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New CEO of Aixtron SE to Implement New 5-Point Program

At today’s Annual General Meeting, Martin Goetzeler, the new CEO of AIXTRON SE (ISIN DE000A0WMPJ6) since March, will set out the measures which the Executive Board intends to implement together with AIXTRON’s team to return the company to sustainable profitability.  

“We have to focus more closely than ever on our core competence – optimally supporting our customers to reach their targets by offering efficient high-tech equipment for use in complex material deposition. Here, we aim to regain our position of leadership, and that on a sustainably profitable basis. That is what we are working towards”, Mr. Goetzeler explains and sets out a clear direction for the company in the 5-Point Program. He points out that the challenges currently faced by AIXTRON resulted from both internal and external factors.

“Processes and responsibilities are two particular areas where we have to do our homework”.  

Initial measures have already been initiated in recent weeks. These firstly include a project to enhance efficiency in the company’s product development. Secondly, the Executive Board has decided to cut more than 20 percent of jobs in Germany – an “inevitable, albeit very painful” decision. Further measures introduced in the 5-Point Program intend to contribute decisively towards a sustainable profitability.  

Although the weakness is still apparent on the demand side, the Executive Board has stressed that the positive medium and long-term outlook is still intact for the MOCVD, silicon, and organic deposition technologies provided by AIXTRON.  

Key aspects of the 5-Point AIXTRON Program are presented below.

1. Customer – focusing on customer benefit  

To optimally address customer needs, such as product quality and productivity, we compile roadmaps together with our customers that are then factored into the relevant development programs. The business model is being reviewed to boost the service business.

2. Technology and products – putting unique product portfolio to more effective use, further strengthening future products  

To be sustainably profitable, we are building on our technological leadership in complex material deposition and aim to regain market leadership in the area of MOCVD technology in LED production.  

3. Efficiency – systematically optimizing process and project structures  

A cross-functional project will optimize the timing and use of resources in product development and thus make it possible to achieve outstanding development results at lower expense. The company will also step up its partnership-based cooperation with suppliers.

4. Finance – value oriented financial targets  

AIXTRON’s Executive Board sees management by clear financial targets as the basis for achieving sustainable profitability. Here, it will focus on four superordinate key financial figures:

  • Revenues

  • EBIT

  • Free cash flow

  • Return on capital employed > cost of capital over business cycle (ROCE > WACC).  

The current priority has been to rapidly adjust costs to present circumstances. For the current year, the Executive Board already decided in March to cut operating expenses – excluding restructuring and transformation expenses – by 20% compared with the previous year, and thus to reduce the breakeven point.

5. Employees – strengthening AIXTRON culture, taking individual responsibility, fortifying communication  

Following some tough quarters, we aim to reinforce one of AIXTRON’s key qualities – its employees’ sense of identification with their company.  Moreover, the Executive Board wants to further develop our management culture and to adapt it to new challenges. To accomplish this, we are agreeing clear goals and closely monitoring their achievement.  

In its future financial reporting, the Executive Board will regularly report both internally and externally on the status of this company program.

The CEO Martin Goetzeler will provide further details about the 5-Point Program in his presentation at today’s Annual General Meeting in Aachen. The prepared notes of the speech will be available for download following the presentation.

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