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In September 2014, Philips announced its plan to sharpen its strategic focus by establishing two stand-alone companies focused on the HealthTech and Lighting opportunities respectively. We have established a stand-alone structure for Philips Lighting within the Philips Group effective February 1, 2016. We expect to be able to announce the separation of the Lighting business in the first half of 2016, subject to market conditions and other relevant circumstances. As previously stated, we are reviewing all strategic options for Philips Lighting, including an initial public offering and a private sale.
It should however be noted that the completion of the separation could take more time than originally planned or anticipated and that there is no certainty as to the method or timing of the separation of the Lighting business, which may expose Philips to risks of additional cost and other adverse consequences. For further information on specific risks involved in the separation please refer to Risk management.
The separation impacts all businesses and markets as well as all supporting functions and all assets and liabilities of the Group. With effect from Q1 2016 onwards Philips plans to report and discuss its financial performance on the basis of different reportable segments than the sectors currently presented and discussed in this Annual Report. For more details on the new segment reporting in 2016 and onwards, please refer to the introduction of Sector performance.
As announced on January 22, 2016, the agreement pursuant to which the consortium led by GO Scale Capital would acquire an 80.1% interest in the combined businesses of Lumileds and Automotive, has been terminated. Philips is now actively engaging with other parties that have expressed an interest in the businesses and will continue to report the Lumileds and Automotive businesses as discontinued operations (see note (3) Discontinued operations and other assets classified as held for sale).
Further updates will be provided in the course of 2016.