MGP INGREDIENTS REPORTS STRONG THIRD QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

Consolidated sales increased 14% from prior year period

Continued strength across each business segment

ATCHISON, Kan., November 3, 2022 - MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq:MGPI), a leading provider of distilled spirits, branded spirits, and food ingredient solutions, today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

2022 third quarter consolidated results compared to 2021 third quarter

  • Sales increased 14% to $201.2 million, as a result of record third quarter sales across all three business segments.
  • Gross profit increased 3% to $59.1 million, representing 29.4% of sales.     
  • Operating income increased 3% to $33.9 million. Adjusted operating income increased 2% from $33.2 million.
  • Net income decreased slightly to $23.6 million. Adjusted net income decreased 1% from $23.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 1% to $38.7 million.
  • Basic earnings per common share ("EPS") decreased to $1.07 per share from $1.08 per share. Adjusted basic EPS decreased to $1.07 per share from $1.09 per share.
  • Diluted EPS decreased to $1.06 per share from $1.08 per share. Adjusted diluted EPS decreased to $1.06 per share from $1.09 per share.

“Our strong performance this quarter demonstrates sustained momentum across each of our segments and the value we bring to our global customer base,” said Dave Colo, president and CEO of MGP Ingredients. “Demand for new distillate and aged whiskey remains strong and contributed to brown goods sales growth of 34% versus the prior year period, driving an overall increase of 22% in sales of premium beverage alcohol. Although brown goods gross profit continued to be healthy, industrial alcohol and white goods gross profits continue to be negatively impacted by increased commodity costs and excess supply in the market. Consumer demand for our premium, super premium, and ultra premium spirits brands remains strong and continues to drive gross margin expansion in our Branded Spirits segment. Our Ingredient Solutions segment continues to benefit from the shift in consumer behavior toward plant-based foods in their diets, which contributed to record sales during the third quarter. Our solid performance year-to-date underscores the strength of our business model and, as we look forward, we are committed to executing our strategies to create long-term shareholder value.” 

Distilling Solutions

In the third quarter 2022, sales for the Distilling Solutions segment increased 19% to a record $108.6 million, reflecting a 22% increase in sales of premium beverage alcohol. Gross profit decreased to $25.9 million or 23.9% of segment sales, compared to $27.0 million, or 29.6% of segment sales in the third quarter 2021.

Branded Spirits

For the third quarter 2022, sales for the Branded Spirits segment increased 2% to a record $62.8 million. Gross profit increased to a record $25.1 million, or 39.9% of segment sales compared to $23.2 million, or 37.7% of segment sales in the third quarter 2021.

Ingredient Solutions

In the third quarter of 2022, sales in the Ingredient Solutions segment increased 24% to a record $29.7 million. Gross profit increased to $8.1 million, or 27.1% of segment sales, compared to $6.9 million, or 28.7% of segment sales in the third quarter 2021.

Other

Advertising and promotion expenses for the third quarter 2022 increased $1.6 million, or 29%, to $7.3 million as compared to the third quarter 2021, primarily driven by further incremental investment to support continued growth in the ultra premium, super premium and premium price tier spirit brands.

Corporate selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the third quarter 2022 decreased $0.6 million to $17.9 million as compared to the third quarter 2021.

The corporate effective tax rate for the third quarter 2022 was 24.2%, compared with 24.5% from the year ago period.

2022 Outlook

MGP is revising upward its previous consolidated guidance for fiscal 2022:

  • Sales are projected to be in the range of $765 million to $780 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $162 million to $167 million.
  • Adjusted basic earnings per common share are forecasted to be in the $4.62 to $4.80 range, with basic weighted average shares outstanding expected to be approximately 22.0 million at year end.

Full year 2022 guidance measures of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted basic EPS are provided on a non-GAAP basis without a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures because MGP is unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty certain items contained in the GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. Such items include, but are not limited to, acquisition related expenses, restructuring and related expenses, and other items not reflective of MGP’s ongoing operations.

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.

MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGPI) is a leading producer of premium distilled spirits, branded spirits, and food ingredient solutions. Since 1941, we have combined our expertise and energy aimed at formulating excellence, and bringing product ideas to life collaboratively with our customers.

As one of the largest distillers in the U.S., MGP’s offerings include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins, and vodkas, which are created at the intersection of science and imagination, for customers of all sizes, from crafts to multinational brands. With distilleries in Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Mexico, and bottling operations in Missouri, Ohio, and Northern Ireland, MGP has the infrastructure and expertise to create on any scale.

MGP’s branded spirits portfolio covers a wide spectrum of brands in every segment, including iconic brands from Luxco, which was founded in 1958 by the Lux Family. Luxco is a leading producer, supplier, importer and bottler of beverage alcohol products. Our branded spirits mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of consumers, associates and business partners. Luxco’s award-winning spirits portfolio includes well-known brands from four distilleries: Bardstown, Kentucky-based Lux Row Distillers, home of Ezra Brooks, Rebel, Blood Oath, David Nicholson and Daviess County; Lebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery, maker of Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey and Bowling & Burch Gin; Jalisco, Mexico-based Destiladora González Lux, producer of 100% agave tequilas, El Mayor, Exotico and Dos Primos; MGP’s historic distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where the George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rossville Union Straight Rye Whiskey are produced. The innovative and high-quality brand portfolio also includes Everclear Grain Alcohol, Pearl Vodka, Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey and other well-recognized brands.

In addition, our Ingredient Solutions segment offers specialty proteins and starches that help customers harness the power of plants and provide a host of functional, nutritional and sensory benefits for a wide range of food products.

The transformation of American grain into something more is in the soul of our people, products, and history. We’re devoted to unlocking the creative potential of this extraordinary resource. 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 continuing consumer trends and our announced expansionary projects. 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, (i) disruptions in the operations at any of our facilities, (ii) the availability and cost of grain, flour, and agave, 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 COVID-19 and other pandemics, (viii) the effects of inflation and our ability to effectively pass raw material and other price increases on to customers, (ix) our ability to maintain compliance with all applicable loan agreement covenants, (x) increases in interest rates, (xi) our ability to realize operating efficiencies, (xii) actions of governments, and (xiii) consumer tastes and preferences. For further information on these and other risks and uncertainties that may affect our business, including risks specific to our Distilling Solutions, Branded Spirits and Ingredient Solutions segments, see Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial information in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides certain non-GAAP financial measures that are not in accordance with, or alternatives for, GAAP.  In addition to the comparable GAAP measures, MGP has disclosed adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating income, adjusted income before income taxes, adjusted net income, adjusted MGP earnings, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per common share. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures should be reviewed in conjunction with gross profit, operating income, income before income taxes, net income, net income used in earnings per common share calculation and basic and diluted EPS computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered a substitute for these GAAP measures.  The non-GAAP adjustments referenced in the section entitled "Reconciliation of Selected GAAP Measures to Non-GAAP Measures," take into account the impacts of items that are not necessarily ongoing in nature and/or predictive of the Company's operating trends.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's performance and overall results of operations.  In addition, management uses these non-GAAP measures in conjunction with GAAP measures when evaluating the Company’s operating results compared to prior periods on a consistent basis, assessing financial trends and for forecasting purposes.  Non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. The attached schedules provide a full reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

For More Information

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