Deere's production and precision agriculture sales increased for the quarter due to price realization and higher shipment volumes. Operating profit rose primarily due to price realization and higher shipment volumes/sales mix.
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.
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