Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE: SXT) reported diluted earnings per share of 66 cents in the quarter, a third quarter record and an increase of 3.1% over the 64 cents earned in last year’s third quarter. In local currency, third quarter earnings per share increased 7.8% as the impact of foreign currency translation reduced reported earnings by three cents per share. Foreign currency translation also significantly reduced revenue and operating income in the quarter. Revenue was $369.4 million in the third quarter compared to $363.8 million in last year’s third quarter. Operating income increased to $50.7 million from the $49.9 million reported in the comparable period last year. In local currency, both revenue and operating income increased by more than 5% in the quarter.
Diluted earnings per share were $1.94 for the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 5.4% over the $1.84 reported in last year’s first nine months. Foreign currency translation reduced year to date earnings by seven cents per share. In local currency, revenue increased 4.5% and diluted earnings per share increased 9.2% in the first nine months of this year.
Cash flows from operations increased to $43.1 million in the third quarter, up 8.4% from the $39.7 million generated in last year’s third quarter. Debt was reduced by over $13 million in the third quarter.
“Sensient delivered another strong performance in the third quarter despite the difficult economic conditions,” said Kenneth P. Manning, Chairman and CEO of Sensient Technologies Corporation. “We continue to see opportunities for growth in all of our Groups and I remain very optimistic about the Company’s future.”
The Color Group reported revenue of $120.7 million in the third quarter, compared to $121.0 million reported in the comparable period last year. Operating income increased 2.5% to a third quarter record of $23.5 million, from $22.9 million in last year’s third quarter. In local currency, revenue and operating income increased 5.0% and 7.9%, respectively. The Color Group’s focus on higher value products resulted in stronger operating margins. The operating margin in the quarter increased to 19.4%, up from 18.9% reported in last year’s third quarter.