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ADM Reports Record Second Quarter Earnings per Share of $1.26, $1.33 on an Adjusted Basis; Expects Momentum to Continue in Second Half, Leading to Very Strong Full-Year Outlook

07/27/2021
  • Q2 net earnings of $712 million; adjusted net earnings of $754 million
  • Segment operating profit up more than 40%
  • ROIC of 9.7%, significantly higher than the prior-year period’s 8.1%
  • 27% year-over-year Q2 operating profit growth in Nutrition, raising segment’s OP growth expectations for full year to 20%

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ADM (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“It was yet another excellent quarter for ADM, as our team delivered record earnings, with strong year-over-year profit growth across all three business units,” said Chairman and CEO Juan Luciano.

“This is a very different ADM than even a few short years ago, and our transformation is far from over. Our productivity efforts are powering our execution, and — combined with our unparalleled global footprint and strong risk management — supported outstanding results in both Ag Services & Oilseeds and Carbohydrate Solutions. And we’re driving innovation, which helped support record top-line and bottom-line results in Nutrition; in fact, we are now raising our expectations of full-year profit growth for Nutrition to 20 percent.

“We’re excited about our growth trajectory as we continue to expand our participation in large and fast-growing categories, from alternative proteins to renewable green diesel to plant-based biosolutions, with all of our strategic efforts underpinned by our unique opportunity to use ADM’s integrated value chain to advance decarbonization of the food and agriculture industries. Given our great start to the year and our expectation of continued momentum in the second half, we are confident in delivering very strong full-year earnings, and we remain well-positioned for robust, sustained growth in the years to come.”

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights

(Amounts in millions except per share amounts)

2021

2020

Earnings per share (as reported)

$

1.26

$

0.84

Adjusted earnings per share1

$

1.33

$

0.85

Segment operating profit

$

1,145

$

813

Adjusted segment operating profit1

$

1,160

$

804

Ag Services and Oilseeds

570

413

Carbohydrate Solutions

383

195

Nutrition

201

158

Other Business

6

38

  • Q2 2021 EPS as reported of $1.26 includes a $0.16 per share charge related to asset impairment and non-cash pension settlement, a $0.06 per share gain related to the mark-to-market adjustment on the Wilmar exchangeable bond, and a $0.03 gain related to the sale of certain assets. Adjusted EPS, which excludes these items, was $1.33.1

1 Non-GAAP financial measures; see pages 5, 10, 11 and 12 for explanations and reconciliations, including after-tax amounts.

Quarterly Results of Operations

Ag Services & Oilseeds delivered operating profits almost 40 percent higher than the previous year’s quarter.

  • Ag Services results were higher year over year. The North American origination business effectively managed its positions in a dynamic pricing environment, and also delivered significantly higher export volumes, driven by corn sales to China. South American origination was impacted by slower farmer selling and high commodity prices, which impacted contract fulfillment. Global trade performance was lower than the strong second quarter of 2020, with results driven partially by timing impacts that should reverse.
  • Crushing had substantially higher year-over-year results. The business executed well in an environment of strong vegetable oil demand to deliver higher execution margins in North American soy and EU softseeds. Results were partially offset by weaker soybean crush margins in South America. In addition, there were approximately $70 million in net incremental negative timing effects, which should reverse in the coming quarters.
  • Refined Products and Other results were significantly higher than the prior-year period, driven by continued recovery in foodservice as well as positive timing effects in North America, partially offset by impacts of the reduction in Brazilian biodiesel mandates.
  • Equity earnings from Wilmar were higher year over year.

Carbohydrate Solutions results were almost double those of the prior-year period.

  • Starches and Sweeteners, including ethanol production from our wet mills, delivered substantially higher year-over-year results, driven by about $90 million in positioning gains across the ethanol complex in a highly dynamic environment, as well as more normalized results from corn oil. Sweetener volumes were higher, reflecting the beginnings of a recovery in demand from the foodservice channel. Ethanol margins improved versus the prior-year period, driven by a resurgence in driving miles in the U.S.
  • Vantage Corn Processors results were much higher than the second quarter of 2020, supported by the resumption of production at our two dry mills, improved fuel ethanol margins and favorable performance in USP-grade industrial alcohol from our Peoria complex.

Nutrition delivered a record Q2, with 15 percent revenue growth and 27 percent higher year-over-year profits.

  • Human Nutrition revenues were 13 percent higher than the second quarter of last year on a constant currency basis, and operating profits were up 24 percent. In North America and EMEA, the flavors business delivered strong volumes and improved product mix, particularly in the beverage segment. Specialty Ingredients delivered strong sales growth in specialty proteins, though results were lower due to certain one-time costs, mainly in texturants. In Health & Wellness, stronger sales and margins in probiotics were offset by higher costs in fibers due to planned facility downtime.
  • Animal Nutrition revenue was 17 percent higher year over year on a constant currency basis and profits were up 44 percent as improved demand and margins in amino acids, strength in feed additives and ingredients, and better performance in EMEA more than offset COVID-19 and labor-related impacts in other regions.

Other Business results were substantially lower than the prior-year period, driven primarily by captive insurance underwriting losses, most of which were offset by corresponding recoveries in other business segments.

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 $1.1 billion for the quarter includes charges related to asset impairment and restructuring of $37 million ($0.05 per share) and gains on sales of assets of $22 million ($0.03 per share).

In Corporate results, interest expense decreased from the prior year on lower interest rates and the favorable liability management actions taken in the prior year. Unallocated corporate costs were higher year over year due primarily to higher performance-related compensation accruals, higher IT operating and project-related costs, and transfers of costs from business segments into the centralized centers of excellence in supply chain and operations. Other income increased due primarily to a mark-to-market investment gain in the ADM Ventures portfolio. Corporate results also included a non-cash pension settlement charge of $82 million ($0.11 per share) and a gain related to the mark-to-market adjustment on the Wilmar exchangeable bond of $30 million ($0.06 per share).

The effective tax rate for the quarter was approximately 14 percent.

Note: Additional Facts and Explanations

Additional facts and explanations about results and industry environment can be found at the end of the ADM Q2 Earnings Presentation at www.adm.com/webcast.

Conference Call Information

ADM will host a webcast on July 27, 2021, at 8 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial results and provide a company update. To listen to the webcast, 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 our comments and materials in this presentation constitute forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, Company performance and financial results. These statements and materials 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 as a result of new information or future events.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at www.adm.com.

Financial Tables Follow

Source: Corporate Release

Segment Operating Profit, Adjusted Segment Operating Profit (a non-GAAP financial measure)

and Corporate Results

(unaudited)

Quarter ended

Six months ended

June 30

June 30

(In millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Segment Operating Profit

$

1,145

$

813

$

332

$

2,250

$

1,412

$

838

Specified items:

(Gains) losses on sales of assets and businesses

(22)

(23)

1

(22)

(23)

1

Impairment, restructuring, and settlement charges

37

14

23

131

58

73

Adjusted Segment Operating Profit

$

1,160

$

804

$

356

$

2,359

$

1,447

$

912

Ag Services and Oilseeds

$

570

$

413

$

157

$

1,347

$

835

$

512

Ag Services

190

171

19

399

335

64

Crushing

150

113

37

532

183

349

Refined Products and Other

130

78

52

231

159

72

Wilmar

100

51

49

185

158

27

Carbohydrate Solutions

$

383

$

195

$

188

$

642

$

263

$

379

Starches and Sweeteners

306

177

129

528

276

252

Vantage Corn Processors

77

18

59

114

(13)

127

Nutrition

$

201

$

158

$

43

$

355

$

300

$

55

Human Nutrition

162

131

31

290

244

46

Animal Nutrition

39

27

12

65

56

9

Other Business

$

6

$

38

$

(32)

$

15

$

49

$

(34)

Segment Operating Profit

$

1,145

$

813

$

332

$

2,250

$

1,412

$

838

Corporate Results

$

(320)

$

(261)

$

(59)

$

(601)

$

(485)

$

(116)

Interest expense - net

(70)

(86)

16

(134)

(163)

29

Unallocated corporate costs

(248)

(194)

(54)

(450)

(383)

(67)

Other

49

35

14

59

(17)

76

Specified items:

LIFO credit (charge)

91

(91)

Gain (loss) on debt extinguishment

(14)

14

(14)

14

Gain on debt conversion option

30

30

10

10

Impairment, restructuring, and settlement charges

(81)

(2)

(79)

(86)

1

(87)

Earnings Before Income Taxes

$

825

$

552

$

273

$

1,649

$

927

$

722

Segment operating profit is ADM’s consolidated income from operations before income tax excluding corporate items. Adjusted segment operating profit, a non-GAAP financial 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

Six months ended

June 30

June 30

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Revenues

$

22,926

$

16,281

$

41,819

$

31,251

Cost of products sold (1)

21,463

15,173

38,808

29,192

Gross profit

1,463

1,108

3,011

2,059

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (2)

739

638

1,488

1,302

Asset impairment, exit, and restructuring costs (3)

23

16

82

57

Equity in (earnings) losses of unconsolidated affiliates

(163)

(103)

(288)

(243)

Investment income

(50)

(26)

(63)

(74)

Interest expense (4)

40

87

127

170

Other (income) expense - net (5,6,7)

49

(56)

16

(80)

Earnings before income taxes

825

552

1,649

927

Income tax expense (8)

113

80

244

64

Net earnings including noncontrolling interests

712

472

1,405

863

Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests

3

4

3

Net earnings attributable to ADM

$

712

$

469

$

1,401

$

860

Diluted earnings per common share

$

1.26

$

0.84

$

2.48

$

1.53

Average diluted shares outstanding

566

562

565

563

(1) Includes a charge related to an inventory writedown of $13 million in the current quarter and YTD, and a credit related to changes in the Company’s LIFO reserves of $91 million in the prior YTD.

(2) Includes a charge related to a legal settlement of $38 million in the current YTD.

(3) Includes charges related to impairment of certain assets and restructuring of $23 million and $82 million in the current quarter and YTD, respectively, and $16 million and $57 million in the prior quarter and YTD, respectively.

(4) Includes gains related to the mark-to-market adjustment of the conversion option of the exchangeable bond issued in August 2020 of $30 million and $10 million in the current quarter and YTD, respectively.

(5) Includes gains related to the sale of certain assets of $22 million in the current quarter and YTD, and $23 million in the prior quarter and YTD. Also includes early debt repayment expenses of $14 million in the prior quarter and YTD.

(6) Includes exit costs of $2 million in the current YTD.

(7) Includes a settlement charge related to pension liabilities of $82 million in the current quarter and YTD.

(8) Includes the tax benefit impact of the above specified items and tax discrete items totaling $(24) million and $(49) million in the current quarter and YTD, respectively, and the tax expense (benefit) impact of the above specified items and certain discrete items totaling $(1) million and $19 million in the prior quarter and YTD, respectively.

Summary of Financial Condition

(unaudited)

June 30,
2021

June 30,
2020

(in millions)

Net Investment In

Cash and cash equivalents (a)

$

869

$

1,203

Operating working capital (b)

11,628

8,540

Property, plant, and equipment

9,873

9,833

Investments in and advances to affiliates

5,113

5,239

Goodwill and other intangibles

5,266

5,212

Other non-current assets

2,202

2,046

$

34,951

$

32,073

Financed By

Short-term debt (a)

$

1,289

$

531

Long-term debt, including current maturities (a)

8,432

8,642

Deferred liabilities

3,556

3,504

Temporary equity

71

85

Shareholders’ equity

21,603

19,311

$

34,951

$

32,073

(a)

Net debt is calculated as short-term debt plus long-term debt (including current maturities) less cash and cash equivalents.

(b)

Current assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents) less current liabilities (excluding short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt).

Summary of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

Six months ended

June 30

2021

2020

(in millions)

Operating Activities

Net earnings

$

1,405

$

863

Depreciation and amortization

492

489

Asset impairment charges

54

47

(Gains) losses on sales/revaluation of assets

(79)

(64)

Other - net

330

276

Change in deferred consideration in securitized receivables(a)

(2,456)

Other changes in operating assets and liabilities

805

409

Total Operating Activities

3,007

(436)

Investing Activities

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(427)

(360)

Net assets of businesses acquired

(5)

(3)

Proceeds from sale of business/assets

58

91

Investments in retained interest in securitized receivables(a)

(2,121)

Proceeds from retained interest in securitized receivables(a)

4,577

Marketable securities - net

1

(3)

Investments in and advances to affiliates

(8)

(5)

Other investing activities

(13)

(3)

Total Investing Activities

(394)

2,173

Financing Activities

Long-term debt borrowings

595

1,478

Long-term debt payments

(2)

(525)

Net borrowings (payments) under lines of credit

(752)

(667)

Share repurchases

(112)

Cash dividends

(417)

(405)

Other

3

Total Financing Activities

(576)

(228)

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents

2,037

1,509

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents - beginning of period

4,646

2,990

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and restricted cash equivalents - end of period

$

6,683

$

4,499

(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

Six months ended

June 30

June 30

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in ‘000s metric tons)

Processed volumes (by commodity)

Oilseeds

8,778

9,103

17,738

18,266

Corn

5,042

4,099

8,692

9,633

Total processed volumes

13,820

13,202

26,430

27,899

Quarter ended

Six months ended

June 30

June 30

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in millions)

Revenues

Ag Services and Oilseeds

$

18,271

$

12,741

$

33,278

$

23,820

Carbohydrate Solutions

2,820

2,014

5,043

4,330

Nutrition

1,733

1,437

3,296

2,908

Other Business

102

89

202

193

Total revenues

$

22,926

$

16,281

$

41,819

$

31,251

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

A non-GAAP financial measure

(unaudited)

Quarter ended June 30

Six months ended June 30

2021

2020

2021

2020

In millions

Per share

In millions

Per share

In millions

Per share

In millions

Per share

Net earnings and fully diluted EPS

$

712

$

1.26

$

469

$

0.84

$

1,401

$

2.48

$

860

$

1.53

Adjustments:

LIFO charge (credit) (a)

(69)

(0.12)

Losses (gains) on sales of assets and businesses (b)

(17)

(0.03)

(18)

(0.03)

(17)

(0.03)

(18)

(0.03)

Impairment, restructuring, and settlement charges (c)

90

0.16

12

0.02

164

0.29

44

0.08

Loss (gain) on debt extinguishment (d)

11

0.02

11

0.02

Gain on debt conversion option (e)

(30)

(0.06)

(10)

(0.02)

Tax adjustment (f)

(1)

1

(1)

8

0.01

Sub-total adjustments

42

0.07

6

0.01

136

0.24

(24)

(0.04)

Adjusted net earnings and adjusted EPS

$

754

$

1.33

$

475

$

0.85

$

1,537

$

2.72

$

836

$

1.49

(a)

Prior YTD changes in the Company’s LIFO reserves of $(91) million pretax ($69 million after tax), tax effected using the Company’s U.S. income tax rate.

(b)

Current quarter and YTD gain of $22 million pretax ($17 million after tax) related to the sale of certain assets, tax effected using the Company’s U.S. income tax rate. Prior quarter and YTD gain of $23 million pretax ($18 million after tax) related to the sale of certain assets, tax effected using the applicable tax rates.

(c)

Current quarter and YTD charges of $118 million and $217 million pretax, respectively, ($90 million and $164 million after tax, respectively) related to the impairment of certain assets, restructuring, and legal and pension settlements, tax effected using the applicable tax rates. Prior quarter and YTD charges of $16 million and $57 million pretax, respectively ($12 million and $44 million after tax, respectively), related to the impairment of certain assets and restructuring, tax effected using the applicable tax rates.

(d)

Prior quarter and YTD early debt repayment expenses of $14 million pretax ($11 million after tax) related to the make-whole call provisions on a bond, tax effected using the Company’s U.S. income tax rate.

(e)

Current quarter and YTD gain on debt conversion option of $30 million and $10 million pretax, respectively, ($30 million and $10 million after tax, respectively), related to the mark-to-market adjustment of the conversion option of the exchangeable bonds issued in August 2020, tax effected using the applicable tax rate.

(f)

Tax adjustment due to certain discrete items totaling $1 million in the current quarter and YTD and $1 million and $8 million in the prior quarter and YTD, respectively.

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

Sep. 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Mar. 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

Net earnings attributable to ADM

$

225

$

687

$

689

$

712

$

2,313

Adjustments:

Interest expense

100

69

87

40

296

Other adjustments

355

1

99

95

550

Total adjustments

455

70

186

135

846

Tax on adjustments

(120)

(22)

(45)

(32)

(219)

Net adjustments

335

48

141

103

627

Total Adjusted ROIC Earnings

$

560

$

735

$

830

$

815

$

2,940

Adjusted Invested Capital (in millions)

Quarter Ended

Trailing Four

Sep. 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Mar. 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

Quarter Average

Equity (1)

$

19,322

$

20,000

$

20,841

$

21,582

$

20,436

+ Interest-bearing liabilities (2)

8,141

9,937

11,208

9,729

9,754

Other adjustments

259

(5)

74

72

100

Total Adjusted Invested Capital

$

27,722

$

29,932

$

32,123

$

31,383

$

30,290

Adjusted Return on Invested Capital

9.7

%

(1) Excludes noncontrolling interests

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

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 and 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 specified items. Management believes Adjusted ROIC is a useful financial measure because it provides investors information about ADM’s returns excluding the impacts of 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.

Adjusted Earnings Before Taxes, Interest, and Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)

A non-GAAP financial measure

(unaudited)

The tables below provide a reconciliation of earnings before income taxes to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA by segment for the trailing four quarters ended June 30, 2021.

Four Quarters

Quarter Ended

Ended

Sep. 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Mar. 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

(in millions)

Earnings before income taxes

$

200

$

756

$

824

$

825

$

2,605

Interest expense

100

69

87

40

296

Depreciation and amortization

238

249

249

243

979

Losses (gains) on sales of assets and businesses

(57)

(10)

(22)

(89)

Asset impairment, exit, restructuring, and settlement charges

8

27

99

118

252

Railroad maintenance expense

28

37

3

68

Loss (gain) on debt extinguishment

396

(1)

395

Expenses related to acquisitions

4

4

Adjusted EBITDA

$

913

$

1,131

$

1,259

$

1,207

$

4,510

Four Quarters

Quarter Ended

Ended

Sep. 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Mar. 31, 2021

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

(in millions)

Ag Services and Oilseeds

$

527

$

926

$

871

$

661

$

2,985

Carbohydrate Solutions

323

284

342

467

1,416

Nutrition

201

185

209

253

848

Other Business

21

(14)

11

7

25

Corporate

(159)

(250)

(174)

(181)

(764)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

913

$

1,131

$

1,259

$

1,207

$

4,510

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for specified items. The Company calculates adjusted EBITDA by removing the impact of specified items and adding back the amounts of interest expense and depreciation and amortization to earnings before income taxes. Management believes that adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of the Company’s performance because it provides investors additional information about the Company’s operations allowing better evaluation of underlying business performance and better period-to-period comparability. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not intended to replace or be an alternative to earnings before income taxes, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

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