AGCO Reports Third Quarter Results

DULUTH, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AGCOIR–AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, reported net sales of approximately $2.1 billion for the third quarter of 2019, a decrease of approximately 4.8% compared to the third quarter of 2018. Reported net income was $0.10 per share for the third quarter of 2019 and adjusted net income, excluding a non-cash deferred income tax adjustment and restructuring expenses, was $0.82 per share. These results compare to a reported net income of $0.89 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, of $0.91 per share for the third quarter of 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 3.1%, net sales in the third quarter of 2019 decreased approximately 1.7% compared to the third quarter of 2018. During the third quarter of 2019, AGCO recorded a non-cash adjustment to establish a valuation allowance against its Brazilian net deferred income tax assets of approximately $53.7 million, or $0.70 per share. The adjustment does not affect the Company’s ability to utilize the deferred income tax assets with future taxable income in Brazil.

Net sales for the first nine months of 2019 were approximately $6.5 billion, a decrease of approximately 3.4% compared to the same period in 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 4.8%, net sales during the first nine months of 2019 increased approximately 1.4% compared to the same period in 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, reported net income was $2.77 per share and adjusted net income, excluding a non-cash deferred income tax adjustment and restructuring expenses, was $3.50 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $2.33 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses and costs associated with an early retirement of debt, of $2.58 per share for the first nine months of 2018.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Reported regional sales results(1): North America (1.7)%, Europe/Middle East (“EME”) (1.6)%, South America (14.8)%, Asia/Pacific/Africa (“APA”) (15.9)%
  • Constant currency regional sales results(1)(2): North America (1.4)%, EME 3.2%, South America (14.4)%, APA (12.2)%
  • Regional operating margin performance: North America 6.1%, EME 10.6%, South America (2.3)%, APA 6.1%
  • Full-year outlook for net income per share maintained
  • Repurchases reduced outstanding shares by approximately 1.3 million in the first nine months of 2019

(1)As compared to third quarter 2018.

(2)Excludes currency translation impact. See reconciliation in appendix.

“AGCO achieved solid third quarter results considering a challenging environment of weakening industry conditions and negative currency impacts,” stated Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our continued focus on margins supported our third quarter performance, where we experienced sales declines. Price increases as well as cost control initiatives and productivity improvement efforts allowed us to offset the impact of lower sales and production volumes in the third quarter. We are also making significant progress on our growth initiatives through the development and global expansion of our smart-farming and high technology product lineup. While the current market environment is uncertain, the long-term outlook for our industry and for AGCO remains positive with our focus on both operational efficiency and innovative solutions that support productivity on the farm.”

Market Update

Industry Unit Retail Sales

 

 

Tractors

 

Combines

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

 

Change from

Prior Year Period

 

Change from

Prior Year Period

North America(1)

 

Flat

 

(7)%

South America

 

(13)%

 

7%

Western Europe(2)

 

2%

 

(16)%

(1) Excludes compact tractors.

(2) Based on Company estimates.

“Farming conditions continue to be challenging in many of our key markets,” continued Mr. Richenhagen. “A late harvest and early winter weather are pressuring corn and soybean harvests in North America. In Europe, wheat production is improved from last year despite a second consecutive year of dry conditions. Varied forecasts for crop production and ending inventories of grain have created uncertainty in the short-term but have recently moved commodity prices higher. In addition to commodity price development, industry issues such as government trade and farm support policy are heavily influencing farmers’ confidence and equipment buying decisions. In North America, industry retail sales were flat in the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year with higher sales of smaller equipment offset by lower sales of high-horsepower tractors and combines. The prospect of lower yields and the uncertainty regarding the outcome of trade negotiations are both contributing to weak demand in the large farm sector. We expect North American industry retail tractor sales to be approximately flat in 2019 as compared to last year. Healthy milk prices remain supportive of the dairy sector in Western Europe and industry retail sales increased modestly in the first nine months of 2019. First half growth was partially offset by weakening market demand throughout the third quarter. Industry sales growth in France and Germany was partially offset by declines in the United Kingdom and Italy. For the full year of 2019, industry demand in Western Europe is expected to be flat compared to 2018. The benefits of improved grain production in Brazil and Argentina were offset by interruptions in the government-subsidized finance program in Brazil and weak macro-economic conditions in Argentina. For the full year of 2019, industry demand in South America is expected to be down compared to 2018. Our long-term view remains optimistic for demand in the agricultural equipment industry. We expect healthy grain demand driven by population growth and increased protein consumption to result in favorable conditions for farmers.”

Regional Results

AGCO Regional Net Sales (in millions)

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

% change

from 2018

 

% change

from 2018 due

to currency

translation(1)

 

% change

excluding

currency

translation

North America

 

$

536.2

 

 

$

545.5

 

 

(1.7)%

 

(0.3)%

 

(1.4)%

South America

 

239.4

 

 

281.1

 

 

(14.8)%

 

(0.4)%

 

(14.4)%

Europe/Middle East

 

1,145.7

 

 

1,164.5

 

 

(1.6)%

 

(4.9)%

 

3.2%

Asia/Pacific/Africa

 

188.1

 

 

223.6

 

 

(15.9)%

 

(3.7)%

 

(12.2)%

Total

 

$

2,109.4

 

 

$

2,214.7

 

 

(4.8)%

 

(3.1)%

 

(1.7)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

% change

from 2018

 

% change

from 2018 due

to currency

translation(1)

 

% change

excluding

currency

translation

North America

 

$

1,651.3

 

 

$

1,648.9

 

 

0.1%

 

(0.6)%

 

0.7%

South America

 

581.3

 

 

682.8

 

 

(14.9)%

 

(5.1)%

 

(9.7)%

Europe/Middle East

 

3,813.5

 

 

3,873.4

 

 

(1.5)%

 

(6.6)%

 

5.0%

Asia/Pacific/Africa

 

481.7

 

 

554.7

 

 

(13.2)%

 

(5.2)%

 

(7.9)%

Total

 

$

6,527.8

 

 

$

6,759.8

 

 

(3.4)%

 

(4.8)%

 

1.4%

(1) See appendix for additional disclosures.

North America

AGCO’s North American net sales increased 0.7% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018, excluding the negative impact of currency translation. Increased sales of compact tractors, application equipment and parts were mostly offset by lower sales of utility tractors and protein production equipment. Income from operations for the first nine months of 2019 improved approximately $17.6 million compared to the same period in 2018. The benefit of improved pricing and cost control initiatives contributed most of the increase.

South America

Net sales in the South American region decreased 9.7% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the first nine months of 2018, excluding the impact of unfavorable currency translation. Loss from operations increased approximately $0.5 million in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. The South America results reflect low levels of industry demand and company production, as well as cost impacts associated with the transition of newer product technology into our Brazilian factories.

Europe/Middle East

AGCO’s Europe/Middle East net sales increased 5.0% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts. Sales growth was strongest in France, Central Europe and Spain and was partially offset by weaker sales in the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe. Income from operations improved approximately $42.4 million for the first nine months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, due to the benefit of higher sales and production, pricing, improved factory productivity and a favorable sales mix.

Asia/Pacific/Africa

Asia/Pacific/Africa net sales decreased 7.9%, excluding the negative impact of currency translation, in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Lower sales in Asia and Australia were partially offset by sales growth in Africa. Income from operations dropped approximately $5.0 million in the first nine months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, due to lower sales and production, partially offset by lower operating expenses.

Outlook

AGCO’s net sales for 2019 are projected to decline modestly compared to 2018 to approximately $9.3 billion, reflecting the negative impact of currency translation and relatively flat sales volumes partially offset by positive pricing. Gross and operating margins are expected to improve from 2018 levels. Based on these assumptions, 2019 earnings per share are targeted at approximately $4.37 on a reported basis, or approximately $5.10 on an adjusted basis, which excludes a non-cash deferred income tax adjustment and restructuring expenses.

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AGCO will host a conference call with respect to this earnings announcement at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The Company will refer to slides on its conference call. Interested persons can access the conference call and slide presentation via AGCO’s website at www.agcocorp.com in the “Events” section on the “Company/Investors” page of our website. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call for twelve months following the call. A copy of this press release will be available on AGCO’s website for at least twelve months following the call.

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Safe Harbor Statement

Statements that are not historical facts, including the projections of earnings per share, sales, industry demand, market conditions, commodity prices, currency translation, farm income levels, margin levels, investments in product and technology development, new product introductions, restructuring and other cost reduction initiatives, production volumes, tax rates and general economic conditions, are forward-looking and subject to risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the statements. The following are among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements.

  • Our financial results depend entirely upon the agricultural industry, and factors that adversely affect the agricultural industry generally, including declines in the general economy, adverse weather, tariffs, increases in farm input costs, lower commodity prices, lower farm income and changes in the availability of credit for our retail customers, will adversely affect us.
  • A majority of our sales and manufacturing take place outside the United States, and, many of our sales involve products that are manufactured in one country and sold in a different country, and as a result, we are exposed to risks related to foreign laws, taxes and tariffs, trade restrictions, economic conditions, labor supply and relations, political conditions and governmental policies. These risks may delay or reduce our realization of value from our international operations. Among these risks are the uncertain consequences of Brexit, Russian sanctions and tariffs imposed on exports to and imports from China.
  • Most retail sales of the products that we manufacture are financed, either by our joint ventures with Rabobank or by a bank or other private lender. Our joint ventures with Rabobank, which are controlled by Rabobank and are dependent upon Rabobank for financing as well, finance 40% to 50% of the retail sales of our tractors and combines in the markets where the joint ventures operate. Any difficulty by Rabobank to continue to provide that financing, or any business decision by Rabobank as the controlling member not to fund the business or particular aspects of it (for example, a particular country or region), would require the joint ventures to find other sources of financing (which may be difficult to obtain), or us to find another source of retail financing for our customers, or our customers would be required to utilize other retail financing providers. As a result of the recent economic downturn, financing for capital equipment purchases generally has become more difficult in certain regions and in some cases, can be expensive to obtain. To the extent that financing is not available or available only at unattractive prices, our sales would be negatively impacted.
  • Both AGCO and our finance joint ventures have substantial accounts receivables from dealers and end customers, and we would be adversely impacted if the collectability of these receivables was not consistent with historical experience; this collectability is dependent upon the financial strength of the farm industry, which in turn is dependent upon the general economy and commodity prices, as well as several of the other factors listed in this section.
  • We have experienced substantial and sustained volatility with respect to currency exchange rate and interest rate changes, which can adversely affect our reported results of operations and the competitiveness of our products.
  • Our success depends on the introduction of new products, particularly engines that comply with emission requirements, which requires substantial expenditures.
  • Our production levels and capacity constraints at our facilities, including those resulting from plant expansions and systems upgrades at our manufacturing facilities, could adversely affect our results.
  • Our expansion plans in emerging markets, including establishing a greater manufacturing and marketing presence and growing our use of component suppliers, could entail significant risks.
  • Our business increasingly is subject to regulations relating to privacy and data protection, and if we violate any of those regulations or otherwise are the victim of a cyber attack, we could incur significant losses and liability.
  • We depend on suppliers for components, parts and raw materials for our products, and any failure by our suppliers to provide products as needed, or by us to promptly address supplier issues, will adversely impact our ability to timely and efficiently manufacture and sell products. We also are subject to raw material price fluctuations, which can adversely affect our manufacturing costs.
  • We face significant competition, and if we are unable to compete successfully against other agricultural equipment manufacturers, we would lose customers and our net sales and profitability would decline.
  • We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, and, as a result, we are subject to certain restrictive covenants and payment obligations that may adversely affect our ability to operate and expand our business.

Further information concerning these and other factors is included in AGCO’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. AGCO disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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About AGCO

AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $9.4 billion in 2018. For more information, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.

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AGCO CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited and in millions)

 

September 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

282.0

 

 

$

326.1

 

Accounts and notes receivable, net

918.1

 

 

880.3

 

Inventories, net

2,311.3

 

 

1,908.7

 

Other current assets

445.2

 

 

422.3

 

Total current assets

3,956.6

 

 

3,537.4

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

1,349.8

 

 

1,373.1

 

Right-of-use lease assets

193.5

 

 

 

Investment in affiliates

399.2

 

 

400.0

 

Deferred tax assets

71.3

 

 

104.9

 

Other assets

134.1

 

 

142.4

 

Intangible assets, net

518.7

 

 

573.1

 

Goodwill

1,456.0

 

 

1,495.5

 

Total assets

$

8,079.2

 

 

$

7,626.4

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

$

63.6

 

 

$

72.6

 

Short-term borrowings

229.7

 

 

138.0

 

Senior term loan

218.0

 

 

 

Accounts payable

817.3

 

 

865.9

 

Accrued expenses

1,530.8

 

 

1,522.4

 

Other current liabilities

168.3

 

 

167.8

 

Total current liabilities

3,027.7

 

 

2,766.7

 

Long-term debt, less current portion and debt issuance costs

1,269.2

 

 

1,275.3

 

Operating lease liabilities

154.8

 

 

 

Pension and postretirement health care benefits

202.9

 

 

223.2

 

Deferred tax liabilities

113.6

 

 

116.3

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

272.2

 

 

251.4

 

Total liabilities

5,040.4

 

 

4,632.9

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ Equity:

 

 

 

AGCO Corporation stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common stock

0.8

 

 

0.8

 

Additional paid-in capital

3.9

 

 

10.2

 

Retained earnings

4,567.0

 

 

4,477.3

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,595.1

)

 

(1,555.4

)

Total AGCO Corporation stockholders’ equity

2,976.6

 

 

2,932.9

 

Noncontrolling interests

62.2

 

 

60.6

 

Total stockholders’ equity

3,038.8

 

 

2,993.5

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

8,079.2

 

 

$

7,626.4

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 
 
 
 

AGCO CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited and in millions, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net sales

$

2,109.4

 

 

$

2,214.7

 

Cost of goods sold

1,659.2

 

 

1,741.0

 

Gross profit

450.2

 

 

473.7

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

245.0

 

 

260.5

 

Engineering expenses

82.3

 

 

83.3

 

Restructuring expenses

1.3

 

 

1.5

 

Amortization of intangibles

14.9

 

 

15.3

 

Bad debt expense

0.8

 

 

1.8

 

Income from operations

105.9

 

 

111.3

 

Interest expense, net

6.4

 

 

7.0

 

Other expense, net

20.8

 

 

19.1

 

Income before income taxes and equity in net earnings of affiliates

78.7

 

 

85.2

 

Income tax provision

83.2

 

 

23.9

 

(Loss) income before equity in net earnings of affiliates

(4.5

)

 

61.3

 

Equity in net earnings of affiliates

10.8

 

 

9.4

 

Net income

6.3

 

 

70.7

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

1.3

 

 

0.4

 

Net income attributable to AGCO Corporation and subsidiaries

$

7.6

 

 

$

71.1

 

Net income per common share attributable to AGCO Corporation and subsidiaries:

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.10

 

 

$

0.90

 

Diluted

$

0.10

 

 

$

0.89

 

Cash dividends declared and paid per common share

$

0.16

 

 

$

0.15

 

Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

76.1

 

 

78.7

 

Diluted

76.7

 

 

79.7

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 
 
 
 

AGCO CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited and in millions, except per share data)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net sales

$

6,527.8

 

 

$

6,759.8

 

Cost of goods sold

5,057.0

 

 

5,301.8

 

Gross profit

1,470.8

 

 

1,458.0

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

767.9

 

 

796.9

 

Engineering expenses

254.3

 

 

267.2

 

Restructuring expenses

3.0

 

 

10.1

 

Amortization of intangibles

45.6

 

 

49.2

 

Bad debt expense

2.1

 

 

4.7

 

Income from operations

397.9

 

 

329.9

 

Interest expense, net

15.9

 

 

38.5

 

Other expense, net

47.0

 

 

57.8

 

Income before income taxes and equity in net earnings of affiliates

335.0

 

 

233.6

 

Income tax provision

155.8

 

 

73.8

 

Income before equity in net earnings of affiliates

179.2

 

 

159.8

 

Equity in net earnings of affiliates

33.2

 

 

26.3

 

Net income

212.4

 

 

186.1

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

1.1

 

 

0.7

 

Net income attributable to AGCO Corporation and subsidiaries

$

213.5

 

 

$

186.8

 

Net income per common share attributable to AGCO Corporation and subsidiaries:

 

 

 

Basic

$

2.79

 

 

$

2.36

 

Diluted

$

2.77

 

 

$

2.33

 

Cash dividends declared and paid per common share

$

0.47

 

 

$

0.45

 

Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

76.4

 

 

79.2

 

Diluted

77.1

 

 

80.1

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 
 
 
 

AGCO CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited and in millions)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net income

$

212.4

 

 

$

186.1

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation

159.2

 

 

170.1

 

Amortization of intangibles

45.6

 

 

49.2

 

Stock compensation expense

32.9

 

 

33.0

 

Equity in net earnings of affiliates, net of cash received

(26.3

)

 

(21.8

)

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

43.1

 

 

(17.7

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

15.7

 

Other

1.9

 

 

(2.2

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts and notes receivable, net

(85.1

)

 

(59.8

)

Inventories, net

(503.4

)

 

(398.0

)

Other current and noncurrent assets

(47.0

)

 

(67.3

)

Accounts payable

(4.1

)

 

(18.4

)

Accrued expenses

23.7

 

 

55.9

 

Other current and noncurrent liabilities

66.9

 

 

71.2

 

Total adjustments

(292.6

)

 

(190.1

)

Net cash used in operating activities

(80.2

)

 

(4.0

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(188.1

)

 

(138.5

)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

0.9

 

 

2.6

 

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

(5.8

)

Other

 

 

0.4

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(187.2

)

 

(141.3

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Proceeds from indebtedness, net

397.8

 

 

216.4

 

Purchases and retirement of common stock

(100.0

)

 

(84.3

)

Payment of dividends to stockholders

(35.9

)

 

(35.6

)

Payment of minimum tax withholdings on stock compensation

(27.5

)

 

(3.7

)

Payment of debt issuance costs

(0.5

)

 

(1.6

)

Investment by noncontrolling interests

1.2

 

 

0.8

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

235.1

 

 

92.0

 

Effects of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(11.8

)

 

(21.7

)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(44.1

)

 

(75.0

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

326.1

 

 

367.7

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

282.0

 

 

$

292.7

 

 

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 
 
 
 

AGCO CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited, in millions, except share amounts, per share data and employees)

1. STOCK COMPENSATION EXPENSE

The Company recorded stock compensation expense as

Contacts

Greg Peterson

Vice President, Investor Relations

770-232-8229

greg.peterson@agcocorp.com

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