Darling International Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2009 Results
PRNewswire-FirstCall
IRVING, Texas

Darling International Inc. today reported net income of $11.7 million, or $0.14 per share, for the second quarter ended July 4, 2009. Sales and results of operations for the second quarter as compared to the same period of the prior year are as follows:

For the second quarter of 2009, the company reported net sales of $155.3 million as compared to $220.9 million for the second quarter of 2008. Lower finished product prices and reduced raw material volume accounted for the majority of the $65.6 million decrease.

Net income for the second quarter of 2009 decreased to $11.7 million, or $0.14 per share, as compared to $24.1 million, or $0.29 per share, for the 2008 comparable period. The $12.4 million decrease in net income for the second quarter resulted primarily from reduced raw material volume and lower finished product prices, which were partially offset by lower energy costs related to natural gas and diesel fuel.

Darling International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Randall Stuewe, said, "Our business continued to improve from first quarter 2009. 2009 has been a challenging year with extreme volatility in many of our markets. Overall, our raw material volumes are down significantly from the prior year but are showing signs of stabilizing and our operations team did a nice job of lowering operating costs in light of the reduced volumes."

For the six months ended July 4, 2009, the company reported net sales of $288.3 million, as compared to $422.8 million for the 2008 comparable period. The $134.5 million decrease in sales is primarily attributable to lower finished product prices and reduced raw material volume.

For the six months ended July 4, 2009, the company reported net income of $16.5 million, or $0.20 per share, as compared to $45.5 million, or $0.55 per share, for the 2008 comparable period. The $29.0 million decrease in net income for the six months ended July 4, 2009, resulted primarily from reduced raw material volume and lower finished product prices, which were partially offset by lower energy costs related to natural gas and diesel fuel.

Darling International will host a conference call to discuss the Company's second quarter 2009 financial results at 10:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 am Central Time) on Friday, August 14, 2009. To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America should dial 800-860-2442; international participants should dial 412-858-4600. Please refer to access code 432787. 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://www.darlingii.com/investors.aspx. Beginning one hour after its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed through August 22, 2009, by dialing 877-344-7529 domestically, or 412-317-0088 if outside North America. The access code for the replay is 432787. The conference call will also be archived on the Company's website.

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, meat and bone meal and hides. These products are primarily sold to agricultural, leather, oleo-chemical and bio-diesel manufacturers around the world. In addition, the Company provides grease trap collection services and sells equipment to restaurants.

For additional information, visit the Company's web site at http://www.darlingii.com/.

{This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business operations and prospects of Darling and industry factors affecting it. These statements are identified by words such as "may," "will," "begin," "look forward," "expect," "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "should", "estimate," "continue," "momentum" 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 the unprecedented turmoil existing in world financial, credit, commodities and stock markets, a decline in consumer confidence and discretionary spending, the general performance of the U.S. economy, and global demands for grain and oilseed commodities, which have exhibited volatility, and bio-fuels that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the 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.}

  For More Information, contact:
  John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, or
  Brad Phillips, Treasurer, at
  972-717-0300



                        Darling International Inc.
                     Consolidated Operating Results
            For the Periods Ended July 4, 2009 and June 28, 2008
              (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                               (Unaudited)

                        Three Months Ended            Six Months Ended
                        ------------------            ----------------

                                    $ Change                     $ Change
                    July     June   Favorable     July   June    Favorable
                     4,       28,      (Un-        4,     28,     (Un-
                    2009     2008   favorable)    2009   2008    favorable)
                    ----     ----   ----------    ----   ----   ----------
  Net sales     $155,298  $220,858  $(65,560) $288,298  $422,814  $(134,516)
  Costs and
   expenses:
    Cost of sales
     and
     operating
     expenses   $113,353  $161,298    47,945  $216,896  $307,594    $90,698
    Selling,
     general and
     administrative
     expenses     15,446    13,980    (1,466)   30,203    28,681     (1,522)
    Depreciation
     and
     amortization  6,223     5,845      (378)   12,160    11,637       (523)
                   -----     -----      ----    ------    ------       ----
  Total
   costs and
   expenses      135,022   181,123    46,101   259,259   347,912     88,653
  Operating
   income         20,276    39,735   (19,459)   29,039    74,902    (45,863)

  Other income/
   (expense):
    Interest
     expense        (784)     (775)       (9)   (1,442)   (1,620)       178
    Other, net      (218)      133      (351)     (455)      300       (755)
                    ----       ---      ----      ----       ---       ----
  Total other
   income/
   (expense)      (1,002)     (642)     (360)   (1,897)   (1,320)      (577)

  Income from
   operations
   before income
   taxes          19,274    39,093   (19,819)   27,142    73,582    (46,440)
  Income taxes
   (expense)/
   benefit        (7,575)  (15,014)    7,439   (10,633)  (28,042)    17,409
                  ------   -------     -----   -------   -------     ------
  Net
   income        $11,699   $24,079  $(12,380)  $16,509   $45,540   $(29,031)
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  Basic
   income
   per share:      $0.14     $0.30    $(0.16)    $0.20     $0.56     $(0.36)
                   =====     =====    ======     =====     =====     ======
  Diluted
   income per
   share:          $0.14     $0.29    $(0.15)    $0.20     $0.55     $(0.35)
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CONTACT: John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of Finance and
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