Ongoing Portfolio Management to Improve Future ReturnsLuciano noted that ADM had taken several recent actions to optimize its portfolio of businesses as part of the broader returns strategy. “We’ve sold or are working to sell businesses that we don’t expect will meet our returns criteria long-term,” Luciano explained, citing as examples the pending sale of its South American fertilizer business to The Mosaic Company and efforts to sell ADM’s global chocolate and Brazilian sugar ethanol businesses. “With businesses that can be improved, we’ve taken decisive steps to enhance performance, either by reducing invested capital, managing costs and production levels, or repurposing the asset entirely,” he added. “Finally, there are situations where an acquisition, or increased ownership, is in the best interest of the company and our shareholders,” Luciano said, noting as an example ADM’s pending acquisition of the remaining 20 percent stake in Alfred C. Toepfer International G.m.b.H. Strategic Growth that Furthers Returns Objectives Luciano closed his presentation with a review of how the company’s recently announced growth investments are aligned with efforts to create shareholder value. The acquisition of a port in northern Brazil will strengthen the company’s ability to transport and export crops from key production regions, Luciano noted. A greenfield sweetener and soluble fiber complex in Tianjin, China, demonstrates how the company is expanding processing capabilities in key demand regions. And the construction of a $250 million protein specialties plant in Brazil illustrates the company’s commitment to extending its value chain by producing value-added ingredients for the food industry. The plant will produce innovative, value-added protein concentrates and isolates that add nutritional value to foods and beverages. “Today, packaged-foods manufacturers are working to develop products that satisfy consumers’ desire for function, nutrition, texture and taste … and we have a strong portfolio to address these needs,” Luciano said.
He noted that ADM’s returns focus has helped create the high-performance culture needed to help ensure future success. “We implemented this strategy sequentially to ensure that we not only achieved our goals, but did so in a way that would embed new skills and practices in the organization so we can expand and sustain the gains,” Luciano said.Forward-Looking Statements Some of the above statements constitute forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results. These statements are based on many assumptions and factors that are subject to risk and uncertainties. ADM has provided additional information in its reports on file with the SEC concerning assumptions and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in this presentation, and investors and potential investors should carefully review the assumptions and factors in our SEC reports. To the extent permitted under applicable law, ADM assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events. About ADM For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 31,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 470 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 140 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.