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CHS Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2024 Earnings

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CHS Inc. reported solid earnings of $170.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, with revenues of $9.1 billion, compared to $292.3 million and $11.3 billion in the same period last year. For the first six months of fiscal year 2024, net income was $693.2 million, down from $1.1 billion in the previous year. Despite lower earnings in some segments, overall financial performance was good, driven by strong agronomy markets and stable margins in grain and oilseed products.
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  • Solid net income of $170.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024.
  • Revenues of $9.1 billion in the second quarter, compared to $11.3 billion in the previous year.
  • Net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2024 was $693.2 million, down from $1.1 billion in the same period last year.
  • Earnings in the Ag segment increased, driven by stronger agronomy markets and stable margins in grain and oilseed products.
  • Energy segment saw a decline in margins due to market conditions, including reduced demand for propane and refined fuels.
  • Nitrogen production segment reported lower earnings attributed to decreased market prices of urea and UAN.
  • Corporate and Other segment earnings decreased primarily due to lower equity income from Ventura Foods.
  • Overall good financial results for the first six months of fiscal year 2024, supported by supply chain investments and a diversified portfolio.
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The reported net income decline from $292.3 million in Q2 of fiscal year 2023 to $170.3 million in Q2 of fiscal year 2024 reflects a notable contraction in profitability for CHS Inc. This contraction, coupled with a reduction in revenues from $11.3 billion to $9.1 billion, may signal a red flag for investors concerned with the company's short-term earnings potential. However, it's important to consider the context of the previous year's record earnings when evaluating this performance. The agronomy market strength and stable grain and oilseed margins suggest resilience in the company's core Ag segment, which could be a positive indicator for long-term growth, particularly if these trends continue.

Investors should also note the energy segment's challenges, largely due to external factors such as a warm winter and global market conditions impacting propane demand. These factors are largely beyond the company's control, but they do highlight the segment's vulnerability to weather patterns and market volatility. This could inform risk assessments and the need for diversified revenue streams. The reduced equity income from CF Nitrogen due to decreased urea and UAN prices may also be a concern, as it suggests potential pricing pressure in nitrogen-based fertilizers, which could impact future earnings.

CHS Inc.'s performance in the agribusiness cooperative space needs to be analyzed in the context of the broader agricultural market. The increase in the Ag segment's earnings is promising, as it indicates the company's ability to capitalize on favorable market conditions and improved efficiencies. This could suggest competitive advantages in the company's operations and supply chain management. However, the decline in the Energy segment's earnings is a reminder of the sector's cyclical nature and the importance of monitoring commodity prices and weather-related demand fluctuations.

From a market perspective, CHS Inc.'s diversified portfolio and global presence in 65 countries offer a hedge against localized risks and the potential for international growth. The company's commitment to sustainability and community well-being also aligns with increasing consumer and investor interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR), which could enhance its brand reputation and long-term stakeholder value.

The agronomy and grain markets are subject to complex global supply and demand dynamics, which CHS Inc. appears to be navigating effectively, as evidenced by higher volumes and improved margins in these categories. The company's focus on supply chain investments and technological advancements could be key factors in achieving these results. However, the volatility in energy markets, particularly the impact of a warm winter on propane demand, underscores the importance of demand forecasting and strategic planning in this segment.

The decreased earnings in the Nitrogen Production segment highlight the challenges faced by fertilizer producers in the face of fluctuating market prices. This could have implications for the agricultural sector as a whole, potentially affecting input costs for farmers and, consequently, food prices. The ability of CHS Inc. to adapt to these changing conditions will be critical in maintaining its position as a leading agribusiness cooperative.

Solid Ag Earnings Contributed to $170.3 Million in Second Quarter Net Income

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- CHS Inc., the nation's leading agribusiness cooperative, today released results for its second quarter ended Feb. 29, 2024. The company reported quarterly net income of $170.3 million and revenues of $9.1 billion compared to net income of $292.3 million and revenues of $11.3 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023. For the first six months of fiscal year 2024, the company reported net income of $693.2 million and revenues of $20.5 billion compared to record net income of $1.1 billion and record revenues of $24.1 billion in the first half of fiscal year 2023.

Second quarter fiscal year 2024 highlights:

  • Performance was solid across our segments, although earnings were down from the record second quarter of fiscal year 2023.
  • In our Ag segment, earnings rose as agronomy markets were stronger compared to the prior year and grain and oilseed margins were stable.
  • In our Energy segment, margins declined from the highs in the prior year due to changing market conditions including the impact of a historically warm winter.
  • Equity method investments continued to perform well, led by our CF Nitrogen investment.

"The first six months of our fiscal year have delivered overall good financial results," said Jay Debertin, president and CEO of CHS Inc. "Our supply chain investments and well-diversified portfolio, empowered by our people and technology, are helping us perform well as we connect farmers and local cooperatives with the inputs and services they need to help feed the world."

Energy
Pretax earnings of $51.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2024 represent a $213.2 million decrease versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Decreased refining margins due to lower market prices and less favorable pricing on heavy Canadian crude oil, partially offset by a lower cost for renewable fuel credits
  • Lower margins for propane due to global market conditions
  • Reduced demand for propane and refined fuels, primarily driven by warm weather conditions across much of our trade territory

Ag
Pretax earnings of $56.9 million represent a $138.4 million increase versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Improved margins for our wholesale and retail agronomy products due to improved market conditions
  • Increased margins for our grain and oilseed product category due to the timing impact of market adjustments
  • Higher grain and oilseed volumes due to improved efficiencies and a more balanced global supply and demand environment

Nitrogen Production
Pretax earnings of $37.0 million represent a $44.7 million decrease versus the prior year period and reflect lower equity income from CF Nitrogen attributed to decreased market prices of urea and UAN.

Corporate and Other
Pretax earnings of $40.2 million represent a $7.8 million decrease versus the prior year period, primarily reflecting lower equity income from Ventura Foods, which experienced less favorable market conditions for edible oils.

CHS Inc. Earnings*

by Segment

(in thousands $)










Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023


February 29, 2024


February 28, 2023

Energy

$          51,579


$        264,822


$        318,414


$        661,416

Ag

56,851


(81,566)


226,571


205,733

Nitrogen Production

37,009


81,733


73,468


178,606

Corporate and Other

40,219


48,033


84,051


84,737

Income before income taxes

185,658


313,022


702,504


1,130,492

Income tax expense

15,325


20,974


8,803


55,528

Net income

170,333


292,048


693,701


1,074,964

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

26


(273)


471


45

Net income attributable to CHS Inc. 

$        170,307


$        292,321


$        693,230


$     1,074,919









*Earnings is defined as income (loss) before income taxes.








CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) creates connections to empower agriculture. As a leading global agribusiness and the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the United States, CHS serves customers in 65 countries and employs nearly 10,000 people worldwide. We provide critical crop inputs, market access and risk management services that help farmers feed the world. Our diversified agronomy, grains, foods and energy businesses recorded revenues of $45.6 billion in fiscal year 2023. We advance sustainability through our commitment to being stewards of the environment, building economic viability and strengthening community and employee well-being.  

This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers, directors and representatives may from time to time make, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "goal," "seek," "believe," "project," "estimate," "expect," "strategy," "future," "likely," "may," "should," "will" and similar references to future periods. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, financial condition and results of operations, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control. CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the "Risk Factors" discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2023. These factors may include changes in commodity prices; the impact of government policies, mandates, regulations and trade agreements; global and regional political, economic, legal and other risks of doing business globally; the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine; the escalation of conflict in the Middle East; the impact of inflation; the impact of epidemics, pandemics, outbreaks of disease and other adverse public health developments, including COVID-19; the impact of market acceptance of alternatives to refined petroleum products; consolidation among our suppliers and customers; nonperformance by contractual counterparties; changes in federal income tax laws or our tax status; the impact of compliance or noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations; the impact of any governmental investigations; the impact of environmental liabilities and litigation; actual or perceived quality, safety or health risks associated with our products; the impact of seasonality; the effectiveness of our risk management strategies; business interruptions, casualty losses and supply chain issues; the impact of workforce factors; our funding needs and financing sources; financial institutions' and other capital sources' policies concerning energy-related businesses; technological improvements that decrease the demand for our agronomy and energy products; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, divestitures and other nonordinary course-of-business events; security breaches or other disruptions to our information technology systems or assets; the impact of our environmental, social and governance practices, including failures or delays in achieving our strategies or expectations related to climate change or other environmental matters; the impairment of long-lived assets; the impact of bank failures; and other factors affecting our businesses generally. Any forward-looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise except as required by applicable law.

 

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CHS Inc. reported a net income of $170.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024.

CHS Inc.'s revenues were $9.1 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2024, down from $11.3 billion in the same period last year.

CHS Inc. reported a net income of $693.2 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2024.

The Energy segment saw a decline in margins due to market conditions, including reduced demand for propane and refined fuels.

Earnings in the Nitrogen Production segment were impacted by decreased market prices of urea and UAN.
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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 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. chs preferred stock is listed on the nasdaq at chscp.