Leica Camera AG

Consolidated financial statements at a glance

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Consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS; documentation of postings; planning of revenue, material, and investments
Uwe Lutz, Leica Camera AG

It is quite simple for us: Information gives clarity. Clarity gives transparency. Transparency is the foundation for trust. This is why we chose LucaNet.

Uwe Lutz, Head of Finance Department  Leica Camera AG
Logo: Leica Camera AG

About the company

Industry
optical industry
Headquarters
Solms - Germany
Employees
1.300 (worldwide)

 

For a long time, Leica was using an outdated and cumbersome consolidation solution. That’s why the company decided to invest in a software package that is modern, compatible, and flexible enough to handle structures that are becoming increasingly more complex.

 

Leica stands for high technology made in Germany. And it is a part of the vision culture. The 35 mm format film was established with the first 35 mm format film camera constructed in 1913, and it made Leica famous around the world.

Leica has experienced strong growth in recent years. This has caused its accounting needs to increase. The consolidation software Leica previously used was reaching its limits – especially in terms of usability, transparency, and auditability. The new tool had to be user-friendly and compatible with other systems used at the company, it had to document postings, and above all it had to grow with ever more complex structures at Leica.

 

Simple connection to SAP

Leica found a good solution with LucaNet. Managers were particularly impressed by the convenience of the import process. The data was simply copied over from the source system, with no special preparation being required. This led to greater efficiency and time savings in consolidation. “Finally, software that is intuitive to use, connects well to SAP and clearly documents postings”, says Uwe Lutz, Head of Finance at Leica.

 

Consolidated financial statements now ready 1.5 days sooner

Apart from being simpler to use, the whole process was simplified by setting accounting rules and due to the traceability of consolidation postings. In total, by using LucaNet, Leica cut the time needed to prepare its financial statements from two or three days to just one day.

Planning is now also simpler: budgeting is handled centrally by the head office; the subsidiaries submit planning for each company; at the corporate level, all of the cost center managers are involved in planning. Planning includes turnover, material, investments, cost centers, and projects. This takes place at cost center level in the corporation, and at company level for the subsidiaries. For Leica, the greatest advantage of LucaNet lies in the creation of a planned balance sheet at the corporate level with payment modalities and accounting rules.

 

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