Deere & Company Q4 net income $806.8 million
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.
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 operating factors mentioned above, 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. ■