Zeiss Record Revenue and Earnings Continuing Growth Trajectory

In the recent 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.

In the Research & Quality Technology segment, the automotive market continues to drive growth at the Industrial Metrology business group. The demand for Smart Production solutions is increasing, and ZEISS is expanding its business and key networking capabilities for the Industrial Internet of Things through innovative approaches, such as its stake in the joint venture ADAMOS. Thanks to the good overall position of industry, the Microscopy business group is continuing its growth trajectory.

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%