This excerpt taken from the SYT 6-K filed Jul 24, 2008.
Currencies: The weakness of the US dollar, notably against the Euro, had a favorable impact on sales and increased EBITDA by $169 million.
Earnings per share up 36 percent
Earnings per share, excluding restructuring and impairment, rose 36 percent to $16.53. Excluding non-recurring income in 2007, earnings per share rose by 41 percent. The increase was driven by higher operating income. After charges for restructuring and impairment, earnings per share were $15.93 (2007: $12.43, including non-recurring income).
Crop Protection: growth in all product lines, all regions
In 2008 growers across the world have focused on yield maximization resulting in higher usage intensity for crop protection products. In this context the benefits of Syngenta’s unique portfolio have been well recognized and are reflected in an outstanding performance in all regions.