Buy, Hold, or Sell—How Do Analysts View IFF?
Analysts’ consensus on IFF
In the past three months, 17 analysts have been actively tracking International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). Of these analysts, 29% recommended a “buy” for the stock, 65% recommended a “hold,” and 6% of the analysts recommended a “sell” for the stock.
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IFF’s mean target by analysts in the past two months has increased from $138.85 to the consensus of $142.90 on September 27, 2017, implying a return potential of 1.3% over its closing price on September 27, 2017.
Analysts are recommending a “hold”
IFF’s vision to generate revenues of $500 million via acquisitions points to the acquisition spree that would come in the next two years. In this regard, IFF has already made three acquisitions in the past 11 months.
Its acquisitions, supported by organic growth, are expected to drive IFF’s long-term growth. As a result, many analysts have recommended a “hold” on IFF.
Views and recommendations by individual brokerage firms
- Berenberg gave a price target of $160 for IFF. This implies a return potential of 13.5% from the closing price on September 27, 2017.
- KeyCorp (KEY) rated IFF as a ‘buy’ with a target price of $148.00, implying a return potential of ~5.0% over the closing price of September 27, 2017.
- Barclays (BCS) recommended a “sell” for IFF with a target price of $123.00, which implies a downside of 12.8% from its September 27, 2017, closing price of $141.02.
- Deutsche Bank (DB) rated IFF as a “hold” and has recommended a target price of $139.00. However, the stock is already trading 1.5% above the recommended target price.
Investors can indirectly hold IFF by investing in the PowerShares DWA Basic Materials Momentum Portfolio ETF (PYZ), which invested ~2.5% of its holdings in IFF on September 27, 2017.