REG-Siemens AG Final Results

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MUNICH, Germany--(Business Wire)--


Facts and figures for shareholders Fiscal 2012 
October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2012

Peter Löscher 
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 profitability.
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 Healthcare.
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, 2012. 

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 31.2%). 

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
atwww.siemens.com/investors
and in the Siemens Annual Report, the English and German versions of which can
be downloaded at
www.siemens.com/annual-report 
www.siemens.com/geschaeftsbericht

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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 Exchange Commission. 

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.

Siemens AG 

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