International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. ( IFF Quick Quote IFF - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings of $1.54 per share in second-quarter 2022, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.42. The bottom line increased 2.7% from the year-ago quarter’s levels. Including one-time items, the company reported earnings per share (EPS) of 43 cents compared with the prior-year quarter’s 11 cents. International Flavors’ net sales came in at $3,307 million in the June-end quarter, up 7% year over year. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,256 million. During the April-June quarter, currency-neutral sales were up 11%, aided by double-digit growth in Nourish and Pharma Solutions. Operational Highlights
During the reported quarter, International Flavors’ adjusted cost of goods sold was up 9% year over year to $2,170 million. Adjusted gross profit moved up 3% year over year to $1,137 million. Adjusted gross margin came in at 34% compared with 36% in the year-ago quarter.
Research and development expenses declined 4% year over year to $158 million. Adjusted selling and administrative expenses were up 3% year on year to $396 million during the second quarter. Adjusted operating EBITDA came in at $700 million, up 3% from the prior-year quarter’s $679 million. Adjusted operating EBITDA margin was 21% compared with the year-ago quarter’s 22%. Segmental Performances
Revenues in the Nourish segment climbed 9% year over year to $1,818 million during the June-end quarter. Adjusted operating EBITDA was $365 million, up 13% year over year.
Revenues generated in the Health & Bioscience segment came in at $665 million compared with the year-earlier quarter’s $639 million. Adjusted operating EBITDA was $184 million in the quarter compared with $190 million in the prior-year quarter. Scent segment’s revenues came in at $580 million compared with the year-ago quarter’s $5509 million. Adjusted operating EBITDA declined 21% year over year to $93 million. Revenues in Pharma Solutions were $244 million in the second quarter, up 5% year over year. Adjusted operating EBITDA increased 21% year over year to $58 million. Financial Position
International Flavors had cash and cash equivalents of $573 million at the end of the second quarter, down from the $715 million witnessed at the end of 2021. Long-term debt was $10.4 billion at the second quarter’s end compared with $10.8 billion at the 2021-end.
International Flavors utilized $100 million cash in operating activities in the first half of 2022 against cash generation of $698 million in the prior-year period. Capital invested in purchasing property, plant and equipment totaled $236 million in the quarter compared with $165 million in the year-ago quarter. Dividends paid summed at $402 million in the second quarter. 2022 Guidance
International Flavors reaffirms current year guidance. It continues to expect sales to be around $12.6 billion to $13 billion in 2022. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $2.5 billion and $2.6 billion. The adjusted EBITDA margin is projected to grow 4-8% on a currency-neutral basis. Currency-neutral sales growth for the year is expected to be around 9% to 12%.
However, foreign currency translation will likely affect sales growth by 5 percentage points (PP) and adjusted operating EBITDA growth by 6 PP. Price Performance
In the past year, International Flavors’ shares have lost 18.4% compared with the
industry’s decline of 32%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Zacks Rank & Key Picks
International Flavors currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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