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|IFF Reports First Quarter 2012 Results|
Adjusted Operating Profit Fell 8%, Reported Operating Profit Declined 9%
Adjusted EPS Down 3%, Reported EPS Decreased 4%
NEW YORK, May 08, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, today reported first quarter 2012 revenue of $711 million, one percent lower than the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, revenue in local currency increased one percent. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter were $0.99 compared to $1.03 in the first quarter 2011. Excluding an expense of $0.01 per share in the first quarter 2012 related to the previously-announced restructuring initiative, adjusted EPS declined three percent to $1.00 versus $1.03 in the prior year quarter.
"IFF continued to execute its strategy and generated results broadly in line with our expectation," said IFF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Tough. "The diversity and strength of our category and geographic portfolios, combined with our cost discipline, helped ease the impact of rising raw material costs, softness in Fragrance Ingredients, and a challenging macroeconomic environment. Going forward, we expect our business trends will improve over the course of the year as we continue to capitalize on our strong emerging market presence, healthy research and development pipeline, and profit improvement initiatives."
FIRST QUARTER 2012
Flavors Business Unit
Sales increased three percent over the prior year period while local currency sales grew five percent. On a like-for-like basis, which excludes a one percentage point impact associated with the exit of low-margin business, local currency sales increased six percent. Overall growth can once again be attributed to a double-digit performance in the emerging markets led by Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In the developed markets of North America and Western Europe, more modest growth continued to be driven by health and wellness initiatives.
Operating profit increased one percent, or $1 million, to $80 million as volume growth, higher pricing and cost discipline primarily drove results. Operating profit margin decreased 50 bps versus the prior year period to 22.8 percent due to higher raw material costs.
Fragrances Business Unit
Sales decreased four percent over the prior year period while local currency sales declined three percent. Fine Fragrance & Beauty Care sales showed significant improvements versus the fourth quarter 2011 driven by positive trends in Fine Fragrance. In Functional Fragrance, strong new wins in Fabric Care continued to drive solid sales results. Despite a sequential improvement versus the fourth quarter 2011, Fragrance Ingredients remained under pressure as higher prices to protect margin continued to have a negative impact on volume.
Operating profit declined 18 percent, or $13 million, to $56 million as increases in raw material costs and volume declines more than offset higher prices and cost control initiatives. Operating profit margin fell 280 bps to 15.5 percent versus the year-ago period.
Sales Performance by Region and Category:
First Quarter 2012 Highlights
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.
An audio webcast to discuss the Company's first quarter 2012 financial results, and second quarter and full year 2012 outlook will be held today, May 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can 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 replay will be available on the Company's website approximately one hour after the event and will remain available on the IFF website for one year.
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 expectation regarding improving business trends in 2012 and the Company's ability to capitalize on its strong emerging market presence, research and development pipeline, and profit improvement initiatives to capitalize on those trends. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company's business that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. 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 risk 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; (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; (13) 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; (14) 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; (15) adverse changes in federal, state, local and foreign tax legislation or adverse results of tax audits, assessments, or disputes; (16) 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 (17) 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.