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  • Improved global sentiment in expectation of an economic upturn, but to date uneven development across the individual economic regions
    • Europe with turnaround after summer 2013, but momentum still weak
    • USA back on the path to growth after government shutdown in the fall of 2013
    • China on stable course of expansion, Brazil with moderate domestic growth trend, India with comparatively low dynamic
  • European automobile industry shows slight improvement, construction only slowly gaining momentum, consumer goods and white goods stable, mechanical engineering volatile, railways and aviation with solid global development
  • Conventional energy sector with continued weak demand (with the exception of exploration)
  • Profitability of the Group as a whole (EBITDA and EBIT margin) largely stable
  • Metal Engineering and Metal Forming Division with newly improved results
  • Steel Division with significant decline in results, Special Steel Division only slightly below level of the previous year
  • Revenue at –3.1% fell slightly to EUR 8,384.1 million (previous year: EUR 8,652.5 million)
  • Operating result (EBITDA) with fundamentally constant margin falls slightly (currently 12.0%, 12.1% in the previous year): EUR 1,006.8 million, after EUR 1,043.8 million in 2012/13
  • Gearing ratio (net financial debt in percent of equity) almost stable year-on-year at 50.2% (previous year: 49.8%), somewhat higher compared to reporting date March 31, 2013 (44.5%) due to working capital
  • Implementation of the HBI project in Texas on schedule and within budget

1 All key figures compared to the same nine-month period in the business year 2012/13.

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  • Share price as of December 31, 2013 (euros) 34.93    EPS – Earnings/share (euros) 2.61    Dividend/share (euros) 0.90
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