CHS reports $242.2 million first-quarter earnings for fiscal 2014

Farm Forum

ST. PAUL, Minn. (PRNewswire) — On Jan. 8 CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, reported net income of $242.2 million for the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year.

Earnings for the period Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, 2013, declined 30 percent from $343.7 million recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The decrease was largely attributed to reduced refining margins in the company’s energy business. Revenues for the quarter were $11.0 billion, down slightly from $11.7 billion for the same period in fiscal 2013, primarily due to lower average selling prices for grains and oilseeds the company handles.

While overall fiscal 2014 first quarter results for the company’s Energy segment declined from the same period a year ago, earnings for CHS propane, lubricants and transportation businesses increased. The CHS propane and transportation businesses generated record earnings for the quarter due to a compressed, high-demand harvest season in much of the company’s trade area. Earnings for the company’s renewable fuels marketing business declined slightly for the quarter.

Fiscal 2014 first quarter earnings for the CHS Ag segment – which includes domestic and global grain and crop nutrients businesses, local retail operations and processing and food ingredients – increased slightly over the same period a year ago. This was primarily due to higher margins and service income at local retail operations. Earnings also increased for the company’s grain marketing business which achieved strong logistics performance. CHS processing and food ingredients operations experienced an earnings increase compared to the same period the previous year, primarily related to its soybean crushing and refining businesses.

CHS reports earnings for its food-related joint ventures and business services under Corporate and Other. Earnings for the quarter increased over the same period a year ago for the CHS shares of vegetable oil-based foods manufacturer and distributor Ventura Foods, LLC, and wheat milling company Horizon Milling, LLC. Combined earnings for CHS hedging, finance and insurance businesses declined slightly during the first quarter of fiscal 2014 compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2013.