Philips Lighting’s third quarter results 2017


    Philips Lighting reports comparable sales growth of 1.3% and continued improvement in operational profitability

    October 19, 2017

    Third quarter 2017 highlights

    • Sales of EUR 1,684 million, with an increase in comparable sales of 1.3% 
    • Total LED-based sales growth of 22%, now representing 68% of total sales (Q3 2016: 56%)
    • Adjusted EBITA of EUR 176 million (Q3 2016: EUR 175 million)
    • Adjusted EBITA margin improvement of 50 basis points to 10.5% (Q3 2016: 10.0%)
    • Net income of EUR 110 million (Q3 2016: EUR 51 million) 
    • Free cash flow of EUR -5 million (Q3 2016: EUR 164 million)


    Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced the company’s third quarter results 2017.  “In line with our objectives, Philips Lighting returned to comparable sales growth in the quarter.  For the first time in our transformation, the growth of LED and connected lighting systems & services more than offset the decline of our conventional business,” said CEO Eric Rondolat.  “At the same time, we continued to improve our profitability, with LED and connected lighting systems & services being substantial contributors.  This demonstrates the successful execution of our strategy as we remain on track to reach our outlook for 2017.” 



    Achieving positive comparable sales growth in the third quarter is an important step in the improvement of the growth profile of the company.  We are on track to improve our Adjusted EBITA margin by 50-100 basis points for the full year, excluding a EUR 15 million real estate gain in the second quarter.  In addition, we expect a strong free cash flow in the fourth quarter based on a substantial reduction in inventories.

    Conference call and audio webcast

    Eric Rondolat (CEO) and Stéphane Rougeot (CFO) will host a conference call for analysts and institutional investors at 10:00 a.m. CET to discuss third quarter results.

    For further information, please contact:

    Philips Lighting Media Relations:

    Daniel Bausor

    Global Integrated Communications

    Tel: +31 6 52 59 63 81; +44 7701 094980


    About Philips Lighting

    Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives.  Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces.  With 2016 sales of EUR 7.1 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees in over 70 countries.  News from Philips Lighting is located at the Newsroom, Twitter and LinkedIn. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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