Siemens quarterly profit jumps 27%

Report in German weekly Manager Magazin said German technology giant Siemens was prepared to pay more than $80 a share for Swiss rival Dresser-Rand (AFP Photo/Michele Tantussi) (AFP/File)

Berlin (AFP) - German industrial giant Siemens posted a jump in quarterly profits on Thursday, despite troubles in its energy sector and the impact of a strong euro.

Siemens, which runs its business year from October to September, slightly beat analyst forecasts by posting a 27-percent increase in net profit for the third quarter to 1.37 billion ($1.84 billion).

Germany's second-largest company by revenue also confirmed its guidance for the fiscal year.

The electrical and engineering giant predicted 2014 revenues to remain level year-on-year with earnings per share up at least 15 percent.

The company said in a statement that "headwinds from the strong euro held back the development of orders and revenue", with a revenue decline of 3.7 percent to 17.9 billion euros.

Profit rose at Siemens' industry and infrastructure divisions, but they fell in the energy division.

"While we made good progress in most areas, the energy sector poses a continued challenge in the quarters to come," said chief executive Joe Kaeser, amid grid connection problems with an offshore wind-farm in the North Sea.

The results came after Siemens in June lost in a bidding war with General Electric for a stake in France's Alstom.

The industrial giant also expressed concern about the potential impact of international crises.

"Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East represent a serious risk to European growth," warned Kaeser during a conference call.

Even if the group is very active in Russia, where its activities generate two billion euros in turnover, Western sanctions against Moscow "will have little impact on the business in 2014," said Kaeser, but said it was too early to talk about their impact in 2015.

Siemens' efforts were greeted at the Frankfurt stock exchange, where around 0900 GMT its shares had gained 1.2 percent to 93.82 euros.