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The Andersons, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter Results

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Andersons, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter Results16:01 EDT Monday, May 07, 2012First Quarter Earnings of $0.98 per Diluted Share Grain, Rail and Plant Nutrient Lead Earning ResultsMAUMEE, Ohio, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE), today announced record first quarter net income attributable to the company of $18.4 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.1 billion.  In the same three month period of 2011, the company reported results of $17.3 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, on $1.0 billion of revenues.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081104/CLTU081LOGO )The Grain Group reported record first quarter operating income of $19.4 million in 2012, and $15.1 million for the same period of the prior year.  The group benefited from strong space income and very good first quarter earnings from the investment in Lansing Trade Group.  First quarter revenues for the group were $700 million and $638 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively.  Revenues increased due to a slight increase in both the average grain price and bushels sold. The Ethanol Group had operating income of $0.1 million in the first quarter.  This compares to $3.6 million earned during the same period of 2011.  The decreased income is the result of a decline in the company's earnings from its ethanol investment affiliates, whose income was negatively impacted by lower ethanol margins resulting from increased industry production and lower demand led by declining exports.  There was, however, increased income from corn oil, E-85, and CO2.  Total revenues for the quarter were $151 million.  In comparison, the group's revenues for the same period last year were $133 million.  The revenue increase is primarily due to an increase in the average price per gallon.        The Plant Nutrient Group achieved operating income of $5.8 million during the first quarter.  In the same three month period of 2011, the group reported $5.1 million of operating income.  This improved performance was due entirely to an increase in volume.  Margin was down slightly from the prior year due to lower price appreciation.  The volume increase is primarily the result of good application weather in March and pent up demand from the fourth quarter of 2011.  Revenues for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011 were $175 million and $124 million, respectively.  Revenues grew due to an increase in both the average selling price and volume.    The Rail Group had record first quarter operating income of $8.0 million on revenues of $36 million.  In the same three month period of 2011, the group earned $3.5 million and revenues were $29 million.  The group's revenue and income benefitted from higher utilization and lease rates.  The group recognized $6.3 million in gains on sales of railcars and related leases, whereas last year during the same quarter $4.8 million was recorded.  The average utilization rate for the quarter was 85.7 percent in comparison to 82.4 percent for the same period last year.  Income from the railcar repair business has also increased considerably. The Turf & Specialty Group reported operating income of $2.2 million on $45 million of revenues during the first quarter.  Last year, the group reported $3.3 million of income on $47 million of revenues for the period.     The Retail Group had an operating loss of $2.7 million during the first quarter of both 2012 and 2011.  Revenues for both years were also comparable at $30 million and $31 million for 2012 and 2011, respectively.  "Our agricultural businesses continue to perform well.  Although we will not see the same wheat basis gains we did last year, we are pleased with the year-to-date corn planting progress, on what is expected to be an approximate 96 million acre crop.  It is also gratifying to report record earnings in our Rail Group, which struggled for a few years during the economic downturn," CEO Mike Anderson stated.  "Quality growth investments continue to be a priority for us.  In January, we added New Eezy Gro, to our Plant Nutrient Group; an Ohio based specialty agricultural and industrial company with two locations.  Last week, our new ethanol investment affiliate, The Andersons Denison Ethanol LLC, acquired an existing ethanol plant in Denison, Iowa from Amaizing Energy Company.  We will operate the plant and handle all marketing and origination services as we do for the other three ethanol LLCs in which we have an investment," added Mr. Anderson.  "In spite of the above we believe the second quarter will be challenging, primarily due to the expectation of a significant drop in wheat space income in the Grain Group.  Lower margins are also expected during the second quarter in both our Ethanol and Plant Nutrient groups.  We do believe, however, that these factors will be partially offset by significantly increased performance in Rail.  Overall, we expect 2012 to be our second best year ever," concluded Mr. Anderson.   The company will host a webcast on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. ET, to discuss its performance.  This can be accessed under the heading "Investor" on its website at www.andersonsinc.com.The Andersons, Inc. is a diversified company with interests in the grain, ethanol and plant nutrient sectors of U.S. agriculture, as well as in railcar leasing and repair, turf products production, and general merchandise retailing.  Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company now has operations across the United States, in Puerto Rico, and has rail equipment leasing interests in Canada and Mexico.This release contains forward-looking statements.  These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  Without limitation, these risks include economic, weather and regulatory conditions, competition, and the risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Although the Company believes that the assumptions upon which the financial information and its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct.The Andersons, Inc. is located on the Internet at www.andersonsinc.comFINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW . . .  The Andersons, Inc.Consolidated Statements of Income(Unaudited)Three Months endedMarch 31,(in thousands, except per share data)20122011Sales and merchandising revenues$ 1,137,133$ 1,001,674Cost of sales and merchandising revenues1,051,263922,989Gross profit85,87078,685Operating, administrative and general expenses60,10053,707Interest expense5,3307,336Other income:  Equity in earnings of affiliates4,2837,246  Other income, net3,2462,306Income before income taxes27,96927,194Income tax provision10,2419,806Net income 17,72817,388  Net income (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interest(679)122Net income attributable to The Andersons, Inc.$      18,407$      17,266Per common share:Basic earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders$          0.99$          0.93Diluted earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders$          0.98$          0.93Dividends paid$      0.1500$      0.1100       The Andersons, Inc.  Consolidated Balance Sheets(Unaudited)March 31,December 31,March 31,(in thousands)201220112011AssetsCurrent assets:  Cash and cash equivalents$      31,874$         20,390$      22,320  Restricted cash18,78518,65112,353  Accounts receivable, net204,400167,640220,665  Inventories787,646760,459775,017  Commodity derivative assets - current33,84583,950178,767  Other current assets85,63956,13265,299Total current assets1,162,1891,107,2221,274,421Investments and other assets258,771252,388221,796Commodity derivative assets - noncurrent1,1892,28912,996Railcar assets leased to others, net215,023197,137169,189Property, plant and equipment, net187,584175,087150,262Total assets$ 1,824,756$    1,734,123$ 1,828,664Liabilities and equityCurrent liabilities:  Borrowings under short-term line of credit$    365,000$         71,500$    460,000  Commodity derivative liabilities - current34,11315,87467,869  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities479,935706,877436,937Total current liabilities879,048794,251964,806Other long-term liabilities166,081160,626119,432Commodity derivative liabilities - noncurrent2,3521,519110Long-term debt, less current maturities220,417238,885263,218Total equity556,858538,842481,098Total liabilities and equity$ 1,824,756$    1,734,123$ 1,828,664   Segment DataPlantTurf & GrainEthanolNutrientRailSpecialtyRetail OtherTotalQuarter ended March 31, 2012Revenues from external customers$ 699,861$ 150,670$ 175,360$ 35,859$ 45,127$ 30,256$       -$ 1,137,133Gross Profit32,6012,77321,31812,5657,9998,614-85,870Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliates5,952(1,671)2----4,283Other income, net827161187762011241,1843,246Income (loss) before income taxes19,435(558)5,8288,0182,202(2,749)(4,207)27,969Loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest(679)(679)Operating income (loss) (a)19,4351215,8288,0182,202(2,749)(4,207)28,648Quarter ended March 31, 2011Revenues from external customers$ 637,967$ 132,748$ 123,649$ 28,910$   47,270$ 31,130$       -$  1,001,674Gross Profit31,2924,46518,0847,1178,7768,951-78,685Equity in earnings of affiliates6,2301,0142----7,246Other income, net580581257532901563442,306Income (loss) before income taxes15,1013,6935,1143,5463,278(2,664)(874)27,194Income attributable to the noncontrolling interest122122Operating income (loss) (a)15,1013,5715,1143,5463,278(2,664)(874)27,072(a) Operating income (loss) for each operating segment is defined as net sales and merchandising revenues plus identifiable other income less all identifiable operating expenses, including interest expense for carrying working capital and long-term assets and is reported net of the noncontrolling interest share of income. SOURCE The Andersons, Inc.For further information: Nick Conrad, +1-419-891-6415, nick_conrad@andersonsinc.com