Zeiss: Significant Growth in Revenue and Earnings
The Zeiss Group had a very successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2016/17 (ended 31 March) and saw its revenue rise by 10 percent to EUR 2.550 billion (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 2.322 billion). At EUR 384 million, the earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were significantly higher than the previous year (EUR 280 million). The EBIT margin has increased to 15 percent. Incoming orders hit EUR 2.743 billion (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 2.448 billion).
The direct business segments have developed very positively on the whole. Particular drivers of growth in the Research & Quality Technology segment are the continually strong automotive industry and the demand for our Smart Production solutions. The Medical Technology segment is experiencing growth in the Asia/Pacific (APAC) region in particular and can hold its own with product innovations and service offerings in the highly competitive healthcare market. In the Vision Care/Consumer Products segment, Zeiss branded lenses and well-positioned innovations in particular are contributing to growth.
Following several years of subdued growth, the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) segment has grown by almost 30 percent, primarily because of the high demand for Deep Ultra Violet (DUV) lithography systems; it has also seen increasingly positive momentum in the business with the future-oriented technology Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) lithography.