Record Sales Produce Full Year Adjusted Earnings per Share of $5.25


DULUTH, Ga. -- (Business Wire)

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, reported net sales of approximately $2.7 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of approximately 7.4% compared to net sales of $2.5 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011. Reported and adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $1.04 per share and $0.99 per share, respectively. Adjusted net income excludes a non-cash intangible asset impairment charge of approximately $22.4 million related to the Company’s Chinese harvesting business. Adjusted net income also excludes a non-cash tax gain of $26.9 million from the recognition of U.S. deferred tax assets. These results compare to reported and adjusted net income of $2.90 per share and $1.44 per share, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 excluded a non-cash tax gain and transaction expenses associated with the acquisition of GSI. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 4.0%, net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased approximately 11.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Net sales for the full year of 2012 were approximately $10.0 billion, an increase of approximately 13.6% compared to the full year of 2011. Excluding the unfavorable impact of currency translation of approximately 7.7% and the favorable impact of acquisitions of approximately 8.8%, net sales for the full year of 2012 increased approximately 12.5% compared to the full year of 2011. For the full year of 2012, reported net income per share was $5.30 and adjusted net income per share, excluding the items discussed above, was $5.25. These results compare to reported net income of $5.95 per share and adjusted net income, excluding the items discussed above, of $4.48 per share for the full year of 2011.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Organic sales growth for Q4 2012 vs Q4 2011 was 7.3%, with the strongest growth coming from South America and Asia/Pacific(1)
    • Regional organic sales results: South America +27.8%; Asia/Pacific +27.5%; Europe/Africa/ Middle East (“EAME”) +3.4%; North America (1.8%)

 

“Global commodity prices remain elevated due to weather-related production difficulties across many of the developed markets,” stated Mr. Richenhagen. “Crop production in North America was significantly lower in 2012 due to ongoing drought conditions. However, higher crop prices and extensive crop insurance produced near record levels of farm income in the U.S. supporting farm machinery purchases. We are experiencing softness in demand for grain storage and protein production equipment as a result of lower crop production volumes. A mixed weather pattern is partially offsetting attractive crop prices in Europe. Industry sales remain soft in the weather impacted markets of Southern Europe, Scandinavia and Finland, while demand remained stable in the key Western European markets of Germany and France. Industry demand in South America increased during the second half of 2012. Improved crop yields, attractive government financing programs in Brazil and favorable grain prices all supported farm equipment industry sales. Demand for commodities has caught up with global capacity driven by biofuels use, the growing population and increasing emerging market protein consumption. Our long-term view remains optimistic as elevated farm income should continue to support healthy growth in our industry.”