DULUTH, Ga.–AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, reported net sales of approximately $2.4 billion for the second quarter of 2019, a decrease of approximately 4.5% compared to the second quarter of 2018. Reported and adjusted net income was $1.82 per share for the second quarter of 2019. These results compare to a reported net income of $1.14 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses and costs associated with an early retirement of debt, of $1.32 per share for the second quarter of 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 4.6%, net sales in the second quarter of 2019 increased 0.1% compared to the second quarter of 2018.
Net sales for the first six months of 2019 were approximately $4.4 billion, a decrease of approximately 2.8% compared to the same period in 2018. Excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts of approximately 5.7%, net sales for the first six months of 2019 increased approximately 2.9% compared to the same period in 2018. For the first six months of 2019, reported net income was $2.66 per share, and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses was $2.68 per share. These results compare to reported net income of $1.44 per share and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses and costs associated with an early retirement of debt, of $1.68 per share for the first six months of 2018.
Second Quarter Highlights
- Reported regional sales results(1): North America 3.1%, Europe/Middle East (“EME”) (5.7)%, South America (15.4)%, Asia/Pacific/Africa (“APA”) (6.7)%
- Constant currency regional sales results(1)(2): North America 3.6%, EME 0.2%, South America (9.7)%, APA (0.8)%
- Operating margin improvement of over 160 basis points vs. second quarter of 2018
- Regional operating margin performance: North America 8.3%, EME 14.3%, South America (3.8)%, APA 4.3%
- Full-year net sales projection decreased to reflect reduced market outlook
- Full-year outlook for net income per share increased
- Dividend increased approximately 7% to $0.16 per share, effective second quarter 2019
- Repurchases reduced outstanding shares by approximately 0.9 million in the first half of 2019
|(1)As compared to second quarter 2018.|
|(2)Excludes currency translation impact. See reconciliation in appendix.|
“Our second quarter results were highlighted by margin expansion across all regions and significant growth in earnings per share,” stated Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Continued progress on our margin initiatives allowed us to overcome increasingly challenging market conditions in our key markets and improve earnings per share on relatively flat revenues. Increased price realization and initiatives aimed at lowering material costs and raising productivity contributed to the improved profitability in the second quarter. While we have lowered our production schedule to align with market demand, we have raised our earnings outlook for the full year to reflect our confidence in our continued strong margin performance.”
Industry Unit Retail Sales
“Wet weather and flooding in the U.S. have delayed planting, curtailed planted acreage and reduced 2019 crop production estimates,” continued Mr. Richenhagen. “Hot, dry conditions across much of Western Europe are also impacting crop production in that region. Increased harvests in Brazil and Argentina should provide some offset to lower production in North America. While negative in the short-term for farm income and farm equipment demand, forecasts for lower crop production and lower ending inventories of grain have moved commodity prices higher, which could be positive for global farm income in the future. Concerns over delayed crop development and lower harvest forecasts negatively impacted North American industry retail sales in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. We expect North American industry retail tractor sales to be relatively flat in 2019 compared to last year. Modestly higher sales of small tractors and hay and forage equipment are expected to offset lower retail sales in the row crop segment compared to last year. Continued warm, dry growing conditions across much of Europe have stressed the development of the winter wheat crop, while milk prices remain supportive of the dairy sector. Industry retail sales in Western Europe increased in the first six months of 2019, following a year of mixed results in 2018 for the arable farming segment. Industry sales growth in France and Germany was partially offset by declines in the United Kingdom and Italy. For the full year of 2019, industry demand in Western Europe is expected to be flat compared to 2018. Industry retail sales in South America decreased during the first six months of 2019. The benefits of improved grain production in Brazil and Argentina were offset by interruptions in the government subsidized finance program in Brazil and weak macro-economic conditions in Argentina. For the full year of 2019, industry demand in South America is expected to be flat compared to 2018. Longer term, we are optimistic about the fundamentals supporting commodity prices and farm income as well as healthy growth in our industry.”
AGCO Regional Net Sales (in millions)
Net sales in the North American region increased 1.7% in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018, excluding the negative impact of currency translation. Increased sales of application equipment, as well as high horsepower and compact tractors, were partially offset by lower sales of utility tractors. Income from operations for the first six months of 2019 improved approximately $17.6 million compared to the same period in 2018. The benefit of improved pricing and sales mix contributed most of the increase.
AGCO’s South American net sales decreased 6.5% in the first six months of 2019 compared to the first six months of 2018, excluding the impact of unfavorable currency translation. Income from operations improved approximately $17.7 million in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. The South America results in the first six months reflect low levels of industry demand and company production, as well as cost impacts associated with the transition of newer product technology into our Brazilian factories.
Europe/Middle East net sales increased 5.8% in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, excluding unfavorable currency translation impacts. Sales growth was strongest in France, Central Europe and Germany and was partially offset by weaker sales in Scandinavia. Income from operations improved approximately $29.0 million for the first six months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, due to the benefit of higher sales and production, pricing and the timing of engineering costs compared to the prior year.
AGCO’s Asia/Pacific/Africa net sales decreased 5.0%, excluding the negative impact of currency translation, in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. Lower sales in Australia and China were partially offset by sales growth in Africa. Income from operations improved approximately $1.1 million in the first six months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, due to improved margins and lower operating expenses.
Global industry demand in 2019 is expected to be consistent with 2018 levels. AGCO’s net sales for 2019 are projected to be flat compared to 2018 at approximately $9.4 billion, reflecting positive pricing, higher sales volumes offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation impacts. Gross and operating margins are expected to improve from 2018 levels, reflecting the positive impact of pricing and cost reduction efforts. Based on these assumptions, 2019 earnings per share are targeted at approximately $5.08 on a reported basis, or approximately $5.10 on an adjusted basis, which excludes restructuring expenses.
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AGCO will host a conference call with respect to this earnings announcement at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. The Company will refer to slides on its conference call. Interested persons can access the conference call and slide presentation via AGCO’s website at www.agcocorp.com in the “Events” section on the “Company/Investors” page of our website. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call for twelve months following the call. A copy of this press release will be available on AGCO’s website for at least twelve months following the call.
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Safe Harbor Statement
Statements that are not historical facts, including the projections of earnings per share, sales, industry demand, market conditions, commodity prices, currency translation, farm income levels, margin levels, investments in product and technology development, new product introductions, restructuring and other cost reduction initiatives, production volumes, tax rates and general economic conditions, are forward-looking and subject to risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the statements. The following are among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements.
• Our financial results depend entirely upon the agricultural industry, and factors that adversely affect the agricultural industry generally, including declines in the general economy, adverse weather, tariffs, increases in farm input costs, lower commodity prices, lower farm income and changes in the availability of credit for our retail customers, will adversely affect us.
• A majority of our sales and manufacturing take place outside the United States, and, many of our sales involve products that are manufactured in one country and sold in a different country, and as a result, we are exposed to risks related to foreign laws, taxes and tariffs, trade restrictions, economic conditions, labor supply and relations, political conditions and governmental policies. These risks may delay or reduce our realization of value from our international operations. Among these risks are the uncertain consequences of Brexit, Russian sanctions and tariffs imposed on exports to and imports from China.
• Most retail sales of the products that we manufacture are financed, either by our joint ventures with Rabobank or by a bank or other private lender. Our joint ventures with Rabobank, which are controlled by Rabobank and are dependent upon Rabobank for financing as well, finance 40% to 50% of the retail sales of our tractors and combines in the markets where the joint ventures operate. Any difficulty by Rabobank to continue to provide that financing, or any business decision by Rabobank as the controlling member not to fund the business or particular aspects of it (for example, a particular country or region), would require the joint ventures to find other sources of financing (which may be difficult to obtain), or us to find another source of retail financing for our customers, or our customers would be required to utilize other retail financing providers. As a result of the recent economic downturn, financing for capital equipment purchases generally has become more difficult in certain regions and in some cases, can be expensive to obtain. To the extent that financing is not available or available only at unattractive prices, our sales would be negatively impacted.
• Both AGCO and our finance joint ventures have substantial accounts receivables from dealers and end customers, and we would be adversely impacted if the collectability of these receivables was not consistent with historical experience; this collectability is dependent upon the financial strength of the farm industry, which in turn is dependent upon the general economy and commodity prices, as well as several of the other factors listed in this section.
• We have experienced substantial and sustained volatility with respect to currency exchange rate and interest rate changes, which can adversely affect our reported results of operations and the competitiveness of our products.
• Our success depends on the introduction of new products, particularly engines that comply with emission requirements, which requires substantial expenditures.
• Our production levels and capacity constraints at our facilities, including those resulting from plant expansions and systems upgrades at our manufacturing facilities, could adversely affect our results.
• Our expansion plans in emerging markets, including establishing a greater manufacturing and marketing presence and growing our use of component suppliers, could entail significant risks.
• Our business increasingly is subject to regulations relating to privacy and data protection, and if we violate any of those regulations or otherwise are the victim of a cyber attack, we could incur significant losses and liability.
• We depend on suppliers for components, parts and raw materials for our products, and any failure by our suppliers to provide products as needed, or by us to promptly address supplier issues, will adversely impact our ability to timely and efficiently manufacture and sell products. We also are subject to raw material price fluctuations, which can adversely affect our manufacturing costs.
• We face significant competition, and if we are unable to compete successfully against other agricultural equipment manufacturers, we would lose customers and our net sales and profitability would decline.
• We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, and, as a result, we are subject to certain restrictive covenants and payment obligations that may adversely affect our ability to operate and expand our business.
Further information concerning these and other factors is included in AGCO’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018. AGCO disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by law.
AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions and delivers high-tech solutions for farmers feeding the world through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® smart farming solutions. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA, AGCO had net sales of $9.4 billion in 2018. For more information, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com. For company news, information and events, please follow us on Twitter: @AGCOCorp. For financial news on Twitter, please follow the hashtag #AGCOIR.
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