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|INGREDION BOARD AUTHORIZES NEW 5 MILLION SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM and DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND of $0.42 per SHARE|
WESTCHESTER, Ill., December 12, 2014 - The board of directors of Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) today authorized a new stock repurchase program permitting purchases of up to five million of Ingredion's outstanding common shares from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2019.
The Company expects its previous program authorizing purchases of up to four million common shares to be substantially completed during the fourth quarter of this year. As previously disclosed, 3.2 million of the anticipated 3.9 million shares to be repurchased under an accelerated stock repurchase agreement were purchased on August 1, 2014.
The board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.42 per share on the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on January 26, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2014.
"Our operations have generated excellent cash flow and we are committed to using it to enhance shareholder value. In addition to paying dividends and repurchasing stock, we will continue to invest in our organic growth and pursue value-enhancing acquisitions," said Ingredion Chairman and CEO Ilene Gordon. "Plus, we take pride in our investment-grade status, which we intend to maintain," she added.
Repurchases under the stock repurchase program may be made by the Company from time to time in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise, at prices that the Company deems appropriate. The stock repurchase program does not obligate Ingredion to repurchase any shares under the authorization, and the program may be suspended, discontinued or modified at any time, for any reason and without notice.
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 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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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. Factors relating to the pending acquisition of Penford Corporation that could cause actual results and developments to differ from expectations include: required regulatory approvals may not be obtained in a timely manner, if at all; the pending acquisition may not be consummated in a timely manner or at all; the anticipated benefits of the pending acquisition, including synergies, may not be realized; and the integration of Penford's operations with those of Ingredion may be materially delayed or may be more costly or difficult than expected.
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