Shares of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF - Analyst Report) reached a new 52-week high of $141.19 during its trading session on Sep 21. This apex improved upon the last 52-week high of $139.81 on Aug 9.
The flavors and fragrances specialist closed its trading session at $141.1 on Sep 21, yielding year-to-date return of roughly 19%. The trading volume for the session was 0.48 million shares. Earnings estimate revisions for 2016 and 2017, along with an expected earnings growth rate of 8.5% for the next five years indicate International Flavors & Fragrances’ potential for further price appreciation.
International Flavors & Fragrances’s performance has been impressive in three of the four trailing quarters as reported results surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Average earnings surprise was a positive 0.70%. Last quarter, the company’s earnings of $1.47 per share exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.41 by 4.26%.
In the quarters ahead, International Flavors & Fragrances anticipates benefiting from new business wins, a diversified product portfolio and growing demand for flavors and fragrance products, especially in the emerging markets. In addition, the company’s research and development wing is constantly endeavoring to develop innovative compounds for meeting the rising demand. The company expects currency-neutral net sales to grow roughly 3.5−4.5%, while adjusted earnings per share will likely increase 6.5−8.5%.
In addition, in Sep 2016, International Flavors & Fragrances announced the signing of an agreement to buy Philadelphia, PA-based David Michael & Company, Incorporated. It is a privately-held flavors company, recognized for its product line in the dairy and beverages industries.
With the addition of David Michael & Company, International Flavors & Fragrances expects to boost its flavors business among customers in the fast-growing middle-markets. Besides complimenting the company’s IFF-Ottens Flavors business, the acquired assets will add incremental revenue of $85 million in 2017.
Estimate Revisions Show Potency
Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for International Flavors & Fragrances grew 0.7% to $5.56 for 2016 and 0.7% to $6.01 for 2017. These estimates represent year-over-year growth of 5.9% for 2016 and 8.1% for 2017.
With a market capitalization of $11.3 billion, International Flavors & Fragrances currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some stocks worth considering in the chemical industry include Green Plains Inc. (GPRE - Snapshot Report) , NL Industries Inc. (NL - Snapshot Report) and Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTX - Snapshot Report) . While both Green Plains and NL Industries sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Minerals Technologies carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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