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IFF Reports Record Second Quarter 2007 Results


NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances, today reported growth in sales and net income for the second quarter of 2007. Earnings per share were $.87 in the quarter, representing a 30 percent increase from the second quarter of 2006. The second quarter included the benefit of a tax ruling relating to prior years; as a result, accrued tax liabilities were reduced, increasing net income and earnings per share in the quarter by $10 million and $.11, respectively. On a comparable basis, excluding this tax adjustment, the 2007 second quarter earnings per share would have been $.76, representing a 13 percent gain over the 2006 quarter.

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"We are pleased with the continued growth in sales, operating profit and earnings. During the second quarter, we made progress against our business priorities, which include focusing on our customers and building a stronger organization," said Robert M. Amen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF.

"Looking ahead, we believe we are well-positioned to continue to grow in line with our goals. Our recent share repurchase and dividend announcement underscores our confidence in our ability to build shareholder value and invest for our growth."

Sales rose 8 percent in the second quarter to $574 million compared to $531 million in the prior year period. Sales benefited from the generally weaker U.S. dollar, mainly against the Euro and Pound Sterling; at comparable exchange rates, sales would have increased 5 percent over the 2006 quarter.

Flavor sales grew 11 percent, due to new wins and volume growth. Flavor sales increased in each region, both in local currency and dollars.

Fragrance sales increased 6 percent, led by 11 percent growth in fine fragrance and beauty care sales, a result of new product introductions and the continued success of existing creations. Functional fragrance and ingredient sales increased 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

    Second Quarter 2007 Highlights
     -- Gross profit, as a percentage of sales, totaled 42.9%, the same as
        the prior year quarter. The sales growth drove improved expense
        absorption, most notably in flavors; lower selling prices for
        fragrance ingredients and the impact of scaling up production in the
        new fragrance ingredient facility in China offset this improvement.
     -- Selling and Administrative expenses, as a percentage of sales,
        were 15.9% in the current quarter compared to 16.5% in the prior year
        quarter, reflecting good cost control.
     -- Interest expense increased by $2 million from the prior year,
        primarily due to higher average interest rates on borrowings; the
        average interest rate for the second quarter was 4.2% compared to 3.3%
        for the 2006 quarter.
     -- The effective tax rate for the quarter was 19% compared to 28% in the
        prior year quarter, reflecting the above tax ruling benefit.  The tax
        rate benefited by 11 percentage points resulting from the reversal of
        $10 million of previously established tax accruals no longer required
        based on rulings obtained from applicable tax jurisdictions.

    About International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

IFF is a leading creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products and packaged goods. Consumers experience these unique scents and tastes in fine fragrances and beauty care, detergents and household goods, as well as beverages, confectionary and food products. The Company leverages its competitive advantages of brand understanding and consumer insight combined with its focus on R&D and innovation, to provide customers with differentiated product offerings. A member of the S&P 500 Index, IFF has sales, manufacturing and creative facilities in 30 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit our Web site at

Audio Web Cast

An audio Web cast, to discuss the Company's second quarter 2007 financial results and outlook, will be held today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can access the Web cast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's Web site at, under the Investor Relations section. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the Company's Web site approximately one hour after the event and will remain available on the IFF Web site until 11:59 p.m. on August 21, 2007.

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 current assumptions, estimates and expectations. Certain of such forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "expect", "believe", "may", "outlook", "guidance" and similar terms or variations thereof. All information concerning future revenues, tax rates or benefits, interest savings, earnings and other future financial results or financial position, constitutes forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements involve significant risks, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results of the Company may differ materially from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. 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 on cash and the impact of increased borrowings related to the July 2007 announced share repurchase program; 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 outcome of uncertainties related to litigation; uncertainties related to any potential claims and rights of indemnification or other recovery for customer and consumer reaction to its earlier contamination issue; the impact of possible pension funding obligations and increased pension expense on the Company's cash flow and results of operations; and the effect of legal and regulatory proceedings, as well as restrictions imposed on the Company, its operations or its representatives by foreign governments. The Company intends its forward- looking statements to speak only as of the time of such statements and does not undertake or plan to update or revise them as more information becomes available or to reflect changes in expectations, assumptions or results.

Any public statements or disclosures by IFF following this release that modify or impact any of the outlook or other forward-looking statements contained in or accompanying this release or as part of the webcast will be deemed to modify or supersede such outlook or other forward-looking statements in or accompanying this release or the webcast.

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

                              Quarter Ended              Six Months Ended
                                 June 30,                     June 30,
                                            %                              %
                        2006      2007    Change      2006      2007    Change

    Net sales         $530,505  $573,726    8%    $1,041,937 $1,139,827    9%
    Cost of goods
     sold              302,889   327,668    8%       597,707    657,050   10%
    Gross margin
     on sales          227,616   246,058    8%       444,230    482,777    9%
    Research &
     development        45,588    48,760    7%        91,190     95,392    5%
    Selling and
     administrative     87,684    91,198    4%       173,272    182,469    5%
    Amortization         3,711     3,555   -4%         7,421      7,111   -4%
     and other
     charges              (304)       --                 357         --
    Interest expense     6,300     8,396   33%        11,673     16,710   43%
    Other expense
     (income), net        (286)   (2,819)                153     (2,986)
    Pretax income       84,923    96,968   14%       160,164    184,081   15%
    Income taxes        23,741    18,596  -22%        45,292     43,020   -5%
    Net income         $61,182   $78,372   28%      $114,872   $141,061   23%

    Earnings per
     share - basic       $0.67     $0.88   31%         $1.26      $1.58   25%
    Earnings per
     share - diluted     $0.67     $0.87   30%         $1.25      $1.56   25%

    Average shares
     (in thousands):
    Basic               90,869    89,174   -2%        91,202     89,276   -2%
    Diluted             91,787    90,124   -2%        91,997     90,391   -2%

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

                                                   December 31,     June 30,
                                                       2006           2007

    Cash & cash equivalents                          $114,508       $124,171
    Short term investments                                604            583
    Receivables                                       405,302        479,360
    Inventories                                       446,606        454,737
    Other current assets                              112,783         95,465
       Total current assets                         1,079,803      1,154,316

    Property, plant and equipment, net                495,124        482,861
    Goodwill and other intangibles, net               745,716        738,605
    Other assets                                      158,261        171,206
            Total assets                           $2,478,904     $2,546,988

    Bank borrowings, overdrafts
      and current portion of long-term debt           $15,897        $18,982
    Other current liabilities                         430,874        332,965
       Total current liabilities                      446,771        351,947

    Long-term debt                                    791,443        785,774
    Non-current liabilities                           335,522        414,611

    Shareholders' equity                              905,168        994,656
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     $2,478,904     $2,546,988

                   International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
                     Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
                            (Amounts in thousands)

                                                    June 30,      June 30,
                                                      2006            2007
    Cash flows from operating activities:

    Net income                                      $114,872        $141,061
    Adjustments to reconcile to net cash
     provided by operations:
       Depreciation and amortization                  44,602          42,287
       Deferred income taxes                             329           4,629
       Gain on disposal of assets                     (3,881)         (6,737)
       Equity based compensation                       8,094           8,248
       Changes in assets and liabilities
        Current receivables                          (60,327)        (54,058)
        Inventories                                    1,163          (1,258)
        Current payables                              (2,336)        (38,535)
        Changes in other assets                       16,358           2,361
        Changes in other liabilities                   1,886           1,836
    Net cash provided by operations                  120,760          99,834

    Cash flows from investing activities:
     Net change in short-term investments                 25            (311)
     Additions to property, plant and
      equipment                                      (19,806)        (21,331)
     Proceeds from disposal of assets                  6,504           8,751
    Net cash used in investing activities            (13,277)        (12,891)

    Cash flows from financing activities:
     Cash dividends paid to shareholders             (33,990)        (37,230)
     Net change in bank borrowings and
      overdrafts                                     (32,508)           (496)
     Net change in commercial paper
      outstanding                                    281,521              --
     Repayments of long-term debt                   (499,306)             --
     Proceeds from issuance of stock under
      stock plans                                     23,146          36,461
     Excess tax benefits on stock options
      exercised                                          205           3,914
     Purchase of treasury stock                      (91,315)        (80,711)
    Net cash used in financing activities           (352,247)        (78,062)

    Effect of exchange rates on cash and
     cash equivalents                                  2,052             782

    Net change in cash and cash equivalents         (242,712)          9,663

    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning
     of year                                         272,545         114,508

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $29,833        $124,171
SOURCE  International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
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CO:  International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
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