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

Enjoy the essence of life, with flavours and fragrances that delight

Givaudan captures the essence of the moment, bringing you taste and scent experiences 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 ten times per day

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 experts, passionate flavourists and perfumers under one roof.

Committed to innovation and sustainable growth

At the forefront of innovation, with 10% of annual turnover invested in research, 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.

Share Graph
Share data
14/06/2021
Currency CHF
Previous Close 4,230.00
Change (%) 0.05
Volume 15,049
Number of Shares 123,375,149
Market Cap (mln) 39,058
Key figures
For the year ended 31 December, in millions of Swiss francs, except for environment and social data2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Sales and results
Group sales 6,322 6,203 5,527 5,051 4,663
Taste & Wellbeing 3,398 3,404 3,002 2,708 2,433
Fragrances & Beauty 2,924 2,799 2,525 2,343 2,230
Like-for-like sales growth1 4.0% 5.8% 5.6% 4.9% 4.2%
Gross profit 2,659 2,530 2,329 2,250 2,128
as % of sales 42.1% 40.8% 42.1% 44.5% 45.6%
EBITDA2 1,397 1,275 1,145 1,089 1,126
as % of sales 22.1% 20.6% 20.7% 21.6% 24.1%
Operating income 996 920 883 869 875
as % of sales 15.8% 14.8% 16.0% 17.2% 18.8%
Income3 743 702 663 720 644
as % of sales 11.8% 11.3% 12.0% 14.2% 13.8%
Balance sheet and cash flows    
Operating cash flow 1,133 1,136 916 861 805
as % of sales 17.9% 18.3% 16.6% 17.0% 17.3%
Free cash flow 811 787 703 594 597
as % of sales 12.8% 12.7% 12.7% 11.8% 12.8%
Leverage ratio 50% 47% 41% 21% 19%
Share    
Cash dividend4 (CHF) 64 62 60 58 56
Earnings per share – basic (CHF) 80.59 76.17 71.92 78.18 69.95
Employees    
Number of employees as at 31 December (FTE) 15,852 14,969 13,598 11,170 10,476

1. Like-for-like excludes the impact of currency, acquisitions and disposals.
2. EBITDA defined as Earnings Before Interest (and other financial income (expense), net), Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation corresponds to operating income before depreciation, amortisation and impairment of long-lived assets.
3. The income is 100% attributable to equity holders of the parents.
4. 2020 dividend subject to shareholder approval at the
AGM on 25 March 2021.