The Carl Zeiss Group reported a 42 percent increase in revenues for its fiscal year 2009/10, at EUR 2.98 billion. “Fiscal year 2009/10 was the most successful year ever in the company’s history.
Only one year after the most severe economic crisis for decades, Carl Zeiss is now very well positioned,” says Dr. Dieter Kurz, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. "Not only were we able to equal our performance of record year 2007/08, but we also succeeded in achieving our best-ever figures. All business groups were profitable and have contributed to the good result.”
EbIT (Earnings before interest and taxes) were EUR 423 million (last year: minus EUR 67 million).
Business outside Germany accounted for 88 percent of total sales (last year: 83 percent).
The Industrial Metrology Group generated revenues of EUR 292 million, still four percent less than last year’s figure (EUR 304 million) – chiefly due to the late recovery of the automotive industry, which did not begin until spring 2010 say Zeiss.
Carl Zeiss invested 10 per cent of its revenues at EUR 291 million into its research and development activities during the past fiscal year and now generates half its revenues with products that are less than three years old.
Looking ahead, Carl Zeiss assumes that the market uncertainty will remain. “Nevertheless, we expect a stable development of all business groups and therefore a further contribution to corporate value enhancement,” says Dr. Michael Kaschke. “We are focusing on our innovative power and strong brand, our broad portfolio and the international and flexible footprint of the Carl Zeiss Group."
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