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Capital Structure

Funding strategy & Policies

Short-Term Liquidity

Two of Syngenta's largest markets are Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME) and North America. Both sales and operating profit in these two regions are seasonal and are weighted towards the first half of the calendar year, reflecting the northern hemisphere planting and growing cycle. Latin America is another large market for Syngenta and sales and operating profit there is weighted towards the second half of the calendar year, reflecting the southern hemisphere planting and growing cycle. This seasonal operating activity results in seasonal working capital requirements.

Syngenta's principal source of liquidity consists of cash generated from operations. Working capital fluctuations due to the seasonality of the business are supported by short-term funding available from a $2.5 billion Global Commercial Paper program supported by a $2.5 billion committed, revolving, multi-currency syndicated credit facility. This syndicated credit facility was originally signed in 2012 for $ 1.5 billion and in January 2016, an additional $1 billion committed facility was established. The syndicated facility will mature in 2019.

At December 31, 2016, Syngenta had commercial paper issuances outstanding in the amount of $100 million. The average outstanding balance under the Global Commercial Paper program for the year 2016 was $1.2 billion (2015: $400 million).

Although the Terms of the Global Commercial Paper Program allow the issuance of Index Linked Notes, where the amount of promised principal is contractually dependent on the performance of an index or a formula, Syngenta hereby notifies investors under this Commercial Paper Program that all Notes will be redeemed at par.

Long-Term Financing

Long-term capital employed is currently financed through seven unsecured bonds, one unsecured floating rate note, and three unsecured notes issued in the US Private Placement market.

During 2016, there was no new issuance or maturity of bonds or notes.

During 2015, Syngenta issued an unsecured non-current 12 year EUR 500 million security with a fixed interest rate of 1.25%.

Liquidity Risk and Refinancing Risk

Within Syngenta's risk management framework, liquidity risk is defined as the risk of being unable to raise funds to meet payment obligations when they fall due.

Refinancing or funding risk is defined as the risk of being unable, on an ongoing basis, to borrow in the market to fund actual or proposed commitments. Syngenta mitigates its liquidity and refinancing risk by maintaining: a committed unsecured funding facility; ongoing discussions with its core banks to best monitor its funding capacity; simulations; and diversification of its debt portfolio.

Syngenta's liquidity risk policy is to maintain at all times sufficient liquidity reserves both at Group and subsidiary level in order to meet payment obligations as they become due and also to maintain an adequate liquidity margin. The planning and supervision of liquidity is the responsibility of the subsidiaries and Group Treasury. Liquidity requirements are forecasted on a weekly basis. Syngenta operates regional or country cash pools to allow efficient use of its liquidity reserves.

Interest Rate Risk

Syngenta is exposed to fluctuations in interest rates on its borrowings (including forecasted borrowings) and excess cash. While the majority of Syngenta's borrowings have fixed interest rates, portions of Syngenta's net borrowings, including its short-term commercial paper program and local borrowings, are subject to changes in short-term interest rates.

Syngenta monitors its interest rate exposures and analyzes the potential impact of interest rate movements on net interest expense. The risk management strategy involves ensuring an efficient fixed/floating mix of total debt within approved interest rate limits.

Capital Structure & Gearing

Capital structure

Absent major acquisitions, Syngenta targets maintaining a solid investment grade credit rating, as recognized by major third-party rating agencies, which it currently believes provides an optimal balance between financial flexibility and the cost of capital. Syngenta manages capital by monitoring levels of net debt, as calculated below, and equity against targets. Capital is returned to shareholders primarily through dividend payments, with the aim of continuous dividend growth, complemented by tactical share repurchases.


The net debt to equity ratio was 29 percent at December 31, 2016 (31 percent at December 31, 2015).

Corporate Contacts

Media Office

Leandro Conti
Tel: +41 61 323 2323
Fax: +41 61 323 2424

Paul Minehart
Tel: +1 202 737 8913

Investor Relations

Jennifer Gough
Switzerland +41 61 323 5059
USA +1 202 737 6521

Corporate Responsibility

Shareholder Contacts

Shareholder Services
Syngenta AG
P.O. Box
CH-4002 Basel

Tel: +41 (0)61 323 2121
Fax: +41 (0)61 323 5461

Key Ratios

Full Year 2016 Full Year 2015
Cash Flow from Operating Activities/Net Debt

79 %

46 %

Cash Flow from Operating Activities / Net Debt
(including Pension Deficit)

58 %

40 %

Net Debt/EBITDA1

86 %

93 %

Net Debt/Equity

29 %

31 %

1 Earnings before interest, tax, non-controlling interests, depreciation, amortization, restructuring and impairment


Legal Positioning of Syngenta's Debt

Source: Syngenta

Syngenta Finance N.V.

Syngenta files accounts for Syngenta Finance N.V. with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Electronic copies are available using the links provided below.

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    2016 Results Syngenta Finance NV

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Credit relations

Basil Weingartner,
Head of Group Funding.
+41 61 32 38266.

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