The Turf & Specialty Group's operating income was $2.2 million in the second quarter on $43 million of revenues. Last year, the group reported operating income of $2.8 million on $44 million of revenues for the same period. Through the first half of 2013, the group's operating income was $6.2 million on $90 million of revenues. Comparatively, in 2012 the group earned $5.0 million through June on revenues of $89 million.
The Retail Group had operating income of $1.5 million during the second quarter of 2013 on revenues of $41 million. During the same period of the prior year, the group had operating income of $1.4 million and revenues were $44 million. Through the first six months, the group lost $1.6 million and revenues were $72 million. Last year through June, the group lost $1.3 million on revenues of $75 million.
It was announced last week that the company and Lansing Trade Group finalized the acquisition of Thompsons Limited, a grain and food-grade bean handler and agronomy input provider, headquartered in Blenheim, Ontario, and operating 12 locations across Ontario and Minnesota. Then, yesterday the company announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Mile Rail, LLC, a railcar repair and cleaning provider headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, with three satellite locations in Nebraska, Kansas and Indiana, and mobile units in the Central Midwest.
"We had record quarterly results in both our Rail and Ethanol groups, and strong results in our Plant Nutrient Group. The Rail Group continues to manage its railcar portfolio in a skillful manner. It is satisfying to see significantly improved margins in the ethanol business; however, we are very aware the ethanol market will continue to be volatile," CEO Mike Anderson stated. "The 2012 drought continues to have a strong impact on our Grain Group, as was expected, and the largest impact may be seen in the third quarter. A projected record corn crop, however, should positively impact the group the last three or four months of 2013," added Mr. Anderson.
The company will host a webcast on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. ET, to discuss its performance. This can be accessed under the heading "Investor" on its website at www.andersonsinc.com.
The Andersons, Inc. is a diversified company rooted in agriculture. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company conducts business across North America in the grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient sectors, railcar leasing, turf and cob products, and consumer retailing.
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