Group and segment performance
Sales for the Group increased to EUR 4.5 billion, with 9% comparable sales growth, driven by growth across all segments and geographies. Adjusted EBITA for the Group increased to EUR 453 million, or 10.1% of sales, mainly driven by increased sales, royalty income and productivity measures, partly offset by cost inflation.
Philips’ order book grew 3% compared with Q2 last year, including the good order-book-to-sales conversion in the last three quarters. Following a high order intake in Q2 2022, comparable order intake declined 8% (-4% excluding Russia).
Diagnosis & Treatment comparable sales increased 12% in the quarter, with double-digit growth in Ultrasound and Image-Guided Therapy, and mid-single-digit growth in Diagnostic Imaging. Following a high order intake in Q2 2022, comparable order intake showed a high-single-digit decrease (low-single-digit decline excluding Russia). The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 10.6%, mainly driven by increased sales, favorable mix, and productivity measures, partly offset by cost inflation.
Connected Care comparable sales increased 6% in the quarter, with double-digit growth in Monitoring, partly offset by a decline in Sleep & Respiratory Care. Comparable order intake showed a high-single-digit decline due to normalization of demand after the strong growth in the period between 2020 and 2022. Order intake remains significantly higher than pre-COVID. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 7.5%, mainly driven by productivity measures and improved profitability in Monitoring.
Personal Health returned to growth as comparable sales increased by 3%, driven by mid-single-digit growth in Personal Care. The Adjusted EBITA margin increased to 13.4%, due to pricing and productivity measures.
Supported by significant change management efforts, to date Philips has reduced the workforce by approximately 6,600 roles out of the planned reduction of 7,000 roles by 2023 and 10,000 roles in total by 2025. Operating model productivity savings amounted to EUR 112 million in the quarter. Procurement savings amounted to EUR 57 million, and other productivity programs delivered savings of EUR 68 million, resulting in total savings of EUR 237 million in the quarter.
Based on Philips’ improved performance in the first half of the year, solid order book, and the ongoing actions to improve execution, the company now expects to deliver mid-single-digit comparable sales growth and an Adjusted EBITA margin at the upper end of the high-single-digit range for the full year 2023, while uncertainties remain.
The outlook excludes the impact of the ongoing discussion on a proposed consent decree beyond current assumptions, as well as ongoing litigation and the investigation by the US Department of Justice related to the Respironics field action.
Customer, innovation and ESG highlights
- Signed a 10-year agreement with University of California Irvine Health to provide enterprise monitoring as a service combined with informatics, enabling the health system to standardize, integrate and scale patient monitoring in order to deliver better care and reduce the technology burden on staff.
- Five top hospitals in Shanghai, with a total of more than 10,000 beds, installed Philips’ advanced Spectral CT 7500 imaging systems, helping physicians deliver first-time-right diagnosis through fast, low-dose X-ray scans.
- Expanded the image-guided therapy portfolio with the launch of Philips Zenition 10, which provides a cost-effective imaging solution to guide high-volume routine surgery, as well as complex orthopedic and trauma procedures.
- Introduced the cloud-based Philips HealthSuite Imaging PACS on Amazon Web Services. This cloud-based enterprise imaging solution, which includes advanced AI-enabled applications, has been designed to enhance image access speed, reliability, and data orchestration for clinicians across the imaging workflow, while reducing costs for healthcare organizations.
- In partnership with JD.com, launched the premium 7 Series Shaver in China, debuting as the #1 shaver on this major online shopping channel. Additionally, Philips’ DiamondClean 9000 premium electric toothbrush has become the best-selling high-end oral healthcare product on Alibaba.
- As part of the company’s carbon emission reduction efforts, Philips and a consortium of companies committed to contracting renewable electricity from a recently completed wind farm in Finland. The 10-year agreement will deliver the equivalent electricity needed to power 40,000 households.