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IFF Reports 21% Adjusted EPS Growth for the Second Quarter and Increases Quarterly Dividend

August 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at China Weekly News -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Second Quarter 2014 Results Reported net sales grew 4% to $788.4 million, up from $757.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Local currency sales, which exclude the impact of foreign currency, also grew 4%.

Operating profit increased 8%, or $10.7 million, to $153.1 million, up from $142.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted operating profit, which excludes restructuring and operational improvement initiative costs and the gain on the sale of a non-operating asset in the prior year, also increased 8%.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $1.35, compared with $1.24 in the second quarter of 2013.

Adjusted diluted EPS excludes restructuring and operational improvement initiative costs and a gain on the sale of a non-operating asset from the prior year quarter. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 21% to $1.37, up from an adjusted $1.14 in the second quarter of 2013.

Please see the information and schedules at the end of this release for reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial metrics. Management Commentary Doug Tough, Chairman and CEO of IFF, said "As expected, we delivered more moderate sales growth this quarter, reflecting a continued challenging environment in North America for our Flavors business. Due to the leverage inherent in our operating model, we were still able to expand both our gross and operating margins, enabling us to deliver high single-digit growth in adjusted operating profit and double-digit growth in adjusted earnings per share. On a year-to-date basis, we have achieved growth of 5% in local currency sales, 11% in adjusted operating profit and 16% in adjusted EPS. These metrics are in line with or above our long-term growth targets."

Mr. Tough continued, "Our emphasis on R&D has resulted in a stronger pipeline of innovation, and we continue to see growth from new wins at normalized levels. However, we have now seen a higher level of volume erosion in our Flavors base business, especially in North America, and expect this trend to continue into the third quarter. As a result, we are revising our 2014 sales growth targets to 4% to 6%, including a percentage point of growth from Aromor. For the full year, our profitability metrics remain intact and we are confident we will achieve double-digit growth in adjusted operating profit and adjusted earnings per share." Second Quarter 2014 Operating Highlights Local currency sales growth in the emerging and developed markets was 5% and -1%, respectively, excluding Aromor. Unfavorable sales growth in the developed markets this quarter reflects softening Flavors sales in North America.

Sales to the emerging markets accounted for 49% of total company sales. Excluding Fragrance Ingredients, sales to the emerging markets accounted for 52% of sales.

Gross profit, as a percent of sales, was 44.7% compared with 44.1% in the prior year quarter. The 60 basis point gross margin improvement was due to ongoing cost savings initiatives, currency benefits and the favorable net impact of price to input costs, partially offset by cost increases and a less favorable mix of business. Input costs continue to remain at elevated levels.

Research, selling and administrative (RSA) expenses, increased $10 million, or 30 basis points as a percent of sales, to 25.3% compared with 25.0% in the second quarter of 2013. The $10.0 million increase in RSA this quarter reflects Aromor-related expenses, investment in commercial resources to support our three pillar strategy, currency impacts and discrete items, partially offset by lower incentive compensation accruals.

Excluding items impacting comparability, adjusted operating profit increased 8%, or $10.9 million, to $156.4 million from $145.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. The improvement in adjusted operating profit was primarily due to gross margin expansion which more than offset higher R&D, selling and administrative costs. Adjusted operating profit margin increased 60 basis points to 19.8% from 19.2% in the prior year. The results of Aromor were not significant to the consolidated financial results of the Company for the second quarter of 2014.

Excluding items impacting comparability, the adjusted effective tax rate was 24.9%, or 160 basis points lower than the prior year adjusted effective tax rate of 26.5%. The year-over-year decrease in the adjusted effective tax rate is largely due to higher earnings from lower tax jurisdictions and the effect of favorable tax settlements, partially offset by higher repatriation costs and the absence of the R&D tax credit in the current quarter.

The year-over-year improvement in adjusted EPS reflects operating margin expansion as well as favorable trends in other income related to prior-year foreign exchange losses on working capital, a lower effective tax rate, and a year-over-year decrease in interest expense and average shares outstanding.

Cash flow from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $154.0 million, or 9.9% of sales, compared with $118.0 million, or 7.9% of sales in the prior year period. The increase in cash flow from operations reflects higher net income and a pension contribution payment included in the 2013 period. Subsequent Events On August 4, 2014, the Board of Directors authorized a 21% increase ($0.08) in the quarterly dividend to $0.47 per share of the Company's common stock, up from the current $0.39 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 7, 2014 to shareholders of record as of September 25, 2014. Including this authorization, IFF's quarterly dividend payment will have grown by a compound annual growth rate of 15% over the last four years.

Mr. Tough commented, "The current authorization reflects the Board's confidence in the Company's ability to execute on its three pillar strategy, based on the notable progress we've made in expanding our geographic footprint, developing our R&D pipeline, and improving the margin profile of our portfolio. The double-digit percent increase in the dividend reflects our strong cash flow position, which enables us to maintain a competitive dividend yield, and continue to execute against our share buyback program, while maintaining the financial flexibility to execute against internal organic investment and external business development opportunities." Fragrances Business Unit Reported net sales increased 8% to $412.9 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $383.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency, local currency sales growth was 6%, comprised of mid-single-digit growth in the emerging markets, and low single-digit growth in the developed markets (excluding Aromor).

Fragrance Compounds, consisting of Fine Fragrances and Consumer Fragrances, achieved local currency sales growth of 4% this quarter, reflecting double-digit growth in Greater Asia, high single-digit growth in North America, and mid-single-digit growth in Latin America, offset by a low single-digit decline in the EAME region.

Fine Fragrances sales were flat in the second quarter of 2014, compared with the prior year's highest comparative growth of 15% in the second quarter. Double-digit sales growth in Latin America and Greater Asia was offset by a decline in the EAME region. North America sales were flat, compared with growth of 13% in the prior year quarter.

Consumer Fragrances delivered solid local currency growth of 5% this quarter, compared with growth of 8% in the prior year quarter. Double-digit growth in North America and Greater Asia was slightly offset by a single-digit decline in the EAME region. All of the end-use categories achieved positive growth, led by strong growth in Toiletries, Personal Wash and Fabric Care.

Fragrance Ingredients local currency sales growth of 21% this quarter includes 17% growth associated with our Aromor acquisition and 4% organic growth excluding Aromor. Excluding the planned migration of volume to Fragrance Compounds, Fragrance Ingredients achieved growth of 9%. This marks the final quarter of volume migration from Ingredients to Compounds.

Fragrances gross margin improved over the prior year quarter primarily due to ongoing cost savings initiatives, currency benefits, the favorable net impact of price to input costs and volume growth, partially offset by a less favorable sales mix. Input costs continue to remain at elevated levels.

Fragrance segment profit increased 19%, or $13.6 million, to $85.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, up from $71.9 million in the second quarter of 2013. Segment profit margin increased 200 basis points to 20.7%, up from 18.7%, due to gross margin expansion and lower incentive compensation accruals. Flavors Business Unit Reported net sales of $375.5 million in the second quarter were even with the prior year sales of $374.0 million.

Excluding the impact of foreign currency, Flavors local currency sales growth was 1% this quarter, as new wins were largely offset by a higher level of volume erosion on existing business. The second quarter of 2013 was the strongest sales quarter of the year, with 8% like-for-like (LFL) sales growth, which excludes the exit of low-margin sales activities.

Flavors achieved mid-single-digit local currency sales growth in the emerging markets, which accounted for 52% of total Flavors sales. In the developed markets, Flavors volume declined this quarter, notably in North America.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, China, Investment and Finance, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc..

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Source: China Weekly News


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