Strong fiscal year lays the foundation for further growth at Osram

 

- Revenue for fiscal year 2017 rises by just over 8 percent to more than EUR4 billion

- Operating profit rises by EUR43 million to EUR695 million, resulting in a margin of 16.8 percent

- Management Board proposes dividend of EUR1.10 per share, an increase of 10 percent

- Osram Board expects continued growth in fiscal year 2018 and plans further capital expenditure

- Planned joint venture with Continental in the preparation stage

SHANGHAI, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "We delivered another peak year in 2017 on the back of a strong performance whilst also making good progress on our way to becoming a high-tech company," said Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM Licht AG. "Osram is in a great position thanks to its expertise in innovation and it is setting its sights on attractive future markets. Our operating performance is on track, and this is reflected in our outlook for 2018. The proposed dividend of EUR1.10 per share underlines the effectiveness and financial strength of the business."

In the last fiscal year, Osram benefited from persistently strong demand for its high-tech products, and particularly its opto-semiconductors. On a comparable basis (i.e. adjusted for portfolio and currency effects), revenue rose by just over 8 percent year on year to reach more than four billion Euro. The operating margin reached 16.8 percent, the EBITDA adjusted for special items was up by more than 6 percent to EUR695 million. Profit after tax came to EUR275 million. A dividend of EUR1.10 per share is to be proposed to the supervisory board. That means an increase by ten percent. Encouraging progress is being made with the 'Diamond' innovation and growth initiative, two years after it was launched. We are on track with our strategy. Despite negative currency effects and investments, Osram will continue to grow in 2018.

In the strong fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 (ending September 30), the company registered significant increases in both revenue and earnings compared to the prior year while continuing with a program of capital spending. Osram's transition to a high-tech business will continue to feature strongly in fiscal year 2018. Optical semiconductor-based products already account for two thirds of the company's revenue. To lay the foundations for sustained profitable growth, Osram is investing around the world in its locations and technologies. This expenditure as well as headwinds from currency trends will be dominant factors in the current fiscal year.

Outlook for fiscal year 2018

In fiscal year 2018, Osram will continue to build on its foundations for the future. Revenue is expected to increase by between 5.5 and 7.5 percent. The EBITDA adjusted for special items is likely to be around EUR700 million and will be influenced by factors such as currency effects, ramp up costs for Kulim and increased capital expenditure on research and development which in total sums up to a three digit million Euro amount. The currency effects alone have a negative impact of roughly EUR70 million. Diluted earnings per share is expected to be between EUR2.40 and EUR2.60. We are expecting a free cash flow between minus EUR50 million and minus EUR150 million. The Managing Board is confident about Osram's positive medium-term prospects and is therefore aiming for a dividend of at least EUR1.10 per share once again in fiscal year 2018.

Trends in the segments

The growth trends and operational strength of Osram's Opto Semiconductor (OS) segment remain undiminished. The start-up costs related to the Kulim plant, together with currency effects, will impact on the operating margin in fiscal year 2018. Specialty Lighting (SP) is expanding because of the increased use of LEDs in the automotive sector. The Asia region delivered the highest rate of growth recently. The performance of Lighting Solutions & Systems (LSS) remains unsatisfactory. The Managing Board has taken action and with a new management team is exploring all options for the luminaires business (LS). There will be a strategic decision in the current fiscal year.

Planned joint venture with Continental in the preparation stage

Osram and Continental took a major step forward in their planned alliance in the automotive sector by setting out the key financial parameters. Revenue in the mid-triple-digit millions of euros is the initial target for the 50:50 joint venture, which is called Osram Continental GmbH. After launching in fiscal year 2018, the joint venture will operate in the market as an independent company and will be fully consolidated in Osram's financial statements. All that is now needed is the signing of final contracts and the required anti-trust authorizations to be issued.

The joint venture will combine innovative lighting technologies with electronics and software, and will develop, manufacture, and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry and set makers. Today, lighting and electronics in the automotive market are becoming increasingly integrated: Sensors, for example, are now able to scan oncoming traffic and partially dip the headlamps so that drivers using full beam do not dazzle other road users; Osram's infrared sensor lights are also used by a number of driver assistance systems.

Osram will hold its annual press conference featuring the Managing Board of OSRAM Licht AG on Tuesday, November 7, starting at 9 a.m. CET. The conference will be broadcast online at www.osram-group.de/de-DE/media/download-center/media-kits/mk-2017. A recording will be made available there afterwards.

You can follow the Managing Board's conference for analysts, which starts at 3 p.m. CET on Tuesday, at http://services.choruscall.eu/links/osram171107ir.html

The annual report of OSRAM Licht AG will be published on November 30 in the investor relations section of the company's website at www.osram-group.com/en/investors/publications/2017.

Selected key figures for the OSRAM Light Group (continuing operations) in the fourth quarter.


Q4
2017

Q4
2016

Change
 nominal

Revenue

1,029

909

13.2%

EBITDA

118

125

(5.5%)

...margin

11.4

13.7

(230bps)

Adjusted EBITDA1

160

131

21.8%

...margin

15.5

14.4

110bps

Profit after tax

40

44

(10%)

Free Cash Flow

(28)

30

n.a.

'000 Employees

26.4

24.6

7%

(Provisional, unaudited figures. Items stated in EUR million, margin in %, employees as at September 30. Negative values in brackets.)

(1Adjustment for special items (S.I.) includes e.g. transformation costs, substantial legal and regulatory matters, and costs related to mergers and acquisitions activities.

Segments Q4


Q4
2017

Q4
2016

change
nominal

Opto Semiconductors2




...Revenue

429

372

15.3%

...EBITDA

121

94

28.3%

...adjusted EBITDA

121

94

28.3%

Specialty Lighting2




...Revenue

551

495

11.4%

...EBITDA

65

55

18.6%

...adjusted EBITDA

71

58

23.5%

Lighting Solutions & Systems




...Revenue

242

258

(5.9%)

...EBITDA

(37)

4

n.a.

...adjusted EBITDA

(7)

6

n.a.

(Provisional, unaudited figures. Items stated in EUR million, margin in %, employees as at September 30. Negative values in brackets.)

 (2 Beginning with fiscal year 2017, certain external revenue in the automotive sector, yet reported in the OS segment, are reported at SP. Instead, OS now reports intersegment revenue (eliminated within the corporate consolidation). Prior-year figures were adjusted accordingly.)

Selected key figures for the OSRAM Light Group (continuing operations) in FY 2017


FY
 2017

FY
 2016

Change
 nominal

Revenue

4,128

3.785

9.1%

EBITDA

621

621

0%

...Margin

15.1

16.4

(140bps)

adjusted EBITDA 

695

652

6,6%

...Margin

16.8

17.2

(40bps)

Profit after tax

275

532

(48.3%)

Free Cash Flow

99

24

316%

'000 Employees

26.4

24.6

7%

(Provisional, unaudited figures. Items stated in EUR million, margin in %, employees as at September 30. Negative values in brackets.)

Segments FY 2017


FY
2017

FY
2016

Change
 nominal

Opto Semiconductors2




Revenue

1,685

1,417

18.9%

...EBITDA

473

408

15.9%

...adjusted EBITDA

473

408

15.9%

Specialty Lighting2




Revenue

2,312

2,135

8.3%

...EBITDA

317

292

8.6%

...adjusted EBITDA

339

305

11.3%

Lighting Solutions & Systems




Revenue

989

1.005

(1.5%)

...EBITDA

(72)

6

n.a.

...adjusted EBITDA

(21)

16

n.a.

(Provisional, unaudited figures. Items stated in EUR million, margin in %, employees as at September 30. Negative values in brackets.)

(2 Beginning with fiscal year 2017, certain external revenue in the automotive sector, yet reported in the OS segment, are reported at SP. Instead, OS now reports intersegment revenue (eliminated within the corporate consolidation). Prior-year figures were adjusted accordingly.)

ABOUT OSRAM

OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smart phones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM uses the endless possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM's innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. OSRAM has approximately 26,400 employees worldwide as of end of fiscal 2017 (September 30) and generated revenue of more than EUR4.1 billion. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com.

Disclaimer

This document contains statements and information pertaining to our future business and financial performance and future developments that may constitute forward-looking statements - i.e. statements about processes that take place in the future, not in the past. These statements pertaining to the future can be identified by expressions such as "anticipate", "expect", "want", "intend", "plan", "believe", "aspire", "estimate", "will", "predict" or words of similar meaning. Such statements are based on current expectations and certain assumptions of OSRAM's management. They are, therefore, subject to certain risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond OSRAM's control, affect OSRAM's operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of OSRAM 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 historic trends. These factors include in particular, but are not limited to, the matters described in the chapter "Report on Risks and Opportunities" in the Annual Report of OSRAM Licht Group. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements of OSRAM may vary materially from those described in the relevant forward-looking statement as being expected, anticipated, intended, planned, believed, sought, estimated or projected. OSRAM neither intends, nor assumes any obligation, to update or revise these forward-looking statements in light of developments which differ from those anticipated. Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout this and other documents may not add up precisely to the totals provided and percentages may not precisely reflect the absolute figures they reference.

SOURCE Osram



RELATED LINKS
http://www.osram.com

Journalists and Bloggers

Visit PR Newswire for Journalists for releases, photos and customised feeds just for media.

View and download archived video content distributed by MultiVu on The Digital Center.

 

Get content for your website

Enhance your website's or blog's content with PR Newswire's customised real-time news feeds.
Start today.

 

 
 

Contact PR Newswire

Send us an email at indiasales@prnewswire.co.in or call us at +91 22 6169 6000

 

 
 

Become a PR Newswire client

Request more information about PR Newswire products & services or call us at +91 22 6169 6000

 

 
  1. Products & Services
  2. Knowledge Centre
  3. Browse News Releases
  4. Contact PR Newswire