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Inter Parfums, Inc. Reports Record 2022 First Quarter Results

IPAR

Affirms 2022 Guidance

Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IPAR) today reported record results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

($ in millions, except per share data)

2022

2021

% Change

Net Sales

$250.7

$198.5

26%

Gross Margin

63%

63%

No change

S, G & A Expense

$97.4

$74.9

30%

S, G & A Expense as a % of net sales

39%

38%

100 bps

Operating Income

$61.2

$48.0

28%

Operating Margin

24%

24%

No change

Net Income (attributable to IP)

$35.3

$27.7

28%

Diluted EPS

$1.10

$0.87

26%

The average dollar/euro exchange rate for the current first quarter was 1.12 compared to 1.20 in the first quarter of 2021. A strong U.S. dollar has a negative impact on our net sales. However, earnings are positively affected by a strong dollar, because almost 50% of net sales of our European operations are denominated in U.S. dollars, while almost all costs of our European operations are incurred in euro.

Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums, Inc. noted, “As we reported last month, 2022 started the year on a strong note with sales by European based operations up 14% and U.S. based operations up 77%. For our largest brands, Montblanc, Jimmy Choo, Coach and GUESS, sales rose 22%, 7%, 22% and 36%, respectively and many of our mid-sized brands experienced double digit sales growth. The surge in first quarter sales was due to a number of factors including the launches of Montblanc Legend Red, Coach Wild Rose and Coach Dreams Sunset, GUESS Uomo and Kate Spade Sparkle. In the current first quarter, we produced and shipped Ferragamo, Ungaro, MCM and Moncler fragrance products which were not in our line-up in last year’s first quarter. The official rollout of the Monclerduo began in the first quarter and will continue into the second quarter. Our new Jimmy Choo Man Aqua and Lanvin MonÉclat debut in the second quarter as well. As the year unfolds, we will have a large number of extensions and flankers unveiling across many of our brands. In addition, we look forward to adding Donna Karan and DKNY fragrances to our brand portfolio in July 2022.”

He went on to say, “The current first quarter’s sales growth is all the more impressive as in the same period last year, we had an unusually large number of product launches, several of which were 2020 holdovers. These included our debut scent for Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo’s I Want Choo, Rochas Girl and GUESS’s Bella Vita collection, which resulted in a 37% increase in net sales compared 2020’s first quarter. Also worth noting, the strength of the U.S. dollar versus the euro understated the sales increase by our European based brands; when measured in constant euro, sales rose nearly 18%. As we previously reported, first quarter sales of European based products would have been even better absent the IT problems experienced by our logistics partner handling U.S. distribution.”

He continued, “We are benefitting from a robust fragrance industry across the globe. We are pleased to see that our travel retail business has been slowly but steadily improving. North America, our largest market, achieved sales growth of 12%, despite the aforementioned IT issues. Comparable quarter sales in both Western Europe and Asia/Pacific, our second and third largest markets, increased 41%. Our sales in the Middle East increased 27% and in Central and South America sales rose 38%. With shipments in the early part of the first quarter, sales in Eastern Europe rose 13%; however, since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, we have been following regulations and sanctions which vary by country. Of note, most of our Russian accounts receivables had been protected by credit insurance or are being paid in advance.”

Mr. Madar cautioned, “We continue to operate within a challenging business environment due in great part to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in certain regions, notably China, which resulted in massive lockdowns. Elsewhere, the aftereffects of the pandemic are exerting pressure on retail traffic, travel, inventory sourcing and costs, the supply chain, transportation and logistics. Finally, the tragic war in Eastern Europe, its duration and related sanctions add further uncertainty to the mix of challenges.”

Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President and CFO, pointed out, “Gross margin for European operations rose to nearly 66.8% from 65.5% in last year’s first quarter, primarily attributable to the stronger U.S. dollar. For United States operations, gross profit margin was 53.9% and 53.2% in the first quarters of 2022 and 2021, respectively. The significant increase in sales in the first quarter of 2022 allowed us to better absorb fixed expenses such as depreciation and point of sale expenses, as compared to last year’s first quarter. Promotion and advertising included in selling, general and administrative expenses represented nearly 14% of net sales in the current first quarter versus 11% in the same period in 2021. Thus far this year, we are in a better position to allocate our advertising and promotion spending across the quarters to lead up to approximately 21% of net sales on promotion and advertising for the full year.”

Mr. Greenberg noted, “We closed the first quarter with working capital of $484 million, including approximately $265 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, a working capital ratio of more than 2.9 to 1 and $125 million of long-term debt, most of which relates to borrowings made in connection with the acquisition of our new Paris headquarters.”

Affirms 2022 Guidance

Mr. Greenberg concluded, “For now, we continue to look for 2022 net sales to approximate a record $975 million resulting in earnings per diluted share of $3.00. We had our best ever April sales and this trend is continuing into May. We will be in a better position to revisit the subject of guidance once the lockdowns in China are lifted. Our 2022 guidance assumes that the average dollar/euro exchange rate remains at current levels, and there is no significant resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With respect to the geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe, future impacts on our business, including sanctions and counter-sanctions, are difficult to predict due to the high level of uncertainty as to how these developments will evolve.”

Dividend

The Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share will be paid on June 30, 2022 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2022.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results and business developments at 11:00 am ET on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. 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.

Founded in 1982, Inter Parfums, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes prestige perfumes and cosmetics as the exclusive worldwide licensee for Abercrombie & Fitch, Anna Sui, Boucheron, Coach, Ferragamo, Graff, GUESS, Hollister, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Spade, MCM, Moncler, Montblanc, Oscar de la Renta, S.T. Dupont, Ungaro 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, 2021 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.

See Accompanying Tables

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2022

2021

Net sales

$

250,678

$

198,528

Cost of sales

92,020

73,280

Gross margin

158,658

125,248

Selling, general and administrative expenses

97,441

74,896

Impairment loss

--

2,393

Income from operations

61,217

47,959

Other expenses (income):

Interest expense

883

377

Gain on foreign currency

(2,239

)

(1,866

)

Interest and investment (income) loss

1,466

(386

)

Other income

(116

)

(192

)

(6

)

(2,067

)

Income before income taxes

61,223

50,026

Income taxes

14,932

13,400

Net income

46,291

36,626

Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

10,992

8,964

Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc.

$

35,299

$

27,662

Earnings per share:

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

Basic

$

1.11

$

0.87

Diluted

$

1.10

$

0.87

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Basic

31,840

31,631

Diluted

32,010

31,772

Dividends declared per share

$

0.50

$

0.25

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

March 31,

2022

December 31,
2021

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

110,122

$

159,613

Short-term investments

155,114

160,014

Accounts receivable, net

206,258

159,281

Inventories

227,108

198,914

Receivables, other

12,527

10,308

Other current assets

23,161

21,375

Income taxes receivable

177

210

Total current assets

734,467

709,715

Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net

157,729

149,352

Right-of-use assets, net

31,510

33,728

Trademarks, licenses and other intangible assets, net

208,960

214,047

Deferred tax assets

7,664

7,936

Other assets

21,878

30,586

Total assets

$

1,162,208

$

1,145,364

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt

$

14,377

$

15,911

Current portion of lease liabilities

4,640

6,014

Accounts payable – trade

72,568

81,980

Accrued expenses

144,724

136,677

Income taxes payable

13,920

4,328

Total current liabilities

250,229

244,910

Long–term debt, less current portion

125,164

132,902

Lease liabilities, less current portion

28,574

29,220

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 31,843,845 and 31,830,420 shares at

March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

32

32

Additional paid-in capital

88,181

87,132

Retained earnings

580,094

560,663

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(46,273

)

(38,432

)

Treasury stock, at cost, 9,864,805 shares at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021

(37,475

)

(37,475

)

Total Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders’ equity

584,559

571,920

Noncontrolling interest

173,682

166,412

Total equity

758,241

738,332

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,162,208

$

1,145,364