January 24, 2017

Philips' Fourth Quarter and Annual Results 2016

Philips reports a 19% improvement in Adjusted EBITA to EUR 1 billion, net income of EUR 640 million and sales of EUR 7.2 billion in Q4, with the HealthTech portfolio growing at 5%

Fourth-quarter highlights

  • Sales increased to EUR 7.2 billion, with comparable sales growth of 5% in the HealthTech portfolio and Group consolidated comparable sales growth of 3%
  • Adjusted EBITA amounted to EUR 1 billion, or 13.8% of sales, compared to 11.9% of sales in Q4 2015
  • EBITA totaled EUR 914 million, or 12.6% of sales, compared to 3.7% of sales in the same period of the previous year
  • Income from operations (EBIT) amounted to EUR 826 million, compared to EUR 162 million in Q4 2015
  • Net income amounted to EUR 640 million, compared to a net loss of EUR 39 million in Q4 2015
  • Operating cash flow totaled EUR 1.1 billion, compared to EUR 956 million in Q4 2015; free cash flow of EUR 843 million, compared to EUR 740 million in Q4 2015
  • Agreement signed to sell majority interest in the combined Lumileds and Automotive businesses


Full-year highlights

  • Sales increased to EUR 24.5 billion, with comparable sales growth of 5% in the HealthTech portfolio and Group consolidated comparable sales growth of 3%
  • Adjusted EBITA totaled EUR 2.6 billion, or 10.5% of sales, compared to 9.2% of sales in 2015
  • EBITA amounted to EUR 2.2 billion, or 9.1% of sales, compared to 5.7% of sales in the previous year
  • Income from operations (EBIT) amounted to EUR 1.9 billion, compared to EUR 992 million in 2015
  • Net income amounted to EUR 1.5 billion, compared to EUR 659 million in 2015
  • Operating cash flow totaled EUR 1.9 billion, compared to EUR 1.2 billion in 2015; free cash flow of EUR 1.1 billion, compared to EUR 325 million in 2015
  • Proposal to maintain dividend at EUR 0.80 per share


Frans van Houten, CEO:


“Our HealthTech portfolio‘s performance in the fourth quarter of 2016 demonstrates our strategic focus is delivering results. I am pleased with the 5% comparable sales growth and 190-basis-point improvement in the Adjusted EBITA margin to 15.3%, with growth and margin improvements in all segments of our HealthTech portfolio. For the full year, comparable sales growth of the HealthTech portfolio was also 5%, while the Adjusted EBITA margin showed continued improvement.


For the Group, comparable sales growth amounted to 3% in the fourth quarter, and operational improvements led to a 190-basis-point increase in the Adjusted EBITA margin.


Overall, 2016 was a defining year in which we successfully executed on our major strategic initiatives in the transformation of Philips into a focused leader in health technology, including the successful listing of Philips Lighting and securing a good future for the combined Lumileds and Automotive businesses. Operationally, we achieved significant improvements as we delivered 3% comparable sales growth for the year, an Adjusted EBITA margin increase of 130 basis points and an operating cash flow of EUR 1.9 billion for the Philips Group.


Our strong solutions capabilities resulted in a significant expansion of our long-term strategic partnerships, as we entered into 15 new multi-year contracts with an aggregate value of approximately EUR 900 million. I see many more opportunities for Philips to grow by leveraging our deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver innovative healthcare solutions to our customers. Philips’ transformation into a global leader in health technology is acknowledged by FTSE Group’s Industry Classification Benchmark’s recent reclassification of our share to the Health Care industry.


Our products and related services are subject to various regulations and standards. We are committed to quality and over the last years we have made investments to enable significant progress in this area. We are currently in discussions on a civil matter with the US Department of Justice representing the US Food and Drug Administration, arising from past inspections in and before 2015, focusing primarily on our external defibrillator business in the US. While discussions have not yet concluded, we anticipate a meaningful impact on the operations of this business.


Despite this matter and elevated uncertainty in the markets in which we operate, we will continue to improve our underlying performance and target to deliver 4-6% comparable sales growth and, on average, a 100-basis-point improvement in Adjusted EBITA per year for the next three to four years.”




“Our Accelerate! transformation program continued to deliver operational improvements across our businesses. We are pleased that our growth initiatives - such as the successful integration of Volcano - continue to pay off, contributing to the 5% comparable sales growth and significant margin expansion across all our segments.”


In the fourth quarter, the Personal Health businesses grew by 7% on a comparable basis, with growth across the portfolio, led by double-digit growth in Health & Wellness and high-single-digit growth in Domestic Appliances; the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 100 basis points. The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses posted comparable sales growth of 3%, and the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 280 basis points, driven by Image-Guided Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging. In the Connected Care & Health Informatics businesses, comparable sales increased 4%, driven by mid-single-digit growth in Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions and Population Health Management, and the Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 50 basis points.


Following strong equipment-order intake growth in the third quarter, order intake in the fourth quarter on a currency-comparable basis was in line with 2015’s very strong fourth quarter, as expected by the company. Of the various long-term strategic partnership agreements that were signed in the fourth quarter, Philips only includes near-term business in the calculation of the order intake, as per company policy.


  • Building on Philips’ strategy of forging long-term strategic partnerships, the company signed four such partnerships in the fourth quarter. For example, Philips signed a 10-year EUR 74 million agreement with Russia’s Expert Group of Companies to provide solutions combining advanced imaging systems with clinical informatics to improve cardiac care. Philips also signed a 15-year agreement with Banner Health in the US to provide imaging, patient monitoring and telehealth solutions to optimize patient care in the hospital and at home.
  • At RSNA 2016, the world’s largest radiology meeting, Philips launched new data-driven, intelligent solutions to improve operational efficiencies and enhance diagnostics and patient care. These include PerformanceBridge, a new suite of operational performance improvement software and services for radiology departments, and IIlumeo Adaptive Intelligence and IntelliSpace Portal 9.0, advanced informatics and visual analysis solutions with machine-learning capabilities to support the physician.
  • Expanding its global leadership in patient monitoring solutions beyond acute care settings, Philips launched the latest version of its IntelliVue Guardian solution in Europe. This solution comprises smart devices including wearable biosensors, clinical decision support software and services. It is designed to aid clinicians in the early recognition of patient deterioration in the hospital’s general wards, allowing timely intervention and avoiding adverse events, unplanned transfers back to the ICU and longer lengths of hospitalization.
  • Reflecting the focus on locally relevant value propositions and leveraging digital capabilities, the Personal Health businesses posted strong double-digit online sales growth in China. This was driven by significant growth in the Oral Healthcare and Air businesses, where Philips is the number one brand in China.
  • Building on the success of Philips’ integrated Dream Family solution in the US, Europe and Japan, the company introduced the Philips DreamStation Go portable CPAP solution. DreamStation Go is a compact and lightweight device designed to provide sleep therapy for travelers with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Demonstrating its continued leadership in ultrasound imaging solutions, Philips received the ‘2016 Best in KLAS’ award in the Ultrasound category. KLAS, a leading global research firm, recognizes companies with the Best in KLAS award for outstanding innovation and contributions to improved patient outcomes based on the past 12 months’ performance ratings.


Philips Lighting


In the fourth quarter, Adjusted EBITA improved by 180 basis points to 9.8% of sales, while comparable sales declined by 3% and free cash flow amounted to EUR 272 million. Full details about the financial performance of Philips Lighting in the fourth quarter were published on January 23, 2017. The related report can be accessed here. Following the listing of Philips Lighting in Amsterdam, Philips holds a 71.225% stake with the aim of fully selling down over the next several years. As the majority shareholder in Philips Lighting, Philips continues to consolidate the financial results of Philips Lighting.


Philips Group Other


Group cost savings

In the fourth quarter, overhead cost savings amounted to EUR 47 million, the Design for Excellence (DfX) program generated EUR 163 million of incremental procurement savings, and the End2End process improvement program achieved EUR 52 million in productivity gains. In 2016, the three cost savings programs all delivered ahead of plan. The company achieved EUR 269 million of gross savings in overhead costs, EUR 418 million of gross savings in procurement, and EUR 204 million of productivity savings from the End2End program.


Sale of Lumileds & Automotive

Philips has signed an agreement to sell an 80.1% interest in the combined Lumileds and Automotive businesses to certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC. Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions, including the relevant regulatory approvals.



On December 20, 2016, Philips announced its intention to redeem the outstanding 5.750% Notes due 2018 with an aggregate principal amount of USD 1.25 billion. The transaction was completed on January 20, 2017 and resulted in a charge in the fourth quarter of 2016 of USD 66 million (EUR 62 million), reflected in the Financial income and expenses line on the income statement. The cash outflow in the first quarter of 2017 will be USD 1,314 million (approximately EUR 1,247 million) excluding accrued interest. The transaction contributes to Philips’ plan to reduce its annual interest expenses by approximately EUR 100 million.


Quarterly Report

Fourth quarter and Annual Results 2016 - Quarterly Report


Fourth quarter and Annual Results 2016 - 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, January 24, 2017. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through the link below.

Q4 2016 - Fourth quarter 2016 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 71,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at

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Forward-looking statements and other important information

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 2015.


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 2015.


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 2015. Independent valuations may have been obtained to support management’s determination of fair values.



All amounts are in millions of euros unless otherwise stated. All reported data is unaudited. Financial reporting is in accordance with the accounting policies as stated in the Annual Report 2015, unless otherwise stated.

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 Semi-annual Report of 2016.


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