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International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF)


New York, N.Y., April 25, 2002 --- International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE: IFF) (“IFF” or “the Company”) reported earnings per share for the first quarter 2002 at the high end of the Company's forecast range as consolidated sales met previously announced expectations.

Earnings per share for the first quarter 2002 were $.44 per share in comparison to $.21 per share reported for the prior year first quarter. The 2001 results include certain nonrecurring charges and amortization expense associated with goodwill and indefinite life intangibles; excluding these items, comparable pro-forma first quarter 2001 earnings per share were $.36, resulting in an earnings per share increase of 22% in 2002 compared to 2001.

Sales totaled $445.8 million for the 2002 first quarter. Excluding sales from non-core businesses disposed of during 2001, local currency sales for the first quarter 2002 decreased 1.6% in comparison to the 2001 quarter, in line with the Company's expectations. On a similar basis, reported sales declined 3.9%. Translation was unfavorable due to the relative strength of the U.S. dollar versus the Euro, the Japanese Yen and the Australian dollar; these currencies declined versus the U.S. dollar by approximately 4%, 12% and 6%, respectively, in comparison to the prior year.

Excluding sales associated with those businesses disposed of during 2001:
  • First quarter sales performance was strongest in North America where flavors sales increased by 2% and fragrances were flat;
  • Local currency fragrance sales in Europe increased 3% although this increase was offset by a 7% local currency decline in flavors with the overall region declining by 1%;
  • Asia-Pacific was flat and the Indian sub-continent declined 3% in local currency reflecting continued weak economic conditions throughout each of these regions;
  • Latin America declined by 9% mainly due to Argentina but also slowing economies in both Brazil and Mexico.

Richard A. Goldstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IFF, said, “We continue to be pleased with the progress we have made in our reorganization and in the integration of BBA into “One IFF.” The strength of the global economy remains uncertain, but I am confident that the actions we have taken to streamline our business and realize operating efficiencies, coupled with our back-to-basics approach, are the cornerstones on which we will build future growth. This will enable us to achieve superior long-term operating results, thus continuing to enhance shareholder value.

Second Quarter 2002
For the second quarter 2002, IFF expects sales to be flat in both local currency and dollar terms compared to last year, excluding approximately $15 million of sales attributable to those non-core businesses disposed of in 2001.

IFF expects second quarter 2002 earnings, excluding nonrecurring charges, in the range of $.51 - $.54 per share. For comparative purposes, 2001 second quarter earnings would have approximated $.48 excluding nonrecurring charges ($.06 per share) and reflecting the elimination of goodwill amortization ($.08 per share).

Outlook for 2002 Confirmed
Consistent with guidance previously provided, IFF expects 2002 local currency sales growth in the low single digits, excluding for comparative purposes approximately $60 million of 2001 sales related to non-core businesses disposed of during 2001. Earnings per share are expected to increase between 8% and 12%, excluding nonrecurring charges.

Expected 2002 earnings reflect the elimination of approximately $.35 per share of amortization of goodwill in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, which the Company adopted effective January 1, 2002. This Standard eliminates the amortization of goodwill and other indefinite life intangibles, and requires an evaluation of goodwill impairment on adoption, and annually thereafter. The Company is assessing the impact of adopting the impairment provisions of this Standard, but does not believe it has a material impairment of goodwill on adoption. Under this Standard, for comparative purposes, 2001 full year earnings excluding nonrecurring charges would have approximated $1.75 per share.

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. The Company expects a large portion of these savings to contribute to improving net earnings. To date, the Company has recorded approximately $62 million of the expected pretax charges; there were no restructuring charges recorded in the first quarter of 2002. Certain costs associated with the merger and integration of BBA operations were accounted for as part of the acquisition and did not affect current earnings.

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 37 countries worldwide and annual sales exceeding $1.8 billion. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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.
Douglas J. Wetmore