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INGREDION INCORPORATED REPORTS SOLID FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS AND RECORD FULL-YEAR EARNINGS PER SHARE
  • Fourth quarter 2017 reported and adjusted EPS were $1.35 and $1.73, respectively, up from fourth quarter 2016 reported and adjusted EPS of $1.26 and $1.67, respectively
  • Full-year 2017 reported and adjusted EPS were $7.06 and $7.70, respectively, up from $6.55 of reported EPS and $7.13 adjusted EPS in the year-ago period
  • 2018 adjusted EPS expected to be in the range of $8.10-$8.50, which includes an estimated one percentage point lower effective tax rate from U.S. tax reform

WESTCHESTER, Ill., February 1, 2018 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the fourth 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 concluded 2017 with record earnings per share and operating income. Sales of our higher-value specialty portfolio grew to 28 percent of net sales for the year and the continued integration of our acquisitions of the Sun Flour rice business, TIC Gums and Shandong Huanong Specialty Corn position us for continued growth," said Jim Zallie, president and chief executive officer. "For the year, specialty-related volume growth, as well as our global optimization efforts drove margin expansion.  North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA achieved record operating income.  South America, although down, completed an important organizational restructuring, enabling a more cost competitive position going forward.

"We expect continued growth in our specialty portfolio, disciplined cost management, and ongoing capital investments to support margin expansion. Additionally, we will explore potential M&A opportunities that drive specialty growth. We remain committed to creating long-term shareholder value. For 2018, we anticipate adjusted EPS of $8.10 to $8.50," Zallie added.
  
Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)

  4Q16 4Q17 2016 2017
Reported EPS $1.26 $1.35 $6.55 $7.06
 Acquisition/Integration Costs $0.01 $0.01 $0.03 $0.12
Impairment/Restructuring Costs $0.03 $0.14 $0.20 $0.42
Insurance proceeds _ ($0.08) _ ($0.08)
U.S./Canada Tax Settlement $0.36 _ $0.36 (0.14)
Income Tax Reform _ $0.31 _ $0.31
Adjusted EPS** $1.67 $1.73 $7.13 $7.70

      **Totals may not foot due to rounding
       
*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.

       
Estimated factors affecting change in reported and adjusted EPS

  4Q17 2017
  Margin (0.03) (0.11)
  Volume 0.15 0.48
  Foreign exchange 0.03 0.12
  Other income/(expense) - 0.03
Total operating items 0.15 0.52
     
  Financing costs 0.02 (0.07)
  Shares outstanding 0.02 0.06
  Tax rate (0.13) 0.08
  Non-controlling interest - (0.02)
Total non-operating items (0.09) 0.05
Total items affecting EPS 0.06 0.57

Financial Highlights

  • At December 31, 2017, total debt and cash and short-term investments were $1.86 billion and $603 million, respectively, versus $1.96 billion and $516 million, respectively, at December 31, 2016. Cash and short-term investments were higher primarily driven by higher net income partially offset by stock repurchases and the finalization of the U.S.-Canada tax settlement.
  • During the fourth quarter of 2017, net financing costs were $16 million, or $2 million lower than the year-ago period, due to modestly lower interest rates compared to the same period in 2016.
  • For the fourth quarter of 2017, reported and adjusted effective tax rates were 44.9 percent and 32.5 percent, respectively, compared to reported and adjusted effective tax rates of 43.4 percent and 27.8 percent in the year-ago period. The reported rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the year-ago period includes charges of $23 million and $31 million, respectively, related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 and settlement of a tax matter concerning the allocation of income between the United States and Canada.  The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017 resulted in a one-time, estimated charge of $23 million in the fourth quarter.  The estimated charge includes a transition tax on accumulated overseas earnings, foreign taxes on a portion of our unremitted earnings and the remeasurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities.  Without these charges, the reported rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 and the year-ago period would have been 32.7 percent and 25.3 percent, respectively.  The remainder of the rate increase is largely due to decreasedforeign tax creditsin 2017. 
  • 2017 capital expenditures were $306 million, up $23 million from 2016 driven by investments in our cost savings and specialty growth initiatives.

Business Review

Total Ingredion

$ in millions 2016 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2017 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 1,399 12 42 -16 1,437 3%
Full year 5,704 49 165 -86 5,832 2%

Net Sales

  • Fourth quarter and full-year net sales were up compared to the year-ago periods. In both periods, acquisition and specialty volume growth as well as changes in foreign currency exchange rates were partially offset by less favorable price/mix due to the pass through of lower raw material costs.

       
Operating income

  • Fourth quarter reported and adjusted operating income were $203 million and $210 million, respectively.  These were seven percent and eight percent increases, respectively, compared to $189 million of reported operating income and $194 million of adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increases in reported and adjusted operating income were primarily due to margin expansion driven by improved operational efficiencies as well as acquisition- and specialty-related volume growth. These positives were partially offset by higher raw material costs in Asia-Pacific.
  • Full-year 2017 reported and adjusted operating income were $842 million and $884 million, respectively. These were four percent and seven percent increases, respectively, compared to $808 million of reported operating income and $830 million of adjusted operating income in the year-ago period. The increases in reported and adjusted operating income were primarily due to acquisition- and specialty-related volume growth.  These positives were partially offset by difficult macroeconomic conditions in South America and by the interruption of manufacturing activities in Argentina and resulting temporary higher costs during the first half of the year.
  • Fourth quarter reported operating income was lower than adjusted operating income by $7 million.  Restructuring costs related to abandonment of certain assets related to stevia leaf extraction were $13 million while other employee-related severance was $2 million. Acquisition and integration costs associated with TIC Gums were $1 million. These expenses were partially offset by $9 million of other income for cash proceeds from insurance recovery primarily related to capital reconstruction.
  • Full-year 2017 reported operating income was lower than adjusted operating income by $42 million. Restructuring costs include: Argentina at $17 million, abandonment of certain assets related to stevia leaf extraction at $13 million, finance transformation at $6 million, and other employee-related severance at $2 million. Acquisition and integration costs associated with TIC Gums were $13 million. These expenses were partially offset by $9 million of other income for cash proceeds from insurance recovery primarily related to capital reconstruction.  

North America

$ in millions 2016 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2017 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 813 4 23 - 840 3%
Full year 3,447  8 98 -24 3,529 2%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income increased from $137 million to $141 million.  The inclusion of the acquired TIC Gums business largely accounted for the increase. This was partially offset by higher operating costs in Mexico.
  • Full-year operating income increased from $610 million to $661 million.  Margin expansion driven by operational efficiencies as well as the inclusion of the acquired TIC Gums business and specialty ingredient volume growth accounted for the increase.

South America

$ in millions 2016 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2017 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 279 -5 8 -15 267 -4%
Full year 1,010 29 1 -33 1,007 -

Operating income

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter was $36 million, an increase of $7 million from a year ago. Volume growth and operational efficiencies accounted for the increase.
  • Full-year operating income was $80 million, down $9 million from a year ago. The decrease was largely a result of Argentina's difficult macroeconomic conditions, the interruption of manufacturing activities in Argentina and resulting temporary higher costs during the first half of the year. This was partially offset by volume growth and operational efficiencies in Brazil.

Asia Pacific

$ in millions 2016 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2017 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 174 7 8 -4 185  6%
Full year 709 12 59 -40 740  4%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $24 million, flat to a year ago. Volume growth was offset by less favorable price/mix due to core customer mix diversification and a lag in the pass through of higher tapioca costs.
  • Full-year operating income was $112 million, up $1 million from a year ago. The increase was largely due to volume growth partially offset by less favorable price/mix due to core customer mix diversification and a lag in the pass through of higher tapioca costs.

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

$ in millions 2016 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2017 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 133 5 4 3 145 9%
Full year 538 _ 7 11 556 3%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $30 million, up $4 million from a year ago while full-year operating income was $113 million, up $7 million from a year ago. The increase in both periods was driven by volume growth and favorable price/mix.

2018 Guidance

2018 adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $8.10-$8.50 compared to adjusted EPS of $7.70 in 2017. This guidance excludes acquisition-related, integration, and restructuring costs, as well as any potential impairment costs. The full-year guidance assumes, compared to last year: overall improvement in North America, South America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA; an adjusted effective tax rate range of approximately 27.5-29.0percent; and continued trade up in our portfolio, including higher-value specialty ingredients, leading to margin expansion. 

In 2018, cash generated by operations is expected to be in the range of $830 to $880 million. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be between $330 and $360 million with the increase over 2017 expected to result from additional U.S.-based investment.

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 Jim Zallie, president and chief executive officer, and James Gray, executive vice president and 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 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.

ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) is a leading global ingredient solutions provider. We turn grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. Serving customers in over 100 countries, our ingredients make crackers crunchy, yogurts creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger and add fiber to nutrition bars. Visit www.ingredion.com to learn more.

Forward-Looking Statements
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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 or acquire new products and services at rates or of qualities 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 which 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, 2016 and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

CONTACT:

Investors:  Heather Kos, 708-551-2592

Media:  Claire Regan, 708-551-2602