Earnings Release Q1 FY 2023: Strong underlying performance notwithstanding charges at SGRE – outlook for fiscal year 2023 adjusted

February 7, 2023
Munich

  • Despite the subdued overall economic development, Siemens Energy’s market environment remained favorable. During the quarter, Grid Technologies (GT) was awarded the largest offshore grid connection order in Siemens Energy's history. The platforms will connect several offshore wind farms in the (German) North Sea to the onshore grid.
  • Siemens Energy delivered strong order and revenue growth and better than expected cash flow. A strongly improved operational performance at Gas Services (GS), GT, and Transformation of Industry (TI) was more than offset by charges of €0.5bn at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE). During an evaluation of the installed fleet, SGRE detected a negative development of failure rates in specific components resulting in higher warranty and service maintenance cost assumptions.
  • Orders continued to be very strong. Comparable growth (excluding currency translation and portfolio effects) was 49.2% despite a high basis of comparison, resulting in orders of €12.7bn, supported by large orders especially at GT. The Book-to-bill ratio (ratio of orders to revenue) was 1.80 and the order backlog rose to €98.8bn despite material negative currency translation effects.
  • Revenue came in at €7.1bn reflecting a 16.0% increase on a comparable basis. All segments contributed to this growth.
  • Siemens Energy’s Profit before Special items was negative €282m (Q1 FY 2022: negative €69m) due to the charges at SGRE. GS and GT reported sharp improvements year-over-year and TI delivered a positive result. Special items were negative with €103m (Q1 FY 2022: positive €6m) mainly driven by restructuring costs at SGRE. As a result, Profit for Siemens Energy was negative €384m (Q1 FY 2022: negative €64m).
  • Accordingly, Siemens Energy reported a Net loss of €598m (Q1 FY 2022: Net loss €246m). Corresponding basic earnings per share (EPS) were negative €0.60 (Q1 FY 2022: negative €0.18).
  • Free cash flow pre tax was negative with €58m (Q1 FY 2022: negative €69m), mainly driven by cash outflows at SGRE. Overall, the development was better than expected, supported by advance payments from customers in relation to the strong order development.
  • Due to the aforementioned charges at SGRE, Siemens Energy had to adjust its outlook for fiscal year 2023. Management now expects Siemens Energy Group’s Profit margin before Special items between 1% and 3% and Net loss of Siemens Energy Group to be on prior fiscal year’s reported level. Due to the better than expected cash flow development during the quarter, management now expects Free cash flow pre tax for fiscal year 2023 to be positive.

 

Christian Bruch, President and CEO of Siemens Energy AG:

“Our order growth demonstrates that we have the right portfolio to capitalize on the energy transition. Notwithstanding the charges at Siemens Gamesa, Jochen Eickholt and his team are making progress in improving the sustainability of the company. The intended delisting of Siemens Gamesa will further support the team to focus on solving the operational problems and the turnaround.” 

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Earnings Release Q1 FY 2023: Strong underlying performance notwithstanding charges at SGRE – outlook for fiscal year 2023 adjusted
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Outlook

Assumptions for the segments GS, GT and TI in respect to revenue growth and Profit margins before Special items remain unchanged and we continue to expect for Siemens Energy comparable revenue growth (excluding currency translation and portfolio effects) in fiscal year 2023 in a range of 3% to 7% (unchanged).

Due to the aforementioned charges on the result, SGRE’s management no longer expects SGRE’s profitability to be in line with its business plan for fiscal year 2023. Accordingly, we had to adjust our outlook for Siemens Energy for fiscal year 2023.

We now expect Siemens Energy Group’s Profit margin before Special items between 1% and 3% (previously in a range of 2% to 4%) and, accordingly, Net loss of Siemens Energy Group to be on prior fiscal year’s reported level (previously a sharp reduction of Net loss compared to fiscal year 2022).

Due to the better than expected cash flow development during the quarter, we now expect Free cash flow pre tax for fiscal year 2023 to be positive (previously in a negative range of low- to mid-triple-digit million).

The outlook for Siemens Energy assumes no major negative financial impacts from COVID-19 or other pandemic related events, no further deterioration in the supply chain and raw material cost environment, and excludes charges related to legal and regulatory matters.

Notes and forward-looking statements

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Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading energy technology companies. The company works with its customers and partners on energy systems for the future, thus supporting the transition to a more sustainable world. With its portfolio of products, solutions and services, Siemens Energy covers almost the entire energy value chain – from power generation and transmission to storage. The portfolio includes conventional and renewable energy technology, such as gas and steam turbines, hybrid power plants operated with hydrogen, and power generators and transformers. More than 50 percent of the portfolio has already been decarbonized. A majority stake in the listed company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) makes Siemens Energy a global market leader for renewable energies. An estimated one-sixth of the electricity generated worldwide is based on technologies from Siemens Energy. Siemens Energy employs around 92,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries and generated revenue of €29 billion in fiscal year 2022.

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