Siemens AG, the mother or father firm of Siemens Power and Gas, is considering the sale of its profitable however recently troubled fuel turbine enterprise, in keeping with one main information outlet.
Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg on June 13 reported that the German big could also be contemplating the sale of its energy and fuel enterprise, presumably to a rival. The sources reportedly additionally famous no closing resolution has been made but, and the corporate may maintain the enterprise, which has seen a drastic plunge in working earnings because the first quarter of 2017.
Siemens declined to touch upon “market hypothesis” however it could difficulty a press release in regards to the matter later right this moment, a spokesman advised POWER.
The firm has been forthcoming about its Power and Gas division’s monetary troubles. On May 7, it mentioned it will shut down all Power and Gas division operations worldwide “inside the present quarter” for seven days. The firm cited “an ongoing unprecedented downswing available in the market for energy technology tools,” and mentioned “the ability and fuel division (PG) is planning non permanent shutdowns.”
In November 2017, Siemens mentioned it will minimize 6,900 jobs, principally in its Power and Gas division. It additionally mentioned it will shut a few of its manufacturing places in Europe.
The Power and Gas division employs about 47,000 employees. In a May 9 presentation to reporters, Siemens Chief Financial Officer Ralf Thomas pointed to “structural challenges” on the Power and Gas division, noting the share of the division’s income had fallen “clearly beneath margin vary” by as a lot as 15%. Profit margins for the division plunged to three.9% within the second quarter of 2018, in comparison with 10.eight% on the identical time final yr, he mentioned.
Thomas cited “trade over-capacities” which might be creating “pricing stress” on the beleaguered division. Sales of Siemens’ giant fuel turbine models fell precipitously by 35% in fiscal yr 2017, in comparison with fiscal yr 2015, and the market confirmed “no indicators of restoration,” he mentioned.
Sales of Siemens’ small/medium/aeroderivative fuel turbine enterprise additionally fell 35%, although that enterprise is seeing “average progress.” Also hard-hit is its compression enterprise. Unit gross sales of rotating tools fell 30%, however that enterprise, too, faces “average restoration” over the mid-term.
Analysts at Hamburg, Germany-based funding financial institution Berenberg have mentioned they anticipate Siemens may search a three way partnership within the fuel turbine enterprise with one other main competitor comparable to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
“A sale of the fuel turbine enterprise could be in line with earlier divestments of belongings in wind and rail,” Morgan Stanley analyst Ben Uglow mentioned in a be aware. The disposals could be “extremely vital from a valuation standpoint.”
—Sonal Patel and Darrell Proctor, POWER affiliate editors (@POWERmagazine)
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