August 8, 2023
Signify reports second quarter sales of EUR 1.6 billion, operational profitability of 8.3% and a free cash flow of EUR 88 million
Signify recently announced the company’s second quarter 2023 results.
“In the second quarter, we saw continued softness in the consumer, indoor professional and OEM channels and a slower than anticipated recovery of the Chinese market. Against this backdrop, our actions to improve gross margin are paying off, although fixed costs reduction plans are not yet fully compensating for the volume decline. While our Digital Solutions and Conventional Products divisions demonstrated resilience in their bottom line, our Digital Products division was more exposed to these challenges,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify.
“The continued economic softness has led us to apply caution in our outlook for the full year and adjust our Adjusted EBITA margin guidance to 9.5-10.5%. On the other hand, our free cash flow generation has and will continue to benefit from supply chain lead time improvements and effective working capital measures. We therefore expect our free cash flow generation to be at the higher end of the 6-8% range. To optimize our global operations, we have begun implementing structural measures to adapt our cost structure to the market environment. These measures will enable enhanced performance and a stronger focus on growth opportunities.”Eric Rondolat,
CEO of Signify
Brighter Lives, Better World 2025
In the second quarter of the year, Signify remained on track to deliver on its Brighter Lives, Better World 2025 sustainability program commitments.
- Double the pace of the Paris Agreement
Signify is on track to reduce emissions across the entire value chain by 40% against the 2019 baseline – double the pace required by the Paris Agreement. This is driven by Signify’s leadership in energy efficient and connected LED lighting solutions, which significantly reduce emissions during the use phase.
- Double Circular revenues
Circular revenues remained stable at 29%, on track to reach the 2025 target of 32%. The main contribution is from serviceable and upgradeable luminaires, including the first serviceable Horticulture product family.
- Double Brighter lives revenues
Brighter lives revenues increased to 28%, on track to reach the 2025 target of 32%. This was driven by the performance of Cooper’s tunable products supporting the consumer well-being portfolio and continued strength of the safety & security portfolio.
- Double the percentage of women in leadership
The percentage of women in leadership positions continued to improve to 30%, on track to reach the 2025 target of 34%. This was mainly due to the acceleration of hiring practices for diversity across all levels.
The continued economic softness has led us to apply caution in our outlook for the full year and adjust our Adjusted EBITA margin guidance to 9.5-10.5%. On the other hand, our free cash flow generation has and will continue to benefit from supply chain lead time improvements and effective working capital measures. We therefore expect our free cash flow generation to be at the higher end of the 6-8% range.
Conference Call and Audio Webcast
Eric Rondolat (CEO) and Javier van Engelen (CFO) will host a conference call for analysts and institutional investors at 9:00 a.m. CET to discuss the second quarter 2023 results. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available via the Investor Relations website.
October 27, 2023: Third quarter results 2023
January 26, 2024: Fourth quarter and full-year results 2023
1 This press release contains certain non-IFRS financial measures and ratios, such as comparable sales growth, EBITA, adjusted EBITA and free cash flow, and related ratios, which are not recognized measures of financial performance or liquidity under IFRS. For a reconciliation of these non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures, see appendix B, Reconciliation of non-IFRS financial measures, of this press release.
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