• Fourth quarter 2019 reported and adjusted EPS* were both $1.61, compared with $1.36 and $1.61 in the fourth quarter 2018
  • Full-year 2019 reported and adjusted EPS were $6.13 and $6.65, down from $6.17 and $6.92 in the year-ago period
  • Net sales presentation excludes shipping and handling costs, which are now reported in cost of sales
  • 2020 reported EPS expected to be in the range of $6.48-$7.10 and adjusted EPS expected to be in the range of $6.60-$7.20

WESTCHESTER, Ill., Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2019. The results, reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for 2019 and 2018, include items that are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures that the Company presents.

“For the second consecutive quarter, we delivered net sales growth by taking pricing actions across our business which more than offset significant foreign currency challenges. We also grew our global specialties portfolio, led by double digit growth in Latin America. Global volumes were flat, however, due to the continued challenging macroeconomic environment in Asia-Pacific and Europe,” said Jim Zallie, Ingredion’s president and chief executive officer.

“In 2019, we progressed our Driving Growth Roadmap by advancing on-trend specialty growth platforms, including significant investments in plant-based proteins and sugar reduction capabilities. Our specialties portfolio now represents 30 percent of total net sales,” Zallie continued.

“Throughout the year, we also streamlined our organization achieving significant improvements in operational efficiencies and delivering nearly $75 million of run-rate savings against our $30 million – $40 million Cost Smart savings target for 2019. We have broadened and accelerated our transformation efforts, and as a result are increasing our three year Cost Smart savings program target to $150 million by 2021.”

“We are confident in our long-term profit growth outlook and remain focused on executing against our strategic plan to drive growth and increase shareholder value,” Zallie concluded.

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*Adjusted diluted earnings per share (“adjusted EPS”), adjusted operating income, adjusted effective income tax rate and adjusted cash flow from operations 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)

4Q184Q1920182019
Reported EPS$1.36$1.61$6.17$6.13
Acquisition/Integration Costs$0.01$0.03
Restructuring/Impairment Costs$0.23$0.18$0.71$0.65
Other Matters$0.01$(0.19)$0.04$(0.16)
Adjusted EPS**$1.61$1.61$6.92$6.65

**Totals may not foot due to rounding

Estimated factors affecting change in reported and adjusted EPS

4Q192019
Margin(0.03)(0.25)
Volume0.110.19
Foreign exchange(0.12)(0.49)
Other income(0.06)(0.10)
Total operating items(0.10)(0.65)
Other non-operating income(0.01)(0.05)
Financing costs0.010.05
Shares outstanding0.040.41
Tax rate0.07(0.04)
Non-controlling interest(0.01)0.01
Total non-operating items0.100.38
Total items affecting EPS(0.27)

Financial Highlights

  • At December 31, 2019, total debt and cash and short-term investments were $1.8 billion and $268 million, respectively, versus $2.1 billion and $334 million, respectively, at December 31, 2018. Cash and short-term investments reductions were primarily driven by pay down of debt.
  • Cash from operations at 2019 year-end was $680 million, down $23 million from the year-ago period, driven by lower net income.
  • Net financing costs were $19 million or $2 million lower in the fourth quarter than the year-ago period, driven by lower interest expense, and $81 million or $5 million lower for the full year of 2019 versus 2018, driven by lower currency exchange impact.
  • Reported and adjusted effective tax rates for the quarter were 25.2 percent and 24.2 percent, respectively, compared to 29.7 percent and 27.4 percent, respectively, in the year-ago period. The improvement quarter over quarter was driven by the revaluation of the Mexican peso against U.S. dollar-denominated balances in Mexico and a reduced valuation allowance on the net deferred tax assets of a foreign subsidiary.
  • The 2019 full-year reported and adjusted effective tax rates were 27.1 percent and 26.3 percent, respectively, compared to 26.9 percent and 25.8 percent, respectively, in 2018.
  • Full-year capital investment cash flows were $328 million, down $22 million from the year-ago period. Full-year 2019 capital commitments were $347 million, as we continue to invest in growth platforms.

Business Review

Total Ingredion

$ in millions2018 Net salesFX ImpactVolumePrice mix2019 Net sales% change
Fourth quarter1,537-56681,5491%
Full-year6,289-292-522646,209-1%

Net Sales

  • Fourth quarter net sales were up slightly compared to the year-ago period. Favorable price mix, primarily due to foreign exchange and raw material pricing pass through, more than offset foreign currency exchange impact.
  • Full-year net sales were slightly down compared to the year-ago period. Substantial changes in foreign currency exchange rates and volume reduction due to the cessation of Stockton wet milling were partially offset by favorable price mix.
  • The Company changed its presentation of shipping and handling charges. Net sales presentation excludes shipping and handling costs, which are now reported as part of cost of sales.

Operating income

  • Reported and adjusted operating incomes for the quarter were $170 million and $168 million, an increase of 8 percent and a decrease of 5 percent, respectively, from the same period last year. The increase in reported operating income was primarily due to indirect tax credits recorded in Brazil, while the decrease in adjusted operating income was primarily due to challenges in Asia-Pacific from the impact of trade disputes and higher input costs.
  • Full-year 2019 reported and adjusted operating incomes were $664 million and $705 million, respectively, a decrease of 6 percent and 8 percent, respectively, compared to $703 million of reported operating income and $767 million of adjusted operating income for 2018. The decrease was largely attributable to foreign exchange impacts and higher raw material and production costs, partially offset by improved price mix.
  • Fourth quarter reported operating income was slightly higher than adjusted operating income by $2 million, as a $22 million benefit from indirect tax credits recorded in Brazil partially offset $16 million of restructuring charges associated with Cost Smart and $4 million of integration and other costs.
  • Full-year reported operating income was lower than adjusted operating income by $41 million as $57 million of restructuring charges related to Cost Smart and $6 million of integration and other costs, were partially offset by a $22 million benefit from indirect tax credits recorded in Brazil.

North America

$ in millions2018 Net salesFX ImpactVolumePrice mix2019 Net sales% change
Fourth quarter917-23289221%
Full-year3,857-10-82693,834-1%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $113 million, a decrease of $1 million from a year ago due to higher net corn costs, partially offset by favorable pricing.
  • Full-year operating income was $522 million, a decrease of $23 million from a year ago due to the higher net cost of corn and higher inventory and production costs partially offset by favorable pricing.

South America

$ in millions2018 Net salesFX ImpactVolumePrice mix2019 Net sales% change
Fourth quarter245-4623392617%
Full-year988-20021151960-3%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $35 million, an increase of $4 million from a year ago. Favorable pricing and higher volumes more than offset higher net corn costs and currency impacts.
  • Full-year operating income was $96 million, a decrease of $3 million from a year ago due to foreign exchange impacts and higher net corn costs, which were partially offset by favorable pricing actions.

Asia-Pacific

$ in millions2018 Net salesFX ImpactVolumePrice mix2019 Net sales% change
Fourth quarter22021-9212-4%
Full-year837-15-12823-2%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $22 million, down $7 million from a year ago due to increased net corn cost in Australia and continuing impact of trade disputes, which have increased input costs and intensified competitive pressure on price mix.
  • Full-year operating income was $87 million, down $17 million from a year ago. Specialty volume growth was more than offset by higher regional input costs, increased net corn cost in Australia and foreign exchange impacts.

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

$ in millions2018 Net salesFX ImpactVolumePrice mix2019 Net sales% change
Fourth quarter155-1211154-1%
Full-year607-671042592-2%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $28 million, down $2 million from a year ago due to higher raw material costs across the region partially offset by price mix.
  • Full-year operating income was $99 million, down $17 million from a year ago. The decrease was due to higher raw material costs and unfavorable foreign exchange impacts, driven primarily by the Pakistan rupee, which was partially offset by improved price mix.

Dividends and Share Repurchases

  • In September 2019, the Company increased the quarterly dividend to $0.63 per share from $0.625 per share, and paid dividends of $174 million in 2019.
  • Impact of our prior year share repurchase program, which was effective November 4, 2018, was a benefit of $0.04 per share in the fourth quarter and $0.41 per share for the full year.

2020 Outlook
The Company expects 2020 reported EPS in the range of $6.48-$7.10 compared to reported EPS of $6.13 in 2019, and adjusted EPS to be in the range of $6.60-$7.20 compared to adjusted EPS of $6.65 in the prior year. This expectation excludes acquisition-related, integration and restructuring costs, as well as any potential impairment costs. Compared with last year, the 2020 full-year outlook assumes: North America operating income increases driven by favorable price mix; South America operating income increases driven by improved price mix and higher volumes; Asia-Pacific and EMEA operating incomes are expected to modestly increase driven by higher volumes and improved price mix; an adjusted effective tax rate range of approximately 26.0-27.0 percent; and continued mid to high single digit specialty ingredients net sales growth.

Cash from operations in 2020 is expected to be in the range of $640 million to $710 million. Committed capital investments are anticipated to be between $285 million to $305 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
Ingredion will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) hosted by Jim Zallie, The call will be webcast in real time and will include a visual presentation accessible through the Ingredion website at https://ir.ingredionincorporated.com/, in the “Events and Presentations” section, under “News and Events.” 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 at https://ir.ingredionincorporated.com/.

Upcoming Communications
Jim Zallie, president and chief executive officer; James Gray, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Jorgen Kokke, executive vice president, global specialties, will participate in the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET in Boca Raton, Florida. The presentation will be available on the Company’s website,
https://ir.ingredionincorporated.com/, in the “Events and Presentations” section, under “News and Events.”

ABOUT THE COMPANY
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries. With annual net sales over $6 billion, the Company turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant-based materials into value-added ingredients solutions for the food, beverage, animal nutrition, brewing and industrial markets. With Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world and more than 11,000 employees, the Company co-creates with customers and fulfills its purpose of bringing together the potential of people, nature and technology to create ingredient solutions that make life better. Visit ingredion.com for more information and the latest Company news.

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 others, any statements regarding the Company’s prospects or future financial condition, earnings, revenues, tax rates, capital expenditures, cash flows, expenses or other financial items, including the Company’s expectations regarding 2020 reported and adjusted EPS, 2020 operating income, 2020 adjusted effective tax rate, 2020 cash from operations, and 2020 committed capital investments; 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,” “propels,” “opportunities,” “potential,” “provisional,” 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, investors 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 changing consumption preferences including those relating to high fructose corn syrup; the effects of global economic conditions and the general political, economic, business, market conditions that affect customers and consumers in the various geographic regions and countries in which we buy our raw materials or manufacture or sell our products, including, particularly, economic, currency and political conditions in South America and economic and political conditions in Europe, and the impact these factors may have on our sales volumes, the pricing of our products and our ability to collect our receivables from customers; future financial performance of major industries which we serve and from which we derive a significant portion of our sales, including, without limitation, the food, beverage, paper and corrugated, and brewing industries; the uncertainty of acceptance of products developed through genetic modification and biotechnology; our ability to develop or acquire new products and services at rates or of qualities sufficient to meet expectations; changes in government policy, law or regulations and costs of legal compliance, including with respect to environmental compliance; increased competitive and/or customer pressure in the corn-refining industry and related industries, including with respect to the markets and prices for our primary products and our co-products, particularly corn oil; the availability of raw materials, including potato starch, tapioca, gum Arabic and the specific varieties of corn upon which some of our products are based our ability to pass along potential increases in the cost of corn or other raw materials to customers; energy costs and availability, including energy issues in Pakistan; our ability to contain costs, achieve budgets and to realize expected synergies, including with respect to our ability to complete planned maintenance and investment projects on time and on budget, achieving expected savings under our Cost Smart program as well as with respect to freight and shipping costs; the behavior of financial and capital markets, including with respect to foreign currency fluctuations, fluctuations in interest and exchange rates and market volatility and the associated risks of hedging against such fluctuations; our ability to successfully identify and complete acquisitions or strategic alliances on favorable terms as well as our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses or implement and maintain strategic alliances and achieve anticipated synergies with respect to all of the foregoing; operating difficulties, including with respect to information technology systems, processes and sites as well as boiler reliability; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations; the impact that weather, natural disasters, war or similar acts of hostility, acts and threats of terrorism, the outbreak or continuation of pandemics and other significant events could have on our business; tariffs, quotas, duties, taxes and income tax rates, particularly United States tax reform enacted in 2017; and our ability to raise funds at reasonable rates.

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, 2018 and our subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

CONTACTS:
Investors:
 Tiffany Willis, 708-551-2592
Media: Becca Hary, 708-551-2602

Ingredion Incorporated (“Ingredion”)
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(in millions, except per share amounts)Three Months Ended
December 31,
Change
%
Year Ended
December 31,
Change
%
2019201820192018
Net sales$1,549$1,5371%$6,209$6,289(1%)
Cost of sales1,2261,2174,8974,921
Gross profit3233201%1,3121,368(4%)
Operating expenses1531465%6106110%
Other income, net(16)(3)(19)(10)
Restructuring/impairment charges16195764
Operating income1701588%664703(6%)
Financing costs, net19218186
Other, non-operating expense (income), net(1)1(4)
Income before income taxes1511389%582621(6%)
Provision for income taxes3841158167
Net income1139716%424454(7%)
Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interests431111
Net income attributable to Ingredion$109$9416%$413

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