International Flavors & Fragrances to Expand on Ottens Buy - Analyst Blog

New York-based International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.IFF recently signed an agreement to acquire the Philadelphia, PA-based Henry H. Ottens Manufacturing Co., Inc. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

As revealed, Ottens is a privately held company specializing in flavors technologies and is well-recognized for its customer services. The firm has a solid client base especially in the U.K. Its addition to International Flavors & Fragrances' business portfolio will strengthen the latter's businesses in North America.

Also, International Flavors & Fragrances hopes to realize incremental annual revenues of approximately $60 million as well as modest earnings in 2015 from the Ottens acquisition.

Subject to regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, International Flavors & Fragrances expects to close the Ottens acquisition in second-quarter 2015.

We believe the acquisition is consistent with International Flavors & Fragrances' expansionary policy. The company focuses on investing in acquisitions to gain access to new customers, regions and technologies. A diverse portfolio and product mix, along with new business wins, should help the company deliver solid results in the quarters ahead.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for International Flavors & Fragrances is pegged at $5.51 for 2015 and $6.00 for 2016, reflecting year-over-year growth of 8.5% and 8.8%, respectively.

With a market capitalization of $9.6 billion, International Flavors & Fragrances presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the industry include KMG Chemicals Inc. KMG , OM Group Inc. OMG and BioAmber Inc. BIOA . While both KMG Chemicals and OM Group sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), BioAmber carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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