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Q1 Earnings Highs And Lows: Inter Parfums (NASDAQ:IPAR) Vs The Rest Of The Personal Care Stocks


Kayode Omotosho /
2024/07/05 6:24 am EDT

As the Q1 earnings season wraps, let's dig into this quarter's best and worst performers in the personal care industry, including Inter Parfums (NASDAQ:IPAR) and its peers.

While personal care products products may seem more discretionary than food, consumers tend to maintain or even boost their spending on the category during tough times. This phenomenon is known as "the lipstick effect" by economists, which states that consumers still want some semblance of affordable luxuries like beauty and wellness when the economy is sputtering. Consumer tastes are constantly changing, and personal care companies are currently responding to the public’s increased desire for ethically produced goods by featuring natural ingredients in their products.

The 13 personal care stocks we track reported a mixed Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 1.1%. while next quarter's revenue guidance was 7.5% below consensus. Stocks, especially growth stocks where cash flows further in the future are more important to the story, had a good end of 2023. But the beginning of 2024 has seen more volatile stock performance due to mixed inflation data, and personal care stocks have had a rough stretch, with share prices down 7.2% on average since the previous earnings results.

Inter Parfums (NASDAQ:IPAR)

With licenses to produce colognes and perfumes under brands such as Kate Spade, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Abercrombie & Fitch, Inter Parfums (NASDAQ:IPAR) manufactures and distributes fragrances worldwide.

Inter Parfums reported revenues of $324 million, up 3.9% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1.4%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' earnings estimates.

Jean Madar, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Inter Parfums noted, “As expected, following the exceptional sales performance in the first quarter of last year, driven by the introduction of numerous new products, sales growth moderated during the current first quarter. That said, our distribution partners, as well as NPD Research data, have indicated that sell-out at the store level has been leading to inventory destocking. The fragrance market remains buoyant, and our key brands continue to enjoy strong sell-out and favorable reception from both retailers and consumers.

Inter Parfums Total Revenue

The stock is down 7.5% since the results and currently trades at $114.28.

Is now the time to buy Inter Parfums? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Best Q1: The Honest Company (NASDAQ:HNST)

Co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, The Honest Company (NASDAQ:HNST) sells diapers and wipes, skin care products, and household cleaning products.

The Honest Company reported revenues of $86.22 million, up 3.4% year on year, outperforming analysts' expectations by 3.5%. It was a stunning quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analysts' earnings estimates.

The Honest Company Total Revenue

The stock is down 6.1% since the results and currently trades at $2.76.

Is now the time to buy The Honest Company? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q1: Medifast (NYSE:MED)

Known for its Optavia program that combines portion-controlled meal replacements with coaching, Medifast (NYSE:MED) has a broad product portfolio of bars, snacks, drinks, and desserts for those looking to lose weight or consume healthier foods.

Medifast reported revenues of $174.7 million, down 49.9% year on year, in line with analysts' expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with revenue guidance for next quarter missing analysts' expectations and underwhelming earnings guidance for the next quarter.

Medifast had the slowest revenue growth in the group. The stock is down 44.4% since the results and currently trades at $19.74.

Read our full analysis of Medifast's results here.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC)

Boasting brands such as Banana Boat, Schick, and Skintimate, Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) sells personal care products in the skin and sun care, shave, and feminine care categories.

Edgewell Personal Care reported revenues of $599.4 million, flat year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1.2%. It was an ok quarter for the company, with a solid beat of analysts' earnings estimates but a miss of analysts' organic revenue growth estimates.

The stock is up 6.1% since the results and currently trades at $39.92.

Read our full, actionable report on Edgewell Personal Care here, it's free.

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF)

With the first products sold out of the trunk of the founder’s car, Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) today offers a portfolio of shakes, supplements, personal care products, and weight management programs to help customers reach their nutritional and fitness goals.

Herbalife reported revenues of $1.26 billion, flat year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 0.1%. It was an ok quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analysts' earnings estimates but a miss of analysts' organic revenue growth estimates.

The stock is up 29.9% since the results and currently trades at $11.29.

Read our full, actionable report on Herbalife here, it's free.

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