Signify reports third quarter sales of EUR 1.7 billion, operational profitability of 11.5% and free cash flow of EUR 214 million

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Press Release

October 23, 2020

Signify reports third quarter sales of EUR 1.7 billion, operational profitability of 11.5% and free cash flow of EUR 214 million

Third quarter 20201

  • Signify’s installed base of connected light points increased from 64 million in Q2 20 to 71 million in Q3 20

  • Sales of EUR 1,728 million, nominal sales growth of 12.1% and CSG of -8.3%

  • LED-based sales represented 82% of total sales (Q3 19: 81%)

  • Adj. indirect costs down EUR 22 million, or -4.9% excl. FX effects and changes in scope2

  • Adj. EBITA margin increased by 50 bps to 11.5%, including currency impact of -30 bps

  • Adj. EBITA margin of the growing profit engines increased by 130 bps to 12.3%

  • Net income of EUR 90 million (Q3 19: EUR 74 million)

  • Free cash flow increased to EUR 214 million (Q3 19: EUR 45 million)

  • Cooper Lighting integration and synergies ahead of plan

  • Achieved carbon neutrality and set course to double positive impact on environment and society in 2025

  • Debt prepayment of EUR 350 million to reduce overall gross debt position; net leverage at 2.2x

Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced the company’s 2020 third quarter results. “We are very proud of our carbon neutrality achievement in Q3 and of the launch of our new sustainability program aimed at doubling our positive impact on the environment and society in 2025. Amidst difficult market dynamics caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this financial quarter we are reporting yet another resilient performance underpinned by our consumer and connected lighting. Our gross margin improvement, through rigorous price management, translated into a higher operational margin. Our discipline in working capital management allowed us to generate a solid free cash flow for the quarter, while as previously announced, we reduced our debt by EUR 350 million,” said CEO Eric Rondolat. “Given the acceleration of the pandemic in many regions, we remain cautious about market developments, but confident in our ability to further adapt, which we have demonstrated since the beginning of the year. Our teams remain focused on making continued good progress on the integration of Cooper Lighting and Klite, while relentlessly driving our growth platforms to develop new business opportunities in line with our strategy.”

Outlook

Given recent developments of the pandemic, Signify does not provide financial guidance for full year 2020. Signify remains confident in the underlying resilience of its businesses and operating model, and that its liquidity needs are well covered by the financial framework it has in place. During the virtual Capital Markets Day 2020, which is scheduled on December 9, Signify will provide more details on its expectations for the medium-term.



Financial review

Third quarter

Nine months

2019

2020

change

in millions of EUR, except percentages

2019

2020

change

-8.3

%

Comparable sales growth

-15.3

%

-3.6

%

Effects of currency movements

-1.2

%

24.0

%

Consolidation and other changes

19.3

%

1,542

1,728

12.1

%

Sales

4,497

4,624

2.8

%

585

689

17.8

%

Adjusted gross margin

1,699

1,801

6.0

%

37.9%

39.9%

Adj. gross margin (as % of sales)

37.8%

39.0%

-377

-443

Adj. SG&A expenses

-1,155

-1,237

-65

-77

Adj. R&D expenses

-201

-211

-442

-520

-17.7

%

Adj. indirect costs

-1,356

-1,448

-6.8

%

28.7%

30.1%

Adj. indirect costs (as % of sales)

30.2%

31.3%

169

199

17.7

%

Adjusted EBITA

416

444

6.6

%

11.0%

11.5%

Adjusted EBITA margin

9.3%

9.6%

-31

-38

Adjusted items

-80

-93

138

161

16.6

%

EBITA

336

351

4.4

%

114

131

14.9

%

Income from operations (EBIT)

263

261

-0.7

%

-11

-16

Net financial income/expense

-32

-42

-28

-25

Income tax expense

-63

-21

74

90

21.0

%

Net income

169

198

17.3

%

45

214

Free cash flow

220

484

0.58

0.67

Basic EPS (€)

1.34

1.53

27,337

37,057

Employees (FTE)

27,337

37,057

Third quarter
Sales amounted to EUR 1,728 million, a nominal increase of 12.1%. Adjusted for 3.6% negative currency effects and 24.0% consolidation, comparable sales decreased by 8.3%. LED-based sales decreased by 8.2% and now account for 82% of total sales. The adjusted gross margin increased by 200 bps to 39.9%, including a currency effect of -10 bps, largely as a result of solid pricing management. The adjusted indirect costs increased by EUR 78 million. Excluding currency effects and changes in scope, the adjusted indirect costs are down EUR 22 million, or 4.9%. Adjusted EBITA amounted to EUR 199 million, a 17.7% increase compared to the same period last year. The Adjusted EBITA margin improved by 50 bps to 11.5%, mainly driven by the robust gross margin improvement. Total restructuring costs were EUR 25 million and acquisition-related charges and other incidentals were EUR 13 million. Net income increased from EUR 74 million last year to EUR 90 million in Q3 20. Free cash flow amounted to EUR 214 million, reflecting profitability improvements, strong working capital management and the consolidation of Cooper Lighting and Klite.

1This press release contains certain non-IFRS financial measures and ratios, such as comparable sales growth, EBITA, adjusted EBITA and free cash flow, and related ratios, which are not recognized measures of financial performance or liquidity under IFRS. For a reconciliation of these non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures, see appendix B, Reconciliation of non-IFRS financial measures, of this press release.
2Changes in scope relate to the consolidation of Cooper Lighting and Klite

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Conference call and audio webcast
Eric Rondolat (CEO), René van Schooten (CFO) and Javier van Engelen (CFO) will host a conference call for analysts and institutional investors at 9:00 a.m. CET to discuss third quarter 2020 results. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available via the Investor Relations website.

Financial calendar 2020

October 27, 2020: EGM 2020
December 9, 2020: Capital Markets Day 2020
January 29, 2021: Fourth quarter and full year results 2020

For further information, please contact:

Signify Investor Relations

Rogier Dierckx
Tel: +31 6 1138 4609
E-mail: rogier.dierckx@signify.com

Signify Corporate Communications

Elco van Groningen
Tel: +31 6 1086 5519
E-mail: elco.van.groningen@signify.com

About Signify
Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020 and have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three years in a row. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.


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Change in reporting segments
Effective Q2 2020, to further adapt to the industry transition and strengthen customer centricity, Signify changed the organizational structure, which included changing the previously four business groups (BG’s) to three divisions.

  • Division Digital Solutions (formerly BG Professional, including Cooper Lighting Solutions) offers luminaires, lighting systems and services for the Internet of Things to the customers in the professional segment;

  • Division Digital Products (combines BG LED and BG Home). This division offers LED lamps, LED luminaires and connected products, including Hue and Wiz, and LED electronics to professional customers, OEM partners and consumers. By bringing together its entire consumer LED portfolio, Signify can better manage this lighting category for its channel partners; and

  • Division Conventional Products (formerly BG Lamps) continues to focus on conventional lamps and electronics for professional customers, OEM partners and consumers. It is organized separately to bring a clear distinction between conventional and digital offerings.

In line with this change, effective Q2 2020, Signify's operating segments are Digital Solutions, Digital Products, and Conventional Products. The segments are organized based on the nature of the products and services. ‘Other’ represents amounts not allocated to the operating segments and includes certain costs related to central R&D activities to drive innovation as well as group enabling functions.

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