Int'l Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) Misses Q3 EPS by 10c

November 7, 2016 4:23 PM EST
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Int'l Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) reported Q3 EPS of $1.31, $0.10 worse than the analyst estimate of $1.41. Revenue for the quarter came in at $777 million versus the consensus estimate of $785.05 million.

The Company’s full year 2016 guidance:

Currency Neutral FX Impact1 Reported2
Organic M&A Total
Sales 2.0% - 3.0% ~2.0% 4.0% - 5.0% ~(1.5)% 2.5% - 3.5%
Operating Profit 2.0% - 3.0% ~1.5% 3.5% - 4.5% ~(2.0)% 1.5% - 2.5%
EPS 3.5% - 4.5% ~1.5% 5.0% - 6.0% ~(2.0)% 3.0% - 4.0%

“In the third quarter, we continued to drive the execution of Vision 2020,” said Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig. “In the key areas we’ve identified – encapsulation, modulation, North America, Africa and the Middle East – we continue to make progress against our strategic goals. We also accelerated our efforts in M&A recently, with the addition of approximately $160 million in expected annualized sales from David Michael and Fragrance Resources – both of which complement our strategic vision well.

“Financially, third quarter currency neutral sales grew 3%, led by an improved performance in Flavors and the contribution from the IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics acquisition. Driven by new win performance, growth was achieved across both business units. From a currency neutral operating profit perspective, we anticipated performance to be muted given the timing of planned investments, yet results came in softer than expected due principally to unfavorable mix and higher manufacturing costs. As we progress in the fourth quarter, we are optimistic that sales, operating profit and EPS growth – on a currency neutral basis – will all improve sequentially.

“For the full year, despite challenging conditions given a higher level of economic uncertainty and limited volume growth by many consumer packaged goods companies, we are pleased to say that we are in a position to deliver solid top- and bottom-line growth in 2016. Longer-term, we believe that our investment in innovation will enable us to accelerate sales performance while simultaneously driving productivity improvements to ensure sustainable profit growth. We’re confident that by doing so, the cumulative benefits will lead to improved value creation for our customers, employees and shareholders.”

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