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CHS

Last year ended on a sour note for CHS, America’s largest farmer- and rancher-owned cooperative. Financial misstatements involving misvalued rail contracts uncovered last fall, determined to be intentional misconduct by a since-fired employee, led the company to significantly overstate its pre-tax profits by as much as $190 million for the past four fiscal years. CHS provides fuel and supplies to farmers as part of agreements to buy and sell their yields; it also makes long-term contracts with rail lines, then sells some of that capacity in the secondary market. Drama aside, the company’s net income for fiscal year 2018 was $775.9 million, an increase of $704 million from the previous fiscal year. With annual revenue of nearly $32 billion, CHS was the fifth-largest business in Minnesota in 2018.

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CEO

Jay D. Debertin

CEO Title

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Sector

Food, Beverages & Tobacco

Industry

Food Production

HQ Location

Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Years on Fortune 500 List

20

Employees

10,495

A cooperative., Figures are for fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2018.
Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$32,683.32.0%
Profits ($M)$775.9983.8%
Assets ($M)$16,381.2
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$8,155.6
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues2.4%
Profits as % of Assets4.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity9.5%
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