IFF Reports Q2 2020 Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend

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IFF has reported its financial results for Q2 of 2020, set an increase to its quarterly dividend and announced the date its webinar to review these results.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) has reported its financial results for the second quarter, ending June 30, 2020.

Reported net sales for the second quarter of 2020 totaled $1.20 billion, a decrease of 7% from $1.29 billion in 2019.

Previously: IFF Releases Sustainability Report, Announces Webcast.

Fine fragrance and food service collectively declined 38% on a currency neutral basis or 40% on a reported basis. The rest of the portfolio excluding fine fragrance and food service grew 2% on a currency neutral basis and declined 1% on a reported basis.

Reported operating profit for the second quarter was $119.4 million, a decrease of 40% from $199.9 million in 2019.

Adjusted operating profit excluding amortization decreased 19% on a currency neutral basis as acquisition-related synergies and productivity were more than offset by lower sales volume, weaker mix and unfavorable price to raw material cost.

Reported earnings per share (EPS) for the second quarter was $0.74 per diluted share versus $1.20 per diluted share reported in 2019. Adjusted EPS excluding amortization was $1.36 per diluted share in 2020 versus $1.61 in the year-ago period.

On a currency neutral basis, adjusted EPS excluding amortization decreased 19% as a more favorable effective tax rate and higher other income were more than offset by adjusted operating profit performance.

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to serve the needs of our customers and our communities around the world,” said Andreas Fibig, IFF chairman and CEO. “Our unwavering dedication and commitment through this challenging set of circumstances are indicative of the passion and perseverance of our employees and the resiliency of our business.

"The second quarter coincided with peak COVID-19 regulatory actions to date around the world – presenting both opportunities and challenges for our business. We are fortunate that a large portion of our business is in end-markets such as packaged food, beverage, hygiene and disinfection products, all of which have performed well. As we communicated in early June, the categories most exposed to COVID-19 restrictions—fine fragrance and food service—did experience significant pressure.

“As restrictions and closures eased and mobility improved, we have seen an improvement in July, as sales were up low single-digits—a marked improvement and an inflection point from the second quarter. We do, however, remain cautiously optimistic in our outlook, while recognizing that the environment is volatile, and much uncertainty remains about the duration and impact of the pandemic.”

IFF executive vice president and CFO, Rustom Jilla commented, "Even given our diverse and resilient product portfolio, COVID-19 resulted in a sales decline in the second quarter. This, along with higher pandemic related costs, more than offset the benefit of tight expense control.

Nevertheless, even during this unprecedented global crisis, the strength of our business was apparent in our robust cash flow, which allowed us to continue to reduce net debt while also returning capital to our shareholders. Reflecting our confidence, we are pleased to announce we are raising our quarterly dividend. This marks eleven years of consecutive dividend increases and underscores our confidence in our business, long-term strategy and proven strong cash flow generation capability."

Scent Segment

On a reported basis, sales in the scent segment decreased 6% to $450.4 million, or declined 4% on a currency neutral basis. Consumer fragrance growth remained strong with growth across nearly all sub-categories.

Fine fragrance declined 40% on a currency neutral basis or 43% on a reported basis due to the temporary disruptions of consumer access to retail markets related to COVID-19.

Fragrance ingredients was down due to the internal prioritization of ingredients to support fragrance compounds in light of COVID-19.

Scent segment profit decreased 25% on a reported basis and 25% on a currency neutral basis due primarily to lower sales volume, weaker mix and unfavorable price to raw material cost.

Taste Segment

On a reported basis, taste segment sales decreased 8% to $748.3 million, or declined 5% on a currency neutral sales.

Away-from-home channels such as food service experienced significant pressure, declining 36% on a currency neutral basis and 38% on a reported basis.

From a geographic perspective, North America showed resiliency, but the emerging markets, especially India and several Latin American countries, were impacted by COVID-19 and regulatory restrictions put in place to protect communities.

Taste segment profit decreased 18% on a reported basis and 15% on a currency neutral basis as acquisition-related synergies were more than offset by lower sales volume and unfavorable price to raw material cost.

Quarterly Dividend

On August 10, 2020, the Board of Directors authorized a 3%, or $0.02 increase, in the quarterly dividend to $0.77 per share of the company’s common stock. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 5, 2020, to shareholders of record as of September 24, 2020.

Including this authorization, IFF has increased its quarterly dividend payment for the eleventh consecutive year.

Previously: IFF Business Update Reveals COVID-19 Impact.

A live webcast discussing the results was held August 11, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. ET. A recorded version was made available on the company's website an hour after the event, and will remain available on IFF’s website for one year.