Our Q2 2019 performance at a glance

Second-quarter highlights

  • Sales in the quarter amounted to EUR 4.7 billion, with 6% comparable sales growth
  • Comparable order intake increased 8%
  • Income from continuing operations increased to EUR 260 million, compared to EUR 186 million in Q2 2018
  • Adjusted EBITA margin was 11.8% of sales, compared to 11.2% of sales in Q2 2018
  • Income from operations increased to EUR 350 million, compared to EUR 298 million in Q2 2018
  • EPS increased as income from continuing operations per share (diluted) amounted to EUR 0.28; adjusted EPS increased 23% as adjusted income from continuing operations per share (diluted) amounted to EUR 0.43.
  • Operating cash flow amounted to EUR 390 million, compared to EUR 130 million in Q2 2018; free cash flow was EUR 174 million, compared to a free cash outflow of EUR 41 million in Q2 2018

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Message from the CEO

“I am pleased with the 6% comparable sales growth in the second quarter, with all businesses contributing. We also recorded strong 8% comparable order intake growth, driven by the continued demand for our innovative product portfolio across the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses. Adjusted EBITA margin for the Group improved by 60 basis points, mainly driven by the performance improvement of the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses, despite adverse currency and tariff impacts.

We continue to expect our performance momentum to further improve in the second half of the year, supported by sales growth and our productivity programs. We maintain 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 Q2

Philips Illumeo

Long-term collaboration in France

Philips signed a 10-year agreement with Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy in France to implement Philips’ IntelliSpace Enterprise Imaging Solution. The collaboration will enable the hospital, which provides 1.2 million consultation visits and inpatient stays each year, to streamline complex medical image data management across its departments.

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Rutherford Diagnostics

10-year technology partnership in UK

Philips announced a 10-year agreement with Rutherford Diagnostics to deliver advanced imaging solutions to its five new diagnostic centers across the UK. As the technology partner, Philips will provide advanced imaging systems and software, as well as managed technology services, including training and consultancy, and will establish a joint innovation program.

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Philips EPIQ CVx

Faster, easier cardiology ultrasound exams

Strengthening its leadership in cardiac ultrasound, Philips extended the advanced automation capabilities on its EPIQ CVx cardiology ultrasound platform, making exams faster and easier to conduct while improving clinician productivity.

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Image-Guided Therapy Devices

Studies demonstrate effect of Stellarex DCB 

Philips’ Image-Guided Therapy Devices business delivered double-digit growth, driven by all major coronary and peripheral vascular product families. The company presented the three-year results from two major Stellarex clinical studies involving approximately 600 patients, demonstrating that its Stellarex drug-coated balloon (DCB) is the only low-dose DCB with a significant treatment effect and high safety profile through three years. Both studies showed no difference in mortality compared with the current standard of care.

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Blood pressure cuff

Partnering to support independent living

Philips teamed up with US insurance company Humana to improve care for at-risk, high-cost populations. The pilot program will support independent living for high-acuity patients with congestive heart failure by providing 24/7 access to care. Philips’ remote monitoring capabilities will allow care managers to deliver timely interventions for these patients.

DreamStation GO

Continued traction for sleep apnea solutions

Philips’ solutions to treat obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects more than 100 million patients globally, continue to garner healthy demand, supported by the continued strong reception for DreamStation GO’s expanded portable therapy options.

Power toothbrush

New power toothbrushes launched in US

Broadening its leading portfolio of power toothbrushes, Philips launched Sonicare DailyClean, an entry-level proposition to address lower price segments, and Sonicare ExpertClean, featuring premium brush heads, connectivity and design, in the US.

Philips Shaver Series 9000 Prestige

Growing market share in premium shavers

Following the successful roll-out of the Philips Shaver Series 9000 Prestige in Q4 2018, Philips has gained significant market share in the premium shaver market, especially in China, Germany and the US. Consumers appreciate the shaver, with global Rating & Review scores of 4.7 stars.

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