MGP Ingredients Reports First Quarter 2018 Results
2018 first quarter results compared to 2017 first quarter results
- Consolidated net sales increased 0.9% to
$88.0 million, reflecting growth in both the Distillery Products and Ingredient Solutions segments.
- Consolidated gross profit decreased 0.5% to
$19.0 million, as a result of a decrease in gross profit in the Distillery Products segment, partially offset by an increase in the Ingredient Solutions segment.
- Consolidated gross margin decreased 30 basis points to 21.5%, from 21.8% in the prior year quarter.
- Consolidated net income increased 2.9% to
$8.9 million, primarily due to the decline in the Company's effective tax rate resulting from implementation of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.
- Earnings per share increased to
$0.52per share from $0.50per share in the prior year period, primarily due to the lower effective tax rate.
“We continue to be very pleased with our progress against all parts of our strategic plan, and see no change in the macro consumer trends that are powering our growth. Our results this period reflect quarterly volatility resulting from changes in customer order timing for premium beverage alcohol,” said
Distillery Products Segment - Order Timing Impacts Quarterly Results
For the first quarter of 2018, net sales for the Distillery Products segment increased 0.6% to
"We continued to experience strong demand for our bourbon and rye whiskeys, and continue to grow new distillate sales with existing and new customers,” said Griffin. “We do not feel the year-over-year decline in sales of premium beverage alcohol this quarter reflects any slow-down in our core business. We remain focused on the long term, and our plan for sustainable growth in premium beverage alcohol remains on track.”
|Food Grade Alcohol (in thousands)||Net Sales Quarter Ended March 31,||Quarter vs. Quarter Net Sales Change Increase/(Decrease)|
|2018||2017||$ Change||% Change|
|Premium Beverage Alcohol||$||44,071||$||45,640||$||(1,569||)||(3.4||)%|
|Food Grade Alcohol||$||63,415||$||64,763||$||(1,348||)||(2.1||)%|
Ingredient Solutions - Gross Profit Grows 27%
For the 2018 first quarter, net sales in the Ingredient Solutions segment increased 2.7% to
Griffin said, “We are particularly pleased with the continued sales growth in both our fiber and textured wheat protein businesses. This quarter, versus prior year quarter, sales of our Fibersym specialty wheat starch product grew substantially and sales of our TruTex specialty wheat protein product more than doubled. We are confident in the macro consumer trends supporting this growth and are excited about the potential.”
Corporate selling, general and administrative expenses were
The corporate effective tax rate for the quarter was 12.3% compared with 24.7% in the year ago period.
Earnings per share grew to
2018 and Long-Term Guidance
MGP is confirming the following guidance for fiscal 2018 and beyond:
- Operating income is expected to grow between 10% and 15% for fiscal year 2018.
- The Company’s conservative estimate of growth in operating income in 2019 is 15% to 20% as sales of aged whiskey inventory become a more significant factor.
- 2018 net sales growth is projected in the high single-digit percentage range versus 2017, subject to some volatility as the Company continues to shift sales from industrial to premium beverage alcohol.
- 2018 gross margins are expected to continue to grow modestly versus 2017.
- 2018 effective tax rate is forecast to be 25%, and shares outstanding are expected to be approximately 16.9 million at year end.
“Despite the quarterly volatility reflected in this period, we continue to be pleased with our progress against our long-term strategic plan. Key consumer trends impacting both business segments remain strong and there continues to be strong demand for our products,” Griffin added. “We continue to invest to take full advantage of the potential provided by these trends. Our warehouse expansion plan remains on track and our investment in aged whiskey has now reached
“On the beverage side, while our core focus will always be supplying other brand owners with premium distilled spirits, we continue to be pleased with the progress of our brands initiative. This month we will be introducing two new whiskeys to our portfolio of premium spirit brands,” concluded Griffin.
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Founded in 1941, 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 expertly crafted through a combination of art and science and backed by a long history 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
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OPERATING INCOME ROLLFORWARD
(Dollars in thousands)
|Operating income||Operating Income||Change Quarter-versus-Quarter|
|Operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017||$||11,392|
|Decrease in gross profit - distillery products segment||(745||)||(6.5||)||pp(a)|
|Increase in gross profit - ingredient solutions segment||655||5.7||pp|
|Increase in SG&A expenses||(913||)||(8.0||)||pp|
|Operating income for the quarter ended March 31, 2018||$||10,389||(8.8||)%|
(a) Percentage points ("pp").
EARNINGS PER SHARE ROLLFORWARD
|Change in basic and diluted earnings per share||Basic and Diluted EPS||Change Quarter-versus-Quarter|
|Basic and diluted EPS for the quarter ended March 31, 2017||$||0.50|
|Change in operations(a)||(0.04||)||(8.0||)||pp(b)|
|Change in equity method investment earnings(a)||(0.02||)||(4.0||)||pp|
|Change in interest expense, net(a)||0.01||2.0||pp|
|Tax: Net effect of the tax benefit on vested share-based compensation||0.01||2.0||pp|
|Tax: Change in effective tax rate (excluding tax item above)||0.07||14.0||pp|
|Change in weighted average shares outstanding||(0.01||)||(2.0||)||pp|
|Basic and diluted EPS for the quarter ended March 31, 2018||$||0.52||4.0||%|
(a) Items are net of tax based on the effective tax rate for the base year (2017), excluding the effect of the tax benefit on vested share-based compensation on the 2017 rate.
(b) Percentage points ("pp").
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
|Cost of sales||69,005||68,128|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||8,562||7,649|
|Equity method investment earnings||—||471|
|Interest expense, net||(207||)||(331||)|
|Income before income taxes||10,182||11,532|
|Income tax expense||1,255||2,854|
|Income attributable to participating securities||175||250|
|Net income attributable to common shareholders and used in EPS calculation||$||8,752||$||8,428|
|Basic and Diluted weighted average common shares||16,843,255||16,712,578|
|Basic and diluted earnings per common share||$||0.52||$||0.50|
|Dividends and dividend equivalents per common share||$||0.08||$||0.04|
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (UNAUDITED)
|(Dollars in thousands)||March 31,
|(Dollars in thousands)||March 31,
|ASSETS||LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current Assets:||Current Liabilities:|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||1,123||$||3,084||Current maturities of long-term debt||$||375||$||372|
|Receivables, net||34,532||34,347||Accounts payable||24,630||30,037|
|Refundable income taxes||932||1,980||Total Current Liabilities||32,166||41,580|
|Total Current Assets||138,650||134,742||Other Liabilities:|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||21,316||21,407|
|Revolving credit facility||10,544||2,775|
|Property and equipment||271,097||267,288||Accrued retirement, health, and life insurance benefits||3,030||3,133|
|Less accumulated depreciation and amortization||(167,095||)||(164,237||)||Other noncurrent liabilities||542||540|
|Net Property, Plant, and Equipment||104,002||103,051||Deferred income taxes||291||12|
|Other assets||2,559||2,535||Stockholders’ equity||175,388||168,730|
|TOTAL ASSETS||$||245,211||$||240,328||TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||245,211||$||240,328|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,929||2,738|
|Deferred income taxes||279||(490||)|
|Equity method investment earnings||—||(471||)|
|Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:|
|Accounts payable to affiliate, net||—||(542||)|
|Income taxes payable||1,048||3,239|
|Accrued retirement health and life insurance benefits||(114||)||(177||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||879||(942||)|
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities|
|Additions to plant, property and equipment||(6,978||)||(6,454||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(7,040||)||(6,454||)|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities|
|Purchase of treasury stock for tax withholding on share-based compensation||(2,073||)||(1,131||)|
|Payment of dividends and dividend equivalents||(1,375||)||(688||)|
|Principal payments on long-term debt||(93||)||(89||)|
|Proceeds from credit agreement||7,741||10,500|
|Payments on credit agreement||—||(2,765||)|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||4,200||5,827|
|Decrease in cash and cash equivalents||(1,961||)||(1,569||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period||3,084||1,569|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of period||$||1,123||$||—|
Source: MGP Ingredients, Inc.