The Andersons, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results First Quarter Earnings of $0.67 per Diluted Share

Rail Group Leads Earning Results

MAUMEE, Ohio, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Andersons, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANDE) announced first quarter net income attributable to the company of $12.6 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, on revenues of $1.3 billion.  In the same three month period of 2012, the company reported results of $18.4 million, or $0.98 per diluted share, on $1.1 billion of revenues.

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The Rail Group had record first quarter operating income of $14.6 million on revenues of $46 million.  In the same three month period of 2012, the group earned $8.0 million and revenues were $36 million.  The group's revenue and income benefited from higher lease rates and increased income from car financings.  The group recognized $9.3 million in pre-tax gains on sales of railcars and related leases and non-recourse transactions.  In 2012, the company recognized gains of $6.3 million on similar transactions.  The average utilization rate for the quarter was 84.6 percent in comparison to 85.7 percent for the same period last year.  The rail fleet has increased by more than 500 cars during the past year to 23,508 cars.

The Grain Group reported first quarter operating income of $8.3 million in 2013 in comparison to $19.4 million for the same period of the prior year.  The Grain Group had considerably lower space income this quarter as a result of the 2012 drought and market carry was much lower than the previous year.  The group, however, benefited from record earnings from its investment in Lansing Trade Group.   First quarter revenues for the Grain Group were $836 million and $700 million for 2013 and 2012, respectively.  Revenues increased due to higher grain prices and greater sales volume, which resulted primarily from the addition of the former Green Plains Grain facilities.   

The Ethanol Group had operating income of $2.5 million in the first quarter.  This compares to $0.1 million earned during the same period of 2012.  The higher income is the result of improved ethanol margins and increased co-product income.  The sale of co-products such as corn oil, E-85, Distillers Dried Grains and CO2 remains a focus of the group as it contributes to a more consistent income base.   Total revenues for the quarter were $199 million.  In comparison, the group's revenues for the same period last year were $151 million.  The revenue increase is primarily due to the added volume from the Denison, Iowa plant, which was acquired in the second quarter of 2012.         

The Plant Nutrient Group had an operating loss of $0.6 million during the first quarter on revenues of $112 million.  In the same three month period of 2012, the group reported operating income of $5.8 million and revenues of $175 million.  The lower revenue and income were primarily due to weather related delays in fieldwork that led to approximately a one-third decrease in volume; this volume has likely been shifted to the second quarter.  Margins from year to year are down slightly due to a very slow start to the season and limited inventory price appreciation.    

The Turf & Specialty Group achieved record operating income of $4.0 million on $47 million of revenues during the first quarter.  Last year, the group reported $2.2 million of operating income on $45 million of revenues for the period.  Margin for the lawn business increased; and the increase more than offsets the decrease in volume from the prior year first quarter.  Process improvements made in the lawn business last year are resulting in operational efficiencies.      

The Retail Group had an operating loss of $3.2 million during the first quarter, which included $0.8 million of  costs associated with the closing of the Woodville, Ohio store.  In the prior year, the group's operating loss for the same three month period was $2.7 million.  Revenues for the quarter were comparable at $31 million and $30 million in 2013 and 2012, respectively. 

"Our Rail Group continues to perform well, as they skillfully manage their railcar portfolio.  We are pleased with the continued strong performance of Lansing Trade Group and improved margins in the ethanol business," CEO Mike Anderson stated.  "The 2012 drought, however, continues to impact our profitability.  As we have mentioned before, this will continue to impact our grain and ethanol businesses this year.  While the Plant Nutrient Group was impacted by adverse weather in the first quarter, they should benefit from an anticipated record corn crop planting in the second quarter, as long as the weather cooperates," added Mr. Anderson. 

The company will host a webcast on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 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 rooted in agriculture.  Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company conducts business across North America in the grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient sectors, railcar leasing, turf and cob products, and consumer retailing.

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.com

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The Andersons, Inc.



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income



(Unaudited)




Three months ended


March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2013

2012




Sales and merchandising revenues

$   1,271,970

$    1,137,133

Cost of sales and merchandising revenues

1,192,697

1,051,263

Gross profit

79,273

85,870




Operating, administrative and general expenses

62,008

60,100

Interest expense

6,404

5,330

Other income:



  Equity in earnings of affiliates

7,804

4,283

  Other income, net

2,726

3,246

Income before income taxes

21,391

27,969

Income tax provision

9,079

10,241

Net income 

12,312

17,728

  Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

(266)

(679)

Net income attributable to The Andersons, Inc.

$        12,578

$         18,407




Per common share:



Basic earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders

$            0.67

$             0.99

Diluted earnings attributable to The Andersons, Inc. common shareholders

$            0.67

$             0.98

Dividends paid

$            0.16

$             0.15










The Andersons, Inc.  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)



March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

(in thousands)

2013

2012

2012





Assets




Current assets:




  Cash and cash equivalents

$        58,284

$      138,218

$       31,874

  Restricted cash

635

398

18,785

  Accounts receivable, net

197,842

208,877

204,400

  Inventories

753,378

776,677

787,646

  Commodity derivative assets - current

158,079

103,105

33,845

  Other current assets

78,832

69,878

85,640

Total current assets

1,247,050

1,297,153

1,162,190





Investments and other assets

294,912

296,037

258,771

Commodity derivative assets - noncurrent

813

1,906

1,189

Railcar assets leased to others, net

244,706

228,330

215,023

Property, plant and equipment, net

364,307

358,878

187,584

Total assets

$   2,151,788

$   2,182,304

$  1,824,756





Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




  Borrowings under short-term line of credit

$      292,100

$        24,219

$     365,000

  Commodity derivative liabilities - current

50,157

33,277

34,113

  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

621,772

935,311

479,935

Total current liabilities

964,029

992,807

879,048





Other long-term liabilities

147,519

149,675

166,081

Commodity derivative liabilities - noncurrent

3,220

1,134

2,352

Long-term debt, less current maturities

412,700

427,243

220,417

Total equity

624,320

611,445

556,858

Total liabilities and equity

$   2,151,788

$   2,182,304

$  1,824,756





 

Segment Data





















Plant


Turf & 





Grain

Ethanol

Nutrient

Rail

Specialty

Retail 

Other

Total

Quarter ended March 31, 2013









Revenues from external customers

$    836,495

$  199,309

$ 111,902

$       46,364

$     47,187

$      30,713

$               -

$   1,271,970










Gross profit

24,850

4,805

13,949

18,979

9,018

7,672

-

79,273










Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliates

7,910

(106)

-

-

-

-

-

7,804










Other income (loss), net

571

231

(25)

946

275

114

614

2,726










Income (loss) before income taxes

8,299

2,213

(562)

14,574

4,001

(3,169)

(3,965)

21,391










Loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

-

(266)

-

-

-

-

-

(266)










Operating income (loss) (a)

$         8,299

$       2,479

$        (562)

$       14,574

$       4,001

$       (3,169)

$       (3,965)

$        21,657










Quarter ended March 31, 2012









Revenues from external customers

$     699,861

$   150,670

$  175,360

$       35,859

$     45,127

$       30,256

$                -

$   1,137,133










Gross profit

32,601

2,773

21,318

12,565

7,999

8,614

-

85,870










Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliates

5,952

(1,671)

2

-

-

-

-

4,283










Other income, net

827

16

118

776

201

124

1,184

3,246










Income (loss) before income taxes

19,435

(558)

5,828

8,018

2,202

(2,749)

(4,207)

27,969










Loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

-

(679)

-

-

-

-

-

(679)










Operating income (loss) (a)

$       19,435

$          121

$      5,828

$         8,018

$       2,202

$       (2,749)

$        (4,207)

$        28,648




























(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.



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