November 2, 2016

MGP Ingredients Reports Third Quarter Results

Operating Income Increases 81%, Reflecting Strong Operating Performance and Special Items

ATCHISON, Kan., Nov. 02, 2016 (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 third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

2016 third quarter results compared to 2015 third quarter

  • Consolidated net sales decreased 0.5% to $79.9 million as strong increases in net sales of premium beverage alcohol were more than offset by a sales decline in lower margin industrial alcohol.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 27.5% to $15.1 million, reflecting stronger profit performance in both the Distillery Products and Ingredient Solutions segments.
  • Consolidated gross margin increased 4.1 percentage points to 18.9%.
  • Other income of $3.4 million in the 2016 quarter included a previously-announced legal settlement and a gain on the sale of long-lived assets.
  • Operating income increased 81.1% to $11.5 million.
  • Equity in joint venture earnings decreased from $1.6 million to $0.7 million.
  • Net income increased 40.8% to $9.5 million.
  • Earnings per share increased 44.7% to $0.55 per share.

"We are pleased with the third quarter results," said Gus Griffin, president and CEO of MGP.  "Our focus continues to be on implementation of our long-term strategic plan and this performance reflects our continued progress against that plan."

Distillery Products Segment - Mix Shift to Beverage Alcohol Drives 19.2% Gross Profit Gain

For the third quarter of 2016, net sales for the Distillery Products segment were flat at $66.7 million.  Gross profit improved to $12.4 million, or 18.5% of net segment sales, compared with $10.4 million, or 15.5% of net segment sales in the third quarter 2015.  The improvement in gross profit was due to the continuing product sales mix shift to higher margin premium beverage alcohol products.

Griffin said, "In our Distillery Products segment, our focus is on migrating away from industrial alcohol by growing our vodka and gin business, and expanding our whiskey business.  While the industrial alcohol business continues to show softness, we are pleased with the pace of this migration.  Demand for our premium bourbon and rye whiskeys continues to outpace category trends."

Food Grade AlcoholNet Sales
Quarter Ended
September 30,
 Quarter vs. Quarter
Net Sales Change
Increase/(Decrease)
 
 2016 2015 $ Change % Change 
Premium Beverage Alcohol$37,843  $32,606  $5,237  16.1% 
Industrial Alcohol19,114  24,433  (5,319) (21.8)% 
Food Grade Alcohol$56,957  $57,039  $(82) (0.1)% 
         
 Net Sales
Year to Date Ended
September 30,
 Period vs. Period
 Net Sales Change
Increase/(Decrease)
 
 2016 2015 $ Change % Change 
Premium Beverage Alcohol$109,546  $93,861  $15,685  16.7% 
Industrial Alcohol59,223  76,779  (17,556)  (22.9)% 
Food Grade Alcohol$168,769  $170,640  $(1,871) (1.1)% 


Ingredient Solutions - Improved Performance

For the 2016 third quarter, net sales for the Ingredient Solutions segment decreased 2.8% to $13.2 million.  Gross profit increased to $2.8 million, or 20.8% of net segment sales, compared with $1.5 million, or 10.9% of net segment sales in the third quarter 2015.

Griffin said, "Our Ingredient Solutions segment showed solid improvement.  We expect pricing headwinds to continue as we work to strengthen our position against long-term macro consumer trends."

Other
Corporate selling, general and administrative expenses were $7.0 million for the third quarter 2016 compared to $5.5 million in the third quarter 2015, primarily due to increases in advertising and promotion expenses, as well as increases in other professional and personnel costs.

MGP reported other income for the quarter of $3.4 million, which included a previously-announced legal settlement of $2.6 million, as well as an additional gain on the sale of long-lived assets.

MGP received joint venture equity method investment earnings of $0.7 million in the third quarter 2016 from its ICP joint venture, which produces high quality food grade alcohol, chemical intermediates and fuel.  ICP joint venture income was $0.9 million below the prior year quarter as unfavorable ethanol market conditions persist.

The corporate effective tax rate for the quarter was 19.5%, compared with 13.3% in the year ago quarter.  The third quarter 2016 tax rate reflected the early adoption of an accounting standard that provided MGP with a tax benefit related to accounting for share-based compensation, and the third quarter 2015 tax rate was impacted by the release of a valuation allowance.

Earnings per share grew to $0.55 for the third quarter 2016, compared with $0.38 for the third quarter 2015, primarily due to the strong operating performance and the other income items mentioned above.

2016 and Long Term Guidance
MGP is providing revised guidance for 2016.  The 2016 net sales percentage growth projection has been revised downward to reflect year-to-date sales declines.  The anticipated effective tax rate has improved.  The three-year operating income guidance is unchanged and excludes the favorable litigation settlement and asset sale gain.

  • Operating income is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate in the ten to fifteen percent range through fiscal 2018.
  • 2016 net sales are expected to decline in the low-single digits on a percentage basis.
  • 2016 gross margin gains are expected to be moderate following strong 2015 improvement.
  • 2016 effective tax rate is forecast to be 31%, reflecting the adoption of ASU 2016-09, and shares outstanding are expected to be approximately 16.7 million at year end.
  • Due to challenging and volatile conditions in the fuel ethanol market, ICP's level of profitability is expected to be modest in 2016.

Conclusion
"While we may experience continued volatility in our quarterly results, we remain focused on our long-term strategy," said Griffin.  "The distilled spirits industry overall continues to show strong growth, driven by the robust bourbon category.  To take full advantage of these trends, we have introduced new gin formulations, further expanded our whiskey warehouse expansion plan, and continued to invest in aggressively laying down whiskey.  During the third quarter, we added $4.7 million to our inventory of aging whiskey, which now totals $45 million.

"We continue to make steady progress in the development of our own portfolio of premium brands.  We have expanded distribution for Till American Wheat Vodka beyond Kansas and Missouri to include Iowa and Indiana and the overall customer response has been very positive," Griffin concluded.

About MGP Ingredients, Inc.
MGP is a leading producer and supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches.  Distilled spirits include premium 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 news release regarding the prospects of our industry and our prospects, plans, financial position, business strategy, guidance on growth in operating income, revenue, gross margin, and future effective tax rate 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 ownership of our equity method investment in ICP and the volatility of its operating results, (ix) ICP's access to capital, (x) our limited influence over the ICP joint venture operating decisions, strategies, financial or other 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 Products and Ingredient Solutions segments, see Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2015.

MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
OPERATING INCOME ROLLFORWARD

Operating income quarter-versus-quarter

  Operating Income  Change 
      
      
Operating income for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 $6,365    
Increase in gross profit - distillery products segment 1,992  31.3 pp(a)
Increase in gross profit - ingredient solutions segment 1,267  19.9 pp
Increase in other operating income, net 3,385  53.2 pp
Increase in SG&A expenses (1,484)  (23.3)pp
Operating income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 $11,525  81.1% 

(a)  Percentage points ("pp").

Operating income year to date-versus-year to date

  Operating Income   Change 
      
      
Operating income for the year to date period ended September 30, 2015 $22,776    
Increase in gross profit - distillery products segment 5,373  23.6 pp(a)
Decrease in gross profit - ingredient solutions segment (453) (2.0)pp
Increase in other operating income, net 3,385   14.9 pp
Decrease in SG&A expenses 296  1.3 pp
Operating income for the year to date period ended September 30, 2016 $ 31,377  37.8% 

(a)  Percentage points ("pp").


MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
EARNINGS PER SHARE ROLLFORWARD

Change in basic and diluted earnings per share quarter-versus-quarter

  Basic and
Diluted
EPS
 Change 
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 $0.38    
Change in operations(a) 0.07  18.4 pp(b)
Change in other operating income, net(a) 0.12  31.6 pp
Change in equity method investments(a) (0.03) (7.9 )pp
Change in interest expense, net(a) (0.01) (2.6)pp
Change in weighted average shares outstanding 0.02  5.2 pp
Tax: Non-recurrence of 2015 valuation allowance release (0.11) (29.0)pp
Tax: Implementation of ASU 2016-09 0.09  23.7 pp
Tax: Change in effective tax rate (excluding tax items above) 0.02  5.3 pp
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 $0.55  44.7% 

(a) Changes are net of tax based on the effective tax rate for the base year (2015), excluding the valuation allowance release noted separately above.
(b) Percentage points ("pp").

Change in basic and diluted earnings per share year to date-versus-year to date

  Basic and
Diluted
EPS
 Change 
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the year to date period ended September 30, 2015 $1.10    
Change in operations(a) 0.19  17.3 pp(b)
Change in other operating income, net(a) 0.12  10.9 pp
Change in equity method investments (a) (0.14) (12.7)pp
Change in interest expense, net(a) (0.02) (1.8)pp
Change in weighted average shares outstanding 0.05  4.5 pp
Tax: Non-recurrence of 2015 valuation allowance release (0.11) (10.0)pp
Tax: Implementation of ASU 2016-09 0.09  8.2 pp
Tax: Change in effective tax rate (excluding tax items above) 0.05  4.5 pp
Basic and diluted earnings per share for the year to date period ended September 30, 2016 $1.33  20.9% 

(a) Changes are net of tax based on the effective tax rate for the base year (2015), excluding the valuation allowance release noted separately above.
(b) Percentage points ("pp").


MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

  Quarter Ended Year to Date Ended
  September 30,
 2016
 September 30,
 2015
 September 30,
 2016
 September 30,
 2015
Sales $83,711  $83,880  $243,076  $260,815 
Less: excise taxes 3,820  3,552  5,958  14,720 
Net sales 79,891  80,328  237,118  246,095 
Cost of sales 64,770  68,466  189,420  203,317 
Gross profit 15,121  11,862  47,698  42,778 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 6,981  5,497  19,706  20,002 
Other operating income, net (3,385)   (3,385)  
Operating income 11,525  6,365  31,377  22,776 
Equity method investment earnings 664  1,562  2,260  6,010 
Interest expense, net (341) (114) (980) (374)
Income before income taxes 11,848  7,813  32,657  28,412 
Income tax expense 2,316  1,042  9,758  8,700 
Net income $9,532  $6,771   $22,899  $19,712 
         
Income attributable to participating securities 294  222  711  653 
Net income attributable to common shareholders and used in EPS calculation $9,238  $6,549  $22,188  $19,059 
         
Share information:        
Diluted weighted average common shares 16,653,717  17,155,072  16,626,024  17,316,649 
         
Basic and diluted earnings per common share $0.55  $0.38  $1.33  $1.10 
Dividends and dividend equivalents per common share $0.02  $  $0.10  $0.06  



MGP INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (UNAUDITED)

(Dollars in thousands)September 30,
 2016
 December 31,
 2015
 (Dollars in thousands)September 30,
 2016
 December 31,
 2015
ASSETS    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
Current Assets:    Current Liabilities:   
Cash and cash equivalents$  $747  Current maturities of long-term debt$4,356  $3,345 
Receivables37,174  30,670  Accounts payable17,713  20,940 
Inventory75,611  58,701  Accounts payable to affiliate, net2,484   2,291 
Prepaid expenses779  1,062  Accrued expenses7,673  10,400 
Refundable income taxes549    Income taxes payable592  685 
Total Current Assets114,113  91,180  Total Current Liabilities32,818  37,661 
     Other Liabilities:   
      Long-term debt, less current maturities17,309  7,579 
     Revolving credit facility23,801  22,536 
Property and equipment239,986  229,914   Deferred credit3,178  3,402 
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization(152,357) (146,360)  Accrued retirement, health and life insurance benefits3,921  4,136 
Net Property, Plant    Deferred income taxes1,541  2,757 
and Equipment87,629  83,554  Other non current liabilities(197) 79 
Equity method investments17,518  18,563  Total Liabilities82,371  78,150 
Other assets897  1,013  Stockholders' equity137,786  116,160 
TOTAL ASSETS$220,157  $194,310  TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$220,157  $194,310 

 

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