August 6, 2015

MGP Ingredients Reports Strong Second Quarter 2015 Results

Gross Profit Doubles, Operating Income Triples

ATCHISON, Kan., Aug. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGPI), a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, today reported results for the second quarter period ended June 30, 2015.

"We continue to be very pleased with our results through the first half of 2015 as we aggressively implement our strategic plan," said Gus Griffin, president and CEO of MGP. "Our second quarter and year-to-date performance demonstrate continued progress in shifting our product mix and driving growth in our higher value products."

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights (vs. second quarter 2014)

  • Net sales increased by $4.8 million or 5.9%.
  • Gross profit increased by $9.2 million to $17.5 million
  • Gross margin improved by 10.2 percentage points to 20.5%
  • Operating income increased by $6.4 million to $9.5 million
  • ICP joint venture contributed $3.2 million to pretax income, up from $2.3 million a year ago
  • Net income increased by 54% to $7.9 million
  • Effective tax rate increased to 36.9% from 1.7% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 (which benefited from a full valuation allowance on tax loss carryforwards)
  • Earnings per share ("EPS") increased by $.16 to $.44.

For the first six months of 2015, net sales increased by 3.9% to $165.8 million. Gross profit improved by $15.8 million, to 18.7% of net sales. Operating income was $16.4 million, compared to $4.8 million in the same period a year ago. Net income grew by $3.1 million to $12.9 million, with EPS reaching $.72.

Distillery Products Segment -- Gross Profit Rises 115%

For the quarter, net sales for the Distillery Products segment increased 5.4% to $68.9 million. Gross profit rose to $13.6 million, or 19.8% of net sales, compared with $6.4 million, or 9.7% of net sales in the first quarter of 2014. The primary driver of the improvement in gross profit was improved product mix, as net sales of food grade alcohol, which includes beverage alcohol, grew 13.6%.

Griffin noted, "We continue to enjoy strong demand for our premium beverage alcohol products, particularly our whiskeys and non-GMO offerings. I am very pleased with the speed with which we have been able to refocus our investment and sales, marketing, and operations effort to meet this growing demand."

Ingredient Solutions - Gross Profit Rises 99%

For the quarter, net sales for the Ingredients Solutions segment increased 8.1% to $16.4 million. Gross profit increased to $3.9 million, or 23.7% of net sales, compared with $1.9 million, or 12.8% of net sales in the second quarter of 2014. The primary driver of the improvement in gross profit was improved product mix, as net sales of specialty proteins and specialty starches grew a combined 12.7%.

Griffin added, "Our portfolio of specialty wheat proteins and starches is well positioned to benefit from long-term macro health trends, such as high fiber, high protein and non-GMO. Additionally, due to the avian influenza crisis, we are seeing strong interest in our egg white replacement solutions."

Other

Corporate selling, general and administrative expenses were $8.0 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to $5.2 million in the comparable 2014 period, primarily due to an increase in accruals for incentive compensation expenses, severance costs, and professional fees.

For the quarter, MGP received joint venture equity method investment earnings of $3.2 million from its ICP joint venture, which produces high quality food grade alcohol, chemical intermediates and fuel. ICP's results reflect decreasing volumes and pricing year over year as well as $4.1 million in insurance proceeds received this quarter, of which our portion was $1.2 million.

Conclusion

"We are making better than expected progress in implementing our new growth initiatives," said Griffin. "Our progress in focusing on our higher value products is evident in the exceptional gross profit growth in both our business segments. The just announced launch of our Limited Edition Metze's Select Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an example of our progress in capturing a larger share of the value chain. We are aggressively implementing our Invest for Growth initiative, to ensure we are in position to support the growth of our industries, business segments and customers." Griffin added, "Despite a significantly higher effective tax rate this year, our improved operating income results drove growth in net income and EPS. We are making great progress in realizing the potential of our business and we are encouraged by the outlook for the remainder of 2015."

About MGP Ingredients, Inc.

MGP is a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas, which are carefully crafted through a combination of art and science and backed by over 150 years of experience. The company's proteins and starches are created in the same manner and provide a host of functional, nutritional and sensory benefits for a wide range of food products. MGP additionally is a top producer of high quality industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The company is headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, where distilled alcohol products and food ingredients are produced. Premium spirits are also distilled and matured at the company facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For more information, visit mgpingredients.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements as well as historical information.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q regarding the prospects of our industry and our prospects, plans, financial position and business strategy may constitute forward-looking statements.  In addition, forward-looking statements are usually identified by or are associated with such words as "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "hopeful," "should," "may," "will," "could," "encouraged," "opportunities," "potential" and/or the negatives or variations of these terms or similar terminology.  They reflect management's current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance, and Company financial results and are not guarantees of future performance.  All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statement.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others: (i) disruptions in operations at our Atchison facility, Indiana facility, or at the Illinois Corn Processing, LLC ("ICP") facility,  (ii) the availability and cost of grain, flour, and barrels, and fluctuations in energy costs, (iii) the effectiveness of our corn purchasing program to mitigate our exposure to commodity price fluctuations, (iv) the effectiveness or execution of our five-year strategic plan, (v) potential adverse effects to operations and our system of internal controls related to the loss of key management personnel, (vi) the competitive environment and related market conditions, (vii) the ability to effectively pass raw material price increases on to customers, (viii) the positive or adverse impact to our earnings as a result of the high volatility in our equity method investment's, ICP's, operating results, (ix) ICP's access to capital, (x) our limited influence over the ICP joint venture operating decisions, strategies or financial decisions (including investments, capital spending and distributions), (xi) our ability to source product from the ICP joint venture or unaffiliated third parties, (xii) our ability to maintain compliance with all applicable loan agreement covenants, (xiii) our ability to realize operating efficiencies, (xiv) actions of governments, (xv) consumer tastes and preferences, and (xvi) the volatility in our earnings resulting from the timing differences between a business interruption and a potential insurance recovery.  For further information on these and other risks and uncertainties that may affect our business, including risks specific to our Distillery and Ingredient segments, see Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as updated by Item 1A. Risk Factors of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE QUARTER AND YEAR TO DATE ENDED JUNE 30, 2015
 
   
   
  Quarter
Ended
Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 $ 5,099
Improved by:  
Increased gross profit from distillery products segment 7,285
Increased gross profit from ingredient solutions segment 1,935
Increased earnings from equity method investments 765
Other 159
   
Reduced by:  
Increase in income tax expense (4,513)
Increased selling, general, and administrative expenses (2,859)
Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 $ 7,871
   
   
  Year to Date
Ended
Net income for the year to date period ended June 30, 2014 $ 9,884
Improved by:  
Increased gross profit from distillery products segment 12,759
Increased gross profit from ingredient solutions segment 3,048
Other 226
   
Reduced by:  
Decreased earnings from equity method investments (1,218)
Increase in income tax expense (7,491)
Increased selling, general, and administrative expenses (4,267)
Net income for the year to date period ended June 30, 2015 $ 12,941
 
 
MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
         
  Quarter Ended Year to Date Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share) June 30,
2015
June 30,
2014
June 30,
2015
June 30,
2014
Sales $ 92,071 $ 85,903 $ 176,935 $ 170,485
Less: excise taxes 6,717 5,336 11,168 10,922
Net sales 85,354 80,567 165,767 159,563
Cost of sales 67,826 72,259 134,851 144,454
Gross profit 17,528 8,308 30,916 15,109
Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,025 5,166 14,505 10,238
Loss on insurance recoveries 70 70
Income from operations 9,503 3,072 16,411 4,801
Interest expense, net (129) (218) (260) (416)
Equity method investment earnings 3,096 2,331 4,448 5,666
Income before income taxes 12,470 5,185 20,599 10,051
Provision for income taxes 4,599 86 7,658 167
Net income 7,871 5,099 12,941 9,884
Other comprehensive income, net of tax 330 500 258 325
Comprehensive income $ 8,201 $ 5,599 $ 13,199 $ 10,209
         
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 0.44 $ 0.28 $ 0.72 $ 0.55
Dividends and dividend equivalents per common share $ $ — $ 0.06 $ 0.05
 
 
 
MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (UNAUDITED)
           
(Dollars in thousands) June 30, 2015 December 31, 2014 (Dollars in thousands) June 30, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Current Assets:     Current Liabilities:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,361 $ 5,641 Current maturities of long-term debt $ 2,484 $ 2,613
Receivables 36,753 32,672 Accounts payable 19,173 16,076
Inventory 45,017 34,441 Accounts payable to affiliate, net 4,321 3,333
Prepaid expenses 1,842 1,179 Accrued expenses 9,889 8,010
Deferred income taxes 6,093 7,924 Income taxes payable 469
Refundable income taxes 388 Other current liabilities 716
Total Current Assets 94,066 82,245 Total Current Liabilities 36,336 30,748
      Other Liabilities:    
Property and equipment 206,362 198,176 Long-term debt, less current maturities 7,083 7,670
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (140,319) (134,295) Revolving credit facility 14
      Deferred credit 3,759 4,099
Net Property, Plant     Accrued retirement, health and life insurance benefits 4,259 4,420
and Equipment 66,043 63,881 Deferred income taxes 10,523 9,297
Equity method investments 16,865 12,373 Total Liabilities 61,974 56,234
Other noncurrent assets 2,001 2,100 Stockholders' equity 117,001 104,365
TOTAL ASSETS $ 178,975 $ 160,599 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 178,975 $ 160,599
           
Capital Structure          
Net Investment in:     Financed By:    
Working capital $ 57,730 $ 51,497 Long-term debt* $ 7,097 $ 7,670
Property, plant and equipment 66,043 63,881 Deferred liabilities 18,541 17,816
Other noncurrent assets 18,866 14,473 Stockholders' equity 117,001 104,365
Total $ 142,639 $ 129,851 Total $ 142,639 $ 129,851
           
*Excludes short-term portion. Short-term portion is included within working capital.
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