Geneva, 7 April 2006 – The Annual General Meeting of Givaudan SA, the world leader in fragrances and flavours, took place in Geneva on 7 April 2006. It was attended by 179 shareholders, representing 2,763,687 (37.19%) of a total of 7,400,000 registered shares.
The shareholders’ meeting approved the annual report and the annual accounts for 2005 and released the Board of Directors. In 2005, Givaudan increased substantially its net profit to CHF 406 millions, an improvement of 21% compared to 2004.
An ordinary dividend of CHF 17.60 per registered share was voted by the shareholders. It will be paid on 12 April 2006.
The Annual General Meeting re-elected Mr André Hoffmann, Prof John Marthinsen and Dr Jürg Witmer for another term to the Board of Directors of Givaudan.
The shareholders’ meeting approved the proposal of the Board of Directors to cancel the 200,000 repurchased registered shares of the second buy back and to reduce the share capital by 2.7% from CHF 74,000,000 to CHF 72,000,000. The third ongoing programme initiated in May 2005 will continue until end of May 2007. The shareholders’ meeting also approved the extension of the existing authorised capital of CHF 10’000’000 until 7 April 2008.
PricewaterhouseCoopers SA was re-elected as statutory and group auditors for 2006.
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
Winners of the AGM 2006 Competition