ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 29 September 2014– Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. today announced its consolidated financial results for the six-month period ended June 30th, 2014.
The Group reported net sales of US$33.7 billion, up 16% from US$29.2 billion in the same period last year, and supported by a 6% rise in shipped volumes year-on-year. Income before tax stood at US$315 million, up 10% from US$287 million the previous year. Net income, Group Share, was US$260 million, a performance in line with the year-ago period, and Return On Equity (ROE) was 11%.
For most agricultural markets, the first half of the year was marked by forecasts of abundant crops. Geopolitical turmoil and climatic uncertainties in specific regions only periodically affected fundamentals in a context of record or near-record surpluses.
“Our business model, based on a broad and geographically diversified portfolio, enabled us to deliver good performance and increase our volumes. We saw solid contributions in each segment, with the Merchandizing segment platforms seizing market opportunities, and the Value Chain segment benefiting from good processing margins and efficient assets. In the first half of 2014 we also invested US$315 million in pursuit of our targeted capital expenditure plan. Our long-term aim is to grow our asset base across the value chain in order to be able to respond to rising demand” said Claude Ehlinger, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Louis Dreyfus Commodities.
The Group entered into the business of processing corn and merchandizing corn grits, pet food, and other corn products, through the acquisition of Kowalski Alimentos S.A., one of the largest Brazilian corn dry milling players. Louis Dreyfus Commodities also expanded its logistics network for Rice, Grains, Oilseeds and Coffee in various locations including Brazil, Australia, Senegal, Europe, Vietnam and the US.
Highlights for the six-month period ended June 30th, 2014
The complete 2014 Interim Report is available at www.ldcom.com.
 Return on Equity beginning-of-period, excluding perpetual hybrid capital securities.
 Volumes shipped to destination.
 Purchase of fixed assets and additional investments, net of cash acquired.