International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF)
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. reported positive first quarter results which were above analyst expectations on before the bell on Monday. The company reported a 12% increase in revenue, triggering its shares to surge by 7% during the morning hours. The New-York based firm also announced it would acquire Israel flavor maker, Frutarom Industries Ltd in a deal valued at around 7.1 billion.
The acquisition of Frutarom is aimed at enabling IFF to tap into the rapid-growing market of natural food ingredients. Under the terms of the deal, Frutarom investors will receive $71.19 in cash for each share and 0.249 of a share of IFF. The deal has been unanimously approved by both boards and is set to be largest deal in the food flavoring industry.
The companies are set to close the deal in around six to nine months and both will have an estimated combined revenue of $5.3 billion. Frutarom Chief Executive Ori Yehudai will be a strategic adviser to IFF Chief Executive Andreas Fibig. Bank of America is serving as the financial adviser to Frutarom, while Morgan Stanley and Greenhill & Co. are advising IFF.
IFF Earnings & Outlook
During the quarter, International Flavors and Fragrances reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.69 compared to $1.52 earnings per share during the year-ago period. The $1.69 earnings per share topped the consensus estimate of $1.59.
Revenue had increased by 12% to $930.93 million from $828.29 million during the same period last year. The $930.93 million revenue surpassed analyst expectation of $910.1 million.
The firm projects adjusted earnings per share growth of between 5.5% to 7.5% and revenue growth of between 3.0% to 5.0% for the full year.
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International Flavors & Fragrances CEO Comments
International Flavors and Fragrances Chief Executive Andreas Fibig made the following remarks in regards to the deal: “We are off to a strong start to the year and that gives us added confidence in achieving our financial objectives for 2018. And while it’s still early in the year, we believe we will be closer to the upper end of our previously communicated sales and operating profit guidance range.”
Fibig said that the acquisition would lead to faster and more profitable growth, generate more returns for the shareholders as well as boost free cash flow. “By combining our deep R&D expertise with Frutaroms, we are offering our customers a broader range of solutions and accelerating our growth strategy.”
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Company profile
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., develops, creates, manufactures and distributes flavors and fragrances for use in personal care, food, beverage, and household products industries. It operates through two segments: Flavors and Fragrances.
The Fragrance segment is composed of cosmetic active ingredients, fragrance compounds and fragrance segment. The Flavor segment sells flavor compounds to food and beverage industries for use in consumer products such as sweet products, prepared foods, beverages, dairy and food.
International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. is based in New York and was founded in 1958. The company has manufacturing facilities, creative centers and application laboratories in more than 35 countries. The firm faces competition from Symrise AG, Givaudan SA and Firmenich International SA. –Reuters