2013 financial performance

Key data
in millions of euros unless otherwise stated
Sales growth
% increase, nominal
% increase, comparable1)
as a % of sales
as a % of sales
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 8,413 million, in line with 2012 on a nominal basis. Excluding a 3% negative currency effect, comparable sales increased by 3%. Double-digit comparable sales growth was achieved by Lumileds and Automotive. Light Sources & Electronics recorded low-single-digit growth, while comparable sales at Professional Lighting Solutions were in line with 2012. Consumer Luminaires showed a low-single-digit decline.

The year-on-year comparable sales increase was substantially driven by growth geographies, which grew 12% on a comparable basis. As a proportion of total sales, sales in growth geographies increased to 43% of total Lighting sales, driven by double-digit growth in China and Indonesia, compared to 41% in 2012. In mature geographies, sales showed a low-single-digit decline, largely due to lower demand in North America and Western Europe, particularly at Professional Lighting Solutions and Consumer Luminaires.

Sales of LED-based products grew to 29% of total sales, up from 22% in 2012, driven by Light Sources & Electronics and Professional Lighting Solutions. Sales of energy-efficient Green Products exceeded EUR 5,855 million, or 70% of sector sales.

EBITA amounted to EUR 695 million, or 8.3% of sales, compared to EUR 128 million, or 1.5% of sales, in 2012. Restructuring and acquisition-related charges amounted to EUR 100 million in 2013, compared to EUR 315 million in 2012. The increase in EBITA was mainly attributable to higher operational earnings, as well as lower restructuring and acquisition-related charges. Additionally, 2012 included losses on the sale of industrial assets amounting to EUR 81 million.

EBIT amounted to EUR 489 million, or 5.8% of sales, which included EUR 180 million of amortization charges, mainly related to intangible assets at Professional Lighting Solutions, and an impairment of EUR 32 million related to customer relationships at Consumer Luminaires. Additionally, a goodwill impairment charge of EUR 26 million was taken in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to reduced growth expectations.

Net operating capital decreased by EUR 173 million to EUR 4.5 billion, primarily due to currency effects, partly offset by a reduction in restructuring provisions.

Cash flows before financing activities increased from EUR 279 million in 2012 to EUR 478 million, mainly due to higher cash earnings and lower net capital expenditures, partly offset by higher outflows for working capital.

1) For a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, see Reconciliation of non-GAAP information
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Growth geographies are the developing geographies comprising of Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand), Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East (excluding Israel) and Africa.

Green Products offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Recycling and disposal and Lifetime reliability. The life cycle approach is used to determine a product’s overall environmental improvement. It calculates the environmental impact of a product over its total life cycle (raw materials, manufacturing, product use and disposal).

Green Products need to prove leadership in at least one Green Focal Area compared to industry standards, which is defined by a sector specific peer group. This is done either by outperforming reference products (which can be a competitor or predecessor product in the particular product family) by at least 10%, outperforming product specific eco-requirements or by being awarded with a recognized eco-performance label. Because of different product portfolios, sectors have specified additional criteria for Green Products, including product specific minimum requirements where relevant.