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CHS posts record fiscal 2012 earnings of $1.26 billion

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CHS Inc. (Nasdaq: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, today reported record fiscal net income of $1.26 billion for 2012, the first time a U.S. agricultural cooperative has surpassed the $1 billion earnings mark.

Net income of $1.26 billion for the year ending Aug. 31, 2012, increased 31 percent from the $961.4 million reported for fiscal 2011, which was also a record. Largely as a result of increased values for the energy, crop nutrients, grains and other commodities that comprise the majority of the company's business, CHS also set a new mark for revenues at $40.6 billion in fiscal 2012. That figure represents a 10 percent increase from the previous record of $36.9 billion, also set in fiscal 2011.

"The strength of our diverse CHS business portfolio, along with a strong domestic and global footprint, combined in fiscal 2012 to allow us to successfully navigate continued market volatility and deliver record results for the U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives who own us," said Carl Casale, CHS president and chief executive officer. "Continued strong performance has allowed CHS to invest in growing our business, maintain a strong balance sheet and – most important – return direct economic value to those who own this cooperative."

Based on fiscal 2012 earnings, CHS expects to return a record nearly $600 million in cash to its owners during fiscal 2013.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 (June 1Aug. 31, 2012), CHS reported earnings of $360.9 million, compared with $206.5 million for the same period a year ago. Revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $11.0 billion, compared with $10.6 billion for the final quarter of fiscal 2011.

Strong petroleum refining margins at the company's refineries at Laurel, Mont., and McPherson, Kan., helped drive record performance within the Energy segment which led overall CHS earnings. CHS also reported strong performance for its propane, and transportation businesses, while lubricants and renewable fuels marketing results were behind those of fiscal 2011.

The company's Ag segment earnings were led by record profitability for the CHS Country Operations unit. Earnings for Country Operations – which consists of local retail facilities, livestock nutrition and sunflower processing – were largely due to strong local crop nutrients movement and solid grain volume during fiscal 2012. The overall CHS crop nutrients business also recorded strong performance driven by significant product movement in spring 2012. The company's own grain marketing operations performed well under challenging fiscal 2012 market conditions, while processing and food ingredients results declined largely due to acquisition and investment expenses. Overall Ag segment earnings for fiscal 2012 declined from fiscal 2011 which included a pre-tax gain of $119.7 million on that year's sale of the CHS investment in Multigrain S.A., a Brazil-based joint venture.

CHS reports results for its business services operations, as well as two food processing-related joint ventures under the Corporate and Other heading. CHS own insurance, risk management and financing businesses combined earnings were flat for fiscal 2012. The company recorded strong contributions from its 50 percent ownership of Ventura Foods, LLC, a vegetable oil-based food manufacturing business, as well as from its 25 percent share of Horizon Milling, LLC, the nation's leading wheat miller.

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, livestock 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, 2012, which can be found on the Securities and Exchange Commission website (www.sec.gov) or on the CHS website www.chsinc.com.

CHS Inc. Earnings

By segment

(in millions $)

 


For the Three Months Ended


 For the 12 Months Ended


Aug. 31,


Aug. 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011











Energy

$293.4


$234.0


$1,027.5


$629.9

Ag

37.9


(16.6)


327.4


434.8

Corporate and Other

23.8


19.0


61.7


83.0

 Income before income taxes

355.1


236.4


1,416.6


1,147.7

 Income taxes

5.8


0.5


(80.9)


(86.6)

 Net income

360.9


236.9


1,335.7


1,061.1

 Net income attributable to non-controlling

  interests

(0.0)


(30.4)


(75.1)


(99.7)

 Net income attributable to CHS Inc.

$360.9


$206.5


$1,260.6


$961.4

















 

SOURCE CHS Inc.

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