Philips delivers Q1 sales of EUR 3.8 billion, with 9% comparable sales growth; net income amounts to EUR 40 million and Adjusted EBITA margin improves 390 basis points to 9.5%
Following the agreement to sell the Domestic Appliances business to global investment firm Hillhouse Capital, this business is reported as a discontinued operation as of Q1 2021. Consequently, sales and results from the Domestic Appliances business are no longer included in the results of continuing operations.
Group sales amounted to EUR 3.8 billion, with 9% comparable sales growth
Comparable order intake decreased 5%, with double-digit growth in the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses and a double-digit decline in the Connected Care businesses on the back of 80% growth in Q1 2020
Income from continuing operations was a loss of EUR 34 million. Excluding the impact of a provision related to precautionary actions to address a component quality issue, income from continuing operations improved by EUR 139 million year-on-year. Income from continuing operations was EUR 17 million in Q1 2020.
Adjusted EBITA increased to EUR 362 million, or 9.5% of sales, compared to EUR 208 million, or 5.6% of sales in Q1 2020
Operating cash flow improved to EUR 321 million, compared to EUR 181 million in Q1 2020
Free cash flow was EUR 169 million, compared to an outflow of EUR 15 million in Q1 2020
Frans van Houten, CEO:
“Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, our performance gained momentum with a strong 9% comparable sales growth and profitability improvement in the first quarter, with all business segments and markets contributing. We are encouraged by the strong 11% comparable order intake growth for the Diagnosis & Treatment businesses, and the strengthening performance of the Personal Health businesses. At the same time, the Connected Care businesses continued to successfully convert their strong order book, while comparable order intake decreased 27%, as anticipated following the 80% order intake growth for patient monitors and hospital ventilators in Q1 2020.
Our growth momentum is driven by our portfolio of innovative solutions, for example in the areas of precision diagnosis, image-guided therapy, and telehealth. Moreover, we continued to add long-term strategic partnerships with hospitals on the back of more than 50 new partnerships we signed in 2020. This illustrates our ability to meet the needs of today’s hospital leaders, across the globe, as they plan for the future.
In line with our plans, we signed an agreement to sell the Domestic Appliances business, which concludes our major divestments. We are pleased that we have found a good home for this business and we look forward to a successful partnership with the new owner, Hillhouse Capital. We are also pleased to have completed the acquisition of BioTelemetry and Capsule Technologies, which will further drive our transformation into a solutions company, and in particular further strengthen our position to improve patient care across care settings for multiple diseases and medical conditions.
Regretfully, we have identified a quality issue in a component that is used in certain sleep and respiratory care products, and are initiating all precautionary actions to address this issue, for which we have taken a EUR 250 million provision.
Looking ahead, while we continue to see uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19 across the world, we see increased demand in the Diagnosis & Treatment and Personal Health businesses. We now plan to deliver low-to-mid-single-digit comparable sales growth for the Group in 2021 (compared to the earlier projection of low-single-digit growth), with an Adjusted EBITA margin improvement of 60-80 basis points.”
Business segment performance
All business segments delivered comparable sales growth and increased Adjusted EBITA margin in the quarter, driven by sales growth and results of our productivity programs.
The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses recorded 9% comparable sales growth, with double-digit growth in Diagnostic Imaging, high-single-digit growth in Ultrasound, and mid-single-digit growth in Image-Guided Therapy. Comparable order intake showed 11% growth, driven by Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 8.7%.
Comparable sales in the Connected Care businesses increased 7%, led by double-digit growth in Hospital Patient Monitoring. Comparable order intake showed a 27% decrease, as anticipated following the steep 80% increase in Q1 2020. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 12.8%.
The Personal Health businesses recorded comparable sales growth of 17%, with double-digit growth in Personal Care and mid-single-digit growth in Oral Healthcare. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 14.3%.
Philips’ ongoing focus on innovation and partnerships resulted in the following key developments in the quarter:
Philips signed multiple new long-term strategic partnerships in North America, Europe and Asia, including a 5-year agreement with Spanish healthcare group Vithas. Philips will provide Vithas with diagnostic imaging systems combined with advanced informatics, and image-guided therapy solutions, to enhance patient care.
Strong traction for Philips’ diagnostic and therapeutic catheter portfolio, which includes innovations such as Philips’ coronary and peripheral IVUS catheters, coupled with the resumption of elective procedures, resulted in a return to double-digit growth for the Image-Guided Therapy Devices business in the quarter.
Philips received US FDA clearance for its SmartCT (Cone Beam CT) application for the Azurion image-guided therapy system, which provides interventionalists with CT-like 3D images to enhance procedural outcomes and fits seamlessly into existing workflows. An industry-first, Philips also introduced ClarifEye Augmented Reality Surgical Navigation, advancing minimally invasive spine procedures in the hybrid operating room.
Philips expanded its Incisive CT platform with the launch of the AI-enabled Precise Suite, delivering smart workflows from image acquisition to reporting, with image reconstruction, automated patient positioning, and real-time interventional guidance to drive precision in dose, speed, and image quality.
Philips produced its 100 millionth OneBlade, just 5 years after its launch in 2016. The Philips OneBlade has disrupted shaving markets worldwide, creating a new category for shaving, trimming, and edging. Philips also introduced the Lumea IPL 9000 series with SenseIQ technology for personalized hair removal, which is available through a Try&Buy subscription model in Germany, the Netherlands and other countries.
Expanding its remote patient management offering, Philips introduced the Medical Tablet, a portable monitoring kit designed to help clinicians remotely monitor larger patient populations during emergency situations. This new offering, which is available in North America, Europe and Japan, provides remote access to patient data to improve workflows and better manage increased patient volumes.
In the first quarter, procurement savings amounted to EUR 44 million. Overhead and other productivity programs delivered savings of EUR 53 million.
Philips has determined from user reports and testing that there are possible risks to users related to the sound abatement foam used in certain of Philips' sleep and respiratory care devices currently in use. The risks include that the foam may degrade under certain circumstances, influenced by factors including use of unapproved cleaning methods, such as ozone , and certain environmental conditions involving high humidity and temperature. The majority of the affected devices are in the first-generation DreamStation product family. Philips’ recently launched next-generation CPAP platform, DreamStation 2, is not affected. Philips is in the process of engaging with the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter and initiating appropriate actions to mitigate these possible risks. Given the estimated scope of the intended precautionary actions on the installed base, Philips has taken a provision of EUR 250 million.
On March 25, 2021, Philips announced that it had signed an agreement to sell its Domestic Appliances business. As of the first quarter of 2021, the Domestic Appliances business (which was previously part of the Personal Health segment) is reported as a discontinued operation. Philips will continue to consolidate Domestic Appliances under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) until the sale is completed. Further details of the restatement have been published on the Philips Investor Relations website and can be accessed here. The Personal Health segment in this report is presented without the results of the Domestic Appliances business.
 Potential Risks Associated With The Use of Ozone and Ultraviolet (UV) Light Products for Cleaning CPAP Machines and Accessories: FDA Safety Communication
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