Philips’ Annual Report 2011

February 20, 2012


Annual Report 2011
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20-F 2011

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Frans van Houten, CEO Royal Philips

The year 2011

  • 2011 was a challenging year for Philips, in which financial performance was impacted by overall market weakness, particularly in Western Europe towards the end of the year. We recorded 4% comparable sales growth, with a strong contribution from growth geographies, while - largely as a result of continued investments for growth - we saw earnings decline compared to the previous year. The net loss for the year amounted to EUR 1,291 million, which was mainly attributable to lower earnings, impairment charges in the second quarter of the year and costs related to the discontinued operations of the Television business as a result of the signing of a joint venture agreement with TPV.
  • Sales amounted to EUR 22.6 billion, a 1% nominal increase for the year. Excluding unfavorable currency effects and portfolio changes, comparable sales were 4% above 2010. Comparable sales growth was driven by Lighting and Healthcare, while Consumer Lifestyle sales were in line with the previous year. Within Lighting, strong growth was seen in the Professional Luminaires business, mainly fueled by the construction market in growth geographies, and the Lamps business, partly mitigated by s sales decline at Lumileds. Healthcare sales grew 5%, with solid growth in all businesses, particularly Patient Care & Clinical Informatics. Sales at Consumer Lifestyle were in line with 2010, but showed an improvement in the second part of the year, where strong growth at Health & Wellness, Personal Care and Domestic Appliances was tempered by a sales decline in our Lifestyle Entertainment business.
  • Our growth geographies achieved comparable 11% growth, while mature geographies grew by a modest 1%, as a result of the overall macro-economic developments and weakness of the Western European markets. In 2011 growth geographies accounted for 33% of total sales, compared to EUR 2,080 million, or 9.3% of sales, in 2010. EBIT decline was mainly seen at Lighting and Healthcare, largely as a result of EUR 1,355 million of goodwill impairment charges taken in the second quarter of 2011, as well as lower operational earnings in all sectors. The latter was mainly due to continued pressures on gross margin, reflecting challenging economic conditions as well as higher investments for future growth.
  • We continued to invest in strategically aligned companies, primarily to strengthen our product portfolio in growth geographies. In 2011, we completed six aquisitions, contributing to all three sectors, notably Preethi and Povos in Consumer Lifestyle and Sectra in Healthcare. The cash outflow related to acquisitions amounted to EUR 552 million.
  • In 2011 we generated EUR 836 million of cash flow form operating activities, which was EUR 1,285 million lower than in 2010. The decline was largely a result of the lower cash earnings and higher working capital requirements mainly related to tightening the accounts payable procedures and the timing of tax payable, which was partly mitigated by lower inventory build. Our cash flows before financing activitied were EUR 2,003 million below the level of 2010, due to lower cash flow from operating activitied, lower proceeds from the sale of stakes and intrests, and higher outflow related to acquisitions of new businesses and capital expenditures.
  • In July 2011 we launched a EUR 2 billion share buy-back program aimed at improving the efficiency of our balance sheet. By the end of the year we had completed 35% of this program.