Some Leica Company Information

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by msitaraman, Sep 19, 2000.

  1. A number of people have wondered about Leica Camera AG's finances.
    As noted in another thread, I've posted
    some information at my photo.net web page. Unfortunately, its in bitmap format, which may result in slow downloads, my apologies.
     
  2. Well, I fixed that. The information is now available also as jpeg
    files which can be viewed directly by your browser. Copyright is
    Bloomberg L.P.
     
  3. Their company report is freely available on their website and it is a
    little depressing. M-Leicas are doing well. R-Leicas are stagnant
    with less than half the revenue of the Ms. I think it said that point
    and shoot Leicas had higher revenues than the R system. Projectors
    sales down (as usual). The company as a whole did OK, but they really
    are a small company.....No wonder they are trying to maximize their
    profits with the Leica 0 etc. which must have an easy and predictable
    (albeit small) sale.
     
  4. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    M-Leicas are doing well
    Robin, the data Mani posted doesn't show this. It shows a drop in M sales, not a big drop, but a drop for the last two years. I wouldn't be surprised to see all bodies made in Japan, and a new set of bodies at that, within two years, a la Contax.
     
  5. As Robin pointed out Leica AG is on the road to recovery, their
    share prices have even gone up a little. The "R" line, on which so
    much money has been spent lately, has performed poorly. It may
    be the kiss of death for further reflex developments. Leica is
    branching into designing lenses for high end digital video
    equipment with Panasonic ( who makes Leica's P&S and Minilux
    cameras) and working on continued improvements to the M line.
    Look for a M6-AE before the next Photokina I hope.

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    Cheers
     
  6. I'm surprised that somebody like Panasonic just hasn't gobbled up the
    company like what has happened to most older small companies today.
    If Leica would pay more attention to feedback from their users and
    dealers, they could have come out with a succesful selling SLR line.
    I personally think they just priced themselves right out of the market
    with the current series of ROM lenses. If someone wanted to buy a
    wide angle, a short fast zoom, a portrait lens, and a telephoto zoom
    for a fairly complete lens outfit:

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    19mm $2845
    35-70 f2.8 $3145
    80 f1.4 $2845
    80-200 f4.0 $1845 or 70-180 f2.8 $5245,

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    If you went with the real Leica tele zoom, the above lens systen would
    set you back over $14,000. I just bought a nice low miles Audi for my
    wife for about that amount! Similar equipment from Nikon or Canon
    would be closer to $3000. You'd have to need a big tax write off to
    justify spending that kind of money on 35mm camera equipment.
     
  7. My post and page are misleading as they represent year old
    information. Leica Camera has indeed turned the corner and made a
    small profit for the year 1999/2000 (not shown on my page). Good news
    indeed, and my sincere apologies for misleading anyone. Up to date
    corporatate information, as Robin correctly points out is available at

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    www.leica-camera.de

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    Notwithstanding which I agree with several of the comments in this
    and the other related thread.
     

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