Ingredion has reported its third quarter 2019 results. Reported and adjusted EPS were $1.47 and $1.82, respectively, compared with $1.32 and $1.70 in the third quarter 2018, respectively.
Year-to-date 2019 reported and adjusted EPS were $4.51 and $5.03, respectively, down from $4.80 of reported EPS and down from $5.31 of adjusted EPS in the year-ago period. 2019 adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $6.45-$6.65.
Ingredion reports third quarter results
"We are pleased to have delivered modest net sales and operating income growth despite the challenging environment. We advanced our specialties strategy, which delivered specialty volume growth across every region, while also managing pricing actions across our entire business to offset the impacts of currency and input cost inflation,” said Jim Zallie, Ingredion's president and chief executive officer. “We continued executing well against our Cost Smart savings program to drive additional operational efficiencies. Most recently, we made the decision to move to an import model and cease production at our Lane Cove facility in Australia to address persistent corn cost increases due to water scarcity. In addition, we initiated a significant restructuring of our South America business by streamlining operations to create a more agile business in the region.”
“Looking ahead, we expect ongoing macroeconomic pressures in the fourth quarter resulting from the impacts of trade disputes, uncertainty from the political transition in Argentina, and Brexit postponements, which is reflected in our revised full-year EPS guidance range of $6.45-$6.65. We are confident in our team’s ability to continue executing against our strategic initiatives to achieve our long-term profit growth outlook. We remain
committed to returning capital to shareholders, as evidenced by the Board’s decision to increase the dividend for the fifth consecutive year.”