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IFF Reports Second Quarter 2012 Adjusted EPS Growth of 11% to $1.08 per Share

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Local Currency Sales Increase 4%; Reported Sales Increase 1%</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i>Adjusted Operating Profit Margins Expand 130 basis points to 18.3%</i> </p>

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

IFF Reports Second Quarter 2012 Adjusted EPS Growth of 11% to $1.08 per Share07:08 EDT Wednesday, August 08, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Second Quarter 2012 Results Reported revenue for the quarter totaled $721.3 million, an increase of 1% from $715.6 million in the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, local currency sales increased 4%. On a like-for-like basis, which excludes the exit of low-margin sales activities in Flavors, local currency sales increased 5%. Net income totaled $88.6 million or $1.08 per diluted share for the second quarter, compared with net income of $76.2 million or $0.93 in the second quarter of 2011. Excluding restructuring and other charges, which accounted for $0.04 per share in the second quarter of 2011, adjusted EPS increased 11% to $1.08, up from $0.97 in the second quarter of 2011. Management Commentary “We are pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Doug Tough, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF. “We delivered solid top-line growth and even stronger double-digit EPS growth, despite the challenges presented by the ongoing difficulties in Western Europe and volume declines in Fragrance Ingredients. Our performance against this backdrop underscores the strength and diversity of our portfolio and geographic reach, as well as our ability to drive manufacturing efficiencies and control operating costs. As expected, increases in raw material costs are beginning to moderate and price realization has improved, resulting in margin expansion and operating profit growth.” “IFF's growth this quarter was driven by our Flavors business, which achieved high single-digit local currency growth in every region and 8% growth overall, on top of 8% growth in the prior year, reflecting the balanced and consistent nature of this business. Our Fragrances Compounds business increased by 6% overall, led by strong growth in Latin America and Greater Asia, which offset continued softness in Ingredients.” Mr. Tough concluded, “We continue to be cautiously optimistic in our outlook, given the lagging economic growth and uneven recovery cycle. Although we achieved solid momentum in both Flavors and Fragrance Compounds, we believe we will continue to face a weak economic environment in Western Europe and softness in Fragrance Ingredients. Longer term, we see significant growth opportunities for the business and believe we are well positioned to achieve our long-term goals.” Second Quarter 2012 Operating Highlights Local currency sales in emerging markets, which account for 48% of total company sales, increased 9%. Gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 41.8%, compared with 39.7% in the second quarter of 2011, driven by new business wins, pricing, and manufacturing efficiencies, which more than offset lower increases in raw material costs. Research, selling and administrative (RSA) expenses, as a percentage of sales, increased 80 bps to 23.5% compared with the second quarter of 2011. The RSA increase this quarter principally reflects higher incentive compensation accruals and increased expenses to support our ongoing growth initiatives. Operating profit increased 12% to $132.3 million, from $118.0 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted Operating Profit increased 8% to $132.3 million, from $122.0 million in the second quarter of 2011 excluding restructuring and other charges of $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2011. The increased profitability was driven by pricing realization, volume and mix improvements, and manufacturing efficiencies that more than offset higher raw material costs and incentive compensation accruals. Interest expense declined $1.4 million year-over-year reflecting lower levels of outstanding debt, mainly due to long-term debt repayments in the second half of 2011. Other (income) and expense, net, improved $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter of 2011, due to favorable foreign exchange gains/losses on outstanding working capital balances. The effective tax rate increased 30 basis points to 27.7% in the second quarter from 27.4% in the second quarter of 2011. The marginal increase reflects increased provisions related to Spanish withholding taxes, and other provision adjustments on uncertain tax positions. The prior year rate included an R&D tax credit in the U.S. and a write-off related to deferred taxes caused by a change in U.S. state tax laws enacted during the quarter. Cash flow from operations increased by $133.2 million to $135.4 million in the first six months of 2012 compared with the first six months of 2011, reflecting the impact of lower year-over-year incentive compensation payments and lower tax payments made in 2012 compared to 2011, as well as improved core working capital. Subsequent Events On July 24, 2012, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized a quarterly dividend of $0.34, an increase of $0.03 from the current quarter dividend of $0.31. The quarterly dividend will be distributed October 3, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 19, 2012. On August 2, the Company announced that it had reached an overall agreement with the Spanish tax authorities regarding tax disputes for the years 2004 through 2010. The Company will pay Euro 86.0 million and take an after-tax charge to net income of $72.4 million, or $0.88 per share in the third quarter of 2012 as a result of the settlement. IFF also reached an agreement in principle regarding its tax position in Spain for 2012 and going forward. Flavors Business Unit Reported revenue increased 5% to $361.4 million, compared with $345.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, local currency sales increased 8% on top of the 8% growth reported in the second quarter of 2011. This marks the 26th quarter of consecutive local currency sales growth for Flavors. On a like-for-like basis, which excludes the exit of low-margin sales activities, local currency sales increased 9% in the quarter, led by North America, which achieved like-for-like growth of 12%, and Greater Asia, which achieved like-for-like growth of 10%. The North America and EAME regions achieved local currency sales growth of 8% and 7% respectively, due in part to the Company's focus on health and wellness initiatives, which increased sales. On a category basis, Beverage achieved double-digit local currency sales growth, with more than half of the growth coming from the North American region. Dairy, Sweet and Savory also achieved overall growth. Segment profit increased 14% to $80.6 million in the second quarter of 2012, up from $71.0 in the prior year quarter, driven by strong volume growth, price realization and favorable sales mix, that more than offset higher raw material costs and investments in R&D. Operating profit margin increased 170 basis points to 22.3% from 20.6%, reflecting improved operating leverage. Fragrances Business Unit Reported revenue decreased 3% to $359.9 million, compared with $370.2 million in the second quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, local currency sales were flat, with growth in Fine and Beauty Care and Functional Fragrance offset by volume declines in Fragrance Ingredients. Local currency sales growth in Fragrance Compounds, which includes Fine and Beauty Care and Functional, increased 6% in the second quarter. Fine and Beauty Care had local currency sales growth of 4%, driven by double-digit growth in Latin America and Greater Asia. Functional had local currency sales growth of 7%, due to strong growth in Latin America, EAME and Greater Asia. Segment profit increased 2% to $63.6 million in the second quarter, up from $62.3 in the prior year quarter. The improvement in segment profit is due to ongoing cost discipline, improved mix and pricing, combined with benefits from the strategic realignment plan announced in the first quarter of 2012. Audio Webcast A live webcast to discuss the Company's second quarter 2012 financial results, and second half and full year 2012 outlook will be held today, August 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Investors may access the webcast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's website at www.iff.com 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 5,600 employees working in 32 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our website at www.iff.com. 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 outlook for its performance and the growth opportunities for the business, the term and impact of the Western European economic slowdown and the sales reductions in Fragrance Ingredients on the Company's performance and the Company's belief that it is well positioned, in the longer-term, to 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 28, 2012. The Company wishes to caution readers that certain important factors may have affected 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 recent 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, especially in Western Europe; (7) movements in interest rates; (8) the Company's ability to implement its business strategy, including the achievement of anticipated cost savings, profitability, realization of price increases and growth targets; (9) the Company's ability to successfully develop new and competitive products and enter and expand its sales in new and other emerging markets; (10) the impact of currency fluctuations or devaluations in the Company's principal foreign markets; (11) any adverse impact on the availability, effectiveness and cost of the Company's hedging and risk management strategies; (12) 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 2002-2003 fiscal years; (13) the Company's ability to execute an agreement with the Spanish tax authorities for the tax treatment of its Spanish operations in 2012 and future years on the terms and conditions contemplated; (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) 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; and (18) 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. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Consolidated Income Statement(Amounts in thousands except per share data)(Unaudited)     Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended June 30,   June 30,             2012     2011 %Change   2012     2011 %Change   Net sales $ 721,317 $ 715,589 1 $ 1,431,933 $ 1,429,860 0 Cost of goods sold   419,774     431,166 (3 )   844,991     847,977 (0 ) Gross margin 301,543 284,423 6 586,942 581,883 1 Research and development 56,400 56,229 0 113,809 113,685 0 Selling and administrative 112,835 106,224 6 218,249 212,843 3 Restructuring and other charges - 3,985 1,668 4,013 Interest expense 10,613 12,009 21,423 23,689 Other (income) expense, net   (845 )   1,055   (1,088 )   7,111 Pretax income 122,540 104,921 17 232,881 220,542 6 Income taxes   33,944     28,733 18   63,230     60,311 5 Net income $ 88,596   $ 76,188 16 $ 169,651   $ 160,231 6       Earnings per share - basic $ 1.09 $ 0.94 $ 2.08 $ 1.98 Earnings per share - diluted $ 1.08 $ 0.93 $ 2.06 $ 1.96   Average shares outstanding Basic 81,095 80,451 80,938 80,250 Diluted 81,782 81,489 81,727 81,320 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet(Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited)     June 30,   December 31, 2012 2011 Cash & cash equivalents $ 104,637 $ 88,279 Receivables 516,598 472,346 Inventories 539,267 544,439 Other current assets   203,751   212,156 Total current assets 1,364,253 1,317,220   Property, plant and equipment, net 604,022 608,065 Goodwill and other intangibles, net 705,307 708,345 Other assets   351,725   331,951 Total assets $ 3,025,307 $ 2,965,581   Bank borrowings and overdrafts, and current portion of long-term debt $ 87,478 $ 116,688 Other current liabilities   419,945   447,878 Total current liabilities 507,423 564,566   Long-term debt 777,404 778,248 Non-current liabilities 513,969 515,360   Shareholders' equity   1,226,511   1,107,407 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 3,025,307 $ 2,965,581 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows(Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited)     Six Months Ended June 30, 2012   2011 Cash flows from operating activities:   Net income $ 169,651 $ 160,231 Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operations: Depreciation and amortization 37,094 37,356 Deferred income taxes (13,786 ) 27,215 Gain on disposal of assets (1,525 ) (1,580 ) Stock-based compensation 11,272 13,089 Pension settlement/curtailment 874 3,583 Changes in assets and liabilities Current receivables (58,035 ) (73,172 ) Inventories (5,643 ) (14,098 ) Accounts payable (36,253 ) (39,728 ) Accruals for incentive compensation 2,019 (51,057 ) Other current payables and accrued expenses 41,562 (46,760 ) Changes in other assets/liabilities   (11,864 )   (12,934 ) Net cash provided by operating activities   135,366     2,145     Cash flows from investing activities:   Additions to property, plant and equipment (53,833 ) (45,699 ) Purchase of insurance contracts (1,035 ) (1,371 ) Maturities of net investment hedge 1,960 976 Proceeds from disposal of assets   124     399   Net cash used in investing activities   (52,784 )   (45,695 )   Cash flows from financing activities: Cash dividends paid to shareholders (50,206 ) (43,349 ) Net change in revolving credit facility borrowings and overdrafts (26,034 ) 59,083 Proceeds from issuance of stock under stock plans 5,400 13,155 Excess tax benefits on stock-based payments   6,513     5,075   Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (64,327 )   33,964   Effect of exchange rates changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,897 ) 1,685 Net change in cash and cash equivalents 16,358 (7,901 ) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   88,279     131,332   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 104,637   $ 123,431   International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Business Unit Performance(Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited)     Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2012   2011 2012   2011 Net Sales Flavors $ 361,371 $ 345,407 $ 711,258 $ 683,994 Fragrances   359,946     370,182     720,675     745,866   Consolidated 721,317 715,589 1,431,933 1,429,860   Segment Profit Flavors 80,633 71,003 160,313 149,957 Fragrances 63,635 62,260 119,716 130,964 Global Expenses (11,960 ) (11,293 ) (25,145 ) (25,566 ) Restructuring and other charges, net   -     (3,985 )   (1,668 )   (4,013 ) Operating profit 132,308 117,985 253,216 251,342   Interest Expense (10,613 ) (12,009 ) (21,423 ) (23,689 ) Other income (expense), net   845     (1,055 )   1,088     (7,111 ) Income before taxes $ 122,540   $ 104,921   $ 232,881   $ 220,542       Operating Margin Flavors 22.3 % 20.6 % 22.5 % 21.9 % Fragrances 17.7 % 16.8 % 16.6 % 17.6 % Consolidated 18.3 % 16.5 % 17.7 % 17.6 % International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Sales Performance by Region and Category(Unaudited)         % Change in Sales- Second Quarter 2012 vs. Second Quarter 2011Fine &Beauty Care   Functional   Ingredients   Total Frag.   Flavors   Total           North AmericaReported-6%1%-13%-5%8%2%   EAMEReported-12%1%-29%-11%-1%-7%Local Currency-4%8%-24%-5%7%0%   Latin AmericaReported27%11%-14%15%3%10%Local Currency29%11%-13%16%6%12%   Greater AsiaReported9%5%-20%2%7%5%Local Currency11%6%-19%3%9%7%   TotalReported0%4%-21%-3%5%1%Local Currency4%   7%   -19%   0%   8%   4%       % Change in Sales- Six Months 2012 vs. Six Months 2011Fine &Beauty Care   Functional   Ingredients   Total Frag.   Flavors   Total           North AmericaReported-2%1%-6%-2%5%2%   EAMEReported-11%2%-23%-9%-1%-6%Local Currency-6%7%-20%-5%5%-1%   Latin AmericaReported15%8%-12%9%3%7%Local Currency16%8%-12%9%5%8%   Greater AsiaReported2%-2%-22%-4%7%3%Local Currency3%-2%-23%-4%9%4%   TotalReported-2%2%-17%-3%4%0%Local Currency1%   4%   -15%   -1%   6%   2%International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Reconciliation of Income(Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited) The following information and schedules provide reconciliation information between reported GAAP amounts and certain adjusted amounts. This information and schedules is not intended as, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for reported GAAP amounts or financial statements of the Company prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Second Quarter 2012: In the second quarter of 2012 there were no items impacting comparability. Second Quarter 2011:   Second Quarter 2011Items Impacting Comparability   Reported(GAAP)   Restructuring& Other Costs   Adjusted(Non-GAAP)     Net Sales 715,589 - Cost of Goods Sold 431,166 - Gross Profit284,423 - Research and Development 56,229 - Selling and Administrative 106,224 - RSA Expense 162,453 - Restructuring and other charges, net 3,985 (3,985) (a) - Operating Profit117,985 3,985 121,970 Interest Income 12,009 - Other (income) expense, net 1,055 - Income before taxes 104,921 3,985 108,906 Taxes on Income 28,733 (998) 29,731 Net Income76,188   2,987     79,175   Earnings per share - diluted$0.93$0.04$0.97   (a) Related to restructuring program announced in Q3 2009 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Reconciliation of Income(Amounts in thousands)(Unaudited) The following information and schedules provide reconciliation information between reported GAAP amounts and certain adjusted amounts. This information and schedules is not intended as, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for reported GAAP amounts or financial statements of the Company prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.   Second Quarter Year-to-Date 2012Items Impacting Comparability   Reported(GAAP)   Restructuring& Other Costs   Adjusted(Non-GAAP)     Net Sales1,431,933 - Cost of Goods Sold 844,991 - Gross Profit586,942 - Research and Development 113,809 - Selling and Administrative 218,249 - RSA Expense 332,058 - Restructuring and other charges, net 1,668 (1,668) (a) - Operating Profit253,2161,668254,884 Interest Income 21,423 - Other (income) expense, net (1,088) - Income before taxes 232,881 1,668 234,549 Taxes on Income 63,230 (621) 63,851 Net Income169,651   1,047     170,698   Earnings per share - diluted$2.06$0.01(b)$2.08   (a) Related to restructuring program announced in Q1 2012 (b) The sum of these items may not tie due to rounding   Second Quarter Year-to-Date 2011Items Impacting Comparability   Reported(GAAP)   Restructuring& Other Costs   Adjusted(Non-GAAP)Net Sales1,429,860 - Cost of Goods Sold 847,977 - Gross Profit581,883 - Research and Development 113,685 - Selling and Administrative 212,843 - RSA Expense 326,528 - Restructuring and other charges, net 4,013 (4,013) (a) - Operating Profit251,342 4,013 255,355 Interest Income 23,689 - Other (income) expense, net 7,111 - Income before taxes 220,542 4,013 224,555 Taxes on Income 60,311 (993) 61,304 Net Income160,231   3,020     163,251   Earnings per share - diluted$1.96$0.04$2.00   (a) Related to restructuring program announced in Q3 2009 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.Investor Relations:Shelley YoungDirector, Investor Relations212-708-7271