In a July 2020 note to investors, Mircea (Mig) Dobre, discussed how the shares of farm equipment manufacturers had held up compared to other machinery companies despite difficult industry fundamentals.
While some positive signs are emerging for large equipment sales in the production segment of the agricultural industry, sales of small equipment and other rural lifestyle products is where the real action is these days. In addition to the record-setting sales of compact tractors, other segments of this market are also booming.
Deere & Co. reported consolidated net sales and revenues of $8.9 billion during its third quarter ended Aug. 2, 2020 vs. $10 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decline of 11%. Equipment operations came in at $7.9 billion during the period compared to nearly $9 billion last year, also a drop off of 12%.
According to published reports, John Deere has signed an agreement to sell SABO Maschinenfabrik to Mutares SE & Co. The transaction is contingent on regulatory approval by the Federal Cartel Office Bundeskartellamt, Germany's national competition regulator.
The Deere Smart Industrial strategy is designed to unlock new value for customers and to help them become more profitable and sustainable, while simultaneously revolutionizing the agriculture and construction industries through the rapid introduction of new technologies.
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In this week's episode we look at how ag equipment manufacturers compare to other machinery sectors in their recovery. In the Technology Corner, Michaela Paukner looks at how the massive “all-in-one” machine by NEXAT handles every work step in production agriculture, including soil cultivation, sowing, crop protection and harvesting. Also in this episode: a number of dealers are making acquisitions in Dealers on the Move, Deere acquires battery technology provider Kreisel Electric and Ben Thorpe examines how the major OEMs' R&D expenses compare to their ag sales.