Syngenta AG, the world’s largest maker of agricultural chemicals, reported annual profit that beat analysts’ estimates and pledged to return $850 million in cash to shareholders.
Net income was $1.4 billion, little changed from a year earlier, the Basel, Switzerland-based company said in an e- mailed statement today. Analysts had predicted $1.31 billion. Sales advanced 6 percent to $11.6 billion.
WHAT TO WATCH: *Syngenta holds earnings call at 9:15 a.m. Zurich time
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