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Philips Talks Strategy and 2015 Performance

Philips Talks Strategy and 2015 Performance

Philips has released its Annual Report for 2015:

“After separating, Philips will focus on driving higher growth and higher value from its core activities in the field of health technology, and Lighting will have a great future as a stand-alone company.”
— Frans van Houten, CEO Royal Philips

Significant Developments

In September 2014, Philips announced its plan to sharpen its strategic focus by establishing two stand-alone companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting opportunities respectively. We have established a stand-alone structure for Philips Lighting within the Philips Group effective February 1, 2016. We expect to be able to announce the separation of the Lighting business in the first half of 2016, subject to market conditions and other relevant circumstances. As previously stated, we are reviewing all strategic options for Philips Lighting, including an initial public offering and a private sale.

It should however be noted that the completion of the separation could take more time than originally planned or anticipated and that there is no certainty as to the method or timing of the separation of the Lighting business, which may expose Philips to risks of additional cost and other adverse consequences.

The separation impacts all businesses and markets as well as all supporting functions and all assets and liabilities of the Group. With effect from Q1 2016 onwards Philips plans to report and discuss its financial performance on the basis of different reportable segments than the sectors currently presented and discussed in this Annual Report.

As announced on January 22, 2016, the agreement pursuant to which the consortium led by GO Scale Capital would acquire an 80.1% interest in the combined businesses of Lumileds and Automotive, has been terminated. Philips is now actively engaging with other parties that have expressed an interest in the businesses and will continue to report the Lumileds and Automotive businesses as discontinued operations.

A full report can be found here.


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