Darling Ingredients results down $124.9 million in Q3

Company says decrease is attributable to lower finished product prices, weaker euro and Canadian dollar

For the third quarter of 2015, Darling Ingredients Inc. reported revenue of $853.8 million, as compared with $978.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. The $124.9 million decrease in revenue is attributable to lower finished product prices, primarily in the global competing ingredients prices and the foreign exchange rate impact of a weaker euro and Canadian dollar. Overall, global raw material volumes were stronger year over year.

Darling Ingredients is a global leader in converting edible and inedible bio-nutrient streams into a wide range of ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, technical, fuel, bioenergy, and fertilizer industries.

Net loss attributable to Darling for the three months ended October 3, 2015, was $9.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $14.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the three months ended September 27, 2014.

This decrease is attributable to the impact of foreign exchange rates as a function of the strengthening U.S. dollar as compared mainly to the euro and Canadian dollar and the impact of tax expense, which includes discrete items that do not have a direct relationship with pre-tax earnings and a deferred tax asset write-down in a foreign jurisdiction, which were partially offset by improvements in operations.

If extenders legislation is passed this year which is the same or similar to last year's package including the Biofuel Tax Credit and the Look-Through Rule, the company expects the effective tax rate for the year to be about the same as last year, which was 16 percent.

"Despite a difficult pricing environment, we continued to execute in the third quarter on our long-term strategy of building our global platform to create sustainable feed, food and fuel ingredients for a growing world population,” said Randall Stuewe, Darling Ingredients chairman and CEO. “Our Feed segment continues to perform well, with global rendering recording strong volumes and predictable earnings. Scheduled plant turnarounds at 3 gelatin factories during the quarter significantly impacted the Food segment earnings. The Fuel segment delivered as expected but was down sequentially due to the tough environment in the US bio-diesel industry. We remain confident that the reinstatement of the US Tax Extenders will retroactively deliver the blenders tax credit as expected."