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Deere Reports Second-Quarter Net Income of $1.135 Billion
• Construction & Forestry sales and profit register strong gains.
• Persistent uncertainty in agricultural markets weighs on outlook.
• Full-year earnings forecast revised to $3.3 billion on sales increase of about 5%.
Deere & Company reported net income of $1.135 billion for the second quarter ended April 28, 2019, or $3.52 per share, compared with net income of $1.208 billion, or $3.67 per share, for the quarter ended April 29, 2018. For the first six months of the year, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $1.633 billion, or $5.07 per share, compared with $673.2 million, or $2.05 per share, for the same period last year.
Affecting last year’s results were charges to the provision for income taxes due to U.S. tax reform legislation (tax reform). Without these adjustments, net income attributable to Deere & Company for the second quarter and first six months of 2018 would have been $1.034 billion, or $3.14 per share, and $1.476 billion, or $4.49 per share, respectively. (Information on non-GAAP financial measures is included in the appendix.)
Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 6 percent, to $11.342 billion, for the second quarter of 2019 and rose 10 percent, to $19.326 billion, for six months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $10.273 billion for the quarter and $17.214 billion for six months, compared with $9.747 billion and $15.721 billion last year.
“John Deere produced solid results for the quarter despite uncertain conditions in the agricultural sector,” said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. “Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases. At the same time, overall economic conditions remain positive, a fact that along with a growing customer base has contributed to strong results from our construction and forestry business.”
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