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CHS

U.S.

The largest farmer- and rancher-owned cooperative in the U.S. with $34.6 billion in sales provides the stuff farmers need to grow crops–fuel and farm supplies–and then buys growers’ harvests to either sell or process. CHS saw its profits drop nearly 28% as its agriculture segment took a hit from the reduced selling prices of grain. The cooperative’s energy segment, which also refines and retails petroleum, suffered from a 28% drop in the price of refined fuels and weak demand for propane due to a warm winter. The company took a charge for ending development on a planned nitrogen fertilizer plant and instead decided to make the biggest investment in its history ($2.8 billion) in an existing fertilizer operation.

CEO

Carl M. Casale

Sector

Food, Beverages & Tobacco

Industry

Food Production

HQ Location

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Employees

12,511

Years on Global 500 List

9

A cooperative. Figures are for fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2015.
Key Financials (last fiscal year)
($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$34,582-18.9%
Profits ($M)$781-27.8%
Assets ($M)$15,228
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$7,658
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues2.3%
Profits as % of Assets5.1%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity10.2%