- Fourth-quarter net income rises on net sales gain of 19%, demonstrating solid execution and benefits of operating model.
- UAW contract agreement shows commitment to Deere’s workforce.
- Full-year 2022 earnings forecast to be $6.5 to $7.0 billion, reflecting healthy demand.
Deere & Co. reported net income of $1.283 billion for the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, 2021, or $4.12 per share, compared with net income of $757 million, or $2.39 per share, for the quarter ended November 1, 2020. For fiscal year 2021, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $5.963 billion, or $18.99 per share, compared with $2.751 billion, or $8.69 per share, in fiscal 2020.
Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 16%, to $11.327 billion, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 and rose 24%, to $44.024 billion, for the full year. Equipment operations net sales were $10.276 billion for the quarter and $39.737 billion for the year, compared with corresponding totals of $8.659 billion and $31.272 billion in 2020.
“Deere’s strong fourth-quarter and full-year performance was delivered by our dedicated employees, dealers, and suppliers throughout the world, who have helped safely maintain our operations and serve customers,” said John C. May, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our results reflect strong end-market demand and our ability to continue serving customers while managing supply-chain issues and conducting contract negotiations with our largest union. Last week’s ratification of a 6-year agreement with the UAW brings our highly skilled employees back to work building the finest products in our industries. The agreement shows our ongoing commitment to delivering best-in-class wages and benefits.”
Company Outlook & Summary
Net income attributable to Deere & Co. for fiscal 2022 is forecasted to be in a range of $6.5 billion to $7 billion.
“Looking ahead, we expect demand for farm and construction equipment to continue benefiting from positive fundamentals, including favorable crop prices, economic growth, and increased investment in infrastructure,” May said. “At the same time, we anticipate supply-chain pressures will continue to pose challenges in our industries. We are working closely with our suppliers to address these issues and ensure that our customers can deliver essential food and infrastructure more profitably and sustainably.”
In a note to investors from Mircea (Mig) Dobre, analyst with RW Baird, Dobre says Deere's earnings per share of $4.12 beat the firm's estimate of $3.99, but equipment sales of $10.276 billion were below an estimated $10.760 billion. He adds that Deere's equipment operating income was $0.58 per share below the firm's estimate, "driven by weaker-than-modeled segment level performance in Production & Precision Ag (–$0.46/share, lower sales and margin), C&F (–$0.27/share, lower sales and margin) and to a lesser extent Small Ag & Turf (–$0.03/share, lower margin) partially offset by lower corporate expenses (+$0.18/share).
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