Syngenta divests US flowers distribution and brokerage

            Syngenta divests US flowers distribution and brokerage

- Sale of Syngenta Horticultural Services to Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

- Long-term agreement to distribute and broker Syngenta genetics

- Syngenta focus on innovative flowers solutions strengthened

PR Newswire

BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 14, 2012

BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta announced today
that Griffin Greenhouse Supplies Inc., a leading United States-based supplier
of greenhouse and nursery materials, has signed an agreement to acquire the
Syngenta Horticultural Services (SHS) distribution and brokerage business.

The transaction will include the transfer of SHS assets and employees as well
as distribution and brokerage capabilities located in the USA. SHS had sales
of $96 million in 2011. Griffin has also signed a long-term agreement to
distribute and broker Syngenta Flowers genetics throughout the USA.

Robert Berendes, Head of Business Development, said: "This transaction allows
Syngenta to strengthen focus on our core genetics and plant protection
capabilities. We look forward to working closely with Griffin to deliver the
breakthrough solutions professional growers and retailers need to meet the
increasingly high standards of consumers."

Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 26,000
employees in over 90countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant
potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to
our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment
and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please
go to www.syngenta.com.

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