Darling International Inc. Announces Third Quarter Results
PRNewswire-FirstCall
IRVING, Texas

Darling International Inc. today reported sales and earnings for its 2005 fiscal third quarter and nine months ended October 1, 2005 as compared to the same periods of the prior year.

For the 2005 third quarter, the Company's net sales were $79.3 million as compared to $80.0 million for the 2004 third quarter. For the 2005 third quarter, the Company reported net income of $2.0 million as compared to $4.6 million for the 2004 comparable period. The decrease in net income for the 2005 third quarter was primarily due to the Company realizing a before tax gain of $2.8 million in the comparable prior year period resulting from a settlement with past insurers.

Darling International Chairman and CEO, Randall Stuewe, noted that, "Historically high energy costs, above average summer temperatures and continued restrictions on the export of our finished products made for a challenging quarter."

For the nine months ended October 1, 2005, the Company reported net sales of $231.9 million as compared to $248.8 million for the 2004 comparable period. For the nine months ended October 1, 2005, the Company reported net income of $5.7 million as compared to $13.0 million for the 2004 comparable period. Decreases in raw material volumes and finished product prices accounted for the majority of the $16.9 million decline in net sales. Decreases in raw material volumes and finished product prices, combined with increases in energy costs in 2005 and the before tax insurance settlement gain of $2.8 million realized during 2004, accounted for the majority of the $7.3 million decline in net income.

Darling International will host a conference call to discuss the Company's third quarter 2005 financial results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) on Friday, November 11, 2005. To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America may dial 800-475-2151; international participants may dial 973-582-2792. Please call approximately fifteen minutes before the start of the call to ensure that you are connected. The call will also be available as a live audio web cast that can be accessed on the company website at http://www.darlingii.com/investors/investors.html or http://www.earnings.com/ . Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed until December 9, 2005 by dialing 877-519-4471 or 973-341-3080 outside of North America. The access code for the replay is 6663067. The conference call will also be archived on the company's website for seven days.

Darling International Inc. is the largest publicly traded, food processing by-products recycling company in the United States. The Company recycles used restaurant cooking oil and by-products from the beef, pork and poultry processing industries into useable products such as tallow, feed-grade fats and meat and bone meal. These products are primarily sold to animal feed and oleo-chemical manufacturers around the world. In addition, the Company provides grease trap collection services and sells equipment to restaurants.

For more information, please visit http://www.darlingii.com/ .

{This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business operations of Darling and the industry in which it operates. These statements are identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "should", "estimate," continue," and other words referring to events to occur in the future. These statements reflect Darling'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, including business and economic conditions in its existing markets, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward- looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling, its business and the industry in which it operates are referenced from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Darling 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.}

                        Darling International Inc.
                      Consolidated Operating Results
        For the Periods Ended October 1, 2005 and October 2, 2004
             (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                               (Unaudited)

                       Three Months Ended          Nine Months Ended
                                    $ Change                     $ Change
                   Oct. 1, Oct. 2,  Favorable   Oct. 1, Oct. 2,  Favorable
                    2005     2004 (Unfavorable)  2005     2004 (Unfavorable)

  Net sales       $79,332  $80,047    $(715)  $231,959 $248,845  $(16,886)
  Costs and
   expenses:
    Cost of sales
     and operating
     expenses      63,204   57,878   (5,326)   182,014  183,124     1,110
    Selling,
     general and
     administrative
     expenses       8,111    9,203    1,092     26,158   27,301     1,143
    Depreciation
     and
     amortization   3,812    3,559     (253)    11,390   11,301       (89)
      Total costs
       and
       expenses    75,127   70,640   (4,487)   219,562  221,726     2,164
  Operating income  4,205    9,407   (5,202)    12,397   27,119   (14,722)
  Other income
   (expense):
    Interest
     expense (A)   (1,534)  (1,664)     130     (4,707)  (5,224)      517
    Other, net        216      (56)     272        891     (391)    1,282
      Total other
       expense     (1,318)  (1,720)     402     (3,816)  (5,615)    1,799
  Income from
   continuing
   operations
   before income
   taxes            2,887    7,687   (4,800)     8,581   21,504   (12,923)

  Income taxes       (966)  (3,119)   2,153     (3,002)  (8,575)    5,573
  Income from
   continuing
   operations       1,921    4,568   (2,647)     5,579   12,929    (7,350)
  Income from
   discontinued
   operations, net
   of tax              69       14       55         81       54        27

  Net income       $1,990   $4,582  $(2,592)    $5,660  $12,983   $(7,323)
  Basic and diluted
   income per share:
    Continuing
     operations     $0.03    $0.07   $(0.04)     $0.09    $0.20    $(0.11)
    Discontinued
     operations       ---      ---      ---        ---      ---       ---
  Total             $0.03    $0.07   $(0.04)     $0.09    $0.20    $(0.11)

   (A) Pursuant to SFAS 150, beginning in the third quarter of fiscal 2003,
       on a prospective basis, preferred stock  dividends and accretion are
       included in interest expense.  No dividends and accretion are
       included in interest expense for the third quarter and $0.4 million
       are included for the nine months ended October 2, 2004.

   FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
   John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, or
   Brad Phillips, Treasurer
   Phone:  972-717-0300

SOURCE: Darling International Inc.

CONTACT: John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of Finance and
Administration, or Brad Phillips, Treasurer, both of Darling International
Inc., +1-972-717-0300