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|INGREDION INCORPORATED REPORTS STRONG SECOND QUARTER 2017 RESULTS|
WESTCHESTER, Ill., August 1, 2017 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the second quarter 2017. The results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for 2017 and 2016 include items which are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures which we present*.
"We continue to deliver shareholder value with another strong quarter, including solid operating income and earnings per share growth. Good operating efficiency, the impact of acquisitions, and higher specialty volumes more than offset headwinds in South America," said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Operating income in North America reached record levels, but was lower in South America due to macroeconomic headwinds and the temporary interruption of manufacturing activities in Argentina associated with the implementation of a new labor agreement."
"As in the past, our growth strategy and continuous improvement programs drove margin expansion. The integrations of TIC Gums, Shandong Huanong Specialty Corn, and the Sun Flour Industry rice business are progressing as planned. We have completed an important organizational restructuring of our Argentina business and we will continue our disciplined approach to cost management. As we continue to execute our strategy, we expect another strong year and reiterate our anticipated 2017 adjusted EPS guidance in the range of $7.50 to $7.80," Gordon added.
*Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share ("adjusted EPS"), adjusted operating income and adjusted effective income tax rate are non-GAAP financial measures. See section II of the Supplemental Financial Information entitled "Non-GAAP Information" following the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included in this press release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.
Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)
**Totals may not foot due to rounding
Estimated factors affecting change in adjusted EPS
Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
2017 adjusted EPS, excluding acquisition-related, integration, and restructuring costs, as well as any potential impairment costs, is expected to be in the range of $7.50 to $7.80 compared to adjusted EPS of $7.13 in 2016. The full-year guidance assumes, compared to last year: overall improvement in North America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA; South America flat to down; an adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29 to 31 percent; and continued trade up in our portfolio, including higher-value specialty ingredients, leading to margin expansion.
In 2017, cash generated by operations is now expected to be in the range of $750 to $800 million, slightly lower than our previous estimate, due to the organizational restructuring actions in Argentina and the launch of a finance transformation project. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be between $300 and $325 million.
Conference Call and Webcast
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 a few hours prior to the start of the call. A replay of the webcast will be available for a limited time thereafter at www.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; 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, paper, corrugated, 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; particularly United States tax reform; operating difficulties; availability of raw materials, including potato starch, tapioca, gum arabic and the specific varieties of corn upon which our products are based; our ability to develop new products and a services at a rate or of a quality sufficient to meet expectations; 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 acquisition of TIC Gums that could cause actual results and developments to differ from expectations include: the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including synergies, may not be realized; and the integration of TIC Gum's operations with those of Ingredion may be materially delayed or may be more costly or difficult than expected.
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