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ADM Reports Second Quarter 2012 Earnings of $80 Million or $0.12 per Share

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Adjusted EPS of $0.51 per share, down 58 percent from strong year-ago quarter</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i>Segment operating profit of $309 million includes $339 million in impairment charges</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i>Dividends and share repurchases of $304 million during the quarter</i> </p>

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

ADM Reports Second Quarter 2012 Earnings of $80 Million or $0.12 per Share07:00 EST Tuesday, January 31, 2012 DECATUR, Ill. (Business Wire) -- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. The company reported net earnings for the quarter of $80 million, or $0.12 per share, both down 89 percent from the same period one year earlier. Adjusted earnings per share1—which excludes the impact of LIFO, PHA-related impairment charges and other adjustments—was $0.51 per share, 58 percent lower than the prior year quarter. Segment operating profit1, after excluding the impact of the PHA-related charges, was $648 million, down 52 percent from the record quarter a year ago. “It was a tough quarter,” said ADM Chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. “The operating environment was challenging. Ongoing weakness in global oilseeds margins, lower results in corn and poor international merchandising results hurt our second quarter profits. “We remain optimistic about the long-term fundamentals of our business and the growing earnings power of our company,” added Woertz. “We continue to execute our plan to drive shareholder value: prioritizing capital projects, implementing productivity measures and returning capital to shareholders through increased dividends and share buybacks.” Second Quarter 2012 Highlights Adjusted EPS of $0.51 excludes a LIFO charge of $0.06 and asset impairment costs of $0.33. Oilseeds Processing profit declined $72 million amid continued weakness in the global margin environment. Corn Processing results decreased $532 million, including $339 million in asset impairment charges related to the PHA renewable plastic production facility. Net corn costs for the quarter were high, partly due to economic hedging benefits recognized in the prior year. Agricultural Services profit decreased $268 million on poor international merchandising results and lower U.S. export volumes. Other businesses' results decreased by $181 million, primarily due to a negative mark-to-market timing effect in cocoa processing. Mark-to-market losses this quarter were $127 million or approximately $0.13 per share. ADM returned $304 million to shareholders in the quarter, including buying back 6.5 million shares and increasing our quarterly dividend to 17.5 cents per share from 16 cents. Adjusted EPS of 51 Cents, down 69 Cents Adjusted EPS declined primarily due to the decrease in segment operating profit. This was partially offset by lower corporate expenses. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 31 percent, bringing the cumulative rate to 30 percent. Weak Global Oilseeds Margin Environment Continues to Impact Earnings Oilseeds operating profit in the second quarter was $253 million, down $72 million from the same period one year earlier. Crushing and origination operating profit fell $61 million to $139 million. Continued weakness in global oilseeds crushing margins, particularly in Europe, reduced overall results. The prior year's quarter reflected a $71 million pretax gain related to the acquisition of the controlling interest in Golden Peanut. In addition, last year's results included significant, negative mark-to-market timing effects which were not repeated this year. Refining, packaging, biodiesel and other generated a profit of $74 million for the quarter, essentially flat from year-ago levels. Oilseeds results in Asia for the quarter were in line with last year, principally reflecting ADM's share of the results from its equity investee Wilmar International Limited. Additional highlights from the quarter include: Integrating Elstar Oils S.A., the rapeseed crushing, refining, packaging and biodiesel business in Poland. Increasing efficiency at the Olomouc, Czech Republic, sunflower seed crushing and refining facility. Expanding ADM's biodiesel presence with plans for a biodiesel plant at ADM's Lloydminster, Canada, canola crushing facility. Corn Processing Results Weaker, Reflecting PHA Impairment Charge Corn processing reported an operating loss of $133 million, a decrease of $532 million from the same period one year earlier. The loss reflects $339 million in asset impairment charges related to the PHA renewable plastic production facility at Clinton, Iowa. Excluding the PHA impairment charges, corn processing operating profit of $206 million represented a $193 million reduction. Overall net corn costs were up, reflecting economic hedging benefits recognized in the prior year. Sweeteners and starches operating profit decreased $46 million to $73 million. Export demand for sweeteners remained strong, though higher net corn costs more than offset higher average selling prices and increased sales volumes. Bioproducts results in the quarter decreased $486 million to a loss of $206 million, including the $339 million PHA impairment charges and the absence of ownership gains from last year. Ethanol margins were good into December, when they declined significantly as industry production increased and exports declined. Agricultural Services Down from ExceptionallyStrong Year-ago Quarter Agricultural Services operating profit was $158 million, down $268 million from the exceptionally strong period one year earlier. Merchandising and handling earnings decreased on poor international merchandising results and a reduction in U.S. grain exports from the prior year's record levels. Earnings from transportation operations were steady. Other Businesses Deliver Strong Results, Excluding Significant Mark-to-Market Timing Effects In the second quarter, profit from ADM's Other businesses was $31 million, down $181 million from the same period one year earlier. Excluding net timing effects, the results in other processing were comparable to last year's strong results. In other processing, profits fell $150 million to $10 million. Results in the segment were impacted by $127 million in mark-to-market net timing losses in cocoa. Last year's results reflected $23 million in net timing gains. The underlying performance in cocoa remained strong, driven by cocoa powder demand. Wheat milling results remained steady. Other financial declined $31 million to $21 million on lower results of ADM's captive insurance subsidiary. Current Landscape Assessment Worldwide demand for crops and agricultural products continues to grow at a stable rate. The South American harvest is beginning and is expected to help maintain adequate global soybean supplies. With adequate global crop supplies and a smaller U.S. crop last year, the U.S. lost export volumes. Global protein meal demand continues to grow, led by Asia, but crush margins, while improved, remain weak. U.S. ethanol margins are weak, with excess production amid reduced exports. U.S. corn sweetener capacity remains tight, driven by strong export demand. Conference Call Information ADM will host a conference call and audio webcast at 8 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, 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 www.adm.com/webcast. 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 40983238. Replay of the call will be available from 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Jan. 31 to Feb. 7, 2012. To listen to the replay by telephone, dial 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406; the access code is 40983238. To listen to the replay online, visit www.adm.com/webcast. About ADM For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 265 processing plants, 400 crop procurement facilities, and the world's premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com. 1 Non-GAAP financial measures, see pages 5 and 10 for explanations and reconciliations Segment Operating Profit and Corporate Results     A non-GAAP financial measure (unaudited)       Quarter ended Six months ended December 31     December 31     2011   2010   Change 2011   2010   Change (in millions) Oilseeds Processing Operating Profit     Crushing and origination $ 139 $ 200 $ (61 ) $ 254 $ 376 $ (122 ) Refining, packaging, biodiesel and other 74 78 (4 ) 123 154 (31 ) Asia   40     47     (7 )   97     103     (6 ) Total Oilseeds Processing $ 253   $ 325   $ (72 ) $ 474   $ 633   $ (159 )   Corn Processing Operating Profit Sweeteners and starches $ 73 $ 119 $ (46 ) $ 101 $ 265 $ (164 ) Bioproducts   (206 )   280     (486 )   (55 )     475       (530 ) Total Corn Processing $ (133 ) $ 399   $ (532 ) $ 46     $ 740     $ (694 )   Agricultural Services Operating Profit Merchandising and handling $ 109 $ 376 $ (267 ) $ 328 $ 479 $ (151 ) Transportation   49     50     (1 )   74       79       (5 ) Total Agricultural Services $ 158   $ 426   $ (268 ) $ 402     $ 558     $ (156 )   Other Operating Profit Processing $ 10 $ 160 $ (150 ) $ 69 $ 186 $ (117 ) Financial   21     52     (31 )   17     10     7   Total Other $ 31   $ 212   $ (181 ) $ 86   $ 196   $ (110 )   Segment Operating Profit $ 309 $ 1,362 $ (1,053 ) $ 1,008 $ 2,127 $ (1,119 )   Corporate Results LIFO credit (charge) $ (59 ) $ (254 ) $ 195 $ 67 $ (377 ) $ 444 Unallocated interest expense - net (66 ) (83 ) 17 (142 ) (172 ) 30 Unallocated corporate costs (71 ) (66 ) (5 ) (155 ) (139 ) (16 ) Gains on interest rate swaps - 55 (55 ) - 24 (24 ) Other   8     (16 )   24     3     (3 )   6   Total Corporate $ (188 ) $ (364 ) $ 176   $ (227 ) $ (667 ) $ 440     Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 121   $ 998   $ (877 ) $ 781   $ 1,460   $ (679 )   Total segment operating profit is ADM's consolidated income from operations before income tax that includes interest expense of each segment relating to financing operating working capital. Management believes that segment operating profit is a useful measure of ADM's performance because it provides investors information about ADM's business unit performance excluding certain corporate overhead and impacts of its capital structure. Total segment operating profit is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not intended to replace earnings before income tax, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Total segment operating profit is not a measure of consolidated operating results under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to income before income taxes or any other measure of consolidated operating results under U.S. GAAP. Consolidated Statements of Earnings     (unaudited)   Quarter ended Six months ended December 31 December 31 2011   2010 2011   2010 (in millions, except per share amounts)     Net sales and other operating income $ 23,306 $ 20,930 $ 45,208 $ 37,729 Cost of products sold   22,493     19,696     43,361     35,687   Gross profit 813 1,234 1,847 2,042 Selling, general and administrative expenses (423 ) (412 ) (830 ) (793 ) Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 127 138 251 263 Investment income 22 41 62 65 Interest expense (96 ) (115 ) (209 ) (232 ) Asset impairment charges and exit costs (352 ) - (352 ) - Other income – net   30     112     12     115   Earnings before income taxes 121 998 781 1,460 Income taxes   (38 )   (269 )   (237 )   (389 ) Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 83 729 544 1,071 Less: Net earnings (losses) attributable to noncontrolling interests   3     (3 )   4     (6 ) Net earnings attributable to ADM $ 80   $ 732   $ 540   $ 1,077     Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.12   $ 1.14   $ 0.81   $ 1.68     Average number of shares outstanding   667     641     670     641       Other income - net consists of: Net gain on marketable securities transactions $ 11 $ - $ 16 $ 2 Gain on Golden Peanut revaluation - 71 - 71 Gains on interest rate swaps - 55 - 24 Debt buyback/exchange costs - - (12 ) - Other – net   19     (14 )   8     18   $ 30   $ 112   $ 12   $ 115     Summary of Financial Condition     (unaudited)   December 312011     December 312010 (in millions) NET INVESTMENT IN Working capital $ 14,831 $ 16,131 Property, plant, and equipment 9,601 9,194 Investments in and advances to affiliates 3,211 2,975 Long-term marketable securities 352 823 Other non-current assets   1,128   1,261 $ 29,123 $ 30,384   FINANCED BY Short-term debt $ 834 $ 5,632 Long-term debt, including current maturities 8,364 7,053 Deferred liabilities 1,760 1,795 Shareholders' equity   18,165   15,904 $ 29,123 $ 30,384   Summary of Cash Flows     (unaudited) Six Months Ended December 31 2011     2010 (in millions) Operating Activities Net earnings $ 544 $ 1,071 Depreciation and amortization 414 463 Asset impairment charges 350 - Other – net 102 (24 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities   1,631     (5,593 ) Total Operating Activities 3,041 (4,083 )   Investing Activities Purchases of property, plant and equipment (852 ) (645 ) Net assets of businesses acquired (206 ) (163 ) Marketable securities – net 195 (358 ) Cash held in a deconsolidated entity (130 ) - Other investing activities   59     25   Total Investing Activities (934 ) (1,141 )   Financing Activities Long-term debt borrowings 91 35 Long-term debt payments (173 ) (237 ) Net borrowings (payments) under lines of credit (1,076 ) 5,179 Purchases of treasury stock (427 ) (86 ) Cash dividends (224 ) (192 ) Other   (49 )   5   Total Financing Activities   (1,858 )   4,704     Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 249 (520 ) Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   615     1,046   Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $ 864   $ 526     Segment Operating Analysis         (unaudited)   Quarter Ended Six months Ended   December 31 December 31 2011   2010   2011   2010 (‘000s of metric tons) Processed volumes Oilseeds Processing 8,191 7,834 15,209 14,909 Corn Processing 6,297 5,908 12,408 11,742 Wheat and cocoa   1,855 1,819 3,736   3,704 Total processing volumes 16,343 15,561 31,353   30,355       Quarter Ended Six months Ended   December 31 December 31 2011   2010   2011   2010 (In millions) Net sales and other operating income Oilseeds Processing $ 7,513 $ 5,848 $ 15,839 $ 11,939 Corn Processing 3,158 2,449 6,451 4,604 Agricultural Services 11,034 11,165 19,700 18,091 Other   1,601   1,468   3,218   3,095 Total net sales and other operating income $ 23,306 $ 20,930 $ 45,208 $ 37,729   Adjusted Earnings Per Share       A non-GAAP financial measure (unaudited)   Quarter Ended Six months Ended   December 31   December 31   2011   2010   2011     2010       Reported Earnings Per Share (fully-diluted) $ 0.12 $ 1.14 $ 0.81 $ 1.68 Adjustments: LIFO charge/(credit) (a) 0.06 0.25 (0.06 ) 0.37 Asset impairment charges and exit costs (b) 0.33 - 0.33 - Debt buyback/exchange costs (c) - - 0.01 - Gain on Golden Peanut revaluation (d) - (0.07 ) - (0.07 ) Gain on interest rate swaps (e) - (0.05 ) - (0.02 ) Start-up costs (f) - 0.02 - 0.05 Adjust quarterly effective tax rate to fiscal year average (g)   -   (0.09 )   -     (0.14 ) Sub-total adjustments   0.39   0.06       0.28     0.19   Adjusted Earnings Per Share (non-GAAP) $ 0.51 $ 1.20     $ 1.09   $ 1.87       (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) The exit costs and asset impairment charges related to the Company's decision to exit its PHA business, tax effected using the Company's U.S. effective income tax rate. (c) The pretax costs incurred to extinguish or modify the Company's outstanding debt prior to maturity, tax effected using the Company's U.S effective income tax rate. (d) The gain on the revaluation of the Company's equity interest in Golden Peanut as a result of the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest, tax effected at the Company's U.S. effective income tax rate. (e) The losses or gains on changes in fair value of certain financial instruments that were held as de-designated accounting hedges for long-term debt that was re-marketed in fiscal 2011, tax effected at the Company's U.S. effective income tax rate. (f) The costs incurred related to the Company's new bioproducts plants included in Corn Processing, tax effected using the Company's U.S. effective income tax rate. (g) The impact to each quarter's EPS if the fiscal year 2011 final effective income tax rate of 33% were used each quarter. Adjusted EPS is ADM's fully diluted EPS after removal of the effect on EPS of certain specified items as more fully described above. Management believes that Adjusted EPS is a useful measure of ADM's performance because it provides investors information about ADM's operations allowing better evaluation of ongoing business performance. Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not intended to replace or be an alternative to EPS, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, or any other measures of operating results under GAAP. Earnings amounts in the tables 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. Archer Daniels Midland CompanyMedia Relations ContactDavid Weintraub, 217-424-5413orInvestor Relations ContactDwight Grimestad, 217-424-4586