Siemens AG said yesterday that it has reserved €1 billion in fiscal 2008 "in connection with the settlement being sought by the company and with authorities in Germany and the United States." The short statement also said, "This current estimate is based on the status of ongoing discussions being held between the company and authorities in Germany and the U.S. The company will make no further comments on the ongoing proceedings."
The statement is available here.
The amount of the reserve for a possible settlement with U.S. authorities is lower than expected.
Siemens has admitted that its questionable payments around the globe amounted to at least €1.3 billion. In addition to Germany and the U.S., the company faces corruption investigations in Switzerland, Italy, Greece, China, Hungary, Russia, Norway, and Indonesia.
Earlier this year, Siemens said it plans to sue nearly a dozen former executives, including two former chief executives, for failing to prevent the company's corrupt practices. It also agreed last year to pay a fine in German proceedings of €201 million.
Siemens had hoped to settle the U.S. proceedings by late 2007. Its talks then with U.S. authorities were apparently derailed when the company found that the scope of its global corruption was more extensive than originally disclosed.
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