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With respect to Free cash flow and cash conversion rate: Free cash flow is not a measure of cash generated by operations that is available exclusively for discretionary expenditures. This is, because in addition to capital expenditures needed to maintain or grow its business, Siemens requires cash for a wide variety of non-discretionary expenditures, such as interest and principal payments on outstanding debt, dividend payments or other operating expenses. In addition, the use of cash conversion rate is inherently limited by the fact that it is a ratio and thus does not provide information about the amount of Siemens’ Free cash flow.
With respect to EBITDA (adjusted) and EBIT (adjusted): EBITDA (adjusted) excludes non-cash items such as depreciation, amortization and impairment, it does not reflect the expense associated with, and accordingly the full economic effect of, the loss in value of Siemens’ assets over time. Similarly, neither EBITDA (adjusted) nor EBIT (adjusted) reflect the impact of financial income and taxes, which are significant cash expenses that may reduce the amount of cash available for distribution to shareholders or reinvestment in the business.
With respect to earnings effects from purchase price allocation (PPA effects) and integration costs: The fact that the profit margin is adjusted for these effects does not mean that they do not impact profit of the relevant segment in the Consolidated Financial Statements.
With respect to net debt and the ratio adjusted industrial net debt to EBITDA (adjusted): Siemens typically uses a considerable portion of its cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale financial assets at any given time for purposes other than debt reduction. Therefore, the fact that these items are excluded from net debt does not mean that they are used exclusively for debt repayment. The use of the ratio adjusted industrial net debt to EBITDA (adjusted) is inherently limited by the fact that it is a ratio.
Compensation for Limitations Associated with Siemens’ Supplemental Financial Measure Siemens provides a quantitative reconciliation of each supplemental financial measure to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure below, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements or in the Annual Reports and Quarterly Reports under the heading “Management’s discussion and analysis,” and Siemens encourages investors to review those reconciliations carefully.