Philips Q4 2017 Results

Q4 2017 results

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Message from the CEO

“2017 was a good year, as we continued the transformation of Philips into a focused leader in health technology and delivered on our improvement targets for the year. I am pleased that we delivered 4% comparable sales growth, an Adjusted EBITA margin increase of 110 basis points, and a strong EUR 1.2 billion free cash flow. We strengthened our strategic platforms through targeted acquisitions, introduced several breakthrough innovations, secured multiple long-term strategic partnerships, and we deconsolidated Philips Lighting as we decreased our shareholding to below 30%.

Philips’ performance in the fourth quarter demonstrates that we are gaining momentum. We finished 2017 on a firm note by delivering comparable order intake growth of 7%, and comparable sales growth of 5%, which was driven by our Personal Health businesses and Diagnosis & Treatment businesses. We achieved a strong Adjusted EBITA margin improvement of 140 basis points, driven by higher volumes, procurement and productivity savings, and increased free cash flow to EUR 948 million.

We further strengthened our portfolio through targeted acquisitions across the health continuum. The integration of these acquisitions is on track. I would like to highlight that the productivity improvements for Spectranetics are ahead of plan, and we successfully launched the Stellarex drug-coated balloon in the US. Furthermore, the integration of Volcano has been completed as planned. This business delivered high-teens comparable sales growth in 2017, driven by the strong performance of our diagnostic catheters, and we further improved gross margins by 10 percentage points in the past two years.

I am pleased that our organic growth initiatives are delivering tangible results, such as the strong order intake growth in our Digital Pathology Solutions business, the double-digit growth of our Sleep & Respiratory Care devices, and the continued success of Philips OneBlade. This revolutionary hybrid styler generated annual sales of more than EUR 100 million within 18 months of its launch.

We expect our markets to grow at 3–5% on a comparable basis in 2018. Combined with our strong order book, we are confident that we will deliver on our mid-term targets of 4-6% comparable sales growth and on average an annual 100 basis points improvement in Adjusted EBITA margin this year. Given the phasing of our order book, we expect improvements to be at the back end of the year.

Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer

Our Q4 2017 performance at a glance

Fourth-quarter highlights

  • Sales amounted to EUR 5.3 billion, with comparable sales growth of 5%
  • Comparable order intake increased 7% compared to Q4 2016
  • Net income from continuing operations, which included a one-time non-cash tax charge of EUR 72 million, increased to EUR 476 million, compared to EUR 465 million in Q4 2016
  • Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 140 basis points to 16.7% of sales, compared to 15.3% of sales in Q4 2016
  • Income from operations (EBIT) increased to EUR 723 million, compared to EUR 693 million in Q4 2016
  • Operating cash flow totaled EUR 1,202 million, compared to EUR 758 million in Q4 2016; free cash flow increased to EUR 948 million, compared to EUR 551 million in Q4 2016

Full-year highlights

  • Sales increased to EUR 17.8 billion, with comparable sales growth of 4%
  • Comparable order intake increased 6% compared to 2016
  • Net income from continuing operations, which included a one-time non-cash tax charge of EUR 72 million, increased to EUR 1,028 million, compared to EUR 831 million in 2016
  • Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 110 basis points to 12.1% of sales, compared to 11.0% of sales in 2016
  • Income from operations (EBIT) amounted to EUR 1,517 million, compared to EUR 1,464 million in 2016
  • Operating cash flow totaled EUR 1.9 billion, compared to EUR 1.2 billion in 2016; free cash flow increased to EUR 1,185 million, compared to EUR 429 million in 2016
  • Proposal to maintain dividend at EUR 0.80 per share
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Analytical Informatics acquisition

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Market wins

Philips signed several multi-year agreements including a 10-year agreement with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha in the US to help drive innovation in pediatric care. The company also won a multi-modality tender at the University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein to provide medical equipment for the hospital’s radiology and neuroradiology departments. In addition, the German Armed Forces will adopt Philips’ Lumify app-based ultrasound solution as standard equipment for doctors and paramedics in emergency and rescue operations.

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Acquisition of interoperability provider Forcare

Expanding its health informatics portfolio, Philips acquired interoperability provider Forcare in the Netherlands. Philips also partnered with US-based Nuance to bring Artificial Intelligence into radiology reporting by leveraging functionalities from Philips’ Illumeo and Nuance’s PowerScribe 360. Furthermore, Philips launched its new IntelliSpace Enterprise Edition for Radiology, providing radiology departments with comprehensive tools to increase efficiency and enhance throughput.

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Partnering on respiratory disease management in China

In China, Philips partnered with Oranger, a service provider specialized in chronic respiratory disease management, and Health 100, the largest health examination organization in China, to provide integrated solutions for chronic respiratory diseases that cover screening, referral, treatment and recovery.

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VitalHealth acquisition

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Teaming up with American Well on telehealth

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FDA 510(k) clearance for IntelliVue X3

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