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.
|Number of Shares||123,375,149|
|Market Cap (mln)||24,367|
|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|
|Like-for-like sales growth1||5.6%||4.9%||4.2%||2.7%||3.7%|
|as % of sales||42.1%||44.5%||45.6%||46.2%||46%|
|as % of sales||20.7%||21.6%||24.1%||24.3%||23.9%|
|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%|
|Earnings per share – basic (CHF)||71.92||78.18||69.95||67.89||61.18|
|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 subject to shareholder approval at the AGM on 28 March 2019.