International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) vs. Its Rivals Financial Contrast

International Flavors & Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) is one of 25 public companies in the “Industrial organic chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare International Flavors & Fragrances to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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83.6% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.2% of shares of all “Industrial organic chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of International Flavors & Fragrances shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “Industrial organic chemicals” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

International Flavors & Fragrances has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, International Flavors & Fragrances’ rivals have a beta of 0.49, suggesting that their average stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

International Flavors & Fragrances pays an annual dividend of $2.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. International Flavors & Fragrances pays out 46.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Industrial organic chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out 41.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. International Flavors & Fragrances has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years. International Flavors & Fragrances lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
International Flavors & Fragrances 8.70% 27.69% 10.41%
International Flavors & Fragrances Competitors -11.48% -11.21% -5.31%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for International Flavors & Fragrances and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
International Flavors & Fragrances 2 5 3 0 2.10
International Flavors & Fragrances Competitors 120 472 736 25 2.49

International Flavors & Fragrances presently has a consensus target price of $143.33, indicating a potential upside of 5.91%. As a group, “Industrial organic chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 18.17%. Given International Flavors & Fragrances’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe International Flavors & Fragrances has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares International Flavors & Fragrances and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
International Flavors & Fragrances $3.40 billion $295.66 million 22.98
International Flavors & Fragrances Competitors $3.36 billion $346.77 million 4.18

International Flavors & Fragrances has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. International Flavors & Fragrances is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

International Flavors & Fragrances rivals beat International Flavors & Fragrances on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About International Flavors & Fragrances

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures flavors and fragrances for use in various consumer products. It operates through two segments, Flavors and Fragrances. The Flavors segment offers flavor compounds primarily to the food and beverage industries for use in consumer products, such as prepared foods, beverages, dairy, food, and sweet products. The Fragrances segment provides fragrance compounds, which include fine fragrances comprising perfumes and colognes, as well as consumer fragrances for personal care, household products, and beauty care; fragrance ingredients comprising synthetic and natural ingredients that could be combined with other materials to create fragrance and consumer compounds; and cosmetic active ingredients consisting of active and functional ingredients, botanicals, and delivery systems to support its customers' cosmetic and personal care product lines. This segment serves perfume and toiletries manufacturers in the cosmetics industry; and manufacturers of soaps, detergents, fabric care, household cleaners, and air fresheners in the household products industry. The company has operations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Greater Asia, North America, and Latin America. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. was founded in 1833 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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