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SENSIENT TECHNOLOGIES CORP - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

August 6, 2014

OVERVIEW

Revenue was $374.7 million and $378.8 million in the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, was $742.8 million and $744.4 million, respectively. Revenue for the Flavors & Fragrances segment decreased 4.6% and 2.9% for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively, from the comparable periods last year. Color segment revenue increased 3.9% and 3.6% for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively, from the comparable periods last year. Corporate & Other revenue increased 3.6% and 2.5% for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively, from the comparable periods last year. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased consolidated revenue by approximately 40 basis points in the quarter ending June 30, 2014, and decreased revenue by 10 basis points in the six months ended June 30, 2014. Additional information on group results can be found in the Segment Information section. In March of this year, the Company announced that it was initiating a restructuring plan (2014 Restructuring Plan) to eliminate underperforming operations, consolidate manufacturing facilities and improve efficiencies within the Company. Based on this plan, the Company has determined that certain long-lived assets associated with the underperforming operations were impaired. As a result, the Company has reduced the carrying amounts of these assets to approximately $28.1 million, their aggregate respective fair values, which were determined based on independent market values for these assets. In addition, certain intangible assets were also determined to be impaired and were written down. Employee separation and other restructuring costs were also incurred during the three and six months ended June 30, 2014. The Company will reduce headcount by approximately 300 positions at impacted facilities in all segments, primarily direct and indirect labor at manufacturing sites (less than 10 employees have been terminated as of June 30, 2014). For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the Company recorded total restructuring and other costs of $13.0 million and $65.7 million, respectively. The Company determined that this was the appropriate amount of restructuring and other costs to record in each period in accordance with GAAP and based on an internal review of the affected facilities and consultation with legal and other advisors. The Company expects to incur approximately $30 million to $35 million of additional restructuring costs by the end of December 2014 and approximately $25 million to $30 million of additional restructuring costs by the end of 2016. The 2014 Restructuring Plan is anticipated to reduce annual operating costs by approximately $30 million per year with incremental savings expected to be achieved over the next few years and the full benefit expected to be achieved after 2015. In 2013, the Company had restructuring costs to relocate the Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters and consolidate manufacturing facilities resulting in the recording of $6.6 million and $19.4 million of restructuring costs in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. The gross profit margin increased 230 basis points to 34.6% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, from 32.3% for the same period in 2013. The gross profit margin increased 200 basis points to 34.2% for the first six months of 2014, from 32.2% for the same period in 2013. Included in the cost of sales are $0.3 million and $0.9 million of restructuring costs in the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, which reduced gross profit. Before these restructuring costs, gross margin increased 220 basis points in the second quarter of 2014 primarily due to an increase in selling prices which more than offset higher manufacturing costs. For the six months ended June 30, 2014, gross margin before the restructuring costs increased 190 basis points primarily due to higher selling prices which more than offset higher manufacturing costs. Selling and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue were 21.7% and 19.5% in the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Restructuring costs of $13.0 million and $6.4 million were included in selling and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Excluding restructuring costs, selling and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue increased 50 basis points to 18.3% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, primarily due to normal inflationary increases. For the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, selling and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue were 27.5% and 20.8%, respectively. Restructuring costs of $65.7 million and $18.5 million were included in selling and administrative expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Before the restructuring costs, selling and administrative expenses as a percent of revenue increased 40 basis points primarily due to normal inflationary increases partially offset by savings from the 2013 restructuring program. Operating income was $48.2 million and $48.7 million for the second quarters of 2014 and 2013, respectively. Before the restructuring costs in both years, operating income for the second quarter of 2014 increased 10.6% to $61.2 million. Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, was $49.8 million and $85.0 million. Before the restructuring costs in both years, operating income for the first six months of 2014 increased 10.6% to $115.5 million. The impact of foreign exchange rates increased operating profit by approximately 20 basis points and decreased operating profit by approximately 50 basis points in the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively. Operating margins were 12.9% in both the second quarter of 2014 and 2013, and 6.7% and 11.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Before the impact of the restructuring costs, operating margin increased 170 basis points to 16.3% in the second quarter of 2014 and increased 150 basis points to 15.5% for the first six months of 2014. 12



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Interest expense for the second quarters of 2014 and 2013 was $3.7 million and $4.0 million, respectively. For the first six months of 2014 and 2013, interest expense was $7.8 million and $8.3 million, respectively. The decrease is primarily due to lower average interest rates in the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2014. The effective income tax rates were 34.7% and 27.7% for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The effective income tax rates were 35.7% and 30.0% in the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Before the restructuring costs, the effective tax rate was 30.8% and 27.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and 30.2% and 29.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The effective tax rates in both 2014 and 2013 were reduced by changes in estimates associated with the finalization of prior year tax items and valuation allowances. The Company expects the effective tax rate for the remainder of 2014 to be between 31.0% and 32.0%, before the income tax expense or benefit related to discrete items and the restructuring costs, which will be reported in the quarter in which they occur. The Company has included non-GAAP financial measures, to remove the costs related to the restructuring activities and provide investors with a view of operating performance excluding the restructuring and other costs. These non-GAAP financial measures are utilized by management in comparing the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis. The Company believes that these financial measures are appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of the Company's underlying operating performance trends compared to historical and prospective periods. The Company also believes that these measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information calculated in accordance with GAAP.



The table below reconciles certain reported results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, to those results before the impact of the restructuring and other costs, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

Three Months Ended June 30,



Six Months Ended June 30,

2014 2013 % Change 2014 2013 % Change Operating income (GAAP) $ 48,209$ 48,678 -1.0 % $ 49,788$ 85,016 -41.4 % Restructuring - Cost of products sold - 277 - 872 Restructuring & other - Selling and administrative 12,979 6,365 65,701 18,543 Adjusted operating income $ 61,188$ 55,320 10.6 % $ 115,489$ 104,431 10.6 % Net earnings (GAAP) $ 29,061$ 32,282 -10.0 % $ 26,986$ 53,721 -49.8 % Restructuring & other, before tax 12,979 6,642 65,701 19,415 Tax impact of restructuring & other (2,260 ) (1,940 ) (17,534 ) (5,306 ) Adjusted net earnings $ 39,780$ 36,984 7.6 % $ 75,153$ 67,830 10.8 % Diluted EPS (GAAP) $ 0.59$ 0.65 -9.2 % $ 0.55$ 1.08 -49.1 % Restructuring & other, net of tax 0.22 0.09 0.97 0.28 Adjusted diluted EPS $ 0.81$ 0.74 9.5 % $ 1.52$ 1.36 11.8 % 13



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SEGMENT INFORMATION

Beginning in the first quarter of 2014, the results of operations for the Company's fragrances business in Asia Pacific and China, previously reported in the Corporate & Other segment, are reported in the Flavors & Fragrances segment, and the results of operations for the Company's pharmaceutical flavors business, previously reported in the Flavors & Fragrances segment, are reported in the Color segment with the pharmaceutical colors business. Results for 2013 have been restated to reflect these changes. Restructuring and other charges are reported in the Corporate & Other segment. Flavors & Fragrances - Revenue for the Flavors & Fragrances segment was $216.2 million and $226.6 million in the second quarters of 2014 and 2013, respectively. Lower revenue in North America ($10.2 million) and Europe ($2.3 million) was partially offset by the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates ($1.8 million). The lower revenue in North America was primarily related to lower natural ingredient volumes as the Flavors & Fragrances segment focuses on higher margin, value added products. The lower revenue in Europe was primarily due to lower volumes. Flavors & Fragrances segment operating income increased 4.9% from the prior year's comparable quarter to $33.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. The higher profit was primarily due to higher profit in North America ($1.5 million) and Mexico ($0.3 million). The higher profit in North America was primarily due to higher selling prices for both natural ingredients and traditional flavors. The higher profit in Mexico was due to higher selling prices. Operating income as a percent of revenue was 15.5% an increase of 140 basis points from the prior year's quarter. Revenue for the Flavors & Fragrances segment was $429.6 million and $442.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to lower revenue in North America ($13.3 million) and Europe ($1.9 million) partially offset by higher revenue in Mexico ($0.2 million) combined with the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates ($2.1 million). The lower revenue in North America was primarily related to lower natural ingredient volumes as the Flavors & Fragrances segment focuses on higher margin, value added products. The lower revenue in Europe was primarily due to lower volumes. Operating income was $63.5 million and $60.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Higher profit in North America ($2.8 million), Mexico ($0.4 million) and Europe ($0.3 million) was partially offset by the unfavorable impact of exchange rates ($0.4 million). The higher profit in North America was primarily due to higher selling prices for both natural ingredients and traditional flavors. The higher profit in both Mexico and Europe was primarily due to higher selling prices. Color - Revenue for the Color segment was $133.2 million and $128.2 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The higher revenue was primarily related to higher sales of non-food colors ($2.7 million), higher sales of food and beverage colors ($1.1 million) and the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates ($1.2 million). The higher sales of both non-food colors and food and beverage colors were primarily due to higher volumes. Operating income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, was $30.9 million, an increase of 8.5% from the $28.4 million reported in the comparable period last year. The increase was primarily due to higher profit on sales of food and beverage colors ($1.3 million) and non-food colors ($0.7 million). The higher profit on sales of food and beverage colors was primarily due to higher selling prices. The higher profit on sales of non-food colors was primarily driven by higher volumes. Operating income as a percent of revenue increased 100 basis points to 23.2% in the second quarter of 2014 from 22.2% in the prior year's quarter. Color segment revenue was $266.9 million and $257.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The higher revenue was primarily due to higher sales of non-food colors ($5.4 million) and food and beverage colors ($3.2 million), both due to higher volumes and selling prices. Operating income was $60.3 million for the first six months of 2014, an increase of 9.3% from $55.1 million reported for the first six months of 2013. The increase was primarily due to the higher profit on sales of food and beverage colors ($2.7 million) and non-food colors ($2.1 million). The higher profit was primarily due to higher selling prices and volumes of both food and beverage colors and non-food colors. Operating income as a percent of revenue was 22.6%, up from 21.4% in the prior year's first six months. 14



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Corporate & Other - Revenue for the Corporate & Other segment increased 3.6% to $39.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, from $37.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. The increase was primarily related to higher volumes in Asia Pacific and the flavors businesses in Central & South America. The Corporate & Other segment reported operating losses of $16.2 million and $11.7 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The lower results were primarily due to $13.0 million and $6.6 million of restructuring charges recorded in the second quarters of 2014 and 2013, respectively, partially offset by the profit on higher volumes in Asia Pacific and the flavors businesses in Central & South America. All restructuring charges for the Company are included in the Corporate & Other segment. Revenue for the Corporate & Other segment was $74.3 million for the first six months of 2014, an increase of 2.5% from the $72.5 million reported in the first six months of 2013. The increase was primarily due to higher volumes in both Asia Pacific and the flavors businesses in Central & South America. An operating loss of $74.0 million was reported in the first six months of 2014 compared to an operating loss of $30.5 million in the prior year period. The lower results were primarily due to $65.7 million and $19.4 million of restructuring charges recorded in 2014 and 2013, respectively partially offset by the profit on higher volumes in Asia Pacific and the flavors businesses in Central & South America.



LIQUIDITY AND FINANCIAL CONDITION

The Company's ratio of debt to total capital was 30.1% and 22.2% as of June 30, 2014, and December 31, 2013, respectively. The increase was due to higher debt at June 30, 2014. The Company is in compliance with its most restrictive loan covenants calculated in accordance with the applicable agreements as of June 30, 2014. Debt increases are discussed below. Net cash provided by operating activities was $69.4 million and $70.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Cash provided by operating activities is consistent with prior years primarily due to higher net earnings, adjusted for the impact of the restructuring costs, offset by a higher use of cash to fund working capital expenditures, which primarily relates to increased inventory at certain locations. Net cash used in investing activities was $29.4 million and $55.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Capital expenditures were $29.8 million and $55.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Net cash used in financing activities was $30.9 million in the first six months of 2014 and $1.6 million in the comparable period of 2013. The cash required to fund the repurchase of the Company stock (in 2014 only), capital expenditures and dividends payments in the first six months of 2014 and 2013 caused the Company to increase debt by a net amount of $101.3 million and $20.5 million, respectively. For purposes of the cash flow statement, net changes in debt exclude the impact of foreign exchange rates. Dividends of $23.8 million and $22.5 million were paid during the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Dividends paid were 48 cents per share for the first six months of 2014 and 45 cents per share in the comparable period of 2013, reflecting the Company's increase in the quarterly dividend to 25 cents per share beginning in the second quarter of 2014.



The Company's financial position remains strong. The Company expects that its cash flows from operations and existing lines of credit can be used to meet future cash requirements for operations, capital expenditures, dividend payments, acquisitions and stock repurchases.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

There has been no material changes in the Company's contractual obligations during the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For additional information about contractual obligations, refer to page 21 of the Company's 2013 Annual Report, portions of which were filed as Exhibit 13.1 to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. 15



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OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

The Company had no off-balance sheet arrangements as of June 30, 2014.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

There has been no material changes in the Company's critical accounting policies during the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For additional information about critical accounting policies, refer to pages 19 and 20 of the Company's 2013 Annual Report, portions of which were filed as Exhibit 13.1 to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.


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