Deere Reports Third-Quarter Earnings of $617 Million


    
    - Income climbs 47 percent on 16 percent gain in net sales and revenues.

    - Disciplined execution contributes to record quarter despite weakness in
    certain markets.

    - Results aided by strong demand for large farm machinery and improvement
    in construction and forestry.






    
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<p>MOLINE, Ill., <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 18</span> /CNW/ -- Net income attributable to Deere & Company (NYSE:   DE) was <span class="xn-money">$617.0 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$1.44</span> per share, for the third quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">July 31</span>, compared with <span class="xn-money">$420.0 million</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$0.99</span> per share, for the same period last year.</p>
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<p>For the first nine months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was <span class="xn-money">$1.408 billion</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$3.28</span> per share, compared with <span class="xn-money">$1.096 billion</span>, or <span class="xn-money">$2.59</span> per share, last year.</p>
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<p>Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 16 percent, to <span class="xn-money">$6.837 billion</span>, for the third quarter and were up 6 percent, to <span class="xn-money">$18.803 billion</span>, for nine months. Net sales of the equipment operations were <span class="xn-money">$6.224 billion</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$17.009 billion</span> for nine months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$5.283 billion</span> and <span class="xn-money">$16.030 billion</span> for the corresponding periods last year.</p>
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<p>"John Deere's third-quarter performance reflected the disciplined execution of our business plans and occurred despite continued weakness in certain key sectors," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. "While we have benefited from positive conditions in the U.S. farm sector, particularly in terms of demand for large equipment, European markets are down sharply. Demand for construction and forestry equipment is improved from last year but still remains far below normal levels. Nevertheless, the company has continued to extend its competitive position as a result of our focus on serving customers with advanced new products while keeping a tight rein on costs and assets."</p>
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    Summary of Operations

    
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<p>Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations increased 18 percent for the quarter and were up 6 percent for nine months compared with a year ago. Sales included a favorable currency-translation effect of 3 percent for nine months and price increases of 2 percent for both periods. Equipment net sales in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> increased 19 percent for the quarter and 6 percent year to date. Outside the U.S. and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, net sales were up 16 percent for the quarter and 7 percent for nine months. Currency translation for sales outside the U.S. and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> had an unfavorable effect of 2 percent in the quarter and a favorable impact of 6 percent year to date.</p>
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<p>Deere's equipment operations reported operating profit of <span class="xn-money">$890 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$2.193 billion</span> for nine months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$452 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$1.387 billion</span> last year.</p>
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<p>Benefiting the quarter's results were higher production and shipment volumes and improved price realization, partially offset by increased postretirement benefit costs. Nine-month results reflected higher production and shipment volumes, improved price realization, lower raw-material costs and the favorable effects of foreign exchange, partially offset by increased postretirement benefit costs.</p>
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<p>Net income of the company's equipment operations, including non-controlling interests, was <span class="xn-money">$512 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$1.135 billion</span> for nine months, compared with <span class="xn-money">$319 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$878 million</span> for the respective periods last year. The same operating factors noted above, along with a higher effective tax rate, affected both quarterly and nine-month results.</p>
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<p>Financial services net income was <span class="xn-money">$102.1 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$274.1 million</span> for nine months compared with <span class="xn-money">$102.1 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$217.8 million</span> last year. Results were unchanged for the quarter and higher for nine months primarily due to improved financing spreads and a lower provision for credit losses, partially offset by lower tax credits related to wind energy projects.</p>
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    Company Outlook & Summary

    
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<p>Company equipment sales are projected to be up about 12 percent for fiscal 2010 and up about 32 percent for the fourth quarter compared with the same periods a year ago. Included are a favorable currency-translation impact of about 2 percent for the year and an unfavorable impact of about 1 percent for the quarter. For the fourth quarter, net income attributable to Deere & Company is anticipated to be approximately <span class="xn-money">$375 million</span>.</p>
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<p>According to Allen, Deere's consistent investment in advanced new products and expanded global capacity is sustaining current performance and puts the company on a solid footing for the future. "<span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> remains well-positioned to help meet the world's growing need for agricultural commodities, shelter and infrastructure," Allen said. "In our view, these developments hold exciting potential and should strongly support our efforts to deliver value for customers and investors well into the future."</p>
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<p>Agriculture & Turf. Sales increased 12 percent for the quarter largely due to higher shipment volumes and improved price realization. Sales were up 3 percent for the nine months primarily due to the favorable effects of currency translation and improved price realization, partially offset by lower shipment volumes.</p>
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<p>Operating profit was <span class="xn-money">$824 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$2.128 billion</span> year to date, compared with <span class="xn-money">$480 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$1.472 billion</span> last year. For the quarter, operating profit moved up primarily due to the impact of higher shipment and production volumes and improved price realization, partially offset by increased postretirement benefit costs. Nine-month operating profit was higher largely due to improved price realization, lower raw-material costs, favorable foreign-exchange effects and the impact of higher production volumes, partially offset by increased postretirement benefit costs.</p>
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<p>Construction & Forestry. Construction and forestry sales rose 59 percent for the quarter and were up 29 percent for nine months mainly due to higher shipment volumes. The division had operating profit of <span class="xn-money">$66 million</span> for the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$65 million</span> for nine months, compared with last year's operating losses of <span class="xn-money">$28 million</span> in the quarter and <span class="xn-money">$85 million</span> for nine months. The improvement in both periods primarily was due to higher shipment and production volumes, partially offset by increased postretirement benefit costs.</p>
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    Market Conditions & Outlook

    
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<p>Agriculture & Turf. Worldwide sales of the company's agriculture and turf division are forecast to increase by about 8 percent for full-year 2010, with a favorable currency-translation impact of about 2 percent.</p>
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<p>With support from healthy farm cash receipts, solid commodity prices and low interest rates, industry farm-machinery sales in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> are forecast to be up 5 to 10 percent for the year with much of the strength concentrated in larger equipment. In other parts of the world, industry sales in Western <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> are now forecast to decline 15 to 20 percent due to general weakness in the livestock and dairy sectors. High levels of used equipment, especially harvesting machinery, also are weighing on Western European markets. Sales in Central <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and the Commonwealth of Independent States are expected to remain under pressure due to challenging economic conditions. Drought has affected the region as well, particularly in <span class="xn-location">Russia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Kazakhstan</span>.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">South America</span>, industry sales are projected to increase by 25 to 30 percent mainly due to improvement in the key Brazilian and Argentinean markets. Conditions in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> are being helped by favorable soybean and sugarcane prices and by attractive government-supported financing. The farm economy in <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span> is benefiting from commodity prices and more-normal weather conditions.</p>
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<p>Industry sales of turf and utility equipment in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> and <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> are expected to be up 10 to 15 percent for the year.</p>
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<p>Construction & Forestry. Deere's worldwide sales of construction and forestry equipment are forecast to increase by about 35 percent for full-year 2010. The increase reflects market conditions that are somewhat improved in relation to last year's severely depressed environment, as well as the division's focus on aligning factory production with demand from retail customers. Sales to independent rental companies have rebounded sharply from last year's extremely weak levels. In addition, global forestry markets are being aided by higher worldwide economic activity.</p>
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<p>Credit. Full-year 2010 net income attributable to Deere & Company for the credit operations is forecast to be approximately <span class="xn-money">$325 million</span>. The forecast increase from 2009 is primarily due to more favorable financing spreads and a lower provision for credit losses.</p>
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    John Deere Capital Corporation

    
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<p>The following is disclosed on behalf of the company's credit subsidiary, <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation (JDCC), in connection with the disclosure requirements applicable to its periodic issuance of debt securities in the public market.</p>
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<p>Net income attributable to <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation was <span class="xn-money">$89.4 million</span> for the third quarter and <span class="xn-money">$222.7 million</span> year to date, compared with <span class="xn-money">$59.1 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$128.1 million</span> for the respective periods last year. Results were higher for both periods primarily due to improved financing spreads and a lower provision for credit losses.</p>
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<p>Net receivables and leases financed by JDCC were <span class="xn-money">$20.307 billion</span> at <span class="xn-chron">July 31, 2010</span>, compared with <span class="xn-money">$19.336 billion</span> last year.</p>
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    Safe Harbor Statement

    
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<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:  Statements under "Company Outlook & Summary," "Market Conditions & Outlook," and other forward-looking statements herein that relate to future events, expectations and operating periods involve certain factors that are subject to change, and important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  Some of these risks and uncertainties could affect particular lines of business, while others could affect all of the company's businesses.</p>
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<p>The company's agricultural equipment business is subject to a number of uncertainties including the many interrelated factors that affect farmers' confidence.  These factors include worldwide economic conditions, demand for agricultural products, world grain stocks, weather conditions (including its effects on timely planting and harvesting, and the effects of the drought and fires in <span class="xn-location">Russia</span>), soil conditions, harvest yields, prices for commodities and livestock, crop and livestock production expenses, availability of transport for crops, the growth of non-food uses for some crops (including ethanol and biodiesel production), real estate values, available acreage for farming, the land ownership policies of various governments, changes in government farm programs and policies (including those in the U.S., <span class="xn-location">Russia</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>), international reaction to such programs, global trade agreements, animal diseases and their effects on poultry and beef consumption and prices, crop pests and diseases, and the level of farm product exports (including concerns about genetically modified organisms).</p>
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<p>Factors affecting the outlook for the company's turf and utility equipment include general economic conditions, consumer confidence, weather conditions, customer profitability, consumer borrowing patterns, consumer purchasing preferences, housing starts, infrastructure investment, spending by municipalities and golf courses, and consumable input costs.</p>
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<p>General economic conditions, consumer spending patterns, real estate and housing prices, the number of housing starts and interest rates are especially important to sales of the company's construction and forestry equipment.  The levels of public and non-residential construction also impact the results of the company's construction and forestry segment.  Prices for pulp, paper, lumber and structural panels are important to sales of forestry equipment.</p>
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<p>All of the company's businesses and its reported results are affected by general economic conditions in the global markets in which the company operates, especially material changes in economic activity in these markets; customer confidence in general economic conditions; foreign currency exchange rates, especially fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar; interest rates; and inflation and deflation rates.  General economic conditions can affect demand for the company's equipment as well.  The current negative economic conditions and outlook in certain sectors have dampened demand for certain equipment.</p>
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<p>Customer and company operations and results could be affected by changes in weather patterns; the political and social stability of the global markets in which the company operates; the effects of, or response to, terrorism and security threats (including those in <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>); wars and other conflicts and the threat thereof; and the spread of major epidemics (including H1N1 and other influenzas).</p>
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<p>Significant changes in market liquidity conditions could impact access to funding and associated funding costs, which could reduce the company's earnings and cash flows.  Market conditions could also negatively impact customer access to capital for purchases of the company's products; borrowing and repayment practices; and the number and size of customer loan delinquencies and defaults.  A sovereign debt crisis, in <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> or elsewhere, could continue to negatively impact currencies, global financial markets, social and political stability, funding sources and costs, customers, and company operations and results.  State debt crises also could negatively impact customers, suppliers, demand for equipment, and company operations and results.  The company's investment management activities could be impaired by changes in the equity and bond markets, which would negatively affect earnings.</p>
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<p>Additional factors that could materially affect the company's operations and results include changes in and the impact of governmental trade, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, including financial regulatory reform, and governmental programs in particular jurisdictions or for the benefit of certain industries or sectors (including protectionist policies and trade and licensing restrictions that could disrupt international commerce); actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and other central banks; actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other financial regulators; actions by environmental, health and safety regulatory agencies, including those related to engine emissions (in particular Interim Tier 4 and Final Tier 4 emission requirements), noise and the risk of climate change; changes in labor regulations; changes to accounting standards; changes in tax rates and regulations; and actions by other regulatory bodies including changes in laws and regulations affecting the sectors in which the company operates.</p>
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<p>Other factors that could materially affect results include production, design and technological innovations and difficulties, including capacity and supply constraints and prices; the availability and prices of strategically sourced materials, components and whole goods; delays or disruptions in the company's supply chain due to weather, natural disasters or financial hardship or the loss of liquidity by suppliers; start-up of new plants and new products; the success of new product initiatives and customer acceptance of new products; changes in customer purchasing behavior in response to changes in equipment design to meet government regulations and other standards; oil and energy prices and supplies; the availability and cost of freight; actions of competitors in the various industries in which the company competes, particularly price discounting; dealer practices especially as to levels of new and used field inventories; labor relations; acquisitions and divestitures of businesses, the integration of new businesses; the implementation of organizational changes; changes in company declared dividends and common stock issuances and repurchases.</p>
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<p>Company results are also affected by changes in the level of employee retirement benefits, changes in market values of investment assets and the level of interest rates, which impact retirement benefit costs, and significant changes in health care costs including those which may result from governmental action.</p>
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<p>The liquidity and ongoing profitability of <span class="xn-person">John Deere</span> Capital Corporation and other credit subsidiaries depend largely on timely access to capital to meet future cash flow requirements and fund operations and the costs associated with engaging in diversified funding activities and to fund purchases of the company's products.  If market volatility and general economic conditions worsen, funding could be unavailable or insufficient.  Additionally, customer confidence levels may result in declines in credit applications and increases in delinquencies and default rates, which could materially impact write-offs and provisions for credit losses.</p>
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<p>The company's outlook is based upon assumptions relating to the factors described above, which are sometimes based upon estimates and data prepared by government agencies.  Such estimates and data are often revised.  The company, except as required by law, undertakes no obligation to update or revise its outlook, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.  Further information concerning the company and its businesses, including factors that potentially could materially affect the company's financial results, is included in the company's other filings with the SEC (including, but not limited to, the factors discussed in Item 1A. Risk Factors of the company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q).</p>
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                                        2010             2009      %
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    Net sales and revenues:
       Agriculture and turf           $5,217           $4,651      +12
       Construction and forestry       1,007              632      +59
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              Total net sales          6,224            5,283      +18
       Credit revenues                   503              501
       Other revenues                    110              101       +9
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         Total net sales and revenues $6,837           $5,885      +16
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    Operating profit (loss): *
       Agriculture and turf             $824             $480      +72
       Construction and forestry          66              (28)
       Credit                            138               95      +45
       Other                              10                5     +100
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         Total operating profit        1,038              552      +88
    Other reconciling items **          (421)            (132)    +219
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         Net income attributable to     $617             $420      +47
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    Equipment operations outside
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      U.S. and Canada:
          Net sales                   $2,255           $1,940      +16
          Operating profit               208               79     +163



    
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                                         2010                 2009     %
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    Net sales and revenues:
       Agriculture and turf           $14,462              $14,057      +3
       Construction and forestry        2,547                1,973     +29
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              Total net sales          17,009               16,030      +6
       Credit revenues                  1,461                1,432      +2
       Other revenues                     333                  316      +5
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         Total net sales and revenues $18,803              $17,778      +6
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    Operating profit (loss): *
       Agriculture and turf            $2,128               $1,472     +45
       Construction and forestry           65                  (85)
       Credit                             337                  206     +64
       Other                               23                    9    +156
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         Total operating profit         2,553                1,602     +59
    Other reconciling items **         (1,145)                (506)   +126
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         Net income attributable to    $1,408               $1,096     +28
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    Equipment operations outside
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      U.S. and Canada:
          Net sales                    $6,307               $5,912      +7
          Operating profit                533                  245    +118


    
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       Operating profit (loss) is income from continuing operations before
       corporate expenses, certain external interest expense, certain
       foreign exchange gains and losses, and income taxes.  Operating
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       Other reconciling items are primarily corporate expenses, certain
       external interest expense, certain foreign exchange gains and
       losses, income taxes and net income attributable to noncontrolling
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