IFF results "consistent with expectations"12 Aug 2016
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has reported net sales for the second quarter totalled $793.5 million, an increase of 3% from $767.5 million in the second quarter of 2015.
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has reported financial results and strategic achievements for the second quarter ended July 1, 2016.Reported net sales for the second quarter totalled $793.5 million, an increase of 3% from $767.5 million in the second quarter of 2015. Excluding the impact of currency, currency neutral sales increased 4%, including a 2 percentage point contribution related to the acquisition of IFF | Ottens Flavors and IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics.Reported operating profit totalled $164.5 million, an increase of 11% from $148.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted operating profit and currency neutral adjusted operating profit both increased 7% to $165.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, driven primarily by volume growth, benefits associated with cost and productivity initiatives, and the contribution of acquisitions.Reported earnings per share (EPS) increased 13% to $1.46 per diluted share compared with $1.29 per diluted share in the prior year second quarter. Adjusted EPS increased 8% to $1.47 per diluted share compared with $1.36 per diluted share in the prior year second quarter. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, adjusted currency neutral EPS increased 5% driven by lower year-over-year shares outstanding, offset by higher interest expense and a higher effective tax rate.“As we celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Vision 2020, we are proud of the performance we made relative to our strategic priorities,” said Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig. “Since inception, we’ve seen strong currency neutral sales growth across all of our key platforms – modulation, encapsulation, delivery systems and naturals – proof that we are executing our plan and delivering industry-leading innovation to our customers. We also made strong in-roads in improving our market position in key countries, strengthening our relationships with many of our customers and actively pursuing value creation opportunities through collaborations and acquisitions.”“With respect to the second quarter of 2016, we are pleased to report our performance was consistent with our expectations for all of our key financial metrics. Currency neutral sales growth of 4% was driven by new wins across both businesses and the benefits associated with our strategic acquisitions. Adjusted operating profit and adjusted EPS, on a currency neutral basis, both grew faster than sales led by volume growth, cost and productivity initiatives and acquisitions. We achieved these financial results as we continued to strategically reinvest in the business to drive long-term growth.”“As we have started the year well – first half currency neutral sales grew 5% and currency neutral adjusted operating profit and adjusted EPS were up 7% and 8% respectively – we remain cautiously optimistic in achieving our previously stated currency neutral guidance given the continued macroeconomic uncertainty.”On a reported basis, sales in the Flavours business unit increased 2%, or $7.0 million, to $379.5 million. Reported Flavours segment profit increased 8% to $90.3 million from$84.0 million, and reported segment profit margin improved 120 basis points to 23.8%.Currency neutral sales grew 3%, including approximately 1 percentage point related to the acquisition of IFF | Ottens Flavors, as all categories improved year-over-year.Flavors segment profit grew approximately 9% on a currency neutral basis primarily resulting from volume growth and the benefits from cost and productivity initiatives.
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