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Carl Zeiss Meditec achieves EBIT margin of 18.1% in fiscal year 2018/19

23 October 2019

Jena/Germany | Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

As already announced on October 2, 2019, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ISIN: DE0005313704) has achieved revenue of EUR 1,459 million in fiscal year 2018/19 (past year: EUR 1,280.9 million) and has significantly expanded EBIT1 margin2, exceeding the initial forecast of 15.0% to 17.5%. Based on today’s new assessment, EBIT for fiscal year 2018/19 amounted to approx. EUR 264 million (past year: EUR 197.1 million), leading to an EBIT margin of 18.1%.

Upon publication of preliminary results on October 2, 2019, the company had anticipated a still higher EBIT margin for fiscal year 2018/19.

The shortfall was caused by higher operating expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018/19, in part driven by the already announced higher investments in the fields of Surgical Ophthalmology and Digitalization.

Final results for fiscal year 2018/19 will be provided on December 6, 2019.

Press & Investor Relations Contact Sebastian Frericks

Head of Group Finance & Investor Relations
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Phone: +49 3641 220-116

Brief profile

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ISIN: DE0005313704), which is listed on the MDAX and TecDAX of the German stock exchange, is one of the world's leading medical technology companies. The Company supplies innovative technologies and application-oriented solutions designed to help doctors improve the quality of life of their patients. The Company offers complete solutions, including implants and consumables, to diagnose and treat eye diseases. The Company creates innovative visualization solutions in the field of microsurgery. With approximately 4,823 employees worldwide, the Group generated revenue of €2,089.3m in fiscal year 2022/23 (to 30 September).

The Group’s head office is located in Jena, Germany, and it has subsidiaries in Germany and abroad; more than 50 percent of its employees are based in the USA, Japan, Spain and France. The Center for Application and Research (CARIn) in Bangalore, India and the Carl Zeiss Innovations Center for Research and Development in Shanghai, China, strengthen the Company's presence in these rapidly developing economies. Around 41 percent of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG’s shares are in free float. The remaining approx. 59 percent are held by Carl Zeiss AG, one of the world’s leading groups in the optical and optoelectronic industries.

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  • 1

    Earnings before interest and taxes (also operating profit, EBIT) refers to a key earnings figure within the Carl Zeiss Meditec Group and is calculated in accordance with IFRS standards (see Annual Report 2017/18, p. 76 for reconciliation).

  • 2

    Calculation: EBIT margin = EBIT / revenue (in %) (see Annual Report 2017/18, p. 76).