Cargill reported $404 million in earnings from continuing operations in the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended May 31, according to a company press release. It’s a 7 percent decrease from $435 million in the same period a year ago. For the full fiscal year, earnings from continuing operations totaled $2.69 billion, a 35 percent increase from $1.99 billion in the prior fiscal year.
The company recorded an additional $359 million in the fourth quarter from discontinued operations – income attributable to Cargill’s former majority investment in The Mosaic Company. For the full fiscal year, income from discontinued operations was $1.55 billion. Cargill also recognized a one-time accounting gain of $11.49 billion on the May 25, 2011, distribution of its Mosaic shares, which were exchanged for Cargill stock and Cargill debt.
Fourth quarter consolidated revenues were $34.8 billion, a 32 percent increase from $26.3 billion in the year-ago period. Full-year consolidated revenues were $119.5 billion, up 18 percent from $101.3 billion in the prior year. Cash flow from operations was $4.6 billion compared with last year’s $3.3 billion.
“The past year presented a challenging operating environment for Cargill and our customers,” said Greg Page, Cargill chairman and chief executive officer. “From weather-related supply shocks in food commodities, grain export restrictions and rising energy prices to the uneven global economic recovery, looming sovereign debts and deficits, political unrest and natural disasters – the uncertainty led to volatile prices across a range of raw materials. Cargill sought to be a ‘port in the storm’ for our customers, sourcing food and feedstuffs from multiple origins, handling the logistics, managing the risk and delivering reliably.”