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November 24, 2015 6:51 PM ET

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Company Overview of Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V.

Company Overview

Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. operates as a merchandiser of commodities and processor of agricultural goods worldwide. It operates under two segments, Value Chain and Merchandizing. The company portfolio of commodities includes oilseeds, grains, rice, feed, freight, coffee, cotton, sugar, juice, dairy, fertilizers and inputs, and metals. Its farm products comprise sugarcane, palm, oranges, and lemons, as well as soy, corn, wheat, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. The company owns 90,000 hectares of farm land; and operates approximately 500,000 hectares of land, as well as 330,000 hectares of sugarcane plantations in Brazil. In addition, it transports its products through road, rail, air, and se...

Westblaak 92

Rotterdam,  3012 KM


Founded in 1851


31 10 206 2440

Key Executives for Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V.

Chief Financial Officer, Member of Managing Board and Member of Senior Executive Committee
Age: 51
Senior Head of Oilseeds & Value Chain Platform, Member of Senior Executive Committee, Chairman of North Latin America Region and Chief Executive Officer of North Latin America Region
Head of Asia Region
Managing Director and Member of Managing Board
Global HR Director, Senior Head of Corporate Function and Member of Senior Executive Committee
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. Key Developments

Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. Reports Consolidated Earnings Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. reported consolidated earnings results for the six months ended June 30, 2015. For the period, the company reported net sales of $26,393 million compared to $33,686 million a year ago. Income before tax was $177 million compared to $315 million a year ago. Net income attributable to owners of the company was $130 million compared to $260 million a year ago. Net cash from operating activities was $396 million compared to net cash used in operating activities of $1,163 million a year ago. Purchase of fixed assets was $129 million compared to $168 million a year ago.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Announces Management Changes, Effective from October 1, 2015

Louis Dreyfus Commodities announced that Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, currently Chairperson of Louis Dreyfus Holding, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairperson of the Louis Dreyfus Commodities Group Supervisory Board, effective October 1, 2015. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus succeeds Serge Schoen, who has held the executive chairmanship since September 2013. Serge Schoen will serve as Deputy Chairman of the Louis Dreyfus Commodities Group Supervisory Board and join Louis Dreyfus Holding. Commodities Group Supervisory Board and join Louis Dreyfus Holding. The transition is part of the evolution of the Group's governance, as planned after Serge Schoen stepped down from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position in 2013 to assume the executive chairmanship of Louis Dreyfus Commodities until the appointment of a permanent successor as CEO of the Group. Louis Dreyfus Commodities also announced that its Supervisory Board has appointed Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena as the company's Chief Executive Officer, with effect from October 1, 2015. Claude Ehlinger will remain Deputy CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Biosev until May 31, 2016. Sandrine Téran, currently Global Head of Tax and Group Corporate Secretary for Louis Dreyfus Commodities, has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective October 1, 2015. Gonzalo Ramírez Martiarena is currently Head of the Asia Region for Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a responsibility that he will retain in the interim. He joined the Group in 2005, initially based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, working for the Oilseeds platform, and later in Paris, France, working for the Freight platform.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities to Add Glycerine Refinery to its Soybean Crushing and Biodiesel Plant in Claypool, Indiana

Louis Dreyfus Commodities announced that it is adding a glycerine refinery to its soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, with construction expected to be complete by the end of the year. The new refinery will be producing US pharmaceutical (USP) grade Kosher refined glycerine, with a capacity of 80m lbs/year. The addition of the refinery should allow the plant to process up to 100% of its crude glycerine production into USP-grade Kosher refined glycerine. Located approximately 100 miles southeast of Chicago, the Claypool facility is on the Norfolk Southern railroad and will have the capability to load refined glycerine into trucks as well as tanker railcars.

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