Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IPAR) today reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2016 Compared to Second Quarter 2015:
  • Net sales were $117.2 million, up 14.8% from $102.0 million; at comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 14.2%;
  • Net sales by European based operations rose 14.8% to $88.6 million compared to $77.1 million and net sales by U.S. based operations increased 14.8% to $28.6 million compared to $24.9 million;
  • Gross margin was 63.5% of net sales compared to 59.1%;
  • S,G&A expenses as a percentage of net sales was 53.7% compared to 51.1%;
  • Operating income increased 39.0% to $11.5 million from $8.2 million;
  • Operating margin rose to 9.8% compared to 8.1%; and,
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. increased 34.0% to $5.8 million or $0.19 per diluted share compared to $4.4 million or $0.14 per diluted share.

Discussing the Company's European based operations, Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums, Inc., stated, "Once again, Montblanc, our largest brand, drove our top line growth with brand sales of $26.3 million, up 32% from last year's second quarter. This growth was primarily due to strong sales of the newly launched Legend Spirit line and the ongoing success of the original Legend line. Our second largest brand, Jimmy Choo, also had a strong second quarter with brand sales up 43% to $22 million, reflecting wider distribution of Illicit, which debuted last year, and the steady performance of Jimmy Choo Man, which launched in 2014. Rochas fragrances contributed $8.9 million to second quarter sales resulting from sales of legacy scents in the brand's core markets of Spain and France. Lanvin fragrance sales declined 19% to $12.4 million due primarily to the economic slowdown in two of its primary markets, Russia and China. We hope to counter this trend with a new Lanvin women's line Modern Princess, launching in selected markets this fall and internationally in 2017.

"Our U.S. based operations delivered solid growth in the second quarter," continued Mr. Madar. "The launches of our first new Abercrombie & Fitch men's scent, First Instinct, and the Hollister duo, Wave, began in late spring and were major contributors to our second quarter sales growth. In addition, Dunhill fragrances continue to be consistent top performers, achieving an increase of 23% in brand sales for the period."

Regarding sales drivers in the second half of the year, Mr. Madar pointed to the debut of the first Coach scent for women, a signature scent aptly named Coach, and the continued rollout of the new Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister scents, plus the launch of Icon Elite by Dunhill.

Mr. Madar went on to say, "Thus far this year, our two largest markets were also our two fastest growing markets with sales in Western Europe and North America up 44.6% and 10.5%, respectively. Despite negative market conditions in China, our overall sales in Asia, our third largest market, are slightly ahead of the first half of last year."

Discussing factors affecting second quarter profitability, Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President and CFO of Inter Parfums, Inc., stated, "The improvement in our blended gross profit margin was attributable to both our European and U.S. operations. For European operations, gross profit margin was 67% as compared to 63% in last year's second quarter with the increase primarily the result of increased product sales through our own distribution subsidiaries directly to retailers. In addition to increased Montblanc and Jimmy Choo brand sales to retailers through our United States distribution subsidiary, a significant portion of Rochas brand sales were to retailers through our own distribution in France and Spain. For U.S. operations, gross profit margin was 53% as compared to 47% in last year's second quarter, due primarily to the shift in product mix favoring higher margin prestige product sales. For both European and U.S. operations, the increase in selling, general and administrative expense, both in dollars and as a percent of sales, was primarily due to higher promotional and advertising expenses, which reflects our commitment to supporting new product launches, and sustaining the sales momentum of our best sellers."

He continued, "Below the operating line, the main noteworthy second quarter comparison would be the $661,000 foreign currency gain in the current period versus the $80,000 foreign currency loss in the same period one year earlier. Our effective income tax rate was 36% as compared to 34%, however, we expect our effective rate, excluding the previously reported pending settlement with the French Tax Authorities, to be approximately 35% for the full year ending December 31, 2016."

Mr. Greenberg also pointed out, "Our balance sheet remains very strong. We closed the quarter with working capital of $338 million including $232 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. Our long-term debt, a five-year term loan aggregated $89.9 million at mid-year."

2016 Guidance Affirmed

Mr. Greenberg concluded by saying, "We continue to expect 2016 net sales to be in the range of $500 million to $510 million. Excluding the impact of the previously reported tax settlement, we are on track to meet our net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. goal of between $1.05 and $1.10 per diluted share; inclusive of the tax settlement, we expect net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. to come in between $1.01 and $1.06 per diluted share." Guidance assumes the dollar remains at current levels.


The Company's regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share will be paid on October 14, 2016 to shareholders of record on September 30, 2016.

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results and business developments at 11:00 AM ET on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. 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 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.

Founded more than 30 years ago, Inter Parfums, Inc. is a premier fragrance company with a diverse portfolio of prestige brands that includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, Balmain, Banana Republic, bebe, Boucheron, Coach, Dunhill, Hollister, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Montblanc, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Repetto, Rochas, Shanghai Tang, S.T. Dupont and Van Cleef & Arpels. The fragrance products developed, produced and distributed by Inter Parfums are sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

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, 2015 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.



(In thousands except per share data)

Three Months EndedJune 30, Six Months EndedJune 30,
  2016       2015     2016       2015  
Net sales $ 117,157 $ 102,021 $ 228,679 $ 211,270
Cost of sales   42,729     41,696     82,933     83,335  
Gross margin 74,428 60,325 145,746 127,935
Selling, general and administrative expenses   62,969     52,083     116,757     98,627  
Income from operations   11,459     8,242     28,989     29,308  
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense 693 613 1,666 771
(Gain) loss on foreign currency (661 ) 80 53 2,086
Interest income   (602 )   (776 )   (1,956 )   (1,972 )
  (570 )   (83 )   (237 )   885  
Income before income taxes 12,029 8,325 29,226 28,423
Income taxes   4,300     2,805     12,049     9,598  
Net income 7,729 5,520 17,177 18,825
Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest  





Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc.








Earnings per share:
Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. common shareholders:
Basic $ 0.19 $ 0.14 $ 0.42 $ 0.46
Diluted $ 0.19   $ 0.14   $ 0.42   $ 0.46  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 31,055 30,988 31,047 30,984
Diluted   31,138     31,107     31,121     31,089  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.15   $ 0.13   $ 0.30   $ 0.26  



(In thousands except share and per share data)

    June 30,

  December 31,2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 115,850 $ 176,967
Short-term investments 115,884 82,847
Accounts receivable, net 101,001 95,082
Inventories 124,254 98,346
Receivables, other 2,075 2,422
Other current assets 6,765 5,811
Income tax receivable 1,058 100
Deferred tax assets   8,079     7,182  
Total current assets 474,966 468,757
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 10,688 9,333
Trademarks, licenses and other intangible assets, net 202,515 201,335
Other assets   8,592     8,234  
Total assets $ 696,761   $ 687,659  
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 22,734 $ 22,163
Accounts payable - trade 60,672 50,636
Accrued expenses 42,605 46,890
Income taxes payable 6,441 7,359
Dividends payable   4,659     4,035  
Total current liabilities   137,111     131,083  
Long-term debt, less current portion   67,176     76,443  
Deferred tax liability   3,724     3,746  
Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $.001 par; authorized1,000,000 shares; none issued



Common stock, $.001 par; authorized 100,000,000 shares;outstanding 31,058,965 and 31,037,915 shares atJune 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively




Additional paid-in capital 62,818 62,030
Retained earnings 392,284 388,434
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (42,421 ) (48,091 )

Treasury stock, at cost, 9,880,058 common shares atJune 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively




Total Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders' equity 375,895 365,587
Noncontrolling interest   112,855     110,800  
Total equity   488,750     476,387  
Total liabilities and equity $ 696,761   $ 687,659  

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