The Andersons, Inc. Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full Year Results

MAUMEE, Ohio, Feb. 15, 2017 /CNW/ -- The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANDE) announces financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Company reports net income of $11.6 million or $0.41 per diluted share for 2016.

  • Rail Group leads the way with $32.4 million of pretax income for the year
  • Ethanol Group delivers $24.7 million of pretax income
  • Grain Group continued its rebound with pretax income of $12.9 million in the quarter after a good harvest in the Eastern Corn Belt, but loses $15.7 million for the year
  • Plant Nutrient Group ends the year higher, with pretax income of $14.2 million including charges related to shutting down a cob facility
  • Retail Group records a pretax $6.5 million asset impairment charge after Company announces its intent to exit the business, driving a full-year pretax loss of $8.8 million

The Company reported fourth quarter 2016 net income attributable to The Andersons of $10.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share. This represents a $5.1 million improvement over the adjusted net income of $5.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the same period of the prior year.

For the full year, the Company reported net income attributable to The Andersons of $11.6 million or $0.41 per diluted share compared to a net loss attributable to The Andersons of $13.1 million or $0.46 per diluted share in 2015. The 2016 results included pretax impairment charges of $9.1 million, including $6.5 million in the Retail Group and $2.3 million in the Plant Nutrient Group, which equated to $0.20 per diluted share. Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Company for 2015 was $41.2 million, or $1.45 per diluted share. (See table provided on page 9 of this release for a reconciliation from net income to adjusted net income.)

"While we are disappointed with 2016's overall results, we took several steps throughout the year, and especially during the fourth quarter, to improve future earnings opportunities. We addressed underperforming assets in our portfolio by selling underperforming Grain Group locations, closing a cob processing facility to optimize our supply chain and manufacturing footprint, and recently announcing the closure of our Retail Group," said CEO Pat Bowe. "Moreover, we have already exceeded our initial cost reduction target and identified more than $10 million in run-rate cost savings and other performance improvement opportunities earlier than previously announced. We have implemented many of these reductions and continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities to further streamline our business operations."

Bowe went on to say, "We are pleased with the results turned in by our Rail and Ethanol groups. Our Grain Group is showing signs of rebounding after an improved harvest in the Eastern Corn Belt. With fertilizer prices stabilizing, we have begun to see signs of recovery as farmers get positioned for spring application and planting. We remain confident in our ability to grow our business and deliver improved results in 2017."

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • The Rail Group delivered another solid performance even as utilization rates dropped throughout the period.
  • Ethanol margins were strong during the quarter, though they have fallen off sharply in recent weeks. The Group had a strong finish to a good year. DDG prices were negatively impacted by Chinese tariffs and quality discounts due to vomitoxin in the Eastern Corn Belt.
  • The Grain Group increased pretax income by $3.1 million or 32 percent over adjusted fourth quarter 2015 results as crop production improved in the Eastern Corn Belt. Overall group performance improved, even as Grain Group affiliates underperformed.
  • Growers remained hesitant to buy ahead of the 2017 spring planting season as the market searched for a stable floor on nutrient prices, causing a reduction in sales volumes in the fourth quarter.
  • The Retail Group recorded a $6.5 million pretax asset impairment charge when the Company announced in January that it will be exiting the business in mid-2017.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Segment Overview

Rail Group Delivered a Solid Year in Spite of Weakening Market

North American rail traffic volume declined year over year for both the quarter and for the full year. Class I railroad velocities remain high, continuing to pressure railcar utilization.

$ in millions

Fourth Quarter

Full Year

Pretax Income

2016

2015

Vs

2016

2015

Vs

Lease Income

$2.9

$4.5

$(1.6)

$13.2

$31.5

$(18.3)

Utilization Rate

84.8%

92.7%

(7.9%)

87.8%

92.4%

(4.6%)

Car Sales

$4.7

$0.8

$3.9

$11.0

$13.3

$(2.3)

Repair & Other

$2.1

$1.5

$0.6

$8.2

$5.9

$2.3

Total Rail Group

$9.7

$6.8

$2.9

$32.4

$50.7

$(18.3)

The Rail Group earned fourth quarter pretax income of $9.7 million compared to $6.8 million in the same period of the prior year. Base leasing operations earned pretax income of $2.9 million in spite of a nearly eight percent utilization drop, to an average of 84.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to 92.7 percent in the same period last year. Average lease rates were slightly down compared to the same period of 2015. Higher freight and storage costs were more than offset by lower maintenance costs.

For the full year, the Rail Group earned pretax income of $32.4 million compared to $50.7 million in 2015. Almost two-thirds of the full-year variance resulted from an $11.7 million decrease in early lease termination income which was unusually high in 2015. The remaining difference was primarily the result of utilization rates that softened throughout 2016. Full year 2016 base leasing pretax income was $13.2 million, down from $31.5 million in 2015, including the unusual early lease termination income.

Railcar sales generated $4.7 million of pretax income in the fourth quarter and $11.0 million for the full year compared to $0.8 million and $13.3 million in the same periods of 2015, respectively. The timing of these transactions varies quarter to quarter and year to year depending on rail market and financing conditions.

Rail services and other pretax income was $2.1 million in the fourth quarter and $8.2 million for the full year, up from $1.5 million and $5.9 million in the same periods of 2015. The performance of the Group's repair and fabrication facilities improved dramatically.

As 2017 begins, railroad shipping volumes have shown early signs of improvement after a difficult operating environment in 2016. The Rail Group's lease and car portfolio positions it well to manage the rail cycle with a highly diverse customer base that represents a wide spectrum of industries.

Ethanol Group Improved Performance Year over Year on Strong Market Fundamentals

The Ethanol Group earned pretax income of $11.7 million in the fourth quarter, a 52 percent improvement over the $7.7 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2015. The improvement was driven by higher margins compared to the prior year. For the year, the Group earned pretax income of $24.7 million compared to $28.5 million last year.

The Group delivered a second consecutive annual production record in 2016. The ethanol joint ventures produced 387 million gallons compared to 384 million gallons in 2015.

Margins on co-products were under pressure in the fourth quarter as localized problems with vomitoxin and lower international demand, particularly as a result of Chinese tariffs, put pressure on distillers dried grain pricing.

Construction is nearing completion to expand the ethanol production facility in Albion, Michigan. This expansion will double the production of the facility to 130 million gallons a year and will be running at full capacity by the end of the second quarter of 2017. Strong local supplier and customer relationships will help support this investment.

Grain Group Enjoys Good Harvest and Begins to Rebound

In the fourth quarter, the Grain Group began to take advantage of improved crop conditions in the Eastern Corn Belt and benefited from shedding its underperforming Iowa assets earlier this year. Overall, grain production in the Eastern Corn Belt rebounded from last year with bushel increases across all grains in key draw areas. Bean yields were strong and corn production in the Group's footprint was substantially better in 2016.

The table below compares adjusted Grain Group pretax income for both the fourth quarter and full year in 2015 to 2016 results which had no adjustments. 2015 adjustments were made for the following items:

  • A $46.4 million pretax charge for impairment of goodwill.
  • A $23.1 million pretax gain recognized as the result of a partial redemption and related dilution of the Company's ownership stake in Lansing Trade Group (LTG).

$ in MM

Fourth Quarter

Full Year

2016

2015

Vs

2016

2015

Vs

Reported Grain Group

$12.9

($13.5)

$26.4

($15.7)

($9.4)

($6.3)

Goodwill impairment

$ -

$46.4

($46.4)

$ -

$46.4

($46.4)

Gain on LTG Redemption

$ -

($23.1)

$23.1

$ -

($23.1)

$23.1

Adjusted Grain Group

$12.9

$9.8

$3.1

($15.7)

$13.9

($29.6)

In addition, the table below separates pretax results of Base Grain, which includes grain facilities that the Company operates, from pretax earnings of investments in grain affiliates, which include LTG and Thompsons Limited.

$ in MM

Fourth Quarter

Full Year

Adjusted Pretax Income

2016

2015

Vs

2016

2015

Vs

Base Grain

$15.9

$6.2

$9.7

$(5.7)

$0.6

($6.3)

Grain Affiliates

$(3.0)

$3.6

($6.6)

$(10.0)

$13.3

($23.3)

Total Grain Group

$12.9

$9.8

$3.1

$(15.7)

$13.9

($29.6)

The Grain Group earned pretax income of $12.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a $3.1 million or 32 percent increase over the $9.8 million in adjusted income earned in the same period last year. Base Grain pretax income was up by $9.7 million in 2016 compared to adjusted 2015 results.

For the full year, the Group incurred a pretax loss of $15.7 million, a drop of $29.6 million from the $13.9 million in adjusted pretax income realized in the same period last year. Lower Grain affiliates results accounted for almost 80 percent of the change. The declines were largely driven by weakness in the DDG export markets served by LTG and include a charge of $1.5 million (The Andersons' proportional share) related to an LTG debt refinancing completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Factors driving better Base Grain results included:

  • Significantly better production in most of the Group's draw areas, allowing the Group to purchase grain at more attractive basis levels.
  • Strong wheat storage rates, which are expected to continue as a result of historically high stocks.

Results for the Grain Groups' affiliates, LTG and Thompsons Limited, combined for a pretax loss of $3.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $10.0 million for the full year compared to pretax income of $3.6 million and $13.3 million for the same periods in the prior year.

The Group estimates that growers will plant 90 to 93 million acres of corn in 2017, slightly below the 94 million acres planted in 2016. Soybean planted acres are expected to be 87 to 90 million, compared to 83 million acres planted last year. Total wheat acres planted have been reported to be approximately 50 million in 2016 compared to 55 million in 2015. Planting and growing conditions and crop yields that are comparable to those of 2016 should create more opportunity for the Grain Group to sustain its recovery.

Plant Nutrient Group

The Plant Nutrient Group incurred a pretax loss of $3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to adjusted pretax income of $2.1 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2015. The bulk of the drop-off in performance related to $3.3 million of expenses incurred while closing a cob production and storage facility in Mount Pulaski, Illinois during the quarter. This included $2.3 million of asset impairment charges as well as severance and other closing costs. The closure will facilitate the consolidation of operations and address the depressed profitability of the product line.

The Group's performance in the fourth quarter was also hampered by continuing pressure on volumes and margins; each were down compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Fertilizer prices continued to decline; in addition, lower net farm income kept many buyers on the sidelines.

The table below adjusts 2015 pretax income for items that are not reflective of ongoing operations.

Fourth Quarter

Full Year

$ in MM

2016

2015

Vs

2016

2015

Vs

Reported Plant Nutrient Group

($3.8)

($8.1)

$4.3

$14.2

$0.1

$14.1

One-time acquisition costs

$ -

$2.4

($2.4)

$ -

$4.9

($4.9)

Goodwill Impairment

$ -

$7.8

($7.8)

$ -

$9.8

($9.8)

Adjusted Plant Nutrient Group

($3.8)

$2.1

($5.9)

$14.2

$14.8

($0.6)

For the full year, the Group generated $14.2 million of pretax income compared to adjusted pretax income of $14.8 million in 2015.

Adjustments made in 2015 include:

  • Expenses of $2.4 million in the fourth quarter and $4.9 million for the full year associated with the acquisition of the Nutra-Flo business.
  • Goodwill impairment charges of $7.8 million associated with the Farm Centers in the fourth quarter and $2.0 million related to the Cob business in the third quarter.

Most of the fourth quarter produced results that were not unlike those of the third quarter, as many customers delayed purchases due to the declining price environment. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, nutrient volume was down slightly, and margins were compressed as the nutrient prices stayed low. Liquid nitrogen prices softened by almost $60 per ton or 25 percent and potash dropped about $95 per ton or 29 percent.

2015 full year results of the Group were negatively impacted by $10.1 million of expenses related to the acquisition of Nutra-Flo in May 2015. Of these costs, $4.9 million were nonrecurring, related to deal cost and higher cost of sales due to purchase accounting inventory step up. The remaining $5.2 million were recurring operating expenses related to the added overhead, depreciation and other expenses which occur throughout the year. Sales and profits of the acquired product lines generally peak late in the first quarter and in the second quarter of the year as they are most heavily used in planting season so the Group did not benefit from the majority of the earnings of Nutra-Flo during the 2015 acquisition year.

The Company expects the Plant Nutrient businesses to begin to return to historic levels of profitability given typical planting and growing conditions. The Company has begun to see signs of improvement in fertilizer orders and price stability in the early weeks of 2017. The Group expects Nutra-Flo to have improved performance in 2017 supporting margin growth in the Group as value add products represent a higher portion of its total product mix.

Company to Exit Retail Business

In January, the Company announced it will close its remaining four retail stores and shut down the business in mid-2017. The Retail Group recorded a pretax asset impairment charge of $6.5 million in the fourth quarter to write down its long-lived assets to fair value.

The Group incurred a pretax loss of $6.2 million in the fourth quarter and a pretax loss of $8.8 million for the full year. Before the impairment charge, the Group earned pretax income of $0.3 million in the fourth quarter and lost $2.3 million for the year compared to fourth quarter pretax income of $1.0 million and a full-year pretax loss of $0.5 million in 2015.

Other Expenses Decrease

Unallocated Company level expenses for 2016 were $28.3 million, down from an adjusted $31.3 million in 2015 which excludes the $51.4 million pretax charge associated with the termination of the Company's pension plan in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. ET, to discuss its performance and provide outlook for 2017. To dial-in to the call, the number is 866-439-8514 or 678-509-7568 (participant passcode is 59598749). The call will start promptly at 11:00 A.M. ET.

To access the webcast: Click on the link: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/6baseedn Log on. Click on the phone icon at the bottom of the "webcast window" on the left side of the screen. Then, you will be provided with the conference call number and passcode. Click the gear set icon (left of the telephone icon) and select 'Live Phone' to synchronize the presentation with the audio on your phone. A replay of the call can also be accessed under the heading "Investor" on the Company website at www.andersonsinc.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Without limitation, these risks include economic, weather and regulatory conditions, competition, and the risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes that the assumptions upon which the financial information and its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct.

Non-GAAP Measures

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures. "Adjusted Pretax Income Attributable to The Andersons" is our primary measure of period-over-period comparisons, and we believe it is a meaningful measure for investors to compare our results from period to period. We have excluded items that we believe are not representative of our ongoing operations when calculating this Adjusted Pretax Income. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP to GAAP measures may be found within the financial tables provided within in the release and a reconciliation of the reported GAAP net income to non-GAAP adjusted net income is provided in a table below.

Company Description

Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, The Andersons is a diversified Company rooted in agriculture conducting business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors. For more information, visit The Andersons online at www.andersonsinc.com.

The Andersons, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three months ended December 31,

Twelve months ended December 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Sales and merchandising revenues

$

1,113,055

$

1,183,473

$

3,924,790

$

4,198,495

Cost of sales and merchandising revenues

1,009,361

1,084,309

3,579,284

3,822,657

Gross profit

103,694

99,164

345,506

375,838

Operating, administrative and general expenses

84,629

89,056

318,395

337,829

Pension settlement

-

51,446

-

51,446

Asset impairment

8,820

-

9,107

285

Goodwill impairment

-

54,180

-

56,166

Interest expense

3,073

3,862

21,119

20,072

Other income:

Equity in earnings of affiliates

5,932

8,629

9,721

31,924

Other income, net

3,631

26,237

14,775

46,472

Income (loss) before income taxes

16,735

(64,514)

21,381

(11,564)

Income tax provision (benefit)

5,425

(17,797)

6,911

(242)

Net income (loss)

11,310

(46,717)

14,470

(11,322)

Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interests

1,165

312

2,876

1,745

Net income (loss) attributable to The Andersons, Inc.

$

10,145

$

(47,029)

$

11,594

$

(13,067)

Per common share:

Basic earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders

$

0.36

$

(1.68)

$

0.41

$

(0.46)

Diluted earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders

$

0.36

$

(1.68)

$

0.41

$

(0.46)

Dividends declared

$

0.16

$

0.155

$

0.625

$

0.575

The Andersons, Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

December 31, 2016

December 31, 2015

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

62,630

$

63,750

Restricted cash

471

451

Accounts receivable, net

194,698

170,912

Inventories

682,747

747,399

Commodity derivative assets – current

45,447

49,826

Deferred income taxes

-

6,772

Other current assets

72,133

90,412

Total current assets

1,058,126

1,129,522

Other assets:

Commodity derivative assets – noncurrent

100

412

Other assets, net

180,445

193,689

Equity method investments

216,931

242,107

397,476

436,208

Rail Group assets leased to others, net

327,195

338,111

Property, plant and equipment, net

450,052

455,260

Total assets

$

2,232,849

$

2,359,101

Liabilities and equity

Current liabilities:

Short-term debt

$

29,000

$

16,990

Trade and other payables

581,826

668,788

Customer prepayments and deferred revenue

48,590

66,762

Commodity derivative liabilities – current

23,167

37,387

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

69,648

70,324

Current maturities of long-term debt

47,545

27,786

Total current liabilities

799,776

888,037

Other long-term liabilities

27,833

18,176

Commodity derivative liabilities – noncurrent

339

1,063

Employee benefit plan obligations

35,026

45,805

Long-term debt, less current maturities

397,065

436,208

Deferred income taxes

182,113

186,073

Total liabilities

1,442,152

1,575,362

Total equity

790,697

783,739

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,232,849

$

2,359,101

The Andersons, Inc.

Segment Data

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)

Grain

Ethanol

Plant Nutrient

Rail

Retail

Other

Total

Three months ended December 31, 2016

Revenues from external customers

$

745,179

$

147,930

$

136,379

$

45,506

$

38,061

$

$

1,113,055

Gross profit

43,866

7,097

26,478

15,240

11,013

103,694

Equity in earnings of affiliates

(2,605)

8,537

5,932

Other income, net

1,801

38

988

205

244

355

3,631

Income (loss) before income taxes

12,912

12,840

(3,832)

9,730

(6,204)

(8,711)

16,735

Income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interests

1,165

1,165

Income (loss) before income taxes attributable to The Andersons, Inc. (a)

$

12,912

$

11,675

$

(3,832)

$

9,730

$

(6,204)

$

(8,711)

$

15,570

-

Three months ended December 31, 2015

-

Revenues from external customers

$

778,250

$

143,058

$

187,898

$

36,351

$

37,916

$

$

1,183,473

Gross profit

38,989

5,930

28,556

14,625

11,064

99,164

Equity in earnings of affiliates

3,940

4,690

8,630

Other income (loss), net

23,547

294

605

1,169

273

349

26,237

Income (loss) before income taxes

(13,471)

7,984

(8,062)

6,766

1,028

(58,759)

(64,514)

Income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest

(2)

315

313

Income (loss) before income taxes attributable to The Andersons, Inc. (a)

$

(13,469)

$

7,669

$

(8,062)

$

6,766

$

1,028

$

(58,759)

$

(64,827)

Grain

Ethanol

Plant Nutrient

Rail

Retail

Other

Total

Twelve months ended December 31, 2016

Revenues from external customers

$

2,357,171

$

544,556

$

725,176

$

163,658

$

134,229

$

$

3,924,790

Gross profit

108,082

20,304

122,131

55,929

39,060

345,506

Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliates

(8,746)

18,467

9,721

Other income, net

5,472

77

3,716

2,218

507

2,785

14,775

Income (loss) before income taxes

(15,654)

27,602

14,176

32,428

(8,848)

(28,323)

21,381

Income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interests

(3)

2,879

2,876

Income (loss) before income taxes attributable to The Andersons, Inc. (a)

$

(15,651)

$

24,723

$

14,176

$

32,428

$

(8,848)

$

(28,323)

$

18,505

-

Twelve months ended December 31, 2015

-

Revenues from external customers

$

2,483,643

$

556,188

$

848,338

$

170,848

$

139,478

$

$

4,198,495

Gross profit

123,645

24,324

119,540

67,687

40,642

375,838

Equity in earnings of affiliates

14,703

17,221

31,924

Other income (loss), net

26,229

377

3,046

15,935

557

328

46,472

Income (loss) before income taxes

(9,456)

30,258

121

50,681

(455)

(82,713)

(11,564)

Income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest

(10)

1,755

1,745

Income (loss) before income taxes attributable to The Andersons, Inc. (a)

(9,446)

28,503

121

50,681

(455)

(82,713)

(13,309)

(a) Income (loss) before income taxes attributable to The Andersons, Inc. for each Group is defined as net sales and merchandising revenues plus identifiable other income less all identifiable operating expenses, including interest expense for carrying working capital and long-term assets and is reported net of the noncontrolling interest share of income (loss).

The Andersons, Inc.

Reconciliation to Adjusted Net Income

(Unaudited)

Three months ended December 31,

Twelve months ended December 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net income attributable to The Andersons, Inc.

$

10,145

$

(47,029)

$

11,594

$

(13,067)

Items impacting other income, net of tax:

Goodwill impairment

-

33,592

34,822

Pension settlement

-

31,897

31,897

Partial redemption of investment in Lansing Trade Group

-

(14,328)

(14,328)

One-time acquisition costs

-

901

1,863

Total adjusting items

-

52,062

-

54,254

Adjusted net income attributable to The Andersons, Inc.

$

10,145

$

5,033

$

11,594

$

41,187

Diluted earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders

$

0.36

$

(1.68)

$

0.41

$

(0.46)

Impact on diluted earnings per share

-

1.86

-

1.91

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.36

$

0.18

$

0.41

$

1.45

SOURCE The Andersons, Inc.

For further information: Investor Relations Contact: Jim Burmeister, VP, Finance and Treasurer, Phone: 419-891-5848, E-mail: investor_relations@andersonsinc.com, http://www.andersonsinc.com


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