ADM Reports First Quarter Adjusted Earnings of $0.77 per Share

ADM Reports First Quarter Adjusted Earnings of $0.77 per Share


  • Adjusted EPS up 40 percent from year-ago period
  • Net earnings of $493 million, or $0.77 per share

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

The company reported adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.77, up from $0.55 in the same period last year. Adjusted segment operating profit1 was $883 million, up 12 percent from $789 million in the year-ago period. Net earnings for the quarter were $493 million, or $0.77 per share, and segment operating profit1 was $855 million.

“In the first quarter, the ADM team demonstrated their ability to leverage the strengths of our diversified business model,” said ADM Chief Executive Officer Juan Luciano. “The Oilseeds team capitalized on favorable market conditions and delivered outstanding results, with strong performances in each region. In Ag Services, our recently created global trade desk (GTD) platform drove higher merchandised volumes. Our new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business got off to a great start toward achieving the cost and revenue synergies we identified last year. Together, these performances helped deliver a good quarter overall, even as lower industry ethanol margins limited earnings in Corn, and the strong dollar limited U.S. grain exports.

“We have continued to advance the strategic plan we shared at our December investor day. In the area of optimizing the core, we announced the acquisition of a Belgian oil bottling business, helping us reach a wider customer base and creating a new output for our European crushing assets. And the WFSI team has been working with customers as they developed and launched new products using SCI, WILD and ADM ingredients. We had more than 200 joint customer engagements, building a pipeline of more than 400 projects, resulting already in more than 30 revenue synergy wins, across a number of regions and business units in Q1 alone. In the area of driving operational efficiencies, we have already identified more than $200 million in run-rate savings opportunities, toward our goal of $550 million in five years. And, in the area of strategic expansion, the corn processing business expanded in high-growth geographies, with the acquisition of the remaining stake of corn wet mills in Bulgaria and Turkey, and an increased stake in a facility in Hungary.”

First Quarter 2015 Highlights1

  • Adjusted EPS of $0.77 is consistent with the reported EPS.
  • Agricultural Services increased $52 million as improved U.S. and global grain merchandising results were partially offset by limited U.S. export competitiveness.
  • Corn Processing decreased $124 million on lower ethanol production volumes and weaker industry margins.
  • Oilseeds Processing increased $153 million with record soybean crushing volumes in Europe and North America and improved grain origination in South America.
  • Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients earned $68 million in the first reporting period for this business unit.
  • Trailing four-quarter-average adjusted ROIC was 9.5 percent, up 250 basis points year over year and 290 basis points above annual WACC of 6.6 percent.
  • During the first quarter, the company returned $0.7 billion to shareholders through dividends and the repurchase of 12 million shares.


Non-GAAP financial measures; see pages 4 and 9 for explanations and reconciliations, including after-tax amounts.

Agricultural Services Results Improve on Grain Merchandising

Agricultural Services operating profit was $194 million, up $52 million from the year-ago period.

Merchandising and handling earnings improved $38 million to $107 million. ADM's new global trade desk (GTD) merchandising platform saw increased volumes and margins. In North America, volumes and margins improved, despite a very active fourth quarter, the start of the South American harvest and the impact of a strong dollar on U.S. export competitiveness.

Transportation results were essentially flat, with increased demand for northbound U.S. barge freight mostly offsetting decreased southbound demand due to lower exports from the Gulf.

Milling and other results improved $15 million to $55 million, due primarily to strong margins for flour, grain and feed.

Corn Processing Results Decline on Lower Ethanol Margins

Corn Processing operating profit decreased from $251 million to $127 million.

Sweeteners and starches results declined $10 million to $85 million with increased North American volumes offset by lower contributions from coproducts, reduced equity earnings from joint-ventures, and startup costs related to the Tianjin sweetener facility.

Bioproducts results declined from $156 million to $42 million due to lower ethanol production volumes amid weaker industry margins. Supply/demand imbalances challenged industry ethanol margins most of the quarter, though conditions and margins have been improving since late March.

Oilseeds Earnings Excellent with Record Global Soybean Crushing Results

Oilseeds operating profit of $483 million increased $153 million from strong year-ago results.

Crushing and origination operating profit increased $173 million to $334 million. Soybean crushing results for the quarter were the strongest ever, with record volumes in Europe and North America and strong margins globally, driven by strong U.S. and global meal demand. Improved farmer selling helped support a significant improvement in South American origination results.

Refining, packaging, biodiesel and other generated a profit of $52 million for the quarter, down $33 million. Improved biodiesel results in South America—from the enactment of increased blending standards in Brazil—were offset by lower margins in North America and weaker demand in Europe.

Oilseeds results in Asia for the quarter improved from the year-ago period, primarily driven by stronger Wilmar results.

Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients First Reporting Quarter

During the fourth quarter of 2014, ADM closed on the acquisitions of WILD Flavors GmbH and Specialty Commodities, Inc. Starting with the first quarter of 2015, ADM has created a new business segment—Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients—which includes the results of these two businesses as well as ADM’s legacy specialty ingredients businesses.

In the first quarter, WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients operating profit was $68 million. Globally, the WILD Flavors business is off to a great start towards achieving the cost and revenue synergies that were identified last year. There have been more than 200 joint customer engagements, more than 400 projects in the pipeline and 30 revenue synergy wins across the business units and geographies.

Other Items of Note

For the first quarter, the effective tax rate was 29 percent, versus 27 percent in the same period last year.

As additional information to help clarify underlying business performance, the tables on page 9 include both adjusted EPS as well as adjusted EPS excluding significant timing effects.

Conference Call Information

ADM will host a conference call and audio webcast on May 5, 2015, 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 call via the Internet or to download the slide presentation, go to To listen by telephone, dial (888) 522-5398 in the U.S. or (706) 902-2121 if calling from outside the U.S. The access code is 20922629.

Replay of the call will be available from May 6, 2015, to May 12, 2015. To listen to the replay by telephone, dial (855) 859-2056 in the U.S. or (404) 537-3406 if calling from outside the U.S. The access code is 20922629. The replay will also be available online for an extended period of time at

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 more than 33,000 employees serving customers in more than 140 countries. With a global value chain that includes more than 460 crop procurement locations, 300 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 40 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. Learn more at

Financial Tables Follow

Segment Operating Profit and Corporate Results

A non-GAAP financial measure


Quarter ended
March 31
(In millions)   2015   2014 Change
Agricultural Services Operating Profit
Merchandising and handling $ 107 $ 69 $ 38
Milling and other 55 40 15
Transportation 32   33   (1 )
Total Agricultural Services $ 194   $ 142   $ 52  
Corn Processing Operating Profit
Sweeteners and starches (excluding timing effects) $ 85 $ 95 $ (10 )
Bioproducts (excluding timing effects) 42 156 (114 )
Corn hedge timing effects* (14 ) (65 ) 51  
Total Corn Processing $ 113   $ 186   $ (73 )
Oilseeds Processing Operating Profit
Crushing and origination $ 334 $ 161 $ 173
Refining, packaging, biodiesel, and other (excluding specified item) 52 85 (33 )
Cocoa and other (excluding timing effects) 29 30 (1 )
Biodiesel credits* (9 ) 9
Cocoa hedge timing effects* (14 ) (24 ) 10
Asia 68   54   14  
Total Oilseeds Processing $ 469   $ 297   $ 172  
Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients Operating Profit
Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients $ 68   $ 58   $ 10  
Total Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients $ 68   $ 58   $ 10  
Other Operating Profit
Financial 11   8   3  
Total Other $ 11   $ 8   $ 3  
Segment Operating Profit $ 855 $ 691 $ 164
*Memo: Adjusted Segment Operating Profit $ 883 $ 789 $ 94
Corporate Results
LIFO credit (charge) $ 2 $ (159 ) $ 161
Interest expense - net (78 ) (93 ) 15
Unallocated corporate costs (103 ) (80 ) (23 )
Minority interest and other 14   7   7  
Total Corporate $ (165 ) $ (325 ) $ 160  
Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 690   $ 366   $ 324  

Segment operating profit is ADM’s consolidated income from operations before income tax excluding corporate items. Adjusted segment operating profit is segment operating profit adjusted, where applicable, for specified items and timing effects (see items denoted*). Timing effects relate to hedge ineffectiveness and mark-to-market hedge timing effects. 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 and timing effects. Segment operating profit and adjusted segment operating profit are non-GAAP financial measures and are not intended to replace earnings before income tax, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. 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 or any other measure of consolidated operating results under U.S. GAAP.

Consolidated Statements of Earnings


Quarter ended
March 31
2015   2014
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Revenues $ 17,506 $ 20,696
Cost of products sold 16,404   20,021  
Gross profit 1,102 675
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 498 393
Equity in (earnings) losses of unconsolidated affiliates (139 ) (132 )
Interest income (18 ) (22 )
Interest expense 81 93
Other (income) expense - net (10 ) (23 )
Earnings before income taxes 690 366
Income taxes (197 ) (98 )
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 493 268
Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests   1  
Net earnings attributable to ADM $ 493   $ 267  
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.77 $ 0.40
Average number of shares outstanding 639 663

Other (income) expense - net consists of:

Gain on sale of assets/business (a) $ (3 ) $ (23 )
Other - net (7 )  
$ (10 ) $ (23 )
(a)   Current period gain includes individually insignificant disposals in Oilseeds ($2 million) and Ag Services ($1 million). Prior period gain includes individually insignificant disposals in Oilseeds ($15 million) and Ag Services ($8 million).

Summary of Financial Condition


  March 31,
  March 31,
(in millions)
Cash and cash equivalents (b) $ 890 $ 1,083
Short-term marketable securities (b) 406 452
Operating working capital (a) 8,147 11,555
Property, plant, and equipment 9,833 10,102
Investments in and advances to affiliates 3,959 3,580
Long-term marketable securities 507 537
Goodwill and other intangibles 3,124 758
Other non-current assets 396 241
Net current assets held for sale 1,084  
$ 28,346   $ 28,308
Short-term debt (b) $ 848 $ 300
Long-term debt, including current maturities (b) 5,593 5,373
Deferred liabilities 3,148 2,573
Shareholders' equity 18,757   20,062
$ 28,346   $ 28,308
(a)   Current assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and current assets held for sale) less current liabilities (excluding short-term debt, current maturities of long-term debt, and current liabilities held for sale).
(b) 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.

Summary of Cash Flows


  Three months ended
March 31
2015   2014
(in millions)
Operating Activities
Net earnings $ 493 $ 268
Depreciation and amortization 216 219
Other - net (132 ) (259 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (532 ) (586 )
Total Operating Activities 45 (358 )
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (244 ) (188 )
Proceeds from sale of business/assets 6 6
Marketable securities - net 100 (41 )
Other investing activities (123 ) 78  
Total Investing Activities (261 ) (145 )
Financing Activities
Long-term debt borrowings 8 1
Long-term debt payments (7 ) (1,154 )
Net borrowings (payments) under lines of credit 742 (63 )
Purchases of treasury stock (566 ) (175 )
Cash dividends (177 ) (158 )
Other 7   14  
Total Financing Activities 7 (1,535 )
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (209 ) (2,038 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period 1,099   3,121  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 890   $ 1,083  

Segment Operating Analysis


  Quarter ended
March 31
2015   2014
(in '000s metric tons)

Processed volumes

Oilseeds 8,849 8,689
Corn 5,302 5,749
Milling and Cocoa 1,750   1,773
Total processed volumes 15,901   16,211
Quarter ended
March 31
2015 2014
(in millions)


Agricultural Services $ 8,045 $ 9,711
Corn Processing 2,466 2,984
Oilseeds Processing 6,293 7,655
Wild Flavors and Specialty Ingredients 606 257
Other 96   89
Total revenues $ 17,506   $ 20,696

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

A non-GAAP financial measure


  Quarter ended
March 31
2015   2014
Reported EPS (fully diluted) $ 0.77 $ 0.40
LIFO (credit) charge (a) 0.15
U.S. biodiesel credits (b) 0.01
Effective tax rate adjustment (c)   (0.01 )
Sub-total adjustments   0.15  
Adjusted earnings per share (non-GAAP) $ 0.77   $ 0.55  
Memo: Timing effects (gain) loss
Corn (d) 0.01 0.06
Cocoa (e) 0.02   0.03  
Sub-total timing effects 0.03   0.09  
Adjusted EPS excluding timing effects (non-GAAP) $ 0.80   $ 0.64  
(a)   The company’s pretax changes in its LIFO reserves during the period, tax effected using the Company’s U.S. effective income tax rate.
(b) Prior period credits of $9 million, pretax, ($10 million, after tax) related to U.S. biodiesel blending credits recorded in a later period.
(c) Impact to EPS due to the change in annual effective tax rate.
(d) Corn timing effects for corn hedge ineffectiveness losses tax effected using the Company's U.S. effective income tax rate.
(e) Cocoa timing effects tax effected using the Company's effective income tax rate.

Adjusted EPS and adjusted EPS excluding timing effects reflect ADM’s fully diluted EPS after removal of the effect on Reported EPS of certain specified items and timing effects as more fully described above. Management believes that these are useful measures of ADM’s performance because they provide investors additional information about ADM’s operations allowing better evaluation of ongoing business performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to replace or be an alternative to Reported EPS, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, 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 quarter in order to arrive at an adjusted EPS amount for each specified item and timing effect.

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