Growth and Change.
These are the two words that best describe the way our Group developed in 2009. All the main corporate figures – profitability, capital and finance – are once more very gratifying, despite the tough world economic situation. In 2009 we also completed Fast Forward Driven by Business, our internal reorganisation programme, which has transformed Ansaldo STS from a federation of companies into an integrated Group based on two global businesses - Signalling and Transportation Solutions – and a corporate centre which manages R&D, Manufacturing and procurement, known as Standard Products and Platforms (SPP). In 2009, in a complex stock-market situation, the Ansaldo STS share performed better than the market average and once more rewarded its investors, not least with an increase in the pershare dividend. These facts are a solid base on which we can consolidate a positive medium-term cycle.