Fourth Quarter and Annual Results 2011

Philips reports fourth-quarter sales of EUR 6.7 billion; EBITA of EUR 503 million

January 30, 2012

• Comparable sales up 3%, led by 7% growth at Lighting
• Growth geographies sales up 12% on a comparable basis
• EBITA of 7.5% of sales
• Net income from continuing operations at EUR 112 million
• Free cash flow of EUR 961 million
• Proposed dividend stable at EUR 0.75 per share


Q4 financials: Year-on-year revenue increased across all operating sectors. EBITA margin declined from 14.1% in Q4 2010 to 7.5% in Q4 2011.


Healthcare comparable sales were 3% higher year-on-year. Comparable equipment order intake grew 3% year-on-year. Equipment orders in growth geographies grew by 17%. Results were impacted by weakness in the European markets, postponed deliveries of existing orders, as well as increased investments in new product innovation and sales channels.


Consumer Lifestyle sales increased 1% on a comparable basis. At an aggregate level, the three growth businesses – Personal Care, Health & Wellness, and Domestic Appliances – achieved a high single-digit comparable sales increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. The sector growth rate was impacted by a comparable sales decline at Lifestyle Entertainment. Reported EBITA margin for the quarter was 10%.


Lighting comparable sales increased 7% year-on-year, driven by double-digit sales growth at Lamps and Automotive. LED-based sales grew 37% compared to Q4 2010, now representing 18% of total Lighting sales. Sales in growth geographies increased by 21% in the quarter. Results were impacted by pricing, inventory reduction measures, and operational issues. As part of the turnaround plan, most brands for Consumer Luminaires products will be re-branded as Philips, which resulted in a value adjustment of commercial and brand-related assets leading to a charge of EUR 128 million.


Working capital reductions in the sectors amounted to more than EUR 500 million in the quarter, contributing to a free cash inflow of EUR 961 million in the fourth quarter.


The company completed 35% of its EUR 2 billion share buy-back program since the start of the program in July 2011. Taking into consideration the volatility of the financial markets, Philips has decided to extend the timing of the program until the end of Q2 2013.


Moving forward on Accelerate!, Philips’ change and performance improvement program


Philips is seeing the initial signs of the Accelerate! program positively impacting sales growth in difficult market circumstances. Importantly, the company has attracted key talent for critical positions across the company.


In addition, as part of the company’s efforts to improve its end-to-end processes, inventory as a percentage of sales decreased to 16.1% from 18.2% in Q3 2011, representing a comparable decrease of EUR 585 million, which is an improvement compared to the decrease in inventory seen in the same period last year.


The actions to deliver on the overhead cost reduction program are on track, and the first planned cost savings were realized in the quarter.


The annual incentive system for the executives has been changed to reflect line-of-sight accountability and is now fully aligned with the key performance indicators of the 2013 mid-term financial targets.


CEO quote:


“Our fourth quarter results were impacted by weak European sales, postponement in deliveries of existing orders in our Healthcare sector, and inventory correction actions and other operational issues in our Lighting business. These issues were partially offset by solid results in our Consumer Lifestyle growth businesses, which benefited from the early adoption of the Accelerate! change and performance improvement program. In addition, we delivered strong free cash flow as a result of our work to reduce working capital.


We are cautious about 2012 given the uncertainty in the global economy, and Europe in particular. In addition, we expect our 2012 results to be affected by the previously communicated restructuring charges and one-time investments aimed at improving our business performance trajectory, as part of the multi-year Accelerate! program. Excluding these additional charges, we expect the underlying operating margins and capital efficiency in the sectors to improve in the latter part of 2012.


While we are concerned about the economic environment, all of us at Philips are fully committed to improve our operational performance to achieve our mid-term (2013) financial targets."


Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips Electronics


Philips CEO Frans van Houten comments on Q4



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Audio Webcast: Q4 2011 results conference call

A conference call with Frans van Houten, CEO, and Ron Wirahadiraksa, CFO, to discuss the results, will start at 9:15AM CET. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through the link below.

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Video Webcast: Press Conference Annual Results 2011

The 2011 Annual  Annual Results press conference will be held at 11:15 AM CET and will be available via video webcast. Members from the media are able to ask questions during the webcast.

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Philips' Business Highlights 2011

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Q4 and Annual Results 2011 Press Conference

 Royal Philips Electronics CEO Frans van Houten (right) and CFO Ron Wirahadiraksa (left) at a press briefing in Philips’ headquarters in Amsterdam. Philips today reported 2011 and fourth-quarter earnings.

FDA clearance to market its HeartNavigator tool

Resulting from Philips’ continuous investments in innovation, the company has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its whole-body PET/MR imaging system, the Ingenuity TF PET/MR, and its HeartNavigator interventional tool in the US. In addition, the company has introduced the next-generation mammography solution, Philips MicroDose, in the US.

UK Department of Health largest clinical study

Demonstrating the clinical benefits and significant costsaving of remote patient monitoring, the UK Department of Health released the initial results of the largest randomized, controlled trial of telecare and telehealth in the world to date. Philips had provided its telehealth technology and expertise to the study.

Acquisition of Povos

Philips completed the acquisition of Povos, a leading kitchen appliance company in China, significantly stepping up its position in the market and enhancing its local and global business creation capabilities.

Increased share in Oral Healthcare

Since the launch of the Sonicare AirFloss in key geographies, Philips Oral Healthcare has substantially increased its share of the electrical interdental cleaning market.

StyliD Performance LED

The successful introduction of Philips StyliD Performance LED accent lighting for retail applications, one of Philips’ new innovations, contributed to the strong growth in professional LED lighting solutions in Europe.

Acquisition of Indal

On January 9, 2012, Philips completed the purchase of all outstanding shares of Indal Group, a Spanish professional luminaires company. With this acquisition, Philips will further strengthen its position and fuel growth in European outdoor lighting solutions.

GOOD DESIGN 2011 awards

For the year 2011, Philips received a record number of 99 key design awards from the world’s top design organizations, including 10 prestigious "GOOD DESIGN 2011"awards. This unprecedented annual result confirms our recognized leadership in design. 

2011 Gigaton Award

At the World Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, Philips was awarded the 2011 Gigaton Award by the non-profit organization The Carbon War Room, for our EcoDesign product design process.

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About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


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