Q2 2015 Ingredion Incorporated Earnings Conference Call

Thursday, July 30, 2015 8:00 a.m. CT  

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INGREDION INCORPORATED REPORTS SOLID SECOND QUARTER 2015 RESULTS

  • Second quarter 2015 reported and adjusted EPS were $1.47 and $1.53, respectively, up from $1.35 reported in the second quarter 2014
  • Year-to-date 2015 reported and adjusted EPS were $2.62 and $2.83, respectively, up from $2.31 reported in the year-ago period
  • 2015 adjusted EPS guidance narrowed to $5.60-$5.90, including acquisition EPS accretion and excluding associated acquisition-related costs

WESTCHESTER, Ill., July 30, 2015 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the second quarter 2015.

"We are pleased with the second quarter results which were highlighted by higher specialty volumes, good operating efficiency, and strong earnings per share growth," said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Although we experienced foreign-exchange headwinds across all four regions, our business model continues to work. In fact, operating income improved in North America, South America, and Asia Pacific.

"We remain confident in our 2015 outlook. Strong specialty volumes, improved product mix, disciplined cost management, and the impacts of the first quarter acquisition of Penford Corporation are expected to drive bottom-line growth.

"As we continue to execute our strategic blueprint, we are well positioned for further growth, especially in our higher-value ingredients that address key consumer trends. Our pending acquisition of Kerr Concentrates, Inc., a producer of natural fruit and vegetable concentrates, purees and essences, is another step to broaden our portfolio of wholesome, clean-label ingredient solutions, which consumers are increasingly demanding. The Penford integration remains on track for at least $20 million in annualized cost synergies and the underlying business is performing well. Our expectation for adjusted EPS for the year, including accretion resulting from both transactions, is narrowed to $5.60-$5.90, excluding the associated acquisition-related costs," Gordon added.  

Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)

  2Q14 2Q15 1H14 1H15
Reported EPS $1.35 $1.47 $2.31 $2.62
 Acquisition/Integration costs -  0.07 - 0.22
Adjusted EPS* $1.35 $1.53 $2.31 $2.83

      *Totals may not foot due to rounding

Estimated factors affecting change in adjusted EPS

  2Q15 1H15
  Margin 0.32 0.72
  Volume 0.03 0.08
  Foreign exchange (0.14) (0.24)
  Other income/(expense) (0.06) (0.09)
Total operating items 0.15 0.47
     
  Financing costs 0.01 0.03
  Shares outstanding 0.07 0.12
  Tax rate (0.05) (0.11)
  Non-controlling interest - 0.01
Total non-operating items 0.03 0.05
Total items affecting EPS 0.18 0.52

Financial Highlights

  • At June 30, 2015, total debt and cash and short-term investments were $2.2 billion and $677 million, respectively, versus $1.8 billion and $614 million, respectively, at December 31, 2014. 
  • During the second quarter of 2015, net financing costs were $16 million, or $1 million lower than the year-ago period due to the benefit of interest rate swaps.
  • The second quarter reported and adjusted effective tax rates were 30.3 percent and 30.5 percent, respectively, compared to a 28.1 percent reported effective tax rate in the year-ago period. 
  • Capital expenditures, net of disposals, were $128 million in the first half of 2015, $12 million higher than in the year-ago period.
  • During the first half of the year, the Company repurchased approximately 364,000 shares of common stock for $29 million. 

Business Review

Total Ingredion

$ in millions 2014 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2015 Net sales % change
Second quarter 1,483 -111 95 -18 1,449 -2%
Year-to-date 2,840 -188 152 -25 2,779 -2%

Net Sales

  • Net sales were down in the second quarter as a result of changes in foreign currency-exchange rates and the pass through of lower corn costs, partially offset by pricing in South America and acquisition-related volume growth.
  • Year-to-date net sales were down as a result of changes in foreign currency-exchange rates and the pass through of lower corn costs, partially offset by pricing in South America to compensate for currency headwinds and volume growth, both organic and acquisition-related.

Operating income

  • Second quarter reported and adjusted operating income were $173 million and $180 million, respectively.  These were six percent and 11 percent increases, respectively, compared to $163 million of reported operating income in the second quarter of 2014.  The increases in operating income were primarily due to: Penford-related and strong specialty volumes; margin expansion in North America; and pricing actions in South America. These positives were partially offset by the negative effect of foreign exchange.
  • Year-to-date 2015 reported and adjusted operating income were $312 million and $336 million, respectively. These were 10 percent and 18 percent increases, respectively, compared to $285 million of year-to-date 2014 reported operating income.  The increases in operating income were primarily due to Penford-related and strong specialty volumes and margin expansion in North America.

North America

$ in millions 2014 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2015 Net sales % change
Second quarter 820 -14 98 -35 869 6%
Year-to-date 1,556 -27 149 -55 1,623 4%

Operating income

  • Second quarter operating income increased from $110 million to $127 million. Higher specialty and acquisition-related volumes, lower corn costs, and lower manufacturing expenses due to operational efficiencies accounted for the increase.
  • Year-to-date operating income increased from $176 million to $229 million. Higher organic and acquisition-related volumes, lower corn costs, lower manufacturing expenses due to operational efficiencies, and nonrecurrence of costs attributable to the adverse weather effects in the first quarter of last year drove the increase.

South America

$ in millions 2014 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2015 Net sales % change
Second quarter 305 -68 -11 24 250 -18%
Year-to-date 599 -115 -23 47 508 -15%

Operating income

  • Operating income in the second quarter was $20 million, up 22 percent, or $4 million, largely as a result of increased pricing and good cost discipline, offset by the foreign-exchange impact, higher input costs, and weaker demand. 
  • Year-to-date operating income was $45 million, down $2 million, largely as a result of weaker demand. Increased pricing mitigated both the foreign-exchange impact and higher input costs resulting from inflationary effects. 

Asia Pacific

$ in millions 2014 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2015 Net sales % change
Second quarter 203 -13 7 -5 192 -6%
Year-to-date 389 -20 23 -13 379 -3%

Operating income

  • Second quarter operating income was $28 million, up slightly from a year ago. Year-to-date operating income was $54 million, also up slightly from a year ago. In both periods, foreign-exchange impacts were offset by increased volume and margin expansion.

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

$ in millions 2014 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2015 Net sales % change
Second quarter 155 -16 1 -2 138 -11%
Year-to-date 296 -26 3 -4 269 -9%

Operating income

  • Second quarter operating income was $23 million, down from $25 million a year ago.  Year-to-date operating income was $45 million, down $1 million from a year ago. In both periods, higher volumes and good cost management were offset by foreign-exchange impacts.

2015 Guidance

2015 adjusted EPS, including anticipated $0.08-$0.12 per share accretion resulting from the Penford and Kerr acquisitions but excluding acquisition-related costs, is expected to be in the range of $5.60 to $5.90 compared to adjusted EPS of $5.20 in 2014.  The guidance assumes: overall improvement in North America, modest improvement in Asia Pacific, South America in line, and EMEA down slightly given anticipated unfavorable changes in currency rates; an effective tax rate of 29 - 31 percent; and earnings per share accretion attributable to the 2014 accelerated share repurchase program.  Sales of higher-value specialty ingredients are expected to continue to contribute to margin expansion. 
In 2015, cash generated by operations and capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $650-$700 million and $300 million, respectively.

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 Jack Fortnum, chief financial officer.

The call will be webcast in real time, and will include a visual presentation accessible through the Ingredion website 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 and biomaterial solutions. With customers in more than 100 countries, Ingredion serves approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing, pharmaceuticals and other industries. For more information, visit 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," "assume", "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 circumstances or 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; 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 potato starch, 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, including the Penford business; 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.  Factors relating to the acquisition of Penford Corporation that could cause actual results and developments to differ from expectations include that the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including synergies, may not be realized; and that the integration of Penford's operations with our operations may be materially delayed or may be more costly or difficult than expected.

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, 2014 and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:

Investors:  Heather Kos, 708-551-2592

Media:  Claire Regan, 708-551-2602


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INGREDION INCORPORATED TO RELEASE 2015 SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS AND HOLD CONFERENCE CALL ON THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015

WESTCHESTER, Ill., June 29, 2015 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, will release its 2015 second-quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2015, before the market opens on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Ingredion will conduct a conference call on Thursday, July 30 at 8:00 a.m. CDT, during which Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Jack Fortnum, 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 and bio material solutions.  With customers in more than 100 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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CONTACT:

Investors:  Heather Kos, 708-551-2592

Media:  Claire Regan, 708-551-2602


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