How to buy International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in International Flavors & Fragrances shares.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc
- $7.91 ( - 5.53%)

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (IFF) is a leading specialty chemicals business based in the US. In the week up to 18 September International Flavors & Fragrances shares plunged 8.39% to a closing position of $135.21. However, over the last 12 months, International Flavors & Fragrances's share price has risen by 20.53% from $122.54. International Flavors & Fragrances is listed on the NYSE and employs 13,700 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in International Flavors & Fragrances

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: IFF in this case.
  5. Research International Flavors & Fragrances shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your International Flavors & Fragrances shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted International Flavors & Fragrances's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, International Flavors & Fragrances's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $135.21, which is 2.24% up on its pre-crash value of $132.18 and 46.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $92.14.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of International Flavors & Fragrances shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $693.90 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $995.15.

International Flavors & Fragrances share price (NYSE:IFF)

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International Flavors & Fragrances shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Previous close$147.8
Change %-0.0677%
Information last updated 2021-09-18.
52-week range$97.7789 - $157.08
50-day moving average$150.374
200-day moving average$144.5691
Wall St. target price$167.13
PE ratio171.3688
Dividend yield$3.08 (2.15%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$0.789
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Is it a good time to buy International Flavors & Fragrances stock?

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International Flavors & Fragrances price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $147.7

1 week (2021-09-09) -2.08%
1 month (2021-08-19) -1.14%
3 months (2021-06-18) 1.96%
6 months (2021-03-19) 7.57%
1 year (2020-09-18) 20.53%
2 years (2019-09-19) 20.22%
3 years (2018-09-19) 7.41%
5 years (2016-09-19) 7.19%

Is International Flavors & Fragrances under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

International Flavors & Fragrances's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 171x. In other words, International Flavors & Fragrances shares trade at around 171x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

International Flavors & Fragrances's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6508. A PEG ratio below 1 can be interpreted as meaning the shares are not overvalued given the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into International Flavors & Fragrances's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


International Flavors & Fragrances's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $1.8 billion (£1.3 billion).

The EBITDA is a measure of a International Flavors & Fragrances's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $8.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 12.71%
Gross profit TTM $2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.39%
Return on equity TTM 1.02%
Profit margin 1.71%
Book value $87.376
Market capitalisation $34.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell International Flavors & Fragrances shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "IFF.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 6.8 million International Flavors & Fragrances shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 10% up from 6.2 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting International Flavors & Fragrances shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

International Flavors & Fragrances's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of International Flavors & Fragrances shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of International Flavors & Fragrances shares traded daily (recently around 1.1 million). International Flavors & Fragrances's SIR currently stands at 6.2. In other words for every 100,000 International Flavors & Fragrances shares traded daily on the market, roughly 6200 shares are currently held short.

However International Flavors & Fragrances's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of International Flavors & Fragrances shares, or, against the total number of tradable International Flavors & Fragrances shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case International Flavors & Fragrances's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 International Flavors & Fragrances shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0303% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable International Flavors & Fragrances shares, roughly 30 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against International Flavors & Fragrances.

Find out more about how you can short International Flavors & Fragrances stock.

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like International Flavors & Fragrances.

Total ESG risk score

International Flavors & Fragrances's total ESG risk: 25.2

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and International Flavors & Fragrances's overall score of 25.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 36th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like International Flavors & Fragrances is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Environmental score

International Flavors & Fragrances's environmental score: 9.76/100

International Flavors & Fragrances's environmental score of 9.76 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that International Flavors & Fragrances is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

International Flavors & Fragrances's social score: 4.37/100

International Flavors & Fragrances's social score of 4.37 puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that International Flavors & Fragrances is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

International Flavors & Fragrances's governance score: 6.07/100

International Flavors & Fragrances's governance score puts it squarely in the 2nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that International Flavors & Fragrances is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

International Flavors & Fragrances's controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, International Flavors & Fragrances scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that International Flavors & Fragrances has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 25.2
Total ESG percentile 36.04
Environmental score 9.76
Environmental score percentile 2
Social score 4.37
Social score percentile 2
Governance score 6.07
Governance score percentile 2
Level of controversy 2

International Flavors & Fragrances share dividends


Dividend yield: 2.15% of stock value


Forward annual dividend yield: 2.34% of stock value


Dividend payout ratio: 53.26% of net profits

International Flavors & Fragrances has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 2.15% of its share value annually.

International Flavors & Fragrances has paid out, on average, around 53.26% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.34% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 2.34% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In International Flavors & Fragrances's case, that would currently equate to about $3.08 per share.

International Flavors & Fragrances's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

International Flavors & Fragrances's most recent dividend payout was on 5 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have International Flavors & Fragrances's shares ever split?

International Flavors & Fragrances's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 20 January 1994. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your International Flavors & Fragrances shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for International Flavors & Fragrances shares which in turn could have impacted International Flavors & Fragrances's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, International Flavors & Fragrances's shares have ranged in value from as little as $97.7789 up to $157.08. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

IFF.US volatility(beta: 0.97)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while International Flavors & Fragrances's is 0.9733. This would suggest that International Flavors & Fragrances's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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