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MGP Ingredients Reports 4Q Net Loss of $361,000, Compared to $180,000 Net Income in 4Q 2012

Date Posted: March 13, 2014

Atchison, KS—MGP Ingredients, Inc.(Nasdaq:MGPI) (the "Company") March 12 reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Net loss for the fourth quarter was $0.4 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income of $180,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the prior year.

Net loss from continuing operations for 2013 was $5.8 million, or ($0.34) per diluted share.

Income from discontinued operations was $0.8 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, resulting in a total net loss of $5 million, or ($0.29) per diluted share.

This compares with net income of $1.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in 2012.

Annual results for 2013 were impacted by the record high corn basis during the third quarter, increased severance costs, and approximately $5.5 million in costs related to the proxy contest.

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Net sales for the fourth quarter declined by approximately 10.5 percent from the year-ago period.

Beverage alcohol sales were down slightly, while sales of industrial alcohol saw greater volume decreases compared to the same period a year ago.

Ingredient sales in the fourth quarter declined approximately 5 percent from a year ago.

Fourth quarter loss from operations was $1.1 million compared to an operating profit of $970,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The Company's gross profit during the fourth quarter was $7.9 million, or 10.2 percent of net sales, compared to $7.4 million, or 8.6 percent of net sales in the prior year.

The improvement in gross margins, especially when compared to gross profit of $815,000 in the previous quarter, was due mainly to increased profitability from the Company's white goods distillery products.

Fourth quarter corporate expenses of $8.8 million include the previously mentioned $3.4 million in costs related to the proxy contest and increased severance costs.

For the twelve months of 2013, net sales declined by 3.3 percent to $323.2 million.

The Company generated a gross profit margin of 6.6 percent compared to 7.5 percent in the prior year period.

Loss from operations for the twelve months of 2013 was $5.2 million compared to a loss of $944,000 in the prior year.

For more information, call 913-360-5442.

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