GF has developed itself in 2016 fully in line with its strategic objectives 2016–2020. Sales and profits increased anew and all three divisions generated value.
The Corporation has increased its sales by 3% to CHF 3’744 million. In local currencies and adjusted for acquisitions and divestments, turnover growth amounted to 2%. The operating result (EBIT) rose to CHF 311 million, up 5% compared to previous year. This resulted in an EBIT margin (ROS) of 8.3% against 8.1% in 2015. The return on invested capital (ROIC) increased to 19.3%, up from 18.9% in 2015. All three divisions generated ROICs well above their cost of capital, thus creating a high amount of value for the company.
Net profit amounted to CHF 225 million, 14% above previous year, resulting in earnings per share of CHF 53 against CHF 46 in 2015. Free cash flow before acquisitions and divestments reached CHF 231 million, clearly above the already high level of the previous year (CHF 190 million). Based on the above, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting a dividend of CHF 20 per share (CHF 18 in 2016).