Q3 2013 Ingredion Incorporated Earnings Conference Call

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:00 a.m. CT  

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INGREDION INCORPORATED REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS

  • Third quarter 2013 reported EPS fell 24 percent to $1.10 from $1.45 reported in the third quarter 2012
  • Third quarter 2013 reported EPS fell 28 percent to $1.10 compared to year-ago adjusted EPS of $1.52
  • Year-to-date 2013 reported EPS was $3.71 down 9 percent from $4.06 of reported EPS in 2012
  • Year-to-date 2013 reported EPS was $3.71 down 10 percent from $4.11 of adjusted EPS in 2012

WESTCHESTER, Ill., October 30, 2013 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the third quarter 2013.

"This was a disappointing quarter as many of the headwinds we faced in the second quarter persisted and in some cases accelerated.  These challenges included volume softness, currency headwinds and higher costs," said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer.  "Notably, two-thirds of the decline in operating income in the quarter was a result of the challenges in South America, particularly Argentina.  Conditions remain very challenging in Argentina as political and economic actions have significantly increased costs while our ability to price through higher costs continues to be constrained." 

In the face of economic challenges, volume softness and the impact of last summer's drought in the U.S., our total business has held up well.  And, looking longer-term, our early outlook for 2014 remains positive as we expect relief on raw material prices, improved volume performance, and sales and operating income from key capital investments," Gordon added.


Earnings Per Share (EPS)
Third quarter diluted earnings per share (EPS) declined 24 percent to $1.10 compared to $1.45 last year.  The third quarter of 2012 included $0.07 of restructuring/impairment charges.  Excluding these items, reported 2013 EPS decreased 28 percent to $1.10 in the quarter compared to $1.52 of adjusted EPS in the year-ago quarter.  The estimated drivers of the decrease in the third quarter 2013 EPS versus the 2012 adjusted EPS were $0.27 from margin, $0.08 due to lower volumes and $0.05 of foreign currency devaluation partially offset by $0.01 of other income.  Non-operating items had a negative $0.03 impact, consisting of a $0.01 increase in financing costs, a $0.01 negative impact from an increase in share count, and negative $0.01 from non-controlling interest.

First nine months EPS was down 9 percent to $3.71 compared to $4.06 in the first nine months of last year.  The first nine months of 2012 included $0.18 of restructuring/impairment charges and $0.03 of business integration costs, which were substantially offset by a $0.16 benefit from the reversal of a tax valuation allowance in South Korea.  Excluding these items, reported 2013 EPS decreased 10 percent to $3.71 in the first nine months compared to $4.11 of adjusted EPS in the year-ago period.  The estimated drivers of the decrease in the first nine months 2013 EPS versus the 2012 adjusted EPS were $0.30 from margin, $0.15 due to lower volumes and $0.12 of foreign currency devaluation partially offset by $0.01 of other income.  A lower tax rate provided a $0.19 benefit and lower financing costs contributed $0.02. These positive factors were partially offset by a $0.04 negative impact from an increase in share count and negative $0.01 from non-controlling interest.

Financial Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2013, net financing costs were $18 million versus $16 million in the year-ago period.  The increase primarily reflected an increase in foreign currency transaction losses, partially offset by lower interest expense.
  • The third quarter effective tax rate was 25.8 percent compared to 25.5 percent in the year-ago period.  For the first nine months of 2013, the effective tax rate was 25.9 percent compared to 25.5 percent in the first nine months of 2012.  The tax rates associated with the adjusted EPS in the third quarter 2012 and year-to-date 2012 were 26.8 percent and 29.7 percent, respectively.
  • At September 30, 2013, total debt and cash and cash equivalents were $1.77 billion and $618 million, respectively, versus $1.80 billion and $609 million, respectively, at December 31, 2012. 
  • In the first nine months of 2013, cash flow generated by operations was $362 million, up $250 million from the end of the second quarter of 2013.  
  • Capital expenditures, net of disposals, were $202 million in the first nine months of 2013 and 2012.
  • During the quarter, the Company repurchased 880,000 shares for approximately $56 million.

Business Review

Total Ingredion

$ in millions 2012 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2013 Net sales % change
Third quarter 1,679 -54 -59 46 1,612 -4%
First nine months 4,888 -120 -150 211 4,829 -1%

Third quarter 2013

  • Sales were down 4 percent as volume declines and currency devaluations more than offset price/mix improvements.
  • Operating income was $137 million.  This was a 19 percent decrease compared to $169 million of reported operating income in the third quarter of 2012 and a 24 percent decrease, or $42 million, compared to the $179 million of adjusted operating income in the year-ago quarter.  The decline was primarily due to a $28 million decline in operating income in South America, largely a result of higher costs and weaker volumes.

First nine months 2013

  • Sales were down 1 percent as volume declines and currency devaluations more than offset price/mix improvements.
  • Operating income was $452 million.  This was down 6 percent compared to reported operating income in the first nine months of 2012 of $483 million and a 12 percent decrease compared to the $514 million of adjusted operating income in the year-ago period.  The decrease was primarily due to higher costs and weaker volumes.  Notably $60 million of the $62 million decline in operating income was attributable to South America.

North America

$ in millions 2012 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2013 Net sales % change
Third quarter 977 -6 -45 23 949 -3%
First nine months 2,819 -9 -99 124 2,835 +1%

Third quarter 2013

  • Sales declined against a strong year-ago comparison (3Q12 volume was +4 percent) as positive price/mix was more than offset by negative volume across our end markets and slight currency headwinds. 
  • Operating income was down 6 percent, or $6 million, from $103 million to $97 million primarily due to the impact of lower volumes on fixed cost absorption. 

First nine months 2013

  • Sales increased slightly as positive price/mix was partially offset by negative volume and slight currency headwinds. 
  • Operating income was up 3 percent, or $9 million, from $299 million to a record $308 million primarily due to favorable price/mix, continued focus on cost savings initiatives from manufacturing efficiencies, and the ability to hold dollar margins. 

South America

$ in millions 2012 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2013 Net sales % change
Third quarter 363 -41 -9 10 323 -11%
First nine months 1,079 -100 -43 56 992 -8%

Third quarter 2013

  • Sales were down largely due to currency devaluations in Brazil ($21 million impact) and Argentina ($16 million impact).  Brazilian volumes rose but were offset by declines in Argentina. 
  • Operating income in the quarter was $19 million, down 60 percent, or $28 million.  Favorable price/mix was offset by higher raw material, energy and labor costs, currency devaluations and lower volumes.  Approximately two-thirds of the operating income decline was attributable to Argentina.

First nine months 2013

  • Sales were down largely due to currency devaluations in Brazil and Argentina along with volume declines resulting from continued weak economic conditions.
  • Operating income was $80 million, down 43 percent, or about $60 million.  Favorable price/mix was offset by higher raw material, energy and labor costs, currency devaluations and lower volumes.  Approximately two-thirds of the operating income decline was attributable to Argentina.

Asia Pacific

$ in millions 2012 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2013 Net sales % change
Third quarter 215 -4 -7 1 205 -5%
First nine months 613 1 -16 3 601 -2%

Third quarter 2013

  • Sales declined as a result of weaker volumes and negative foreign exchange rates.  Price/mix was slightly positive.  The year-ago quarter included $6 million of sales related to a Chinese joint venture which was sold in 2012.  Absent that impact, sales would have declined 2 percent instead of 5 percent.
  • Operating income decreased 17 percent from $29 million to $24 million.  The decline in operating income was primarily a result of lower sweetener sales to the beverage industry in South Korea.

First nine months 2013

  • Sales were down as a result of lower volumes partially offset by favorable price/mix and foreign exchange rates.  The year-ago period included $19 million of sales related to a Chinese joint venture which was sold in 2012.  Absent that impact, sales would have been up 1 percent.
  • Operating income decreased 2 percent from $72 million to $70 million, largely due to higher operating expenses partially offset by better volume and price/mix.

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

$ in millions 2012 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2013 Net sales % change
Third quarter 124 -4 2 13 135 +9%
First nine months 378 -13 8 28 401 +6%

Third quarter 2013

  • Sales rose by $11 million due to price/mix improvement and volume growth partially offset by currency devaluations.  Volume was negatively impacted by $3 million due to the 2012 closure of the Company's plant in Kenya and a change to its distribution model in that country.  Absent that impact, sales would have been up about 11 percent.
  • Operating income was $17 million, down $2 million, a decrease of 11 percent mainly due to ongoing higher raw material and energy costs in Pakistan.

First nine months 2013

  • Sales rose by $23 million due to price/mix improvement and volume growth partially offset by currency devaluations.  Volume was negatively impacted by $11 million due to the 2012 closure of the Company's plant in Kenya and a change to its distribution model in that country.  Absent that impact, sales would have been up about 9 percent.
  • Operating income was $54 million, down $3 million, a decrease of 6 percent mainly due to ongoing higher raw material and energy costs in Pakistan.

2013 Guidance
2013 EPS is expected to be in a range of $5.00 to $5.15 compared to adjusted EPS in 2012 of $5.57 and prior guidance of $5.10 to $5.40.  (2012 reported EPS was $5.47.)  The updated guidance is based on the expectation that EPS for the fourth quarter 2013 will be $1.29 to $1.44.  The updated guidance anticipates ongoing cost pressures in Argentina; a generally soft consumer environment leading to volume softness across all regions; currency headwinds, primarily in Argentina and Brazil; and, an effective tax rate of approximately 27 percent. 

Cash generated by operations is expected to be approximately $600 - 700 million in 2013.  The Company intends to continue executing its existing share repurchase authorization.

Capital expenditures in 2013 are anticipated to be in the range of $300 - 325 million.  These investments will support growth and cost reduction actions across the organization.

Conference Call and Webcast
Ingredion will conduct a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Central Time) to be hosted by Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Cheryl Beebe, chief financial officer.

The call will be broadcast in a real-time webcast. The broadcast will consist of the call and a visual presentation accessible through the Ingredion web site at www.ingredion.com. The presentation will be available to download approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the call. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.ingredion.com.

ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR) is a leading global ingredients solutions provider specializing in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients. With customers in more than 40 countries, Ingredion serves approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceuticals and other industries. For more information, visit www.ingredion.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains or may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for such statements.

Forward-looking statements include, among other things, any statements regarding the Company's prospects or future financial condition, earnings, revenues, tax rates, capital expenditures, expenses or other financial items, any statements concerning the Company's prospects or future operations, including management's plans or strategies and objectives therefor and any assumptions, expectations or beliefs underlying the foregoing.

These statements can sometimes be identified by the use of forward looking words such as "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "project," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "continue," "pro forma," "forecast," "outlook" or other similar expressions or the negative thereof. All statements other than statements of historical facts in this release or referred to in this release are "forward-looking statements."

These statements are based on current expectations, but are subject to certain inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are beyond our control. Although we believe our expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, stockholders are cautioned that no assurance can be given that our expectations will prove correct.

Actual results and developments may differ materially from the expectations expressed in or implied by these statements, based on various factors, including the effects of global economic conditions, including, particularly, continuation or worsening of the current economic, currency and political conditions in South America and economic conditions in Europe, and their impact on our sales volumes and pricing of our products, our ability to collect our receivables from customers and our ability to raise funds at reasonable rates; fluctuations in worldwide markets for corn and other commodities, and the associated risks of hedging against such fluctuations; fluctuations in the markets and prices for our co-products, particularly corn oil; fluctuations in aggregate industry supply and market demand; the behavior of financial markets, including foreign currency fluctuations and fluctuations in interest and exchange rates; continued volatility and turmoil in the capital markets; the commercial and consumer credit environment; general political, economic, business, market and weather conditions in the various geographic regions and countries in which we buy our raw materials or manufacture or sell our products; future financial performance of major industries which we serve, including, without limitation, the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, paper, corrugated, textile and brewing industries; energy costs and availability, freight and shipping costs, and changes in regulatory controls regarding quotas, tariffs, duties, taxes and income tax rates; operating difficulties; availability of raw materials, including tapioca and the specific varieties of corn upon which our products are based; energy issues in Pakistan; boiler reliability; our ability to effectively integrate and operate acquired businesses; our ability to achieve budgets and to realize expected synergies; our ability to complete planned maintenance and investment projects successfully and on budget; labor disputes; genetic and biotechnology issues; changing consumption preferences including those relating to high fructose corn syrup; increased competitive and/or customer pressure in the corn-refining industry; and the outbreak or continuation of serious communicable disease or hostilities including acts of terrorism.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement as a result of new information or future events or developments. If we do update or correct one or more of these statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections. For a further description of these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.


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INGREDION INCORPORATED TO RELEASE 2013 THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS AND HOLD CONFERENCE CALL ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013

WESTCHESTER, Ill., October 1, 2013 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, will release its 2013 third-quarter financial results for the period ended September 30, 2013, before the market opens on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

Ingredion will conduct a conference call on October 30 at 8:00 a.m. CDT, during which Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Cheryl Beebe, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the quarterly results.  The conference call and accompanying slide presentation will be broadcast live on the Company's website, www.ingredion.com, in the "Investor Relations" section.  Participants are encouraged to log onto the webcast link approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.  A replay of the presentation will also be available on the Company's website.

ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) is a leading global ingredients solutions provider specializing in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients.  With customers in more than 40 countries, Ingredion serves approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceuticals and other industries.  For more information, visit ingredion.com.
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Investors:  Aaron Hoffman, 708-551-2592

Media: Claire Regan, 708-551-2602

 

 


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