Syngenta: 2019 Full Year Results

 

 

Reported Financial Highlights

 

 

 

2019 $m

 

20181 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER2

%

 

Sales

13,582

 

13,569

 

 

+4

 

Net Income

1,450

 

1,447

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Income5

1,426

 

1,384

 

+3

 

 

 

EBITDA

2,927 [2,5835]

 

2,675

 

+9 [-6]

 

+12 [+36]

    
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1 After effects of accounting policy changes and restatements

2 Constant Exchange Rates

3 Before one-offs, excluding divestments and change of control royalties

4 Before US litigation settlement and acquisitions

5 Excluding capitalized development and restructuring and impairment

6 Excluding capitalized development, change of control royalties and divestments

 Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, said:

We are very pleased with Syngentas performance given large challenges in 2019 including historical floods in the US, drought in Australia and currency headwinds. Syngenta teams around the world responded to the impacts of extreme weather conditions by quickly adjusting our offer to the immediate needs of farmers. Sales for the full year were up 4 percent at constant exchange rates.

We are extremely excited to have announced the new Syngenta Group. This further strengthens our ability to serve farmers all across the world with innovation for more sustainable agriculture, to help deal with weather extremes, reduce the impact of climate change, protect biodiversity and improve nutrition.

Financial highlights Full Year 2019

Sales $13.6 billion

Sales of $13.6 billion were flat with 2018, 4 percent higher at constant exchange rates including price increases in Brazil to mitigate the decline of the Brazilian real. Crop Protection sales of $10.6 billion were 1 percent higher, 5 percent at constant exchange rates, with a strong performance in Brazil more than compensating for a weak US market. Seeds sales of $3.1 billion were 4 percent lower than 2018, 1 percent at constant exchange rates, but were flat adjusted for change of control royalties and divestments.

EBITDA $2.9 billion

EBITDA of $2.9 billion included $344 million of development costs capitalized for the first time in 2019, bringing it in line with other parts of Syngenta Group. Otherwise, EBITDA of $2.6 billion was 3 percent lower than 2018, but flat adjusted for change of control royalties and divestments. Excluding the capitalization, EBITDA margin was 19.0 percent (2018: 19.7 percent) and adjusted for change of control royalties and divestments was 0.1 percent lower including the impact of higher oil prices and raw material costs.

Net income $1,450 million

Net income of $1,450 million (2018: $1,447 million) included $291 million related to the capitalized development costs. Excluding this, net income was 20 percent lower than 2018, which included pre-tax gains of $365 million on mandated divestments; before restructuring, net income was 3 percent higher, with a one-off deferred tax revaluation gain from Swiss tax reform, offsetting higher interest costs after the 2018 bond issuance and increased oil and raw material costs.

Free Cash Flow $1.39 billion

Free cash flow before acquisitions and the US litigation settlement was $1.39 billion (2018: $1.76 billion). 2019 included some increased factoring and $522 million proceeds from fixed asset disposals, while 2018 included $486 million disposal proceeds largely from the mandated product divestments.

Business highlights 2019

 

Full Year

 

Growth

 

Adjusted3

Total Syngenta sales

2019 $m

 

2018 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER %

 

Actual %

 

CER %

Crop Protection

10,588

 

10,454

 

+1

 

+5

 

+2

 

+6

Seeds

3,083

 

3,209

 

-4

 

-1

 

-3

 

Inter-business elimination

-89

 

-94

 

n/a

 

n/a

 

 

 

 

Total Sales

13,582

 

13,569

 

 

+4

 

+1

 

+5

      

 

Full Year

 

Growth

 

Adjusted3

Crop Protection

regional sales

2019 $m

 

2018 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER %

 

Actual %

 

CER %

Europe, Africa, Middle East

2,665

 

2,871

 

-7

 

-1

 

-7

 

-1

North America

2,534

 

2,621

 

-3

 

-2

 

-3

 

-3

Latin America

3,450

 

2,975

 

+16

 

+21

 

+16

 

+21

Asia Pacific

1,385

 

1,404

 

-1

 

+2

 

 

+3

China

300

 

291

 

+3

 

+8

 

+3

 

+9

Other

254

 

292

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crop Protection Sales

10,588

 

10,454

 

+1

 

+5

 

+2

 

+6

 

 

Full Year

 

Growth

 

Adjusted3

Crop Protection by product line

2019 $m

 

2018 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER %

 

Actual %

 

CER %

Selective herbicides

2,619

 

2,826

 

-7

 

-4

 

-7

 

-4

Non-selective herbicides

919

 

863

 

+6

 

+11

 

+6

 

+11

Fungicides

3,269

 

3,128

 

+5

 

+9

 

+5

 

+10

Insecticides

2,065

 

1,909

 

+8

 

+13

 

+9

 

+13

Seedcare

1,128

 

1,133

 

 

+3

 

 

+3

Professional Solutions

470

 

504

 

-7

 

-5

 

-7

 

-5

Other

118

 

91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crop Protection Sales

10,588

 

10,454

 

+1

 

+5

 

+2

 

+6

 

Crop Protection regional sales performance

Sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East were 1 percent lower at constant exchange rates compared with 2018. Performance was solid in the face of challenging credit conditions in the East and the de-registration of some older products. A weaker euro reduced reported sales.

In North America, sales for the full year were down 2 percent at constant exchange rates, with strong recovery from a first half heavily impacted by extreme weather conditions, but lower full year sales also reflected reduced planted area.

In Latin America, positive momentum continued through the year with robust volume growth partially offset by the impact of weaker currency.

In Asia Pacific, sales were up by 2 percent (CER), with strong growth in India and Pakistan offsetting the effects of drought in Australia.

China experienced continued momentum with Crop Protection sales increasing by 8 percent (CER).

 

Full Year

 

Growth

 

Adjusted3

Seeds

regional sales

2019 $m

 

2018 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER %

 

Actual %

 

CER %

Europe, Africa, Middle East

982

 

1,038

 

-5

 

+1

 

-4

 

+2

North America

738

 

929

 

-21

 

-21

 

-11

 

-11

Latin America

741

 

737

 

+1

 

+4

 

+1

 

+4

Asia Pacific incl. China

343

 

297

 

+16

 

+18

 

+16

 

+18

Other

80

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers

199

 

200

 

 

+4

 

 

+4

Seeds Sales

3,083

 

3,209

 

-4

 

-1

 

-3

 

 

 

Full Year

 

Growth

 

Adjusted3

Seeds by product line

2019 $m

 

2018 $m

 

Actual %

 

CER %

 

Actual %

 

CER %

Corn and soybean

1,632

 

1,679

 

-3

 

-1

 

-3

 

-1

Diverse field crops

619

 

659

 

-6

 

-1

 

-4

 

+1

Vegetables

621

 

653

 

-5

 

-1

 

-5

 

-1

Other seeds

12

 

18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers

199

 

200

 

 

+4

 

 

+4

Seeds Sales

3,083

 

3,209

 

-4

 

-1

 

-3

 

 

Seeds regional sales performance

Seeds sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East were 1 percent higher at constant exchange rates (CER) against 2018, up 2 percent adjusted for divestments. Reported sales reflect a weaker euro.

In North America the market was reduced by extreme flooding, which severely delayed planting and reduced acreage. Adjusted for change of control royalties received in 2018, seeds sales were 11 percent lower.

In Latin America, sales rose by 4 percent (CER) with volume gains. A weaker Brazilian real reduced reported sales.

Sales in Asia Pacific, increased by 18 percent (CER) compared to 2018, driven by continued strong momentum in bringing new products to the market.

More detailed financial information is available on: www.financial-results.syngenta.com

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