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Sensient Ripe for Takeover?

Posted: July 26, 2007

Barron's Roundtable (www.barrons.com)  is predicting that Sensient Technologies will become a takeover target. The analysis comes as the company reports Q2 revenue of $304.3 million, up 7.8%. Net income for the period grew 15% to $21.23 million. For the first half of the year, Sensient is reporting revenue of $589.6 million, a gain of 8.2%. The main driver of this growth has been the flavor and fragrance segment, which has seen revenue reach $202.9 million for the first half of 2007. (Fragrances account for about 9 percent of these results.) In light of these results, the company's board has announced an increase on the quarterly cash dividend on common stock, reaching 18 cents per share payable September 4, 2007, to shareholders of record August 9.