“In the third quarter we continued to drive growth forward very successfully. In contrast, we are facing challenges in the diagnostics business. We are tackling these issues resolutely and are focusing with our outstanding Atellica Solution Platform vigorously on improving growth and earnings strength. Based on the sustained strong volume development and the operative strength of our company, we are confirming our outlook for fiscal year 2019”, said Bernd Montag, CEO Siemens Healthineers AG.
“With the Managing Board’s new setup, we will be well-focused on the next phase of implementing our Strategy 2025. I am very much looking forward to working closely with Christoph Zindel on the Managing Board. I am convinced that with his extensive experience he will be an important help in further expanding our lead in medical imaging. At the same time, on behalf of the entire Siemens Healthineers team, I want to thank Michael Reitermann for all his contributions and the dedication he has shown for our company over the course of many years, and I wish him all the best for the future,” Montag said.
Siemens Healthineers AG continued its positive course of growth in the third quarter of the current fiscal year 2019 that started in October. On a comparable basis, meaning excluding currency translation and portfolio effects, revenue rose as it did in the previous quarter 5.8 percent from the previous year to nearly EUR 3.6 billion. This growth was driven in particular by the Imaging and Advanced Therapies segments. From a regional perspective, all regions recorded growth, with a significant rise in Asia, Australia and very strong growth in EMEA. On a reported basis, revenue was up over eight percent. Adjusted profit, particularly impacted by the considerably weaker profitability in the Diagnostics business, rose slightly compared to the previous year to1 543 million euros. This translates into an adjusted profit margin of 15.2 percent for the third quarter, compared to 16 percent a year earlier. Net income rose 20 percent to EUR 353 million, supported by an excellent sales trend, a lower tax rate and lower financing interest. Basic earnings per share2 increased by 22 percent. Based on the business performance nine months into the fiscal year, the company confirms its outlook for fiscal year 2019.
On the occasion of the announcement of its Q4 business figures on November 4, 2019, the company will also present the second phase of its “Siemens Healthineers Strategy 2025”. The company has presented this strategy during the Capital Market Days in January 2018.
Siemens Healthineers reporting segments in third quarter
Revenue of the Imaging segment rose to nearly EUR 2.2 billion in the third quarter, corresponding to an increase of more than eight percent from a year earlier on a comparable basis. This performance was supported by all reporting regions, with significant growth in EMEA and Asia, Australia and strong growth in the Americas region. Looking at individual businesses, Computed Tomography and Molecular Imaging in particular recorded strong growth. With a tailwind from the positive sales trend, the adjusted profit margin of 19.1 percent for the Imaging segment achieved a good level compared to the previous year. With the change from Christoph Zindel (58) to the Board of Management at Siemens Healthineers AG, Andre Hartung (50) will take over as Head of the Diagnostic Imaging Business Area effective October 1, 2019. Hartung is heading within Diagnostic Imaging the Business Line Computed Tomography (CT) since 2015.
In the Diagnostics segment, third-quarter revenue was up more than one percent on a comparable basis, reaching just over EUR 1 billion. Weaker performance in the Americas reporting region was offset by the very strong growth in the Asia, Australia region and the solid performance in the EMEA region. The segment’s adjusted profit margin reached 7.5 percent and was impacted primarily by increased ramp-up costs for Atellica Solution and negative currency effects. In the three months up to the end of June, more than 450 Atellica Solution systems were shipped, again topping the figures of the previous quarter. The cumulated number after nine months now totals more than 1,230 shipments. The company anticipates around 1,800 shipments for the entire year.
The Advanced Therapies segment recorded revenue of EUR 378 million in the third quarter. On a comparable basis, this corresponds to an increase of five percent compared with the prior-year quarter. Significant growth was recorded in the Asia, Australia region. At 17.3 percent, the adjusted profit margin was above the prior-year figure.
Outlook for fiscal year 2019
The company confirms the outlook for fiscal year 2019 and continues to expect comparable revenue growth to be in the range of four to five percent compared to fiscal year 2018 and an adjusted profit margin in the range of 17.5 to 18.5 percent. Earnings per share are expected to be 20 to 30 percent above the level of fiscal year 2018. The outlook assumes that current foreign exchange rates will persist for all of the remaining fiscal year 2019.
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