Deere & Company ( DE Quick Quote DE - Free Report) posted third-quarter fiscal 2021 (ended Jul 31, 2021) earnings of $5.32 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.49. The reported figure also surged 107% from the prior-year quarter. Net sales of equipment operations (which comprise Agriculture and Turf, Construction and Forestry) came in at $10.4 billion, increasing 32% year over year. Revenues also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10.2 billion. Total net sales (including financial services and others) came in at $11.5 billion, up 29% year over year. Operational Update
Cost of sales in the reported quarter was up 29.8% year over year to $7.6 billion. Total gross profit for the reported quarter jumped 28% year over year to $4 billion. Selling, administrative and general expenses flared up 11.8% to $841 million from the prior-year period. Equipment operations reported an operating profit of $1,952 million in the quarter compared with the $1,147 million witnessed in the year-earlier quarter. Total operating profit (including financial services) climbed 61% year over year to $2,243 million during the fiscal second quarter.
The Production & Precision Agriculture segment’s sales were up 29% year on year to $4.2 billion, primarily driven by higher shipment volumes and price realization. Operating profit in the segment increased 50% year over year to $906 million.
Small Agriculture & Turf sales rose 32% to $3.1 billion from the year-earlier quarter on higher shipment volumes and price realization. This segment’s operating profit jumped 73% year over year to $583 million. Construction & forestry segment sales came in at $3 billion, suggesting year-over-year growth of 38%, backed by higher shipment volumes and price realization. The segment’s operating profit surged 126% year on year to $463 million. Net revenues in Deere’s Financial Services division came in at $902 million for the reported quarter, up 1% year on year. The segment’s operating profit came in at $291 million, up 20% year over year. Financial Update
Deere reported cash and cash equivalents of $7.5 billion at the end of third-quarter fiscal 2021 compared with the $8.2 billion recorded at the end of the prior-year quarter. Cash generated from operating activities was $4,314 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2021 compared with $4,057 million in the prior year period. At the end of the fiscal third quarter, long-term borrowing was roughly $32 billion compared with the $34 billion witnessed at the end of the year-ago quarter.
The company now expects net income for fiscal 2021 between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion, up from the prior projection of $5.3 billion and $5.7 billion.
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Deere currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see
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