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

Third Quarter 2016 Compared to Third Quarter 2015:
  • Net sales were $157.6 million, up 13.4% from $138.9 million; at comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 14.8%;
  • Sales by European based operations rose 12.0% to $123.4 million from $110.1 million; at comparable foreign currency exchange rates, net sales increased 13.7%;
  • U.S. based operations generated net sales of $34.2 million, up 19.0% from $28.8 million;
  • Gross margin was 60.2% of net sales compared to 61.8%;
  • S,G&A expense as a percentage of net sales was 39.7% compared to 41.9%;
  • Operating income rose 16.9% to $32.3 million from $27.6 million;
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. rose 14.2% to $16.2 million compared to $14.2 million; and,
  • Net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. per diluted share rose 13.0% to $0.52 from $0.46.

Jean Madar, Chairman & CEO of Inter Parfums, Inc. noted, "We achieved good growth from both our European and U.S. operations during the third quarter. For our European operations, sales of our first Coach scent for women exceeded expectations, generating $13.8 million in incremental sales. Montblanc, our largest brand, performed exceptionally well, generating sales of $32.9 million, an 11% increase compared with last year's third quarter with most of the credit going to the enduring popularity of the Legend fragrance family. Rochas fragrance sales more than doubled to $7.0 million from last year's third quarter thanks to the loyal following of the brand's two legacy fragrances, Eau de Rochas and Rochas Man in Spain and France. Our Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire also contributed to our top line growth as did the Lanvin's Modern Princess line, which was in limited distribution in France during the third quarter. As previously reported, the 2015 launch of Illicit for our second largest brand, Jimmy Choo, made for a difficult comparison with brand sales in the current third quarter. However, year-to-date, brand sales are running about equal to those of the same period of last year."

Mr. Madar pointed out, "Both new and established brands contributed to the 19% sales increase by our U.S. based operations. The new Abercrombie & Fitch men's scent, First Instinct, and the Hollister fragrance duo, Wave, have been a great success so far, and with broader geographic distribution and brand extensions, we look forward to building these brands into important fragrance franchises. As previously reported, Dunhill has been a consistent growth driver, due in great part to the strength of the brand's expanding Icon fragrance family."

Mr. Madar closed by saying, "Year-to-date, our three largest markets Western Europe, North America and Asia, have performed quite nicely, achieving sales gains of 25.7%, 18.3% and 6.1%, respectively, compared to the same period one year earlier. However, we continued to feel the effect of negative market conditions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and China."

Discussing profitability factors, Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President and CFO, stated, "The gross margin for European operations was 64% compared with 65% in last year's third quarter, and for U.S. operations, the gross margin was 47% as compared to 50% in the third quarter of 2015. For both European and U.S. operations, the decline in third quarter gross profit margin reflects a higher concentration in sales of lower margin holiday giftsets. Year-to-date, the blended gross profit margin of 62% is comparable with 61% through the first nine months of 2015. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 7% compared to last year's third quarter and represented 40% of net sales, as compared to 42% in the same period of 2015. For European operations, third quarter selling, general and administrative expenses increased 7%, and represented 41% of net sales, as compared to 43% for the corresponding period one year ago. For U.S. operations, selling, general and administrative expenses were 34% for the current third quarter as compared to 38% for the third quarter of last year. Although for both European and U.S. operations, promotional spending as a percentage of sales was down slightly for the current third quarter, year-to-date, promotional spending is running just over 20% ahead of the same period of 2015."

He continued, "Our effective income tax rate was 33% for both the current and prior year's third quarter, and excluding the previously reported pending settlement with the French Tax Authorities, we expect our effective tax rate to be approximately 35% for the full year ending December 31, 2016."

Mr. Greenberg pointed out, "We ended the third quarter with working capital of $351 million, including approximately $214 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and our long-term debt, including current maturities, aggregated $84.7 million at the close of the third quarter. Based upon our strong financial position as well as expectations for continuing top line growth and bottom line performance, our Board of Directors authorized a 13% increase in the annual dividend to $0.68 per share, which we reported last month."


In closing, Mr. Greenberg noted, "Based upon our expectations for the remainder of the year, we expect that our 2016 net sales will be at the high end of our guidance range of $500 million to $510 million. As a result, net income attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. should also be closer to the top of our guidance range of $1.05 to $1.10 per diluted share excluding the impact of the previously reported tax settlement, and $1.01 and $1.06 per diluted inclusive of the tax settlement. As always, our guidance assumes the dollar remains at current levels. We plan to report our initial 2017 sales and earnings guidance on November 14, 2016."

Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call to discuss financial results and business developments at 12:00 noon ET, on Wednesday, November 9, 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 EndedSeptember 30, Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,
2016   2015 2016   2015
Net sales $ 157,622 $ 138,944 $ 386,301 $ 350,214
Cost of sales   62,790     53,118     145,723     136,453  
Gross margin 94,832 85,826 240,578 213,761
Selling, general and administrative expenses   62,529     58,188     179,285     156,815  
Income from operations   32,303     27,638     61,293     56,946  
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense 515 1,041 2,181 1,811
(Gain) loss on foreign currency 334 (336 ) 388 1,751
Interest income   (765 )   (857 )   (2,722 )   (2,829 )
  84     (152 )   (153 )   733  
Income before income taxes 32,219 27,790 61,446 56,213
Income taxes   10,740     9,156     22,790     18,754  
Net income 21,479 18,634 38,656 37,459
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 $ 0.52 $ 0.46 $ 0.95 $ 0.92
Diluted $ 0.52   $ 0.46   $ 0.94   $ 0.92  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic 31,080 31,005 31,058 30,991
Diluted   31,171     31,098     31,138     31,092  
Dividends declared per share $ 0.15   $ 0.13   $ 0.45   $ 0.39  


(In thousands except share and per share data)

      September 30,2016   December 31,2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 95,952 $ 176,967
Short-term investments 117,951 82,847
Accounts receivable, net 145,735 95,082
Inventories 105,304 98,346
Receivables, other 2,017 2,422
Other current assets 5,925 5,811
Income tax receivable 863 100
Deferred tax assets   9,804     7,182  
Total current assets 483,551 468,757
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 11,119 9,333
Trademarks, licenses and other intangible assets, net 202,308 201,335
Other assets   8,621     8,234  
Total assets $ 705,599   $ 687,659  
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 22,886 $ 22,163
Accounts payable, trade 45,536 50,636
Accrued expenses 46,690 46,890
Income taxes payable 12,683 7,359
Dividends payable   4,665     4,035  
Total current liabilities   132,460     131,083  
Long-term debt, less current portion   61,858     76,443  
Deferred tax liability   3,733     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 31,104,205 and 31,037,915 shares at

September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively






Additional paid-in capital 62,071 62,030
Retained earnings 403,858 388,434
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) (40,728 ) (48,091 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 9,880,058 common shares at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively  








Total Inter Parfums, Inc. shareholders' equity 388,415 365,587
Noncontrolling interest   119,133     110,800  
Total equity   507,548     476,387  
Total liabilities and equity $ 705,599   $ 687,659  

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