* Sees net profit rising sharply from 34 mln euros
* Sees adjusted EBITA margin above 8 pct this year
* Says now aims for 8,700 job cuts, 1.2 bln euros savings
* Shares up 5.6 percent
MUNICH, Nov 12 German lighting maker Osram Licht
AG, spun off from engineering group Siemens
earlier this year, expects to pay shareholders its first
dividend for its current year as it widens a sweeping
Osram, the world's No.2 lighting maker after Philips
, is in the midst of a restructuring, having been slow
to adjust to a shift in demand from traditional light bulbs to
newer technologies such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
It said on Tuesday it was now cutting an overall 8,700 jobs,
or 21 percent of its workforce, in addition to shuttering a
quarter of its 43 factories, to generate gross savings of 1.2
billion euros ($1.6 billion).
The company had previously said it planned to cut 8,000 jobs
to save 1 billion euros.
Osram's stock has gained 68 percent since its stock market
debut on July 8 in a sign that investors have faith in the
company's ability to turn around its business, but the group
still faces major challenges.
Semiconductor-based LED technology is rapidly gaining in
popularity as it is more energy efficient, longer-lasting and
more flexible in its design than traditional types of lighting.
But the technology shift has caused a market shakeup as new
competitors such as South Korea's Samsung Electronics
and Japan's Toyoda Gosei grab market share
from the incumbents in the lighting market - Philips, Osram and
Osram, the top supplier for automotive and display lighting,
is now racing its peers to adapt to the changed market.
So far, only two of its remaining 36 factories make LEDs -
in Regensburg, Germany and Penang, Malaysia - but it is building
a new plant in China at a cost of over 100 million euros to
boost its presence in the fast-growing Asian market.
It is also banking on modular product platforms to help it
keep up with rapid product cycles by using the same parts for
various different products and switching out individual
components when technology advances.
It expects to post a sharp rise in annual net profit this
year from last year's 34 million euros and reach a target of
adjusted operating profit of more than 8 percent, up from 7.7
percent last year.
Analysts on average see net profit jumping to 211 million
euros this year.
Osram, whose lamps are used to light up Disneyland Paris and
the Hippodrom beer tent at Munich's Oktoberfest, has said it
aims to pay shareholders between 30 percent and 50 percent of
its annual net profit as a dividend in the longer run.
Finance chief Klaus Patzak said on Tuesday that policy would
apply to the current year already.
Shares in Osram rose 5.6 percent to 40.32 euro by 0945 GMT,
outperforming the German mid-cap index, which was down