Philips is exposed to risks associated with the planned separation into HealthTech and Lighting Solutions.
In September 2014 Philips announced its plan to separate into two standalone companies in the HealthTech and Lighting Solutions, positioning each one to better capitalize on the highly attractive HealthTech and Lighting solutions opportunities. This is a complex process which involves certain risks to Philips.
The separation into HealthTech and Lightings Solutions is unlike divestments or carve out transactions that Philips has implemented in the past, which affected very specific parts of the business of Philips. The proposed separation impacts all businesses and markets as well as all supporting functions and all assets and liabilities of the Group and will require complex and time consuming disentanglement efforts.
The design and implementation of the separation requires the devotion of substantial time and attention from management and staff. Although Philips has set-up a dedicated senior project team to work on a successful separation, the separation efforts could distract from and have an adverse effect on the conduct of normal business and our strategy. The separation could increase the likelihood of occurrence and/or potential impact of the risks as described in Risk categories and factors, such as strategic risks (e.g. insufficient integration of acquisitions), operational risks (e.g. delays in innovation-to-market), compliance risk (e.g. ineffective internal controls) and financial risks (e.g. reporting risks). Philips has made no final decision as to what actions it may take with respect to Lighting Solutions once it has become a separate company. Such actions may include public offerings of ownership stakes in Lighting Solutions.
The design and implementation of the separation will involve and depend on support from external legal, tax, financial and other professional consultants and as a result Philips will incur substantial cost. The separation could take more time than originally anticipated, which may expose Philips to risks of additional cost and other adverse consequences.
The separation of businesses, assets, liabilities, contractual or contingent rights and obligations and legal entities may require Philips to recognize expenses and/or incur financial payments, which otherwise would not have been incurred.
While it is the firm intention to complete the separation, Philips has reserved the right not to proceed with the separation if it determines that it would be in the Company’s interest not to do so. If it does proceed with the separation, no assurances can be given that the separation will ultimately lead to the increased benefits contemplated by Philips currently.