Our Q1 2019 performance at a glance

First-quarter highlights

  • Sales in the quarter amounted to EUR 4.2 billion, with 2% comparable sales growth
  • Comparable order intake increased 2%
  • Income from continuing operations increased to EUR 171 million, compared to EUR 94 million in Q1 2018
  • Adjusted EBITA margin was 8.8% of sales, compared to 8.7% of sales in Q1 2018
  • Income from operations increased to EUR 245 million, compared to EUR 201 million in Q1 2018
  • Operating cash flow amounted to EUR 14 million, compared to EUR 92 million in Q1 2018; free cash outflow was EUR 206 million, compared to EUR 47 million in Q1 2018

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Message from the CEO

“We had a reasonable start to the year, as we delivered 2% comparable sales and order intake growth, further building on strong growth in 2018. I am encouraged that the measures taken in the Personal Health businesses resulted in regained momentum and a step-up of sales growth, which was led by the high-teens comparable sales growth in the Oral Healthcare business. Moreover, I am pleased with the double-digit comparable sales and order intake growth for the Group in the growth geographies.

We continue to expect our performance momentum to improve over the course of the year, based on the demand for our innovative products and solutions to improve people’s health and enhance care provider productivity, supported by our order book. We reaffirm our overall targets of 4-6% comparable sales growth and an Adjusted EBITA margin improvement of 100 basis points on average per year for the 2017–2020 period.”

Frans van HoutenChief Executive Officer

Highlights of Q1

Philips Azurion with SyncVision technology

Image-Guided Therapy Devices growth

Philips’ Image-Guided Therapy Devices delivered double-digit growth, driven by all major diagnostic and therapeutic catheter product families. The continued strong performance is supported by the tight integration with Philips’ highly successful Azurion platform and by a growing body of clinical evidence, such as the recent positive results of the DEFINE PCI study to assess the value of iFR, which is Philips’ new physiologic guidance technology.

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Philips IGT Zenition in operating room

Philips Zenition launch

Further expanding its offering in mobile image-guided therapy systems for conventional operating rooms (ORs), the company launched Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Zenition is easy to move between ORs and allows hospitals to maximize OR performance, enhance clinical capabilities, and improve staff experience.

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Philips Carestream Vue technology

Imaging informatics advances

Reinforcing its commitment to deliver industry-leading medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions to improve patient care and enhance care provider productivity, Philips signed an agreement to acquire Carestream Health’s Healthcare Information Systems business, adding a cloud-based enterprise imaging informatics platform and complementary geographic footprint to its portfolio. In addition, Philips expanded its radiology solutions portfolio with new teleradiology services, building on the acquisition of Direct Radiology’s teleradiology platform.

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Philips EPIQ Elite premium ultrasound equipment

EPIQ Elite ultrasound system

To support the expansion of the Ultrasound business into attractive adjacencies such as General Imaging and Obstetrics & Gynecology, Philips launched its new premium ultrasound system EPIQ Elite, which combines the latest advances in transducer innovation and enhanced performance to improve clinical confidence and the patient experience.

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Philips Long Term Strategic partnership with Hong Duc General Hostpital II

Long-term strategic partnerships

Building on its success in forging long-term strategic partnerships, Philips signed multiple new agreements in the US, Europe and Asia. The company recently signed its first long-term strategic partnership agreement in Vietnam, to provide a turnkey hospital solution to the newly-built Hong Duc General Hospital II, comprising the latest medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions as well as design, consulting and financing services.

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Philips DreamWisp

Philips DreamWisp launch

Expanding its range of successful patient-centric CPAP mask designs, Philips launched DreamWisp, the first-of-its-kind over-the- nose nasal mask that allows patients with sleep apnea to sleep in any position they want. With its robust nasal cushion and top- of-the-head tube design, DreamWisp delivers a new level of comfort and freedom of movement, providing patients with the therapy option that best suits their needs.

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Philips S7000 Shaver with app

Philips IntelliSpace Epidemiology Solution

To advance patient care in the hospital, Philips launched IntelliSpace Epidemiology Solution, which combines clinical informatics and genomic sequencing information from pathogenic bacteria to optimize the detection of healthcare-associated infections in the hospital. A recent study shows an 87% reduction in time when identifying infection transmissions using Philips IntelliSpace Epidemiology Solution.

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Philips S7000 Shaver with app

Global launch of Philips S7000 Shaver

Philips launched its new smart S7000 Shaver series globally. Designed to address skin irritation and discomfort from shaving, the company’s first connected shaver comes with a personalized solution for sensitive skin and has received highly positive user reviews.

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Philips Oral Healthcare

Innovation driving Oral Healthcare growth 

The strong performance of the Oral Healthcare business was driven by its innovative portfolio, including the mid-range Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean toothbrush, which features pressure sensor technology that alerts users when they are applying too much pressure and automatically reduces brushing intensity, for a brushing experience that delivers healthier gums and cleaner teeth.

Making the world healthier and more sustainable

Our strategic focus

Healthcare challenges the world over

All around the world, trends such as growing, aging populations, the increase in chronic illnesses and changing reimbursement systems have created a need for more efficient, effective and sustainable models of care. At the same time, a growing focus on healthy living and prevention means people are looking for new ways to monitor and manage their health. In underserved communities, meanwhile, access to care remains a pressing issue.


A clear vision guiding our actions

Led by our vision of making the world healthier and more sustainable hrough innovation, Philips is driving the digital health revolution to unlock the value of seamless care, helping people to look after their health at every stage of life – with the goal of improving the lives of 3 billion people a year by 2030.

This ambition demands an approach that addresses both the social and ecological dimensions, as reflected in our commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 3, 12 and 13:

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

With its focus on access to care, circular economy and climate action, our ‘Healthy people, Sustainable planet’ program, running from 2016-2020, is designed to help us deliver on these commitments.

Innovating care

The desire for affordable and effective healthcare delivery, without compromising the future availability of natural resources, is driving the adoption of value-based care. This will first require a shift from volume to value, which Philips is driving through innovation, as well as by transforming the way we engage with customers and shape business models. Secondly, it will require the balance to shift from acute and episodic care more towards primary and secondary preventative care in the community and home, improving overall population health.

At Philips, we like to visualize healthcare as a continuum since it puts people at the center and supports the idea of care pathways. Believing that healthcare should be seamless, efficient and effective, we ‘join up the dots’ for our customers and consumers. Data and informatics will play an ever-increasing role in helping people to live healthily and/or cope with disease, and in enabling care providers to meet people’s needs, deliver better outcomes and improve productivity.

Health continuum

Applying our extensive consumer insights, we develop locally relevant, connected solutions that support healthier lifestyles, prevent or cure disease, and help people to live well with chronic disease, also in the home and community settings. In hospitals, we are teaming up with healthcare providers in long-term strategic partnerships to innovate and transform the way care is delivered.

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We listen closely to our customers’ needs and together we co-create solutions – suites of systems, smart devices, software and services that drive improvements in patient outcomes, quality of care delivery and cost productivity. Increasingly, we are partnering with our customers in new business models where we take co-responsibility for our customers’ key performance indicators.

Integrated solutions addressing the Quadruple Aim

Philips sees significant value in integrated healthcare, applying the power of predictive data analytics and artificial intelligence at the point of care, while at the same time optimizing care delivery across the health continuum. This includes an increased focus on both primary and secondary prevention and population health management programs.

With our global reach, deep insights and innovative strength, we are uniquely positioned in ‘the last yard’ to consumers and care providers, delivering:

  • connected products and services supporting the health and well-being of people
  • integrated modalities and clinical informatics to deliver precision diagnosis
  • real-time guidance and smart devices for minimally invasive interventions
  • connected products and services for chronic care.

Underpinning these solutions, and spanning the health continuum, our connected care and health informatics solutions enable us to:

  • connect patients and providers for more effective, coordinated, personalized care
  • manage population health, leveraging real-time patient data and clinical analytics.
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By addressing healthcare as a ‘connected whole’ in this way, we are able to unlock gains and efficiencies and drive innovations that help our customers to deliver on the Quadruple Aim of value-based healthcare: improved patient experience, better health outcomes, improved staff experience, and lower cost of care.

We are focusing on end-to-end pathways – at present primarily cardiology, oncology, respiratory care, and pregnancy and parenting – where we believe our integrated approach can add even greater value.

The road ahead

As we continue on our health technology journey, the drivers set out in the roadmap below are designed to deliver higher levels of customer value and quality, boost growth, and deliver winning solutions – all coming together to improve performance and results.

Health continuum