The Andersons Inc.
) reported third-quarter 2013 earnings of 91 cents per share,
inching up 1% from 90 cents per share earned in the year-ago
quarter. However, earnings comfortably beat the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of 61 cents by 49%. Record operating profit at the
Ethanol and strong performance in the Grain segment led to the
Revenues in the reported quarter augmented 4% year over year to
$1.18 billion. The results were ahead of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $1.04 billion.
Cost of sales increased 5% to $1.11 billion in the quarter from
$1.06 billion in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit declined 7%
year over year to $73 million. Consequently, gross margin
contracted 70 basis points (bps) to 6.2% in the quarter.
Operating, administrative and general expenses went up 19% year
over year to $69 million. Operating profit plunged 81% to $3.9
million. Thus, operating margin reduced 150 bps to 0.3% in the
The Grain Group: Revenues increased 13% year over year to $766
million in the reported quarter due to an increase in the number
of bushels sold driven by lower average price per bushel.
Operating income increased 33% to $14.3 million driven by
increased space income and gross profit.
The Ethanol Group: Revenues edged up 2% year over year to $213
million. The segment reported record operating income of $10.9
million, a substantial improvement from a loss of $0.9 million in
the year-ago quarter. Increase in the company's earnings from its
investments in the ethanol production facilities, which benefited
from higher ethanol margins led to the improvement.
The Plant Nutrient Group: The group reported revenues of $96
million, down 29% from the year-ago quarter. The group reported
an operating loss of $1.6 million in contrast to an operating
profit of $0.7 million in the prior-year quarter. Results were
affected by significantly lower volumes as customers have
only been purchasing nutrients as required due to lower price
trends and increased volatility in the market.
The Rail Group: Revenues declined 20% to $47.5 million in the
quarter due to lower railcar sales. Operating income declined 35%
to $12.4 million due to an increase in average lease rates.
The Turf & Specialty Group: The segment posted revenues of
$27 million, a 28% year-over-year increase. The segment reported
an operating loss of $0.08 million, narrower than the year-ago
quarter's loss of $1.6 million.
The Retail Group: Revenues in the segment decreased 10% year over
year to $31.3 million. Operating loss in the quarter was $2
million, worsening from the loss of $1.8 million in the
Cash and cash equivalents were $134 million as of Sep 30, 2013
compared with $80 million as of Sep 30, 2012. Long-term debt
amounted to $381 million as of Sep 30, 2013 compared with $312
million as of Sep 30, 2012. The debt-to-capitalization ratio
stood at 38.8% as of Sep 30, 2013 compared with 36.4% as of Sep
In July, Andersons, in association with Lansing Trade Group,
finalized the acquisition of Blenheim, Ontario-based Thompsons
Limited, a grain and food-grade bean handler and agronomy input
provider. Thompsons operates through 12 Andersons' grain and
nutrient businesses. The acquisition is expected to be accretive
to earnings for full year 2014.
In Sep 2013, Andersons finalized the purchase of railcar repair
and cleaning provider Mile Rail, LLC. The acquisition will
enhance Andersons' current railcar repair network by expanding
its geographical footprint and business mix. Furthermore, the
Mile Rail acquisition is expected to increase Andersons' railcar
repair revenues by 25%.
Andersons expects to benefit from the record corn crop that is
currently being harvested. The Rail Group is also expected to
continue to perform well based on proficiently managed railcar
portfolio. Even though margins improved in the ethanol business,
the company cautions that the ethanol market will continue to be
Maumee, Ohio-based Andersons is a diversified company operating
in six different business segments ranging from buying, selling
and storing grain to leasing railcars and running retail stores
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