April 24, 2017

Philips' First Quarter Results 2017

Philips reports sales of EUR 5.7 billion in Q1, with the HealthTech portfolio growing at 3% on a comparable basis; net income improved to EUR 259 million, driven by an 18% increase in Adjusted EBITA to EUR 442 million

First-quarter highlights

  • Sales increased to EUR 5.7 billion, with comparable sales growth of 3% in the HealthTech portfolio and 2% for the Group
  • Net income amounted to EUR 259 million, compared to EUR 37 million in Q1 2016
  • Income from operations (EBIT) amounted to EUR 348 million, compared to EUR 199 million in Q1 2016
  • EBITA improved to EUR 437 million, or 7.6% of sales, compared to EUR 290 million, or 5.3% of sales, in Q1 2016
  • Adjusted EBITA improved to EUR 442 million, or 7.7% of sales, compared to EUR 374 million, or 6.8% of sales, in Q1 2016
  • Operating cash flow totaled EUR 343 million, compared to EUR 10 million in Q1 2016; free cash flow of EUR 295 million, compared to an outflow of EUR 177 million in Q1 2016


Frans van Houten, CEO:


“We had a solid start to the year, with 2% Group comparable sales growth and a 90-basis-point improvement in the Adjusted EBITA margin. Despite continued volatility in the markets in which we operate, our HealthTech portfolio grew 3% and achieved further operational improvements, resulting in an 80-basis-point increase in the Adjusted EBITA margin.


Our Diagnosis & Treatment businesses and our Personal Health businesses delivered strong margin improvements, while our Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses reflected the unevenness of sales from large hospital informatics deals. Comparable order intake growth was 2%, driven by mid-single-digit growth in the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses.


During what was a very active quarter, in line with our strategic plan we decreased our shareholding in Philips Lighting to 55%. We continued to strengthen our position as a leader in health technology by launching several breakthrough innovations, forging strategic partnerships and winning various integrated solutions deals. The recent STOXX Europe 600 Index reclassification of Philips’ shares to ‘Health Care’ from ‘Industrial Goods & Services’ acknowledges our transformation into a health technology company.


As we execute our strategy, we will further improve our underlying performance and target to deliver 4-6% comparable sales growth and an improvement in Adjusted EBITA margin of around 100 basis points per year. Our outlook for 2017 remains unchanged as we expect further operational improvements and comparable sales growth in the year to be back-end loaded.”




In the first quarter, the Personal Health businesses increased sales by 5% on a comparable basis, with growth across the portfolio as Health & Wellness and Sleep & Respiratory Care recorded high-single-digit growth; the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 150 basis points. The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses posted comparable sales growth of 2%, and the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 190 basis points, driven by Diagnostic Imaging. In the Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses, comparable sales increased 1%, while the Adjusted EBITA margin was 30 basis points lower than in the same period last year, mainly reflecting lower growth and higher channel investments.


The continued focus and investments in R&D led to a number of breakthrough innovations and strategic collaborations:


  • Philips reinforced its leadership in image-guided therapy solutions with the global launch of Philips Azurion, the next-generation image-guided therapy platform that enables clinicians to perform a wide range of routine and complex procedures, helping them to optimize interventional lab performance and provide superior care.
  • Philips Volcano continued its strong performance as the business reached an important milestone with the results of two large clinical trials demonstrating the benefits of Philips’ Instant Wave-Free Ratio (iFR) technology compared to Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR), the current standard, removing a critical barrier for the use and adoption of iFR to decide, guide and confirm appropriate therapies.
  • B. Braun and Philips entered into a strategic alliance to innovate and accelerate growth in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and vascular access. The alliance launched Xperius, a new co-branded mobile ultrasound system specifically designed as the platform to support current and future integrated solutions in this fast-growing market.
  • Building on its strategy to deliver relevant solutions and business models, Philips signed an agreement to acquire Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services (APSS), a pioneer in pharmacy sleep testing. APSS will complement Philips’ sleep and respiratory care portfolio and will help to accelerate the business’s home sleep testing offering through the pharmacy channel in Australia.
  • At the International Dental Show in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for the dental sector, Philips revealed the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrush and Philips Sonicare Breath care system with breath analyzer, an all-in-one connected oral care platform. Philips also presented the results of a new clinical study demonstrating the effectiveness of Philips Sonicare power toothbrushes and Philips AirFloss Ultra.
  • Demonstrating the success of telehealth technologies, Emory Healthcare (US) achieved savings of USD 4.6 million over a period of 15 months by using Philips’ eICU platform. Similarly, with the help of Philips’ Intensive Ambulatory Care program, Banner Health (US) reduced hospitalizations for chronically ill patients with multiple conditions by nearly 50%, reducing overall cost of care by more than one third.
  • Expanding its health informatics portfolio, Philips launched its IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition, an industry-first managed service solution for hospital-wide clinical informatics and data management. The high-performance, secure and scalable health informatics platform enables health systems to manage the growth and cost of their clinical enterprise with a pay-per-use model.
  • Further strengthening its portfolio of imaging solutions, Philips received FDA 510(k) clearance for its ElastQ ultrasound imaging technology for non-invasive assessment of liver conditions. Philips also launched Access CT, a new CT system designed for healthcare organizations seeking to establish or enhance CT imaging capabilities at affordable cost.


Cost savings

In the first quarter, procurement savings amounted to EUR 41 million. Other productivity programs resulted in savings of EUR 54 million.


Philips Lighting


In the first quarter, the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 130 basis points to 8.5% of sales, while comparable sales were flat, and free cash flow amounted to EUR 2 million. Full details about the financial performance of Philips Lighting in the first quarter were published on April 21, 2017. The related report can be accessed here.


On February 8, 2017, Philips sold 26 million shares in Philips Lighting, of which 3.5 million shares were acquired by Philips Lighting (and will be cancelled). Philips’ shareholding in Philips Lighting decreased to 55.18% of Philips Lighting’s issued and outstanding share capital, down from 71.225% prior to the transaction. Philips continues to consolidate the financial results of Philips Lighting and maintains its aim of fully selling down over the coming years.


Philips Group other


As previously reported, Philips continues to be in discussions on a civil matter with the US Department of Justice representing the FDA, arising from past inspections by the FDA in and prior to 2015, focusing primarily on the external defibrillator business in the US.



On January 20, 2017, Philips completed the redemption of the outstanding 5.750% Notes due 2018 with an aggregate principal amount of USD 1.250 billion. The transaction resulted in a cash outflow in the first quarter of 2017 of EUR 1.247 billion excluding accrued interest. The transaction contributed to Philips’ plan to reduce its annual interest expenses by approximately EUR 100 million.

Quarterly Report

First Quarter Results 2017 - Quarterly Report


First Quarter Results 2017 - Quarterly Results Presentation

Conference call and audio webcast

A conference call with Frans van Houten, CEO, and Abhijit Bhattacharya, CFO, to discuss the results will start at 10:00AM CET, April 24, 2017. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through the link below.

Q1 2017 - First Quarter 2017 Results conference call audio webcast


More information about Frans van Houten and Abhijit Bhattacharya


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About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) 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. Headquartered in the Netherlands, 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. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 17.4 billion and employs approximately 70,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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Forward-looking statements


This document and the related oral presentation, including responses to questions following the presentation, contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Philips and certain of the plans and objectives of Philips with respect to these items. Examples of forward-looking statements include statements made about the strategy, estimates of sales growth, future EBITA, future developments in Philips’ organic business and the completion of acquisitions and divestments. By their nature, these statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements.


These factors include but are not limited to: domestic and global economic and business conditions; developments within the euro zone; the successful implementation of Philips’ strategy and the ability to realize the benefits of this strategy; the ability to develop and market new products; changes in legislation; legal claims; changes in exchange and interest rates; changes in tax rates; pension costs and actuarial assumptions; raw materials and employee costs; the ability to identify and complete successful acquisitions, and to integrate those acquisitions into the business; the ability to successfully exit certain businesses or restructure the operations; the rate of technological changes; political, economic and other developments in countries where Philips operates; industry consolidation and competition; and the state of international capital markets as they may affect the timing and nature of the dispositions by Philips of its interests in Philips Lighting and the combined Lumileds and Automotive businesses. As a result, Philips’ actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set forth in such forward-looking statements. For a discussion of factors that could cause future results to differ from such forward-looking statements, see the Risk management chapter included in the Annual Report 2016.


Third-party market share data


Statements regarding market share, including those regarding Philips’ competitive position, contained in this document are based on outside sources such as research institutes, industry and dealer panels in combination with management estimates. Where information is not yet available to Philips, those statements may also be based on estimates and projections prepared by outside sources or management. Rankings are based on sales unless otherwise stated.


Use of non-GAAP information


In presenting and discussing the Philips Group financial position, operating results and cash flows, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed in isolation as alternatives to the equivalent IFRS measures and should be used in conjunction with the most directly comparable IFRS measures. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have standardized meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures is contained in this document. Further information on non-GAAP measures can be found in the Annual Report 2016.


Use of fair-value measurements


In presenting the Philips Group financial position, fair values are used for the measurement of various items in accordance with the applicable accounting standards. These fair values are based on market prices, where available, and are obtained from sources that are deemed to be reliable. Readers are cautioned that these values are subject to changes over time and are only valid at the balance sheet date. When quoted prices or observable market data are not readily available, fair values are estimated using appropriate valuation models and unobservable inputs. Such fair value estimates require management to make significant assumptions with respect to future developments, which are inherently uncertain and may therefore deviate from actual developments. Critical assumptions used are disclosed in the Annual Report 2016. Independent valuations may have been obtained to support management’s determination of fair values.




All amounts are in millions of euros unless otherwise stated. Due to rounding, amounts may not add up precisely to totals provided. All reported data is unaudited. Financial reporting is in accordance with the accounting policies as stated in the Annual Report 2016, unless otherwise stated.


As part of the financial reporting improvement process, the presentation of the line item Investments in associates, net of income taxes was moved into the subtotal Income before taxes in the Condensed consolidated statements of income. This change did not impact the results of operations or financial position.


In addition, we have simplified our Q1 and Q3 reporting by excluding the cash flow statement, the statement of changes in equity and certain other tables in the detailed financial information section not required to be disclosed. In our semiannual and annual reporting we will continue to present these statements and tables. Summary cash flow information is provided in the Philips performance section of this document.


Prior-period financial statements have been restated to reflect a reclassification of net defined-benefit post-employment plan obligations to Long-term provisions in accordance with the accounting policies as stated in the Annual Report 2016. Accordingly, Q1 2016 has been restated and presented for the first time in this press release.


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