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27. Archer Daniels Midland
Archer Daniels Midland
Rank: 27 (Previous rank: 27)
CEO: Patricia A. Woertz
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ADM is the world's largest corn processor, and the biggest processor of oil seeds -- soybeans, cottonseed, sunflower seeds, flax seed -- in the U.S. Though revenue was down slightly in 2009, ADM chief Patricia Woertz is looking to increase the company's top line by expanding abroad, particularly in South America, where it is the leading originator of soybeans, and in Europe and India.

Among ADMs's many non-food ventures: a newly opened bioplastics plant in Iowa; a propylene/ethylene glycol plant; and two co-generation power plants. The company also is part of a consortium researching the viability of carbon sequestration technology. --P.N.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2008
Revenues 69,207.0 -0.9
Profits 1,707.0 -5.3
Assets 31,585.0
Stockholders' equity 13,499.0
Market value (3/26/2010) 18,262.4
Profits as % of  
Revenues 2.5
Assets 5.4
Stockholders' equity 12.6
Earnings per share  
2009 $ 2.65
% change from 2008 -5.0
1999-2009 annual growth rate % 21.1
Total return to investors %
2009 10.7
1999-2009 annual rate 12.8
Industry: Food Production
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Archer Daniels Midland 27 69,207.0
2 Tyson Foods 87 27,165.0
3 Smithfield Foods 163 14,190.5
4 Pilgrim's Pride 317 7,113.8
Issue date: May 3, 2010.
Figures are for fiscal year ended June 30, 2009.
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