ADM Reports First Quarter Earnings of $0.41 per Share, $0.46 per Share on an Adjusted Basis

  • Net earnings of $233 million
  • Extreme weather conditions negatively impact segment OP by
    approximately $60 million
  • Expectation for stronger second half, driven by improved business
    environment and contributions from accelerating business initiatives

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial
results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“The first quarter proved more challenging than initially expected,”
said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano. “Impacts from severe weather in
North America were on the high side of our initial estimates, and the
ethanol industry environment limited margins and opportunities.

“Despite a challenging start to the year, we continue to make excellent
progress on our key imperatives for 2019: improving performance in
certain businesses, accelerating our Readiness efforts, and delivering
results from our growth investments,” Luciano continued. “We are very
encouraged with our new Neovia business and the creation of a global
Animal Nutrition platform. Readiness continues to expand our efforts to
enhance our competitiveness. And additional actions we are announcing
today will help us advance our goals to deliver best-in-class customer
service along with long-term growth and shareholder value.

“With three quarters of the year still ahead of us, the continued
advancement of our strategy, combined with an anticipated resolution of
the U.S.-China trade situation and an expected acceleration of soybean
meal demand driven by African Swine Fever, make us optimistic for the
second half. Taking all of these factors into account, we remain
committed to continuing to pull the levers under our control to deliver
our objective of full-year earnings comparable to or higher than 2018.”

As part of that commitment, the company is announcing a series of
measures to continue to underpin long-term-value creation:

  • First, to meet growing customer demand, ADM plans to repurpose its
    corn wet mill in Marshall, Minnesota, to produce higher volumes of
    food and industrial-grade starches as well as liquid feedstocks for
    food and industrial uses, phasing out production of high-fructose corn
    syrup at that facility as soon as committed deliveries are complete.
  • Second, the company is creating an ethanol subsidiary, which will
    include ADM’s dry mills in Columbus, Nebraska; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and
    Peoria, Illinois. The ethanol subsidiary will report as an independent
    segment. The new structure will allow the company to advance strategic
    alternatives, which may include, but are not limited to, a potential
    spin-off of the business to existing ADM shareholders.
  • Finally, ADM has begun a series of actions to enhance agility,
    accelerate growth, and strengthen customer service. These actions
    include organizational changes to centralize and standardize business
    activities and processes, and enhance productivity and effectiveness;
    accelerating the capture of planned synergies after a period of
    acquisitions; and offering early retirement for some colleagues in the
    U.S. and Canada.
  • As a result of Readiness-based improvements in capital prioritization,
    project evaluation and project execution processes, and in keeping
    with the company’s commitment to returns, ADM also plans to reduce
    2019 capital spending by 10 percent, to the range of $0.8 to $0.9
    billion.

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  2019   2018
(Amounts in millions except per share data)
Earnings per share (as reported) $ 0.41 $ 0.70
Adjusted earnings per share1 $ 0.46 $ 0.68
 
Segment operating profit $ 611 $ 704
Adjusted segment operating profit1 $ 608 $ 717
Origination 76 46
Oilseeds 341 349
Carbohydrate Solutions 96 213
Nutrition 81 96
Other 14 13
 
  • EPS as reported of $0.41 includes a $0.02 per share gain on the sale
    of certain assets and a step-up gain on an equity investment, a $0.02
    per share charge related to asset impairment and restructuring
    charges, a $0.02 per share charge related to acquisition expenses, and
    a $0.03 per share tax expense related to the U.S. tax reform and
    certain discrete items. Adjusted EPS, which excludes these items, was
    $0.46.1

1 Non-GAAP financial measures; see pages 5, 10 and 11 for
explanations and reconciliations, including after-tax amounts.

Results of Operations

Origination results were higher than
the prior-year period.

  • Merchandising and Handling results were higher than the first quarter
    of 2018, which had been impacted negatively by significant
    mark-to-market timing effects. Good execution that drove solid margins
    in North American grain; a strong performance in structured trade
    finance; and the reversal of some timing impacts from the fourth
    quarter all helped to offset a softer performance in global trade,
    which was impacted by normalized South American soybean and soybean
    meal margins compared with the first quarter of last year. Results in
    the quarter were also negatively affected by high water conditions,
    which limited grain movement and sales in North America.
  • Transportation was up year-over-year as higher freight rates and
    improved northbound movements offset lower overall barge volumes
    caused by unfavorable river conditions.

Oilseeds results were comparable to
the year-ago period, which benefited significantly from the Biodiesel
Tax Credit.

  • Crushing and Origination results were up significantly versus the
    first quarter of 2018, which included significant negative timing
    effects. Higher executed crush margins around the globe and favorable
    timing effects from prior-year hedges drove improved results, more
    than offsetting the impacts of slow farmer selling and lower Chinese
    demand on South American origination.
  • Refining, Packaging, Biodiesel and Other results were lower than the
    year-ago quarter, which included the significant impact of the 2017
    Biodiesel Tax Credit. Increased contributions from food oils in North
    America and Europe helped contribute.
  • Asia was lower on Wilmar results.

Carbohydrate Solutions results were
significantly lower than the year-ago quarter.

  • Starches and Sweeteners was down versus the first quarter of 2018,
    driven by pressured European sweetener industry volumes and margins,
    impacts of severe weather in North America, higher manufacturing costs
    at the Decatur complex, and weaker margins in flour milling.
  • Bioproducts results were much lower than the prior-year period.
    Ethanol margins were down significantly versus last year’s first
    quarter in a continued weak industry environment, and production
    volumes were affected by severe weather.

Nutrition results overall were down
year-over-year, with WFSI results higher and Animal Nutrition results
lower.

  • WFSI results were higher year-over-year, with 21 percent profit growth
    spread across all three businesses, and WILD Flavors in particular
    turning in another very strong performance. Year-over-year sales
    increased 11 percent on a constant currency basis, and an improved
    product mix helped drive positive results.
  • Animal Nutrition results were lower than the first quarter of 2018.
    Last year’s quarter benefited from temporary industry effects on
    vitamin additives. Neovia closed on Jan. 31, resulting in additional
    up-front costs related to inventory revaluation. Lysine production and
    yields continued to improve from the third quarter 2018 production
    disruptions, with the expectation of achieving normalized yields by
    the end of the second quarter.

Other results were in line with the
year-ago period. Captive insurance was lower on unfavorable underwriting
results, and ADM Investor Services results improved year-over-year.

Other Items of Note

As additional information to help clarify underlying business
performance, the table on page 10 includes reported earnings and EPS as
well as adjusted earnings and EPS.

Segment operating profit of $611 million for the quarter includes gains
of $12 million ($0.02 per share) related to the sale of certain assets
and a step-up gain on an equity investment, as well as a $9 million
charge ($0.02 per share) related to asset impairment.

In Corporate results, unallocated corporate costs for the quarter
increased principally due to centralization of certain activities from
the business units, resulting in a transfer-in of costs; investments in
IT, R&D and innovation; and Readiness-related project costs. Other
charges for the quarter in Corporate improved due to better results from
the company’s investment in Compagnie Industrielle et Financiere des
produits Amylaces SA (CIP).

Corporate results also include restructuring charges of $2 million and
acquisition-related expenses of $14 million ($0.02 per share).

The effective tax rate for the quarter was approximately 26 percent,
including transition tax expense from U.S. tax reform and other discrete
items. The adjusted effective tax rate, excluding these items, was about
19.3 percent.

Conference Call Information

ADM will host a webcast on April 26, 2019, at 8 a.m. Central Time to
discuss financial results and provide a company update. A financial
summary slide presentation will be available to download approximately
60 minutes prior to the call. To listen to the webcast or to download
the slide presentation, go to www.adm.com/webcast.
A replay of the webcast will also be available for an extended period of
time at www.adm.com/webcast.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the above statements constitute forward-looking statements.
These statements are based on many assumptions and factors that are
subject to risk and uncertainties. ADM has provided additional
information in its reports on file with the SEC concerning assumptions
and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those in this presentation, and you should carefully review the
assumptions and factors in our SEC reports. To the extent permitted
under applicable law, ADM assumes no obligation to update any
forward-looking statements.

About ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company
(NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital
needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest
agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with
approximately 40,000 employees serving customers in nearly 200
countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 450
crop procurement locations, more than 330 food and feed ingredient
manufacturing facilities, 62 innovation centers and the world’s premier
crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making
products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more
at www.adm.com.

Financial Tables Follow

   
Segment Operating Profit, Adjusted Segment Operating Profit (a
non-GAAP measure) and Corporate Results

(unaudited)

 

Quarter ended
March 31

   
(In millions)   2019   2018   Change
             
Segment Operating Profit $ 611   $ 704 $ (93 )
Specified items:
(Gains) losses on sales of assets and businesses (12 ) (12 )
Impairment, restructuring, and settlement charges 9     13     (4 )
Adjusted Segment Operating Profit $ 608 $ 717 $ (109 )
 
Origination $ 76     $ 46     $ 30  
Merchandising and handling 61 43 18
Transportation 15 3 12
 
Oilseeds $ 341     $ 349     $ (8 )
Crushing and origination 211 60 151
Refining, packaging, biodiesel, and other 76 180 (104 )
Asia 54 109 (55 )
 
Carbohydrate Solutions $ 96     $ 213     $ (117 )
Starches and sweeteners 170 216 (46 )
Bioproducts (74 ) (3 ) (71 )
 
Nutrition $ 81     $ 96     $ (15 )
WFSI 88 73 15
Animal Nutrition (7 ) 23 (30 )
 
Other $ 14     $ 13     $ 1  
             
             
Segment Operating Profit $ 611 $ 704 $ (93 )
 
Corporate Results $ (296 )   $ (240 )   $ (56 )
 
Interest expense – net (90 ) (83 ) (7 )
Unallocated corporate costs (183 ) (146 ) (37 )
Other charges (6 ) (16 ) 10
Specified items:
LIFO credit (charge) (1 ) 8 (9 )
Expenses related to acquisitions (14 ) (14 )
Impairment, restructuring and settlement charges (2 )   (3 )   1  
Earnings Before Income Taxes   $ 315     $ 464     $ (149 )

Segment operating profit is ADM’s consolidated income from operations
before income tax excluding corporate items. Adjusted segment operating
profit, a non-GAAP measure, is segment operating profit excluding
specified items. Management believes that segment operating profit and
adjusted segment operating profit are useful measures of ADM’s
performance because they provide investors information about ADM’s
business unit performance excluding corporate overhead costs as well as
specified items. Segment operating profit and adjusted segment operating
profit are not measures of consolidated operating results under U.S.
GAAP and should not be considered alternatives to income before income
taxes, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, or any other
measure of consolidated operating results under U.S. GAAP.

 
Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(unaudited)

 

Quarter ended
March 31

2019   2018
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
Revenues $ 15,304 $ 15,526
Cost of products sold (1) 14,376   14,637  
Gross profit 928 889
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (2) 659 513
Asset impairment, exit, and restructuring costs (3) 11 16
Equity in (earnings) losses of unconsolidated affiliates (101 ) (147 )
Interest income (49 ) (33 )
Interest expense 101 91
Other (income) expense – net (4) (8 ) (15 )
Earnings before income taxes 315 464
Income tax expense (5) 81   68  
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 234 396
   
Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests 1   3  
Net earnings attributable to ADM $ 233   $ 393  
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.41 $ 0.70
 
Average diluted shares outstanding 566 565

(1) Includes a charge (credit) related to changes in the
Company’s LIFO reserves of $1 million in the current quarter and ($8
million) in the prior quarter.

(2) Includes acquisition-related expenses of $14 million in
the current quarter.

(3) Includes charges related to impairment of certain assets
and restructuring charges of $11 million in the current quarter and $16
million in the prior quarter.

(4) Includes current quarter gains of $12 million related to
the sale of certain assets and a step-up gain on an equity investment.

(5) Includes the tax expense (benefit) impact of the above
specified items, tax discrete items, and true-up adjustments totaling
$14 million in the current quarter and ($16 million) in the prior
quarter.

   
Summary of Financial Condition

(unaudited)

 

March 31,
2019

  March 31,
2018
(in millions)
Net Investment In
Cash and cash equivalents (a) $ 926 $ 797
Short-term marketable securities (a) 9
Operating working capital (b) 8,175 9,167
Property, plant, and equipment 10,299 10,123
Investments in and advances to affiliates 5,332 5,151
Long-term marketable securities 22 91
Goodwill and other intangibles 5,459 3,970
Other non-current assets 1,777   859
$ 31,999   $ 30,158
Financed By
Short-term debt (a) $ 1,595 $ 2,330
Long-term debt, including current maturities (a) 8,289 6,670
Deferred liabilities 3,156 2,362
Temporary equity 49 59
Shareholders’ equity 18,910   18,737
$ 31,999   $ 30,158
  • Net debt is calculated as short-term debt plus long-term debt,
    including current maturities less cash and cash equivalents and
    short-term marketable securities.
  • Current assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents and short-term
    marketable securities) less current liabilities (excluding short-term
    debt and current maturities of long-term debt).
 
Summary of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

 

Three months ended
March 31

2019   2018
(in millions)
Operating Activities  
Net earnings $ 234 $ 396
Depreciation and amortization 245 235
Asset impairment charges 9 12
Gains on sales of assets (15 ) (6 )
Other – net (7 ) (84 )
Change in deferred consideration in securitized receivables(a) (1,778 ) (2,450 )
Other changes in operating assets and liabilities (723 ) (1,677 )
Total Operating Activities (2,035 ) (3,574 )
 
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (198 ) (196 )
Net assets of businesses acquired (1,876 )
Proceeds from sale of business/assets 18 14
Investments in retained interest in securitized receivables(a) (1,313 ) (1,298 )
Proceeds from retained interest in securitized receivables(a) 3,091 3,656
Marketable securities – net 50
Investments in and advances to affiliates (9 )
Other investing activities (34 ) 4  
Total Investing Activities (271 ) 2,180
 
Financing Activities
Long-term debt payments (4 ) (1 )
Net borrowings (payments) under lines of credit 1,309 1,474
Cash dividends (198 ) (190 )
Other (42 ) (6 )
Total Financing Activities 1,065 1,277
 
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash,
and restricted cash equivalents
(1,241 ) (117 )
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash
equivalents – beginning of period
3,843   1,858  
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash
equivalents – end of period
$ 2,602   $ 1,741  

(a) Cash flows related to the Company’s retained interest in securitized
receivables as required by ASU 2016-15 which took effect January 1, 2018.

 
Segment Operating Analysis

(unaudited)

 

Quarter ended
March 31

2019   2018
(in ‘000s metric tons)
Processed volumes (by commodity)  
Oilseeds 9,167 9,047
Corn 5,132   5,591
Total processed volumes 14,299   14,638
 
 

Quarter ended
March 31

2019   2018
(in millions)
Revenues
Origination $ 6,124 $ 6,267
Oilseeds 5,414 5,602
Carbohydrate Solutions 2,403 2,601
Nutrition 1,282 950
Other 81   106
Total revenues $ 15,304   $ 15,526
 
Adjusted Earnings Per Share
A non-GAAP financial measure

(unaudited)

 

Quarter ended
March 31

2019   2018
In millions   Per share   In millions   Per share
Net earnings and fully diluted EPS $ 233   $ 0.41   $ 393   $ 0.70
Adjustments:
LIFO charge (credit) (a) 1 (6 ) (0.01 )
Losses (gains) on sales of assets and businesses (b) (9 ) (0.02 )
Asset impairment, restructuring, and settlement charges (c) 10 0.02 12 0.02
Expenses related to acquisitions (d) 9 0.02
Tax adjustment (e) 17     0.03     (14 )   (0.03 )
Sub-total adjustments 28     0.05     (8 )   (0.02 )
Adjusted net earnings and adjusted EPS $ 261     $ 0.46     $ 385     $ 0.68  
  • Current quarter changes in the Company’s LIFO reserves of $1 million
    pretax ($1 million after tax), tax effected using the Company’s U.S.
    income tax rate. Prior quarter changes in the Company’s LIFO reserves
    of ($8 million) pretax ($6 million after tax), tax effected using the
    Company’s U.S. income tax rate.
  • Current quarter gains of $12 million pretax ($9 million after tax)
    consisted of a gain on the sale of certain assets and a step-up gain
    on an equity investment, tax effected using the Company’s U.S. income
    tax rate.
  • Current quarter charges of $11 million pretax ($10 million after tax)
    related to the impairment of certain assets and restructuring, tax
    effected using the applicable tax rates. Prior quarter charges of $16
    million pretax ($12 million after tax) consisted of several
    individually insignificant asset impairments and restructuring
    charges, tax effected using the applicable tax rates.
  • Current quarter acquisition expenses of $14 million pretax ($9 million
    after tax) consisted of expenses related to the Neovia acquisition.
  • Tax adjustment due to the U.S. tax reform and certain discrete items
    totaling $17 million in the current quarter and ($14 million) in the
    prior quarter.

Adjusted net earnings reflects ADM’s reported net earnings after removal
of the effect on net earnings of specified items as more fully described
above. Adjusted EPS reflects ADM’s fully diluted EPS after removal of
the effect on EPS as reported of specified items as more fully described
above. Management believes that Adjusted net earnings and Adjusted EPS
are useful measures of ADM’s performance because they provide investors
additional information about ADM’s operations allowing better evaluation
of underlying business performance and better period-to-period
comparability. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to
replace or be alternatives to net earnings and EPS as reported, the most
directly comparable GAAP financial measures, or any other measures of
operating results under GAAP. Earnings amounts described above have been
divided by the company’s diluted shares outstanding for each respective
period in order to arrive at an adjusted EPS amount for each specified
item.

       
Adjusted Return on Invested Capital
A non-GAAP financial measure

(unaudited)

 
Adjusted ROIC Earnings (in millions)
Four Quarters
  Quarter Ended Ended
June 30, 2018 Sep. 30, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018 Mar. 31, 2019 Mar. 31, 2019
 
Net earnings attributable to ADM $ 566 $ 536 $ 315 $ 233 $ 1,650
Adjustments:
Interest expense 89 87 97 101 374
LIFO (13 ) 7 (4 ) 1 (9 )
Other adjustments (3) 31   (20 ) 241   30   282  
Total adjustments 107 74 334 132 647
Tax on adjustments (26 ) (21 ) (80 ) (28 ) (155 )
Net adjustments 81   53   254   104   492  
Total Adjusted ROIC Earnings $ 647   $ 589   $ 569   $ 337   $ 2,142  
         
Adjusted Invested Capital (in millions)
 
Quarter Ended Trailing Four
June 30, 2018 Sep. 30, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018 Mar. 31, 2019 Quarter Average
 
Equity (1) $ 18,710 $ 18,987 $ 18,981 $ 18,895 $ 18,893
+ Interest-bearing liabilities (2) 7,630 7,857 8,392 9,887 8,442
+ LIFO adjustment (net of tax) 39 44 41 42 42
Other adjustments (3) 23   (18 ) 183   27   54  
Total Adjusted Invested Capital $ 26,402   $ 26,870   $ 27,597   $ 28,851   $ 27,431  
 
 
Adjusted Return on Invested Capital 7.8 %

(1)

 

Excludes noncontrolling interests

(2)

Includes short-term debt, current maturities of long-term debt,
finance lease obligations, and long-term debt

(3)

Includes the impact of U.S. tax reform

 

Adjusted ROIC is Adjusted ROIC earnings divided by adjusted invested
capital.
Adjusted ROIC earnings is ADM’s net earnings adjusted
for the after tax effects of interest expense, changes in the LIFO
reserve and other specified items.
Adjusted invested capital is
the sum of ADM’s equity (excluding noncontrolling interests) and
interest-bearing liabilities adjusted for the after tax effect of the
LIFO reserve, and other specified items.
Management believes
Adjusted ROIC is a useful financial measure because it provides
investors information about ADM’s returns excluding the impacts of LIFO
inventory reserves and other specified items and increases
period-to-period comparability of underlying business performance.
Management
uses Adjusted ROIC to measure ADM’s performance by comparing Adjusted
ROIC to its weighted average cost of capital (WACC).
Adjusted
ROIC, Adjusted ROIC earnings and Adjusted invested capital are non-GAAP
financial measures and are not intended to replace or be alternatives to
GAAP financial measures.

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