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INGREDION INCORPORATED REPORTS SOLID FOURTH QUARTER 2016 RESULTS AND RECORD FULL-YEAR EARNINGS PER SHARE

  • Fourth quarter 2016 reported and adjusted EPS* were $1.26 and $1.67, respectively, compared to fourth quarter 2015 of both reported and adjusted EPS of $1.42

  • Full-year 2016 reported and adjusted EPS were $6.55 and $7.13, respectively, up from $5.51 and $5.88 in the year-ago period, respectively

  • Record cash flow from operations of $771 million

  • 2017 adjusted EPS is expected to be $7.40-$7.80

WESTCHESTER, Ill., Feb. 2, 2017 - Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today reported results for the fourth quarter 2016. The results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for 2016 and 2015 include items which are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures which we present*.

"We concluded 2016 with record earnings per share and operating income, and significant progress on our strategic blueprint. Sales of our higher-value specialty portfolio grew to 26 percent of net sales for the year and our acquisitions of TIC Gums and Shandong Huanong Specialty Corn were completed in the fourth quarter," said Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "For the year, more favorable price/product mix across the portfolio, as well as our global optimization efforts drove margin expansion.  North America, Asia Pacific and EMEA achieved record operating income year-over-year.  South America, although down, accelerated regional network optimization and restructuring efforts to offset difficult macroeconomic conditions and foreign-exchange headwinds.

"We remain committed to creating long-term shareholder value. We expect continued growth in our specialty portfolio, disciplined cost management, and ongoing capital investments for margin expansion. And, we will explore potential M&A opportunities that drive specialty growth. For 2017, we anticipate adjusted EPS of $7.40 to $7.80," Gordon added. *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.

Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)

  4Q15 4Q16 2015 2016
Reported EPS $1.42 $1.26 $5.51 $6.55
 Acquisition/Integration Costs $0.03 $0.01 $0.19 $0.03
 Impairment/Restructuring Costs $0.04 $0.03 $0.25 $0.20
 U.S./Canada Tax Settlement - $0.36 - $0.36
 Litigation settlement 0.06 - 0.06 -
 Gain on sale of plant (0.12) - (0.12) -
Adjusted EPS** $1.42 $1.67 $5.88 $7.13

      **Totals may not foot due to rounding

Estimated factors affecting change in adjusted EPS

  4Q16 2016
  Margin 0.20 1.11
  Volume (0.03) 0.15
  Foreign exchange (0.01) (0.16)
  Other income/(expense) 0.01 0.06
Total operating items 0.17 1.16
     
  Financing costs (0.01) (0.04)
  Shares outstanding (0.03) (0.11)
  Tax rate 0.12 0.26
  Non-controlling interest - (0.02)
Total non-operating items 0.08 0.09
Total items affecting adjusted EPS 0.25 1.25

Financial Highlights

  • At December 31, 2016, total debt and cash and short-term investments were $1.96 billion and $516 million, respectively, versus $1.84 billion and $440 million, respectively, at December 31, 2015. Cash and short-term investments were higher primarily driven by higher net income.

  • During the fourth quarter of 2016, net financing costs were $18 million, or approximately $1 million higher than the year-ago period, due to higher interest expense.

  • For the fourth quarter of 2016, reported and adjusted effective tax rates* were 43.4 percent and 27.8 percent, respectively compared to reported and adjusted effective tax rates of 31.2 percent and 32.9 percent, respectively, in the year-ago period. The higher rate was largely driven by the settlement of a tax matter concerning the allocation of income between the United States and Canada, slightly offset by increased foreign tax credits versus the year-ago period. The lower adjusted tax rate was largely driven by increased foreign tax credits, which were slightly offset by a valuation allowance, a reserve for unrecognized tax benefits and U.S. taxes on unremitted earnings of foreign subsidiaries.

  • Full-year capital expenditures were $283 million, up slightly from the year-ago period.

Business Review

Total Ingredion

$ in millions 2015 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2016 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 1,405 -12 -50 56 1,399 -
Full year 5,621 -212 -23 318 5,704 1%

Net Sales

  • Fourth quarter net sales were relatively flat, as a result of improved price/mix in North America and South America and a more favorable product mix in both specialty and core ingredients. These factors were offset by changes in foreign currency exchange rates and volume declines attributable to the sale of our Port Colborne, Canada, facility, a planned rebalancing of the North America network, and difficult macroeconomic conditions in South America.

  • Full-year net sales were up as a result of improved price/mix in North America and South America, a more favorable product mix in both specialty and core ingredients, as well as acquisition-related growth. These factors were partially offset by changes in foreign currency exchange rates and volume declines attributable to the sale of our Port Colborne, Canada, facility and difficult macroeconomic conditions in South America.

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter reported and adjusted operating income were $189 million and $194 million, respectively.  These were nine percent and 10 percent increases, respectively, compared to $173 million of reported operating income and $177 million of adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter of 2015. The increases in operating income were primarily due to better price/product mix in both our specialty and core ingredients and reduced costs resulting from our global optimization efforts.

  • Full-year 2016 reported and adjusted operating income were $808 million and $830 million, respectively. These were 22 percent and 18 percent increases, respectively, compared to $660 million of 2015 reported operating income and $706 million of 2015 adjusted operating income. The increases in operating income were primarily due to a better price/product mix in both our specialty and core ingredients, acquisition-related growth, and reduced costs resulting from our global optimization efforts. These positives were partially offset by the negative effect of foreign exchange and difficult macroeconomic conditions in South America.

  • Fourth quarter reported operating income was lower than adjusted operating income by $5 million. Of this difference, $4 million is related to restructuring in North America and costs associated with the execution of a global IT outsourcing project and $1 million is related to acquisition costs associated with the TIC Gums and Shandong Huanong Specialty Corn acquisitions.

North America

$ in millions 2015 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2016 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 842 _ -52 24 813 -3%
Full year 3,345 -10 -24 136 3,447 3%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income increased from $117 million to $137 million. Better price/product mix in both our specialty and core ingredients, cost synergies related to the Penford acquisition, as well as operational efficiencies driven by network optimization efforts accounted for the increase.

  • Full-year operating income increased from $479 million to $611 million. Higher acquisition-related volumes, a better price/product mix in both our specialty and core ingredients, cost synergies related to the Penford acquisition, as well as operational efficiencies driven by network optimization efforts accounted for the increase.

South America

$ in millions 2015 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2016 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 248 -8 -5 44 279 12%
Full year 1,012 -168 -56 222 1,010 _

Operating income

  • Operating income in the fourth quarter was $29 million, up $2 million from a year ago. The increase was largely a result of improved price/mix and the acceleration of the consolidation of Brazilian manufacturing facilities. However, lower volumes driven by difficult macroeconomic conditions and higher costs for corn and other inputs partially offset the increase.

  • Full-year operating income was $89 million, down $12 million from a year ago. The decline was largely a result of the negative effect of foreign exchange, lower volumes in Brazil and Southern Cone driven by difficult macroeconomic conditions, and higher costs for corn and other inputs. This was partially mitigated by improved price/mix and operational efficiencies.

Asia Pacific

$ in millions 2015 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2016 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 180 2 5 -13 175 -3%
Full year 733 -14 24 -35 709 -3%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $25 million, down $2 million from a year ago. The decrease was largely due to less favorable price/mix partially offset by volume growth.

  • Full-year operating income was $111 million, up $4 million from a year ago. Volume growth and margin expansion were partially offset by negative foreign exchange impacts.

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

$ in millions 2015 Net sales FX Impact Volume Price/mix 2016 Net sales % change
Fourth quarter 135 -5 2 1 133 -1%
Full year 530 -19 32 -5 538 2%

Operating income

  • Fourth quarter operating income was $26 million, down $1 million from a year ago. Volume growth was offset by foreign exchange impacts and higher input costs in Europe.

  • Full-year operating income was $106 million, up $13 million from a year ago. Volume growth and margin expansion more than offset foreign exchange impacts.

2017 Guidance

2017 adjusted EPS, excluding acquisition-related, integration, and restructuring costs, as well as any potential impairment costs, is expected to be in the range of $7.40 to $7.80 compared to adjusted EPS of $7.13 in 2016. The full-year guidance assumes, compared to last year: overall improvement in all four regions; an adjusted effective tax rate of approximately 29 to 31 percent; and continued trade up in our portfolio, including higher-value specialty ingredients, leading to margin expansion. 

In 2017, cash generated by operations is expected to be in the range of $800 to $850 million and capital expenditures are anticipated to be between $300 and $325 million.

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 Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Jack Fortnum, 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 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 ingredion.com to learn more.

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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 a 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 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, 2015 and subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

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