Philips reports a 17% decline in sales to EUR 5.1 billion in Q1; net; loss; of; eur; 59; million

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- Global downturn in consumer and lighting markets
- Healthcare facing a very soft US hospital market; performance in emerging markets and Home Healthcare Solutions remains strong
- EBITA loss of EUR 74 million includes charges of EUR 77 million
- Reduction of fixed cost base progressing well and expected to exceed EUR 500 million annualized by the end of this year
- Rigorous management of working capital continues; cash balance increased, net debt reduced

Gerard Kleisterlee, President and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics:

"In the first quarter of 2009 we have seen a significant further deterioration of our markets. While the effects were felt most strongly in our activities that cater to the consumer market and to the construction and automotive industries, our Healthcare sales are now impacted as well. We expect no material change to this situation in Q2.

As a consequence of the early action we took in 2008, the reduction of our fixed cost base has progressed well in Q1 and is now expected to exceed EUR 500 million on an annualized basis by the end of this year, with a further acceleration of restructuring in Q2, especially at Lighting.

At the same time we have continued to execute our strategy to further build leadership in Health and Well-being, maintaining investments in R&D, marketing and small acquisitions while divesting the remaining part of our holding in LG Display. We will continue to invest in our future, while dynamically managing our cost base in line with revenue and giving high priority to cash flow and strong liquidity.

We remain convinced that Philips will come out of this recession as a stronger company. The portfolio of leading businesses we have built up is clearly not immune to the market woes we are now experiencing, but it is certainly more resilient than the portfolio we operated in the previous downturn. In addition, our strong balance sheet, including our solid cash position, and our ability to adjust our management priorities in line with the dynamics of external circumstances give me confidence in the future prospects of Philips."

Forward-looking statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Philips and certain of the plans and objectives of Philips with respect to these items, in particular the outlook paragraph in this report. Examples of forward-looking statements include statements made about our strategy, estimates of sales growth, future EBITA and future developments in our organic business. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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Statements regarding market share, including those regarding Philips' competitive position, contained in this document are based on outside sources such as specialized research institutes, industry and dealer panels in combination with management estimates. Where information is not yet available to Philips, those statements may also be based on estimates and projections prepared by outside sources or management. Rankings are based on sales unless otherwise stated.

Use of non-GAAP information

In presenting and discussing the Philips Group's financial position, operating results and cash flows, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed in isolation as alternatives to the equivalent IFRS measure(s) and should be used in conjunction with the most directly comparable IFRS measure(s). A discussion of the non-GAAP measures included in this document and a reconciliation of such measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measure(s) are contained in this document.

Use of fair-value measurements

In presenting the Philips Group's financial position, fair values are used for the measurement of various items in accordance with the applicable accounting standards. These fair values are based on market prices, where available, and are obtained from sources that are deemed to be reliable.

Readers are cautioned that these values are subject to changes over time and are only valid at the balance sheet date. When observable market data does not exist, fair values are estimated using valuation models which we believe are appropriate for their purpose. They require management to make significant assumptions with respect to future developments which are inherently uncertain and may therefore deviate from actual developments. In certain cases, independent valuations are obtained to support management's determination of fair values.
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