On Friday, the 8th of May 2020, Frankfurt’s DAX-listed stocks of Siemens AG, the Munich-based German multinational automation company engaged in a swathe of engineering activities ranging from trains to industrial software manufacturing which had reported €86.85 billion in revenues on an annualized basis last year, surged as much as 5.76 per cent to €88.38 a share in pre-market trading after the German engineering megalith had told in a post-earnings’ call that the company had been accelerating its cost trimming measures in order to grapple with the pandemic-driven financial casualties, while the Munich-based engineering industry mogul had also slashed its 2020 revenue forecast adding that the coming weeks would likely to bear the heaviest brunt.
As a matter of fact, Siemens had reported a 64 per cent plunge in net profit to €652 million over the second quarter of the year that ended on March 31st compared to the same time a year earlier, while on an adjusted basis, the company’s operating profit for industrial businesses took a header of 18 per cent to €1.59 billion on a year-on-year basis.
However, the train to industrial software manufacturer had also added in its Friday’s (May 8th) statement that the company would either enlist its €2 billion Flender mechanical driver business for public trading or allow the business to be sold aimed at making the group simpler and focusing more on factory and building automation, nevertheless, the company had also expressed strong intent to keep a stake in the business.
On top of that, followed by the reveal of Siemens’ response to the pandemic-driven demand chaos, Frankfurt’s DAX-listed shares’ prices of the German engineering company had wrapped up the day 6 per cent higher to €89.71 per share, branding the Siemens stocks’ highest level since the first week of March this year.
Meanwhile, as the group’s order dived by 8 per cent over its second quarter of the year, warning of deeper wounds in the company’s current-quarter operating profit, siemens Chief Executive, Joe Kaeser said in a post-earnings’ call with the reporters on Friday (May 8th), “We are reasonably confident we are going to see the trough in our fiscal third quarter, based on what we hear from our customers and what we see in the supply chain. The question is ... whether there will be some sequential relief in the fourth quarter or not. ”