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IFF Reports First Quarter 2013 Like-for-Like Sales Growth of 4% and Adjusted EPS of $1.19 per diluted Share, Up 19%


Local Currency Sales Increase 3%; Reported Sales Increase 2%

Reported EPS of $1.10 Increases 11% versus Prior Year

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 7, 2013-- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Results

  • Reported net sales for the first quarter totaled $727.8 million, an increase of 2% from $710.6 million in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, local currency sales increased 3%. On a like-for-like basis, which excludes the exit of low-margin sales activities in Flavors, local currency sales increased 4%.
  • Net income totaled $90.7 million or $1.10 per diluted share for the first quarter, compared with net income of $81.1 million or $0.99 per diluted share in the prior year first quarter.
  • Adjusted EPS, which excludes the impact of a charge related to the Spanish Tax ruling as well as charges related to plant closings, increased 19% to $1.19 per diluted share in the first quarter, up from an adjusted $1.00 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012.

Please see the information and schedules at the end of this release for reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial metrics.

Management Commentary

“We are pleased with our performance this quarter, which resulted in an adjusted EPS improvement of 19%. In the first quarter, we delivered like-for-like sales growth of 4%, supported by strong underlying momentum in both Fragrance Compounds and Flavors, reflecting the diversity and strength of our category and geographic portfolios,” said Doug Tough, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF.

“This quarter we achieved strong new win rates owing to the innovative abilities of our business segments, combined with our expertise in proactively providing customers with solutions based on the strength of our creative, consumer insight, and research and development teams. Our overall sales were also supported by 9% local currency growth in the emerging markets, with double-digit sales growth in many developing countries, including Brazil and China.”

“As expected, gross margins in the first quarter benefited from the combined impact of previous price increases and modest raw material cost declines. Based on our strategy of maximizing our portfolio, gross margins also benefited from strong innovation-based wins, an improved product mix in part due to the exit of low-margin sales activities in Flavors, as well as various other cost savings and value-enhancing initiatives.”

Mr. Tough continued, “We took several actions during the quarter to enhance our manufacturing efficiency and consolidate our geographic footprint. During the quarter, we made the decision to close our Flavors facility in Knislinge, Sweden and our Fragrances facility in Jakarta, Indonesia and transfer production to our larger facilities in The Netherlands and Singapore, respectively. We also announced the formal opening of our technologically-advanced Flavors manufacturing facility in Guangzhou, China to provide dry and liquid flavors to the Company’s regional and global food and beverage customers, as we continue to support future growth in the region.”

“And, last week we took further steps to strengthen our innovation platform, improve operating efficiencies and meet customers’ growing needs. On Tuesday, we announced our multi-year collaboration with Amyris, a leading biotechnology company, to develop and commercialize sustainable and cost-effective ingredients using a biotechnology platform. On Friday, we announced our intention to close our Fragrances Ingredients manufacturing facility in Augusta, Georgia, and consolidate production into existing Ingredients plants. The plant closure is one of several actions we are taking to ensure the long-term profitability of our Fragrance Ingredients business and strengthen our competitive position.”

Mr. Tough concluded, “We entered the year with increased optimism with the expectation for an improving operating environment, a robust R&D pipeline, and strong customer relationships and partnerships. We see solid momentum in each of our business units, and expect to deliver stronger sales growth in the second quarter as we continue to focus on leveraging our geographic reach, strengthening our innovation platform and maximizing our portfolio. We believe that by executing on these three strategic pillars, we will be able to grow our business this year in line with our long-term targets.”

First Quarter 2013 Operating Highlights

  • Local currency sales in the emerging markets accounted for 49% of total company sales in the first quarter and experienced growth of 9%.
  • Gross profit, as a percent of sales, was 42.8% compared with 40.2% in the prior year. Excluding the impact of plant closings in the current quarter, the adjusted gross profit was 42.9%, compared with 40.2% in the first quarter of 2012. The 270 basis point adjusted gross margin improvement was due to modest declines in raw material costs, residual pricing, our cash flow hedging activities, strong new wins owing in part to our innovations, improved mix due to the exit of low-margin sales activities in Flavors, as well as ongoing cost reduction efforts. Although raw material prices have experienced a modest decline this quarter, they remain near historically high levels.
  • Research, selling and administrative (RSA) expenses, as a percent of sales, increased 100 basis points to 23.9% compared with 22.9% in the first quarter of 2012. The RSA increase this quarter primarily reflects higher incentive compensation costs, adjustments to deferred compensation plan assets, and increased pension expenses.
  • Operating profit increased 14% or $16.7 million to $137.6 million from $120.9 million. Excluding the $1.2 million cost related to closing two smaller facilities in Europe and Asia this quarter, and a $1.7 million restructuring charge in the prior year quarter, adjusted operating profit increased $16.2 million, or 13% to $138.8 million, from $122.6 million in the first quarter of 2012. The improvement in adjusted operating profit was principally due to volume growth combined with gross margin expansion, offset in part by higher incentive compensation charges. Adjusted operating profit margin increased 190 basis points to 19.1% from 17.2% in the prior year.
  • The effective tax rate for the quarter was 28.9% compared with 26.5% in the prior year quarter, and includes a tax charge relating to the Spanish tax ruling. Excluding the impact of the Spanish tax charge and taxes related to the plant closings in the current quarter, as well as taxes related to restructuring costs from the prior year’s quarter, the adjusted effective tax rate was 24.0%, or 270 basis points below the prior year adjusted effective tax rate of 26.7%. The decrease was primarily driven by the benefit associated with the U.S. tax legislation enacted in the first quarter of 2013, which includes the R&D tax credit.
  • Cash flow from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $18.7 million, or $33.9 million lower than the prior year quarter of $52.6 million. The decrease primarily reflects higher year-over-year incentive compensation payments and additional pension contributions in the U.S..

Subsequent Events

  • On April 4, the Company issued $300.0 million of 10-year 3.2% Senior Notes due 2023, marking our first offering in the U.S. public bond markets in more than 10 years. This public debt diversifies our sources of funding as well as our debt investor base.
  • On April 29, 2013, the Company entered into a multi-year collaboration with Amyris to jointly develop and commercialize a sustainable, cost-effective and reliable source of fragrance ingredients.
  • On May 3, 2013, IFF announced its intention to close its Fragrance Ingredients manufacturing facility in Augusta, Georgia by July 2014, and consolidate production into existing IFF facilities. The closing of the Augusta plant will improve efficiencies within its Ingredients manufacturing network and is in keeping with the Company’s objective to ensure its operations are cost-efficient and competitive.

Fragrances Business Unit

  • Reported sales increased 3% to $371.5 million, compared with $360.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. The foreign currency impact was negligible this quarter.
  • Fragrance Compounds experienced local currency sales growth of 7% in the first quarter, which more than offset an 11% sales decline in Fragrance Ingredients.
  • Within Fragrance Compounds, our Fine and Beauty Care category had local currency sales growth of 4%, driven by double-digit growth in Latin America and Greater Asia. Functional Fragrances had local currency sales growth of 9% owing to positive growth in all regions, led by double-digit growth in Latin America and Greater Asia and high single digit growth in EAME. This marks the 19th consecutive quarter of growth in Functional Fragrances, due to increased new wins, including those using our encapsulation technology, and increased core list participation.
  • The emerging markets represented 54% of Fragrances Compounds sales. Within Fragrance Compounds, the emerging markets grew at 18% in the first quarter over the prior year quarter, reflecting broad-based geographic and category growth.
  • Gross margins from our Fragrances business unit increased over the prior year quarter, primarily due to favorable raw material costs combined with residual pricing, ongoing cost savings initiatives and improved mix.
  • Fragrances segment profit increased 22% to $68.4 million in the first quarter of 2013, up from $56.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. The segment profit improvement is the result of volume growth from new wins combined with gross margin improvements and ongoing cost discipline. The segment profit margin increased 290 basis points to 18.4% from 15.5%.

Flavors Business Unit

  • Reported sales increased 2% to $356.4 million, compared with $349.9 million in the first quarter of 2012. The foreign currency impact was negligible this quarter.
  • On a like-for-like (LFL) basis, which excludes the exit of low-margin sales activities, local currency sales increased 6% in the quarter, driven by strong new wins and residual benefits of previously taken pricing.
  • On a regional basis, Greater Asia, Latin America and EAME delivered LFL local currency sales growth of 6%, and North America delivered LFL local currency sales growth of 4%.
  • On an end-use category basis, LFL local currency sales growth was led by high single digit growth in Dairy and Beverage due to increased sales using our modulation technologies. Savory increased mid-single digits, and Sweet also had positive growth this quarter.
  • Gross margins in the Flavors business increased over the prior year quarter primarily as a result of the benefit of favorable raw material costs and residual pricing, as well as mix improvements including the continued exit of low-margin sales activities. The Company expects to have one additional quarter that will be impacted by the exit of low-margin sales activities. Starting with the third quarter of 2013, the Company will have largely completed this effort.
  • Flavors segment profit increased 4% to $83.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, up from $79.7 million in the prior year quarter. Segment profit margin increased 50 basis points to 23.3% from 22.8%, as a result of volume growth from new wins combined with the gross margin improvement.

Audio Webcast

A live webcast to discuss the Company's first quarter financial results and full year outlook will be held today, May 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Investors may access the webcast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's website at under the Investor Relations section. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a recorded version of the webcast will be made available on the Company's website approximately one hour after the event and will remain available on IFF’s website for one year.

About IFF

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) is a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products. Consumers experience these unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, sweet goods and food products. The Company leverages its competitive advantages of consumer insight, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to provide customers with innovative and differentiated product offerings. A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF has more than 5,700 employees working in 32 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at

Cautionary Statement Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” under the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s expectations concerning (i) its results, performance and the growth opportunities for the business in 2013; (ii) the completion of its exit of low-margin sales activities; (iii) its product portfolio and R&D pipeline; (iv) the expected development of commercialization of sustainable, cost-effective fragrance ingredients in collaboration with Amyris; (v) expected improvement in efficiencies within the fragrance ingredients manufacturing network resulting from the closing of its Augusta, Georgia manufacturing facility; and (vi) its ability to execute on its long-term strategic plan and reach its long-term goals. These forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 26, 2013. The Company wishes to caution readers that certain important factors may affect and could in the future affect the Company’s actual results and could cause the Company’s actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. With respect to the Company’s expectations regarding these statements, such factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the economic climate for the Company’s industry and demand for the Company’s products; (2) the ability of the Company to successfully implement its restructuring initiative and achieve the estimated savings; (3) fluctuations in the price, quality and availability of raw materials; (4) decline in consumer confidence and spending; (5) changes in consumer preferences; (6) the Company’s ability to predict the short and long-term effects of global economic conditions; (7) movements in interest rates; (8) the effects of any unanticipated costs and construction or start-up delays in the expansion of any of the Company’s facilities; (9) the Company’s ability to implement its business strategy, including the achievement of anticipated cost savings, profitability, realization of price increases and growth targets; (10) the Company’s ability to successfully develop new and competitive products and enter and expand its sales in new and other emerging markets; (11) the impact of currency fluctuations or devaluations in the Company’s principal foreign markets; (12) any adverse impact on the availability, effectiveness and cost of the Company’s hedging and risk management strategies; (13) uncertainties regarding the outcome of, or funding requirements, related to litigation or settlement of pending litigation, uncertain tax positions or other contingencies, including the final assessment for the Company’s Spanish subsidiaries’ 2011 tax return and appeal regarding the tax assessments for the 2002 fiscal years; (14) the impact of possible pension funding obligations and increased pension expense, particularly as a result of changes in asset returns or discount rates, on the Company’s cash flow and results of operations; (15) the effect of legal and regulatory proceedings, as well as restrictions imposed on the Company, its operations or its representatives by U.S. and foreign governments; (16) adverse changes in federal, state, local and foreign tax legislation or adverse results of tax audits, assessments, or disputes; (17) the direct and indirect costs and other financial impact that may result from any business disruptions due to political instability, armed hostilities, incidents of terrorism, natural disasters or the responses to or repercussion from any of these or similar events or conditions; (18) the Company’s ability to quickly and effectively implement its disaster recovery and crisis management plans; and (19) adverse changes due to accounting rules or regulations. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on the Company’s business. Accordingly, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Shelley Young, 212-708-7271
Director, Investor Relations