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Press Release Source: Darling International Inc. On Thursday August 11, 2011, 4:30 pm EDT

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DARNews) today reported net income of $ 52.2 million, or $ 0.44 per share, for the second quarter ended July 2, 2011.  Net sales and results of operations for the second quarter as compared to the same period of the prior year are as follows:

For the second quarter of 2011, the company reported net sales of $ 470.6 million as compared to $ 166.2 million for the second quarter of 2010.  The $ 304.4 million increase in sales is primarily attributable to the company’s acquisition of Griffin Industries on December 17, 2010 and higher selling prices for the company’s finished products.

Net income for the second quarter of 2011 increased to $ 52.2 million, or $ 0.44 per share, as compared to $ 11.4 million, or $ 0.14 per share, for the 2010 comparable period.  The $ 40.8 million increase in net income for the second quarter resulted primarily from the acquisition of Griffin Industries and higher selling prices for the company’s finished products.

Darling International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randall Stuewe said, “Second quarter performance tracked the first quarter results and our business continues to perform well. Earnings were positively influenced by strong finished product prices for fats, proteins and bakery products and the continued integration of Griffin Industries.”

For the six months ended July 2, 2011, the company reported net sales of $ 910.5 million, as compared to $ 329.0 million for the 2010 comparable period. The $ 581.5 million increase in sales resulted primarily from the acquisition of Griffin Industries and higher selling prices for the company’s finished products.

For the six months ended July 2, 2011, the company reported net income of $ 98.8 million, or $ 0.87 per share, as compared to $ 22.8 million, or $ 0.28 per share, for the 2010 comparable period. The $ 76.0 million increase in net income for the six months ended July 2, 2011, resulted primarily from the company’s acquisition of Griffin Industries and higher selling prices for finished products.

Darling International Inc. is the largest and only publicly traded provider of rendering and bakery waste recycling solutions to the nation’s food industry. The company recycles beef, pork and poultry waste streams into useable ingredients such as tallow, feed-grade fats, meat and bone meal, poultry meal and hides.  The company also recovers and converts used cooking oil and commercial bakery waste into valuable feed and fuel ingredients.  These products are primarily sold to agricultural, pet food, leather, oleo-chemical and bio-diesel manufacturers around the world.  In addition, the company provides grease trap collection services and sells used cooking oil collection equipment to restaurants.

For additional information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.darlingii.com.

Darling International will host a conference call to discuss the company’s second quarter 2011 financial results at 10:00 am Eastern Time (9:00 am Central Time) on Friday, August 12, 2011.  To listen to the conference call, participants calling from within North America should dial 877-317-6789; international participants should dial 412-317-6789.  Please refer to access code 10002998.  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’s website at http://www.darlingii.com/investors.aspx.  Beginning one hour after its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed through August 22, 2011, by dialing 877-344-7529 domestically, or 412-317-0088 if outside North America.  The access code for the replay is 10002998.  The conference call will also be archived on the company’s website.

This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business operations and prospects of Darling and industry factors affecting it, as well as forward-looking information regarding the Griffin Industries transaction and the combined company.  These statements are identified by words such as “may,” “will,”  ” begin,” ” look forward,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “should,” “potential,” “estimate,” “continue,” “momentum” and other words referring to events to occur in the future. These statements reflect Darling’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, including disturbances in world financial, credit, commodities and stock markets; a decline in consumer confidence and discretionary spending;  the general performance of the U.S. economy;  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; risks, including future expenditure, relating to Darling’s joint venture with Valero Energy Corporation to construct and complete a renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana and possible difficulties completing and obtaining operational viability with the plant; and continued or escalated conflict in the Middle East, each of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling, its business and the industry in which it operates are referenced from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Darling 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.

Darling International Inc.

Consolidated Operating Results

For the Periods Ended July 2, 2011 and July 3, 2010

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

$ Change

$ Change

July 2,

July 3,

Favorable

July 2,

July 3,

Favorable

2011

2010

(Unfavorable)

2011

2010

(Unfavorable)

Net sales

$ 470,610

$ 166,210

$      304,400

$ 910,508

$ 328,992

$      581,516

Costs and expenses:

Cost of sales and
  operating expenses

$ 325,228

$ 123,853

(201,375)

$ 626,619

$ 244,263

$    (382,356)

Selling, general and  
  administrative expenses

34,092

16,237

(17,855)

64,785

32,002

(32,783)

Depreciation and
  amortization

19,055

7,206

(11,849)

38,736

14,230

(24,506)

Total costs and expenses

378,375

147,296

(231,079)

730,140

290,495

(439,645)

Operating income

92,235

18,914

73,321

180,368

38,497

141,871

Other income/(expense):

Interest expense

(7,745)

(889)

(6,856)

(21,973)

(1,799)

(20,174)

Other, net

(830)

(448)

(382)

(1,396)

(982)

(414)

Total other income/(expense)

(8,575)

(1,337)

(7,238)

(23,369)

(2,781)

(20,588)

Equity in net loss of

Unconsolidated Subsidiary

(1,174)

(1,174)

(1,174)

(1,174)

Income from operations
  before income taxes

82,486

17,577

64,909

155,825

35,716

120,109

Income taxes (expense)/benefit

(30,259)

(6,206)

(24,053)

(57,036)

(12,867)

(44,169)

Net income

$  52,227

$  11,371

$        40,856

$  98,789

$  22,849

$        75,940

Basic income per share:

$      0.45

$      0.14

$ 0.31

$      0.88

$      0.28

$            0.60

Diluted income per share:

$      0.44

$      0.14

$ 0.30

$      0.87

$      0.28

$            0.59

For More Information, contact:

251 O’Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300

John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of

Irving, TX 75038

Finance and Administration, or

Phone: 972-717-0300

Brad Phillips, Treasurer.

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