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IFF Reports Strong First Quarter 2016 Results


International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris:IFF) reported financial results and strategic achievements for the first quarter ended April 1, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Strategic Highlights: Currency Neutral Performance

Innovating Firsts: strengthen position and drive differentiation in priority R&D platforms

  • Encapsulation-related sales grew high-single-digits led by Fabric Care and Toiletries
  • Commercialized two new flavor molecules and one new natural sweetness modulator
  • Sweetness and savory modulation portfolio continued to grow strong double-digits

Win Where We Compete: achieve market leadership position in key markets, categories & customers

  • North America sales +11% driven by acquisitions and strong growth in Fragrances
  • Middle East & Africa grew double-digits with strong growth in both flavors and fragrances
  • Home Care grew mid-single-digits led by double-digit growth in Latin America
  • Flavors Latin America sales +8% in the quarter; +14% on a 2-year average basis

Become Our Customers’ Partner of Choice: attain commercial excellence

  • IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics won a silver innovation award at In-Cosmetics
  • IFF rated gold by EcoVadis for Sustainability; ranked top supplier
  • Joined World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Strengthen and Expand the Portfolio: pursue value creation through collaborations & acquisitions

  • IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics achieved double-digit growth on a standalone basis
  • IFF | Ottens Flavors posted solid growth on a standalone basis led by regional customers

Management Commentary

“We are pleased with how we started 2016, in light of the volatile global operating environment and against our strongest year-ago growth comparison,” said Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig. “Currency neutral sales growth was strong, improving 6%, with broad-based contributions from our acquisitions and organic growth. Performance in both Flavors and Fragrances accelerated sequentially with nearly all categories showing improvement versus the fourth quarter of 2015. In terms of profitability, we achieved strong gross profit performance driven primarily by volume growth, the benefits of productivity initiatives and contributions of acquisitions. This enabled us to strategically reinvest in our business while simultaneously delivering 7% adjusted operating profit and 11% adjusted EPS growth, all on a currency neutral basis.

“We also continue to make strides in our Vision 2020 strategy focused on building greater differentiation, accelerating profitable growth and increasing shareholder value. Innovation and R&D are crucial to our success, demonstrated by delivery systems in both Flavors & Fragrances continuing to be a growth driver in the quarter. In Fragrances, encapsulation-related sales grew high-single-digits, led by Fabric Care and Toiletries. In Flavors, our sweetness & savory modulation portfolio sales grew strong double-digits, led by Savory, Dairy and Beverage. Simultaneously, we commercialized two new flavor molecules and one new natural sweetness modulator to continue to build consumer-preferred solutions.

“We are pleased with our results in targeted growth areas such as North America, where we saw an 11% sales increase for the first quarter of 2016 driven by our recent acquisitions and strong growth in Fragrances. In the Middle East & Africa, the strong growth trends we experienced in 2015 continued into the first quarter, in which we saw a double digit increase, with strong performance in both flavors and fragrances. In Latin America, Flavors grew 8% on a currency neutral basis against a very strong 21% prior year comparison, driven in part by continued success leveraging innovation with key customers.

“In addition to the progress we have made from an innovation and market share perspective, we continue to position ourselves to be our customers’ partner of choice and go-to supplier. In the first quarter of 2016, IFF | Lucas Meyer won an innovation award at the In-Cosmetics for Miniporyl™. Our continued commitment to intertwine sustainability into all aspects of our business and corporate culture has led us to be rated gold by EcoVadis and ranked a top supplier. We also joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development which is an organization of forward-thinking companies that stimulate the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

“Our strategic acquisitions have also continued to perform well. IFF | Ottens Flavors posted solid growth on a standalone basis led mostly by regional customers and IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics achieved double-digit growth on a standalone basis.

“Although we have started the year well, we continue to remain cautiously optimistic in our previously stated financial guidance for 2016 given the persistent volatility in the market.”

Fragrances Business Unit

(Currency Neutral Performance unless otherwise noted)

  • Currency neutral sales improved 8%, including approximately 4 percentage points related to the acquisition of IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics. All regions delivered growth led by a double-digit increase in North America and high-single digit growth in Latin America.
  • Fine Fragrances increased 7% driven by strong new win performance. From a regional perspective, North America achieved strong double-digit growth, followed by mid-single-digit growth in EAME and low-single digit growth in Latin America.
  • Consumer Fragrances grew 6% with broad based growth across all sub-categories. Technology-driven innovation in Fabric Care and Personal Wash contributed high-single-digit increases. On a geographic basis, all regions delivered growth led by a double-digit increase in Latin America and mid-single-digit growth in North America.
  • Fragrance Ingredients grew 15%, inclusive of sales related to IFF | Lucas Meyer Cosmetics acquisitions. On an organic basis, trends in Fragrance Ingredients improved sequentially versus the fourth quarter 2015.
  • Fragrances currency neutral segment profit improved approximately 15% principally driven primarily by strong volume growth, and the benefits from cost and productivity initiatives. Segment profit margin on a currency neutral basis increased 130 basis points to 21.7%.
  • On a reported basis, sales increased 3%, or $13 million, to $410.8 million. Fragrances segment profit increased 9%, or $7.6 million, to $89.2 million.

Flavors Business Unit

(Currency Neutral Performance unless otherwise noted)

  • Currency neutral sales grew 4%, including approximately 4 percentage points related to the acquisition of IFF | Ottens Flavors. Growth was led by high-single-digit increases in North America and Latin America and low-single-digit growth in Greater Asia.
  • EAME decreased 1% as softness in Western Europe more than offset a high-single-digit improvement in the Middle East and Africa, which was driven by strong new wins.
  • North America improved 9%, reflecting the contribution of additional sales related to the acquisition of IFF | Ottens Flavors.
  • Latin America increased 8% against a very strong 21% growth in the prior year period, as all categories reported growth. Savory, Sweet and Dairy all reported double-digit growth.
  • Greater Asia grew 2% led by new win performance in Dairy and Sweet.
  • Flavors currency neutral segment profit improved approximately 1% primarily resulting from the contribution of our acquisition and productivity initiatives. Segment profit margin on a currency neutral basis decreased 60 basis points to 24.6% in the prior year quarter.
  • On a reported basis, sales decreased 1%, or $4.6 million, to $372.5 million. Flavors segment profit decreased 1% to $91.8 million from $92.7 million.

FY 2016 Guidance: Growth vs. Prior Year

A copy of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q will be available on its website at or at by May 11, 2016.

Audio Webcast

A live webcast to discuss the Company’s first quarter 2016 financial results will be held on May 10, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Investors may access the webcast and accompanying slide presentation on the Company's IR website at For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a recorded version will be made available on the Company's website approximately one hour after the event and will remain available on IFF’s website for one year.

Cautionary Statement Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” under the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our outlook for fiscal year 2016. These forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by cautionary statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on March 1, 2016. The Company wishes to caution readers that certain important factors may have affected and could in the future affect the Company’s actual results and could cause the Company’s actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. With respect to the Company’s expectations regarding these statements, such factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the Company’s ability to implement its Vision 2020 strategy; (2) the Company’s ability to successfully identify and complete acquisitions in line with its Vision 2020 strategy, and to realize the anticipated benefits of those acquisitions; (3) the Company’s ability to effectively compete in its market, and to successfully develop new and competitive products that appeal to its customers and consumers; (4) changes in consumer preferences and demand for the Company’s products or a decline in consumer confidence and spending; (5) the Company’s ability to benefit from its investments and expansion in emerging markets; (6) the impact of currency fluctuations or devaluations in the principal foreign markets in which it operates, including the devaluation of the Euro; (7) the economic and political risks associated with the Company’s international operations, including challenging economic conditions in China and Latin America; (8) the impact of any failure of the Company’s key information technology systems or a breach of information security; (9) the Company’s ability to attract and retain talented employees; (10) the Company’s ability to comply with, and the costs associated with compliance with U.S. and foreign environmental protection laws; (11) the Company’s ability to realize expected cost savings and efficiencies from its profitability improvement initiative and other optimization activities; (12) volatility and increases in the price of raw materials, energy and transportation; (13) fluctuations in the quality and availability of raw materials; (14) the impact of a disruption in the Company’s supply chain or its relationship with its suppliers; (15) any adverse impact on the availability, effectiveness and cost of the Company’s hedging and risk management strategies; (16) the Company’s ability to successfully manage its working capital and inventory balances; (17) uncertainties regarding the outcome of, or funding requirements related to litigation or settlement of pending litigation uncertain tax positions or other contingencies; (18) the effect of legal and regulatory developments, as well as restrictions or costs that may be imposed on the Company or its operations by U.S. and foreign governments; (19) adverse changes in federal, state, local and international tax legislation or policies, including with respect to transfer pricing and state aid, and adverse results of tax audits, assessments, or disputes; and (19) changes in market conditions or governmental regulations relating to our pension and postretirement obligations. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on the Company’s business. Accordingly, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Meet IFF

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) is a leading innovator of sensorial experiences that move the world. At the heart of our company, we are fueled by a sense of discovery, constantly asking “what if?”. That passion for exploration drives us to co-create unique products that consumers taste, smell, or feel in fine fragrances and beauty, detergents and household goods, as well as beloved foods and beverages. Our 6,700 team members globally take advantage of leading consumer insights, research and development, creative expertise, and customer intimacy to develop differentiated offerings for consumer products. Learn more at, Twitter , Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Michael DeVeau
VP, Global Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

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