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A strong commitment to return cash to shareholders

Givaudan is strongly committed to return surplus cash to shareholders and year-on-year the dividend has risen since 2000.

The graph below shows the free cash flow (in million CHF) and year-on-year increase of the dividend (in CHF) which we returned per share to our shareholders.

Dividend 2017

In 2017, Givaudan’s free cash flow was CHF 594 million. At the Annual General Meeting on 22 March 2018, the shareholders approved a cash dividend of CHF 58.00 per share for the financial year 2017, an increase of 3.6% versus 2016.

Dividends 2000 - 2017

Financial Year

Dividend

per share (CHF)

Increase

Date of Payment

Dividend Yield1

2000

6.50

 

23 May 2001

1.5%

2001

7.00

7.7%

02 May 2002

1.4%

2002

8.10

15.7%

16 April 2003

1.3%

2003

15.40

90.1%

21 April 2004

2.4%

2004

16.30

5.8%

2 May 2005

2.2%

2005

17.60

7.9%

12 April 2006

2.0%

2006

18.80

7.0%

4 April 2007

1.7%

2007

19.50

3.7%

31 March 2008

1.8%

2008

10.00 (cash)

10.00 (warrant)

2.6%

9 April 2009

2.4%

2009

20.60

3.0%

6 April 2010

2.5%

2010

21.50

4.4%

31 March 2011

2.1%

2011

22.00

2.3%

29 March 2012

2.5%

2012

36.00

63.6%

28 March 2013

3.7%

2013

47.00

30.6%

27 March 2014

3.7%

2014 50.00 6.4% 25 March 2015 2.8%
2015 54.00 8.0% 23 March 2016 3.0%
2016 56.00 3.7% 29 March 2017 3.0%
2017 58.00 3.6% 28 March 2018 2.6%
1 Based on market price at year-end

 

Monday 26 March 2018: ex-dividend date
Wednesday 28 March 2018: dividend payment date