Despite the challenges posed by the macroeconomic environment the Management Board continues to assess the business outlook of the Fresenius Group as positive at the time of preparing the Group Management Report. We continue to see steadily growing demand for our products, services and therapies worldwide.
Some trends, such as the digitalization of healthcare, have even accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe that we are very well positioned as a Group to benefit from this in the coming years. We are continuously striving to optimize our costs, to adjust our capacities, and to improve our product mix, as well as to expand our products and services business. This includes plans for cost-efficient production and a further-optimized procurement process. In addition, we can use digital technologies to accelerate central administrative processes and make them more efficient.
Fresenius recognizes very good opportunities to meet the growing demand for healthcare resulting from the aging population with its increasing need for comprehensive care and from technological progress worldwide. Fresenius expects that access to healthcare in developing and emerging countries will continue to improve and that efficient healthcare systems with appropriate reimbursement structures will develop over time. We will continuously review and optimize our activities and growth options in the global regions and look for opportunities to introduce further products from our portfolio in attractive markets that enable profitable growth.
The medium-term business outlook for Fresenius’ Operating Companies is determined by the following factors:
- Fresenius Kabi is focusing on three growth areas: broadening the biopharmaceuticals business, expanding the clinical nutrition business, and expanding the MedTech business. In the field of biopharmaceuticals, Fresenius Kabi specializes in the development of products for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and for use in oncology and has a pipeline of molecules in various stages of development. The acquisition of a majority stake in mAbxience in 2022, which will enable a fully integrated vertical biopharma business, strengthens Fresenius Kabi´s presence in the high-growth biopharmaceuticals market. We expect these measures to boost the company´s earnings in the coming years. The clinical nutrition portfolio has grown successfully in recent years and will be further expanded, making the product offering more accessible from a geographical perspective. The MedTech portfolio was recently strengthened by the acquisition of Ivenix and its advanced infusion system. The innovative design and construction of the Ivenix infusion system is easier to use and increases infusion safety compared to conventional systems. The pump also works seamlessly with other systems. Fresenius Kabi continues to expand its MedTech product offering to keep pace with modern software and connectivity requirements. To strengthen the resilience of its high-volume IV drug business, Fresenius Kabi is developing generic drug formulations that are available at the time of market launch, i.e., immediately after the patents of the originator drugs expire. In addition, Fresenius Kabi is developing new formulations of already off-patent IV drugs, as well as ready-to-use products that are particularly user-friendly and safe, such as prefilled syringes and ready-to-use solutions in our freeflex infusion bags. Fresenius Kabi aims to further expand its product portfolio in selected countries where the company does not yet have a comprehensive offering, depending on the respective local market conditions.
- Fresenius Helios operates almost-nationwide hospital networks in Germany and Spain and provides outpatient care at various facilities. Patient care is to be further improved through the exchange of knowledge and experience (best practice) between Helios Germany and Helios Spain. The increasing number of privately insured patients opens up growth opportunities for Helios Spain, with a very deliberate and targeted allocation of capital for future expansion and hospital construction. Furthermore, the close integration of Helios Spain´s corporate health management facilities with its own hospitals offers additional growth opportunities. In Latin America, Fresenius Helios is continuously evaluating opportunities to expand its regional presence while achieving and maintaining above-average profitability. Fresenius Helios´ reproductive medicine business complements the range of services in a growing market with specific individual needs. In addition to innovative therapies, digitalization creates potential to further expand our market position. Helios Germany and Helios Spain are developing innovative business areas such as digital offerings. For example, health apps such as Curalie are being developed. Curalie is a platform and app for digital health programs based on scientific standards, e.g., people with chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or heart failure. Building on the Curalie digital health platform, Fresenius Helios aims to bring further affordable and accessible health solutions to market.
For Fresenius’ Investment Companies, the following factors in particular offer growth opportunities:
- For Fresenius Medical Care, innovation, the highest quality, reliability, and the convenience of our products and therapies are key factors for growth. The company is committed to focusing its business activities on sustainable, profitable growth and is committed to continuous performance improvements. Fresenius Medical Care will further expand its Care Enablement business by introducing innovative product platforms. In addition, the company will closely review its global footprint. In Care Delivery, Fresenius Medical Care is exploring ways to improve access to care while ensuring the profitability of the business. Value-based care models enable the company to create medical value while ensuring that care remains affordable. The goal is to build sustainable partnerships with payers around the world to support the transition from a fee-for-service to a pay-for-performance system. Based on its strategic business plan, Fresenius Medical Care intends to significantly expand its home dialysisDialysisForm ​of ​renal ​replacement ​therapy ​where ​a ​semipermeable ​membrane ​– ​in ​peritoneal ​dialysis ​the ​peritoneum ​of ​the ​patient, ​in ​hemo ​dialysis ​the ​membrane ​of ​the ​dialyzer ​– ​is ​used ​to ​clean ​a ​patient’s ​blood. business.
- Fresenius Vamed is driving the expansion of high-quality services such as the management of medical-technical products, sterile supply, operational technology, and IT development. In addition, the company is developing innovative business areas such as digital offerings. Fresenius Vamed expects both its project and services business to grow further due to the need for life-cycle and PPPPPP (public-private partnership model)Public-private ​partnership ​describes ​a ​government ​service ​or ​private ​business ​venture ​that ​is ​funded ​and ​operated ​through ​a ​partnership ​of ​government ​and ​one ​or ​more ​private-sector ​companies. ​In ​most ​cases, ​PPP ​accompanies ​a ​part-privatization ​of ​governmental ​services. projects (Public Private Partnership). In addition, the company aims to expand its position through follow-up contracts with existing customers and to develop new target markets. Furthermore, Fresenius Vamed plans to further strengthen its leading position as a post-acute care provider in Central Europe.