Inter Parfums, Inc. Reports Record 2013 First Quarter Results

Management Again Raises 2013 Diluted EPS Guidance

NEW YORK--()--Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IPAR) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Compared to First Quarter 2012:

  • Net sales increased 29.3% to $213.8 million from $165.4 million; at comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 29.4%;
  • European-based operations generated sales of $195.1 million, up 34.4% from $145.2 million;
  • Sales by U.S.-based operations were $18.7 million, down 7.6% from $20.2 million;
  • Gross margin was 63.0% of net sales compared to 64.5%;
  • S, G & A expense as a percentage of net sales was 31.7% compared to 45.3%;
  • Operating margin was 31.3% of net sales compared to 19.2% of net sales;
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. increased 105% to $31.7 million compared to $15.5 million; and,
  • Basic and diluted earnings per share rose 102% to $1.03 compared to $0.51.

Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums commented, “Sales of our ongoing prestige brands posted strong growth during the first quarter. Excluding Burberry from both the current and prior year quarters, European-based sales were up 15.5% year-over-year to $85.5 million. Sales of Jimmy Choo fragrances benefitted from the successful launch of Flash, which contributed to the 50% comparable quarter increase for the brand. Lanvin sales rose 18% driven by continued growth from Eclat d’Arpège along with the launch of Lanvin Me and the steady performance by Jeanne Lanvin. Sales of Montblanc Legend fragrances continued to perform exceptionally well resulting in a 39% increase in brand sales. Finally, our association with Burberry fragrances ended on a high note, with a 53% increase in first quarter sales.”

On the subject of U.S.-based operations, Mr. Madar noted, “As we reported last month, the 2012 first quarter was somewhat of an anomaly, with sales 71% ahead of 2011’s first quarter due primarily to our taking over distribution of Anna Sui fragrances in January 2012. Making the comparison even more challenging was the launch of Love Fury by Nine West and Wildbloom Vert for Banana Republic in the first quarter of 2012, while the launch of Desire by bebe did not take place until the end of the current first quarter.”

Mr. Madar also noted, “Top line growth was strong in all major markets. Our largest markets, North America, Western Europe, and Asia saw sales increases of 28%, 24% and 29%, respectively. While Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Central and South America reported sales increases of 96%, 9% and 41%, respectively.”

Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer pointed out that, “The 150 basis point decline in gross margin for the 2013 first quarter is primarily the result of commercial rebates granted to certain customers as part of a planned effort to reduce the level of inventory. In 2013, pursuant to the transition agreement with Burberry, advertising requirements were reduced. Lower first quarter 2013 promotional spending, when combined with a 54% increase in Burberry brand sales and a 15.5% increase in sales for our ongoing prestige brands, created significant leverage in selling, general and administrative expenses, which, as noted above, fell sharply as a percentage of first quarter net sales.”

Mr. Greenberg continued, “We generated cash flows from operating activities of nearly $20 million in the first quarter with only $1.4 million invested in capital expenditures. This cash flow, combined with the proceeds we received in December 2012 from the termination of the Burberry license, which totaled $236 million net of transaction costs and other agreed settlements, further bolstered our strong balance sheet. We ended the first quarter with $397 million in working capital including approximately $313 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and we continue to have no long-term debt. This financial strength positions us to execute our growth strategy by creating, producing and distributing new products for our existing brands and by potentially forming strategic alliances with and/or acquiring new brands.”

Raises 2013 Earnings Guidance

Mr. Greenberg concluded, “We had an exceptional first quarter, where profits were extraordinarily strong as the result of substantially increased sales, coupled with lower than typical promotional expense. As we build our business in this new post Burberry era, we are investing in our ongoing brands, and we anticipate higher promotional expense in succeeding quarters, particularly in the second half as we launch our new Repetto, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron scents, as well as support our first quarter new product launches. However, we are raising our expectations for net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. to a range of $1.10 to $1.12 per diluted share from $1.00 to $1.02 per diluted share. For now, our net sales guidance remains unchanged at approximately $510 million. As we gain more visibility, we will review and update our guidance as appropriate.” Guidance assumes the dollar remains at current levels.

Dividend

The Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share will be paid on July 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 28, 2013.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results and business developments at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, May 9, 2013. 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. Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, and download and install any necessary audio software. 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. We suggest listeners use Microsoft Explorer as their browser.

In the nearly 30 years since its founding, Inter Parfums, Inc. has been selected as the fragrance and beauty partner for a growing list of brands that include Lanvin, Jimmy Choo, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, Paul Smith, Boucheron, S.T. Dupont, Balmain, Karl Lagerfeld, Repetto, Alfred Dunhill, Anna Sui, Gap, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, bebe, Betsey Johnson, and Nine West. Inter Parfums is known for innovation, quality and its ability to capture the genetic code of each brand in the products it develops, manufactures and distributes in over 100 countries worldwide.

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, 2012 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.

Regulation G, “Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” prescribes the conditions for use of non-GAAP financial information in public disclosures. The Company believes that our presentation of the non-GAAP financial information included in this release is important supplemental measures of operating performance to investors.

See Accompanying Tables

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
Three months ended
March 31,
2013   2012
 
 
Net sales $ 213,810 $ 165,368
 
Cost of sales   79,167     58,690  
 
Gross margin 134,643 106,678
 
Selling, general and administrative expenses   67,667     74,924  
 
Income from operations   66,976     31,754  
 
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense 457 362
Loss on foreign currency 1,443 248
Interest and dividend income   (1,189 )   (524 )
 
  711     86  
 
Income before income taxes 66,265 31,668
 
Income taxes   23,323     11,414  
 
Net income 42,942 20,254
 
Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest   11,246     4,757  
 
Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. $ 31,696   $ 15,497  
 
Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. common shareholders:
Basic $ 1.03 $ 0.51
Diluted $ 1.03   $ 0.51  
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 30,687 30,551
Diluted   30,847     30,686  
 
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.12   $ 0.08  
 
 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
ASSETS
  March 31,   December 31,
2013 2012
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 146,205 $ 307,335
Short-term investments 166,891 --
Accounts receivable, net 190,217 149,340
Inventories 110,825 142,614
Receivables, other 2,001 2,534
Other current assets 4,744 5,897
Income taxes receivable 204 1,968
Deferred tax assets   6,687     13,132  
 
Total current assets 627,774 622,820
 
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 11,597 12,289
 
Trademarks, licenses and other intangible assets, net 108,583 113,041
 
Goodwill 931 954
 
Other assets   10,713     10,816  
 
Total assets $ 759,598   $ 759,920  
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Loans payable – banks $ 26,688 $ 27,776
Accounts payable - trade 60,540 73,113
Accrued expenses 49,149 68,768
Income taxes payable 90,549 84,030
Dividends payable   3,683     2,453  
 
Total current liabilities   230,609     256,140  
 
Deferred tax liability   3,678     3,799  
 
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 30,702,159 and 30,680,834 shares at

March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively

 

31

 

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Additional paid-in capital 55,058 54,679
Retained earnings 377,724 349,672
Accumulated other comprehensive income 2,118 12,498
Treasury stock, at cost, 9,976,524 common shares at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012  

(35,404

)

 

(35,404

)

 
Total Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders’ equity 399,527 381,476
 
Noncontrolling interest   125,784     118,505  
 
Total equity   525,311     499,981  
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 759,598   $ 759,920  

Contacts

Inter Parfums, Inc.
Russell Greenberg, Exec. VP & CFO
(212) 983-2640
rgreenberg@interparfumsinc.com
www.interparfumsinc.com
or
Investor Relations Counsel
The Equity Group Inc.

Fred Buonocore (212) 836-9607 / fbuonocore@equityny.com
Linda Latman (212) 836-9609 / llatman@equityny.com
www.theequitygroup.com

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Contacts

Inter Parfums, Inc.
Russell Greenberg, Exec. VP & CFO
(212) 983-2640
rgreenberg@interparfumsinc.com
www.interparfumsinc.com
or
Investor Relations Counsel
The Equity Group Inc.

Fred Buonocore (212) 836-9607 / fbuonocore@equityny.com
Linda Latman (212) 836-9609 / llatman@equityny.com
www.theequitygroup.com