Monsanto Delivers Year of Strong Growth on Performance of Global Seeds and Traits Portfolio; Foundation Set for Countinued Growth In FY15 and Over Multi-Year Horizon

  • Delivers above FY14 guidance for ongoing and as-reported EPS, free cash flow
  • Underscores target to at least double ongoing EPS over next five years driven by combination of strong core business, new platforms and capital structure
  • Company in unique position to deliver strong FY15 results while investing to unlock future growth
  • FY15 earnings per share guidance at $5.75 to $6.00

ST. LOUIS--()--Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced fiscal year 2014 results slightly above the high end of its guidance range on the strength of its global seeds and traits business, the biggest driver of growth for the year. This is the company’s fourth consecutive year of strong ongoing earnings growth. Executives noted that the balance of the company’s global business positions it well for continued growth and investment in fiscal year 2015 as the company executes on its plan to at least double ongoing EPS over the next five years.

   
Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year
($ in millions)   2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net Sales by Segment    
 
Corn seed and traits $ 630 $ 618 $ 6,401 $ 6,596
Soybean seed and traits 199 87 2,102 1,653
Cotton seed and traits 78 65 665 695
Vegetable seeds 270 250 867 821
All other crops seeds and traits 199     165     705     575  
TOTAL Seeds and Genomics $ 1,376 $ 1,185 $ 10,740 $ 10,340
 
Agricultural productivity $ 1,254     $ 1,017     $ 5,115     $ 4,521  
TOTAL Agricultural Productivity $ 1,254 $ 1,017 $ 5,115 $ 4,521
                         
TOTAL Net Sales   $ 2,630     $ 2,202     $ 15,855     $ 14,861  
                         
Gross Profit   $ 1,233     $ 924     $ 8,574     $ 7,653  
                         
Operating Expenses   $ 1,390     $ 1,213     $ 4,499     $ 4,083  
Interest Expense – Net $ 75 $ 26 $ 146 $ 80
Other Expense – Net   $ 18     $ 26     $ 102     $ 61  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Monsanto Company   $ (156 )   $ (249 )   $ 2,740     $ 2,482  
                         
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share (See note 1.)   $ (0.31 )   $ (0.47 )   $ 5.22     $ 4.60  
Items Affecting Comparability – EPS Impact
Income on Discontinued Operations (0.03 ) (0.02 )
Legacy Environmental Settlement 0.04 0.04
Resolution of a Legacy Tax Matter               (0.02 )
Diluted Earnings per Share from Ongoing Business (For the definition of ongoing EPS, see note 1.)   $ (0.27 )   $ (0.47 )   $ 5.23     $ 4.56  
Effective Tax Rate   35 %   30 %   28 %   27 %

     
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year
Comparison as a Percent of Net Sales:   2014   2013   2014   2013
Gross profit 47%   42% 54%   51%
Selling, general and administrative expenses 34% 35% 17% 17%
Research and development expenses 18% 20% 11% 10%
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (10)% (15)% 24% 23%
  Net income (loss) attributable to Monsanto Company   (6)%   (11)%   17%   17%

“We’re confident in our ability to deliver the targets we’ve set in both the near term and over the longer term,” said Hugh Grant, chairman and chief executive officer for Monsanto. “In an industry that’s particularly near-term focused right now, there are few companies as well positioned to deliver strong growth today while significantly increasing investments to enable the continued delivery of a broad range of innovative solutions for tomorrow.”

Results of Operations

Monsanto reported net sales of approximately $2.6 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014. Net sales for the full fiscal year were approximately $15.9 billion, a seven percent increase over fiscal year 2013. Full-year net sales results were driven by the strength of the Seeds and Genomics segment, including a record year for the company’s soybean business.

Seeds and Genomics segment net sales were approximately $1.4 billion for the quarter. For the fiscal year, net sales for the Seeds and Genomics segment reached $10.7 billion. Agricultural Productivity segment net sales were $1.3 billion for the quarter. Net sales for the Agricultural Productivity segment for the fiscal year reached $5.1 billion.

Monsanto reported a net loss of $156 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared with a reported net loss of $249 million in the same period last year. Net income attributable to Monsanto for fiscal year 2014 was approximately $2.7 billion, an increase over fiscal year 2013 net income attributable to Monsanto of $2.5 billion.

The company's fiscal year 2014 earnings per share (EPS) was $5.23 on an ongoing basis and $5.22 on an as-reported basis, demonstrating the company’s ability to deliver strong growth despite a more challenging agricultural environment. For the fourth quarter, the company reported a loss per share of $0.27 on an ongoing basis and a loss per share of $0.31 on an as-reported basis. The fiscal year 2014 and fourth quarter as-reported EPS results include a $0.04 loss for a legacy environmental settlement. (For a reconciliation of ongoing EPS, see page 1 and note 1.)

Cash Flow

For fiscal year 2014, net cash provided by operating activities was a source of $3.1 billion, compared with a source of $2.7 billion in fiscal year 2013. Net cash required by investing activities was $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2014, compared with net cash required of $777 million in fiscal year 2013. This is inclusive of the cash used for the company’s acquisition of The Climate Corporation and The BioAg Alliance with Novozymes. Net cash required by financing activities was $2.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, compared with net cash required of $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2013. Free cash flow was a source of $959 million in fiscal year 2014, compared with a source of nearly $2 billion in fiscal year 2013. (For a reconciliation of free cash flow, see note 1.)

In fiscal year 2014, the company used its free cash flow position to return cash to shareowners through buybacks and dividends, including the completion of the company’s $2 billion share repurchase authorization. In June, the company announced a new $10 billion share repurchase authorization, inclusive of a $6 billion accelerated buyback program.

Outlook

Monsanto is positioned to deliver strong double-digit to mid-teens earnings growth in fiscal year 2015 despite continued industry headwinds and an increase in investments to unlock future growth. Monsanto expects to achieve EPS of $5.75 to $6.00 in fiscal year 2015. The company’s growth outlook is anchored on the continued strength of its core business, with the Seeds and Genomics segment setting the pace for overall EPS growth in fiscal year 2015.

The company projects free cash flow in the range of $2 billion to $2.2 billion for fiscal year 2015. The company expects net cash provided by operating activities to be $3.2 billion to $3.6 billion, and net cash required by investing activities to be approximately $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion. (For a reconciliation of free cash flow, see note 1.)

Increased investment to support growth of new technology platforms will be balanced against the company's base-business operating expenses, where the company expects only inflation-level increases in SG&A and R&D as it takes a disciplined approach to overall expense management.

As its business has expanded globally over the past several years, the company has seen its earnings flow evolve between quarters. This trend continues in fiscal year 2015 as the company anticipates an overall shift in its full-year earnings pattern, as several structural factors result in a full-year earnings flow with a smaller first quarter and a concentration of growth in the third quarter. With macro conditions resulting in lower planted acres for key regions in both corn and cotton in the quarter, combined with a timing shift as the company moves more of its Agricultural Productivity business to branded-product sales, Monsanto expects its first quarter will be roughly half of the total earnings from the first quarter of 2014. Beyond the first quarter, the biggest first half timing effect relates to the evolution in its Channel® seed brand business model that is expected to shift business timing from the first and second quarters to the third quarter. The company expects second quarter earnings to be relatively flat year-over-year with a significant uptick in third quarter earnings reflecting the timing shifts and business growth in its largest markets. The earnings flow is punctuated by a fourth quarter that is expected to be break-even to positive year-over-year on an absolute basis.

   

Seeds and Genomics Segment Detail

 
($ in millions)   Net Sales   Gross Profit
Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year
Seeds and Genomics   2014     2013     2014     2013     2014     2013     2014     2013
Corn Seed and Traits   $ 630     $ 618     $ 6,401     $ 6,596     $ 278     $ 301     $ 3,932     $ 3,929
Soybean Seed and Traits   199     87     2,102     1,653     159     37     1,364     948
Cotton Seed and Traits   78     65     665     695     37     53     461     519
Vegetable Seeds   270     250     867     821     130     55     401     337
All Other Crops Seeds and Traits   199     165     705     575     139     98     438     350
TOTAL Seeds and Genomics   $ 1,376     $ 1,185     $ 10,740     $ 10,340     $ 743     $ 544     $ 6,596     $ 6,083

 
($ in millions)   Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT)

 

Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year
Seeds and Genomics   2014     2013     2014     2013
EBIT (For a reconciliation of EBIT, see note 1.)   $ (450 )   $ (568 )   $ 2,607     $ 2,412
     

The Seeds and Genomics segment consists of the company's global seeds and related traits business.

For the fiscal year, Monsanto realized Seeds and Genomics segment sales of $10.7 billion, led by a record year for its global soybean portfolio that achieved a 27 percent increase over the prior year. In 2014, the company also increased its corn margins even as its corn business faced headwinds from lower acres and currency effects. Within the global corn business, the company’s cost of goods sold was lower, portfolio mix was on track, total price uplift was positive and it had good volume against declining planted acres.

Seeds and Genomics segment sales in the fourth quarter were approximately $1.4 billion.

The company expects double-digit gross profit growth in its Seeds and Genomics segment in fiscal year 2015, with more than three-quarters of the growth opportunity expected to come from its core corn and soybean businesses.

Within soybeans, the company will build on the successful launch of Intacta RR2 PRO in Latin America, noting it is on track to reach its projected 10 million to 12 million acre target for fiscal year 2015. The record setting adoption pace of Intacta RR2 PRO lays the foundation for the continued acceleration of the company’s soybean opportunity. This includes the advancement of the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, which is expected to move into final commercial preparation in fiscal year 2015.

The accelerated soybean opportunity will be complemented in fiscal year 2015 by the performance of the company’s global corn business. This includes new portfolio introductions of better-performing hybrids across key corn growing regions, a mix benefit driven in the range of a mid-single digit germplasm portfolio lift, overall corn footprint expansion and a continued cost-improvement benefit.

   

Agricultural Productivity Segment Detail

 

($ in millions)

  Net Sales   Gross Profit

 

Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year
    2014     2013     2014     2013     2014     2013     2014     2013
Agricultural Productivity   $ 1,254     $ 1,017     $ 5,115     $ 4,521     $ 490     $ 380     $ 1,978     $ 1,570
TOTAL Agricultural Productivity   $ 1,254     $ 1,017     $ 5,115     $ 4,521     $ 490     $ 380     $ 1,978     $ 1,570
               
 

($ in millions)

  Earnings Before Interest & Taxes (EBIT)

 

  Fourth Quarter   Fiscal Year
Agricultural Productivity   2014     2013     2014     2013
EBIT (For a reconciliation of EBIT, see note 1.)   $ 274     $ 238     $ 1,345     $ 1,048
Unusual Items Affecting EBIT:    
EBIT from Discontinued Operations $ $ $ 22 $ 17
Legacy Environmental Settlement   $ (32 )   $     $ (32 )   $

The Agricultural Productivity segment consists of the crop protection products and lawn-and-garden herbicide products.

Segment sales for the quarter reached $1.3 billion. For the fiscal year, the segment delivered net sales of $5.1 billion. The company anticipates Agricultural Productivity segment gross profit to be down by up to 10 percent in fiscal year 2015, offsetting some of the anticipated core growth from its seeds and traits business.

Webcast Information

In conjunction with this announcement, Monsanto will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. central time (9:30 a.m. eastern time) today. The call will focus on these results and future expectations and may include a discussion of Monsanto’s strategic initiatives, product performance and other matters related to the company’s business.

Presentation slides and a simultaneous audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed by visiting the company's website at www.monsanto.com/investors or http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/zir9hzra/lan/en. Visitors may need to download Windows Media Player™ prior to listening to the webcast. Following the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Monsanto website for three weeks. Monsanto publishes details on upcoming webcasts on this website in both the Presentation and Financial Reports section and the Calendar of Events section. Investors should look to this site as the source of information on future investor conference webcasts. The site includes a calendar of upcoming investor events, details on accessing scheduled webcasts and information from previous investor events.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: discover.monsanto.com and monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at monsantoblog.com or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information:

Certain statements contained in this release are “forward-looking statements,” such as statements concerning the company’s anticipated financial results, current and future product performance, regulatory approvals, business and financial plans and other non-historical facts. These statements are based on current expectations and currently available information. However, since these statements are based on factors that involve risks and uncertainties, the company’s actual performance and results may differ materially from those described or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, among others: continued competition in seeds, traits and agricultural chemicals; the company’s exposure to various contingencies, including those related to intellectual property protection, regulatory compliance and the speed with which approvals are received, and public acceptance of biotechnology products; the success of the company’s research and development activities; the outcomes of major lawsuits and the previously-announced SEC investigation; developments related to foreign currencies and economies; successful operation of recent acquisitions; fluctuations in commodity prices; compliance with regulations affecting our manufacturing; the accuracy of the company’s estimates related to distribution inventory levels; the recent increases in and expected higher levels of indebtedness; the company’s ability to fund its short-term financing needs and to obtain payment for the products that it sells; the effect of weather conditions, natural disasters and accidents on the agriculture business or the company’s facilities; and other risks and factors detailed in the company’s most recent periodic report to the SEC. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which are current only as of the date of this release. The company disclaims any current intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements or any of the factors that may affect actual results.

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Monsanto Company

Selected Financial Information

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Unaudited

 
Statements of Consolidated Operations Three Months Ended Aug. 31, Twelve Months Ended Aug. 31,
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Net Sales $ 2,630   $ 2,202 $ 15,855   $ 14,861
Cost of Goods Sold 1,397     1,278     7,281     7,208  
Gross Profit 1,233 924 8,574 7,653
Operating Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses 905 778 2,774 2,550
Research and development expenses 485     435     1,725     1,533  
Total Operating Expenses 1,390 1,213 4,499 4,083
Income (Loss) From Operations (157 ) (289 ) 4,075 3,570
Interest Expense 113 49 248 172
Interest Income (38 ) (23 ) (102 ) (92 )
Other Expense, Net 18     26     102     61  
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes (250 ) (341 ) 3,827 3,429
Income Tax Provision (Benefit) (87 )   (102 )   1,078     915  
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations Including Portion Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest $ (163 )   $ (239 )   $ 2,749     $ 2,514  
Discontinued Operations:
Income from Operations of Discontinued Businesses 22 17
Income Tax Provision         9     6  
Income on Discontinued Operations         13     11  
Net Income (Loss) $ (163 )   $ (239 )   $ 2,762     $ 2,525  
Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest (7 ) 10 22 43
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Monsanto Company $ (156 )   $ (249 )   $ 2,740     $ 2,482  
 
EBIT (see note 1) $ (176 )   $ (330 )   $ 3,952     $ 3,460  
 
Basic Earnings (Loss) per Share Attributable to Monsanto Company:
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations $ (0.31 ) $ (0.47 ) $ 5.25 $ 4.63
Income on Discontinued Operations         0.03     0.02  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Monsanto Company $ (0.31 )   $ (0.47 )   $ 5.28     $ 4.65  
 
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share Attributable to Monsanto Company:
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations $ (0.31 ) $ (0.47 ) $ 5.19 $ 4.58
Income on Discontinued Operations         0.03     0.02  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Monsanto Company $ (0.31 )   $ (0.47 )   $ 5.22     $ 4.60  
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic 505.2 531.5 519.3 533.7
Diluted   505.2   531.5   524.9   539.7
 
 

Monsanto Company

Selected Financial Information

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Unaudited

 
Condensed Statements of Consolidated Financial Position As of Aug. 31,
    2014     2013  
Assets  
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents (variable interest entities restricted - 2014: $110 and 2013: $140) $ 2,367 $ 3,668
Short-term investments 40 254
Trade receivables, net (variable interest entities restricted - 2014: $39 and 2013: $0) 2,014 1,715
Miscellaneous receivables 817 748
Deferred tax assets 635 579
Inventory, net 3,597 2,947
Other current assets 205     166  
Total Current Assets 9,675 10,077
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net (variable interest entity restricted - 2014: $2 and 2013: $0) 5,082 4,654
Goodwill 4,319 3,520
Other Intangible Assets, Net 1,554 1,226
Noncurrent Deferred Tax Assets 450 454
Long-Term Receivables, Net 92 237
Other Assets 809     496  
Total Assets $ 21,981     $ 20,664  
Liabilities and Shareowners’ Equity
Current Liabilities:
Short-term debt, including current portion of long-term debt 233 51
Accounts payable (variable interest entity restricted - 2014: $25 and 2013: $0) 1,111 995
Income taxes payable 99 91
Accrued compensation and benefits (variable interest entity restricted - 2014: $1 and 2013: $0) 500 492
Accrued marketing programs 1,394 1,078
Deferred revenues 438 517
Grower production accruals 54 60
Dividends payable 239 228
Customer payable 82 12
Miscellaneous short-term accruals 962     812  
Total Current Liabilities 5,112 4,336
Long-Term Debt 7,528 2,061
Postretirement Liabilities 345 357
Long-Term Deferred Revenue 47 138
Noncurrent Deferred Tax Liabilities 509 469
Long-Term Portion of Environmental and Litigation Reserves 184 193
Other Liabilities 342 382
Monsanto Shareowners’ Equity 7,875 12,559
Noncontrolling Interest 39     169  
Total Shareowners’ Equity 7,914     12,728  
Total Liabilities and Shareowners’ Equity $ 21,981     $ 20,664  
Debt to Capital Ratio:   50 %   14 %
 

Monsanto Company

Selected Financial Information

(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Unaudited

 
Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows Twelve Months Ended Aug. 31,
    2014     2013  
Operating Activities:  
Net Income $ 2,762 $ 2,525
Adjustments to reconcile cash provided by operating activities:
Items that did not require (provide) cash:
Depreciation and amortization 691 615
Bad-debt expense 41 27
Stock-based compensation expense 120 100
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation (72 ) (79 )
Deferred income taxes 12 176
Equity affiliate (income) loss, net 4 (17 )
Net gain on sales of a business or other assets (11 ) (17 )
Other items, net 139 (77 )
Changes in assets and liabilities that provided (required) cash, net of acquisitions:
Trade receivables, net (172 ) 222
Inventory, net (650 ) (192 )
Deferred revenues (163 ) 50
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 709 (104 )
Pension contributions (64 ) (75 )
Other items, net   (292 )   (414 )
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   3,054     2,740  
Cash Flows Provided (Required) by Investing Activities:
Purchases of short-term investments (145 ) (716 )
Maturities of short-term investments 359 764
Capital expenditures (1,005 ) (741 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (922 ) (165 )
Purchases of long-term debt and equity securities (12 )
Technology and other investments (403 ) (88 )
Other investments and property disposal proceeds   33     169  
Net Cash Required by Investing Activities   (2,095 )   (777 )
Cash Flows Provided (Required) by Financing Activities:
Net change in financing with less than 90-day maturities 38 104
Short-term debt proceeds 50 22
Short-term debt reductions (24 ) (29 )
Long-term debt proceeds 5,479 32
Long-term debt reductions (7 ) (2 )
Payments on other financing (39 )
Debt issuance costs (53 )
Treasury stock purchases (7,082 ) (1,095 )
Stock option exercises 248 257
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 72 79
Tax withholding on restricted stock and restricted stock units (9 ) (10 )
Dividend payments (904 ) (802 )
Proceeds from noncontrolling interest 133
Payments to noncontrolling interests   (28 )   (174 )
Net Cash Required by Financing Activities   (2,259 )   (1,485 )
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents (1 ) (93 )
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents (1,301 ) 385
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period   3,668     3,283  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period   $ 2,367     $ 3,668  
 
 

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(Dollars in millions)

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1.

EBIT, Ongoing EPS and Free Cash Flow: The presentations of EBIT, ongoing EPS and free cash flow are not intended to replace net income (loss) attributable to Monsanto Company, cash flows, financial position or comprehensive income (loss), and they are not measures of financial performance as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is intended to supplement investor's understanding of our operating performance. Furthermore, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. The following tables reconcile EBIT, ongoing EPS and free cash flow to the respective most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 

Reconciliation of EBIT to Net Income (Loss): EBIT is defined as earnings (loss) before interest and taxes. Earnings (loss) is intended to mean net income (loss) attributable to Monsanto Company as presented in the Statements of Consolidated Operations under GAAP. The following table reconciles EBIT to the most directly comparable financial measure, which is net income (loss) attributable to Monsanto Company.

   

 

Three Months Ended Aug. 31, Twelve Months Ended Aug. 31,
    2014     2013     2014     2013
EBIT – Seeds and Genomics Segment $ (450 )   $ (568 ) $ 2,607     $ 2,412
EBIT – Agricultural Productivity Segment 274     238     1,345     1,048
EBIT– Total (176 ) (330 ) 3,952 3,460
Interest Expense, Net 75 26 146 80
Income Tax Provision (Benefit)(A) (95 )   (107 )   1,066     898
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Monsanto Company   $ (156 )   $ (249 )   $ 2,740     $ 2,482

(A) Includes the income tax provision from continuing operations, the income tax benefit (provision) on noncontrolling interest, and the income tax on discontinued operations.

 

Reconciliation of EPS to Ongoing EPS: Ongoing EPS is calculated excluding certain after-tax items which Monsanto does not consider part of ongoing operations.

           

Fiscal Year 2015

Three Months Ended Aug. 31, Twelve Months Ended Aug. 31,
      Guidance     2014     2013       2014     2013  
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share $ 5.75-$6.00 $ (0.31 )   $ (0.47 ) $ 5.22   $ 4.60
Income on Discontinued Operations (0.03 ) (0.02 )
Legacy Environmental Settlement 0.04 0.04
Resolution of a Legacy Tax Matter                         (0.02 )
Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Share from Ongoing Business     $ 5.75-$6.00     $ (0.27 )   $ (0.47 )     $ 5.23     $ 4.56  

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow: Free cash flow represents the total of cash flows from operating activities and investing activities, as reflected in the Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows presented in this release. With respect to the fiscal year 2015 free cash flow guidance, Monsanto does not include any estimates or projections of Net Cash Provided (Required) by Financing Activities because in order to prepare any such estimate or projection, Monsanto would need to rely on market factors and conditions that are outside of its control.

   

 

Fiscal Year 2015 Twelve Months Ended Aug. 31,

 

    Guidance   2014     2013  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 3,200-3,600 $ 3,054   $ 2,740
Net Cash Required by Investing Activities   (1,200)-(1,400)   (2,095 )   (777 )
Free Cash Flow $ 2,000-2,200 959 1,963
Net Cash Required by Financing Activities N/A (2,259 ) (1,485 )
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents   N/A   (1 )   (93 )
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents N/A (1,301 ) 385
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period   N/A   3,668     3,283  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period     N/A   $ 2,367     $ 3,668  

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Monsanto Company
Media:
Sara Miller, 314-694-5824
or
Analysts:
Bryan Hurley, 314-694-8148