Darling Ingredients Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Improvements Achieved Across Business Lines
Global Platform Expansion Driving Organic Growth in 2017

IRVING, Texas, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR), a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and customized specialty solutions for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, industrial, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries, today announced financial results for the 2017 first quarter ended April 1, 2017.

First Quarter 2017 Overview

  • Revenue of $880.1 million, up 12.9 %
  • Net income of $5.8 million, or $0.04 per GAAP diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $102.5 million
  • Continued strong global raw material volumes, up 4.3 %
  • Improved pricing environment across most product lines
  • SG&A increase related to equity award accounting
  • Diamond Green Diesel issued partner dividend of $25 million each

For the first quarter of 2017, the Company reported net sales of $880.1 million, as compared with net sales of $779.6 million for the first quarter of 2016.  Net income attributable to Darling for the three months ended April 1, 2017 was $5.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $1.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016.  The increase in net income for the first quarter 2017 is primarily due to higher finished product pricing for fats and proteins offset by the absence of the blenders tax credit, which was reported in the first quarter 2016 but which has not yet been reinstated for 2017.

Comments on the First Quarter 2017

"We capitalized on an improved environment with our first quarter results reflecting solid execution across our global platform leveraged by sequentially consistent and improved performance in our Feed and Food segments. Sequentially, Fuel segment results reflect the lack of the blenders tax credit and one-time settlements received last quarter," said Randall C. Stuewe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darling Ingredients Inc. "Diamond Green Diesel completed its second maintenance turnaround and issued a partner dividend of $25 million each.  Our planned expansion of Diamond Green Diesel is progressing well and we continue to focus on growing our global platform while improving efficiencies and increasing capital returns. We're off to a good start in 2017."

Operational Update by Segment

  • Feed Ingredients – Delivered operational excellence and rigorous cost control measures supported by strong global raw material volumes both sequentially and year-over-year. Strong global fats market driven by improved European biofuel demand were offset by lagging meat and bone meal pricing in North America. Slow demand challenged North American specialty businesses early in quarter with sales rebounding to expected levels.
  • Food Ingredients – Rousselot gelatin business leveraged improved pricing and delivered steady performance in China and Europe. However, these results were offset by lower than expected earnings in our South American markets. Volumes were consistent over prior periods. Sonac edible fat earnings held margins despite weakening of the global palm oil markets. CTH casings business delivered strong performance on tight markets due to global shrinking raw material availability especially from the Chinese markets.
  • Fuel Ingredients –Steady performance with segment decline due to the absence of the blenders tax credit, and sequential decline reflects insurance settlement and tariff true-ups in Q4 2016. Ecoson biophosphate plant back on line and gaining momentum. Rendac delivered consistent earnings while North American biodiesel facilities operated at a minor loss with the lack of the blenders tax credit.
  • Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture (DGD) – DGD was operationally strong with second major turnaround completed in approximately 18 days. Margin compression was due to reduced RIN values, higher fat prices and absence of the blenders tax credit. Partner dividends of $25 million each were issued during the quarter. Solid cash position and expansion to 275 million gallons of annual production is on schedule for completion in Q2 2018.

Financial Update by Segment

Feed Ingredients

Three Months Ended

($ thousands)

April 1, 2017

April 2, 2016

Net Sales

$                    552,624

$                      476,171

Selling, general and administrative expenses

45,467

45,251

Depreciation and amortization

43,719

44,377

Segment operating Income

30,828

13,886

EBITDA

$                      74,547

$                        58,263

 

*EBITDA calculated by adding depreciation and amortization to segment operating income.

 

  • Feed Ingredients operating income for the three months ended April 1, 2017 was $30.8 million, an increase of $16.9 million or 121.6% as compared to the three months ended April 2, 2016. Earnings for the Feed Ingredients segment were higher due to an overall increase in finished product prices, sales volumes and higher raw material volumes as compared to the same period in fiscal 2016.
  • Feed Ingredients net sales during the three months ended April 1, 2017 were $552.6 million, an increase of $76.4 million or 16.0% as compared to $476.2 million during the three months ended April 2, 2016. Net sales for the Feed Ingredients segment were higher due to higher finished product prices and higher sales volumes across substantially all business lines compared to the same period in fiscal 2016.

 

Food Ingredients

Three Months Ended

($ thousands)

April 1, 2017

April 2, 2016

Net Sales

$                    267,788

$                      247,897

Selling, general and administrative expenses

25,059

23,759

Depreciation and amortization

17,601

16,704

Segment operating Income

14,127

21,880

EBITDA

$                      31,728

$                        38,584

 

*EBITDA calculated by adding depreciation and amortization to segment operating income.

 

  • Food Ingredients operating income was $14.1 million for the three months ended April 1, 2017, a decrease of $7.8 million or 35.6% as compared to the three months ended April 2, 2016. The earnings in the gelatin business were down as compared to the prior year due to the performance in the Company's South American markets. The Company's South American business was impacted by sales price decline influenced by an oversupply of hide gelatin as well as the results of lower import tariff regulations in Argentina during the quarter.
  • Food Ingredients net sales overall increased as a result of higher sales volumes in both the gelatin and casings businesses.

 

Fuel Ingredients

Three Months Ended

($ thousands)

April 1, 2017

April 2, 2016

Net Sales

$                      59,660

$                        55,573

Selling, general and administrative expenses

3,291

1,850

Depreciation and amortization

6,845

6,919

Segment operating Income

3,508

6,122

EBITDA

$                      10,353

$                        13,041

 

*EBITDA calculated by adding depreciation and amortization to segment operating income.

 

  • Exclusive of the DGD Joint Venture, the Company's Fuel Ingredients segment income for the three months ended April 1, 2017 was $3.5 million, a decrease of $2.6 million or 42.6% as compared to the same period in fiscal 2016. For the three months ended April 1, 2017 the North American region results do not include the blenders tax credit, while fiscal 2016 included the blenders tax credit in the first quarter of 2016. Earnings in Rendac, our European disposal rendering operation, for the three months ended April 1, 2017 were up slightly as compared to the same period in prior year as a result of an increase in sales volumes, an increase in raw material volumes and higher finished fat prices due to increased biofuels demand.
  • Exclusive of the DGD Joint Venture, the Company's Fuel Ingredients net sales increased due to generally higher fat prices due to increased biofuels demand in Europe as compared to the same period in fiscal 2016.

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Operating Results

For the Periods Ended April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

         

$ Change

   

April 1,

 

April 2,

 

Favorable

 

2017

 

2016

 

(Unfavorable)

Net sales

 

$    880,072

 

$     779,641

 

$       100,431

Costs and expenses:

         
 

Cost of sales and
 operating expenses

689,627

 

598,893

 

(90,734)

 

Selling, general and
administrative expenses

87,917

 

81,469

 

(6,448)

 

Depreciation and amortization

71,114

 

72,256

 

1,142

 

Acquisition and integration costs

-

 

331

 

331

Total costs and expenses

848,658

 

752,949

 

(95,709)

Operating income

31,414

 

26,692

 

4,722

           

Other expense:

         
 

Interest expense

(21,680)

 

(23,901)

 

2,221

 

Foreign currency loss

(264)

 

(2,603)

 

2,339

 

Other expense, net

(960)

 

(1,305)

 

345

Total other expense

(22,904)

 

(27,809)

 

4,905

           

Equity in net income of unconsolidated subsidiary

706

 

5,643

 

(4,937)

Income before income taxes

9,216

 

4,526

 

4,690

Income tax expense

1,818

 

1,863

 

45

Net income

7,398

 

2,663

 

4,735

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,569)

 

(1,584)

 

15

Net income attributable to Darling

$        5,829

 

$         1,079

 

$           4,750

           

Basic income per share

$         0.04

 

$         0.01

 

$             0.03

Diluted income per share

$         0.04

 

$         0.01

 

$             0.03

 

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
April 1, 2017 and December 31, 2016
  (in thousands)

 

 

 

         
   

April 1,

 

December 31,

 

2017

 

2016

ASSETS

(unaudited)

   

Current assets:

     
 

Cash and cash equivalents

$    138,880

 

$      114,564

 

Restricted cash

282

 

293

 

Accounts Receivable, net

389,864

 

388,397

 

Inventories

342,114

 

330,815

 

Prepaid expenses

32,852

 

29,984

 

Income taxes refundable

6,978

 

7,479

 

Other current assets

16,331

 

21,770

 

              Total current assets

927,301

 

893,302

Property, plant and equipment,

     
 

less accumulated depreciation, net

1,532,583

 

1,515,575

Intangible assets,

     
 

less accumulated amortization, net

697,820

 

711,927

Goodwill

1,233,271

 

1,225,893

Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries

270,921

 

292,717

Other assets

42,138

 

43,613

Deferred income taxes

15,627

 

14,990

 

              Total assets

$ 4,719,661

 

$  4,698,017

       

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     
 

Current portion of long-term debt

$    24,965

 

$       23,247

 

Accounts payable, principally trade

181,439

 

180,895

 

Income taxes payable

12,066

 

4,913

 

Accrued expenses

233,324

 

242,796

 

              Total current liabilities

451,794

 

451,851

Long-term debt, net of current portion

1,727,496

 

1,727,696

Other non-current liabilities

95,720

 

96,114

Deferred income taxes

340,814

 

346,134

 

              Total liabilities

2,615,824

 

2,621,795

Commitments and contingencies

     

Total Darling's stockholders' equity:

1,999,362

 

1,972,994

Noncontrolling interests

104,475

 

103,228

 

              Total stockholders' equity

$2,103,837

 

$ 2,076,222

   

$4,719,661

 

$ 4,698,017

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries

     Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Fiscal Years Ended April 1, 2017 and April 2, 2016

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

     
       

Three Months Ended

       

April 1,

 

April 2,

Cash flows from operating activities:

2017

 

2016

 

Net income

 

$            7,398

 

$            2,663

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

     
   

Depreciation and amortization

71,114

 

72,256

   

Loss on disposal of property, plant, equipment and other assets

(125)

 

698

   

Deferred taxes

(8,454)

 

(3,705)

   

Increase/(decrease) in long-term pension liability

702

 

(1,146)

   

Stock-based compensation expense

6,732

 

2,440

   

Deferred loan cost amortization

2,176

 

2,794

   

Equity in net (income) of unconsolidated subsidiaries

(706)

 

(5,643)

   

Distribution of earnings from unconsolidated subsidiaries

25,000

 

-

   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:

     
   

  Accounts receivable

(753)

 

7,118

   

  Income taxes refundable/payable

7,576

 

400

   

  Inventories and prepaid expenses

(10,660)

 

(21,206)

   

  Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(8,365)

 

3,336

   

  Other

 

2,834

 

(14,962)

     

Net cash provided by operating activities

94,469

 

45,043

Cash flows from investing activities:

     
 

Capital expenditures

(62,292)

 

(53,375)

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

-

 

(8,511)

 

Investment of unconsolidated subsidiaries

(2,250)

 

-

 

Gross proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment and other assets

1,340

 

1,424

 

Proceeds from insurance settlement

3,301

 

1,181

     

Net cash used by investing activities

(59,901)

 

(59,281)

Cash flows from financing activities:

     
 

Proceeds from long-term debt

8,649

 

8,760

 

Payments on long-term debt

(9,265)

 

(16,207)

 

Borrowings from revolving credit facility

47,000

 

33,000

 

Payments on revolving credit facility

(52,327)

 

(21,000)

 

Net cash overdraft financing

(1,077)

 

 

Deferred loan costs

 

(1,135)

 

 

Issuance of common stock

22

 

45

 

Repurchase of treasury stock

 

(5,000)

 

Minimum withholding taxes paid on stock awards

(1,995)

 

(1,788)

 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 

(446)

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(433)

 

     

Net cash used by financing activities

(10,561)

 

(2,636)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

309

 

7,316

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

24,316

 

(9,558)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

114,564

 

156,884

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$        138,880

 

$        147,326

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

     
 

Accrued capital expenditures

$           (2,787)

 

$           (6,595)

 

Cash paid during the period for:

     
   

Interest, net of capitalized interest

$          19,022

 

$          20,597

   

Income taxes, net of refunds

$            2,429

 

$            5,114

 

Non-cash financing activities:

     
   

Debt issued for assets

$                    -

 

$                 10

   

Contribution of assets to unconsolidated subsidiary

$                    -

 

$            2,674

 

Selected financial information for the Company's Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture is as follows:

 

Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture

 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

(in thousands)

           
     

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

2017

 

2016

Assets:

 

 (unaudited) 

   
 

Total current assets

$          212,915

 

$        268,734

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

360,476

 

354,871

 

Other assets

10,226

 

12,164

   

Total assets

$          583,617

 

$        635,769

           

Liabilities and members' equity:

     
 

Total current portion of long term debt

$             17,023

 

$           17,023

 

Total other current liabilities

24,100

 

23,200

 

Total long term debt

49,497

 

53,753

 

Total other long term liabilities

427

 

418

 

Total members' equity

492,570

 

541,375

   

Total liabilities and members' equity

$          583,617

 

$        635,769

 

Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture

 Operating Financial Results

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

         

$ Change

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

 

Favorable

Revenues:

2017

 

2016

 

(Unfavorable)

 

Operating revenues

$      125,397

 

$      71,768

 

$         53,629

Expenses:

         
 

Total costs and expenses less depreciation, amortization and accretion expense

115,322

 

52,509

 

(62,813)

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense

8,113

 

5,378

 

(2,735)

Operating income: 

1,962

 

13,881

 

(11,919)

 

Other income

223

 

15

 

208

 

Interest and debt expense, net

(990)

 

(2,814)

 

1,824

Net income 

$           1,195

 

$      11,082

 

$          (9,887)

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. reports Adjusted EBITDA results, which is a Non-GAAP financial measure, as a complement to results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) (for additional information, see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included later in this media release). The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides additional useful information to investors. Adjusted EBITDA, as the Company uses the term, is calculated below:

 

Reconciliation of Net Income to (Non-GAAP) Adjusted EBITDA and (Non-GAAP) Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA
First Quarter 2017 as compared to First Quarter 2016

 
 

Three Months Ended - Year over Year

Adjusted EBITDA 

 

April 1,

 

April 2,

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

2017

 

2016

       

Net income attributable to Darling

$            5,829

 

$               1,079

Depreciation and amortization

71,114

 

72,256

Interest expense

21,680

 

23,901

Income tax expense

1,818

 

1,863

Foreign currency loss

264

 

2,603

Other expense, net

960

 

1,305

Equity in net (income) of unconsolidated subsidiary

(706)

 

(5,643)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,569

 

1,584

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$        102,528

 

$            98,948

       

Acquisition and integration-related expenses

-

 

331

 

 Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$        102,528

 

$            99,279

Foreign currency exchange impact (1)

1,832

 

-

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA to Foreign Currency (Non-GAAP)

$        104,360

 

$            99,279

       
       

DGD Joint Venture Adjusted EBITDA (Darling's share) 

$            5,037

 

$               9,629

       

(1) The average rates assumption used in the calculation was the actual fiscal average rate for the three months ended April 2, 2016 of €1.00:USD$1.10 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.73 as compared to the average rate for the three months ended April 1, 2017 of €1.00:USD$1.07 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.75, respectively.

 

Reconciliation of Net Income to (Non-GAAP) Adjusted EBITDA and (Non-GAAP) Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA 
First Quarter 2017 as compared on a sequential basis to Fourth Quarter 2016

 
 

Three Months Ended - Sequential

Adjusted EBITDA

 

April 1,

 

December 31,

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

2017

 

2016

       

Net income attributable to Darling

$                   5,829

 

$                    40,541

Depreciation and amortization

71,114

 

77,468

Interest expense

21,680

 

22,439

Income tax expense

1,818

 

6,213

Foreign currency loss/(gain)

264

 

(387)

Other expense/(income), net

960

 

(1,819)

Equity in net (income) of unconsolidated subsidiary

(706)

 

(32,746)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,569

 

1,139

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$               102,528

 

$                  112,848

Foreign currency exchange impact (1)

583

 

-

Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA to Foreign Currency (Non-GAAP)

$               103,111

 

$                  112,848

       

DGD Joint Venture Adjusted EBITDA (Darling's share)

$                   5,037

 

$                    36,721

       

(1) The average rates assumption used in this calculation was the actual fiscal average rate for the three months ended December 31, 2016 of €1.00:USD$1.08 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.75 as compared to the average rate for the three months ended April 1, 2017 of €1.00:USD$1.07 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.75, respectively.

 

About Darling

Darling Ingredients Inc. is the world's largest publicly-traded developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries.  With operations on five continents, the Company collects and transforms all aspects of animal by-product streams into broadly used and specialty ingredients, such as gelatin, edible fats, feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, organic fertilizers, yellow grease, fuel feedstocks, green energy, natural casings and hides.  The Company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery residuals into valuable feed and fuel ingredients.  In addition, the Company provides grease trap services to food service establishments, environmental services to food processors and sells restaurant cooking oil delivery and collection equipment. For additional information, visit the Company's website at http://www.darlingii.com.

Darling Ingredients Inc. will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first quarter 2017 financial results at 8:30 am Eastern Time (7:30 am Central Time) on Friday, May 12, 2017.  To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America should dial 844-868-8847; international participants should dial 412-317-6593.  Please refer to access code 10104353.  Please call approximately ten minutes before the start of the call to ensure that you are connected.

The call will also be available as a live audio webcast that can be accessed on the Company website at http://ir.darlingii.com. Beginning one hour after its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed through May 23, 2017, by dialing 877-344-7529 (U.S. callers), 855-669-9658 (Canada) and 412-317-0088 (international callers).  The access code for the replay is 10104353.  The conference call will also be archived on the Company's website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized accounting measurement under GAAP; it should not be considered as an alternative to net income, as a measure of operating results, or as an alternative to cash flow as a measure of liquidity, and is not intended to be a presentation in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA is presented here not as an alternative to net income, but rather as a measure of the Company's operating performance. Since EBITDA (generally, net income plus interest expenses, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is not calculated identically by all companies, this presentation may not be comparable to EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA presentations disclosed by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated in this presentation and represents, for any relevant period, net income/(loss) plus depreciation and amortization, goodwill and long-lived asset impairment, interest expense, (income)/loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, income tax provision, other income/(expense) and equity in net loss of unconsolidated subsidiary. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating the Company's operating performance compared to that of other companies in its industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes and certain non-cash and other items that may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

As a result, the Company's management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure to evaluate performance and for other discretionary purposes. In addition to the foregoing, management also uses or will use Adjusted EBITDA to measure compliance with certain financial covenants under the Company's Senior Secured Credit Facilities and 5.375% Notes and 4.75% Notes that were outstanding at April 1, 2017. However, the amounts shown in this presentation for Adjusted EBITDA differ from the amounts calculated under similarly titled definitions in the Company's Senior Secured Credit Facilities and 5.375% Notes and 4.75% Notes, as those definitions permit further adjustments to reflect certain other non-recurring costs, non-cash charges and cash dividends from the DGD Joint Venture. Additionally, the Company evaluates the impact of foreign exchange impact on operating cash flow, which is defined as segment operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information:

{This media release contains "forward-looking" statements regarding the business operations and prospects of Darling Ingredients Inc., including its Diamond Green Diesel joint venture, and industry factors affecting it. These statements are identified by words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "could," "may," "will," "should," "planned," "potential," "continue," "momentum," "assumption," and other words referring to events that may occur in the future.  These statements reflect Darling Ingredient's current view of future events and are based on its assessment of, and are subject to, a variety of risks and uncertainties beyond its control, each of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.  These factors include, among others, existing and unknown future limitations on the ability of the Company's direct and indirect subsidiaries to make their cash flow available to the Company for payments on the Company's indebtedness or other purposes; global demands for bio-fuels and grain and oilseed commodities, which have exhibited volatility, and can impact the cost of feed for cattle, hogs and poultry, thus affecting available rendering feedstock and selling prices for the Company's products; reductions in raw material volumes available to the Company due to weak margins in the meat production industry as a result of higher feed costs, reduced consumer demand or other factors, reduced volume from food service establishments, or otherwise; reduced demand for animal feed; reduced finished product prices, including a decline in fat and used cooking oil finished product prices; changes to worldwide government policies relating to renewable fuels and greenhouse gas emissions that adversely affect programs like the Renewable Fuel Standards Program (RFS2), low carbon fuel standards (LCFS) and tax credits for biofuels both in the Unites States and abroad; possible product recall resulting from developments relating to the discovery of unauthorized adulterations to food or food additives; the occurrence of Bird Flu including, but not limited to H5N1 flu, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or "BSE"), porcine epidemic diarrhea ("PED") or other diseases associated with animal origin in the United States or elsewhere; unanticipated costs and/or reductions in raw material volumes related to the Company's compliance with the existing or unforeseen new U.S. or foreign regulations (including, without limitation, China) affecting the industries in which the Company operates or its value added products (including new or modified animal feed, Bird Flu, PED or BSE or similar or unanticipated regulations); risks associated with the renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana owned and operated by a joint venture between Darling Ingredients and Valero Energy Corporation, including possible unanticipated operating disruptions and issues related to the announced expansion project; difficulties or a significant disruption in our information systems or failure to implement new systems and software successfully, including our ongoing enterprise resource  planning project; risks relating to possible third party claims of intellectual property infringement; increased contributions to the Company's pension and benefit plans, including multiemployer and employer-sponsored defined benefit pension plans as required by legislation, regulation or other applicable U.S. or foreign law or resulting from a U.S. mass withdrawal event; bad debt write-offs; loss of or failure to obtain necessary permits and registrations; continued or escalated conflict in the Middle East, North Korea, Ukraine or elsewhere; uncertainty regarding the likely exit of the U.K. from the European Union; and/or unfavorable export or import markets. These factors, coupled with volatile prices for natural gas and diesel fuel, climate conditions, currency exchange fluctuations, general performance of the U.S. and global economies, disturbances in world financial, credit, commodities and stock markets, and any decline in consumer confidence and discretionary spending, including the inability of consumers and companies to obtain credit due to lack of liquidity in the financial markets, among others, could negatively impact the Company's results of operations. Among other things, future profitability may be affected by the Company's ability to grow its business, which faces competition from companies that may have substantially greater resources than the Company. The Company's announced share repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time and purchases of shares under the program are subject to market conditions and other factors, which are likely to change from time to time. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling Ingredients Inc., its business and the industries in which it operates are referenced from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Darling Ingredients Inc. is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.}

For More Information, contact:

Melissa A. Gaither, VP IR and Global Communications  

Email : mgaither@darlingii.com

251 O'Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300, Irving, Texas 75038 

Phone : 972-717-0300

 

SOURCE Darling Ingredients Inc.


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