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ADM Third-Quarter Earnings up 37 Percent

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Profits of $ 578 million or $ 0.86 per share on increases across all business units</b></i> </p>

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

ADM Third-Quarter Earnings up 37 Percent07:00 EDT Tuesday, May 03, 2011 DECATUR, Ill. (Business Wire) -- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) today reported third-quarter net earnings of $ 578 million and quarterly segment operating profit of $ 1.0 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, up $ 157 million and $ 310 million, respectively, from the same period one year earlier. ADM earned $ 0.86 diluted EPS, a 32 percent increase versus last year's $ 0.65 third quarter. Segment operating profit of $ 1.0 billion was up 45 percent from the same period last year. Oilseeds Processing profit increased $ 107 million due to favorable ownership, strong North American results and the reversal of mark-to-market timing effects. Corn Processing profit increased $ 100 million on favorable ownership and good volumes for sweeteners, starches and lysine. Agricultural Services profit increased $ 6 million, in line with the prior year's results, amid challenging and volatile global markets. “The ADM team performed very well. Against a backdrop of volatile commodity prices, a challenging margin environment and geopolitical instability in the Middle East, North Africa and Côte d'Ivoire, our team worked smart and hard and delivered strong results,” said Patricia Woertz, ADM chairman and CEO. “As we look ahead, we are monitoring the planting and growing season in North America and Europe. Overall, global demand for crops and agricultural products remains relatively strong. In these conditions, ADM will use our unique global asset base and strong balance sheet to serve vital needs, efficiently connecting the world's growers with the world's buyers, and delivering value for our customers and our shareholders.” Financial Highlights(Amounts in millions, except per share data)   Quarter Ended March 31   Nine Months Ended March 31     2011   2010   Change 2011   2010   Change Segment operating profit $ 1,006   $ 696   $ 310 $ 3,133   $ 2,440   $ 693 Net earnings $ 578 $ 421 $ 157 $ 1,655 $ 1,484 $ 171 Diluted earnings per share $ 0.86 $ 0.65 $ 0.21 $ 2.55 $ 2.30 $ 0.25 Average shares outstanding   684     645       655     644       A summary of segment operating profit and net earnings follows:   Quarter endedMarch 31         Nine months endedMarch 31     2011   2010   Change 2011   2010   Change (in millions)         Oilseeds Processing $ 512 $ 405 $ 107 $ 1,145 $ 1,041 $ 104 Corn Processing 204 104 100 944 582 362 Agricultural Services 171 165 6 729 490 239 Other   119     22     97     315     327     (12 ) Segment operating profit 1,006 696 310 3,133 2,440 693 Corporate   (215 )   (162 )   (53 )   (882 )   (405 )   (477 ) Earnings before income taxes 791 534 257 2,251 2,035 216 Income taxes     (223 )   (118 )   (105 )   (612 )   (561 )   (51 ) Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 568 416 152 1,639 1,474 165   Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (10 ) (5 ) (5 ) (16 ) (10 ) (6 )             Net earnings $ 578   $ 421   $ 157   $ 1,655   $ 1,484   $ 171   Discussion of Net Earnings Net earnings for the third quarter of $ 578 million increased $ 157 million due principally to a $ 310 million increase in segment operating profit. This increase was partially offset by changes in LIFO inventory valuations, included in corporate, caused by higher agricultural commodity prices. Earnings before income taxes include a LIFO charge of $ 43 million this quarter, decreasing EPS by $ 0.04, compared to a LIFO gain of $ 43 million last year, which increased EPS by $ 0.04. The fully diluted EPS calculation was impacted by the completion of the company's debt remarketing related to the Equity Units issued in 2008. While 44 million new common shares will be issued on June 1, the accounting requirement to use the “if converted” method assumes the company issued the shares at the beginning of the fiscal third quarter, and this assumption results in a $(0.05) per share impact for this quarter. The company's effective income tax rate for the quarter was 28 percent, compared to the prior year's third quarter rate of 22 percent. Last year's effective tax rate included an adjustment to the quarterly rate to bring the cumulative effective tax rate for the year-to-date into line with the lower fiscal year forecast. Oilseeds Processing Oilseeds operating profit in the third quarter increased $ 107 million to $ 512 million. Crushing and origination operating profit increased $ 133 million to $ 405 million for the quarter. Favorable ownership and strong North American results offset a decline from South America. European results increased significantly, principally on the reversal of mark-to-market timing effects. Refining, packaging, biodiesel and other generated a profit of $ 89 million for the quarter, up $ 23 million from last year, as improved results from North and South America offset lower results from Europe. Oilseeds results in Asia declined $ 49 million to $ 18 million for the quarter, principally reflecting ADM's share of the weaker results from its equity investee, Wilmar International Limited. Corn Processing For the quarter, corn processing operating profit increased $ 100 million to a profit of $ 204 million. Processed volumes were up 13 percent, reflecting increased production at the company's corn processing plants, including the two new ethanol dry mills. Sweeteners and starches operating profit of $ 46 million was essentially flat, as higher average selling prices and volumes were mostly offset by higher net corn costs. Export demand for sweetener remained strong, and U.S. demand for industrial starches improved. Bioproducts profit in the quarter rose $ 99 million to $ 158 million, driven by favorable corn ownership and strong demand for value-added food and feed ingredients, particularly lysine. Agricultural Services Agricultural Services operating profit of $ 171 million increased $ 6 million from last year's results. The global merchandising and handling team delivered good results, comparable to last year, amid a challenging environment of significant volatility in agricultural commodity markets, regional instability in the Middle East and North Africa, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. U.S. export volumes and margins remained strong in the quarter. Earnings from transportation operations improved on higher barge-freight rates. Other In the third quarter, profits from ADM's Other business units increased $ 97 million to $ 119 million. In other processing, profits in wheat milling and cocoa operations were $ 96 million, an increase of $ 87 million from the year-ago quarter, which included large mark-to-market charges in the cocoa operations. During the quarter, cocoa operations in Côte d'Ivoire were suspended, and ADM met customer needs through its global cocoa processing network. Other financial increased $ 10 million mainly due to improved results of ADM's captive insurance subsidiary and ADM Investor Services. Corporate Corporate results decreased $ 53 million principally due to an $ 86 million change in LIFO reserves and higher corporate costs. Last year's third quarter included a $ 75 million charge relating to debt repurchase. Current Market Conditions Overall global economic conditions are being impacted by significant geopolitical developments, rising energy costs and evolving monetary and fiscal policies. These elements have the potential to temper global economic growth. Regional crop supply imbalances are resulting in elevated prices and significant volatility. South America is harvesting a near-record soybean crop and has sufficient supply. In North America, the carryouts of corn and soybeans are projected to be tight, and farmers are beginning to plant. The global wheat supply is ample, and canola and rapeseed supplies vary by region. Global demand for crops and agricultural products continues to grow. Global protein meal demand is firm. North American corn sweetener volumes are higher, led by Mexico. Ethanol consumption in the U.S. remains at maximum blendable levels, and global biodiesel demand is growing. Conference Call Information ADM will host a conference call and audio webcast at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 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 online or to download the slide presentation, go to www.adm.com/webcast. To listen by telephone, dial 866-356-4123 or 617-597-5393; the access code is 48899048. Replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Central Time on May 3 to May 10, 2011. To listen to the replay by telephone, dial 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888; the access code is 37235690. To listen to the replay online, visit www.adm.com/webcast. About ADM Every day, the 29,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 240 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world's premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries. Our global headquarters is in Decatur, Illinois, and our net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, were $62 billion. For more information about our company and our products, visit www.adm.com. Segment Operating Analysis (unaudited)     Quarter endedMarch 31 Nine months endedMarch 31 2011   2010 2011   2010 (in ‘000s metric tons) Processed volumes     Oilseeds Processing 7,683 7,740 22,592 21,911 Corn Processing 5,631 4,990 17,373 14,378 Wheat and cocoa   1,750   1,764   5,454   5,548 Total processing volumes   15,064   14,494   45,419   41,837   Quarter endedMarch 31 Nine months endedMarch 31 2011   2010 2011   2010 (in millions) Net sales and other operating income Oilseeds Processing $ 6,642 $ 5,084 $ 19,322 $ 16,322 Corn Processing 2,513 1,960 7,176 5,905 Agricultural Services 9,340 6,788 26,631 19,750 Other   1,582   1,313   4,677   4,002 Total net sales and other operating income $ 20,077 $ 15,145 $ 57,806 $ 45,979   Segment Operating Profit and Corporate Results (unaudited)   Quarter ended March 31     Nine months ended March 31 2011   2010   Change 2011   2010   Change (in millions)         Oilseeds Processing Operating Profit Crushing and origination $ 405 $ 272 $ 133 $ 781 $ 600 $ 181 Refining, packaging, biodiesel and other 89 66 23 243 212 31 Asia   18     67     (49 )     121     229     (108 ) Total Oilseeds Processing $ 512 $ 405 $ 107 $ 1,145 $ 1,041 $ 104   Corn Processing Operating Profit Sweeteners and starches $ 46 $ 45 $ 1 $ 311 $ 410 $ (99 ) Bioproducts   158     59     99     633     172     461   Total Corn Processing $ 204 $ 104 $ 100 $ 944 $ 582 $ 362   Agricultural Services Operating Profit Merchandising and handling $ 155 $ 154 $ 1 $ 634 $ 414 $ 220 Transportation   16     11     5     95     76     19   Total Agricultural Services $ 171 $ 165 $ 6 $ 729 $ 490 $ 239   Other Operating Profit Processing $ 96 $ 9 $ 87 $ 282 $ 275 $ 7 Financial   23     13     10     33     52     (19 ) Total Other $ 119   $ 22   $ 97   $ 315   $ 327   $ (12 )   Segment Operating Profit $ 1,006 $ 696 $ 310 $ 3,133 $ 2,440 $ 693   Corporate LIFO credit (charge) $ (43 ) $ 43 $ (86 ) $ (420 ) $ 65 $ (485 ) Interest expense - net (81 ) (73 ) (8 ) (253 ) (209 ) (44 ) Corporate costs (93 ) (64 ) (29 ) (232 ) (203 ) (29 ) Debt buyback costs – (75 ) 75 – (75 ) 75 Unrealized gains on interest rate swaps 6 – 6 30 – 30 Other   (4 )   7     (11 )   (7 )   17     (24 ) Total Corporate $ (215 ) $ (162 ) $ (53 ) $ (882 ) $ (405 ) $ (477 )   Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 791   $ 534   $ 257   $ 2,251   $ 2,035   $ 216     Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited)     Quarter endedMarch 31 Nine months endedMarch 31 2011   2010 2011   2010 (in millions, except per share amounts)     Net sales and other operating income $ 20,077 $ 15,145 $ 57,806 $ 45,979 Cost of products sold   18,917     14,254     54,604     43,062   Gross profit 1,160 891 3,202 2,917 Selling, general and administrative expenses 395 355 1,188 1,067 Other (income) expense – net   (26 )   2     (237 )   (185 ) Earnings before income taxes 791 534 2,251 2,035 Income taxes   (223 )   (118 )   (612 )   (561 ) Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 568 416 1,639 1,474 Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (10 )   (5 )   (16 )   (10 ) Net earnings attributable to ADM $ 578   $ 421   $ 1,655   $ 1,484     Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.86   $ 0.65   $ 2.55   $ 2.30     Average number of shares outstanding   684     645     655     644       Other (income) expense - net consists of: Interest expense $ 121 $ 101 $ 353 $ 304 Investment income (32 ) (34 ) (97 ) (100 ) Gain related to Golden Peanut acquisition – – (71 ) – Equity in (earnings) losses of unconsolidated affiliates (71 ) (137 ) (334 ) (428 ) Debt buyback costs – 75 – 75 Unrealized gains on interest rate swaps (6 ) – (30 ) – Other – net   (38 )   (3 )   (58 )   (36 ) $ (26 ) $ 2   $ (237 ) $ (185 )   Summary of Financial Condition (unaudited)     March 31 2011     June 30 2010 (in millions) NET INVESTMENT IN Working capital $ 18,297 $ 10,279 Property, plant, and equipment 9,315 8,712 Investments in and advances to affiliates 3,062 2,799 Long-term marketable securities 847 678 Other non-current assets   1,287   1,225 $ 32,808 $ 23,693   FINANCED BY Short-term debt $ 5,732 $ 374 Long-term debt, including current maturities 8,526 7,174 Deferred liabilities 1,870 1,514 Shareholders' equity   16,680   14,631 $ 32,808 $ 23,693   Summary of Cash Flows(unaudited)   Nine Months Ended March 31 2011     2010 (in millions) Operating Activities   Net earnings $ 1,639 $ 1,474 Depreciation and amortization 665 673 Other – net (83 ) (129 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (6,970 )   757   Total Operating Activities (4,749 ) 2,775 Investing Activities Purchases of property, plant and equipment (913 ) (1,230 ) Net assets of businesses acquired (206 ) (59 ) Marketable securities – net (504 ) 74 Other investing activities   36     2   Total Investing Activities (1,587 ) (1,213 ) Financing Activities Long-term debt borrowings 1,563 14 Long-term debt payments (306 ) (546 ) Debt repayment premium and costs – (71 ) Net borrowings (payments) under lines of credit 5,259 (89 ) Purchases of treasury stock (94 ) – Cash dividends (293 ) (276 ) Other   19     10   Total Financing Activities   6,148     (958 ) Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (188 ) 604 Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   1,046     1,055   Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 858   $ 1,659   Archer Daniels Midland CompanyMedia:David Weintraub, 217-424-5413Director, External CommunicationsInvestors:Dwight Grimestad, 217-424-4586Vice President, Investor Relations