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CHS Inc., an agribusiness cooperative, released results for its first quarter ended Nov. 30, 2023. The company reported quarterly net income of $522.9 million compared to $782.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.

First quarter fiscal year 2024 highlights:

  • Earnings were strong across our segments, although down from record first quarter earnings in fiscal year 2023.
  • Revenues were $11.4 billion, compared to $12.8 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2023.
  • Our Energy segment experienced favorable market conditions in our refined fuels business, reflecting sustained global demand for energy products.
  • In our Ag segment, continued robust meal and oil demand drove strong earnings in our oilseed processing business that were offset by weak U.S. export demand for grains and oilseeds.
  • Equity method investments performed well, with our CF Nitrogen investment being the largest contributor.

"CHS earnings were strong for the first quarter, despite a relative decline from last year's record earnings," said Jay Debertin, president and CEO of CHS Inc. "Our focus on execution and efficiency improvements bolstered results across all operations. We continue to see the benefits of our diversified ag and energy portfolio, our strategic footprint and investments in our supply chain. The success of our domestic soybean and canola processing business and our international origination capabilities have helped us add value to our farmer-owners' businesses."

Energy
Pretax earnings of $266.8 million represent a $129.8 million decrease versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Decreased refining margins compared to the highs in the previous year due to trade flows returning to more normal levels
  • More favorable costs for renewable energy credits
  • Higher margins in our propane business

Ag
Pretax earnings of $169.7 million represent a $117.6 million decrease versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Decreased margins for our grain and oilseed and oilseed processing businesses primarily due to mark-to-market timing adjustments and weak U.S. export demand
  • Increased demand for wholesale and retail agronomy products as selling prices remained lower due to global market conditions

Nitrogen Production
Pretax earnings of $36.5 million represent a $60.4 million decrease versus the prior year period and reflect lower equity income from CF Nitrogen attributed to decreased market prices of urea and UAN.

Corporate and Other
Pretax earnings of $43.8 million represent a $7.1 million increase versus the prior year period, primarily reflecting increased interest income due to higher interest rates.

CHS Inc. Earnings*by Segment (in thousands $)

Three Months Ended November 30:
Energy
2023: $266,835
2022: $396,594

Ag
2023: $169,720
2022: $287,299

Nitrogen Production
2023: $36,459
2022: $96,873

Corporate and Other
2023: $43,832
2022: $36,704


Income before income taxes
2023: $516,846
2022: $817,470

Income tax (benefit) expense
2023: $(6,522)
2022: $34,554


Net income
2023: $523,368
2022: $782,916

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
2023: $445
2022: $318


Net income attributable to CHS Inc.
2023: $ 522,923
2022: $ 782,598

*Earnings is defined as income (loss) before income taxes.

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