At a glance

Financial performance

  • Group sales

    $12.8bn

    -2%(CER1)

  • Cash flow return on investment2

    12%

  • Crop Protection sales3

    $9.6bn

    -2% (CER1)

  • Seeds sales

    $2.7bn

    -3% (CER1)

  • Earnings per share4

    $17.03

    -4%

  • EBITDA

    $2.7bn

    +2% (CER1)

  • R&D investment

    $1.3bn

  • Efficiency savings5

    $620m

Non-financial performance

People trained on safe use

6.8m

Seed supply farms in our Fair Labor Program

82%

Recordable illness and injury rate6

0.39

Smallholders reached7

16.6m

  1. Growth at constant exchange rates (CER)
  2. For a definition of cash flow return on investment, see Annual Review, page 52
  3. Including sales of Crop Protection products to Seeds
  4. Fully diluted excluding restructuring and impairment
  5. Cumulative since 2015
  6. Per 200,000 hours, according to US OSHA definition
  7. Through sales

Our global reach

107

Production and Supply sites

119

R&D sites

90

Countries

27,810

Employees

Europe, Africa and Middle East

Europe, Africa and Middle East

EAME is our largest region in terms of sales. At present, our business comes mainly from Europe, with an increasing share of future sales coming from markets like Russia, Ukraine and Africa.

The region delivered a solid performance in challenging conditions, with exceptionally wet weather affecting the cereals market in Western Europe. This was more than offset by dynamic growth in Russia and Ukraine and a resilient performance in other emerging markets.

 

$3,793m

Sales

12,429

Employees1

47

R&D sites

44

Production and Supply sites

  1. Including headquarters (Switzerland)

North America

North America

North America comprises Canada and the USA. It generates about 25 percent of Syngenta’s revenue, and its growers – among the most competitive and productive in the world – are typically early adopters of new technologies.

In 2016, some weather challenges and depressed commodity prices made it harder for farmers to invest in technology. However, we maintained our reputation for innovation, with new products and new applications.

 

$3,202m

Sales

4,176

Employees

33

R&D sites

31

Production and Supply sites

Latin America

Latin America

Latin America accounts for almost 10 percent of the world’s cropped area and is the global leader in soybean, sugar cane and coffee production. Farm scale ranges from a predominance of smallholders in Central America to highly-technified large-scale farms in Argentina and Brazil.

Despite political, economic and agricultural challenges in several major markets, our LATAM businesses successfully captured opportunities while managing risks. As a result, we retained our leading market position.

 

$3,293m

Sales

5,161

Employees

12

R&D sites

12

Production and Supply sites

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Accounting for 40 percent of the world’s cultivated land, APAC is a region dominated by smallholders farming less than 2 hectares. Changing diets and good scope for improving yields present significant opportunities for growth.

Business momentum across APAC built through the year despite a challenging start marked by drought across ASEAN and Australia, a variable monsoon in South Asia and low crop prices. Compelling solutions in corn, rice and vegetables helped drive business growth.

 

$1,839m

Sales

6,044

Employees

27

R&D sites

20

Production and Supply sites

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