Bunge Posts Q4 Loss as Trade War Hits Soy Prices
Global grains merchant Bunge Ltd reported a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday as fallout from the U.S.-China trade war dragged down soybean prices in Brazil.Shares of the White Plains, New York-based company slumped nearly 4 percent in premarket trading to $50.75 per share.Brazilian soy prices had swelled to a steep premium to U.S. beans after China slapped steep tariffs on shipments from the United States in July. But that premium narrowed after the countries declared a temporary truce in their trade war on Dec.
ADM CFO: Supply Chain Can be Managed Through U.S.-China Trade Tensions
Global grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM)feels it can manage its supply chain to adapt to China's threatened tariffs on imports of U.S. soybeans, Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said on Wednesday. The Chicago-based company is confident the world's two largest economies will "get through" the trade dispute, and sees an opportunity for China to import additional ethanol, Young said at the BMO Capital Markets 2018 Farm to Market Conference in New York. Beijing has threatened tariffs on imports of U.S.
China-bound US Sorghum Diverted to Saudi Arabia, Japan
Four U.S. sorghum shipments initially bound for China have been diverted to other countries after Beijing's move last week to impose hefty anti-dumping deposits on imports of the grain from the United States, according to trade sources and Reuters shipping data.Three of the cargoes are now sailing for Saudi Arabia after being sold to a private buyer, a U.S. trader and a Middle East-based trading source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday. A fourth ship is heading to Japan…
Ships Carrying US Sorghum U-turn after China Tariffs
Several ships carrying cargoes of sorghum from the United States to China have changed course since Beijing slapped hefty anti-dumping deposits on U.S. imports of the grain, trade sources and a Reuters analysis of export and shipping data showed.Sorghum is a niche animal feed and a tiny slice of the billions of dollars in exports at stake in the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, which threatens to disrupt the flow of everything from steel to electronics.The supply-chain pain felt by sorghum suppliers on the Pacific…
Baltic Exchange Mulls New Freight Indexes for Grains, LNG
The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the London-run business targets new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates and owns a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. SGX's ownership of the Baltic has enabled the exchange to set its sights on developing new areas…
ADM Brazil Unit Invests $85 Mln in Santos Port
The Brazilian unit of Archer Daniels Midland Co on Friday said it had completed a 33 percent expansion in its Santos port terminal's export capacity to 8 million tonnes of grains per year. The company invested 280 million reais ($85.19 million) in the project, which comes two years after Brazil extended ADM's license to move grains including soybeans and corns at the terminal for 20 years through 2037. The investment underscores the company’s commitment to retaining a leading position in Brazil, whose agricultural heartland is seen as critical to supplying expanding world food markets.
More Woes for Grain Merchants
In the face of a global grain glut that is crushing profits and raising questions about long-term prospects for the world's big grain merchants, the companies maintain they need only a drought or other supply shock to return to the riches of the past. But a two-day rout on Wall Street earlier this week for two of the industry's biggest firms - Archer Daniels Midland Co and Bunge Ltd - underscores concerns that poor recent profits may be more than just a leg of a cyclical downturn and instead point to fundamental change.
Cargill Posts Net Profit on Special Gains; Revenue Declines
Global commodity trader Cargill Inc on Wednesday said it turned in a quarterly net profit, boosted by special gains that offset poor results from trading and oilseed processing. Revenue for the privately held company declined for the eighth straight quarter. Minnesota-based Cargill reported net income of $15 million for the fourth quarter ended May 31, compared with a net loss of $51 million a year earlier. Revenue fell 5 percent to $27.1 billion. Excluding items such as inventory adjustments and gains or losses from sales of assets…
ADM Buys 5 Ships to Network
According to an Oct. 15 report from the Associated Press, Agribusiness leader Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it has acquired five cargo ships to help it transport grain worldwide with greater flexibility and at lower cost than outside carriers. (Source: Associated Press)