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2014 Half Year Results 

Basel, Switzerland, July 23, 2014 

  • Sales $8.5 billion, up 1 percent: up 4 percent at constant exchange rates
  • Late start to North American season reduced crop protection use
  • Strong growth in all other regions
    • price increases across the business
  • EBITDA $2.1 billion, 3 percent lower owing to currency movements
    • up 6 percent at constant exchange rates
  • Earnings per share1 $15.60, 2 percent lower

Reported Financial Highlights

  1st Half 2014 1st Half 2013 Actual CER2
  $m $m % %
Sales 8,508 8,390 +1 +4
Operating income 1,725 1,792 -4  
Net income3 1,391 1,409 -1  
         
EBITDA 2,111 2,179 -3 +6
Earnings per share1 $15.60 $15.92 -2  


1 Excluding restructuring and impairment; EPS on a fully-diluted basis.
2 Growth at constant exchange rates.
3 Net income to shareholders of Syngenta AG (equivalent 1st Half 2014 diluted earnings per share of $15.11).

Mike Mack, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"The pace of sales growth in the first half was held back by adverse weather conditions in North America which, combined with a reduction in corn acreage, significantly impacted the crop protection market. Growth in all other regions was robust, exceeding our full year target rate of six percent at constant exchange rates. Emerging market sales increased by 11 percent, with performance clearly demonstrating the success of our integrated strategy. Pricing remained firm across the business.

"Profitability was affected by the lower sales volume in North America and by emerging market currency weakness. At constant exchange rates the EBITDA margin increased, helped by price increases, lower seeds costs and savings from our existing operational efficiency program. In February we announced a comprehensive new program to accelerate operational leverage from 2015. Project teams are working on the implementation of this program across the company, and we are on track to deliver significant savings in production, commercial operations and R&D. Our priority is to ensure that ongoing sales growth is accompanied by improved profitability and strong cash flow generation."

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