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Goals and strategy

Our goal is to strengthen the position of Fresenius as a leading global provider of products and therapies for critically and chronically ill people. We are concentrating on a limited number of health care areas. Thanks to this clear focus, we have developed unique competencies. We are following our long-term strategies consistently and are seizing our opportunities.

The key elements of Fresenius Group’s strategy and goals are to:

  • expand market position and worldwide presence: Fresenius seeks to ensure and expand its long-term position as a leading international provider of products and services in the health care industry. To this end, and to geographically expand our business, we plan to grow organically as well as through selective small and medium-sized acquisitions. We focus on markets with strong growth rates. Fresenius Medical Care is the worldwide leader in dialysis, with a strong market position in the United States. Future opportunities in dialysis will arise from further international expansion in dialysis care and products and in renal pharmaceuticals. Fresenius Kabi is the market leader in infusion therapy and clinical nutrition in Europe and in the key markets in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In the United States, Fresenius Kabi is one of the leading players in the market for generic IV drugs. In addition, Fresenius Kabi is one of the most important providers of transfusion technology. Fresenius Kabi plans to roll out products from its existing portfolio to the growth markets and to launch existing products in the United States. Market share is to be expanded further through the launch of new products in the field of IV drugs and medical devices for infusion therapy and clinical nutrition, as well as in transfusion technology. With the acquired hospitals from Rhön-Klinikum AG, Fresenius Helios is now present across Germany. Building on this, Fresenius Helios is now in the position to offer additional patient care models and take advantage of further growth opportunities arising from the ongoing privatization process in the German hospital market. Fresenius Vamed will further strengthen its position as a global specialist for projects and services for hospitals and other health care facilities.
  • strengthen innovation: Fresenius’ strategy is to continue building on its strength in technology, its competence and quality in patient care, and its ability to manufacture cost-effectively. We want to develop products and systems that provide a high level of safety and user-friendliness and enable tailoring to individual patient needs. We intend to continue to meet the requirements of best-in-class medical standards by developing and offering more effective products and treatment methods for the critically and chronically ill. The goal of Fresenius Helios is to widen brand recognition for its health care services and innovative therapies. Fresenius Vamed’s goal is to realize further projects in integrated health care services and to support patient-oriented health care systems more efficiently.
  • enhance profitability: Last but not least, it is our goal to improve Group profitability. To contain costs, we are concentrating particularly on making our production plants more efficient, exploiting economies of scale, leveraging the existing marketing and distribution infrastructure more intensively, and practicing strict cost control. By focusing on our operating cash flow and employing efficient working capital management, we will increase our investment flexibility and improve our balance sheet ratios. Another goal is to optimize our weighted average cost of capital (WACC) by deliberately employing a balanced mix of equity and debt funding. In present capital market conditions, we optimize our cost of capital if we hold the net debt / EBITDA ratio within a range of 2.5 to 3.0. Please see here and here for more details.

We report on our goals in detail in the Outlook section.

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