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Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:17:56 PM »
Investments and innovations lead to best results in the company’s more than 170-year history 

  • Double-digit revenue growth to EUR 5.348 billion
  • EBIT increases to EUR 770 million
  • Positive contribution from all segments
  • Growth with leading-edge EUV technology
  • ZEISS continues to focus on innovation, global investments and expansion

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, STUTTGART/Germany, 2017-12-13. In the past 2016/17 fiscal year (ended 30 September 2017), ZEISS increased both its revenue and earnings to a record level: revenue rose by 10 percent to EUR 5.348 billion (prior year: EUR 4.881 billion). At EUR 770 million, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were significantly above the already high level of the previous year (615 million). The EBIT margin has increased to over 14 percent. Order intake grew by a healthy 12 percent and is now at EUR 5.625 billion, underscoring the growth ambitions of the technology company.

“All four segments – Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology – are either at or above their target returns and have made a positive contribution to the most successful fiscal year in the history of ZEISS,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of Carl Zeiss AG, at the annual press conference in Stuttgart. “This development was not and is not just a matter of course. Rather, it is the result of the tremendous efforts made by all employees and partners over a long period of time. The consistent implementation of the strategic Agenda has now made a real impact and significantly increased competitiveness. Thanks to investments in cutting-edge Innovation and Customer Centers, global partnerships and strategic expansions, we have focused entirely on the needs of our customers,” said Kaschke, explaining the company’s strategy.

Revenue in € million
2016/17 2015/16 Change
Research & Quality Technology 1,538 1,466 +5%
Medical Technology* 1,427 1,290 +11%
Vision Care/Consumer Products 1,108 1,089 +2%
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology 1,212 972 +25%
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Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 01:23:00 PM »
Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?

Sony, apparently...  ;)
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Re: Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 01:24:30 PM »
I'm guessing part of the reason why, are from all those that are jumping ship from Canon to Sony. Re-buying lenses.

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Re: Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 01:40:04 PM »
Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?

Sony, apparently...  ;)

I forgot about those lenses :P
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2017, 01:47:54 PM »
I'm guessing part of the reason why, are from all those that are jumping ship from Canon to Sony. Re-buying lenses.

Zeiss camera lenses are in the Vision Care/Consumer Products division, which saw only a 2% revenue growth, significantly less than the other divisions.  So, I'm guessing your guess is way off base.   
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Re: Zeiss Reports Record Revenue & Earnings, Who Needs AF?
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 02:07:47 PM »
<em>Investments and innovations lead to best results in the company’s more than 170-year history </em></p>
<ul>
<li>Double-digit revenue growth to EUR 5.348 billion</li>
<li>EBIT increases to EUR 770 million</li>
<li>Positive contribution from all segments</li>
<li>Growth with leading-edge EUV technology</li>
<li>ZEISS continues to focus on innovation, global investments and expansion</li>
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<p><em><strong>OBERKOCHEN/Germany, STUTTGART/Germany, 2017-12-13.

</strong></em>In the past 2016/17 fiscal year (ended 30 September 2017), ZEISS increased both its revenue and earnings to a record level: revenue rose by 10 percent to EUR 5.348 billion (prior year: EUR 4.881 billion). At EUR 770 million, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were significantly above the already high level of the previous year (615 million). The EBIT margin has increased to over 14 percent. Order intake grew by a healthy 12 percent and is now at EUR 5.625 billion, underscoring the growth ambitions of the technology company.</p>
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<p>“All four segments – Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology – are either at or above their target returns and have made a positive contribution to the most successful fiscal year in the history of ZEISS,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of Carl Zeiss AG, at the annual press conference in Stuttgart. “This development was not and is not just a matter of course. Rather, it is the result of the tremendous efforts made by all employees and partners over a long period of time. The consistent implementation of the strategic Agenda has now made a real impact and significantly increased competitiveness. Thanks to investments in cutting-edge Innovation and Customer Centers, global partnerships and strategic expansions, we have focused entirely on the needs of our customers,” said Kaschke, explaining the company’s strategy.</p>
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<td>Revenue in € million</td>
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<td>2016/17</td>
<td>2015/16</td>
<td>Change</td>
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<td>Research & Quality Technology</td>
<td>1,538</td>
<td>1,466</td>
<td>+5%</td>
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<td>Medical Technology*</td>
<td>1,427</td>
<td>1,290</td>
<td>+11%</td>
</tr>
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<td>Vision Care/Consumer Products</td>
<td>1,108</td>
<td>1,089</td>
<td>+2%</td>
</tr>
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<td>Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology</td>
<td>1,212</td>
<td>972</td>
<td>+25%</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
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Well, Zeiss is laying of people. Sources I have told me, that Zeiss unofficially sees the future less rosy, in many segements.
http://www.hessenschau.de/wirtschaft/zeiss-will-in-wetzlar-220-stellen-abbauen,zeiss-wetzlar-100.html

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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 05:12:14 PM »
I've come to a point in my life when I can admit it: I need AF.  Even when shooting film, I work better with my Canon 1N or Contax G1 than my Leica M6 or Nikon FE.  I was in denial for awhile, but the time has come to take stock and be honest with myself.

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 05:55:05 PM »
Well, Zeiss is laying of people. Sources I have told me, that Zeiss unofficially sees the future less rosy, in many segements.
http://www.hessenschau.de/wirtschaft/zeiss-will-in-wetzlar-220-stellen-abbauen,zeiss-wetzlar-100.html

If you actually read the article, it says it makes sport optics at that particular location, so binoculars and rifle scopes, plus some SMT position (SMT is mainly in Cambridge, anyway, AFAIK). No photographic lenses are affected. And at the scale of Zeiss, a couple hundred positions is a drop in the bucket (80 are relocated, so even less than that).

I am happy that Zeiss sticks to tight manufacturing tolerances, and leaves AF to lesser lens producers (maybe some low-end products).
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 06:35:28 PM »
Well, Zeiss is laying of people. Sources I have told me, that Zeiss unofficially sees the future less rosy, in many segements.
http://www.hessenschau.de/wirtschaft/zeiss-will-in-wetzlar-220-stellen-abbauen,zeiss-wetzlar-100.html

If you actually read the article, it says it makes sport optics at that particular location, so binoculars and rifle scopes, plus some SMT position (SMT is mainly in Cambridge, anyway, AFAIK). No photographic lenses are affected. And at the scale of Zeiss, a couple hundred positions is a drop in the bucket (80 are relocated, so even less than that).

I am happy that Zeiss sticks to tight manufacturing tolerances, and leaves AF to lesser lens producers (maybe some low-end products).
I actually read it and didn't say otherwise. The OP stated that we have "Positive contribution from all segments" and Zeiss is laying off people in some segments as they see the future there less rosy. I live close to Wetzlar and know some people working for Leica and Zeiss.
Zeiss lens division looks good, though.
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 07:38:08 PM »
I have 3 Zeiss lenses, and I love everyone of them.  I use them for mostly static situations, so I have no problem with getting focus.  The color transmission and fine detail are amazing.  They are well worth the money I spent on them.

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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2017, 09:44:25 PM »
I have only bought one and it was the not as expensive as the rest, 18 3.5. Very good lens, not great. I prefer the 16-35 f/4L IS but there was a quality about the Zeiss, build & microcontrast especially..top notch.
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2017, 06:06:30 PM »
Zeiss make great lenses, and AF certainly is not a deal-breaker for me when either the quality (Zeiss) or the price (Samyang) is right, but as others have noted, OP's interpretation of the report is inaccurate. Zeiss camera lenses aren't doing particularly well and are only just above breaking even; it's their rifle scopes which are bringing in the big money.

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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2017, 06:28:11 PM »
Zeiss make great lenses, and AF certainly is not a deal-breaker for me when either the quality (Zeiss) or the price (Samyang) is right, but as others have noted, OP's interpretation of the report is inaccurate. Zeiss camera lenses aren't doing particularly well and are only just above breaking even; it's their rifle scopes which are bringing in the big money.

How about the medical division?
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2017, 07:49:44 PM »
I need a car, not a horse.
I need vaccines for my kids, not bowls of vinegar.
I need AF, not Zeiss.

As for their sales, refer to PT Barnum.

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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2017, 11:50:53 PM »
ZEISS is a diversified conglomerate. What is relevant to this forum is their revenues & earnings specific to full frame photographic lenses.
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