Givaudan
Investor fact sheet
Market: Swiss Stock Exchange
Symbol: GIVN
ISIN: CH0010645932
Industry : Consumer Staples

Creating for happier, healthier lives with love for nature. Let’s imagine together.

Givaudan captures the essence of the moment, bringing you memorable flavours and fragrances to be enjoyed throughout the day. We maintain our leadership position – approximately 25% of our industry’s global market share – and are committed to driving purpose-led, long-term growth while leading the way to improve happiness and health for people and nature.

Touching people’s lives

Together with our customers in the food, beverage, consumer goods and fragrance industries, we create products that delight consumers the world over. From your favourite drink to your daily meal, from prestige perfumes to laundry care, Givaudan is there, inviting you to engage your senses, every day, enjoying moments of delight.

Passion and performance through time

With a heritage that stretches back over 250 years, Givaudan has a long history of innovating scents and tastes. Creativity is at the heart of our operations, and the power to surprise is brought about by having a renowned collection of expert, passionate flavourists and perfumers under one roof.

Committed to innovation and sustainable growth

At the forefront of innovation, we explore and uncover new and exciting ingredients and technology to add to your vast palette and portfolios.

We are committed to be the innovation partner of choice in offering customers superior and sustainable solutions. As a company that uses many natural ingredients, we operate a sustainable business model that creates value for the many stakeholders we work with, partnering in our efforts to help make a real difference.

Discover our world, one that looks to enliven the planet with innovative flavours and fragrances, bringing joy in the moment as you engage your senses, savouring a flavour or re-living a memory in a beautiful scent.

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Share data
21/10/2020
Currency CHF
Previous Close 3,873.00
Change (%) -0.92
Volume 20,326
Number of Shares 123,375,149
Market Cap (mln) 35,762
Key figures
For the year ended 31 December, in millions of Swiss francs, except for capital markets and employee data 2019 2018 2017 2016 20153
Sales and results
Group sales 6,203 5,527 5,051 4,663 4,396
Flavour sales 3,404 3,002 2,708 2,433 2,300
Fragrance sales 2,799 2,525 2,343 2,230 2,096
Like-for-like sales growth1 5.8% 5.6% 4.9% 4.2% 2.7%
Gross profit 2,530 2,329 2,250 2,128 2,030
as % of sales 40.8% 42.1% 44.5% 45.6% 46.2%
EBITDA2 1,275 1,145 1,089 1,126 1,070
as % of sales 20.6% 20.7% 21.6% 24.1% 24.3%
Operating income 920 883 869 875 794
as % of sales 14.8% 16.0% 17.2% 18.8% 18.1%
Income attributable to equity holders of the parent 702 663 720 644 625
as % of sales 11.3% 12.0% 14.2% 13.8% 14.2%
Balance sheet and cash flows  
Operating cash flow 1,136 916 861 805 915
as % of sales 18.3% 16.6% 17.0% 17.3% 20.8%
Free cash flow 787 703 594 597 720
as % of sales 12.7% 12.7% 11.8% 12.8% 16.4%
Leverage ratio 47% 41% 21% 19% 15%
Share  
Cash dividend4 62 60 58 56 54
Earnings per share – basic (CHF) 76.17 71.92 78.18 69.95 67.89
Employees  
Number of employees as at 31 December 14,969 13,598 11,170 10,476 9,907

1. Like-for-like excludes the impact of currency, acquisitions and disposals.
2. EBITDA: Earnings Before Interest (and other financial income (expense), net), Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation. This corresponds to operating income before depreciation, amortisation and impairment of long-lived assets.
3. Figures have been restated as a result of changes to accounting policies and presentation.
4. 2019 dividend subject to shareholder approval at the AGM on 25 March 2020.