STUTTGART, 17 December 2014.
In the past 2013/14 fiscal year (ended 30 September 2014) ZEISS increased its revenue by two percent to EUR 4.287 billion (last year: EUR 4.190 billion) despite unfavorable currency effects. Earnings (EBIT) grew by 14 percent to EUR 360 million. "Overall, 2013/14 was a successful fiscal year for the ZEISS Group," said Dr. Michael Kaschke, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. "Thanks to our broad portfolio we have remained on track to further growth despite the difficult conditions confronting us in the global economy. However, the business groups developed differently and did not meet our expectations in all cases."
The number of employees increased slightly to 24,817 worldwide. Expenditure on research and development activities rose by eight percent to EUR 448 million. Investments in property, plant and equipment totaled EUR 188 million.
The stagnation currently emerging in the world economy poses new challenges to the company. Nevertheless, ZEISS expects a stable revenue development in fiscal year 2014/15.