QUEBEC CITY, March 1, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - With their 90th Annual General Meeting in Quebec, La Coop fédérée and its members
demonstrated the strength of the co-operative model with the
announcement of record results for 2010-11. Despite an uncertain
economic environment and volatility in commodity prices, La Coop
fédérée announced earnings, before patronage dividends and income tax,
of $79.0 million for the year ending on October 29, 2011. This is more
than twice the figure for the previous year, and was accompanied by
sales of $4.6 billion, up 15 % over the same period.
"Our results, and those of the network of affiliated co-ops, once again
demonstrate the success of the cooperative model, a model centered on
the people involved but one that is also capable of financial success,"
said Mr. Denis Richard, President of La Coop fédérée.
Substantial Profits in the Supply Sector
Activities in grain marketing as well as crop production and energy also
experienced substantial gains in 2011. The supply sector, which
includes brands such as Elite, La Coop and Sonic, increased sales by $508.8 million to push revenues to $2.3 billion, an
increase of 29 % over the last fiscal year.
Gains in the pork sector, the ability to take advantage of opportunities
in foreign markets (especially in Russia and Asia), the success of
recent acquisitions, the achievements from the streamlining of the Meat
Processing division and sound management of resources, have all
contributed to make this the most profitable year in the entire history
of La Coop fédérée.
(Year end for October 29th, 2011 and October 30th, 2010)
(In millions of dollars)
Surplus before dividends and taxes
Property, preferred shares and convertible debentures
Recently, La Coop fédérée has acquired specialized companies in the
areas of agricultural inputs, grain marketing and propane storage.
These acquisitions, with combined sales increasing 23 % over the last
fiscal year, were well-planned.
An Adjustment in the Pork Sector
The performance for 2011 was mainly due to gains in the pork sector,
where sales increased by $97 million, bringing the revenue for the
Marketing division to $2.3 billion dollars, an increase of 4% over the
previous fiscal year.
Strong demands from China and Russia, as well as the consequences of the
foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in South Korea, have offset the decline
in sales to the United States, which primarily resulted from the strong
The restructuring in the pork sector carried out over the last few years
has borne fruit, especially internationally. In April 2011, the
establishment of the Pork Value Chain for La Coop has had a huge role
in this success.
La Filière porcine coopérative produces quality meat products that
combine the know-how of agricultural producers, the expertise of La
Coop Network and the experience of Olymel, especially in the area of
marketing. An increase in pork sales was also recorded in western
Increased Dividends and Financial Strength
The good performance during year has allowed La Coop fédérée to issue
record setting dividends and further strengthen its financial position.
Dividends to members and affiliates reached $36.5 million in 2011, more
than triple the amount paid in the last fiscal year. Assets, including
properties, preferred shares and convertible debentures, increased to
$492.7 million on October 29, 2011, an increase of 12 % from the end of
previous fiscal year.
"We are happy to share our success with our members," said Mr. Richard,
"To us, cooperation is more than just a type of business. It is a
business philosophy. The outstanding results that we are enjoying today
give us the strength and confidence to make this model shine on the
A Model of Solidarity and Shared Benefits
Based on the values of solidarity, democratic participation, honesty
and transparency, La Coop fédérée is a model for inspiration that
places human values over material values and recognizes that,
within sound rules of management, the importance of people over
"Our results and those of the network validate our business model, a
model free of financial abuses, and supported by the CEO of La Coop
fédérée, Mr. Claude Lafleur. At a time of the 'Occupy' protest
movement, it is time for the way we carry out business to be noticed."
"These results could not have come at a better time, as the
International Year of Cooperatives will be celebrated this fall in
Levis," commented Mr. Richard. "This is why we are proud to announce
our participation in the Sommet international des coopératives (International Summit of Cooperatives) as a major sponsor. This
international event will gather some 2,500 people interested in the
cooperative movement, project the values and principles that inspire
us and show that our way is a true alternative to the dominant economic
About La Coop fédérée
Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food company in
Quebec, and ranks amongst the 100 largest co-operatives and mutual
societies in the world, across all sectors. It is owned by more than
90,000 members grouped into 103 cooperatives located in several
La Coop fédérée is present throughout the agri-food chain and, as well
as being a wholesaler, it also provides agricultural producers with all
the goods and services they require for their farming operations. The
network has five banners: Elite and La Coop (animal and crop production, grain marketing), Unimat (hardware and farm machinery), Sonic (energy) and Olymel (meat processing). La Coop employs over 10,000 people with sales totaling $4.6 billion.
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