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First Quarter Sales: Strong start into 2010

Geneva, Switzerland, 9 April 2010 – In the first quarter 2010, Givaudan recorded sales of CHF 1,066.4 million, a strong increase of 10.6% in local currencies and 9.2% in Swiss francs. Both divisions, Fragrances and Flavours, contributed to this strong result.

Sales in the developing markets continued to show an excellent momentum. As seen in the second half of 2009, the sales momentum in the mature markets continued to improve during the first quarter of 2010.

The good performance in 2009 and the strong start into 2010 demonstrate Givaudan’s increased competitiveness fully at work to further expand its industry leadership.

As we enter into the last year of the Quest integration, the company is confident to achieve the announced savings target of CHF 200 million by the end of the year and therefore to reach its pre-acquisition EBITDA margin level of 22.7%.

In an improved economic environment, Givaudan continues to focus on its growth initiatives to increase its share in developing countries and in key market segments.

Sales January - March 2010

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Fragrance Division

The Fragrance Division recorded sales of CHF 495.7 million, a growth of 14.3% in local currencies and 13.1% in Swiss francs. This excellent performance has been achieved as a result of a number of new wins with key customers and improved sales of existing products.

Total sales for Fragrance compounds (Fine Fragrances and Consumer Products combined) increased 13.8% in local currencies and 12.7% in Swiss francs to CHF 430.1 million from CHF 381.7 million.

Fine Fragrance sales grew by 26.9% in local currencies. Growth in the quarter was driven by the addition of a number of new wins with key accounts, and customers returning to normalised order patterns compared to the de-stocking seen a year earlier. Sales gains were strongest in North America and Europe whilst the Latin American business continued to deliver growth, building on last year’s strong gains.

The Consumer Products business unit grew by 10.5% in local currencies. Sales growth was across international and regional customers. Sales in developing markets continued to deliver strong double digit growth and mature markets increased significantly versus the previous year. The sales increased in all categories: household, fabric, personal and air care.

Sales for Fragrance Ingredients grew 18.0% versus the first quarter of 2009.  Sales volumes remained at the same good level as seen in the second half of last year.

This double digit growth was achieved in all product categories and may contain a certain restocking element.

Flavour Division

The Flavour Division reported sales of CHF 570.7 million, representing a growth of 7.6% in local currencies and 6.1% in Swiss francs.

The good sales performance was driven by a multitude of new wins in Sweet Goods, Beverages and Dairy, reflecting the continued commitment of customers on innovation and Givaudan’s superior ability to create winning flavours.

Sales in Asia Pacific achieved a growth of 13.7%.  The developing markets of China, India and Indonesia recorded double digit increases due to successful new wins. Sales in mature markets increased at a mid single digit growth rate, mainly driven by new wins in Japan.

Segment growth in the region was well balanced across Sweet Goods, Dairy and Beverages, driven by new wins and a good growth of existing products.

Sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East grew at 7.5% despite the continued challenging economic environment in Western Europe. The developing markets of Africa, Middle East, Russia and Poland delivered high double digit growth rates whilst the mature markets of Western Europe grew in the single digit range.

Innovative flavour solutions and an increased market penetration continued to fuel growth in Beverages and Snacks.  Positive growth in the Sweet Goods and Dairy segments was offset by weak sales in Savoury.

Sales in North America remained flat as a result of the continued weak economic environment. Nevertheless, renewed emphasis by our customers on launching innovative products helped increase the project pipeline resulting in new wins and an improved sales growth towards the end of the quarter.

Segment wise, sales of Sweet Goods and Beverages performed well. Their growth was offset by declines in Dairy, Savoury and Snacks. 

Sales in Latin America again delivered a double digit growth of 19.1% continuing the trend of last year. Growth was realised across all markets with the exception of Mexico where sales slightly declined. The good growth momentum of existing products as well as new wins were at the source of this development.

Sweet Goods and Beverages posted double digit sales growth driven by new wins. Dairy and Savoury showed a good performance.

For further information please contact:

Peter Wullschleger, Givaudan Investor Relations
5, chemin de la Parfumerie, CH-1214 Vernier
T +41 22 780 90 93
F +41 22 780 90 90