Key financials and dividend policy

Prior periods amounts have been revised to reflect certain immaterial adjustments (see Significant accounting policies).

Net income and EPS

Net income of the Philips Group showed a gain of EUR 231 million, or EUR 0.25 per common share, compared to a loss of EUR 1,291 million, or EUR 1.36 per common share, in 2011.

Dividend policy

We are committed to a stable dividend policy with a 40% to 50% pay-out of continuing net income.

Continuing net income is the base figure used to calculate the dividend payout for the year. For 2012, the key exclusions from net income to arrive at continuing net income are the following: the results related to the Television business of Consumer Lifestyle that are shown as discontinued operations, the fine imposed by the European Commission related to alleged violation of competition rules in the Cathode-Ray Tubes (CRT) industry, an increase in legal provisions and the loss on the sale of industrial assets. Gains that were excluded relate to the sale of the Senseo trademark and the High Tech Campus, the divestment of the Speech Processing activities in Consumer Lifestyle as well as a one-time gain of prior service cost related to a medical retiree benefit plan. Restructuring and post-acquisition charges are also excluded.

Proposed distribution

A proposal will be submitted to the 2013 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to declare a dividend of EUR 0.75 per common share (up to EUR 685 million), in cash or in shares at the option of the shareholder, against the net income for 2012 and the reserve retained earnings of the Company.

Shareholders will be given the opportunity to make their choice between cash and shares between May 10, 2013, and May 31, 2013. If no choice is made during this election period, the dividend will be paid in shares. On May 31, 2013 after close of trading, the number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share will be determined based on the volume weighted average price of all traded common shares of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. at Euronext Amsterdam on 29, 30 and 31 May, 2013. The Company will calculate the number of share dividend rights entitled to one new common share, such that the gross dividend in shares will be approximately 1.5% higher than the gross dividend in cash. Payment of the dividend and delivery of new common shares, with settlement of fractions in cash, if required, will take place from June 5, 2013. The distribution of dividend in cash to holders of New York registry shares will be made in USD at the USD/EUR rate fixed by the European Central Bank on June 3, 2013.

Dividend in cash is in principle subject to 15% Dutch dividend withholding tax, which will be deducted from the dividend in cash paid to the shareholders. Dividend in shares paid out of earnings and retained earnings is subject to 15% dividend withholding tax, but only in respect of the par value of the shares (EUR 0.20 per share). This withholding tax in the case of dividend in shares will be borne by Philips.

In 2012, a dividend of EUR 0.75 per common share was paid in cash or shares, at the option of the shareholder. Approximately 62.4% elected for a share dividend resulting in the issuance of 30,522,107 new common shares, leading to a 3.4% dilution. The remainder of the dividend (EUR 255 million) was paid in cash.

 
 
ex-dividend date
record date
payment date
 
 
 
 
Amsterdam shares
May 7, 2013
May 9, 2013
June 5, 2013
New York shares
May 7, 2013
May 9, 2013
June 5, 2013

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    Dividend and dividend yield per common share

Information for US investors

Dividends and distributions per Common Share

The following table sets forth in euros the gross dividends on the Common Shares in the fiscal years indicated (from prior-year profit distribution) and such amounts as converted into US dollars and paid to holders of Shares of the New York registry:

 
 
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
in EUR
0.70
0.70
0.70
0.75
0.75
in USD
1.09
0.94
0.93
1.11
0.94

Exchange rates USD : EUR

The following two tables set forth, for the periods and dates indicated, certain information concerning the exchange rate for US dollars into euros based on the Noon Buying Rate in New York City for cable transfers in foreign currencies as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (the “Noon Buying Rate”). The Noon Buying Rate on February 15, 2013 was EUR 0.7484 per USD 1.

 
 
EUR per USD
 
period end
average
high
low
 
 
 
 
 
2007
0.6848
0.7259
0.7750
0.6729
2008
0.7184
0.6844
0.8035
0.6246
2009
0.6977
0.7187
0.7970
0.6623
2010
0.7536
0.7579
0.8362
0.6879
2011
0.7708
0.7186
0.7736
0.6723
2012
0.7584
0.7782
0.8290
0.7428

 
 
highest rate
lowest rate
 
 
 
August, 2012
0.8231
0.7947
September, 2012
0.7958
0.7609
October, 2012
0.7766
0.7614
November, 2012
0.7865
0.7686
December, 2012
0.7734
0.7541
January, 2013
0.7665
0.7362

Philips publishes its financial statements in euros while a substantial portion of its net assets, earnings and sales are denominated in other currencies. Philips conducts its business in more than 50 different currencies.

Unless otherwise stated, for the convenience of the reader the translations of euros into US dollars appearing in this report have been made based on the closing rate on December 31, 2012 (USD 1 = EUR 0.7582). This rate is not materially different from the Noon Buying Rate on such date (USD 1 = EUR 0.7584).

The following table sets out the exchange rate for US dollars into euros applicable for translation of Philips’ financial statements for the periods specified.

 
 
EUR per USD
 
period end
average
high
low
 
 
 
 
 
2007
0.6790
0.7272
0.7694
0.6756
2008
0.7096
0.6832
0.7740
0.6355
2009
0.6945
0.7170
0.7853
0.6634
2010
0.7485
0.7540
0.8188
0.7036
2011
0.7728
0.7192
0.7728
0.6721
2012
0.7582
0.7776
0.8166
0.7500

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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.

This equals recurring net income from continuing operations, or net income excluding discontinued operations and excluding material non-recurring items.

The dividend yield is the annual dividend payment divided by Philips’ market capitalization. All references to dividend yield are as of December 31 of the previous year.