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TheStreet.com  Mar 24  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Don't call it a comeback, we've been here before. Such is the sentiment of John Deere bulls currently as they've watched their stock trade in the $80's for much of this decade. Here it is teasing $90 for what seems like...
SeekingAlpha  Feb 28  Comment 
By Blackstone Equity Research: Deutsche Bank reportedly gave Deere & Co. (DE) a buy rating and a $110 price target though the stock is currently trading at $84.80. The investment firm indicated that improving fundamentals in international...
StreetInsider.com  Feb 27  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Deere+%28DE%29+to+Move+EZtrak+Mower+Production+from+Wisconsin+to+Tennessee/9226038.html for the full story.
Benzinga  Feb 27  Comment 
Heavy equipment manufacturers, such as Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) and Deere & Co. (NYSE: DE) are directly affected by the new construction markets, as an increase in construction can lead to greater demand for their products. Although  2013 has...
SeekingAlpha  Feb 26  Comment 
By Kevin Wrotenbery: Incorporated in 1868, Deere & Co. (DE), a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, is one of the oldest corporations in the U.S. On February 26, Deere & Co. declared a dividend of $0.51/share. This would not be...
Benzinga  Feb 26  Comment 
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its irrigation operations to FIMI Opportunity Funds, the leading private equity firm in Israel. After being involved in the production of irrigation...
StreetInsider.com  Feb 26  Comment 
Visit StreetInsider.com at http://www.streetinsider.com/Dividends/Deere+%26+Company+%28DE%29+Declares+%240.51+Quarterly+Dividend%3B+2.4%25+Yield/9218942.html for the full story.
SeekingAlpha  Feb 23  Comment 
By Stan Stafford: Overview So far this year, Deere & Company (DE) and Caterpillar (CAT) stocks have moved in opposite directions. While Caterpillar has been one of the Dow's best performers over the first two months of 2014, Deere & Company's...
TheStreet.com  Feb 20  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Deutsche Bank has initiated coverage of Deere & Co. with a "buy" rating and $110 price target. The investment firm said fundamentals are improving in international agriculture and construction markets. Projections of a...




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Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural and forestry equipment by revenue. [1][2] The company also produces equipment used for construction, residential lawn care, commercial landscaping, and other consumer and commercial heavy equipment products. Perhaps best known by consumers for their lawn tractors, Deere's products also include harvesters, excavators, loaders, industrial sprayers, and utility vehicles.

Approximately 50% of Deere's revenue comes from sales of agricultural equipment.[3] Consequently, much of Deere's success hinges upon the success of the agriculture industry and crop prices. Increased research in renewable energy sources that use ethanol, a chemical material typically derived from corn will benefit Deere. Ethanol-based energy research and development over the next several years could cause a large growth in corn prices, leading to higher agricultural activity which would increase Deere's sales of farm equipment.

Business Overview

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Deere & Company is one of the world's largest manufacturer of heavy machinery and is the leading producer of agricultural and forestry equipment. In addition to designing and manufacturing equipment, the company has a network of dealers and distributors that sell its equipment and utilize Deere's parts network. Also, Deere has an in-house credit department that allows customers to finance their purchases directly through Deere. The company is divided into four business segments:

Agricultural Equipment: This segment develops and manufactures farming equipment such as tractors, harvesters, balers, sprayers, utility vehicles and other machines. Deere is the world's leading producer of agricultural equipment.

Construction & Forestry Equipment: This segment is responsible for construction equipment such as excavators, bulldozers, and dump trucks as well as forestry equipment that includes feller bunchers, skidders, and knuckleboom loaders. Deere is the world's largest producer of forestry equipment.

Commercial & Consumer Equipment: This segment produces commercial and consumer landscaping equipment such as mowers, tractors, trimmers and other lawn care machinery. Deere also makes landscaping equipment designed for use on golf courses.

Financial Services: Deere's financial services department provides clients with the opportunity to finance their purchases. Deere's financial services segment operates at a very high margin, contributing to only 8% of total revenue, but over 20% of total operating income.

Quarterly and Annual Earnings

Q1 FY 2011 Quarterly Earnings

Deere & Company doubled for the first quarter of 2011 when compared to fiscal earnings in the first quarter of 2010.[4] Driving this increase in income was a 27% increase in net sales and revenues globally.[4] These were similarly driven by an overall increase in the demand for farm machinery and a generally favorable climate for construction.[4] Net income totaled $513.7 million for the quarter as compared to $243.2 million in Q1FY2010.[4]

FY 2010 Annual Earnings

Deere & Company posted net income of $457.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase from a loss of $322.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.[5] Fourth quarter net income translated to earnings of $99.0 million for the quarter.[5] Net sales and revenues increased by 35% and culminated at $7.202 billion and were a Deere & Company quarterly earnings record.[5] Driving this growth was a quarterly increase in the net sales of equipment operations, increasing from $4.726 in Q4 FY2009 to $6.564 in Q4 FY2010.[5] Deere saw increases for its yearly earnings as well, increasing from $873.5 million in FY2009 to $1.865 billion in FY2010.[5]

Trends and Forces

Biofuels Research Will Impact Sales Levels

Deere's agricultural equipment sector will prosper if the nation has to harvest massive amounts of corn or soybeans to fuel its vehicles. It takes about 21 pounds of corn to make 1 gallon of ethanol, which would mean much more demand for Deere's tractors if corn based ethanol took off.

People only consume biofuels, it seems, when gas prices are extremely high. Ethanol is about 15-20% less efficient than gasoline, and studies have shown it needs to be about 40 cents cheaper per gallon to compete. [6] This implies that gas prices need to be relatively high for Deere to benefit from the biofuel trend.

The Strength of the Housing Market Directly Impacts Deere's Sales and Operations

The US housing market is highly influential upon Deere's revenue, particularly in its Commercial & Consumer Equipment segment. Most sales from this segment come from sales of lawn tractors, mowers, and other landscaping and yardwork equipment. When the housing market thrives, consumers purchase and commission the construction of new homes, and many decide to purchase lawn mowers to care for their own yards or hire landscaping services.

When the housing market heats up, Deere sells more equipment and generates more revenue and profit. When the housing market falters, consumers cut back on unnecessary expenditures such as landscaping services and are less likely to make relatively large purchases such as mowers and other lawn care machinery, the prices for which can reach into the thousands of dollars.

Deere's Performance will be Reliant upon its Ability to Capitalize on Emerging Markets

Internationally, Deere has been attempting to gain a stronger presence in markets throughout Western Europe where it faces stiff competition from CNH Global N.V. (CNH) and AGCO (AG) . Deere is also working to establish itself more firmly in emerging markets such as Brazil, India, China, and Russia.

Last year, Deere took steps towards enhancing its presence in these nations through building factories in Brazil and China, a technical and engineering center in India, and by solidifying its distribution and support network throughout Russia.

Deere is very well poised to benefit from the increased demand for its products from these emerging economies. Everything from its construction equipment used to build roads and cities to lawn tractors used in the backyards of newly built homes, would likely see increased sales. Thus, if Deere can successfully insert itself into these markets and use its size and brand reputation to compete with other manufacturers, Deere will experience significantly increased revenues in years to come.

Competition

Deere operates in several industries, and competes with major players within those industries. It primarily competes in the Tractors and Agricultural Machinery market along with Caterpillar (CAT), AGCO (AG), FIAT S.p.A. (F-MI), and Kubota (KUB). Caterpillar and Deere are the major players in the US markets. [7] Deere has more definitive dominance in Wholesale Farm, Lawn and Garden equipment within the United States, though it is a very fragmented market. Its major publicly traded competitors include CNH Global N.V. (CNH), Kubota (KUB), AGCO (AG).[7]

Finally, Deere competes in the construction machinery area, where it loses quite definitively to Caterpillar. It also competes with CNH Global N.V. (CNH), Komatsu, Terex (TEX), and a large number of private companies.[7]

References

  1. stock:Deere_&_Company_(DE)/Filing/10-K/2008/F3465691 DE 10-K Report, 2008
  2. stock:Deere_&_Company_(DE)/Filing/10-K/2009/F47088201 Fourth Quarter 2009 Reports
  3. Deere & Co. 10-K Annual Report 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 | Deere Reports First Quarter Annual Earnings
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Deere Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings
  6. [http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090714/ap_on_re_ca/us_farm_scene_e85_outlook | Yahoo News: Massive Ethanol Decrease in 2009]
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 [ http://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/overview?symbol=DE.N |Reuters Research]
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