Press Release

ZEISS: significant growth in revenue and earnings

Revenue rises to over EUR 2.5 billion – EBIT reaches EUR 384 million

11 May 2017

  • All segments contribute to this positive trend
  • Position as market leader reinforced
  • Asia continues to ensure dynamic growth
  • Demand for digital solutions increases
  • Positive outlook for second half of fiscal year
Oberkochen, Germany | 17 May 2017 | ZEISS Group

The ZEISS Group had a very successful end to the first six months of fiscal year 2016/17 (ended 31 March 2017) and saw its revenue rise by 10 percent to EUR 2.550 billion (1st six months 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 six months of 2015/16: EUR 2.448 billion).

“ZEISS is benefiting once again from its solid and future-oriented portfolio, and recorded growth across all segments over the same period of the prior year,” says Dr. Michael Kaschke, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG. “Our growth substantiates our aspiration to be a technological leader in optics and optoelectronics.”

All segments contributed to growth

Revenue (in € million)

1st six months of 2016/17
1st six months of 2015/16

Research & Quality Technology



+3 %

Medical Technology



+10 %

Vision Care/Consumer Products



+4 %

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology



+29 %

* Not identical to Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

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.


ZEISS generates around 90 percent of its business outside Germany. The pace of growth differs by region. This positive business trend is borne in particular by the dynamically developing economies in the APAC region.

ZEISS increased its investments in research and development by around 20 percent: in the first half of fiscal year 2016/17, this amounted to EUR 247 million (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 207 million).

Investments in property, plant and equipment amounted to EUR 75 million in the reporting period (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 54 million). These compared to depreciations totaling EUR 76 million (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 76 million).

On 31 March 2017 net liquidity amounted to EUR 951 million, which was considerably above the figure posted at the end of fiscal year 2015/16 (30 Sept. 2016: EUR 568 million).

Free cash flow totaled EUR 264 million (1st half of 2015/16: EUR 355 million). With a figure totaling EUR 2,206 million, the company’s equity rose by around 56 percent over the end-of-year figure for fiscal year 2015/16 (30 September 2016: EUR 1,416 million).

On 31 March 2017 ZEISS had a global workforce of around 21,200 employees. This corresponds to an increase of 5 percent over the prior year (20,200). Moreover, Vision Global Operations – the global eyeglass production process, which is subject to major seasonal and regional fluctuations and is therefore listed separately – currently employs a further 5,000 people. The ZEISS Group therefore employed a total of almost 26,200 people on 31 March 2017.

Outlook: Continuing the growth trajectory

Global growth forecasts have improved slightly. The industrialized countries are also experiencing growth thanks to positive development in the USA, which is moderate overall. The emerging countries continue to drive the global economy despite a drop in momentum in some cases. “As things stand today, we will be able to forge ahead with our growth trajectory in the second half of the year,” predicts Kaschke.

Continued successful development is also linked to the consistent implementation of the corporate strategy, the ZEISS Agenda 2020: “All segments are aligning their business more closely with customer success. We are committed to meeting the ever-greater need for innovative, and increasingly digital solutions,” says Kaschke. Another key component of the ZEISS Agenda 2020 is the targeted expansion of our innovation excellence and our company’s competencies. By 2020, ZEISS is planning a quadruple-figure headcount increase and aims to offer interesting career and development opportunities to new employees with qualifications in software, design thinking, natural sciences and engineering.

Press contact Jörg Nitschke

Head of Corporate Brand, Communications and Public Affairs


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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