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Nov 7, 2013

Siemens sees cost-cuts paying off in higher 2014 profit

BERLIN, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s Siemens
expects to make some headway in its struggle to catch up with
more profitable rivals this year, as new Chief Executive Joe
Kaeser makes his mark at the engineering group and cost cuts
start to bear fruit.

Siemens, Germany’s second-biggest company by market value,
said on Thursday it expected fiscal 2014 earnings per share to
rise by at least 15 percent from last year’s 5.08 euros, more
than double the 7.2 percent growth rate of fiscal 2013, while
organic sales remain flat in challenging markets.

Nov 1, 2013

Siemens investors seek strategy hints from new boss

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Siemens’ (SIEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) new chief executive Joe Kaeser faces pressure from shareholders to give a flavor of how he plans to reinvent the industrial giant to catch up with more profitable rivals when he presents annual results next week.

After profit warnings and a boardroom bust-up led to his predecessor Peter Loescher’s ouster in July, Kaeser said he would put the builder of products ranging from gas turbines to high-speed trains and ultrasound machines back on an “even keel” [ID:nL6N0G133X]

Oct 22, 2013

Lufthansa 2013 profit outlook disappoints, shares hit

FRANKFURT, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa
unveiled a new 2013 profit outlook that fell short of
expectations, driving its shares lower, as restructuring costs
and volatile exchange rates weighed on its earnings.

The German flagship airline, like peers such as Air
France-KLM, is restructuring as it struggles to remain
profitable despite cut-throat competition and soaring costs.

Oct 17, 2013

Siemens shakeup returns power to country managers

FRANKFURT, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Siemens’ new Chief
Executive Joe Kaeseris is returning more power to lower-level
managers around the world with the aim of making the engineering
group more nimble.

The company, Germany’s second-biggest by market value, said
in a statement on Thursday it was doing away with a level of
regional management it calls “clusters”, introduced by former
chief executive Peter Loescher in 2008, to return to a flatter
hierarchy and make it easier to take quick decisions.

Oct 4, 2013

HeidelbergCement CEO faces up to lower growth world

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – HeidelbergCement (HEIG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Bernd Scheifele is facing up to the new reality of a lower growth world, where the priorities are to keep a tight hold on cash for rainy days and not splurge on big acquisitions.

Scheifele said the best recipe for companies to survive in the current uncertain economic environment was to focus on steady organic growth.

Sep 25, 2013

Activist investor raises stake in Thyssen

FRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) – Activist investor Cevian has raised its stake in ThyssenKrupp (TKAG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to 5.2 percent, in a move that was welcomed by the German steelmaker’s CEO who is trying to steer the loss-making firm into new profitable businesses.

“With Cevian Capital as a new investor we are gaining a renowned European major shareholder who also has extensive industrial experience in Germany,” ThyssenKrupp Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger said.

Sep 18, 2013

Siemens names new CFO, makes more board changes

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) – Siemens named company insider Ralf Thomas as its new finance chief on Wednesday, replacing Joe Kaeser who was promoted to the chief executive’s post last month following the departure of Peter Loescher in a bitter boardroom battle.

Kaeser and his new CFO now face the challenge of whipping into shape the lumbering German engineering conglomerate with 78 billion euros ($104 billion) of annual sales and products ranging from gas turbines to high-speed trains and ultrasound machines.

Sep 5, 2013

ThyssenKrupp prepares for capital measures – sources

FRANKFURT, Sept 5 (Reuters) – German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp
AG is making final preparations for a capital-raising
it could launch as soon as it has decided on a plan for its
ailing Americas business, banking sources said.

Pressure has been rising on Chief Executive Heinrich
Hiesinger to raise cash as ThyssenKrupp, a symbol of Germany’s
industrial prowess, is at risk of breaching loan covenants when
its financial year ends on Sept. 30.

Aug 20, 2013

Deutsche Wohnen makes $2.3 billion bet on Berlin property with GSW bid

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Deutsche Wohnen (DWNG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) offered to buy rival residential landlord GSW Immobilien (GIBG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for 1.8 billion euros ($2.3 billion) to expand in Berlin’s booming rental market and tap nascent interest from international investors.

The all-share deal would push an enlarged Deutsche Wohnen closer to the top five European real estate firms by market value, such as British Land (BLND.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and domestic rival Land Securities (LAND.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), giving it easier access to funding from investors across the continent.

Aug 20, 2013

London’s ‘Gherkin’ owner IVG seeks protection from creditors

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German real estate company IVG Immobilien (IVGG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), co-owner of the landmark ‘Gherkin’ office building in London’s City financial district, said on Tuesday it was seeking protection from creditors after failing to reach an agreement over the restructuring of its debt.

IVG has about 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of debt after a rapid expansion spree and had sought for weeks to agree with creditors on swapping some of the debt for equity.