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IFF Sales and Earnings for First Quarter 2001 Exceed Forecast


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 2001--

                Company Confirms Guidance for 2001 and
                   is Pleased With Progress to Date

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. ("IFF" or "the Company") reported sales for the first quarter 2001 totaling $483,661,000 in comparison to reported sales in the first quarter of 2000 of $369,912,000. The Company acquired Bush Boake Allen ("BBA") effective November 3, 2000; BBA's sales and operating results are included in the Company's 2001 consolidated results. On a pro forma basis, first quarter 2000 sales of the combined Company totaled $485,818,000.

Earnings per share were $.21 for the first quarter 2001. These results include the effect of certain nonrecurring charges recorded in connection with a previously announced reorganization. Excluding the effects of these nonrecurring charges, per share results for the first quarter were $.29, $.01 better than previously forecast.

Richard A. Goldstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF, said, "We have accomplished a great deal so far in 2001. We are extremely pleased with the progress to date on the Company's reorganization and the integration of BBA into the new "One IFF." We are maintaining our full year expectations of total revenue growth in the low single digits and earnings per share, excluding nonrecurring charges, of approximately $1.42 per share."

On a local currency basis, consolidated first quarter 2001 sales increased approximately 3% in comparison to the first quarter 2000 pro forma sales. However, the local currency sales gains were unfavorably impacted on translation into the continuing strong U.S. dollar, resulting in the flat sales in reported dollars.

Local currency sales increases were led by Europe, which achieved an increase of 7%, and by Asia-Pacific which increased 4%; local currency sales in Central Asia Middle East ("CAME") increased 1%. Latin America sales increased 2% while North America sales increased 1%.

On October 5, 2000, the Company announced a significant reorganization, including management changes, consolidation of production facilities and related actions. The total cost of these actions is expected to be approximately $90 million - $100 million through mid-2002, and the reorganization is expected to yield annual savings by the year 2003 in the range of $25 million - $30 million. A portion of these savings will be reinvested in the business; however, the Company expects a large portion to contribute to improving net earnings.

In the first quarter 2001, the Company recorded approximately $12.4 million ($.08 per share) of charges relating to the reorganization. The charges recognized in the first quarter relate primarily to employee separation costs and other reorganization activities. The Company has recorded approximately $44 million of the charges expected to be incurred in connection with the reorganization. Certain costs associated with the merger and integration of BBA operations have been accounted for as part of the acquisition and did not affect current earnings.

The Company initially financed the BBA acquisition primarily with commercial paper. During the first quarter of 2001, the Company entered into a long-term arrangement with a major European financial institution providing approximately $125 million of financing, the proceeds of which were used to reduce commercial paper outstanding. On April 26, 2001, the Company announced its intention to issue $500 million in U.S. dollar denominated bonds with an expected five-year term. The Company expects this financing transaction to be completed in early May 2001, and the resultant proceeds to be used to further reduce commercial paper outstanding.

Cautionary Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Statements in this release which are not historical facts or information are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause IFF's actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties with respect to IFF's business include general economic and business conditions, interest rates, the price and availability of raw materials, and political and economic uncertainties, including the fluctuation or devaluation of currencies in countries in which IFF does business. The Company intends its forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of such statements, and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

Conference call

There will be a conference call today at 9:00 AM EDT; the dial in number for U.S.-based participants is 800-289-0518; for international participants, the number is 913-981-5532.

A replay of the conference call will be available from 12:00 PM on April 27, 2001 through 12:00 AM on May 4, 2001. The dial in number for the replay for U.S.-based listeners is 888-203-1112; for international listeners, the number is 719-457-0820. The replay pass code is 407733.

The call can also be monitored via the World Wide Web at Real Network's Real Player or Microsoft Media Player is required to access the webcast. They can be downloaded from or

                International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
                     Consolidated Income Statement
             (Amounts in thousands except per share data)

                                    Quarter Ended March 31,

                               IFF Alone    Pro-Forma (B)   IFF

                                  2000        2000          2001

Net sales                        $369,912    $485,818     $483,661
Cost of goods sold (A)            204,677     278,086      284,139

Gross margin on sales             165,235     207,732      199,522
Research & development             26,812      33,917       35,406
Selling and administrative (A)     61,749      86,179       85,845
Amortization                     --------      10,548       11,355

                                   76,674      77,088       66,916
Nonrecurring charges               (9,354)     (9,354)     (12,420)
Interest expense                   (2,137)    (18,923)     (22,300)
Other income (expense), net           329        (324)         240

Pretax income                      65,512      48,487       32,436
Income taxes                       21,736      18,763       12,164

Net  income                      $ 43,776    $ 29,724      $20,272

Including nonrecurring charges
Net income                       $ 43,776    $ 29,724      $20,272
Earnings per share - basic         $.42         $.29       $.21
Earnings per share - diluted       $.42         $.29       $.21

Excluding nonrecurring charges
Net income                       $ 50,024    $ 35,972     $ 28,035
Result per share - basic           $.48        $.35        $.29
Result per share - diluted         $.48        $.34        $.29


(A) For the quarter ended March 31, 2000, captions reflect the
    reclassification of shipping and handling costs from Selling
    expense to Cost of goods sold in accordance with guidance
    established by Emerging Issues Task Force 00-10, "Accounting for
    Shipping and Handling Fees and Costs".

(B) Pro forma as though the acquisition of BBA had taken place as of
    January 1, 2000.

                International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
                 Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheet
                        (Amounts in thousands)

                                           March 31,      December 31,
                                             2001           2000

Cash & short-term investments               $ 71,403       $ 129,238
Receivables                                  377,141         364,314
Inventories                                  417,683         435,312
Other current assets                          97,180          90,076

    Total current assets                     963,407       1,018,940

Property, plant and equipment, net           617,035         679,874
Goodwill and other intangibles, net          790,025         755,923
Other assets                                  55,900          34,296

                     Total assets         $2,426,367      $2,489,033

Commercial paper/notes payable - bank       $843,902        $852,985
Other current liabilities                    344,902         326,032

   Total current liabilities               1,188,804       1,179,017

Long-term debt                               438,532         417,402
Non-current liabilities                      251,482         261,355

Shareholders' equity                         547,549         631,259

    Total liabilities 
     and shareholders' equity             $2,426,367      $2,489,033


Reflects a preliminary allocation of purchase price for Bush Boake
Allen at date of acquisition.

Average Shares Outstanding (000's)         2000                2001

         Basic                             104,264             96,984
         Diluted                           104,285             97,586

Percent Change in Sales            Fragrances     Flavors       Total
    by Area of Destination

          North America                3             (1)          1

        Europe - Reported             (3)             1          (2)
     Europe - Local Currency           5              9           7

          Latin America                4             (3)          2

     Asia-Pacific - Reported           1              0           0
  Asia-Pacific - Local Currency        4              4           4

     Central Asia Middle East         (1)            (10)        (7)
      CAME - Local Currency            5             (2)          1

         Total - Reported              0             (1)          0
      Total - Local Currency           4              2           3


CONTACT: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., New York
Douglas J. Wetmore, 212/708-7145