Syngenta Third Quarter Trading Statement 2001

    BASEL, Switzerland, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta (NYSE:   SYT) sales for
 the first nine months of 2001 were $5.13 billion compared with $5.61 billion
 for the same period in 2000. At constant exchange rates, sales were 5% lower
 with Crop Protection down 6% and Seeds up 1%. The underlying sales trend was
 generally less favorable in the third quarter than in the second. Currency
 movements reduced reported sales by 4%, although the impact diminished during
 the third quarter owing to a weaker dollar.
     For Crop Protection, the second half of the year is the main season in
 Latin America. This year sales are being restrained, notably in Argentina, by
 the company's tight credit policy in unstable financial conditions. In Europe
 and NAFTA, the main season takes place in the first half and sales are lower
 in the second half. The third quarter in Europe was adversely affected by a
 decline in selective herbicides. Increased selective herbicide sales in NAFTA
 were offset by weakness in fungicides and insecticides in drought-affected
 western areas and an unfavorable US cotton market. Sales in Asia Pacific
 showed some improvement in the third quarter following delays earlier in the
 year.
     Seeds showed strong growth for the first nine months in Europe, Latin
 America and Asia Pacific. In NAFTA sales were affected by difficult markets
 for all crops.
     Sales evolution for the full year 2001 is expected to be similar to the
 first nine months. Synergy realization is on track and will underpin or
 slightly improve the EBITDA margin for the year; net financial expense is ex-
 pected to be around the same level as the pro forma 2000 figure.
     Syngenta is a world leading agribusiness. The company ranks first in crop
 protection, and third in the high-value commercial seeds market. Pro forma
 sales in 2000 were approximately US $6.9 billion. Syngenta employs more than
 20,000 people in over 50 countries. The company is committed to sustainable
 agriculture through innovative Research and Technology. Formed in November
 2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals, Syngenta
 is listed on the Swiss stock exchange (SYNN) and in London (SYA), New York
 (SYT) and Stockholm (SYN). Further information is available at
 www.syngenta.com.
 
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     Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
     This document contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified
 by terminology such as "expect", "would", "will", "potential", "plans",
 "prospects", "estimated", "aiming", "on track" and similar expressions. Such
 statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the ac-
 tual results to differ materially from these statements.    We refer you to
 Syngenta's publicly available filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
 Commission for information about these and other risks and uncertainties. Syn-
 genta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect
 actual results, changed assumptions or other factors. This document does not
 constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any
 solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for any ordinary shares in
 Syngenta AG, or Syngenta ADSs, nor shall it form the basis of, or be relied on
 in connection with, any contract therefore.
 
      Unaudited Nine Month Product Line and Regional Sales Analysis
      with Pro Forma Nine Month 2000 Comparatives
 
     Syngenta                          9 months   9 months
                                         2001     2000(1)   Actual     CER(2)
                                          $m         $m        %          %
 
     Crop Protection                     4352       4806      - 9       - 6
     Seeds                                774        805      - 4        +1
 
     Total                               5126       5611      - 9       - 5
 
     Crop Protection
     Product line
       Selective herbicides              1454       1544      - 6       - 2
       Non-selective herbicides           559        642     - 13       - 8
       Fungicides                        1110       1265     - 12       - 7
       Insecticides                       726        830     - 13        -6
       Professional products              404        429      - 6        -3
       Others                              99         96      + 3       + 8
       Total                             4352       4806      - 9       - 6
 
     Regional
       Europe, Africa and Middle East    1512       1643      - 8       - 3
       NAFTA                             1682       1766       -5        -5
       Latin America                      482        598     - 19      - 18
       Asia Pacific                       676        799     - 15       - 5
       Total                             4352       4806      - 9       - 6
 
     Seeds
     Product line
       Field Crops                        445        476       -6        -3
       Vegetables and Flowers             329        329        -       + 6
       Total                              774        805       -4       + 1
     Regional
       Europe, Africa and Middle East     360        356      + 1      + 10
       NAFTA                              304        347     - 12      - 12
       Latin America                       70         61      +14      + 14
       Asia Pacific                        40         41       -1       + 9
       Total                              774        805      - 4       + 1
 
      Unaudited Third Quarter Product Line and Regional Sales Analysis
      with Pro Forma Third Quarter 2000 Comparatives
 
     Syngenta               3rd Quarter  3rd Quarter
                               2001        2000(3)        Actual       CER(4)
                                $m           $m             %             %
 
     Crop Protection            985          1078          - 9           - 6
     Seeds                      110           113          - 2           - 1
     Total                     1095          1191          - 8           - 6
 
     Crop Protection
     Product line
       Selective herbicides     230           245          - 6           - 3
       Non-selective herbicides 148           160          - 8           - 4
       Fungicides               223           252         - 11           - 8
       Insecticides             218           250         - 13           - 7
       Professional products    134           153         - 12           - 8
       Others                    32            18         + 78          + 80
       Total                    985          1078          - 9           - 6
 
     Regional
       Europe, Africa and
       Middle East              301           329          - 8           - 6
       NAFTA                    249           274          - 9           - 9
       Latin America            247           275         - 10           - 9
       Asia Pacific             188           200          - 6           + 4
       Total                    985          1078          - 9           - 6
 
     Seeds
     Product line
       Field Crops               37            39          - 5           - 6
       Vegetables and Flowers    73            74          - 1           + 2
       Total                    110           113          - 2           - 1
 
     Regional
       Europe, Africa and
       Middle East               62            53         + 16          + 20
       NAFTA                     11            27         - 57          - 57
       Latin America             27            21         + 26          + 26
       Asia Pacific              10            12          -12           - 7
       Total                    110           113          - 2           - 1
 
     (1) Unaudited pro forma
     (2) Constant exchange rates
     (3) Unaudited pro forma
     (4) Constant exchange rates
 
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SOURCE Syngenta International AG

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