MGP INGREDIENTS REPORTS STRONG FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2020 RESULTS

Full year consolidated sales increased 9.0% from prior year period   

Full year operating income increased 14.8%; Adjusted operating income up 20.9%   

ATCHISON, Kan., February 25, 2021 - MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGPI), a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

2020 fourth quarter results compared to 2019 fourth quarter results

  • Consolidated sales increased 9.1% to $100.9 million, as a result of double-digit growth in both premium beverage alcohol and the Ingredient Solutions segment.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 47.2% to a record $31.7 million, representing 31.4% of consolidated sales, due to improved segment gross profits in both the Distillery Products and Ingredients Solutions segments.
  • Consolidated operating income decreased 4.4% to $15.5 million, primarily due to higher personnel and incentive compensation expense, inclusive of CEO transition costs, as well as business acquisition related costs.
  • Non-GAAP operating income increased 4.6% to $17.0 million, exclusive of business acquisition related costs (Luxco), and CEO transition costs.
  • Earnings per share ("EPS") decreased to $0.69 per share from $0.76 per share, primarily due to lower operating income and higher state income taxes.
  • Non-GAAP EPS decreased to $0.75 per share from $0.76 per share, exclusive of CEO transition costs, and business acquisition related costs (Luxco).

2020 full year results compared to 2019 full year results

  • Consolidated sales increased 9.0% to $395.5 million, due to Distillery Products and Ingredient Solutions segment sales growth.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 29.1% to a record $98.8 million, representing 25.0% of consolidated sales, as a result of higher Distillery Products and Ingredients Solutions segment gross profits.
  • Consolidated operating income increased 14.8% to $54.2 million, due to higher sales and gross profit, partially offset by higher personnel and incentive compensation expense, inclusive of CEO transition costs, as well as an increase related to business acquisition related costs.
  • Non-GAAP operating income increased 20.9% to $57.1 million, exclusive of CEO transition costs, and business acquisition related costs (Luxco).
  • EPS was $2.37 per share compared to $2.27 per share in 2019, due to higher operating income, partially offset by an unfavorable tax impact of vested share-based awards.
  • Non-GAAP EPS increased to $2.51 per share from $2.27 per share, exclusive of CEO transition costs, and business acquisition related costs (Luxco).

“We are very pleased with the continued momentum by each of our segments this quarter, reflecting strong growth for the year,” said David Colo, president and CEO of MGP Ingredients. “Each quarter this year posted a record gross profit result versus the respective prior years' quarters, and the fourth quarter was no exception. Aged whiskey sales experienced another record quarter which drove an 11.4% increase in premium beverage alcohol sales for the year. Specialty ingredients sales posted strong double-digit growth for the quarter and grew 19.2% for the year.  While we remain very confident about the long-term potential of our business, we anticipate continued uncertainty related to the pandemic throughout the year. As a result, it continues to be difficult to predict with any level of precision the pandemic’s cumulative impact on our future financial results. For these reasons, we are not providing 2021 annual guidance at this time and will reassess this position based on the visibility of the macroeconomic recovery.”

Distillery Products Segment – Full Year Brown Goods Sales Grew 16.7% Led by Strong Aged Whiskey Sales

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Distillery Products segment sales increased 7.0% to $80.6 million, reflecting a 19.1% increase in sales of premium beverage alcohol, primarily due to higher aged whiskey sales. Gross profit increased to $26.4 million, or 32.7% of segment sales, compared to $18.3 million, or 24.3% of segment sales in the fourth quarter 2019. 

For the full year 2020, Distillery Products segment sales increased 6.8% to $317.5 million, primarily due to higher aged whiskey sales. Gross profit increased to $78.0 million, or 24.6% of segment sales in 2020, compared to $66.0 million, or 22.2% of segment sales in 2019. 

“The continued robust consumer demand for premium beverage alcohol was highlighted by the strong demand for our American whiskey products,” said Colo. “Our record gross profit results confirm the long-term value of our aging whiskey inventory, supported by our ability to cultivate solid partnerships with existing customers as well as attract new aged whiskey and new distillate customers.”

Ingredient Solutions Segment – Full Year Gross Profit Increased 97.0%

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Ingredient Solutions segment sales increased 18.4% to $20.3 million.  Gross profit increased to $5.3 million, or 26.3% of segment sales, compared to $3.3 million, or 19.0% of segment sales in the fourth quarter 2019.

For the full year 2020, Ingredient Solutions segment sales increased 19.2% to $78.1 million, driven by higher sales of specialty wheat starches and specialty wheat proteins. Gross profit increased to $20.8 million, or 26.7% of segment sales, compared to $10.6 million, or 16.2% of segment sales in the prior year period.

"Ingredient Solutions again finished the year with great momentum, with the fourth quarter being one of our strongest quarters ever," Colo continued. "The solid revenue and profit growth this quarter and year reflect our diverse customer base and our ability to further optimize the product mix. Our product offerings remain aligned with strong consumer trends, as evidenced by our ability to effectively recruit new business and grow with existing customers."

Other

In May 2020, the Company was affected by a ransomware cyber-attack that temporarily disrupted production at its Atchison facilities. While no financial information was affected and there is no evidence that any sensitive or confidential data was improperly accessed or extracted from the network, it is estimated that this attack adversely impacted gross profit by $1.7 million during the second quarter, of which $633 thousand was recovered through insurance in December 2020. Additionally, MGP experienced a fire at the Atchison facility during the fourth quarter, which damaged feed drying equipment and caused a temporary loss of production time. It is estimated that this incident adversely impacted gross profit for the quarter by $4.5 million. During the fourth quarter, the Company recorded a $3.8 million partial settlement from its insurance carrier, and is working to construct a replacement drying system that is anticipated to be operational in the back half of 2021.

Corporate selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the fourth quarter 2020 increased $10.9 million to $16.2 million as compared to the fourth quarter 2019, primarily driven by higher incentive compensation expense and business acquisition related costs (Luxco). For the full year 2020, corporate SG&A expenses of $44.6 million increased by $15.3 million or 52.2% from 2019 due to higher personnel and incentive compensation expense, inclusive of certain incremental costs incurred relating to the transition at the CEO position, and an increase in business acquisition related costs (Luxco).

The corporate effective tax rate for the fourth quarter 2020 was 23.7% compared with 18.5% a year ago. The corporate effective tax rate for the full year 2020 was 23.3% compared with 15.6% in 2019.

EPS declined to $0.69 for the fourth quarter 2020, compared to $0.76 for the fourth quarter 2019. Fourth quarter 2020 non-GAAP EPS decreased to $0.75 per share from $0.76 per share, exclusive of business acquisition related costs (Luxco), and CEO transition costs, as compared to the prior year period. For the full year 2020, EPS increased to $2.37, compared to $2.27 for the full year 2019.  Full year non-GAAP EPS increased to $2.51 per share from $2.27 per share, exclusive of CEO transition costs, and business acquisition related costs (Luxco), as compared to the prior year period.

"This year marked an inflection point of implementing our long-term strategic plan, which has delivered substantial improvements to our financial results and built a strong foundation for future growth," Colo continued. "A critical part of that foundation was positioning MGP to benefit from the robust growth of the American Whiskey category. Two key components of this effort have been our inventory of aging whiskey and accelerating our branded initiative. Our inventory of aging whiskey declined $3.0 million from the third quarter to $105.4 million, at cost, at the end of 2020, reflecting strong sales of aged whiskey and reduced put-away of whiskey for aging. We believe our library of various mash bills and vintages will continue to contribute significant levels of profit and cash flow for the company. We also took a material step towards accelerating our branded initiative through the recent Luxco definitive merger agreement announcement. This acquisition, which is expected to close in the first half of this year, significantly expands our product line in the higher-value branded-spirits sector and increases our sales and distribution capabilities across all 50 states.

“We are very pleased with the revenue and profit results for each of our segments this year. While the COVID pandemic brought with it accelerated growth for certain parts of our business, it also continues to bring increased uncertainty during these unprecedented times. Despite these changing dynamics, we believe the underlying macro consumer trend supporting the ongoing growth of the American whiskey category remains strong. Notably, we rolled out our Remus Repeal Reserve Series IV Straight Bourbon Whiskey during the fourth quarter, while also debuting single barrel programs for our George Remus® and Rossville Union® brands earlier in the year. While still small, total annual sales for our brands grew, as expected, by solid double-digit growth rates in 2020. We believe our brands are well positioned for additional growth in 2021 as we integrate with Luxco’s national distribution capabilities.

“2020 represented a solid year of improved effectiveness in our tactical execution while accelerating the pace of our strategic implementation. Our objective to optimize brown goods profit by increasing volume share at market-based pricing paid dividends as gross profits for the Distillery Products segment and company finished the quarter and year at record levels. Additionally, our ability to improve throughput and profitability in our Ingredients Solutions segment resulted in an increase of 97% in gross profit. The management team’s focus on continually refining the effectiveness of our tactical execution, accelerating the pace of our strategic implementation, and leveraging the strong foundation we have built has positioned MGP for sustainable long-term growth,” concluded Colo.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

MGP Ingredients will host a conference call for analysts and institutional investors at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss these results and current business trends. The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast:                     ir.mgpingredients.com on the Events & Presentations page

Conference Call:         844-308-6398 (domestic) or 412-717-9605 (international)

 

About MGP Ingredients, Inc.

Founded in 1941, MGP (Nasdaq: MGPI) is a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas, which are carefully crafted through a combination of art and science backed by a long history of experience. The company's proteins and starches are created in the same manner and provide a host of functional, nutritional and sensory benefits for a wide range of food products. MGP additionally is a top producer of high quality industrial alcohol for use in both food and non-food applications. The company is headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, where it produces premium distilled spirits and food ingredients. The company also produces premium distilled spirits in Washington, D.C., and at its historic distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For more information, visit mgpingredients.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The forward-looking statements contained herein include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected effects on MGP Ingredients, Inc. ("the Company") of the proposed acquisition of Luxco, Inc. and its affiliates ("Luxco"), the expected timing and conditions precedent relating to the proposed acquisition of Luxco, anticipated earnings enhancements, synergies and other strategic options. Forward looking statements are usually identified by or are associated with such words as “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “hopeful,” “should,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “encouraged,” “opportunities,” “potential,” and/or the negatives or variations of these terms or similar terminology.

These forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance, and Company financial results and financial condition and are not guarantees of future performance. All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others: (i) the satisfaction of the conditions to closing the transaction to acquire Luxco in the anticipated timeframe or at all; (ii) the failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals related to the acquisition of Luxco; (iii) the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition of Luxco; (iv) the ability to successfully integrate the businesses; (v) disruption from the acquisition of Luxco making it more difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; (vi) significant transaction costs and unknown liabilities;(vii) litigation or regulatory actions related to the proposed acquisition of Luxco, and (viii) the financing of the acquisition of Luxco. Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially include, among others, (i) disruptions in operations at our Atchison facility, our Indiana facility, or any Luxco facility, (ii) the availability and cost of grain and flour, and fluctuations in energy costs, (iii) the effectiveness of our grain purchasing program to mitigate our exposure to commodity price fluctuations, (iv) the effectiveness or execution of our strategic plan, (v) potential adverse effects to operations and our system of internal controls related to the loss of key management personnel, (vi) the competitive environment and related market conditions, (vii) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, (viii) the ability to effectively pass raw material price increases on to customers, (ix) our ability to maintain compliance with all applicable loan agreement covenants, (x) our ability to realize operating efficiencies, (xi) actions of governments, and (xii) consumer tastes and preferences. For further information on these and other risks and uncertainties that may affect our business, including risks specific to our Distillery Products and Ingredient Solutions segments, see Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

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