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Philips' performance impacted by headwinds, order book strength and improving component supplies expected to deliver growth

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | July 25, 2022 Business Affairs European News

Our performance in the second quarter was impacted by global, industry-wide challenges including supply shortages, COVID lockdown measures in China, inflationary pressures and the Russia-Ukraine war, resulting in a comparable sales decline of 7%, with an Adjusted EBITA margin of 5.2%. The impact of the COVID lockdowns significantly affected our business in China, where comparable sales and order intake declined almost 30% in the quarter. Production in several of our factories, as well as those of our suppliers in China, was suspended for two months, which exacerbated the global supply chain and cost challenges. The China lockdowns directly impacted the Adjusted EBITA margin of the Group by 120 basis points due to lower sales and a further 110 basis points because of factory under-utilization. Global inflation and cost headwinds had an additional impact of around 290 basis points on Group profitability in the quarter.

Philips Respironics continues to make solid progress with the repair and replacement program for the CPAP, BiPAP and mechanical ventilator devices affected by the June 2021 field safety notice, and published encouraging results related to the comprehensive test and research program to assess the possible health risks. We know how important the affected devices are to patients and are working very hard to get a resolution to them as fast as we can.

Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond, while we continue to see risks and a challenging macro-environment, we expect our supply chain measures to take full effect, resulting in a significant improvement in the conversion of our order book to revenue. Our pricing and increased productivity measures will expand margins. Based on these actions, the strong fundamentals of our businesses, and taking our 2022 outlook into account, we now expect to deliver comparable sales growth of 4-6% and an Adjusted EBITA margin of 14-15% by 2025, with further improvement thereafter."

Business segment performance

The Diagnosis & Treatment businesses' comparable sales decreased 4% on the back of 16% comparable sales growth in Q2 2021. High-single-digit growth in Enterprise Diagnostic Informatics and mid-single-digit growth in Image-Guided Therapy was more than offset by a decline in Ultrasound and Diagnostic Imaging, due to specific electronic component shortages. Comparable order intake increased 3% on the back of 29% comparable order intake growth in Q2 2021, with growth across all businesses, reflecting ongoing solid demand for Philips' portfolio. The Adjusted EBITA margin was 6.2%, mainly due to the decline in sales, cost inflation and an unfavorable mix impact, partly offset by productivity measures.

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