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Key Figures

2017 consolidated in millions of CHF (except for data per share)

Sales 89 791
Underlying Trading operating profit * 14 729
as % of sales 16.4%
Trading operating profit * 13 233
as % of sales 14.7%
Profit for the year attributable to shareholders of the parent (Net profit) 7 183
as % of sales 8.0%
Balance sheet and Cash flow statement
Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent 61 504
Net financial dept * 17 875
Ratio of net Financial debt to equity (gearing) 29.1%
Free cash flow * 8 509
Capital expenditure 3 934
as % of sales 4.4%
Data per share
Basic earnings per share 2.32
Underlying earnings per share * 3.55
Dividend 2.35 (b)
Stock prices (high) 86.40
Stock prices (low) 71.45
Yield (a) 2.7 / 3.3 (b)
Market capitalisation
256 223
Number of employees
(in thousands) 323

* Certain financial performance measures that are not defined by IFRS, are used by management to assess the financial and operational performance of the Group. The 'Alternative Performance Measures' document published in Publications provides the definition of these non-IFRS financial performance measures.

(a) Calculated on the basis of the dividend for the year concerned, which is paid in the following year, and on high/low stock prices.

(b) As proposed by the Board of Directors of Nestlé S.A.

Find more information in the 2017 Financial Statements (pdf, 1 Mb)