Deere & Company announced Nov. 20 that its net income was $806.8 million, or $2.11 per share, for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, 2013, compared with $687.6 million, or $1.75 per share, for the same period in 2012.


For fiscal 2013, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $3.537 billion, or $9.09 per share, compared with $3.065 billion, or $7.63 per share, in 2012.


Worldwide net sales and revenues decreased 3 percent, to $9.451 billion, for the fourth quarter and increased 5 percent, to $37.795 billion, for the full year. Net sales of the equipment operations were $8.624 billion for the quarter and $34.998 billion for the year, compared with $9.047 billion and $33.501 billion for the same periods in 2012.


“With our strong financial results in the fourth quarter, John Deere has wrapped up another year of impressive achievement,” said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company. Income for the periods was higher than in any previous fourth quarter or full year, he pointed out. “During the year, Deere continued with a record number of product introductions and completed seven new factories in Brazil, Russia, India and China. These products and additional capacity are essential to helping the company expand its global customer base and realize its long-term business objectives.


“Deere’s performance is a testament to our ability to execute our business plans, which stress the rigorous management of costs and assets,” Allen stated. “This has led to an all-time high in profitability, as measured by operating return on operating assets, and record earnings for the last three years. In addition, the company has delivered healthy levels of cash flow, which has been used to fund global growth programs and provide direct benefit to investors through dividends and share repurchases.”


Summary of Operations


Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations decreased 5 percent for the quarter and increased 4 percent for the full year compared with the same periods in 2012. Sales included price realization of 4 percent for the quarter and 3 percent for the year and an unfavorable currency-translation effect of 2 percent for the quarter and 1 percent for the year. Equipment net sales in the United States and Canada decreased 6 percent for the quarter and increased 5 percent for the year. Outside the U.S. and Canada, net sales decreased 2 percent for the quarter and increased 4 percent for the year, with unfavorable currency-translation effects of 4 percent and 3 percent for these periods.


Deere’s equipment operations reported operating profit of $1.114 billion for the quarter and $5.058 billion for the full year, compared with $1.051 billion and $4.397 billion in 2012. The improvement for the quarter was due primarily to the impact of price realization, partially offset by the unfavorable effects of foreign-currency exchange, lower shipment volumes and a less favorable product mix. Full-year results improved largely due to the impact of price realization and higher shipment volumes. Annual results also were impacted by unfavorable effects of foreign-currency exchange, increased production costs, higher selling, administrative and general expenses and higher warranty costs. Increased production costs were due primarily to higher manufacturing-overhead expenses in support of growth, new products and engine-emission requirements, partially offset by lower raw-material costs.


In conjunction with the previously announced agreement to sell a majority interest in John Deere Landscapes, these operations were written down to realizable value in the quarter. In addition, both the quarterly and year-to-date periods were affected by impairment charges for long-lived assets related to John Deere Water operations.


Net income of the company’s equipment operations was $650 million for the fourth quarter and $2.974 billion for the full year, compared with $576 million and $2.616 billion in 2012. The aforementioned operating factors, along with a lower effective tax rate, had an impact on the quarter’s results. Increased interest expense and a higher effective tax rate also affected annual results.


Financial services reported net income attributable to Deere & Company of $157.1 million for the quarter and $565.0 million for the year compared with $121.7 million and $460.3 million in 2012. Results for both periods were aided by growth in the credit portfolio and higher crop insurance margins, partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses. Further, the quarter’s results were impacted by less favorable financing spreads, and full-year 2012 results benefited from revenue related to wind energy credits.


Company Outlook & Summary


Company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 3 percent for fiscal 2014 and be down about 2 percent for the first quarter compared with year-ago periods. For fiscal 2014, net income attributable to Deere & Company is anticipated to be about $3.3 billion. The outlook contemplates the sale of 60 percent of John Deere Landscapes operations, as previously announced.


Supported by record 2013 performance, John Deere remains in a prime position to carry out its wide-ranging growth plans and attract new customers throughout the world, Allen said. “Thanks in large measure to the commitment of our employees, dealers and suppliers, John Deere’s plans for helping meet the world’s need for food, shelter and infrastructure are firmly on track,” he said. “We remain confident in the company’s direction and its ability to serve a population growing in both size and prosperity in the years ahead. In spite of lingering global economic concerns, we believe these developments continue to hold great promise and should provide significant benefits to our investors and other stakeholders well into the future.”


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