Date Announced: 28 Jan 2014Philips reports fourth-quarter comparable sales growth of 7%; operational results up by 20%; 2013 financial targets achieved
- Comparable sales in growth geographies up 15%
- EBITA amounted to EUR 884 million, or 13.0% of sales, compared to a loss of EUR 50
million in Q4 2012
- EBITA excluding restructuring and other charges increased to EUR 915 million, or 13.5% of
sales, compared to EUR 765 million, or 11.3% of sales, in Q4 2012
- Net income amounted to EUR 412 million
- Free cash flow of EUR 608 million
- Full-year comparable sales increased 3% to EUR 23.3 billion
- Full-year EBITA increased to EUR 2.5 billion, or 10.5% of sales, compared to EUR 1.1 billion,
or 4.7% of sales, in 2012
- Return on invested capital was 15.3% for the year
- Proposal to increase dividend to EUR 0.80 per share
Frans van Houten, CEO:
“The fourth quarter of 2013 was another good quarter for Philips, despite the challenging economic environment. In the quarter, Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle both delivered strong comparable sales growth of 8%. At Healthcare, comparable sales increased by 4%, while order intake declined 1% related to the weak markets in USA and Europe. The operational profitability of all sectors improved substantially, driven by good sales growth, gross margin expansion of 2 percentage points and the productivity gains, all coming from the Accelerate! program, and despite currency headwinds.
We achieved the mid-term financial targets we had set in 2011, thanks to the hard work of our employees. We delivered a compound annual growth rate for comparable sales over the period 2012-2013 of 4.5%, compared to our target of 4-6%, and did so in a lower GDP growth environment than originally anticipated. Our reported EBITA as a percentage of sales was 10.5%, within our target range of 10-12%, which we achieved despite currency headwinds and changed pension accounting. We also significantly improved our return on invested capital to 15.3%, above the target range of 12-14%.
We are making excellent progress on our Accelerate! journey. We continue to invest in growth opportunities and the Philips brand. Our overhead cost reduction program has resulted in EUR 1 billion of total gross savings to date. We reduced our inventory as a percentage of sales by 260 basis points from 2011 to 2013. Through our Design for Excellence (DfX) program we remain focused on improving gross margins. These ongoing initiatives, as well as the launch of our new brand campaign and our focus on innovation, continue to make Philips a better and more competitive company. We received a record of over 100 design awards in 2013.
We introduced the EPIQ Ultrasound system, the Vereos digital PET/CT system and the IQon Spectral CT system, which we expect will have a positive effect on future orders for our health care business. Building on our consumer portfolio of locally relevant innovations, we experienced strong growth in China as well as in Europe, driven by higher demand for our home appliances, among which the air purifier and air fryer. As the leading professional lighting solutions and services provider, Philips won a 10-year contract to deliver and service an integrated digital lighting system with 13,000 connected LED fixtures and adaptive energy management controls for parking garages in Washington, DC. We also won a major order to renovate most of Buenos Aires' 125,000 street lights with the CityTouch connected LED system.
Achieving the 2013 financial targets was an important milestone and we have now set our sights on reaching our 2016 targets. We are confident in our ability to further improve our performance by continuing the strong focus on our Accelerate! transformation program. Looking at 2014, we remain cautious because of ongoing macro-economic uncertainties, currency headwinds and softer order intake in Q4 2013. Therefore, we expect that 2014 will be a modest step towards our 2016 targets, also taking into account restructuring to drive the new productivity targets and investments in additional growth initiatives."
Q4 financials: comparable sales and operational results improve across all sectors
Healthcare comparable sales grew by 4% year-on-year. Customer Services recorded high-single-digit growth, while Home Healthcare Solutions achieved mid-single-digit growth. Imaging Systems and Patient Care & Clinical Informatics recorded low-single-digit growth. In growth geographies, comparable sales showed double-digit growth year-on-year, with strong increases in China, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and Middle East & Turkey. Currency-comparable equipment order intake declined by 1% year-on-year, with Patient Care & Clinical
Informatics achieving low-single-digit growth, while Imaging Systems recorded a low-single-digit decline. EBITA margin excluding restructuring and acquisition-related charges increased by 100 basis points year-on-year to 19.0%.
Consumer Lifestyle comparable sales increased by 8%, with double-digit growth at Domestic Appliances and high single-digit growth at Health & Wellness, while Personal Care recorded mid-single-digit growth. In the growth geographies, comparable sales showed a strong double-digit increase, while mature geographies achieved low single-digit growth. EBITA margin excluding restructuring and acquisition-related charges increased to 13.4%, a year-on-year improvement of 2.1 percentage points.
Lighting comparable sales increased by 8%, led by double-digit growth at Lumileds and Automotive. Light Sources & Electronics and Professional Lighting Solutions achieved mid-single-digit growth, while Consumer Luminaires recorded a low-single-digit decline. LED-based sales grew by 48% and now represent 34% of total Lighting sales. In growth geographies, comparable sales showed a double-digit increase. EBITA margin excluding restructuring and
acquisition-related charges and other losses was 10.4%, a year-on-year improvement of 2.5 percentage points.
Philips has completed 7% of the EUR 1.5 billion share buy-back program since the start of the program in October 2013.
About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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