2013 financial performance

Key data
in millions of euros unless otherwise stated
Sales growth
% increase (decrease), nominal
% increase (decrease), comparable1)
Group Innovation
IP Royalties
Group and Regional costs
Accelerate! investment
Service Units and other
Net operating capital (NOC)1)
Cash flows before financing activities1)
Employees (FTEs)
For a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, see Reconciliation of non-GAAP information

In 2013, sales amounted to EUR 736 million, EUR 23 million higher than in 2012, due to higher royalty income.

EBITA in 2013 amounted to a loss of EUR 239 million, compared to a loss of EUR 704 million in 2012. In 2012, EBITA included the EUR 313 million impact of the European Commission fine and provisions related to various legal matters totaling EUR 132 million. Restructuring and acquisition-related charges amounted to EUR 3 million in 2013, compared to EUR 56 million in 2012. 2013 EBITA also included a past-service pension cost gain of EUR 6 million, which was recorded across Group Innovation, IP Royalties, Group and Regional Overheads and Service Units and Others.

EBITA at Group Innovation was a EUR 15 million lower net cost than in 2012, mainly due to lower restructuring charges.

Group & Regional Overhead costs were EUR 14 million higher than in 2012, mainly due to increased costs related to our new brand positioning.

Accelerate! investments amounted to EUR 137 million in 2013, and include investments in IT infrastructure, internal departments and external consultancy dedicated to the Accelerate! program.

Pensions amounted to a net cost of EUR 41 million, and represent costs related to deferred pensioners covered by company plans. In 2013, EBITA was impacted by a EUR 31 million settlement loss arising from a lump-sum offering to terminated vested employees in our US pension plan. In 2012, EBITA was positively impacted by a EUR 25 million gain from a change in a medical retiree plan.

EBITA at Service Units and Other increased from a loss of EUR 543 million in 2012 to a loss of EUR 64 million. In 2012, EBITA included the EUR 313 million impact of the European Commission fine and provisions related to various legal matters totaling EUR 132 million, as well as a gain on the sale of the High Tech Campus of EUR 37 million. Excluding these impacts, the increase in EBITA in 2013 was mainly due to lower restructuring costs as well as releases of environmental provisions.

Net operating capital decreased to negative EUR 2.9 billion, primarily related to the payment of the European Commission fine, a decrease in pension liabilities, an increase in the value of currency hedges as well as a reclassification of real estate assets from the sectors to the Service Units.

Cash flows before financing activities decreased from an outflow of EUR 842 million in 2012 to an outflow of EUR 2,101 million, mainly due to the payment of the European Commission fine and lower cash inflows from the sale of fixed assets.

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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.