IRVING, Texas, Nov. 6, 2019 /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 2019 third quarter ended September 28, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Overview

  • Revenue of $842.0 million
  • Net income of $25.7 million, or $0.15 per GAAP diluted share
  • Combined adjusted EBITDA of $147.8 million (Darling's adjusted EBITDA plus Darling's share of Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) adjusted EBITDA as reflected on the Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation table herein.)
  • Repurchased 636,634 shares during 3rd quarter and subsequently 407,076 shares in Q4
  • Diamond Green Diesel delivered $1.35 EBITDA per gallon with Darling's share of JV earnings reflected in consolidated operating income under Fuel Segment
  • YTD DGD delivering $1.26 EBITDA per gallon when Q1 2019 adjusted to reflect hedge accounting
  • Global slaughter remains at record levels, providing ample raw material supplies
  • Global fat pricing improved but remained stagnant as North America biodiesel industry awaiting Blenders Tax Credit (BTC)
  • Global protein pricing weaker due to excess supplies and Chinese demand destruction due to African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Rousselot delivered improved results with stronger sales in the Health and Nutrition category
  • Diamond Green II plant construction on time and budget; Diamond Green III in engineering and cost estimating for Port Arthur, TX
  • Debt paydown of $33.6 million

For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reported net sales of $842.0 million, as compared with net sales of $812.6 million for the third quarter of 2018. The $29.4 million increase in net sales resulted from higher finished product fat prices, strong contribution from higher sales values for Food Segment collagen ingredients and higher sales volume that more than offset lower protein pricing.

Net income attributable to Darling for the three months ended September 28, 2019 was $25.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(6.0) million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2018.  The increase was primarily due to DGD earning $32 million in 2019 third quarter as compared to a $(2.6) million loss in the 2018 third quarter due to extended downtime in the third quarter 2018 for completion of the expansion, as well as a $7.2 million write-down of our China blood plasma inventory in the third quarter 2018 due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Under Darling's current share repurchase authorization, the Company repurchased 636,634 shares of common stock during the third quarter.  Subsequent to the close of the quarter, the Company repurchased an additional 407,076 shares, totaling $7.5 million. Darling has $180.7 million worth of shares remaining under its current authorization with purchases to be made from time to time on the open market at prevailing market prices or in negotiated transactions off the market. Repurchases may occur over the authorized period unless extended or shortened by the Board of Directors.

Comments on the Third Quarter 2019

"We reported solid third quarter results, underscored by the strength of our vertically integrated supply chain and excellent execution amid continued trade uncertainty and escalating disease disruption due to African Swine Fever," said Randall C. Stuewe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darling Ingredients Inc. "Overall, our operating segments delivered exceptional results with improved earnings in our Feed Segment as we navigated volatile global markets. Led by our Rousselot Functional Ingredients and Health & Nutrition platform, our Food Segment is solidly positioned to capture growing global demand for collagen ingredients. In the Fuel Segment, higher sales volumes supported solid performance across operations despite the lack of the Blenders Tax Credit (BTC).

"Our Diamond Green II expansion increasing capacity to 675 million gallons of renewable diesel is progressing on schedule with expected completion in late 2021. We are also pleased to expand our relationship with Valero, our joint venture partner, as we explore advanced engineering and development cost review for a potential renewable diesel plant at Valero's refinery in Port Arthur, TX. If approved, construction would begin in 2021, with expected operations commencing in 2024, resulting in 1.1 billion gallons of total annual production capacity at DGD," concluded Mr. Stuewe. 

Operational Update by Segment

  • Feed Ingredients – Segment stabilized, and earnings recovered on modestly improved fat prices year-over-year in light of ample supplies combined with lower global protein values impacted by strong slaughter volumes in North America; continued trade disruptions with China; and ASF moving across Asia. Slow export markets and lower biofuel demand also pressured fat markets.
  • Food Ingredients – Strong demand for our collagen supplements and ingredients drove solid results with capital growth investments in Brazil and France broadening opportunity to capture rising global demand. European edible fats business experienced declining volumes with raw materials continuing to be diverted to China food markets.
  • Fuel Ingredients – Strong execution across operations supported by solid contribution from our European bioenergy business, Ecoson, in addition to volume growth at our biogas digester operation in Belgium. Additionally, earnings from our share of Diamond Green Diesel JV (DGD) is now included in our operating income. While the facility experienced 20 days of maintenance downtime for plant enhancements and catalyst changeout, performance met expectations at $1.35 EBITDA per gallon on 58.7 million gallons of renewable diesel sold during the quarter.

Financial Update by Segment

Feed Ingredients

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

($ thousands)

September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018


September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018

Net sales 

$                 496,978

$                 482,744


$              1,480,244

$              1,467,365

Gross margin

117,186

99,005


336,638

344,169

Loss (gain) on sale of assets

(2,429)

107


(7,343)

526

Selling, general and administrative expenses

47,319

39,702


142,615

131,914

Depreciation and amortization

50,182

47,321


148,271

140,933

Segment operating income

22,114

11,875


53,095

70,796

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$                    72,296

$                    59,196


$                 201,366

$                 211,729


(1) Adjusted EBITDA calculated by adding depreciation and amortization to segment operating income

 

  • Feed Ingredients operating income for the three months ended September 28, 2019 was $22.1 million, an increase of $10.2 million, or 85.7% as compared to the three months ended September 29, 2018. This was due to the acquisition of Triple-T Foods in October 2018, higher margins on fat sales due to an increase in fat prices and a negative impact on Chinese inventories relating to ASF recorded in fiscal 2018.
  • Feed Ingredients operating income for the nine months ended September 28, 2019 was $53.1 million, a decrease of $17.7 million, or (25.0)%, as compared to the nine months ended September 29, 2018.  This was primarily due to a decrease in protein finished product sales prices, lower spreads in poultry pet grade products and higher factory, depreciation and amortization costs from the addition of several new facilities and partial multiemployer pension withdrawal charges.

 

Food Ingredients

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

($ thousands)

September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018


September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018

Net sales 

$                 276,467

$                 265,208


$                 830,466

$                 847,457

Gross margin

61,824

54,478


187,375

162,495

Gain on sale of assets

(253)

(33)


(13,518)

(244)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

22,811

21,843


68,129

67,894

Restructuring and impairment charges

-

-


-

14,965

Depreciation and amortization

19,743

19,697


59,115

60,725

Segment operating income

19,523

12,971


73,649

19,155

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$                    39,266

$                    32,668


$                 132,764

$                    94,845


(1) Adjusted EBITDA calculated by adding depreciation and amortization and restructuring and impairment charges to segment operating income

 

  • Food Ingredients operating income was $19.5 million for the three months ended September 28, 2019, an increase of $6.5 million or 50.0% as compared to the three months ended September 29, 2018. The increase was primarily due to improved results in the collagen markets, a gain on sale of assets in China and no restructuring and impairment charges in the current year as compared to the same period in fiscal 2018 when the Company closed its Argentina collagen plant.
  • Food Ingredients operating income was $73.6 million for the nine months ended September 28, 2019, an increase of $54.4 million or 283.3% as compared to the nine months ended September 29, 2018. The increase was primarily due to improved results in the collagen business and the closure of our Argentina collagen plant which more than offset lower casing and edible fat margins.

 

Fuel Ingredients

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended

($ thousands)

September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018


September 28, 2019

September 29, 2018

Net sales

$                    68,604

$                    64,624


$                 193,767

$                 219,774

Gross margin

10,116

11,164


31,912

49,203

Loss on sale of assets

13

98


16

190

Selling, general and administrative expenses

912

(2,822)


583

(4,056)

Depreciation and amortization

7,895

9,370


24,055

26,378

Equity in net income/(loss) of Diamond Green Diesel

32,020

(2,630)


94,390

109,655

Segment operating income

33,316

1,888


101,648

136,346

Combined Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$                    48,739

$                    14,397


$                 144,583

$                 171,814


(1) Combined adjusted EBITDA calculated by subtracting equity in net income of DGD from segment operating income and adding depreciation and amortization with Darling's share of DGD's EBITDA (referenced in the DGD Operating Financial Results table included herein calculated by taking 50% of the depreciation, amortization and accretion expense plus the operating income)

 

  • The Company's Fuel Ingredients segment operating income for the three months ended September 28, 2019 was $33.3 million, an increase of $31.4 million or 1,652.6% as compared to the same period in fiscal 2018.  The increase is primarily due to current year equity in net income at the DGD Joint Venture from higher capacity as compared to a net loss in the prior year period at the DGD Joint Venture, which more than offset the business interruption gain recorded at Rendac in fiscal 2018.
  • The Company's Fuel Ingredients segment operating income for the nine months ended September 28, 2019 was $101.6 million, a decrease of $34.7 million or (25.5)% as compared to the same period in fiscal 2018.  The decrease is primarily related to the 2017 blenders tax credits booked in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to no blenders tax credits booked in fiscal 2019.

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Operating Results

For the Periods Ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended







$ Change







$ Change



September 28,


September 29,


Favorable



September 28,


September 29,


Favorable


2019


2018


(Unfavorable)



2019


2018


(Unfavorable)

Net sales

$      842,049


$      812,576


$       29,473



$   2,504,477


$      2,534,596


$     (30,119)

Costs and expenses:














Cost of sales and operating expenses

652,923


647,929


(4,994)



1,948,552


1,978,729


30,177


Loss (gain) on sale of assets

(2,669)


172


2,841



(20,845)


472


21,317


Selling, general and administrative expenses

83,549


67,447


(16,102)



249,569


232,907


(16,662)


Restructuring and impairment charges

-


-


-



-


14,965


14,965


Depreciation and amortization

80,407


78,842


(1,565)



239,057


235,915


(3,142)

Total costs and expenses

814,210


794,390


(19,820)



2,416,333


2,462,988


46,655


Equity in net income/(loss) of Diamond Green Diesel

32,020


(2,630)


34,650



94,390


109,655


(15,265)

Operating income

59,859


15,556


44,303



182,534


181,263


1,271

Other expense:














Interest expense

(19,359)


(20,080)


721



(60,088)


(66,220)


6,132


Debt extinguishment costs

-


-


-



(12,126)


(23,509)


11,383


Foreign currency gain/(loss)

466


(2,106)


2,572



(654)


(7,082)


6,428


Gain/(loss) on disposal of subsidiaries

-


3,038


(3,038)



-


(12,500)


12,500


Other (expense)/gain, net

(2,614)


(2,786)


172



(7,158)


(4,103)


(3,055)

Total other expense

(21,507)


(21,934)


427



(80,026)


(113,414)


33,388














Equity in net loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries

(665)


(162)


(503)



(1,087)


(57)


(1,030)

Income/(loss) before income taxes

37,687


(6,540)


44,227



101,421


67,792


33,629

Income taxes expense/(benefit)

10,850


(1,403)


(12,253)



23,900


3,992


(19,908)

Net income/(loss)

26,837


(5,137)


31,974



77,521


63,800


13,721

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1,116)


(900)


(216)



(7,530)


(2,952)


(4,578)

Net income/(loss) attributable to Darling

$        25,721


$         (6,037)


$       31,758



$        69,991


$           60,848


$         9,143














Basic income/(loss) per share:

$            0.16


$           (0.04)


$           0.20



$            0.42


$               0.37


$           0.05

Diluted income/(loss) per share:

$            0.15


$           (0.04)


$           0.19



$            0.42


$               0.37


$           0.05














Number of diluted common shares

168,266


164,656





168,453


165,774



 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 28, 2019 and December 29, 2018

  (in thousands)




September 28,


December 29,


2019


2018

ASSETS

(unaudited)



Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$           69,122


$        107,262


Restricted cash

159


107


Accounts receivable, net

355,006


385,737


Inventories

353,003


341,028


Prepaid expenses

46,378


35,247


Income taxes refundable

4,952


6,462


Other current assets

25,061


22,099


              Total current assets

853,681


897,942

Property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation, net

1,714,768


1,687,858

Intangible assets, less accumulated amortization, net

537,360


595,862

Goodwill

1,212,313


1,229,159

Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries

447,689


410,177

Operating lease right-of-use assets

119,063


-

Other assets

46,179


53,375

Deferred income taxes

13,846


14,981


              Total assets

$      4,944,899


$     4,889,354






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt

$           61,092


$            7,492


Accounts payable, principally trade

192,010


219,479


Income taxes payable

10,404


4,043


Current operating lease liabilities

35,223


-


Accrued expenses

297,164


309,484


              Total current liabilities

595,893


540,498

Long-term debt, net of current portion

1,559,809


1,666,940

Long-term operating lease liabilities

83,754


-

Other non-current liabilities

113,222


115,032

Deferred income taxes

219,329


231,063


              Total liabilities

2,572,007


2,553,533

Commitments and contingencies




Total Darling's stockholders' equity

2,308,493


2,273,048

Noncontrolling interests

64,399


62,773


              Total stockholders' equity

$      2,372,892


$     2,335,821



$      4,944,899


$     4,889,354

 

Darling Ingredients Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Nine Months Ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018

(in thousands)

(unaudited)






Nine Months Ended





September 28,


September 29,

Cash flows from operating activities:

2019


2018


Net income

$                 77,521


$                  63,800


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






Depreciation and amortization

239,057


235,915



Loss/(gain) on disposal of property, plant, equipment and other assets

(20,845)


472



Loss on disposal of subsidiaries

-


12,500



Asset impairment

-


2,907



Gain on insurance proceeds from insurance settlements

(1,371)


(1,253)



Deferred taxes

(4,765)


(15,708)



Increase (decrease) in long-term pension liability

1,122


(375)



Stock-based compensation expense

18,543


13,606



Write-off deferred loan costs

4,721


8,163



Deferred loan cost amortization

4,435


6,265



Equity in net income of Diamond Green Diesel and unconsolidated subsidiaries

(93,303)


(109,598)



Distribution of earnings from unconsolidated subsidiaries

57,118


27,418



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






  Accounts receivable

20,388


9,657



  Income taxes refundable/payable

8,058


(9,838)



  Inventories and prepaid expenses

(34,371)


(25,960)



  Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(19,799)


(23,004)



  Other

6,173


4,731




Net cash provided by operating activities

262,682


199,698

Cash flows from investing activities:





Capital expenditures

(245,092)


(213,726)


Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(1,431)


(51,301)


Investment of unconsolidated subsidiaries

(2,000)


(10,000)


Proceeds from sale of investment in subsidiaries

-


82,805


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

15,402


3,361


Proceeds from insurance settlement

1,371


1,253


Payments related to routes and other intangibles

(3,150)


(1,253)




Net cash used by investing activities

(234,900)


(188,861)

Cash flows from financing activities:





Proceeds from long-term debt

511,985


623,698


Payments on long-term debt

(566,107)


(661,268)


Borrowings from revolving credit facility

325,485


386,436


Payments on revolving credit facility

(332,884)


(362,463)


Net cash overdraft financing

27,858


3,361


Deferred loan costs

(7,027)


(9,668)


Issuance of common stock

39


182


Repurchase of common stock

(11,740)


-


Minimum withholding taxes paid on stock awards

(3,247)


(2,215)


Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(4,500)


(8,005)




Net cash used by financing activities

(60,138)


(29,942)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(5,732)


(6,238)

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(38,088)


(25,343)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

107,369


106,916

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$                 69,281


$                 81,573

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:





Accrued capital expenditures

$                   3,978


$                 (5,295)


Cash paid during the period for:






Interest, net of capitalized interest

$                 49,727


$                58,731



Income taxes, net of refunds

$                 21,475


$                28,682


Non-cash operating activities






Operating lease right of use asset obtained in exchange for new lease liabilities

$                 16,425


$                          -


Non-cash financing activities






Debt issued for assets

$                           -


$                       24

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

Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018

(in thousands)






September  30,


December  31,





2019


2018

Assets:


 (unaudited) 




Total current assets


$          193,457


$         186,258


Property, plant and equipment, net


653,463


576,384


Other assets


30,587


24,601



Total assets


$          877,507


$         787,243








Liabilities and members' equity:






Total current portion of long term debt


$                 293


$                189


Total other current liabilities


47,373


40,619


Total long term debt


8,859


8,485


Total other long term liabilities


4,409


539


Total members' equity


816,573


737,411



Total liabilities and members' equity


$          877,507


$         787,243

 

Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture

Operating Financial Results

Three Months and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018

(in thousands)

(unaudited)





Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended








$ Change







$ Change




September 30,


September 30,


Favorable



September 30,


September 30,


Favorable

Revenues:

2019


2018


(Unfavorable)



2019


2018


(Unfavorable)


Operating revenues

$         262,118


$         104,811


$       157,307



$         859,647


$         407,121


$      452,526

Expenses:














Total costs and expenses less depreciation, amortization and accretion expense

 

183,022


 

103,794


 

(79,228)



 

633,109


 

169,632


 

(463,477)


Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense

15,242


6,516


(8,726)



38,574


18,890


(19,684)

Total costs and expenses

198,264


110,310


(87,954)



671,683


188,522


(483,161)


Operating income 

63,854


(5,499)


69,353



187,964


218,599


(30,635)

Other income

506


556


(50)



1,781


1,348


433



Interest and debt expense, net

(320)


(318)


(2)



(965)


(637)


(328)



Net income 

$           64,040


$           (5,261)


$         69,301



$         188,780


$         219,310


$       (30,530)

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
Three and nine months ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018



Three Months Ended - Year over Year


Nine Months Ended - Year over Year

Adjusted EBITDA 

September 28,


September 29,


September 28,


September 29,

(U.S. dollars in thousands)

2019


2018


2019


2018









Net income/(loss) attributable to Darling

$           25,721


$           (6,037)


$           69,991


$           60,848

Depreciation and amortization

80,407


78,842


239,057


235,915

Interest expense

19,359


20,080


60,088


66,220

Income tax expense/(benefit)

10,850


(1,403)


23,900


3,992

Restructuring and impairment charges

-


-


-


14,965

Foreign currency loss/(gain)

(466)


2,106


654


7,082

Other expense/(income), net

2,614


2,786


7,158


4,103

Debt extinguishment costs

-


-


12,126


23,509

Loss/(gain) on sale of subsidiary

-


(3,038)


-


12,500

Equity in net (income)/loss of Diamond Green Diesel

(32,020)


2,630


(94,390)


(109,655)

Equity in net (income) of unconsolidated subsidiaries

665


162


1,087


57

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,116


900


7,530


2,952


Adjusted EBITDA

$         108,246


$           97,028


$         327,201


$         322,488










Foreign currency exchange impact (1)

3,088


-


14,749


-

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

$         111,334


$           97,028


$         341,950


$         322,488









DGD Joint Venture Adjusted EBITDA (Darling's share) 

$           39,548


$                509


$         113,270


$         118,745









Darling plus Darling's share of DGD Joint Venture Adjusted EBITDA

$         147,794


$           97,537


$         440,471


$         441,233



(1)

The average rates assumption used in the calculation was the actual fiscal average rate for the three months ended September 28, 2019 of €1.00:USD$1.11 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.76 as compared to the average rate for the three months ended September 29, 2018 of €1.00:USD$1.16 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.76, respectively. The average rates assumption used in the calculation was the actual fiscal average rate for the nine months ended September 28, 2019 of €1.00:USD$1.12 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.75 as compared to the average rate for the nine months ended September 29, 2018 of €1.00:USD$1.20 and CAD$1.00:USD$0.78, respectively.

About Darling

Darling Ingredients Inc. is a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from edible and inedible bio-nutrients, creating a wide range of ingredients and specialty solutions 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 useable 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 recycled oils (used cooking oil and animal fats) into valuable feed and fuel ingredients and collects and processes residual bakery products into feed ingredients. In addition, the Company provides environmental services, such as grease trap collection and disposal services to food service establishments. The Company sells its products domestically and internationally and operates within three industry segments: Feed Ingredients, Food Ingredients and Fuel Ingredients. 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 third quarter 2019 financial results at 8:30 am Eastern Time (7:30 am Central Time) on Thursday, November 7, 2019.  To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America should dial 1-844-868-8847; International participants should dial 1-412-317-6593.  Please refer to access code 10135809.  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 November 14, 2019, by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S. callers), 855-669-9658 (Canada) and 1-412-317-0088 (International callers).  The access code for the replay is 10135809.  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 3.625% Notes that were outstanding at September 28, 2019. 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 3.625% 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. 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," 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("GHG") emissions that adversely affect programs like the U.S. government's renewable fuel standard, 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 2009 H1N1 flu (initially known as "Swine Flu"), Highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza (collectively known as "Bird Flu"), bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or "BSE"), porcine epidemic diarrhea ("PED") or other diseases associated with animal origin in the United States or elsewhere, such as the outbreak of African Swine Fever ("ASF") in China and 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 (including, without limitation, China) regulations (including new or modified animal feed, Bird Flu, PED, BSE, ASF or similar or unanticipated regulations) affecting the industries in which the Company operates or its value added products; risks associated with the DGD Joint Venture, including possible unanticipated operating disruptions and issues relating to the announced expansion project; risks and uncertainties relating to international sales and operations, including imposition of tariffs, quotas, trade barriers and other trade protections imposed by foreign countries; 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

5601 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas 75038

Phone : 972-281-4478

 

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