Philips' Second Quarter and Semi-Annual Results 2011

Philips delivers 4% growth in second quarter; management team takes next steps to improve growth and performance trajectory

July 18, 2011

  • Comparable sales up 4%, led by strong growth at Healthcare, moderate growth at Lighting
  • Growth markets now represent one third of Group sales
  • EBITA of EUR 370 million, 7.1% of sales
  • Goodwill impairment leads to net loss of EUR 1.3 billion
  • Free cash outflow of EUR 210 million
  • Share buy-back program of EUR 2 billion launched
  • Cost reduction program of EUR 500 million initiated
  • Mid-term performance targets: 4-6% sales growth (assuming real GDP growth of 3-4% per annum) 10-12% EBITA and 12-14% ROIC by 2013

Frans van Houten, President and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics


“Our second-quarter results were impacted by near-term operational challenges, weaker markets and a significant impairment charge. We are taking necessary steps to improve performance and we are confident in the prospects of our portfolio.


Healthcare performed strongly, improving earnings and growing comparable sales by 8% over last year. In Consumer Lifestyle, we are encouraged by growth in all businesses, excluding Lifestyle Entertainment, though investments in growth affected earnings in the quarter. Lighting sales grew 4% comparably, with our LED portfolio up a strong 21%. However, Lighting results in the quarter were disappointing.


We are addressing our operational issues, while investing for growth and instilling a new culture of entrepreneurship and accountability. We have strengthened our executive leadership and rolled out a comprehensive performance improvement and change program, Accelerate! In addition to growth initiatives, this includes a cost reduction program of EUR 500 million to improve our operating model and pave the way for profitable growth.


Given our confidence to grow organically, complemented with bolt-on acquisitions, we are launching a EUR 2 billion share buy-back program. This will also address the efficiency of our balance sheet. We do not expect a material performance improvement in the near term as operational risks and issues remain, and also considering the current uncertain economic environment. However, we are pleased to give clarity on our mid-term trajectory ahead of plan, reflecting our ambitions for the future.”


Quarterly Report




Conference call and audio webcast

A conference call with Frans van Houten, CEO, and Ron Wirahadiraksa, CFO, to discuss the results, will start at 10:00AM CET. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available through the link below.

Q2 2011 conference call audio webcast


More information about Frans van Houten and Ron Wirahadiraksa

Click here for Mr. van Houten's CV and images

Click here for Mr. Wirahadiraksa's CV and images

For further information, please contact:

Steve Klink
Philips Corporate Communications
Tel: +31 20 597 7415


Joost Akkermans
Corporate Communications
Tel: +31 20 5977 406


About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

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