Siemens Worldwide


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To give you a quick and easy overview of Siemens' most important facts and figures, you will find answers to frequently asked questions here – clearly organized according to topic. If your question is not included, click on the appropriate heading under "Investor Relations". Or feel free to contact us directly

When was Siemens founded?

Siemens AG was founded in its current form in 1966. Werner von Siemens (1816 - 1892) and Johann Georg Halske laid the foundation on October 1, 1847, when they established the "Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske" (Telegraph Construction Company of Siemens & Halske).

Where is Siemens represented?

Siemens does business in around 190 countries throughout the world. Click here for a list of our worldwide locations: Siemens Worldwide

How is the Siemens Group structured?

Our businesses are bundled into eight divisions and Siemens Healthineers as well as Siemens Wind Power as a separately managed businesses. Click here for a detailed overview.

What companies belong to the Siemens Group?

The internationally active Siemens Group includes a number of prestigious companies in a wide range of economic sectors. You can download a list of the companies in which Siemens had holdings at the end of the last fiscal year as a PDF file:

What values does Siemens pursue?

The following values provide the foundation for Siemens:

For detailed information about the Siemens values and vision, please click here.

What products does Siemens develop and market?

Siemens offers a wide range of products, services and solutions. For a list of which ones, click here: Products, Solutions and Service

How many people does Siemens employ?

As of September 30, 2017, 377,000 people were working for Siemens AG throughout the world (continuing operations).

How much does Siemens invest in research and development (R&D)?

Siemens invested €5.2 billion in research and development in fiscal 2017.

What accounting standards does Siemens use in calculating the financial statement?

Since October 1, 2006, Siemens' consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) as adopted by the EU and the additional requirements of German commercial law pursuant to § 315a Para. 1 HGB.

How do I order a copy of the current Annual Report?

Siemens' fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. Use the following link to place orders for the latest Annual Report that is approx. available at the beginning of January.

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How can I purchase Siemens shares?

You can purchase Siemens shares through a broker or a depository bank.

Where are Siemens shares listed?

Siemens shares are listed on the following stock exchanges: Frankfurt am Main, Xetra

When was the rearrangement from bearer shares to registered shares carried out?

The rearrangement to registered shares was carried out on August 16, 1999.

What is the par value of Siemens shares?

Siemens shares are shares without par value.

What indices is the Siemens share represented in?

The shares of Siemens AG are included in most share indicators; for example:

Does Siemens have a share option plan?

The last tranche of the Stock Option Plan 2001 expired in November 2010. Since then, Siemens AG has had no active stock option plan in place and it has had no outstanding options.

The Company grants stock awards to members of the Managing Board, members of the senior management and other eligible employees. Stock awards are subject to a restriction period of about four years and entitle the beneficiary to Siemens shares without payment of consideration following the restriction period. Stock awards are tied to performance criteria. The target attainment for the performance criteria ranges between 0% and 200%.

Please refer to the Annual Report 2016, Note 25 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, for further information on share-based payment awards at Siemens, including stock awards.

Into how many shares is Siemens' common stock divided?

As of February 22, 2016, the common stock of Siemens AG is divided into 850,000,000 shares of no par value.

Does Siemens buy its own shares back?

Information regarding our current and previous share buybacks can be found here.

Has Siemens recently conducted a share split?

Siemens conducted two share splits in the recent past: in 1996 and 2001.

In 1996 one Siemens share was exchanged for ten new Siemens shares.

During the second share split in 2001 two Siemens shares were exchanged for three new Siemens shares. The share split was decided on the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on February 22, 2001 and on April 30, 2001, each shareholder received an extra share for every two shares he or she already held.

How do I change my address in the stock register?

Please inform your depository bank of your change of address. The depository bank will then arrange for the update in the stock register.

What is the security ID number (WKN) of the Siemens share?

The security ID number is: 723 610.

What was the last dividend payment?

On January 31, 2018, the Annual Shareholders' Meeting resolved a dividend of €3.70 on each share of no par value entitled to receive a dividend for fiscal year 2017. The dividend was paid from February 5, 2018 onward by the depository banks via Clearstream Banking AG.

What is the withholding tax applied on the dividend payment?

Dividend distributions made by Siemens are subject to a current withholding tax of 25%. Moreover, a solidarity surcharge of 5.5% on the withholding tax is levied, resulting in a total withholding tax rate from dividends of 26.375%. For many Non-German Holders, the withholding tax rate is currently reduced under applicable income tax treaties.

Can I receive Siemens stock certificates?

The Annual Shareholders' Meeting in 1999 decided that no more stock certificates will be issued after the conversion to registered shares on August 16, 1999. Our capital stock is currently certified by several collective certificates.

I still hold stock certificates of Siemens stocks. How can I exchange these?

Certificates can be handed in to the security deposit of a credit institution of choice in Germany. The costs of depositing these certificates and their conversion into registered shares will be reimbursed by Siemens AG according to the arrangements with respective depository banks.