Outlook

Overall, 2014 was a setback in our performance trajectory. We have been taking clear actions to drive stronger operational performance across our businesses and expect sales growth and EBITA margin improvements in 2015 and beyond. However, looking ahead, we remain cautious regarding the macroeconomic outlook and expect ongoing volatility of some of our end-markets. We also anticipate further restructuring and separation costs in 2015 and 2016.

Due to these factors, we are tracking 1 percentage point behind on the path to achieving each of our 2016 comparable sales growth, EBITA and ROIC Group targets. We are convinced that this does not change our longer-term performance potential, considering the attractiveness of the Lighting Solutions and HealthTech markets and our competitive position. Later this year, as we progress with the separation of Philips and reallocation of IG&S, we will update the market about the integral performance targets for each of the two operating companies.

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Earnings before interest, tax and amortization (EBITA) represents income from continuing operations excluding results attributable to non-controlling interest holders, results relating to investments in associates, income taxes, financial income and expenses, amortization and impairment on intangible assets (excluding software and capitalized development expenses). Philips believes that EBITA information makes the underlying performance of its businesses more transparent by factoring out the amortization of these intangible assets, which arises when acquisitions are consolidated. In our Annual Report on form 20-F this definition is referred to as Adjusted IFO.

Comparable sales exclude the effect of currency movements and acquisitions and divestments (changes in consolidation). Philips believes that comparable sales information enhances understanding of sales performance.