CHS: co-op reports 2023 third quarter earnings

St. Paul / MN. (chs) CHS Inc., the United States’ leading agricultural co-op and a global energy, grains and foods company, released results for its third quarter ended May 31, 2023. The company reported quarterly net income of USD 547.5 million compared to a record third quarter net income of USD 576.6 million in fiscal year 2022. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2023, the company reported net income of USD 1.6 billion and revenues of USD 36.1 billion, compared to net income of USD 1.2 billion and revenues of USD 34.4 billion recorded during the same period of fiscal year 2022. Fiscal Q3-2023 highlights include:

  • Our Energy segment delivered strong earnings, reflecting sustained favorable market conditions in our refined fuels business.
  • Improved soybean and canola crush margins due to strong meal and oil demand resulted in higher earnings in our oilseed processing business.
  • Market-driven price decreases for wholesale and retail agronomy products resulted in lower margins versus the same period last year.

«Consumer demand remains strong for energy and oilseed products, and our joint venture investments continue to contribute to strong earnings and round out our well-diversified portfolio,» said president and CEO Jay Debertin. «As we enter the end of our fiscal year, opportunities remain for profitability and growth in the agriculture industry, and CHS is well-positioned to maximize value for our member cooperatives, farmer-owners and customers.»

Energy

Pretax earnings of USD 199 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023 represent a USD 35.8 million increase versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Strong refining margins attributed to global market conditions and favorable pricing of heavy Canadian crude oil in our refined fuels business
  • Higher margins were partially offset by decreased refined fuels production volumes related to planned major maintenance at our refinery in Laurel, Mont.

Aggriculture

Pretax earnings of USD 233.5 million represent a USD 40.2 million decrease in earnings versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Increased margins in our grain and oilseed and processing product categories, due primarily to strong meal and oil demand
  • Market-driven price decreases, particularly for wholesale and retail agronomy products, which led to lower margins

Nitrogen Production

Pretax earnings of USD 56.3 million represent a USD 121.9 million decrease versus the prior year period due to lower equity income from CF Nitrogen attributed to decreased market prices of urea and UAN.

Corporate and Other

Pretax earnings of USD 69.3 million represent a USD 45.8 million increase versus the prior year period and reflect improved equity income from our Ventura Foods joint venture and increased interest income due to higher interest rates.

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