Dutch pension plan contribution
On July 1, 2013, Philips announced that it had reached an agreement with the Dutch trade unions on a new collective labor agreement that covers the period January 1, 2013 till December 31, 2014. The new agreement includes changes in the plan rules and the funding agreement with the Dutch pension plan, which is the company’s largest Defined Benefit pension plan. The plan changes have become effective as of January 1, 2014 and the new funding agreement has been signed by the Trustees of the Dutch pension plan. As part of these changes, Philips agreed to make a EUR 600 million contribution to the Dutch pension plan, of which EUR 240 million has been settled in cash on February 19, 2014. During 2014 and 2015, the remainder of the consideration will be settled through the transfer of assets and cash proceeds from the sale of assets which are currently owned by Philips. The (majority of the) contribution will need to be written off through other comprehensive income due to the asset ceiling restrictions in the plan.
Healthcare facility in Cleveland, Ohio
In our healthcare facility in Cleveland, Ohio, certain issues in the general area of manufacturing process controls were identified during an ongoing US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection. To address these issues, on January 10, 2014 we started a voluntary, temporary suspension of new production at the facility, primarily to strengthen manufacturing process controls. Currently, there is no indication of product safety issues. This action is estimated to have a negative impact on the sector’s operational results of approximately EUR 60 to 70 million in the first half of 2014, of which we expect to recover a substantial part in the second half of 2014.
Transfer of the remaining 30%-stake in TP Vision Holding to TPV Technology Limited (TPV)
On January 20, 2014 Philips announced that it has signed a term sheet to transfer the remaining 30% stake in the TP Vision venture to TPV Technology Limited. The signing of definitive agreements is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, with completion expected in the second half of 2014, subject to certain regulatory and TPV shareholder approvals. After completion, TPV will fully own TP Vision, which will enable further integration with TPV’s TV business.
The remaining 30% stake in the TP Vision venture will be transferred for a deferred purchase price and all outstanding loans and stand-by facilities between Philips and the TP Vision venture will be transferred to TPV. The brand license agreement between Philips and the TP Vision venture will remain in place, with an annual royalty of 2.2% of sales payable by the TP Vision venture to Philips. The minimum annual royalty has been reduced from EUR 50 million to EUR 40 million. The agreement includes a EUR 50 million transaction-related payment, which Philips has accounted for in the fourth quarter of 2013 under Results relating to investments in associates (see note (6) Interests in entities).
LTI coverage program
To cover Philips’ outstanding obligations resulting from past and present long-term incentive and employee stock purchase programs dating back to 2004, Philips will repurchase up to 12 million additional Philips shares on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, to be executed during 2014. The shares repurchased will be held by Philips as treasury shares until they are distributed to participants.
Philips started this program as of January 28, 2014 and will enter into subsequent discretionary management agreements with one or more banks to repurchase Philips shares within the limits of relevant laws and regulations (in particular EC Regulation 2273/2003) and Philips’ articles of association. All transactions are published on Philips’ website (www.philips.com/investor) on a weekly basis.
The LTI coverage program is over and above the existing EUR 1.5 billion share repurchase program for cancellation purposes which started on October 21, 2013.