Group and business segment performance
Sales for the Group in the quarter were EUR 5.4 billion, with 3% comparable sales growth, which was driven by improved component supplies, for example in hospital patient monitoring, image-guided therapy, and ultrasound. However, Philips’ supply chain situation remains challenging, and the company anticipates further improvements to be gradual. The combined Diagnosis & Treatment and Connected Care businesses grew 5% on a comparable basis. Adjusted EBITA for the Group was EUR 651 million, or 12% of sales, due to cost inflation, partly offset by pricing and productivity measures. Philips’ comparable order intake declined 8% due to lower demand for COVID-19-related acute care products compared to 2021 and company actions to improve the order book margin profile. For the full year 2022, Philips’ performance was impacted by operational and supply challenges, inflationary pressures, the COVID situation in China, the consequences of the Respironics field action, and the Russia-Ukraine war. As a result, comparable sales declined 3%, and the Adjusted EBITA margin decreased to 7.4%.
The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses’ comparable sales increased 5% in the quarter, driven by high-single-digit growth in Ultrasound and Image-Guided Therapy. Comparable order intake decreased 7% due to company actions to improve the order book margin profile, and on the back of 10% growth in Q4 2021. The Adjusted EBITA margin was 11.3%, which was mainly due to cost inflation, partly offset by increased sales. For the full year, the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses recorded a 1% comparable sales decline and an Adjusted EBITA margin of 8.4%.
The Connected Care businesses’ comparable sales increased 5% in the quarter, driven by strong double-digit growth in Hospital Patient Monitoring. Comparable order intake decreased by 10%, mainly due to lower demand for COVID-19-related acute care products compared to 2021. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 12.6%, mainly due to increased sales and productivity measures, partly offset by cost inflation. For the full year, the Connected Care businesses recorded an 11% comparable sales decline, mainly due to a strong double-digit decline in Sleep & Respiratory Care, and an Adjusted EBITA margin of 2.2%.
The Personal Health businesses’ comparable sales decreased by 4% in the quarter, with double-digit growth in North America more than offset by a strong double-digit decline in China. The Adjusted EBITA margin amounted to 17.0%. For the full year, comparable sales growth for the Personal Health businesses was flat, including a 2 percentage-point impact from the Russia-Ukraine war, and the Adjusted EBITA margin amounted to 14.8%.
Highlights of Philips’ ongoing focus on innovation and customer partnerships in the quarter:
- Demonstrating the trust hospital leaders have in Philips’ strategy and solutions to help them improve health outcomes and productivity, and deliver care that is more convenient and sustainable, Philips signed around 100 new long-term strategic partnerships with hospitals and health systems across the world in 2022.
- Philips ranked as the number 1 brand in the personal health category on E-commerce platforms JD and Ali during the ‘Double 11’ shopping festival in China. Philips was the highest-ranked male grooming and oral healthcare brand on the key online shopping channels.
- In 2022, Philips’ products and solutions improved the lives of 1.8 billion people, including 200 million people in underserved communities. In addition, Philips was again recognized with the prestigious ‘A’ score for its climate action leadership by global environmental non-profit CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project).
- Philips launched the Ultrasound Compact 5000, which is designed for portability and versatility with premium image quality and performance, to facilitate first-time-right ultrasound exams for more patients.
- In 2022, Philips’ Image-Guided Therapy business reached sales of over EUR 3 billion and further expanded its market leadership position leveraging the unique strengths of its successful interventional imaging systems, such as Philips Azurion, and rich portfolio of diagnostic and therapeutic devices, such as its IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) catheters. To further drive the use of these systems and devices based on clinical evidence, more than 110 clinical studies are ongoing, including the research studies conducted by the Smith Center for Outcomes Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with recent results that further underpinned the outcome benefits of Philips’ IVUS devices.
- At RSNA 2022, one of the largest radiology meetings globally, Philips featured its latest AI-powered diagnostic systems and multi-vendor workflow solutions that help reduce clinical complexity and enhance operational efficiency. This included the MR 5300 with its unique BlueSeal magnet for helium-free operations and sustainable imaging with premium image quality and lower site costs. Philips also featured its vendor-neutral, multi-modality Radiology Operations Command Center, which is a multi-site telepresence solution that provides advanced tele-acquisition capabilities and seamlessly connects imaging experts at a command center with technologists at scanning locations across an organization.