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IFF Reports Strong First Quarter 2007 Results

     - Double-Digit Growth in Sales, Net Income and Earnings per Share -

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF), a leading global creator of flavors and fragrances, today reported double-digit growth in sales and net income for the first quarter of 2007. Earnings per share were $.69 in the quarter, representing an increase of 19% from the first quarter of 2006.

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"IFF is off to a solid start in 2007 with double-digit increases in sales and net income," said Robert M. Amen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF. "We continue to make progress toward the financial goals we outlined for 2007-2009 by strengthening our customer focus and executing on our plans.

"IFF has a strong reputation for creativity and research, as well as consumer insight and brand understanding. These attributes are significant competitive differentiators for IFF and are key to providing our customers with winning solutions. We believe that these capabilities, coupled with the positive trends we are seeing in our markets, will enable us to deliver sustainable growth over time."

Sales rose 11% in the first quarter to $566 million compared to $511 million in the prior year period; flavor and fragrance sales each increased 11%. Sales for the quarter reflect the generally weaker U.S. dollar, mainly against the Euro and Pound Sterling; at comparable exchange rates, sales would have increased 6%.

The increase in total fragrance sales was driven by higher fine fragrance and beauty care, and fragrance ingredient sales of 11% and 17%, respectively. The growth in fine fragrance and beauty care was driven by new product introductions, while ingredient sales growth was mainly volume related. Functional fragrance sales increased 5% on a combination of new wins and improved volumes.

Flavor sales increased 11%, due to new wins and volume growth. In addition, flavor sales increased in each region, both in local currency and in dollars.

    First Quarter 2007 Performance Highlights

    -- Earnings per share for the 2007 first quarter were $0.69, an increase
       of 19% from the first quarter of 2006.
    -- Net income for the 2007 first quarter totaled $63 million, a 17%
       increase compared with the prior year quarter.
    -- Gross profit, as a percentage of sales, declined from the prior year
       quarter, mainly as a result of the shift in product mix, notably higher
       sales of fragrance ingredients and flavor compounds; gross margin was
       also impacted by the new fragrance ingredient facility in China, which
       continues to ramp up as planned.
    -- Research and Development (R&D) expenses totaled 8% of sales compared to
       9% in the prior year quarter; R&D expenses rose at a slower rate than
    -- Selling and Administrative (S&A) expenses, as a percentage of sales,
       were 16% in the current quarter compared to 17% in the prior year
       quarter; the decline was mainly due to reductions in headcount in 2006,
       most of which occurred after the first quarter.
    -- Interest expense increased by $3 million mainly due to higher average
       interest rates on borrowings; the average interest rate for 2007 was
       4.1% compared to 2.3% for the 2006 quarter.
    -- Effective tax rate for the quarter was 28.0% versus 28.6% in the prior
       year quarter.  The current quarter's effective tax rate benefited from
       the reversal of prior accruals.

    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 first quarter 2007 financial results and outlook, will be held today at 10:00 a.m. EDT. 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 May 17, 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 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
                                                       March 31,

                                               2006         2007     %Change
    Net Sales                                $511,432     $566,101      11%
    Cost of goods sold                        294,818      329,382      12%
    Gross margin on sales                     216,614      236,719       9%
    Research & development                     45,602       46,632       2%
    Selling and administrative                 85,588       91,271       7%
    Amortization                                3,710        3,556
    Restructuring and other charges               661          -
    Interest expense                            5,373        8,314      55%
    Other expense (income), net                   439         (167)
    Pretax income                              75,241       87,113      16%
    Income taxes                               21,551       24,424
    Net income                                $53,690      $62,689      17%

    Earnings per share - basic                  $0.59        $0.70      19%
    Earnings per share - diluted                $0.58        $0.69      19%

    Average shares outstanding
    (in thousands):
    Basic                                      91,535       89,378
    Diluted                                    92,207       90,658

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

                                                 December 31,       March 31,
                                                    2006              2007

    Cash & cash equivalents                       $114,508           $83,205
    Short term investments                             604               527
    Receivables                                    405,302           483,863
    Inventories                                    446,606           445,204
    Other current assets                           112,783           107,513
     Total current assets                        1,079,803         1,120,312

    Property, plant and equipment, net             495,124           487,035
    Goodwill and other intangibles, net            745,716           742,160
    Other assets                                   158,261           147,886
             Total assets                       $2,478,904        $2,497,393

    Bank borrowings, overdrafts
     and current portion of long-term debt         $15,897           $12,717
    Other current liabilities                      430,874           331,347
     Total current liabilities                     446,771           344,064

    Long-term debt                                 791,443           799,735
    Non-current liabilities                        335,522           414,010

    Shareholders' equity                           905,168           939,584
        Total liabilities and shareholders'
         equity                                 $2,478,904        $2,497,393

                              (Amounts in thousands)

                                                   March 31,         March 31,
                                                     2006               2007
    Cash flows from operating activities:
    Net income                                      $53,690           $62,689
    Adjustments to reconcile to net cash
     provided by operations:
      Depreciation and amortization                  22,261            21,139
      Deferred income taxes                           9,953            11,695
      Gain on disposal of assets                     (1,644)             (815)
      Equity based compensation                       2,862             4,277
      Changes in assets and liabilities
         Current receivables                        (45,164)          (38,454)
         Inventories                                 (1,694)            1,648
         Current payables                            (1,110)          (62,771)
         Changes in other assets                     (2,134)            6,971
         Changes in other liabilities                 4,092             1,147
    Net cash provided by operations                  41,112             7,526

    Cash flows from investing activities:
      Net change in short-term investments               25              (277)
      Additions to property, plant and equipment     (9,033)           (8,590)
      Proceeds from disposal of assets                4,670               452
    Net cash used in investing activities            (4,338)           (8,415)

    Cash flows from financing activities:
      Cash dividends paid to shareholders           (17,189)          (18,764)
      Net change in bank borrowings and overdrafts  (19,404)            1,903
      Proceeds from issuance of stock under
       stock-based compensation plans                 6,636            15,764
      Excess tax benefits on stock options
       exercised                                         83             1,732
      Purchase of treasury stock                    (75,561)          (31,480)
    Net cash used in financing activities          (105,435)          (30,845)

    Effect of exchange rates changes on cash
     and cash equivalents                             1,367               431

    Net change in cash and cash equivalents         (67,294)          (31,303)

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

    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     $205,251           $83,205

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