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Philips reported weak Q2 results, which missed consensus estimates. Add on top the 2022 guidance downgrade, and the markets have been spooked again. Although, the firm managed to clock marginal (c.1%) order intake growth and implement price hikes, which implies that the Dutch firm is trying hard to stage a performance turnaround. While the respective offerings still hold immense potential, investors for now have no choice but to be patient until the market/macro headwinds abate. Our estimates ar
Companies: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Philips shared the results of tests conducted on a sample of sleep apnea devices from the US and Canada, wherein the majority of the devices passed volatile organic compound and respirable particulate emission testing. While the firm’s guidance for healthcare providers and patients with respect to the device use was unchanged, the prospect of newer damaging newsflow has a low probability, with the stock (consolidating at 2016 lows) offering a healthy upside, especially considering the easing Chi
While Philips reported Q1 sales slightly above consensus, the performance weakness was evident. With management acknowledging risk of further business challenges, the prospect of near-term normalisation seems difficult and, hence, markets have been spooked again. A tricky product recall/remediation action is an added concern. The only saving grace for now is a ‘still growing’ order-book. While multi-year share price lows and order-book-driven business visibility are good reasons to buy the stock
Besides a lacklustre 2021 operating performance – complicated by newer demand risks and supply-chain challenges, the firm has broadened the scope of respiratory device remedial actions and increased the provisions. Moreover, there are various litigations with respect to the sleep apnea device debacle. With a weak H1 22 guidance, Philips’ operational recovery has been further delayed. Even though the order-book dynamics remain healthy, major remedial actions are the need of the hour.
Philips ended 2021 on a soft note, with Q4 sales c.5% behind our expectations. Although full-year margin erosion was less severe than expected, management’s acknowledgement of supply challenges and installation delays has spooked the markets. Moreover, the scope of device recall was widened, also resulting in higher provisions. Flagged challenges should result in our target price being trimmed further. While the recommendation should remain unchanged on the back of sacrosanct potential of under
Serious supply-chain disruptions coupled with sleep device recall headwinds resulted in a Q3 organic sales decline of 7.6%. Despite productivity improvements, even profitability came under pressure. However, there were various positive takeaways in the respective segments – also reflecting in healthy order intakes and/or sustained innovation. While 2021 guidance was downgraded, the mid-term targets remain intact – thanks to the unchanged strong potential of focus markets. Hence, our positive sto
Driven by the acceleration in sales in Personal Health and D&T, Philips reported better-than-expected results in Q2, though this was overshadowed by a product recall in Connected Care. Corrective actions could take up to 12 months and the FY21 profitability outlook has been narrowed to the lower end of the guidance range. To soothe some investors nerves, a new three year €1.5bn share buy-back programme has been announced. The double-digit order growth in D&T, indicating hospitals spending are im
Sales momentum accelerated in Q1 21 driven by a strong show in Personal Health and a strengthening performance in D&T. Order intake growth in D&T was in double-digit territory, which is also encouraging. Margin advancement – driven by sales growth and productivity measures – was better than expectations. Given the robust momentum, FY21 sales target has been upgraded. However, the strong results were overshadowed by some quality issues (booked a €250m provision) with certain sleep and respiratory
FY20 ended on a promising note with strong organic sales and order growth as well as margin expansion – mainly driven by the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in Connected Care. Notably, Personal Health sustained its mid-single-digit growth, while D&T returned to growth in Q4 20. Given the pandemic is still continuing, management expects a strong H1 21 on the back of sustained demand for acute care and precision diagnosis equipments. Easy comps should also lend support.
Sales growth momentum is likely to accelerate in the mid-term on the back of the growth in core businesses and increasing demand for integrated AI solutions. Connected Care should benefit from structural tailwinds and growth in Personal Health should be innovation-driven. D&T should profit from its solution-centric approach. Top this up with the operating margin advancement target of 60-80bp, including the targeted productivity savings of €2bn, adjusted EPS is likely to grow by c.10% p.a. until
Philips returned to growth in Q3, driven by robust demand for patient monitors and ventilators and a solid rebound in Personal Health. D&T also saw an improvement, though it is still in the red. Profitability improved considerably, benefiting from operational leverage and productivity measures. Management anticipates low single-digit sales growth for FY21 and an acceleration in the mid-term (+5-6%) with all segments growing within this range. The EBITA margin is likely to improve 60-80bp annuall
The Q2 slump was less severe than feared. Connected Care saw a double-digit increase, led by ventilators, though momentum was offset by reduced consumer demand for Personal Health products. D&T was impacted by the postponement of installations and elective procedures. In H2, the robust order book should ensure steady growth in Connected Care and a rebound in elective procedures could bolster growth in D&T. Improving consumer demand bodes well for Personal Health. Ergo, sales should be back in th
COVID-19 lowered sales by 5ppt in Q1 as increased demand for professional healthcare products was more than offset by the decline in demand for personal health products, particularly in China. Lower sales and an unfavourable product mix suppressed profitability. Considering that the virus has spread to the western world, Q2 is expected to be worse. Nonetheless, management anticipates a recovery in H2 and thus guided for modest sales growth and margin improvement for FY20. Robust order intake gro
Impacted by slowdown across all three segments, Philips’ organic growth slipped to +3.3% in Q4 – D&T was held back by imaging and CC was affected by SRC. PH suffered due to negative growth in domestic appliances. Nonetheless, the FY19 revenue and profitability targets were achieved. Considering that domestic appliances does not fit into Philips health-tech strategy anymore, management is exploring strategic options – the proceeds could be channelled towards acquisitions in the healthcare space.
Led by double-digit growth in China and the robust performance in D&T and PH, sales accelerated slightly in Q3 19. However, order intake was flat due to softness in North America. Also, margins were held back by the adverse effect of tariffs, particularly in CC. As the mitigating actions (to counter tariffs) begin to bear fruit, we anticipate a margin advancement in Q4. Also, the c.100bp margin improvement target for FY20 appears within reach, given the positive growth trajectory in D&T and PH.
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Kromek reported full-year results to 30 April that were in line with the trading update of 16 May. Record visibility over our FY 2023 revenue forecast of £18m (c.53% of which is already contracted and 37% “Awarded not Contracted”, with the balance from its normal monthly run rate) is a great start for FY 2023 on which the company can build further. We are leaving forecasts unchanged for the moment, despite additional contract wins, and expect to introduce FY 2024 forecasts at the time of its int
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Kromek announced a £1.7m fundraise by way of the issue of convertible loan notes (8% coupon, 18-month conversion period at 15p per share), which will allow the company to minimise any potential supply-chain disruption to the delivery of contracts during the year. We make only minor changes to forecasts to reflect the additional interest (c.£0.1m) accrued, with adjusted pre-tax loss increasing to £5.0m. We leave our target valuation of £118m (27p) unchanged, with near-term catalysts (e.g. a secon
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Smith & Nephew reported mostly in-line Q2 22 numbers, missing the top-line estimates (-0.6%) but beating on the trading profit (+0.5%), albeit marginally.
The Q2 performance was overshadowed by a 100bp margin downgrade for FY22 (-50bps Y-o-Y vs +50bps previously), which sent the stock ~9% lower in the session following the update. The reiteration of the top-line growth outlook of 4-5% was no help either.
We will cut our estimates, largely to reflect the soft margin guidance.
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In Q2, Astra sustained its solid top-line momentum. Like in the past few quarters, this outperformance was again driven by higher COVID-19 business sales and solid growth in Diabetes drug Farxiga. Moreover, the recovering Oncology and much-needed green shoots in Rare Diseases were the icing on the cake. Although, profitability again came under the scanner but should improve in the coming quarters/years as the company completes its ‘growth phase’. Overall, a decent set of results and our positive
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For the year to 30 April 2022 Kromek reported results in line with the Trading Update of 16 May: revenue of £12.1m, +16.5%YoY, and an EBITDA (adj.) loss of £1.2m. We estimate revenue in the Advanced Imaging division grew 28% YoY to £4.6m, whilst the CBRN segment grew 1.5x to £5.4m.
Kromek reports that it expects growth to accelerate in both its core segments – security-related CBRN and advanced imaging – with the prospect of “a substantial year-on-year increase in revenue”. The CBRN segment in
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