St. Paul / MN. (chs) CHS Inc., an energy grains and foods company and the United States´ leading farmer-owned cooperative, announced earnings for fiscal 2013 of 992,4 million USD, its second-highest net income in history.
Strong energy earnings led CHS financial performance for fiscal 2013, offsetting a challenging year in global agriculture. For fiscal 2013 (September 01, 2012, through August 31, 2013), CHS recorded net income of 992,4 million USD, a 21 percent decline from record earnings of 1,26 billion USD for fiscal 2012.
«Fiscal 2013 was a challenging year for agriculture, but once again the strength of our diverse business portfolio, along with a strong domestic and global footprint, combined to deliver economic value for the U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives who own us», said Carl Casale, CHS president and chief executive officer. «Performance for fiscal 2013, combined with several consecutive years of strong earnings, enabled CHS to invest in growing our business, maintain a strong balance sheet and – most important – return direct economic value to our owners».
In fiscal 2013, based on record fiscal 2012 earnings, CHS returned a landmark 598,9 million USD in cash patronage, equity redemptions and dividends on preferred stock to its owners. In fiscal 2014, based on 2013 earnings, CHS expects to return an estimated 433 million USD in cash to its owners, bringing cash returns generated by earnings in fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to an estimated 1,9 billion USD.
CHS set a new mark for revenues at 44,5 billion USD for fiscal 2013, an increase of ten percent over the previous record of 40,6 billion USD set in fiscal 2012. Fiscal 2013 was the company´s third consecutive year of record revenues. The increase was primarily attributed to higher sales volumes within the company´s Energy and Ag segments. Average selling prices increased for grain and oilseed products, but declined overall in the Energy segment.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 (June 01 to August 31, 2013), CHS reported net income of 122,8 million USD, down 66 percent for the same period in fiscal 2012 and attributed primarily to a decline in refined fuels margins in the Energy segment. Revenues for the quarter were eleven billion USD, compared with eleven billion USD for the same three-month period in fiscal 2012.
Fiscal 2013 earnings for the company´s Energy segment were the company´s second best ever, but declined 21 percent from record fiscal 2012 performance, primarily due to reduced margins resulting from a major maintenance turnaround at the CHS Laurel, Montana, refinery. Earnings also decreased for the company´s propane business, while its lubricants, renewable fuels marketing and transportation businesses reported increased income for fiscal 2013.
The severe drought that affected the 2012 U.S. crop resulted in reduced export margins for CHS grain marketing and contributed to an earnings decline of 39 percent from fiscal 2012 for the company´s Ag segment. The CHS wholesale crop nutrients business also reported lower earnings compared to fiscal 2012, primarily due to lower product margins and costs associated with a feasibility study under way on a proposed nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plant. The CHS Country Operations business – primarily local retail operations – also experienced decreased grain margins in fiscal 2013, but overall reported one of its best years on record. CHS processing and food ingredients business also reported lower earnings.
CHS reports results for its business services operations and two food processing-related joint ventures under the Corporate and Other heading. Earnings for those operations increased 14 percent in fiscal 2013 when compared to the previous year. Combined earnings for CHS insurance, risk management and financing businesses were flat in fiscal 2013 compared with fiscal 2012. CHS fiscal 2013 earnings increased from its 50 percent ownership of Ventura Foods LLC, a vegetable oil-based food manufacturing business and 24 percent share of Horizon Milling LLC, the nation´s leading wheat miller. Both joint ventures reported earnings increases in fiscal 2013 versus 2012.