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IFF Reports Strong Third Quarter 2007 Results
- 13% Increase in Adjusted EPS Driven by Strong Sales Growth -
NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, today reported strong growth in sales for the third quarter of 2007. Earnings per share as reported were $.67 in the quarter compared to $.70 per share in the third quarter of 2006.
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The 2007 results include a pension curtailment loss of $5.9 million or $.04 per share resulting from changes to the Company's U.S. defined benefit pension plan. The 2006 results included a $3 million or $.03 per share insurance recovery related to a 2005 product contamination issue and $6 million or $.04 per share of other income relating primarily to gains on disposition of assets. Excluding these items from the respective years, the 2007 third quarter earnings per share would have been $.71 compared to $.63 per share in the 2006 quarter, representing a 13 percent increase.
"Our strong financial performance in the third quarter is a result of significant growth in our Flavors business combined with another quarter of strong growth in Fine Fragrances," said Robert M. Amen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to build positive momentum by focusing on our three strategic drivers -- customers, people and innovation.
"Looking ahead, IFF is well positioned to benefit from the strong global economy and the rapid growth in consumer sectors of Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe."
Third quarter 2007 sales were $583 million, an increase of 8 percent from the prior year quarter. Reported sales benefited from the generally weaker U.S. dollar, mainly against the Euro and Pound Sterling; at comparable exchange rates, sales would have increased 5 percent over the 2006 quarter.
Flavors business unit sales increased 12 percent, due to new wins and volume growth in each region. Flavor sales were particularly strong in Latin America, increasing 31 percent, with excellent growth in North America and Greater Asia.
The 6 percent increase in total Fragrance business unit sales was driven by an 11 percent increase in both fine and beauty care sales and ingredient sales. The fine and beauty care sales benefited from both new product introductions and continued success of existing creations. The growth in ingredient sales was attributable to higher volumes. Functional fragrance sales declined by 1 percent.
Third Quarter 2007 Highlights -- Gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 41.9 percent compared with 42.5 percent in the prior year quarter. The decline was mainly due to lower selling prices for fragrance ingredients and some impact of higher material costs as well as lower functional fragrance volumes. -- Research and Development ("R&D") spending, as a percentage of sales, remained at the prior year level. -- Selling and Administrative ("S&A") expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 16.2 percent in the current quarter compared to 16.3 percent in 2006, reflecting good cost control. The 2006 results included the benefit of a $3 million insurance recovery related to the 2005 product contamination matter; excluding this benefit, the 2006 S&A expenses would have been 16.9 percent of sales. -- Interest expense increased by $2 million from the prior year, primarily due to higher average interest rates on borrowings. The average interest rate for the third quarter was 4.4 percent compared to 3.2 percent for the 2006 quarter. -- The Company's third quarter effective tax rate was 27.0 percent compared to 29.8 percent in the prior year quarter. The lower effective tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2007 was the result of a greater percentage of consolidated pre-tax earnings in lower tax jurisdictions. Business Unit Performance
Flavors Business Unit profitability as reported increased 8 percent compared to the 2006 quarter, on the 12 percent sales increase. The comparison with the prior year period was affected by the $3 million insurance recovery related to the product contamination matter; excluding the insurance recovery from the prior year comparative, Flavors profitability would have increased 16 percent over the 2006 quarter. The profitability improvement was enabled by the strong sales growth, favorable product mix and continued good cost control.
Fragrance Business Unit Profitability was flat in comparison to the 2006 quarter on the 6 percent sales increase. Profitability was impacted by lower fragrance ingredient selling prices, some impact of higher raw material costs and lower functional fragrance volumes.
About International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
IFF is a leading creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products and packaged goods. Consumers experience these unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, confectionary and food products. The Company leverages its competitive advantages of brand understanding and consumer insight combined with its focus on R&D and innovation, to provide customers with differentiated product offerings. A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF has sales, manufacturing and creative facilities in 30 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.iff.com.
Audio Web Cast
An audio Web cast, to discuss the Company's third quarter 2007 financial results and outlook, will be held today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can access the Web cast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's Web site at www.iff.com, under the Investor Relations section. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company's Web site approximately one hour after the event and will remain available on the IFF Web site until 11:59 p.m. on November 14, 2007.
Cautionary Statement Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Statements in this report, which are not historical facts or information, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's current assumptions, estimates and expectations. Certain of such forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "expect," "believe," "outlook," "guidance," "may," and similar terms or variations thereof. All information concerning future revenues, tax rates or benefits, interest savings, earnings and other future financial results or financial position, constitutes forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements involve significant risks, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results of the Company may differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: general economic and business conditions in the Company's markets, including economic, population health and political uncertainties; interest rates; the price, quality and availability of raw materials; the Company's ability to implement its business strategy, including the achievement of anticipated cost savings, profitability and growth targets; the impact on cash and the impact of increased borrowings related to the July 2007 share repurchase program; the impact of currency fluctuation or devaluation in the Company's principal foreign markets and the success of the Company's hedging and risk management strategies; the outcome of uncertainties related to litigation; the impact of possible pension funding obligations and increased pension expense on the Company's cash flow and results of operations; and 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. The Company intends its forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of such statements and does not undertake or plan to update or revise them as more information becomes available or to reflect changes in expectations, assumptions or results.
Any public statements or disclosures by IFF following this report that modify or impact any of the forward-looking statements contained in or accompanying this report will be deemed to modify or supersede such outlook or other forward-looking statements in or accompanying this report.
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Consolidated Income Statement (Amounts in thousands except per share data) (Unaudited) Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, % % 2006 2007 Change 2006 2007 Change Net sales $539,135 $583,313 8% $1,581,072 $1,723,140 9% Cost of goods sold 310,149 339,175 9% 907,856 996,225 10% Gross margin on sales 228,986 244,138 7% 673,216 726,915 8% Research & development expenses 46,471 49,733 7% 137,661 145,125 5% Selling and administrative expenses 88,092 94,464 7% 261,364 276,933 6% Amortization 3,713 3,555 -4% 11,134 10,666 -4% Curtailment loss - 5,943 - 5,943 Restructuring and other charges 316 - 673 - Interest expense 6,475 8,596 33% 18,148 25,306 39% Other expense (income), net (6,783) 1,239 -118% (6,630) (1,747) -74% Pretax income 90,702 80,608 -11% 250,866 264,689 6% Income taxes 27,056 21,764 -20% 72,348 64,784 -10% Net income 63,646 58,844 -8% 178,518 199,905 12% Earnings per share - basic $0.71 $0.68 -4% $1.97 $2.26 15% Earnings per share - diluted $0.70 $0.67 -4% $1.95 $2.23 14% Average shares outstanding (in thousands): Basic 90,053 87,063 -3% 90,786 88,538 -2% Diluted 90,988 88,056 -3% 91,489 89,612 -2% International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) December 31, September 30, 2006 2007 Cash and cash equivalents $114,508 $61,964 Short-term investments 604 600 Receivables 405,302 486,389 Inventories 446,606 467,903 Other current assets 112,783 101,405 Total current assets 1,079,803 1,118,261 Property, plant and equipment, net 495,124 492,593 Goodwill and other intangibles, net 745,716 735,049 Other assets 158,261 187,756 Total assets $2,478,904 $2,533,659 Bank borrowings and overdrafts $15,897 $52,578 Other current liabilities 430,874 361,430 Total current liabilities 446,771 414,008 Long-term debt 791,443 1,134,493 Non-current liabilities 335,522 437,451 Shareholders' equity 905,168 547,707 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $2,478,904 $2,533,659 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) September 30, September 30, 2006 2007 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $178,518 $199,905 Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operations: Depreciation and amortization 66,910 62,825 Deferred income taxes (8,904) (12,202) Gain on disposal of assets (14,682) (7,358) Equity based compensation 13,015 13,310 Curtailment loss - 5,943 Changes in assets and liabilities: Current receivables (59,694) (66,354) Inventories 12,328 (2,381) Current payables 34,439 (19,338) Changes in other assets, net 34,237 37,760 Changes in other liabilities, net (18,660) (24,087) Net cash provided by operations 237,507 188,023 Cash flows from investing activities: Net change in short-term investments 25 (311) Additions to property, plant and equipment (30,883) (36,504) Proceeds from disposal of assets 14,888 9,139 Net cash used in investing activities (15,970) (27,676) Cash flows from financing activities: Cash dividends paid to shareholders (50,815) (56,248) Net change in bank borrowings and overdrafts (36,804) (137,837) Proceeds from long-term debt 375,000 500,000 Repayments of long-term debt (499,300) - Proceeds from issuance of stock under stock plans 40,494 48,441 Excess tax benefits on stock options exercised 362 6,353 Purchase of treasury stock (162,221) (576,832) Net cash used in financing activities (333,284) (216,123) Effect of exchange rates changes on cash and cash equivalents 1,965 3,232 Net change in cash and cash equivalents (109,782) (52,544) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 272,545 114,508 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $162,763 $61,964 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Business Unit Performance (Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended September 30, 2007 Global (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS) Flavors Fragrances Expenses Consolidated Net sales $256,423 $326,890 $- $583,313 Operating profit $48,111 $55,779 $(7,504) 96,386 Interest expense (8,596) Curtailment loss (5,943) Other income (expense), net (1,239) Income before taxes on income $80,608 Three Months Ended September 30, 2006 Global (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS) Flavors Fragrances Expenses Consolidated Net sales $229,734 $309,401 $- $539,135 Segment profit $44,080 $56,486 $(9,856) $90,710 Restructuring and other charges 553 (824) (45) (316) Operating profit $44,633 $55,662 $(9,901) 90,394 Interest expense (6,475) Other income (expense), net 6,783 Income before taxes on income $90,702
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