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IFF Reports Third Quarter Sales and Earnings Updates 2003 Sales and Earnings Outlook

10/23/03

NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) ("IFF" or "the Company") reported diluted earnings per share for the third quarter 2003 of $.54 compared to $.52 for the prior year quarter. The 2003 third quarter results include $3.9 million ($2.4 million after tax or $.03 per share) of restructuring and other charges related to the Company's ongoing reorganization plan; 2002 third quarter results included $2.5 million ($1.7 million after tax or $.02 per share) of such charges. Excluding the effects of these charges, 2003 third quarter diluted earnings per share would have been $.57, compared to $.54 in the prior year comparable quarter, an increase of 6%.

Third quarter 2003 sales totaled $480.9 million, increasing 4% in comparison to the prior year quarter. Reported sales for the 2003 quarter benefited from the strengthening of various currencies, most notably the Euro, the Pound Sterling and the Australian dollar, in relation to the U.S. dollar; had exchange rates remained constant, sales for the third quarter 2003 would have declined approximately 1% in comparison to the prior year quarter.

Sales for the third quarter reflected continued weak customer order activity, most significantly in North America, and to a lesser extent in Europe, and parts of Latin America and Asia Pacific. Sales performance by region was as follows:

     * North America flavor and fragrance sales declined 1% and 13%,
       respectively; in total the region declined 7%, reflecting weak demand
       and ongoing customer efforts to reduce inventory levels.  Fine
       fragrance sales declined 24%, a lower performance than had been
       expected, and than had been achieved in the first half of 2003.  The
       fine fragrance weakness spanned the entire range of the Company's
       customers and reflected the continued weak retail environment for fine
       fragrances.  Functional fragrance and chemical sales declined 3% and
       11%, respectively.

     * Local currency flavor and fragrance sales in Europe each decreased 2%,
       resulting in reported dollar increases of 9% and 11%, respectively.  In
       total, the region's sales declined 2% in local currency terms and
       increased 10% in dollars.  Local currency sales of fine and functional
       fragrances increased 1% and 7%, respectively, while aroma chemical
       sales declined 13%.  The local currency performance reflected the
       persistent economic weakness in much of the European region, most
       notably in France, Germany, the U.K. and Switzerland, where sales were
       weakest in comparison to the 2002 third quarter; local currency sales
       in Eastern Europe also declined in the low double digits.

     * Local currency sales in Asia Pacific increased 6%, resulting in an 11%
       increase in reported dollar sales.  Local currency fragrance sales
       increased 14% in comparison to the prior year quarter, resulting in a
       17% increase in reported dollars; this strong performance benefited
       from improving economic conditions in the region and the benefit of
       significant new fragrance wins.  Local currency flavor sales increased
       2%, resulting in a 6% increase in reported dollars.  For the region,
       Greater China, Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia were strongest, each
       achieving double digit growth; this growth was partially offset by
       continued weakness in Japan, where local currency sales declined 9% in
       comparison to the 2002 third quarter.

     * Latin America sales increased 4%. Flavor sales increased 31%,
       benefiting from increases of 43%, 38% and 35% in Argentina, Brazil and
       Mexico, respectively, reflecting the impact of new wins.  Fragrance
       sales in the region declined 4% with Mexico and Brazil declining 10%
       and 5%, respectively.  Argentina fragrance sales increased 33% as
       economic conditions in that country stabilized.

     * India sales increased 10% in local currency and 12% in reported
       dollars.  Local currency fragrance sales increased 13% resulting in a
       17% increase in reported dollars.  Local currency flavor sales
       increased 6%, resulting in a 7% increase in reported dollars.  In both
       flavors and fragrances, the sales performance reflected the benefit of
       new wins.

Net income for the quarter increased 3% in comparison to the prior year quarter. Excluding the impact of restructuring and other charges in both the 2003 and 2002 quarters, net income increased 4% in the current quarter in comparison to the prior year. Gross and operating margin in the third quarter, as a percentage of sales, declined in comparison to the prior year; the decline was primarily attributable to the weak sales performance in the higher margin fine fragrance business. Earnings have been sustained by the Company's cost-cutting efforts and by reduced interest expense.

Sales for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2003 totaled $1,429.7 million, increasing 3% in comparison to the prior year period. Sales for the 2002 period included $9.4 million attributable to non-core businesses that the Company disposed of during 2002; excluding such sales from the 2002 results, sales for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2003 increased 4% in comparison to the prior year period. Reported sales for the 2003 period benefited from the strengthening of various currencies, most notably the Euro, the Japanese Yen, the Pound Sterling and the Australian dollar, in relation to the U.S. dollar; had exchange rates remained constant, sales for the first nine months in 2003 would have declined approximately 4% in comparison to the prior year period as reported, and declined 3% excluding sales attributable to the non-core businesses from the 2002 results.

Excluding, for comparative purposes, sales attributable to non-core businesses disposed of during 2002, sales performance by region for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2003 was as follows:

     * North America flavor and fragrance sales declined by 2% and 8%,
       respectively; in total the region declined by 5%, reflecting weak
       economic conditions and weak demand for fine fragrance products as well
       as the effect of ongoing customer efforts to reduce inventory levels.
       Functional fragrance, fine fragrance and chemical sales declined 7%, 9%
       and 9%, respectively.

     * Local currency flavor sales in Europe declined 1% in comparison to the
       prior year period, resulting in a 15% increase in reported dollar
       sales.  Fragrance sales declined 5% in local currency, resulting in a
       12% increase in reported dollar sales.  Overall, the region's sales
       declined 3% in local currency terms and increased 14% in dollars.  Fine
       fragrance local currency sales increased 4%, while functional fragrance
       and aroma chemical sales declined by 5% and 13%, respectively.  The
       local currency performance reflected the persistent economic weakness
       throughout much of the European region.

     * Local currency sales in Asia Pacific increased 1% resulting in a 6%
       increase in reported dollar sales.  Local currency fragrance sales
       increased 6% in comparison to the prior year period resulting in an 11%
       increase in reported dollars.  Local currency flavor sales declined 3%
       in comparison to the prior year period resulting in a 2% increase in
       reported dollars.  For the region, sales performance year-to-date has
       been strongest in Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and Greater China, with
       respective local currency increases of 21%, 10%, 9% and 7%,
       respectively.  These strong performances were substantially offset by
       persistent weakness in Japan and the Philippines where local currency
       sales have declined by 6% and 17%, respectively.

     * Latin America sales declined 4% in comparison to 2002.  Flavor sales
       increased 6%, benefiting from increases of 77%, 39% and 15% in Central
       America, Argentina and Brazil, respectively, reflecting the benefit of
       new wins and, in Argentina, an improved economic environment.
       Fragrance sales in the region declined 7% with Mexico and Brazil
       declining 7% and 12%, respectively; Argentina fragrance sales increased
       11% for the period, again mainly benefiting from improved economic
       conditions in that country.

     * India sales increased 9% in local currency and 13% in reported dollars.
       This performance was led by an 11% local currency increase in flavor
       sales with fragrance sales increasing 8% in comparison to the prior
       year.  In both flavors and fragrances, the sales performance reflected
       the benefit of new wins.

Net income for the nine-month period decreased 2% in comparison to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of restructuring and other charges in both the 2003 and 2002 periods, 2003 year-to-date income increased 7% in comparison to the prior year. Gross margin on sales in 2003, as a percentage of sales, has declined in comparison to the prior year. The margin decline is primarily attributable to the weak sales performance in the higher margin fine fragrance business. Earnings have been sustained by the Company's ongoing cost-cutting efforts and by reduced interest expense.

Reorganization Actions

In the third quarter 2003, the Company eliminated 70 positions, principally in its North American and European operating regions. As a result of these actions, the Company recorded restructuring and other pre-tax charges of $3.9 million ($2.4 million after tax or $.03 per share) in the quarter. Year-to-date, the Company has eliminated over 260 positions and recorded restructuring and other pre-tax charges of $31.0 million ($20.3 million after tax or $.22 per share); essentially all elements of these charges relate to employee terminations.

On October 5, 2000, the Company announced a significant reorganization, including management changes, consolidation of production facilities and related actions. On completion, the reorganization is expected to yield annual savings approximating $25 million to $30 million. A portion of these savings is to be reinvested in the business, although a substantial portion is expected to contribute to improving earnings.

The Company continues to anticipate that total pre-tax costs relating to the reorganization will approximate $110 million. To date, the Company has recorded approximately $105 million of the expected pre-tax charges. The Company will complete the remaining portions of its contemplated reorganization actions by the end of 2003.

Outlook for 2003

IFF expects earnings per share for 2003 to be in the range of $1.86 to $1.91 compared to $1.84 in 2002. Excluding restructuring and other charges, earnings per share are expected to increase between 7% and 9% over comparable 2002 results of $1.92 per share, and to be in the range of $2.05 to $2.09.

IFF expects full year local currency sales to decline 2% to 3% in 2003, excluding for comparative purposes approximately $9.4 million of 2002 sales related to non-core businesses disposed of during 2002. Based on current exchange rates, currency is expected to be favorable by approximately 6% to 7% for the year, resulting in an expected increase of 3% to 5% in reported dollars.

Richard A. Goldstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF, said, "Our improved performance in Latin America, Asia Pacific, and continued solid growth in India has been driven by new wins. But, while we continue to win new business in both flavors and fragrances, our top line performance in the third quarter was disappointing. Against a weak consumer confidence backdrop, we continue to see sharply fluctuating order patterns in both flavors and fragrances, most notably in North America; a weak retail environment and low airline travel, impacting duty free sales, have exacerbated this trend in the higher margin, fine fragrance business. Further, many of our customers have chosen to delay or downsize their product launches until they see a stronger economic recovery.

"In updating our guidance for the full year 2003, we are assuming that these weak conditions and demand will persist for the balance of the year. Nevertheless, we remain focused on our many new initiatives in research and development, while at the same time reducing costs and focusing on improved operational efficiencies; we also continue to benefit from lower interest expense as we reduce debt and better manage our invested capital."

About IFF

IFF is the world's 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 34 countries worldwide and annual sales exceeding $1.8 billion. 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 release, 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. 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 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 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 to update or revise them as more information becomes available or to reflect changes in expectations, assumptions or results.

Conference call

There will be a conference call today at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, at which time the Company will discuss operating results for the third quarter 2003 and its expectations for the balance of the year. The dial in number for U.S.-based participants is 800-946-0713; for international participants, the number is 719-457-2642. The passcode for the call is 568258.

A replay of the conference call will be available from 1:00 PM Eastern Time beginning on Thursday, October 23, 2003 and ending at Midnight on Sunday, November 23, 2003. 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 will be 568258.

The call can also be monitored via the World Wide Web at www.iff.com. Real Network's Real Player or Microsoft Media Player is required to access the webcast. They can be downloaded from www.real.com or www.microsoft.com/windows/mediaplayer. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website for twelve months.


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

                                   Quarter Ended          Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,            September 30,
                                 2002         2003         2002         2003
    Net sales                $462,777     $480,886   $1,384,957   $1,429,721
    Cost of goods sold        261,075      278,191      793,551      823,873
    Gross margin on sales     201,702      202,695      591,406      605,848
    Research & development     37,664       39,184      107,856      117,043
    Selling and administrative 75,142       75,638      229,449      224,641
    Amortization                3,158        3,158        9,474        9,474
                               85,738       84,715      244,627      254,690
    Restructuring and
     other charges             (2,495)      (3,916)     (11,737)     (31,020)
    Interest expense           (8,947)      (6,532)     (28,668)     (22,602)
    Other income (expense),
     net                          561          446        3,333       (4,451)
    Pretax income              74,857       74,713      207,555      196,617
    Income taxes               25,258       23,642       70,607       62,131
    Net income                $49,599     $ 51,071     $136,948     $134,486

    Including restructuring
     and other charges
    Net income                $49,599     $ 51,071     $136,948     $134,486
    Earnings per share -
     basic                       $.52         $.55        $1.45        $1.43
    Earnings per share -
     diluted                     $.52         $.54        $1.43        $1.42

    Excluding restructuring
     and other charges
    Net income                $51,253     $ 53,468     $144,693    $ 154,793
    Result per share - basic     $.54         $.57        $1.53        $1.65
    Result per share - diluted   $.54         $.57        $1.51        $1.64


    Average Shares Outstanding (in thousands)           2002           2003
    Third quarter:
     Basic                                            94,628         93,265
     Diluted                                          95,665         93,793
    Year-to-date:
     Basic                                            94,578         93,735
     Diluted                                          95,954         94,418


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

                                            December 31,       September 30,
                                               2002                2003
    Cash & short-term investments           $15,165             $15,454
    Receivables                             338,607             387,849
    Inventories                             421,603             429,781
    Other current assets                     91,374             126,700
     Total current assets                   866,749             959,784

    Property, plant and equipment, net      520,499             486,911
    Goodwill and other intangibles, net     782,703             773,229
    Other assets                             62,743              80,505
                      Total assets       $2,232,694          $2,300,429

    Commercial paper/notes payable - bank   $49,663            $262,814
    Other current liabilities               309,834             326,394
    Total current liabilities               359,497             589,208

    Long-term debt                        1,007,085             700,417
    Non-current liabilities                 291,434             341,760

    Shareholders' equity                    574,678             669,044
        Total liabilities and
         shareholders' equity            $2,232,694          $2,300,429

    Capital spending in quarter:    $ 14.2 million
    Depreciation in quarter:        $ 18.2 million


    Quarter ended September 30, 2003:

    % Change in Sales by Region of Destination   Fragrances   Flavors    Total
                 North America                     (13)         (1)       (7)
                Europe - Reported                   11           9        10
              Europe - Local Currency               (2)         (2)       (2)
                 Latin America                      (4)         31         4
            Asia Pacific - Reported                 17           6        11
          Asia Pacific - Local Currency             14           2         6
                India - Reported                    17           7        12
              India - Local Currency                13           6        10
                Total - Reported                     2           7         4
              Total - Local Currency                (3)          1        (1)


    Nine months ended September 30, 2003 as Reported

    % Change in Sales by Region of Destination   Fragrances   Flavors    Total
                 North America                      (8)         (6)       (7)
                Europe - Reported                   12          15        14
              Europe - Local Currency               (5)         (1)       (3)
                 Latin America                      (7)          6        (4)
            Asia Pacific - Reported                 11           2         6
          Asia Pacific - Local Currency              6          (3)        1
                India - Reported                    13          13        13
              India- Local Currency                  8          11         9
                Total - Reported                     2           5         3
              Total - Local Currency                (5)         (2)       (4)


    Nine months ended September 30, 2003 Pro-Forma Excluding Non-Core
     Businesses Disposed of in 2002

    % Change in Sales by Region of Destination   Fragrances   Flavors    Total
                North America                       (8)         (2)       (5)
               Europe - Reported                    12          15        14
             Europe - Local Currency                (5)         (1)       (3)
                 Latin America                      (7)          6        (4)
            Asia Pacific - Reported                 11           2         6
          Asia Pacific - Local Currency              6          (3)        1
                India - Reported                    13          13        13
              India- Local Currency                  8          11         9
                Total - Reported                     2           6         4
              Total - Local Currency                (5)         (1)       (3)
SOURCE  International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
    -0-                             10/23/2003
    /CONTACT:  Douglas J. Wetmore, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., +1-212-708-7145/
    /Web site:  http://www.iff.com /
    (IFF)

CO:  International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
ST:  New York
IN:  FOD HOU
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