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International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) (“IFF” or “the Company”) announced its plans to eliminate approximately 300 positions
Richard A. Goldstein, IFF's Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are continually striving to ensure IFF's creative facilities and global operating network are as efficient as possible and fully aligned with our customers' needs and expectations. IFF has many hardworking and dedicated employees, which made this decision difficult. However, these actions are a necessary part of our ongoing efforts to maintain and improve IFF's profitability in the economic environment in which we operate.”
The Company also announced that, consistent with previous expectations, full year 2005 sales declined 2% in comparison to the prior year in reported dollars. Sales for 2005 benefited from the strengthening of various currencies, particularly the Euro, in relation to the U.S. dollar; had exchange rates remained constant, 2005 sales would have decreased 3% in comparison to the prior year. Sales in 2005 were impacted by the disposition, in the second half of 2004, of the Company's European fruit preparations business. On an as-adjusted basis, excluding $58.3 million in sales attributable to the fruit business from 2004 results, 2005 sales would have increased 1% in dollars and been flat in local currency.
The Company expects to release earnings for the 2005 fourth quarter and full year on January 25, 2006, at which time additional details regarding the restructuring charges will be provided; in the release, the Company will also provide its initial guidance regarding 2006.
IFF is a leading creator and manufacturer of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products—from fine fragrances and toiletries, to soaps, detergents and other household products, to beverages and food products. IFF is dedicated to The Pursuit of Excellence in every area of its business, using knowledge, creativity, innovation and technology to continually provide customers with the highest quality products and service and superior consumer understanding.
IFF has sales, manufacturing and creative facilities in 31 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.iff.com.
Cautionary Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Statements in this report, which are not historical facts or information, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable current assumptions and expectations. Certain of such forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "may" and similar terms or variations thereof. All information concerning the restructuring charges and expected savings, and other future financial results or financial position, constitutes forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable current assumptions and expectations. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from management's expectations. Such factors include, among others, the following: general economic and business conditions in the Company's markets, including economic, population health and political uncertainties; interest rates; the price, quality and availability of raw materials; the Company's ability to implement its business strategy, including the achievement of anticipated cost savings, profitability and growth targets; the impact of currency fluctuation or devaluation in the Company's principal foreign markets and the success of the Company's hedging and risk management strategies. 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 or to reflect changes in expectations, assumptions or results.
Douglas J. Wetmore
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer