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Inter Parfums, Inc. Reports 2019 Third Quarter Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Third Quarter Net Sales up 7.9% and Diluted EPS up 10.0%

Raises 2019 Full Year Diluted EPS Guidance to $1.90 and Increases Dividend 20%

Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ GS:IPAR) today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. Of note, the average dollar/euro exchange rate for the 2019 third quarter is 1.11 compared to 1.16 in the third quarter of 2018, and 1.12 and 1.19 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Third Quarter 2019 Compared to Third Quarter 2018:

  • Net sales were $191.2 million, up 7.9% from $177.2 million; at comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 9.7%;
  • Net sales by European based operations rose 4.2% to $143.6 million from $137.8 million;
  • Net sales by U.S. based operations rose 20.7% to $47.6 million from $39.4 million;
  • Gross margin was 59.8% compared to 61.6%;
  • S,G&A expenses as a percentage of net sales were 40.7% compared to 41.9%;
  • Operating income increased 4.8% to $36.6 million from $35.0 million;
  • Operating margin was 19.2% compared to 19.7%;
  • The effective income tax rate was 27.4% compared to 28.6%;
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. increased 10.1% to $20.8 million from $18.9 million; and,
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. per diluted share rose 10.0% to $0.66 from $0.60.

Thus, through the first nine months of 2019, net sales increased 7.5% to $535.7 million, as compared to $498.3 million for the corresponding period of the prior year. At comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 10.2% for the period. Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. rose to $52.1 million, an increase of 13.8% compared to $45.7 million in the same period last year, while net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. per diluted share rose 13.1% to $1.64 from $1.45.

Discussing sales by region through the first nine months, Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums, Inc. noted, “Our largest market, North America, has been performing exceptionally well with year-to-date sales up 13.9%, and our second largest, Western Europe, exceeded 2018 nine month sales by 4.8%. We are especially pleased by the 8% increase in third quarter sales in Asia, which along with the 7% gain in the second quarter more than offset the decline in the first quarter, bringing 2019 nine month sales slightly ahead of last year. Two other markets where sales are running ahead are the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with sales up 25.3% and 4.2%, respectively, over the first nine months of last year. Only Central and South America, our smallest market, underperformed last year.”

Reviewing European operations through the first nine months of 2019, Mr. Madar went on to say, “Our largest brand, Montblanc, continues to perform very well with sales up over 22.0%, thanks in part to the success of our newest scent, Montblanc Explorer, as well as to ongoing strong sales of our well-established Legend collection. As for our second largest brand, Jimmy Choo, the 4.5% increase in fragrance sales were stimulated by the brand extensions unveiled at the end of 2018 and early 2019 along with initial sales of the recently launched men’s scent Jimmy Choo Urban Hero. In 2019, the Coach fragrance portfolio added Floral Blush, a brand extension, and year-to-date sales by our third largest brand are running slightly ahead of 2018 nine month sales, which were up more than 100% from the prior year.”

With regard to U.S. operations, Mr. Madar continued, “Once again, the GUESS brand is responsible for most of the top line growth. In just over one year’s time, this brand has become the largest within our U.S. operations, with legacy fragrances dominating the sales mix. However, in the third quarter, we began shipments of 1981 Los Angeles and Seductive Noir, both flankers of established scents, which accelerated brand growth further. The Oscar de La Renta brand has been a star performer this year too with the continued success of the Bella Blanca collection, including this year’s entrant, Bella Rosa. We are also pleased with the performance of the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands, with the former adding Authentic, an entirely new pillar, and the latter building upon its established lines with limited edition programs and the Festival Nite brand extension. Finally, the Anna Sui brand had a comeback third quarter, which more than offset the shortfall in the first half, and thus year-to-date brand sales are ahead of last year.”

Highlighting several initiatives underway for 2020, Mr. Madar commented, “For European operations, Montblanc and Coach will each introduce a new women’s scent in the first half, and Jimmy Choo in the second half. In addition to beginning the distribution of two Kate Spade legacy women’s scents in the spring, we are creating an entirely new women’s scent for the brand, which will debut in the fall.”

On the subject of U.S. operations, Mr. Madar noted, “Nearly two years in the making, Bella Vita will debut for the GUESS brand domestically in the spring and go globally in the fall. We are confident that GUESS will rank in the top five within all brands in our portfolio in 2020. We are likewise confident that the spring launch of Sky by Anna Sui will be a catalyst for brand sales growth. Our debut of a multi-scent collection for Graff unveils in Harrod’s beginning in March 2020, with selective luxury distribution planned for the fall.”

Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President and CFO of Inter Parfums, Inc., stated, “For European operations, gross profit margin was 62.8% in the current third quarter compared to last year’s 64.9%. The cost of sales of our new Montblanc Explorer product line, which has been a strong performer, is higher than typical, which offset much of the gross margin benefit of the stronger dollar this year. For U.S. operations, gross margin was 51.0% as compared to 49.9% in last year’s third quarter. Generally speaking, our third quarter is our strongest quarter for sales due to holiday season shipments. However, more often than not, our consolidated gross margin contracts in the third quarter due to the large proportion of holiday gift sets in the sales mix.”

Mr. Greenberg continued, “The only material non-operating item was the foreign currency loss aggregating $0.1 million in the current third quarter compared to a $1.1 million loss on foreign currency in the third quarter of 2018.”

Mr. Greenberg also pointed out, “We closed the quarter with working capital of $375 million, including approximately $192 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, a working capital ratio of over 3.2 to 1 and only $10.6 million of long-term debt.”

Guidance

Mr. Greenberg added, “As a result of the strength of the U.S. dollar throughout 2019, as compared to 2018, we are maintaining our 2019 net sales guidance at approximately $712 million. However, based upon improved controls over expenses and greater leverage of our fixed expenses, we are raising our earnings guidance from $1.88 per diluted share to $1.90 per diluted share. Guidance assumes the dollar remains at current levels. As previously reported, we will issue initial 2020 guidance after the market closes on November 20, 2019.”

Dividend Increased by 20%

The Board of Directors of Inter Parfums, Inc. authorized a 20% increase in the annual dividend to $1.32 per share. The next quarterly cash dividend of $0.33 per share is payable on January 15, 2020 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2019.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results and business developments at 11:00 AM ET on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6749; please call in 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin and ask for the Inter Parfums call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the live call, please go to www.interparfumsinc.com and click on the Investor Relations section. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days at Inter Parfums’ website.

Founded in 1982, Inter Parfums, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes prestige perfumes and cosmetics as the exclusive worldwide licensee for Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, Boucheron, Coach, Dunhill, Graff, GUESS, Hollister, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade, Lily Aldridge, Montblanc, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Repetto, S.T. Dupont and Van Cleef & Arpels. Inter Parfums is also the owner of Lanvin fragrances and the Rochas brand. Through its global distribution network, the Company’s products are sold in over 120 countries.

Statements in this release which are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such plans, intentions or expectations will be achieved. In some cases you can identify forward-looking statements by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would," or similar words. You should not rely on forward-looking statements, because actual events or results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed under the headings “Forward Looking Statements” and "Risk Factors" in Inter Parfums' annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and the reports Inter Parfums files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Inter Parfums does not intend to and undertakes no duty to update the information contained in this press release.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net sales

 

$

191,227

 

 

$

177,213

 

 

$

535,712

 

 

$

498,347

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

76,790

 

 

 

68,066

 

 

 

204,459

 

 

 

187,917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

 

 

114,437

 

 

 

109,147

 

 

 

331,253

 

 

 

310,430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

77,793

 

 

 

74,169

 

 

 

238,860

 

 

 

226,286

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from operations

 

 

36,644

 

 

 

34,978

 

 

 

92,393

 

 

 

84,144

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses (income):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

384

 

 

 

523

 

 

 

1,214

 

 

 

1,553

 

(Gain) loss on foreign currency

 

 

121

 

 

 

1,109

 

 

 

818

 

 

 

(185

)

Interest income

 

 

(562

)

 

 

(847

)

 

 

(2,886

)

 

 

(3,321

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(57

)

 

 

785

 

 

 

(854

)

 

 

(1,953

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

36,701

 

 

 

34,193

 

 

 

93,247

 

 

 

86,097

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income taxes

 

 

10,043

 

 

 

9,767

 

 

 

26,012

 

 

 

25,550

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

26,658

 

 

 

24,426

 

 

 

67,235

 

 

 

60,547

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

 

5,810

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,488

 

 

 

 

 

 

15,176

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,801

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc.

$

20,848

$

18,938

$

52,059

$

45,746

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. common shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

$

1.66

 

 

$

1.46

 

Diluted

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.60

 

 

$

1.64

 

 

$

1.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

31,452

 

 

 

31,326

 

 

 

31,444

 

 

 

31,297

 

Diluted

 

 

31,676

 

 

 

31,587

 

 

 

31,681

 

 

 

31,502

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared per share

 

$

0.28

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.83

 

 

$

0.63

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

   

ASSETS

 

 

September 30,
2019

 

December 31,
2018

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$ 138,457

 

$ 193,136

Short-term investments

 

53,244

 

67,870

Accounts receivable, net

 

173,839

 

136,420

Inventories

 

167,114

 

160,978

Receivables, other

 

1,669

 

2,112

Other current assets

 

8,544

 

8,076

Income taxes receivable

 

481

 

810

Total current assets

 

543,348

 

569,402

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment and leasehold improvements, net

 

11,235

 

9,839

Right-of-use assets, net

 

29,509

 

--

Trademarks, licenses and other intangible assets, net

 

197,323

 

204,325

Deferred tax assets

 

12,838

 

9,299

Other assets

 

6,175

 

6,302

Total assets

 

$ 800,428

 

$ 799,167

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

$ 17,449

 

$ 23,155

Current portion of lease liabilities

 

5,877

 

--

Accounts payable – trade

 

44,477

 

58,328

Accrued expenses

 

81,179

 

92,468

Income taxes payable

 

10,272

 

4,396

Dividends payable

 

8,652

 

8,630

Total current liabilities

 

167,906

 

186,977

 

 

 

 

 

Long–term debt, less current portion

 

10,606

 

22,906

Lease liabilities, less current portion

 

25,221

 

--

Deferred tax liability

 

3,275

 

3,538

 

 

 

 

 

Equity:

 

 

 

 

Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $.001 par; authorized 1,000,000 shares; none issued

 

 --

 

--

Common stock, $.001 par; authorized 100,000,000 shares; outstanding 31,464,568 and 31,382,127 shares at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

31

 

31

Additional paid-in capital

 

68,636

 

69,970

Retained earnings

 

476,477

 

448,731

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(50,408)

 

(33,650)

Treasury stock, at cost, 9,864,805 shares at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

 

(37,475)

 

(37,475)

Total Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders’ equity

 

457,261

 

447,607

Noncontrolling interest

 

136,159

 

138,139

Total equity

 

593,420

 

585,746

Total liabilities and equity

 

$ 800,428

 

$ 799,167

 

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