Delivering innovation that matters to you
Our Accelerate! initiatives helped us to achieve our mid-term 2013 targets. We are implementing the Philips Business System across the company to improve customer focus and operational excellence, and drive our businesses systematically to global leadership performance. With our mission to deliver meaningful innovation to make the world healthier and more sustainable, we are well positioned to improve our growth rate.Frans van Houten, CEO Royal Philips
The year 2013
- In 2013 we continued to make good progress in a challenging economic environment, particularly in the United States and Western Europe. We recorded 3% comparable sales growth (1% nominal decline), with a strong contribution from growth geographies. The profitability improved substantially, with all sectors delivering solid earnings. Net income for the year amounted to EUR 1,172 million, mainly driven by strong operational performance, including significant gross margin improvement and productivity gains coming from the Accelerate! program.
- Sales amounted to EUR 23.3 billion, a 1% nominal decline for the year. Excluding unfavorable currency effects, comparable sales were 3% above 2012, driven by all three operating sectors. Healthcare sales grew 1%, mainly driven by Customer Services. Lighting sales were 3% above 2012, driven by Lumileds and Automotive, partly tempered by a sales decline at Consumer Luminaires. Sales at Consumer Lifestyle were 10% above 2012, with double-digit growth at Domestic Appliances and high-single-digit growth at Personal Care and Health & Wellness.
- Our growth geographies achieved 11% comparable growth, while mature geographies declined by 1%, as a result of the overall macroeconomic developments, including the continued weakness of the Western European markets and the continued economic uncertainty in North America. In 2013, growth geographies accounted for 36% of total sales, compared to 34% in 2012.
- amounted to EUR 1,991 million, or 8.5% of sales, compared to EUR 648 million, or 2.8% of sales, in 2012. improvement was seen at all sectors, but was mainly driven by Lighting and Healthcare.
- In 2013 we generated EUR 1,138 million of cash flow from operating activities, which was EUR 944 million lower than in 2012. The decrease is mainly a result of the payment of the European Commission fine in Q1 2013, increased working capital requirements and the payout of restructuring provisions in 2013. Our cash flows before financing activities were EUR 1,016 million lower than in 2012, due to a decrease in cash flows from operating activities and proceeds from divestments, partly offset by lower outflows related to acquisitions of new businesses.
- In 2013 we completed the execution of our EUR 2 billion share buy-back program, thereby improving the efficiency of our balance sheet, and announced a new EUR 1.5 billion program to be concluded over the next 2-3 years. By the end of the year we had completed 7% of this program.