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CHS reports second quarter earnings

Second quarter net income of $292.3 million in fiscal year 2023 reflects strong energy market conditions

CHS Inc., the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative, today released results for its second quarter ended Feb. 28, 2023. The company reported quarterly net income of $292.3 million compared to $219.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022. For the first six months of fiscal year 2023, the company reported net income of $1.1 billion and revenues of $24.1 billion compared to net income of $671.0 million and revenues of $21.2 billion recorded in the first half of fiscal year 2022.

Fiscal 2023 second quarter highlights include:

  • Revenues of $11.3 billion compared to $10.3 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2022, a year-over-year increase of 9%.
  • Strong refining margins and market conditions in our refined fuels business drove significantly improved earnings in our Energy segment.
  • Decreased prices for agronomy products and ethanol contributed to lower earnings in our Ag segment.
  • Our CF Nitrogen investment delivered solid earnings due to strong global demand for urea and UAN, although selling prices for those products have decreased.

“Strong global demand for commodities and improved market conditions for refined fuels led to increased earnings for the quarter, as well as the first half of the fiscal year,” said Jay Debertin, president and CEO of CHS Inc. “The strength of our diversified portfolio offset margin pressures experienced within our Ag segment, particularly wholesale and retail agronomy products. Looking ahead, we will continue to invest on behalf of our owners in infrastructure, supply chain capabilities and innovative technology throughout our expansive global network to maximize value for our member cooperatives, farmer-owners and customers.”

Energy

Pretax earnings of $264.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 represent a $254.0 million increase versus the prior year period and reflect:

  • Higher refining margins resulting from increased global demand, favorable pricing on heavy Canadian crude oil and improved market conditions for refined fuels
  • Higher propane margins driven by global markets and price volatility
  • Higher prices for renewable energy credits that partially offset higher margins

Ag

Pretax losses of $81.6 million represent a $136.7 million decrease in earnings versus historically strong earnings in the prior year period and reflect:

  • Lower margins due to market-driven price decreases across most Ag segment categories, including wholesale and retail agronomy products and renewable fuels
  • A reduction in oilseed processing margins due to the timing of the impact of mark-to-market adjustments

Nitrogen Production

Pretax earnings of $81.7 million represent a $72.5 million decrease versus the prior year period due to lower equity income from CF Nitrogen attributed to a decrease in urea and UAN selling prices.

Corporate and Other

Pretax earnings of $48.0 million represent a $37.5 million increase versus the prior year period and reflect increased interest income resulting from higher interest rates, as well as improved equity income from our Ventura Foods joint venture, which experienced more favorable market conditions for edible oils.

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CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

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