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28. Archer Daniels Midland
Archer Daniels Midland
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 28 (Previous rank: 39)
CEO: Patricia A. Woertz
Was this company a 2011 top stock?

Volatile corn prices and instability in the eurozone have made things difficult at Archer Daniels Midland, the world's largest grain processor, which reported an 89% earnings decline in January 2012 for its second quarter compared to the previous year. The company has suffered from a few failed bets and had to cut its losses and leave a bioplastics joint venture arrangement with Metabolix Inc. in January. ADM's ethanol exploits haven't paid off much either. The company announced in February that it was going to close an ethanol plant in North Dakota and cut 1,200 jobs from its ranks worldwide in an effort to reduce expenses.

Despite the bleak news, ADM jumped a few spots on this year's Fortune 500, aided by the fact that it posted an increase in revenues of more than 30% for its 2011 fiscal year.

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Key financials $ millions % change
from 2010
Revenues 80,676.0 30.8
Profits 2,036.0 5.5
Assets 42,193.0
Stockholders' equity 18,808.0
Market value (3/29/2012) 20,682.6
Profits as % of  
Revenues 2.5
Assets 4.8
Stockholders' equity 10.8
Earnings per share  
2011 $ 3.13
% change from 2010 4.3
2001-2011 annual growth rate % 18.4
Total return to investors %
2011 -2.8
2001-2011 annual rate 9.0
Industry: Food Production
Rank Company 500
($ millions)
1 Archer Daniels Midland 28 80,676.0
2 Tyson Foods 96 32,266.0
3 Smithfield Foods 218 12,202.7
4 Corn Products International 390 6,219.4
5 Seaboard 427 5,746.9
Issue date: May 21, 2012
Figures are for fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
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