Royal Philips Electronics N.V. Falls as Lighting IPO Looks Increasingly Likely

Published: Apr 25, 2016

Royal Philips NV shares slumped the most in eight months on prospects the Dutch manufacturer will sell its lighting division through an initial public offering, earning less than a private sale, which has so far been unsuccessful.

An improvement in stock market conditions during the past couple of months means an IPO “increasingly appears a more likely outcome,” Philips said Monday in an earnings statement, adding that a decision will be made shortly after a conclusion has been reached on all proposals in the alternative sale process.

“The potential of an IPO would result in lower expectations about the proceeds,” Actiam NV portfolio manager Corne van Zeijl said by phone.

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