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International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2012 | About:

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Intl F & F has a market cap of $4.66 billion; its shares were traded at around $57.51 with a P/E ratio of 15.4 and P/S ratio of 1.7. The dividend yield of Intl F & F stocks is 2.2%. Intl F & F had an annual average earning growth of 5.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Intl F & F the business predictability rank of 3-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Reported sales for 2011 increased 6% year-over-year as both Flavors and Fragrances benefited from new business performance and price increases that more than offset price driven volume declines in Ingredients and volume erosion in Fragrance compounds. Exchange rate variations accounted for 2% of the year-over-year sales increase. The effect of exchange rates can vary by business and region depending upon the mix of sales by destination country as well as the relative percentage of local sales priced in U.S. dollars versus local currencies. LC sales growth of 4% in 2011 was consistent with our long-term strategic target of 4% 6% growth, despite the record LC growth achieved in 2010 of 13%. For 2012, we believe that our LC growth will be towards the low end of our long-term target as global GDP growth is expected to be relatively weak. We will experience a much larger drag on Flavor sales growth in 2012 as compared to 2011 associated with the exiting of under-performing business and demand in Ingredients is still expected to be weak. In particular, LC growth in the first quarter of 2012 will be especially challenged given that this was the strongest quarter during 2011.

The Fragrances business experienced a 1% increase in reported sales and was down 1% in LC terms compared to 16% LC sales growth during 2010. New business wins and the realization of price increases were more than offset by declines in existing business, most notably in Ingredients and Fine Fragrances. Year-over-year 2011 LC sales performance was led by double-digit growth in Home Care along with low single-digit gains in Beauty Care and Fabric Care categories. Offsetting these gains was a 9% decline in Ingredients compared to an 18% increase during 2010. LC growth within the regions was led by GA at 2%, mainly due to new business and slightly higher volumes, notably within the Fabric Care which had double-digit LC gains. All other regions were flat to slightly down reflecting gains in Hair Care and Home Care that were largely offset by volume erosion in Fine Fragrances in North America as well as declines in Ingredients in all regions. Global growth was led by single-digit growth in emerging markets which represented more than 40% of total Fragrance sales.

Flavors operating profit totaled $249.3 million in 2011 (18.5% of sales) compared to $242.5 million (20.2% of sales) in the comparable 2010 period. Flavors adjusted operating profit increased $41.7 million to $284.2 million (21.1% of sales). The improvement in profitability was mainly driven by strong sales growth and increased operating leverage, the realization of price increases and margin improvement initiatives that more than offset the effects of higher raw material costs and less favorable sales mix.

Fragrances operating profit totaled $215.3 million in 2011 or 14.9% as a percentage of sales, compared to $234.9 million or 16.5% as a percentage of sales reported in 2010. Fragrances adjusted operating profit decreased $18.4 million to $226.6 million (15.7% of sales) versus $245.0 million (17.3% of sales) during 2010. The decline in profit was driven by sharply higher input costs and weaker sales mix that could only be partially offset by the realization of price increases, the benefits of the European restructuring, other margin improvement initiatives, and lower incentive compensation.

Fragrances operating profit for 2010 was $234.9 million, or 16.5% as a percentage of sales, compared to $170.5 million or 13.7% reported in 2009. Fragrances adjusted operating profit increased more than $56.4 million to $245.0 million (17.3% of sales) versus $188.6 million (15.1% of sales) during 2009. The improvement in profit was driven by a 200 bps increase in gross margin resulting from higher volumes and net win performance, favorable input costs, and the benefits of ongoing profit improvement initiatives. RSA as a percentage of sales improved 150 bps due to positive cost leverage on our higher volume. Overall RSA expenses increased due to incentive compensation expense, lower R&D credits and investments in business development.

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