Philips’ lighting division to get listed on stock market


By BizLED Bureau

The announcement made by Dutch lighting giant Philips to separate its lighting division by listing it on the stock market paves way for  creating  a standalone company likely to be the biggest maker of lights worldwide.

Investors have been in anticipation of supervision given that the plans to follow-on the lighting division which is valued at about 5 billion euros by analysts. The shares of Philips reduced to 5.6% at 1036 GMT, in spite of the company’s first-quarter revenue beating the estimates made by the analysts.

Few investors may have favored a private sale of the lighting business to a trade consumer in China, the niche for LEDs, according to analysts, or to a personal equity firm that might help it administer costs in its conventional bulb trade.

Philips might switch to trade sale

The analysts also recognized that the company can still switch to a trade sale if doubt around a likely British exit from the European Union disturb markets, but that seemed improbable. Philips Lighting is the worldwide market head by sales, with a rising LED business, which at the present accounts for half of profits, countering shrinking revenue from conventional lighting.

The first-quarter earnings of Philips prior to interest, taxes and amortisation (EBITA) increased 26% to 326 million beating an standard approximation of 257 million euros in a Reuters census of analysts. Similar sales increased 5% to 5.51 billion euros.

Philips Lighting accounted for around a third of operating and sales revenues in 2015. In the latest quarter it had EBITA of 102 million euros on sales that reduce to 2% to 1.69 billion euros.

Precise comparisons are impracticable owing to contradictory business lines; however Osram’s first-quarter EBITA was 152 million euros, with profits of 1.48 billion euros. GE’s appliances and lighting division had sales of $2 billion and revenue of $115 million.

Smaller lighting competitors include Durham, North Carolina LED maker Cree, Japan’s Nichia and Bridgelux, purchased last year by China Electronics Corp, one of the many producers in the fragmented but big Chinese LED market.

Macro-economic headwinds

The analyst said that Philips outlook for 2016 remained unchanged, since majority of its earnings development would come in the second half of 2016 owing to macro-economic headwinds and rates it is taking in the first half concerning the follow-on

Philips had first announced its plans to separate lighting in 2014 saying that the extensive procedure to disentangle the business was in part owing to issues in separating out lighting’s wide patent selection.

About two-thirds of the company’s revenue comes from its healthcare business, which for the initial time have been split into manifold divisions with a vision to indulgent the company post lighting split.

The biggest division, personal health consists of consumer goods several still link with the corporation like electric shavers and toothbrushes. Imaging equipment and medical scanners are grouped into a second section, with Philip’s connected health services like data-crunching and patient monitoring systems.