Bunge Reports Third Quarter Results

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG)

  • Total segment EBIT of $441 million, an increase of $250 million compared to Q3 2011
  • Strong Agribusiness results, volumes up 15%
  • Sugar & Bioenergy results impacted by $39 million impairment charge related to a U.S. corn ethanol joint-venture
  • Excluding charge, results in Sugar & Bioenergy improved year-over-year due to higher milling margins

Financial Highlights


           Quarter Ended            

Nine Months Ended

US$ in millions, except per share
 data

9/30/12

9/30/11

9/30/12

9/30/11

Volume (000 metric tons)

43,209

38,035

119,560

102,846

Net sales

$17,293

$15,616

$45,829

$42,298

Total segment EBIT (a)

$441

$191

$982

$881

Agribusiness

$406

$149

$989

$706

Sugar & Bioenergy

$(47)

$(43)

$(108)

$(23)

Edible Oil Products

$29

$28

$52

$92

Milling Products

$30

$24

$101

$79

Fertilizer

$23

$33

$(52)

$27

Net income attributable to Bunge

$297

$140

$663

$688

Earnings per common share-diluted

$1.92

$0.89

$4.29

$4.42

Earnings per common share-diluted (a)
(excl. certain gains & charges)

$2.08

$0.86

$3.99

$4.15


(a)  Total segment earnings before interest and tax ("EBIT") and earnings per common share-diluted (excl. certain gains and charges) are non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures are included in the tables attached to this press release and the accompanying slide presentation posted on Bunge's website, respectively.

Overview

Alberto Weisser, Bunge's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Bunge delivered significantly stronger third-quarter results than in the prior year.  Agribusiness operations posted solid results, and Food & Ingredients and Fertilizer showed improved performance from the challenging first half of the year.  Results in Sugar & Bioenergy on a comparable basis were higher than last year, but below the potential of this business.  Our continued sugarcane planting and other cost reduction efforts which will result in increased sales volumes and lower unit costs will help us realize this potential.  We are making steady progress, and remain optimistic for a strong performance in the 2013 crop year.  

"The current market environment, shaped most notably by the severe U.S. drought, has been and will continue to be volatile and complex for everyone who participates in our industry.  Stocks of corn and soybeans are tight, and the world is adjusting typical trade flows.  Bunge's role is to help farmers and customers manage through this environment, by providing market access for crops and delivering the right products when and where they are needed.  We are confident that the company's core strengths – geographic balance, a diverse product portfolio, an experienced team and a strong balance sheet – enable us to fulfill this role effectively and profitably.

"The world needs record crops to rebuild stocks, and today's high prices are sending a strong signal to farmers, especially in South America, to plant.  Early indications are that soybean production will be at record levels.  As new crops are harvested, we should see a more balanced supply-demand situation, which will be good for consumers and for the market overall."

Third Quarter Results

Agribusiness
Operations in all geographies performed well in the quarter.  Higher oilseed processing results were driven by North America, Europe and Asia, which experienced a challenging year-ago period. Oilseed processing in South America also performed well.  Our grain merchandising operations benefited from the combination of strong export demand and large South American grain supplies. Higher volumes in the quarter reflect contributions from our investments in additional grain and port facilities in the U.S. and strong export demand. 

Sugar & Bioenergy
Sugarcane milling performance improved from last year, generating a slight profit in the quarter primarily due to higher sugar margins.  However, results were lower than we would normally expect for the seasonally strong third quarter primarily due to lower sales volume caused by port congestion, and lower sugar content of harvested cane, which led to reduced production volumes and increased unit costs. While improved from last year, our trading & merchandising business reported a loss.  Results in the quarter included an impairment charge of $39 million related to a North American corn ethanol joint venture.

Edible Oil Products
Higher results in our European and Brazilian businesses more than offset lower results in our North American operations. Results in the quarter benefited from our new acquisitions.  Results in 2011 included a $6 million gain on the sale of an idled facility in North America.

Milling Products
Higher earnings in the quarter were primarily driven by improved margins in wheat milling.  Our wheat mill in Mexico, in which we acquired a majority interest in the second quarter of 2012, also contributed to results.

Fertilizer
Results in Fertilizer showed considerable improvement compared to its performance during the first half of the year, but trailed last year due to lower margins in our Brazilian business.  

Financial Costs
Interest expense increased in the quarter primarily due to higher average borrowings, mostly resulting from the higher prices of agricultural commodity inventories which drove higher average working capital levels.

Income Taxes
The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was 20% compared to 8% for the same period last year.  The higher effective tax rate primarily reflects earnings mix.  

Outlook
Drew Burke, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "With soybean supplies in South America at low levels, oilseed processing will largely be driven by North America and Europe, which should benefit from strong export demand.  Considering the tight supply environment, global grain demand will continue to be met by a variety of products from different geographies. With our global network of ports and elevators, our grain merchandising operations should continue to perform well.

"In Sugar & Bioenergy, we expect our milling business to continue to improve through the remainder of the year.  We remain on track to reach our planting target of approximately 70 thousand hectares of sugarcane this year.  This, combined with the steps we are taking to improve the efficiency of our operations, should enable us to operate our mills at full capacity in the 2013 crop year with lower unit production costs.

"Food & Ingredients should continue to improve from the challenging first half of the year.  

"In Fertilizer, it is the seasonally stronger period in South America, but markets remain competitive."

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Bunge Limited's management will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT on October 25, 2012 to discuss the company's results.

Additionally, a slide presentation to accompany the discussion of results will be posted on www.bunge.com.

To listen to the call, please dial (877) 261-8992.  If you are located outside the United States or Canada, dial (847) 619-6548.  Please dial in five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.  When prompted, enter confirmation code 33524650.  The call will also be webcast live at www.bunge.com.

To access the webcast, go to the "Webcasts and Events" page of the "Investors" section of the company's website.  Select "Q3 2012 Bunge Limited Conference Call" and follow the prompts.  Please go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary audio software.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available later in the day on October 25, 2012, continuing through November 24, 2012.  To listen to it, please dial (888) 843-7419 or, if located outside the United States or Canada, dial (630) 652-3042.  When prompted, enter confirmation code 33524650.  A replay will also be available on the "Audio Archives" page of the "Investors" section of the company's website.

About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com, NYSE: BG) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in approximately 40 countries with over 35,000 employees.  Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat and corn to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in North and South America.  Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather reflect our current expectations and projections about our future results, performance, prospects and opportunities. We have tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words including "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "continue" and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. The following important factors, among others, could affect our business and financial performance: industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities and other raw materials and products used in our business; fluctuations in energy and freight costs and competitive developments in our industries; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop and animal disease on our business; global and regional agricultural, economic, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the outcome of pending regulatory and legal proceedings; our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances; our ability to achieve the efficiencies, savings and other benefits anticipated from our cost reduction, margin improvement and other business optimization initiatives; changes in government policies, laws and regulations affecting our business, including agricultural and trade policies, tax regulations and biofuels legislation; and other factors affecting our business generally. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and except as otherwise required by federal securities law, we do not have any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Additional Financial Information

The following table provides a summary of certain gains and charges that may be of interest to investors. The table includes a description of these items and their effect on total segment EBIT, net income attributable to Bunge and earnings per share for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011.




Net Income

Earnings


Total Segment

Attributable to

Per Share

(In millions, except per share data)

EBIT

Bunge

Diluted















Quarter Ended September 30:


2012


2011


2012


2011


2012


2011

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (4)

$

-

$

6

$

-

$

5

$

-

$

0.03

Impairment of equity method investment














and related party loan (5)


(39)


-


(25)


-


(0.16)


-

Total

$

(39)

$

6

$

(25)

$

5

$

(0.16)

$

0.03






































Net Income

Earnings



Total Segment

Attributable to

Per Share

(In millions, except per share data)

EBIT

Bunge

Diluted















Nine Months Ended September 30:


2012


2011


2012


2011


2012


2011














Other income (expense) - net (1)

$

(27)

$

-

$

(18)

$

-

$

(0.12)

$

-

Gain on sale of investments (2)


85


37


54


37


0.35


0.24

Gain on acquisition of controlling interest (3)


36


-


36


-


0.23


-

Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (4)


-


6


-


5


-


0.03

Impairment of equity method investment














and related party loan (5)


(39)


-


(25)


-


(0.16)


-

Total

$

55

$

43

$

47

$

42

$

0.30

$

0.27


 












Consolidated Earnings Data (Unaudited)













Quarter Ended



Nine Months Ended


September 30,



September 30,

(In millions)  


2012


2011




2012


2011

Net sales  

$

17,293

$

15,616



$

45,829

$

42,298

Cost of goods sold   


(16,434)


(14,910)




(43,789)


(40,306)

Gross profit  


859


706




2,040


1,992

Selling, general and administrative expenses  


(416)


(394)




(1,231)


(1,121)

Foreign exchange gain (loss)  


20


(127)




104


(8)

Other income (expense)−net   


(9)


(1)




(46)


(8)

Gain on sale of investments  


-


-




85


37

Gain on acquisition of controlling interest  


-


-




36


-

EBIT attributable to noncontrolling interest  


(13)


7




(6)


(11)

Total Segment EBIT (8)


441


191




982


881

Interest income  


13


28




60


72

Interest expense (6)


(86)


(80)




(230)


(222)

Income tax (expense) benefit  


(80)


1




(162)


(62)

Noncontrolling interest share of interest and tax  


9


-




13


19

Net income attributable to Bunge  


297


140




663


688

Convertible preference share dividends  


(8)


(8)




(25)


(25)

Net income available to Bunge common shareholders  

$

289

$

132



$

638

$

663

Diluted earnings per common share  

$

1.92

$

0.89



$

4.29

$

4.42

Weighted–average common shares outstanding - diluted (7)


155


148




155


156


 

Consolidated Segment Information (Unaudited)

Set forth below is a summary of certain items in our Consolidated Earnings Data and volumes by reportable segment.  



Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,

(In millions, except volumes)


2012


2011 (9)



2012


2011 (9)

Volumes (in thousands of metric tons):










Agribusiness


35,770


 31,142 



101,143


 84,643 

Sugar & Bioenergy


2,855


 2,372 



5,990


 6,072 

Edible oil products


1,692


 1,535 



4,876


 4,398 

Milling products


1,097


 1,113 



3,230


 3,494 

Fertilizer


1,795


 1,873 



4,321


 4,239 

Total


43,209


 38,035 



119,560


 102,846 

Net sales:










Agribusiness  

$

11,993

$

 9,995 


$

31,890


 27,721 

Sugar & Bioenergy


1,522


 1,731 



3,482


 4,212 

Edible oil products


2,395


 2,337 



6,947


 6,553 

Milling products


485


 525 



1,333


 1,516 

Fertilizer


898


 1,028 



2,177


 2,296 

Total

$

17,293

$

 15,616 


$

45,829


 42,298 

Gross profit:










Agribusiness

$

594

$

 448 


$

1,424


 1,249 

Sugar & Bioenergy


50


 19 



73


 98 

Edible oil products


113


 107 



317


 335 

Milling products


60


 56 



159


 167 

Fertilizer


42


 76 



67


 143 

Total

$

859

$

 706 


$

2,040


 1,992 

Selling, general and administrative expenses:










Agribusiness

$

(206)

$

 (199)


$

(626)


 (565)

Sugar & Bioenergy (5)


(69)


 (39)



(150)


 (121)

Edible oil products


(83)


 (84)



(264)


 (241)

Milling products


(30)


 (33)



(95)


 (90)

Fertilizer  


(28)


 (39)



(96)


 (104)

Total

$

(416)

$

 (394)


$

(1,231)


 (1,121)











Foreign exchange gain (loss):










Agribusiness

$

32

$

 (113)


$

106

$

 (10)

Sugar & Bioenergy


(15)


 (20)



(15)


 3 

Edible oil products


(2)


 1 



(5)


 - 

Milling products


1


 - 



1


 - 

Fertilizer


4


 5 



17


 (1)

Total

$

20

$

 (127)


$

104

$

 (8)











Segment earnings before interest and tax:










Agribusiness (2)

$

406

$

 149 


$

989

$

 706 

Sugar & Bioenergy


(47)


 (43)



(108)


 (23)

Edible oil products


29


 28 



52


 92 

Milling products (3)


30


 24 



101


 79 

Fertilizer


23


 33 



(52)


 27 

Total (8)

$

441

$

 191 


$

982

$

 881 


 









Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)












September 30,



December  31,

(In millions)


2012



2011

Assets








Cash and cash equivalents  


$

690



$

835

Trade accounts receivable, net



3,689




2,459

Inventories (10)



8,115




5,733

Other current assets  



5,552




4,101

Total current assets



18,046




13,128

Property, plant and equipment, net  



5,841




5,517

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net



1,181




1,113

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