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SXT Sensient Technologies

Participants
Paul Manning Chairman, President and CEO
Stephen Rolfs SVP and CFO
Mike Sison KeyBanc
Brett Hundley The Vertical Group
Francisco Pellegrino Sidoti & Company
Fintan Ryan Berenberg
Garo Norian Palisade Capital
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Operator

Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Sensient Technologies Corporation First Quarter 2018 Conference Call. Today's call is being recorded. At this time, for opening remarks, I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Steve Rolfs. Please go ahead sir.

Stephen Rolfs

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Paul Manning

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to wins and that mid-single growth revenue of significant the colors Sensient globe first the natural demand the well position leadership driven We and color year. group with for performed and natural our quarter to expect chain business. Overall, technical single-digit production solidifies meet also as profit maintain in in materials. natural's will and raw customers colors supply acquisition market perform gives key very growth targets acquisition natural I new my completed parity natural synthetic new colors. of Sensient the color continue its at for color high by digit This capacity several

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an continuing our quarter in business the quarter. onion The natural $X.XX of impact supply issues seeing in ingredients and the was I yields, within second to poor about now quarter. $X.XX impact and higher pressure plant the at $X.XX crop we're the due in the time are estimated in pricing originally the that quarter a price I in to higher headwind be market. share costs with actual the $X.XX First, per lower $X.XX first due a experiencing impact first third and expect same cost the to we along headwind onion second these pressure Due to crop, to increased quarter. the in be quality

supply and well-known impacted fragrance that response a lag experienced our is implementing raw Second, had costs We industry. chain stemming in pricing material in business the to from do short any this further disruption a setbacks higher results. expect first out our not issue additional that from on any in on this impacts a impact quarter the Barring issue. $X.XX had supplier, we

progress conclusion been of group Finally, reducing one affected The we’re our running plants. at lower has well North plant by making the and costs. following higher impacted on restructuring costs was American volumes and of the

in several in progress due part However, categories. These have notably Fragrances. experiencing volumes ongoing projected a due than created financial Flavors in larger declines volumes lower to to lower we am & our with I restructuring activities key more in dairy February. impact our market we're elsewhere but pleased

already Our fragrance for the growth solid strategic businesses have we has of We're year the the including and divested to removing supplier been to quarter. profit our undifferentiated. initiatives positive seeing business becoming company. and the in flavor core restructuring undertaken respect that BioNutrients Overall, double-digit was uncompetitive had of our created has businesses Fragrances a and large delivered revenue. a the growth a European The Flavors wins growth impact and previously also our group each program in business each foundation with signs approximately & significant consumer products some quarter first this businesses. X.X% revenue had

see in New business yogurt new these similar well, expect we for I the performing Fragrances the and cream sweet or topline in on and I served and that know of that growth continued we I ice throughout can traditional wins have & build I now growth expect we our lapped calling successes year. believe year. revenue outside efforts, better the the in BioNutrients. from are the of the Flavors businesses group and wins to our have rest segments

of XXXX details I EPS outlook, EPS and XXXX. now confident be over and adjusting X% of to within for group Fragrances results. with as the onion higher provide XXXX. onion the but the of guidance long-term XX% of Steve fourth for I'm result outlook I Flavors EPS. resuming I the to have revise down However, to disappointed potential development $X.XX costs by profit and our In growth now will $X.XX remain pressure the in first quarter XXXX This this Fragrances. segment additional expect & revised quarter for be in now pricing & I'm a on I the this third adjusted represents profit growth in the second light Flavors our and quarters expect to you market. between in a with continuing

Stephen Rolfs

both - translation quarter to quarter. restructuring $XX.X of in Restructuring Sensient’s per results revenue million restructuring year's by and million last was Paul. compared in last quarter The and income operating $X.XX you, another was first X% adjusted other $XX.X XXXX million compared per $XX year's include increased approximately operating $X.XX in other earnings in and the first the the costs the currency of comparable in first by were were of the $XX.X costs quarter reduced quarter. and year. share the quarter earnings foreign operating Adjusted share last per the Thank quarter. $X.XX. XXXX. year's income million first Diluted earnings share income period in The $X.XX in cost last excluding to

in flow $XX.X quarter was translation $X.XX of the million XXXX. the increased currency quarter the to Cash compared in by Foreign quarter. operations $XX.X first EPS from million in

cash year. investing cash securitized receivable Our reported quarter activities classifies the were I old of $X.X cash investing shares opportunities, to between be received guidance operations. to million and toward we the of capital this last presentation target certain accounts approximately in and that our flow times cash from these method EBITDA. amount the from cash would now adjusted as million was $X.X for million first opportunistic is debt new million The quarter, X X.X accounting leverage EBITDA million in to the flow stock $XX.X expenditures Sensient which any expect flows X.X debt of will and presentation compare year's quarter needs flow expenditures in presentation, repurchased reflects cash added Capital the $XX quarter. our borrowing activities. order in flows $XX cash acquisition and to receipts million common adjusted In full be our to to long-term from of to trend expect from

to and long a capital. take approach continue term will We balanced, to prudent deploying our

that to in of December. We U.S. tax the legislation passed the was continue evaluate impact

new this the for lower of XXXX opportunities. estimate I may guidance. the the a may in estimated for anticipate questions. result new some than now than Our maybe points you also of now are at passed. much XX% quarter slightly tax end there a ready my year morning. first this very planning adjust our charges be in XX% We'll few the that for our came call Thank rate legislation Later that rate XXXX, Operator, took guidance time as better certain was of the we when we open questions. your your

Paul Manning

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Operator

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Mike Sison

sorry. hear you guys good me Can okay,

but off sales you better is Steve comments, you I the momentum still or would terms your Paul. drop what for growth to organic just and see to the starting some XQ in sales constant of want your worth I think growth XQ outlook and First building hope flavors, did outlook in for in that year? XQ of currency understand for in it’s your

Paul Manning

Yes.

Mike Sison

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had the I we of think still onion headwind. prepared pricing our net topline progress just are factors the bit of Really see made a we businesses issue the course remainder markets in but fragrances, a those to year. headwind. good But a comments and of I growth be a very certainly a U.S. BioNutrients, that market my for endeavoring with which looking headwinds the that in to growth are range in other think European also be you in particular, good headwinds Latin been the I expecting obviously lot that some mentioned. see those in of of continues dairy that's America. that's bit of And then to We

Mike Sison

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Paul Manning

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as And we can so on concept them therefore that bring to front well.

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Mike Sison

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Paul Manning

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could helping with example could you you you colors For and extracts, with also natural maybe help it's actives. it but on cosmetic it help

company the umbrella I technologies market them best one think say a singly oftentimes to it's or of because return is ingredients. it generate that to for shows focused difficult sets that so, two on themselves And

are generate you for anything a me know before investors. would say So heard you that are not them my are us definitely the being in companies than with else, focus of and good expensive buy, it of probably ROI very be to many opinion but more our to consistent certainly very, expectations there able our

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Operator

comes next Hundley Group. the The from line Brett Vertical from Your question of

is open. line Your

Brett Hundley

at $X.XX of whether to headwinds your up end of before you I'm some getting of know onion course last call. I’m the only of what your of just to adding of incremental fragrances or guide the came top kind headwinds, kind on you was down relative but be with And incremental by least your out over an comes $X.XX.

the Just you wanted the business is wondering to colors if to please? you can point anticipated out perspective there, that some is offsets just some of kind for wanted things that number to, repurchase natural wins share of it anything of just address in and your color that related there we

Paul Manning

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their Yes, wins, part answered statement. of whether it's noise. hard excited and you’ve in what to be. great lot and the in question calling wins, excited fragrances and wins see its company past seeing FX those magnitude and we the cosmetic all what of of wins, natural the so So, wins happening sometime But, being full a and about things BioNutrients color understand of I'm restructuring I’m I'm may about your

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really wins growth So by be driven this would and in the new business units. organic

Brett Hundley

follow I'll then just some on guess I questions that on about your type talking more buyback and garlic and some I to business. since conversational we’re had

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the we levels you M&A should pass. your the shares exceed think this years on ex I over at I story comment authorization that interim materially guys so team just So mean management Board you million could really prioritize repo expect to the on from share want X to and that? left a get have I

Paul Manning

will part start the me something sure and here to. add let So I’m Steve want second in to with

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Brett Hundley

then… and I that appreciate

Paul Manning

the something. want to line say hold Brett, you

Stephen Rolfs

just in the what more just to think echoing on of frontloaded year. be down our may the say target. to rest so cash repurchase cash we couple bring comments. that out strong year me comment And let the I flow long-term just I’ll that sure want of to Yes, flow share about wasn’t out. we in said cut basically Paul I will and And in just that make have mentioned our where my that cut things I Mike about that leverage the a

that from cash some down So there operation an if strange of the moves into financing. you look because flows flow accounting at looks our cash is it change headline number

to is our and that you all and that in growth we colors. and would million some timing to natural and of back receivables attributable to tied fragrance it’s well that XX flow down If and it’s cash in cosmetic the see was had you put like almost of tied about up business our quarter grew

about think rest got wanted And flow of to cash inventory a the year. strong I talked so I over investors to year and have of the about be point And number a the I out over will inventory. number questions

that and businesses levels disruptions. about have certain flavor within that elevated one and inventory our they business XXXX in inventory we experienced to two talked and we So past at were because for to of build the made end decision the conscious support a production fragrance chain was reasons supply our

capacity. alternative could to think maybe for more capital investing you that more So an as

elevate So there. there's just decision made impact no margin that impact, there’s to inventory no cost we to a

our The level. where I with that have inventories and a just a that, normal with a is impact normalization the increase to low Again been about cost have of area our other thing natural talked quantified that. only impact ingredients garlic garlic come there from onion and had ingredients natural was that’s Paul our cost business within inventories. The back there's no

in inventory that is point were of cash out. So I quarter wanted a to just source actually the

Sorry Brett go ahead.

Brett Hundley

wanted garlic and forth me so have big onion and back behind there your a to not And as business. quick a on is I long queue just

right about the So segment there? are When low import try I I’m what about you and into onion the of view the the is a talking margins assumptions a quarter to data right here. XXX total ballpark margin is suggest with ballpark But the F&F am volumes high back using bps in in I immediately certainly I dragging issue impact in lot am onion by price. your am that there down

Paul Manning

balance. in you’re the say I’d Yes, right

little down more headed there. your but In the a street right even fact maybe bit

Brett Hundley

of QX might normalize do a feel this end But that you end the now? QX if why miss timing you can I remarks. And revise guess about and why things Paul sorry better now towards your your had I of better in the you obviously feel prepared

Paul Manning

natural being a the just perhaps onion really here. So business It's couple crop the new the comes we’re single of QX. headwind with function a biggest end towards stated online reasons ingredient’s of of

dynamic that unusual as and overseas So event. presents a a in respect put of supply the actions precipitated onion global that by with of place whole market noted a onion was lot there very some you to took glut market different

I see fairly confident grown we’re we that so with And already being think that has what now respect corrected that, overseas. to been is

supply start the come significantly the expect yes, QX would So we to down that timeframe. and in

extent that to a through so to principally we higher okay happening and big that’s costs inventory more our to expect QX issue in in a sell well those to so would And as the things regular past. we benefits as see market those QX normalizing pricing real we we’ll then mid-to-late get supply see expect

Brett Hundley

And think lead you call I price clear necessarily time normalizing pricing a to you the there's your making a the see be production own getting there product on better? don't cost were environment

Paul Manning

some that am if No year right on costs I our help, will this am have of yield I driven onion. achieve that I pretty you little pricing, am about know think both that the we actually sure yes, it’s the bit I that of but a been

flowing obviously so have more yields headwind. lower that plant with So is there less absorption of you figure

kind bring two down a Inventories lines of our over made some high there. also deliberate on inventories. We our of were decision product to too

reduction plants. intended therefore was in to the close so and product that And

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Brett Hundley

look on profile favorable prices right hear on relatively I before like there when how appear Whole quickly, would is how very pretty describe, solid. is garlic just prices it would your you then remained like your basis, actually, garlic dehydrated you looks I I margin characterize intact And they’re they now? margin mean how spot a garlic in profile at

Paul Manning

I think our like Most U.S. this that garlics the probably China to that we’re that this and there garlic is garlic inaccurate, that were and fact somewhere is thought consistent. it though of just out margin based XX% about it’s X%. XX% in vast is of there fairly getting getting from of supply simply

there as U.S. world. side garlic price lot Chinese in where movement of the has is been the So a The of lot side a more consistent.

Operator

our have of Francisco next of question from Pellegrino the Mr. Company. line We Sidoti &

open. is line Your

Francesco Pellegrino

so that off been that. non-GAAP congrats to get a First coming release, press long clean reconciliation was I it's know time a as as it in on morning's this

Paul Manning

time than long you. imagine. you thank waiting longer been for can I've Francesco a Yes,

Francesco Pellegrino

I have covering then name. been Longer the

someone his - just the is like should things experiencing of strategies been he keeping of customer and I chain. in navigate that on in as looks with just in that seems like that the implementing the looked when about of made bring all It towards that now turnaround you parker, Mr. have segments. strategies leave when story the touch was to more stepped So be or table for as these like sort stepping of only his some focus is XXXX your faced ability some help it orders. M&A forward. & in he had experiencing wanted had really Flavors to business Fragrances of disclosures to in raved some of with end whether And odd or navigate just to he there just like the headwinds on to really if headwinds like been raved implemented guys management like sort certain it time you, the you if to And more was supply the about that as which recent to really we’re which upside said, some changes of Grover experienced higher headwinds are being like you was seems these about in you guys he Paul going was it this company leaves a going have these the then and just compared inventory sudden in all levels of this

Paul Manning

I as that to much other I mean said and it. pursue X-K I in left guess opportunities he summarizes guess yes, the I So pretty

Francesco Pellegrino

the income So they’re day trying the the from to Flavors for we drive sort are highly rest going a with next taking know headwinds of be going regards post looking for Fragrances today then to segment given of XX% you where outlook and that quarter XXXX? operating Flavors forward essentially guess you what that commoditized most going be these & the President are to all in or recent this Group your or they’re & are having leading the margin I impacting one to and restructuring Fragrances of

Paul Manning

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next that's we're in focused the what So candidate. on

Francesco Pellegrino

get So obviously speak Flavors & to name time operating for catalyst to on comes Group is about XX% one that first just I all the Sensient long-term the Fragrances margin. it down the I whenever and of and questions the investors asked always

that had bridge the You’re you be finding operating sleeves you want individual external to to that over to you this this the years going to where their in from margin XXXX segment really up be didn't XX.X% the past roll of couple long-term. over

operating long-term loss is tampering of just to through insight we’ll I'm more even issue. quarter, just response But automation? Is just some compared As XX% operations within outside a it segment. here through this we more or how M&A? onion passed that, the about margin. how really any there the expansion a Is if get to it last just Obviously in synergies operating want into is of little of was through maybe to to XXXX to once get to it you bit derivative what performance your regards base this margin current bridge were M&A? talk

Paul Manning

very concept strategy to right. of consistent just Yes, that’s the sell stuff start sophisticated more within

So some, driven gone the really create go We here for a there technically the gain customer. strategy to products on today tomorrow. is types lose sustainable lot market of about, necessary the more want I’m share going out undifferentiated products that commoditized value a you whole that not you for of of heap us some win

a integrated you when of more went flavors again colors we the more they this continued notion But maybe history extracts look positively is, it natural flavors this to industry, too at And flavors about of the on emphasis of integrated great label so front from and synthetic all it a very and did is competitors extracts flavors. and that the this believe I view one sell have that really consumers. other and piece and together. the future idea the here the flavors, where stronger can my on is by too, declaration sales,

think you lot of in goes industry. parts that technical don't And the other of flavors there's perhaps so sophistication extracts I into a see that

you look indication And important we but continue of on the what at So, in. natural or the more is, of terms like that and is An then markets. things can supporting and we've it that well. as made, of a we’re and bearable than a of BioNutrients well less we invest favor exercise investments you it calling know as strategic in it's I things think think I commonly consider calling, important fragrance more colors are what at as look to to in portfolio you the exercise. focus you the obviously think product could with in flavors financial is these that And going part is think also to mundane very lopsided things compounds, like and that

still case. think is headwind us. going expect see then and we to pretty acceleration show together I onion with margin we're colors coming topline the we’re still think and I pass Asia, in continuing to So growth nicely growth I get that for the in the We're the this the seeing

Francesco Pellegrino

volume well leverage So the product business certain create margin higher as more lines are model, like to operating as growing it's more in fair? drive extracts manufacturing and that

Paul Manning

what I’d from inferred the is part part say first of Yes. second certainly said. say you what the

Francesco Pellegrino

sort the then And reconciled to adjusted about If to me how have we noise sort we jump so and understand forward. share I the EPS more before from down I of there into a the out the way back for and the whatever are last that be just number I'm EBITDA math I like conversation guidance back of question because as queue. repurchases pretax was, out strip could noise to lower just sort a your get to talking expecting and it think you of if looking pretax down core like start sort want we rate business. number just to effective we robust of could is as the to share or talk tax wasn’t I repurchase going adjusted if it

Stephen Rolfs

mentioned grew down profit those QX operating Paul - expect QX in Flavor in by we quarters. and Francesco, Fragrance to two be & the So although headwind

in improvement tax mid-single-digits. the we year by line expect bit prepared mid-single-digit mentioned EBIT to we the in to see so our EBIT And see in expect still operating For I even comments, we a profit with my upside or little grow headwinds those that you're tax some out the some that opportunities more things about. planning previous rate two my be was would are points our might three some coming below talking favorable, then be guidance. which of may There lower XX% the to maybe noise that

in would upside range. So the comes out to range. be be guidance, IRS happened year additional that that guidance might later improvement that from some of the guidance There be be in our that things tied not that other in may the would

Francesco Pellegrino

hedge I Steve that for It your bit thanks flow call. a outlining you cash the the during explanation was appreciate impact impact. free on was and little that of that scratch, so cash something flow a

Stephen Rolfs

Okay good.

Paul Manning

- up if on that so a bit further. that anybody is folks scratch you’re calls is one call of certainly or right to Yes, have we one that on hedge with the clarify little can follow

Operator

We have our comes of from from Fintan next Ryan the question Berenberg. line

Your open. line is

Fintan Ryan

know impact impact for. my I filling QX. cash you’ll be aiming target up of you’ve the an Actually you for in conversion explicit have do that inventory to the generation question receivables And was cash just on and confirm, free the timing mentioned

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Paul Manning

the and fair on favorable inventory. say were again reached quarter a inventories think cash flow, So it’s to on I we’ve first peak

and now ingredients think over talked inventories in believe where number again we that rest the in of cash last million accounts in for of of you’ll natural that XXX would the it. the I that million our it have our receivable product cash did see year. the like So I you look the we consider headline them flavor operation normalize And flow, have the trend about the the was business year. most sort units securitization rest If a XX down of I but of things would at I peak line, year's flow from

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Operator

We line for have Palisade a questions. Garo Capital. of question few comes The more of Norian from minutes the last

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Garo Norian

curious identified? management, been has so relating the I head announcements I of on was was on new some just of Asia-Pacific

Paul Manning

announcement just give story first here. Yes, to the away the back

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we've got covered. that So one yes,

Garo Norian

the and then is space secondly the of going there paid difference broadly two do that out you some some discussion, just of M&A how that then play, your what numbers? where are multiple look little in the called in to when you multiples guess at I the bit a at And look is, you think back those you being about

Paul Manning

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Operator

for conference the I of call closing the remarks. We this back will the have At call. to end turn reached company time,

Paul Manning

very certainly free conclude you that follow-ups, for can anybody our feel has call Thank company. call. That Thank the you and much will you the call. to morning. this again attention conclude any your If will