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

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 – by challenging ourselves daily, inspiring our partnerships across the globe and serving our customers with heart and soul.

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, with over 8% of annual sales invested in research and development, we explore and uncover new and exciting ingredients and technologies to add to our vast palettes 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
13/11/2019
Currency CHF
Previous Close 2,867.00
Change (%) 0.28
Volume 19,026
Number of Shares 123,375,149
Market Cap (mln) 26,473
Key figures
For the year ended 31 December, in millions of Swiss francs, except for capital markets and employee data 2018 2017 2016 20153 2014
Sales and results
Group sales 5,527 5,051 4,663 4,396 4,404
Flavour sales 3,002 2,708 2,433 2,300 2,296
Fragrance sales 2,525 2,343 2,230 2,096 2,108
Like-for-like sales growth1 5.6% 4.9% 4.2% 2.7% 3.7%
Gross profit 2,329 2,250 2,128 2,030 2,027
as % of sales 42.1% 44.5% 45.6% 46.2% 46%
EBITDA2 1,145 1,089 1,126 1,070 1,053
as % of sales 20.7% 21.6% 24.1% 24.3% 23.9%
Operating income 883 869 875 794 760
as % of sales 16.0% 17.2% 18.8% 18.1% 17.3%
Income attributable to equity holders of the parent 663 720 644 625 563
as % of sales 12.0% 14.2% 13.8% 14.2% 12.8%
Balance sheet and cash flows
Operating cash flow 916 861 805 915 806
as % of sales 16.6% 17.0% 17.3% 20.8% 18.3%
Free cash flow 703 594 597 720 604
as % of sales 12.7% 11.8% 12.8% 16.4% 13.7%
Leverage ratio 41% 21% 19% 15% 17%
Share
Cash dividend4 60 58 56 54 50
Earnings per share – basic (CHF) 71.92 78.18 69.95 67.89 61.18
Employees
Number of employees as at 31 December 13,598 11,170 10,476 9,907 9,704

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. 2018 dividend approved at the AGM of 28 March 2019.