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Sales up Eight Per Cent at Land O'Lakes

02 August 2013

US - Land O'Lakes had solid sales growth accompanied by higher earnings in the second quarter and first half of the financial year compared to the same period last year.

Net sales were $3.9 billion for the second quarter, up eight per cent from $3.6 billion for the same quarter last year.

Net sales for the first half of the year were $8.1 billion, up 8 per cent from $7.5 billion for the first half of 2012.

Net earnings for the second quarter were $76.9 million, up 63 per cent from $47.2 million last year.

First half net earnings totalled $148.5 million, up 12 per cent from $132.1 million during the same period last year.

“We are pleased with our mid-year results, which were driven by our strategy of more aggressive investment in a variety of growth initiatives,” said Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes.
Sales increases during the second quarter were achieved in all three core businesses, which include Dairy Foods, Crop Inputs (WinField) and Feed (Purina Animal Nutrition). First-half sales were improved in all business segments, including Layers.

Earnings improvements year-on-year have been driven mainly by Dairy Foods, which had been negatively impacted in the first half of 2012 by an unexpected and exceptional growth in milk supplies and falling product prices. Recent company transactions also contributed significant earnings including the acquisition last year of Kozy Shack refrigerated desserts and the investment in Eggland’s Best LLC, a branded premium egg joint venture.

Land O'Lakes' total debt rose to $1.66 billion, up by $0.28 billion from the same date one year ago primarily due to the July 2012 acquisition of Kozy Shack and increased working capital.

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