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Source: Syngenta news release

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Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, said:
"We are very pleased with Syngenta's 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.

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