Frequently asked questions


What are Philips' main areas of activity?
Royal Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care.
How many employees does Philips have?
Philips currently employs approximately 105,000 employees.  
Where can I find a general presentation about the company and its activities?
The general presentation about Philips and its activities is included in the quarterly results information booklet. Please select the latest results presentation from Quarterly results.
Which accounting standards does Philips use?

From January 1, 2009 onwards, Philips moved to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as its sole accounting standard. The use of US GAAP has been discontinued per the same date.

Financial reporting updates

When will Philips report its quarterly and annual results?

Please find the list of Philips quarterly and annual results publication dates at our events calendar.

Go to Events calender

Where can I find historical financial information on Philips?
Under Quarterly results, you will find Philips' results press releases and presentations, as well as webcasts (available for one year) and transcripts of the Analysts' call.
When is the next Annual General Meeting of Shareholders?
May 11, 2017. Please see our events calendar for updates.
Where can I find information on Philips Annual Reports?
For Philips' Annual Report 2016, please visit our Online Annual Report 2016 website, where you can view the online version and download the full or customized PDF version. You will find the overview of the previous years' annual reports at Annual Report.
Where can I find Philips' press releases?
You will find Philips' press releases at Philips News Center.
How can I contact Philips Investor Relations?

For investor relations related questions, you can reach us by calling +31 20 77222 or sending us an email.


For general inquiries on Philips, please call the switch board +31 40 27 91111.

Shares and dividends

On which exchanges is Philips listed and what are the ticker symbols?
Shares of Royal Philips are listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam and New York.
New York
New York Stock Exchange
ISIN: NL0000009538
What is the number of Philips shares outstanding?
As of the end of Q4 2016, the number of common shares outstanding (after deduction of treasury stock) is 922,437 thousand.
In which indices are the Philips shares included?
Philips shares are components of several major indices, including AEX Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and EURO STOXX 50 Index.
Does Philips have a share repurchase program?
On October 20, 2016, Philips has completed its EUR 1.5 billion share repurchase program for capital reduction purposes. Philips also performs share repurchases related to Long-Term Incentive and employee stock purchase programs. You will find more information and the status of the current programs at Share repurchase program.
What are the amount and relevant dates for the latest dividend payout?
You will find the dividend payout amount and all related information on dividend on our Dividend info page, as well as in the latest Philips Annual Report 2016.
What is the withholding tax applied on the dividend payment?
Dividend in cash is in principle subject to 15% Dutch dividend withholding tax, which is deducted from the dividend in cash paid to the shareholders. Dividend in shares paid out of net income is subject to 15% dividend withholding tax, but only in respect of the par value of the shares (EUR 0.20 per share). Shareholders are advised to consult their own tax advisor on the applicable situation with respect to taxes on the dividend received.
What stock splits did Philips have over the last 10 years?

On March 30, 2000, the General Meeting of Shareholders authorized a 4-for-1 stock split executed on April 10, 2000.

Stock info

How can I invest in Philips?
Philips' stock can be purchased via brokers on the exchanges where Philips is listed. In addition, we have a Direct Investment Program for American shareholders.
What is your International Direct Investment Program for the US market?

Philips International Direct Investment Program is a Dividend Reinvestment and Direct Stock Purchase Plan designed for the US market. This program provides existing shareholders and interested investors with an economical and convenient way to purchase and sell Philips New York Registry shares (listed at the New York Stock Exchange) and to reinvest cash dividends.

Citibank (the registrar of Philips NY Registry shares) has been authorized to implement and administer both plans for registered shareholders of and new investors in Philips NY Registry shares. Philips does not administer or sponsor the Program and assumes no obligation or liability for the operation of the plan.

Whom should I contact for information on and enrollment in the International Direct Investment Program?

For information on this program and an enrollment form, please contact:


Citibank Shareholder Services
1-877-248-4237 (1-877-CITI-ADR)
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM EST through 6:00 PM EST


or by writing to:


Citibank Shareholder Services
International Direct Investment Program
P.O. Box 2502
Jersey City, NJ 07303-2502

Debts and ratings

What are Philips' debt ratings and rating targets?

Philips' existing long-term debt is rated Baa1 (with stable outlook) by Moody's and BBB+ (with stable outlook) by Standard & Poor's. We are committed to a strong investment grade credit rating. There is no assurance that we will be able to achieve this goal and ratings are subject to change at any time.

Debt info

When does Philips' debt mature?
Philips' debt has a long maturity profile, with the maturities up to 2042 and the average tenor of long-term debt at the end of Q4 2016 (excl. Philips Lighting) is 9.4 years. You will find an overview of Philips' debt maturity at Debt info.