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Siemens Swings to Loss After Writedown, Supply-Chain Drag

Siemens AG recorded a loss following a writedown as well as drag from ongoing component shortages and pandemic lockdowns in China.

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(Bloomberg) — Siemens AG recorded a loss following a writedown as well as drag from ongoing component shortages and pandemic lockdowns in China.  

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Net income during the fiscal third quarter was a negative 1.7 billion euros ($1.7 billion), the company said Thursday. That missed analyst expectations of a 634 million euro loss, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. 

The German industrial giant said while it’s faced with a complex economic environment marked by sanctions on Russia, high inflation and effects of the pandemic, the company has avoided “larger disruptions.”  

Siemens in June wrote down the value of its stake in Siemens Energy AG by 2.7 billion euros following the turbine maker’s repeated profit warnings. Due to the charge, Siemens cut its expected increase of earnings per share to as much as 5.73 euros, down from as much as 9.10 euros, while maintaining its outlook for revenue growth. 

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The company, still in the process of revamping its business toward higher-margin, software-driven product lines, is facing higher costs due supply-chain problems, leading among them the chip shortages, and higher prices for raw materials. The company earlier this year also abandoned its operations in Russia, ending a 170-year presence and losing about 4 billion euros in canceled orders. 

Siemens has sold off most of the smaller divisions destined for divestment and is shifting focus to areas with higher growth potential. In recent weeks, the company bought US software firm Brightly for $1.6 billion, started a new digital business platform and bought a minority stake in Volkswagen AG’s electric-car charging subsidiary Electrify America. 

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Orders at the digital industries unit surged 32%, driven by factory-automation software and other labor-saving services, while profitability was held back by semiconductor shortages and higher expenses for cloud-based activities, Siemens said. Orders at the Smart infrastructure unit climbed by 26%, although revenues in China declined due to coronavirus lockdowns. Both units are central to Siemens push into higher-margin software offerings. 

Siemens’ Mobility division, which makes trains, won orders of 2.8 billion euros. Returns fell because of the exit from Russia.

Profit from industrial business rose to 2.9 billion euros with returns of 17% slightly below analyst expectations. 



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