Philips' Second Quarter and Semi-Annual Results 2012

Philips reports second-quarter comparable sales growth of 5% to EUR 5.9 billion; EBITA of EUR 450 million

July 23, 2012

• Growth led by 7% growth at Healthcare and 6% growth at Lighting
• Sales in growth geographies up 11% on a comparable basis, now representing 35% of total revenue
• Reported EBITA of EUR 450 million, or 7.6% of sales
• Net income of EUR 167 million
• Overhead-reduction plan on track; cumulative savings now EUR 176 million
• Distribution agreement signed for Lifestyle Entertainment in North America with Funai


Q2 financials: Strong growth at Healthcare, Lighting and the growth businesses in Consumer Lifestyle. Positive growth momentum improves operating margins.


Healthcare comparable sales grew by 7%, with a solid sales increase across all businesses and a 22% increase in growth geographies. Currency-comparable order intake increased by 4% year-on-year, with equipment order growth seen at both Imaging Systems and Patient Care & Clinical Informatics. Reported EBITA margin for the quarter was 13.8%.


Consumer Lifestyle sales increased by 3% on a comparable basis. High-single-digit growth in the combined growth businesses, i.e. Personal Care, Health & Wellness and Domestic Appliances, was partly offset by a decline at Lifestyle Entertainment. Reported EBITA margin for the quarter was 7.6% and included a one-time gain on the sale of the Speech Processing business.


Lighting comparable sales increased by 6%, led by double-digit sales growth at Light Sources & Electronics, as well as high-single-digit sales growth at Automotive. LED-based sales grew by 37% year-on-year and now account for 20% of total Lighting sales. Reported EBITA margin for the quarter was 4.6%.


We have completed 56% of our EUR 2 billion share buy-back program since the start of the program in July 2011.


Gaining further traction with Accelerate!

Our multi-year change and performance improvement program Accelerate! is in its second year and we continue to make good progress. We see employees across the company embracing the transformation program, which is positively changing our company culture to become agile and entrepreneurial. We now have many End2End pilot transformation projects, which currently cover over 10% of revenue, forming the basis for further rollout across the rest of the company. The implementation of our granular performance management approach is resulting in accelerated growth and an improved bottom-line.


The actions to deliver on our overhead cost-reduction program are on track. Incremental savings amounted to EUR 176 million in the first half of 2012, and more than 50% of the total TV stranded costs have been taken out. Cumulative savings by the end of 2012 are expected to be approximately EUR 400 million.


CEO quote:


The improved performance in the second quarter of 2012 is encouraging proof that our Accelerate! transformation program, and the relentless focus on execution, are enabling us to continue on the path to achieve our 2013 mid-term financial targets.


The initiatives to stimulate growth show promising results, especially in the light of the weaker economic situation. Healthcare sales are growing well at 7%, and order intake showed solid growth, whereby a decline in Europe was more than offset by increases in the rest of the world. The growth businesses in Consumer Lifestyle again performed solidly. At Lighting, LED-based sales showed strong growth momentum. Overall, the cost-saving initiatives are on track, resulting in improved operational performance across the group compared to the previous year.


We are considering various business models for Lifestyle Entertainment to drive more value. As a result, we are happy to announce a distribution agreement for Lifestyle Entertainment in North America and the sale of the Speech Processing business.


There is no denying that the global economy is weaker now than it was just three months ago, especially in Europe, which accounts for approximately 25% of our revenue. We continue to take actions to mitigate the risks from the increased economic headwinds globally, and we remain confident in our ability to further improve our performance.


Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips Electronics


Quarterly Report




Conference call and audio webcast

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

Q2 2012 conference call audio webcast


More information about Frans van Houten and Ron Wirahadiraksa:

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Amara full-face mask

 To strengthen its position in the obstructive sleep apnea market, Philips introduced the Amara full-face mask. Amara sets the standard for innovation in the market by being physically smaller and lighter than other traditional full-face masks.

AVENT’s new natural infant breast feeding pump and bottle range

 Showcasing its position as the most recommended brand by mothers worldwide, Philips AVENT launched its innovative new Natural infant-feeding breast pump and bottle range in the UK and US, with the global launch taking place from September.  


Empire State Building new lighting system

 Philips was selected by the Empire State Building in New York City to create a state-of-the-art, dynamic lighting system that changes the building’s mast colors in real-time.



Opening of manufacturing facility in Pune, India

 Philips opened its imaging systems manufacturing facilities in Pune, India and Suzhou, China. These sites will further enhance our innovation capabilities in growth geographies, and drive competitiveness of our product offering in key growth market segments.


 Philips launched the Airfryer in 2010 and has since rapidly expanded into more than 60 countries worldwide. Sales of the innovative kitchen appliance, which creates meals with up to 80% less fat, have significantly exceeded projected volumes. The Airfryer is now also available in India.  

LED LunaVision in Mechelen, Belgium

 The Belgian city of Mechelen selected Philips to renovate its entire center with Philips LED LunaVision, a custom-made design luminaire that offers significant energy savings, reduces maintenance costs and improves safety.

LED-based retail lighting

 Building on its expertise in LED lighting applications, Philips Research is successfully testing and validating new LED-based retail lighting concepts, designed to enhance the product appearance of fashion merchandise in shops, at multiple customer locations.  

For further information, please contact:

Joost Akkermans

Philips Corporate Communications

Tel: +31 20 59 78049  



About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) 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 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 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, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at


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