Annual Shareholders' Meeting of Siemens AG was again well attended. Roughly 8,800 shareholders attended the event in the Munich Olympiahalle on Tuesday, compared with some 8,000 last year.
In connection with implementing the North European Center for Radio-Oncology in Kiel (NRoCK), the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) and Siemens AG have signed a declaration of intent to dissolve their existing contracts. Negotiated under the auspices of the Minister of Economy and Science of Schleswig-Holstein, Jost de Jager, the declaration foresees favorable terms for equipping the UKSH with one of Germany's most advanced and efficient centers for the conventional radiotherapy treatment of cancer patients. Work by Siemens to set up a particle therapy facility on the basis of proton and carbon-ion radiation is to be discontinued.
In fiscal 2011, Siemens generated 8,600 inventions, nearly 40 per working day – a ten percent increase year-over-year. The number of invention reports per Siemens R&D employee (current R&D workforce: 27,800) has doubled in the last ten years. Initial patent applications filed by the company rose to 4,300, nearly 20 per working day – a 15 percent increase over the previous year. In Europe, Siemens was Number 1 in patent applications for the first time. Twelve extremely successful researchers and developers, who were honored in Munich on November 22 with the company's Inventor of the Year Award, made key contributions to this achievement. Altogether, these researchers generated 730 invention reports and 636 individual patents. "Every day, they've demonstrated pioneering spirit, entrepreneurial thinking and international teamwork – exactly the factors we'll need to continue succeeding on the world markets of tomorrow," said Siemens President and CEO Peter Löscher at the awards ceremony. Löscher also announced that Siemens' R&D investments in fiscal 2012 would exceed the previous year's level (€3.9 billion) by about €500 million.
Building on the major successes already achieved, Siemens is continuing to focus on its global, systematic supply chain management. In 2008, for the first time in the company's history, a Supply Chain Management (SCM) function with company-wide responsibility was established at Managing Board level. Barbara Kux was appointed to head the SCM organization. Under her leadership, SCM has since made a major contribution to the positive development of Siemens' profitability. Today, 55 percent of the company's total procurement volume is bundled. In 2008, the figure was slightly less than 30 percent. Emerging countries now account for 26 percent of Siemens' procurement volume, compared to 20 percent in 2008. Between 2009 and 2012, the accumulated contributions to profit attributable to SCM were in the upper single-digit-billion euro range. In 2012, the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index confirmed Siemens' pioneering role by awarding the company the top ranking for supply chain management.
Given the favorable capital market conditions Siemens AG will optimize its capital structure and intends to buy back shares in the amount of up to Euro 3 billion. The company also plans to cancel approximately 33 million treasury shares. The share buy back is planned to be financed mostly by long term debt. "The current debt markets environment for Siemens in combination with its current valuation of its shares offers a unique opportunity for value creation in the long-term. We will take advantage of this environment and execute on our "One Siemens" targets", said Siemens Chief Financial Officer, Joe Kaeser.
Siemens AG has been ranked the most sustainable company in its industry for the fourth time in a row. In the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – the sustainability rating established by Dow Jones and SAM – Siemens has again taken first place in the Diversified Industrials category, which includes companies like 3M, General Electric, Toshiba and Thyssen Krupp. Out of a possible 100 points, Siemens received 90 – its highest overall rating to date and a further improvement over last year's result of 87 points. The company has now been honored by the DJSI twelve times in a row for its sustainable activities.