Deere Announces Second-Quarter Earnings of $981 Million

- Earnings per share decline 4% to $2.65; net sales and revenues down 9%. 
- Solid execution and rigorous cost management aid performance. 
- Income forecast for year remains at $3.3 billion. 
MOLINE, Ill., May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Net income attributable to Deere & Company 
(NYSE: DE) was $980.7 million, or $2.65 per share, for the second quarter 
ended April 30, compared with $1.084 billion, or $2.76 per share, for the same 
period last year. 
For the first six months of 2014, net income attributable to Deere & Company 
was $1.662 billion, or $4.46 per share, compared with $1.734 billion, or $4.41 
per share, last year. 
Worldwide net sales and revenues decreased 9 percent, to $9.948 billion, for 
the second quarter and were down 4 percent, to $17.602 billion, for six 
months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $9.246 billion for the 
quarter and $16.195 billion for six months, compared with $10.265 billion and 
$17.058 billion for the same periods last year. 
"John Deere is on its way to another year of solid financial and operating 
performance," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our 
second-quarter earnings showed further proof of the adept execution of our 
operating plans. We kept costs and assets well under control while 
successfully managing major new-product transitions associated with more 
stringent emissions standards. In addition, our construction and forestry and 
financial services operations delivered improved results, reflecting the power 
of our broad-based business lineup." 
Summary of Operations 
Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations declined 10 percent for the 
quarter and 5 percent for six months compared with the same periods a year 
ago. Sales included price realization of 2 percent and an unfavorable 
currency-translation effect of 1 percent for the quarter and six months. 
Equipment net sales in the United States and Canada decreased 12 percent for 
the quarter and 6 percent year to date. Outside the U.S. and Canada, net sales 
were down 6 percent for the quarter and 3 percent for six months, including 
unfavorable currency-translation effects of 2 percent for both periods. 
Deere's equipment operations reported operating profit of $1.361 billion for 
the quarter and $2.252 billion for six months, compared with $1.663 billion 
and $2.500 billion last year. The decline for both periods was due primarily 
to the impact of lower shipment volumes, the unfavorable effects of 
foreign-currency exchange, and a less favorable product mix, partially offset 
by price realization. 
Net income of the company's equipment operations was $838 million for the 
second quarter and $1.381 billion for the first six months, compared with $953 
million and $1.478 billion in 2013. In addition to the operating factors 
mentioned above, a lower effective tax rate benefited both quarterly and 
six-month results. 
Financial services reported net income attributable to Deere & Company of 
$147.7 million for the quarter and $289.9 million for six months compared with 
$125.0 million and $257.9 million last year. The improvement for the quarter 
was due to growth in the credit portfolio, partially offset by higher selling, 
administrative and general expenses. Six-month results improved due to growth 
in the credit portfolio and a more favorable effective tax rate, partially 
offset by lower crop insurance margins and higher selling, administrative and 
general expenses. 
Company Outlook & Summary 
Company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 4 percent for fiscal 
2014 and for the third quarter compared with the year-ago periods. Included is 
an unfavorable currency-translation effect of about 1 percent for the year. 
For the fiscal year, net income attributable to Deere & Company is anticipated 
to be about $3.3 billion. 
"John Deere expects to achieve near-record earnings for the full year and the 
company is well-positioned to deliver solid financial results throughout the 
business cycle," Allen said. "We're confident our extensive investments in new 
products and markets, coupled with a tight rein on costs and assets, will keep 
the company on a sound financial footing and help sustain our growth plans."  
These plans are essential to meeting the world's growing need for food, 
shelter and infrastructure, he added, and they should lead to significant 
benefits for the company's investors and customers in the years ahead. 
Equipment Division Performance 
Agriculture & Turf. Sales fell 12 percent for the quarter and 7 percent for 
six months due largely to lower shipment volumes, the previously announced 
sale of John Deere Landscapes and the unfavorable effects of currency 
translation, partially offset by price realization. 
Operating profit was $1.229 billion for the quarter and $2.026 billion year to 
date, compared with $1.582 billion and $2.347 billion, respectively, last 
year. The deterioration for both periods was driven primarily by the impact of 
lower shipment volumes, the unfavorable effects of foreign-currency exchange, 
and a less favorable product mix, partially offset by price realization. 
Construction & Forestry. Construction and forestry sales increased 2 percent 
for the quarter and 3 percent for six months mainly as a result of higher 
shipment volumes. Operating profit was $132 million for the quarter and $226 
million for six months, compared with $81 million and $153 million last year. 
Operating profit improved for both periods primarily due to higher shipment 
volumes, lower production costs and lower selling, administrative and general 
expenses, partially offset by higher sales incentive costs. Six-month results 
also benefited from lower research and development expenses. 
Market Conditions & Outlook 
Agriculture & Turf. Deere's worldwide sales of agriculture and turf equipment 
are forecast to decrease by about 7 percent for fiscal-year 2014, including a 
negative currency-translation effect of about 1 percent. 
Although the agricultural economy remains in a relatively healthy condition, 
farm income is forecast to be lower than last year. The decline is putting 
pressure on demand for farm equipment, especially for larger models. At the 
same time, strength in the U.S. livestock sector is providing support to sales 
of mid- and smaller-size tractors. Based on these factors, industry sales for 
agricultural machinery in the U.S. and Canada are forecast to be down 5 to 10 
percent for the year. 
Full-year industry sales in the EU28 are forecast to be down about 5 percent 
due to lower crop prices and farm incomes. In South America, industry sales of 
tractors and combines are projected to be down about 10 percent from strong 
2013 levels. Market conditions in the Commonwealth of Independent States have 
weakened and industry sales there are expected to be down significantly for 
the year. Asian sales are projected to be up slightly. 
In the U.S. and Canada, industry sales of turf and utility equipment are 
expected to be flat to up 5 percent for 2014, helped by improved market 
conditions. 
Construction & Forestry. Deere's worldwide sales of construction and forestry 
equipment are forecast to increase by about 10 percent for full-year 2014.  
The gain reflects further economic recovery and higher housing starts in the 
U.S. as well as sales increases outside the U.S. and Canada. Global forestry 
sales are expected to be up for the year due to general economic growth and 
improved sales in European markets. 
Financial Services. Fiscal-year 2014 net income attributable to Deere & 
Company for the financial services operations is expected to be approximately 
$600 million. The outlook reflects improvement over last year due primarily to 
expected growth in the credit portfolio and a more favorable tax rate. These 
factors are projected to be partially offset by higher selling, administrative 
and general expenses, lower crop insurance margins and an increase in the 
provision for credit losses from the low level in 2013. 
John Deere Capital Corporation 
The following is disclosed on behalf of the company's financial services 
subsidiary, John Deere Capital Corporation (JDCC), in connection with the 
disclosure requirements applicable to its periodic issuance of debt securities 
in the public market. 
Net income attributable to John Deere Capital Corporation was $124.3 million 
for the second quarter and $260.8 million year to date, compared with $105.9 
million and $210.9 million for the respective periods last year. Results 
improved for both periods primarily due to growth in the credit portfolio, 
partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses. In 
addition, six-month results benefited from a more favorable effective tax rate. 
Net receivables and leases financed by JDCC were $32.231 billion at April 30, 
2014, compared with $28.721 billion last year. 
Safe Harbor Statement 
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 
1995:  Statements under "Company Outlook & Summary," "Market Conditions & 
Outlook," and other forward-looking statements herein that relate to future 
events, expectations, trends and operating periods involve certain factors 
that are subject to change, and important risks and uncertainties that could 
cause actual results to differ materially.  Some of these risks and 
uncertainties could affect particular lines of business, while others could 
affect all of the company's businesses. 
The company's agricultural equipment business is subject to a number of 
uncertainties including the many interrelated factors that affect farmers' 
confidence.  These factors include worldwide economic conditions, demand for 
agricultural products, world grain stocks, weather conditions (including its 
effects on timely planting and harvesting), soil conditions (including low 
subsoil moisture from recent drought conditions), harvest yields, prices for 
commodities and livestock, crop and livestock production expenses, 
availability of transport for crops, the growth and sustainability of non-food 
uses for some crops (including ethanol and biodiesel production), real estate 
values, available acreage for farming, the land ownership policies of various 
governments, changes in government farm programs and policies (including those 
in Argentina, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Russia and the U.S.), 
international reaction to such programs, changes in and effects of crop 
insurance programs, global trade agreements, animal diseases and their effects 
on poultry, beef and pork consumption and prices, crop pests and diseases, and 
the level of farm product exports (including concerns about genetically 
modified organisms). 
Factors affecting the outlook for the company's turf and utility equipment 
include general economic conditions, consumer confidence, weather conditions, 
customer profitability, consumer borrowing patterns, consumer purchasing 
preferences, housing starts, infrastructure investment, spending by 
municipalities and golf courses, and consumable input costs. 
General economic conditions, consumer spending patterns, real estate and 
housing prices, the number of housing starts and interest rates are especially 
important to sales of the company's construction and forestry equipment.  The 
levels of public and non-residential construction also impact the results of 
the company's construction and forestry segment.  Prices for pulp, paper, 
lumber and structural panels are important to sales of forestry equipment. 
All of the company's businesses and its reported results are affected by 
general economic conditions in the global markets in which the company 
operates, especially material changes in economic activity in these markets; 
customer confidence in general economic conditions; foreign currency exchange 
rates and their volatility, especially fluctuations in the value of the U.S. 
dollar; interest rates; and inflation and deflation rates.  General economic 
conditions can affect demand for the company's equipment as well.  Government 
spending and taxing could adversely affect the economy, employment, consumer 
and corporate spending, and company results. 
Customer and company operations and results could be affected by changes in 
weather patterns (including the effects of drought conditions in parts of the 
U.S. and dryer than normal conditions in certain other markets); the political 
and social stability of the global markets in which the company operates; the 
effects of, or response to, terrorism and security threats; wars and other 
conflicts and the threat thereof; and the spread of major epidemics. 
Significant changes in market liquidity conditions and any failure to comply 
with financial covenants in credit agreements could impact access to funding 
and funding costs, which could reduce the company's earnings and cash flows.  
Financial market conditions could also negatively impact customer access to 
capital for purchases of the company's products and customer confidence and 
purchase decisions; borrowing and repayment practices; and the number and size 
of customer loan delinquencies and defaults.  A  debt crisis, in Europe or 
elsewhere, could negatively impact currencies, global financial markets, 
social and political stability, funding sources and costs, asset and 
obligation values, customers, suppliers, and company operations and results.  
State debt crises also could negatively impact customers, suppliers, demand 
for equipment, and company operations and results.  The company's investment 
management activities could be impaired by changes in the equity and bond 
markets, which would negatively affect earnings. 
Additional factors that could materially affect the company's operations, 
access to capital, expenses and results include changes in and the impact of 
governmental trade, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, including financial 
regulatory reform and its effects on the consumer finance industry, 
derivatives, funding costs and other areas, and governmental programs, 
policies, tariffs and sanctions in particular jurisdictions or for the benefit 
of certain industries or sectors (including protectionist, economic, punitive 
and expropriation policies and trade and licensing restrictions that could 
disrupt international commerce); actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and 
other central banks; actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 
(SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other financial 
regulators; actions by environmental, health and safety regulatory agencies, 
including those related to engine emissions (in particular Interim Tier 
4/Stage IIIb and Final Tier 4/Stage IV non-road diesel emission requirements 
in the U.S. and European Union), carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, 
noise and the effects of climate change; changes in labor regulations; changes 
to accounting standards; changes in tax rates, estimates, and regulations and 
company actions related thereto; compliance with U.S. and foreign laws when 
expanding to new markets and otherwise; and actions by other regulatory bodies 
including changes in laws and regulations affecting the sectors in which the 
company operates.  Trade, financial and other sanctions imposed by the U.S., 
the European Union, Russia and other countries could negatively impact company 
assets, operations, sales, forecasts and results.  Customer and company 
operations and results also could be affected by changes to GPS radio 
frequency bands or their permitted uses. 
Other factors that could materially affect results include production, design 
and technological innovations and difficulties, including capacity and supply 
constraints and prices; the availability and prices of strategically sourced 
materials, components and whole goods; delays or disruptions in the company's 
supply chain or the loss of liquidity by suppliers; the failure of suppliers 
to comply with laws, regulations and company policy pertaining to employment, 
human rights, health, safety, the environment and other ethical business 
practices; events that damage the company's reputation or brand; start-up of 
new plants and new products; the success of new product initiatives and 
customer acceptance of new products; changes in customer product preferences 
and sales mix whether as a result of changes in equipment design to meet 
government regulations or for other reasons; gaps or limitations in rural 
broadband coverage, capacity and speed needed to support technology solutions; 
oil and energy prices and supplies; the availability and cost of freight; 
actions of competitors in the various industries in which the company 
competes, particularly price discounting; dealer practices especially as to 
levels of new and used field inventories; labor relations; acquisitions and 
divestitures of businesses, the integration of new businesses; the 
implementation of organizational changes; difficulties related to the 
conversion and implementation of enterprise resource planning systems that 
disrupt business, negatively impact supply or distribution relationships or 
create higher than expected costs; security breaches and other disruptions to 
the company's information technology infrastructure; changes in company 
declared dividends and common stock issuances and repurchases. 
Company results are also affected by changes in the level and funding of 
employee retirement benefits, changes in market values of investment assets, 
the level of interest and discount rates, and compensation, retirement and 
mortality rates which impact retirement benefit costs, and significant changes 
in health care costs including those which may result from governmental action. 
The liquidity and ongoing profitability of John Deere Capital Corporation and 
other credit subsidiaries depend largely on timely access to capital to meet 
future cash flow requirements and fund operations and the costs associated 
with engaging in diversified funding activities and to fund purchases of the 
company's products.  If general economic conditions worsen or capital markets 
become volatile, funding could be unavailable or insufficient.  Additionally, 
customer confidence levels may result in declines in credit applications and 
increases in delinquencies and default rates, which could materially impact 
write-offs and provisions for credit losses.  The failure of reinsurers of the 
company's insurance business also could materially affect results. 
The company's outlook is based upon assumptions relating to the factors 
described above, which are sometimes based upon estimates and data prepared by 
government agencies.  Such estimates and data are often revised.  The company, 
except as required by law, undertakes no obligation to update or revise its 
outlook, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.  Further 
information concerning the company and its businesses, including factors that 
potentially could materially affect the company's financial results, is 
included in the company's other filings with the SEC (including, but not 
limited to, the factors discussed in Item 1A. Risk Factors of the company's 
most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q). 


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    |Second Quarter 2014 Press Release                             |      |
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    |(in millions of dollars)                                      |      |
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    |Unaudited                                                     |      |
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    |              ||Three Months Ended       ||Six Months Ended          |
    |              ||                         ||April 30                  |
    |              ||April 30                 ||                          |
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    |              ||       ||        ||%     ||        ||        ||%     |
    |              ||2014   ||2013    ||      ||2014    ||2013    ||      |
    |              ||       ||        ||Change||        ||        ||Change|
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    |              || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |______________||_|_____||_|______||______||_|______||_|______||______|
    |Net sales and ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |revenues:     ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Agriculture   ||$|7,646||$|8,691 ||-12   ||$|13,242||$|14,182||-7    |
    |and turf      || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |______________||_|_____||_|______||______||_|______||_|______||______|
    |Construction  ||1,600  ||1,574   ||+2    ||2,953   ||2,876   ||+3    |
    |and forestry  ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Total net     ||9,246  ||10,265  ||-10   ||16,195  ||17,058  ||-5    |
    |sales         ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Financial     ||572    ||536     ||+7    ||1,159   ||1,063   ||+9    |
    |services      ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Other revenues||130    ||113     ||+15   ||248     ||214     ||+16   |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |______________||_|_____||_|______||______||_|______||_|______||______|
    |Total net     || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |sales and     ||$|9,948||$|10,914||-9    ||$|17,602||$|18,335||-4    |
    |revenues      || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |______________||_|_____||_|______||______||_|______||_|______||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Operating     ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |profit: *     ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Agriculture   ||$|1,229||$|1,582 ||-22   ||$|2,026 ||$|2,347 ||-14   |
    |and turf      || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |______________||_|_____||_|______||______||_|______||_|______||______|
    |Construction  ||132    ||81      ||+63   ||226     ||153     ||+48   |
    |and forestry  ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Financial     ||229    ||198     ||+16   ||411     ||395     ||+4    |
    |services      ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Total         ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |operating     ||1,590  ||1,861   ||-15   ||2,663   ||2,895   ||-8    |
    |profit        ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Reconciling   ||(130)  ||(111)   ||+17   ||(241)   ||(206)   ||+17   |
    |items **      ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |Income taxes  ||(479)  ||(666)   ||-28   ||(760)   ||(955)   ||-20   |
    |______________||_______||________||______||________||________||______|
    |              ||       ||        ||      ||        ||        ||      |
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    |Net income    || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |attributable  || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |to            ||$|981  ||$|1,084 ||-10   ||$|1,662 ||$|1,734 ||-4    |
    |              || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |Deere &       || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
    |Company       || |     || |      ||      || |      || |      ||      |
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    |  |Operating profit is income from continuing       |
    |  |operations before corporate expenses, certain    |
    |  |external interest expense, certain foreign       |
    |* |exchange gains and losses and income taxes.      |
    |  |Operating profit of the financial services       |
    |  |segment includes the effect of interest expense  |
    |  |and foreign exchange gains or losses.            |
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    |__|_________________________________________________|
    |  |Reconciling items are primarily corporate        |
    |**|expenses, certain external interest expense,     |
    |  |certain foreign exchange gains and losses and net|
    |  |income attributable to noncontrolling interests. |
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