ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business, today announced earnings for fiscal 2013 of $992.4 million, 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 (Sept. 1, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2013), CHS recorded net income of $992.4 million, a 21 percent decline from record earnings of $1.26 billion 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 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 in cash to its owners, bringing cash returns generated by earnings in fiscal years 2009 through 2013 to an estimated $1.9 billion.
CHS set a new mark for revenues at $44.5 billion for fiscal 2013, an increase of 10 percent over the previous record of $40.6 billion 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 1-Aug. 31, 2013), CHS reported net income of $122.8 million, 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 $11 billion, compared with $11 billion 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, Mont., 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.
CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligations to publicly revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. For a discussion of additional factors that may materially affect management's estimates and predictions, please view the CHS Inc. annual report filed on Form 10-K for the year ended Aug. 31, 2013, which can be found on the Securities and Exchange Commission web site (www.sec.gov) or on the CHS web site www.chsinc.com.