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Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Oct 30, 2019, 8:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Bunge Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please also note today's event is being recorded. At this time I'd like to turn the conference call over to Ms. Ruth Ann Wisener Vice President of Investor Relations.

Ma'am please go ahead.

Ruth Ann Wisener -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you operator and thank you for joining us this morning for our third quarter earnings call. Before we get started I want to let you know that we have slides to accompany our discussion. These can be found in the Investors section of our website at bunge.com under Investor Presentations. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are posted on our website as well. I'd like to direct you to slide two and remind you that today's presentation includes forward-looking statements that reflect Bunge's current view with respect to future events financial performance and industry conditions. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risk and uncertainties. Bunge has provided additional information in its reports on file with the SEC concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in this presentation and we encourage you to review these factors. On the call this morning are Greg Heckman Bunge's Chief Executive Officer; and John Neppl Chief Financial Officer.

I'll now turn the call over to Greg.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you Ruth Ann and good morning everyone. Let's start things off on slide three with the agenda for today's call. Today I'll provide a high level overview of our quarterly results, and then cover the progress we're making against our key priorities, which is expected resulting in a bit of noise and our reported results. I'll then give you an overview of our outlook for the rest of the year before handing it over to john, who will give you more detail around the financials will then open up the line for your questions. Let's turn to slide four. Excluding notable items which were largely the accounting charges related to portfolio restructuring and our headquarters move our core business performed ahead of our expectations for the quarter despite the uncertain and deteriorating market conditions impacting our industry. In Agribusiness crush margins declined during the quarter especially near the end of the period and our Grain business was impacted by ongoing trade issues and a delayed U.S. harvest. Nevertheless our team did a great job in mitigating those challenges and our results were positively impacted by our risk management actions. Results in Edible Oils were strong reflecting favorable industry dynamics and good execution.

As I noted a lot of the noise in our results this quarter was connected to the strategic actions we are taking. In July we announced our agreement with BP to contribute our Brazilian Sugar & Bioenergy business to a new 50-50 joint venture. As a result of this we've reclassified that business as held for sale and taken the expected $1.6 billion charge we discussed on our last call. We remain very excited about the training action in our new partnership with BP. Check the boxes across all of our strategic criteria, reducing our exposure to Brazilian sugar and bio energy, allowing us to strengthen our balance sheet, and importantly, enabling us to increase our focus on our core businesses. were on track to close the transaction before year end as planned. Also in the third quarter, we took a big step forward in our work to streamline our global business structure. With the amount announcement that we're moving our global headquarters to St. Louis, where our North American headquarters is already located. This move will allow us to better align with our commercial teams and drive additional efficiencies with cost reductions as an additional output.

Although we were happy with our execution in the third quarter underlying market conditions and forward curves continue to be very challenging and we expect the fourth quarter to reflect those weaker conditions. Consistent with how we've been talking about flat earnings year-over-year which excludes notable items the impact of our investment in Beyond Meat and the benefit of approximately $70 million of lower sugar depreciation we now expect the gap versus 2018 of between $0.15 and $0.20 a share. Markets are being driven largely by the macro factors that we've discussed on our past calls. African swine fever continues to impact demand for soymeal. And along with the U.S.-China trade situation both typical trade flows and producer marketing patterns have been and continue to be distorted. We'll continue to monitor these factors and as we did in our third quarter utilize our global footprint to navigate the environment in the best possible manner while also implementing our internal changes.

I'll now turn the call over to John to go through the numbers in greater detail.

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks Greg. Good morning everyone. Let's turn to the earnings highlights on slide six. Our reported third quarter earnings per share from continuing operations was a loss of $10.57 compared to a gain of $2.39 in the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted EPS was $1.41 in Q3 versus $2.52 in the prior year. Our reported results included approximately $1.7 billion in charges related to portfolio initiatives primarily consisting of approximately $1.6 billion of impairment and other charges related to our Brazilian sugarcane milling business. As shown on the next slide as a result of this impairment total shareholders' equity has been temporarily reduced by approximately $1.5 billion reflecting the impairment loss recorded in the period. When the transaction closes later this year the related $1.5 billion of cumulative translation adjustment balance will be released effectively increasing shareholders' equity by that amount. In addition to the sugar impairment we incurred $137 million of other charges in the quarter primarily related to impairments and severance in our other segments as part of our broader portfolio review.

Total segment EBIT was a loss of $1.44 billion in the quarter versus EBIT of $535 million in the prior year. On an adjusted basis which excludes notables total segment EBIT was $304 million in the quarter versus $573 million in the prior year. Agribusiness adjusted EBIT was $153 million compared to $485 million last year. In Oilseeds average global soy crush margins were significantly lower than in 2018 driven by a combination of farmer retention of soybeans in anticipation of higher prices and soft export demand for soymeal. Results were negatively impacted by approximately $70 million of mark-to-market reversals on soy crush contracts which favorably impacted Q2. However a decrease in forward soy crush margins during the third quarter resulted in new mark-to-market gains of approximately $95 million benefiting our results. As we execute on these contracts mainly in the fourth quarter we expect these gains to reverse.

Last year's strong performance in Oilseeds includes a net mark-to-market gain of approximately $250 million adding to already stronger margins. Softseed processing results in the quarter were higher than last year led by Canada and China as were results in trading and distribution and biodiesel. In Grains results were lower in both North and South America primarily due to soft export demand farmer retention related to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the delayed harvest in the U.S. Results in ocean freight and trading and distribution were lower than last year. Food & Ingredients adjusted EBIT was $86 million compared to $62 million in Q3 of 2018. Edible Oils results were up $39 million from last year driven largely by better results in North America and Brazil benefiting from better supply/demand balance of soy oil as well as improved execution. Bunge Loders Croklaan also contributed to the increased results. Weaker Milling results were driven by lower margins in the U.S. and lower volumes and margins in Mexico. Results in Brazil were comparable to last year.

Higher results in Sugar & Bioenergy were largely due to the $32 million of lower depreciation resulting from the reclassification of the Brazilian sugarcane milling business to held for sale as well as increased cane crush volumes and higher ethanol prices which more than offset lower sugar prices. Fertilizer results were in line with the prior year. We reported a tax benefit of $28 million in the third quarter which included $30 million of favorable resolutions of uncertain tax positions. Based on our current outlook we expect our effective tax rate to be in the range of 20% to 24% for the full year when excluding notable items. Let's turn to slide eight. Our trailing 12-month adjusted funds from operations were approximately $1 billion. And as you can see on slide nine our debt largely finances our inventories. Approximately 70% of our net debt was used to finance readily marketable inventories at the end of the quarter. Turning to slide 10. We have committed credit facilities of approximately $5 billion of which $4.1 billion was available at the end of the quarter. And we had a cash balance of $291 million.

Let's turn to slide 11 and our year-to-date summary of capital allocation. Year-to-date we generated adjusted funds from operations of $854 million. From this total capex spending was $378 million in the first 9 months of 2019 compared to $318 million in the first 9 months of 2018. Based on our year-to-date spend full year capex will likely be $520 million to $540 million. It should be noted that about $105 million of our year-to-date and $115 million of our forecast capex spending this year relate to the sugarcane milling business which we are contributing to the JV with BP. We paid $79 million in dividends to shareholders in Q3. This left us with approximately $240 million that we allocated toward debt reduction. Let's turn to slide 12 and our return on invested capital. Our trailing 4-quarter average return on invested capital in our core Agribusiness and Food & Ingredients segments was equal to our cost of capital of 7%. Our target is 9% which is 200 basis points above our WACC. The decline in the trailing 4-quarter ROIC from Q2 reflects the unusually strong Q3 in the prior year that benefited from the large mark-to-market gain and the higher soy crush margins.

With that I'll turn things back over to Greg for some closing comments.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks John. As you can see the third quarter demonstrates what's so important that we take the steps to execute our strategic priorities of driving operational performance optimizing our portfolio and doing it all with more financial discipline. Increased accountability speed of decision-making cost discipline and making sure we're leveraging our global platform to stay close to our customers and adapt to changing market dynamics are critical in this uncertain environment and a core part of our focus on delivering growth and increased returns to shareholders. And before closing I want to say I'm especially proud of the team here at Bunge. They executed very well during this volatile quarter while successfully managing significant changes in our business the additional work we have under way to evolve our operating model and the move to St. Louis. We're making great progress but we still got a lot of work to do and I look forward to sharing more with you as we continue to execute.

And with that we'll open the call to questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question today comes from Ben Bienvenu from Stephens. Please go ahead with your question.

Ben Bienvenu -- Stephens -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. Thanks for taking my question. Greg I want to ask you know that you're making progress in strengthening the business. What kind of conditions do you think we need to see in the market to see evidence of your progress? Obviously this quarter's fundamentals were challenging. 4Q is going to be challenging. But if you could offer us any sort of commentary on important milestones that you're thinking about or a rough time line as you think about moving forward in the turnaround process that would be helpful.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Ben. I think one example is just even this quarter. I don't know that we could see a much more difficult environment than we've seen. You can stack ASF the on-again/off-again trade war the late harvest in the U.S. and then the Argentinian elections. And I couldn't really be more pleased with the amount of change we're driving through the organization and that the team continue to execute very very well. The other key thing that we'll be seeing of course is continuing to put those changes in place as we move toward 2020 and as we begin to talk about what to expect there at the end of next quarter.

Ben Bienvenu -- Stephens -- Analyst

Okay. And tacking on to that you mentioned briefly ASF. Could you provide any updated thoughts if you have any on ASF? And you mentioned in the release softer export demand for soymeal. Is that comment in relation to African swine fever? Any elaboration you can offer there would be helpful.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Okay. Yes on ASF I think the view publicly continues to be about 40% of the Chinese herd liquidated. And I believe we spoke to that affecting bean demand versus export demand. And then of course we've seen the rebalancing around the world as demand has -- soybean meal demand is moving as things are starting to move to figure out how to fill that hole in the protein demand in China. But we still continue to be thinking that we're not going to see the tiny positive tailwinds of that until the second half of 2020 and beyond.

Operator

Our next question comes from Rob Moskow from Credit Suisse. Please go ahead with your question.

Rob Moskow -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Hi, Greg I think you already answered my question about what to think about China. But just so I understand the guidance last year Agribusiness profits were only $55 million. Is the guidance assuming here that you'd probably be below that level in the fourth quarter?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Let me take a quick -- what we're trying to do when we gave the guidance for the full year we talked about it being flat versus prior year and then we had reaffirmed that on our last 2 calls. So when we gave that flat year-over-year originally and then confirmed it we hadn't planned on the positive benefit that we're going to enjoy from Beyond and we hadn't planned on the positive benefit that we're going to enjoy from the change in depreciation on the sugar deal. So rather than count those and declare victory in being higher year-over-year we're trying to stay on the same basis and say on the operating basis of where we called it to be flat taking Beyond out and taking out the benefit of the depreciation we're saying we're going to be off on a full year $0.15 to $0.20 on an EPS on how we've been talking to you all year. Now that being said we got 2 months to go. As grim as the forward curves look today we're not giving up. The team is going to make all we can as we continue to execute here for the balance of the year and do all we can to close that $0.15 to $0.20 gap and that's ex the benefit of Beyond and the benefit of the depreciation.

Rob Moskow -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

And can I -- just on an EPS basis are the 2 things that you're calling out here is it about $0.90 the depreciation -- the 90 -- the Beyond and the depreciation per share?

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. The sugar depreciation is around $0.50. It is the way we're looking at it. Yes. And then Beyond because Beyond is -- a lot of that gain is not taxable -- well that gain really isn't taxable at all so that goes straight through. So we're looking at roughly a $0.60 potential impact to EPS excluding that. And those items are excluded from the numbers we're talking about.

Rob Moskow -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

So $1.10 altogether?

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes.

Rob Moskow -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Yes. Okay. All right, great.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Okay, I'll get back in the questions. Thanks

Operator

Our next question comes from Ken Zaslow from Bank of Montreal. Please go ahead with your question.

Ken Zaslow -- Bank of Montreal -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, everyone. Or Jennifer, again, Just want it clear just following up on the change. The only thing that's really changing is a little bit of the operating environment is slightly worse than you expected. Your risk management your Edible Oils are all exceeding your expectations. So net-net that $0.15 to $0.20 is 40 -- not that many it's $40 million of operating profit. Is that kind of what I'm just making sure I'm understanding? It's not a huge change in terms of like-for-like.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Agree yes. It is the change in the environment on the things we can't control so it's primarily changing crush margins to what we originally expected. The things that we can control been very pleased with the team on the execution around how we're running our facilities year-over-year on how we're managing the risk throughout the global network and even on some of the gains we're making with key customers and some of the focused parts of our portfolio. So happy with the execution on the things we can control.

Ken Zaslow -- Bank of Montreal -- Analyst

Just continuing on the execution just making sure what has changed on the execution of the Oilseed operations? Because again it didn't seem like there was any operational issues. And the next part of that is the risk management again seems like that's coming in in line with expectations. And my last part is Edible Oils is that sustainable?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes let me start with Edible Oils and then start with the last part first. Yes we believe that the supply/demand balance on Edible Oils has improved and kind of expect that to continue to improve especially in the soft oils as we go into 2020. I mean some of that is biodiesel. Some of that is just a little bit better demand and a little better supply/demand balances with these margins. We've definitely seen crush flow in some areas. And then also the team has done a really good job managing the balance between our B2C and our B2B business and balancing our refineries and just very good execution as well as our palm supply chain.

Ken Zaslow -- Bank of Montreal -- Analyst

And the sustainability of risk management?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. We're very pleased with how Brian Zachman and the commercial team is working closely with Robert Wagner and the risk control team. We continue to improve systems processes visibility stress testing and we'll never be done. That's a system of continuous improvement. We're not -- we're never going to be happy. We continue to make progress and very pleased how the teams are working together to manage the earnings at risk in our installed asset base here while managing it helping our customers at both ends of the supply chain manage their risks but keeping in mind what the appropriate amount of risk for Bunge is based on our earnings power and based on the environment that we're operating in.

Ken Zaslow -- Bank of Montreal -- Analyst

Right. I appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Vincent Andrews from Morgan Stanley. Please your question.

Vincent Andrews -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thank you. And good morning, everyone. I just want to follow up on the Edible Oils just because it was an impressive result in the quarter at $71 million. I have in my model the best you've ever done in a quarter was the $60 million in the third quarter of 2010. So I appreciate your comment. I just want to make sure should we be annualizing the $70 million? Or is that the high end of the range you think you can do on a go-forward basis? And what should we be thinking about?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. We're sure going to try to maintain all of the improvements that we've made on execution. I can't predict the environment the margin environment that we're going to see but I am pleased with the progress we've made and how we're organizing the business the changes we've made in leadership how the team is working across what used to be multiple P&L lines but able to make decisions faster and work more quickly with a focus on Bunge overall and on one Bunge P&L. So we're going to hang on to all the improvement we can where we can control things. That being said the marketplace will ultimately drive industry margins. What we want to do is perform better than the rest.

Vincent Andrews -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Okay. And just on the sort of 2020 plus or this plan it sounds like -- am I correct that at 4Q you're going to kind of lay out sort of a broader path forward to getting the return on capital to that 9% goal? Or do you we need to wait until all this sort of trade and Argentina and other sort of new developments were to settle out before you can do that?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Well look we are in the process currently of putting our 2020 business plan together and we think we can only plan with the world as it is. So we'll provide as much clarity as we can as we get to Q4 but I think you've called out all the flags right. You've got ASF and we'd like to think that we'll start to see some demand recover as we've talked in the second half. We've got the trade war which is starting to show some signs of working toward a resolution which would bring a lot of clarity for not only the farmers in North and South America but the consumers as well. We talked about the oil if these look good and we've got some stronger biodiesel demand coming on which should support that. So that looks slightly positive going into '20. And then I think the thing we feel best about around the things we can control as we're getting our business organized right with people in the right places and our priorities right. And so we will step into '20 running a better portfolio and organized in a better manner and feel good about being able to take advantage of what opportunities we get.

Vincent Andrews -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Okay, thank you very much.

Operator

Our next question comes from Adam Samuelson from Goldman Sachs. please you have with your question.

Adam Samuelson -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Thank you. Good morning, everyone. First help me to get a little bit more color on crushed market dynamics in your major geographies and the weakness that we've seen recently in board crush. Is that simply a function of U.S. being rallying on a trade deal hope? Or talk about the kind of meal demand prospects and kind of how you see the lay of the land on the crush side for the next 3 to 6 months.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. Since the last time we were together we've seen the soy crush margins down double digits really everywhere. Soft crush has remained OK but of course that's a smaller part of the portfolio. That has been driven as you say by the trade war kind of on again off again which if you want to be optimistic as a producer you're going to wait for what you think has to happen to get you the best prices. And so that has definitely slowed producer marketing in both hemispheres as well as we talked about add on the uncertainty that the Argentinian producer has been dealing with the changes in leadership there. The kind of on again/off again trade war has kind of been the worst of both worlds with the market starting to adjust as if the trade war is over when it's not over. So it's been about as a confusing an environment as we could see. And I think that as we look toward '20 it would be hard to imagine probably a more challenging or confusing environment than we've seen the last 30 days and -- or less 60-plus days and kind of what we are predicting to have to manage through here in Q4 but we believe that will begin to sort itself out in 2020.

Adam Samuelson -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful. And then just on Argentina can you maybe elaborate a little bit on how you're thinking about policy changes under the new administration there? I mean thinking back to the prior Kirchner regime and some of the export taxes that were in place and what that did to farmer selling and the utilization of crush assets just help us think about some of the different moving pieces as the macro changes in Argentina.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. There's no specifics that have been announced yet. I think what we know from history there will be some capital controls that are going to be disruptive and they will impact not only farmer selling but they will impact the crush industry. And of course that Argentinian crush can have a big impact on the global crush so we're watching that very closely. I guess the good news if there is is that Bunge has decades of experience there. We've got a very experienced team that has seen this more than once and will do the best job managing through that for our customers and our shareholders and are on it and analyzing and prepared to do that.

Adam Samuelson -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

And appreciate the color. I'll pass it on. Thanks.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from Tom Simonitsch from JPMorgan. please proceed with your question.

Tom Simonitsch -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

The morning. So I think most of my questions have probably been answered but maybe you could expand on the recommitting volumes and margins in Mexico?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. We've had a -- there was a little bit overcapacity in that marketplace. We've seen some customers switching and that has led us to lower volumes. And with the lower volume we've got some higher fixed costs. We've made a number of changes down there. We're making changes in how we're operating our footprint and leadership to address that. So we expect to see some improvements in '20 but it has hurt us this year.

Tom Simonitsch -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Okay. And just going back to the question around slow farmer selling. I mean clearly U.S. farmers had record on-farm stocks of soybeans on September 1. When do you think they will have to sell those crops? And how does it impact Bunge in the coming quarters?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

I think the market has proven with the amount of commercial storage amount of on-farm storage and the ingenuity of some of the temporary storage that now exists no one has to sell anything. But if you believe that history is any guide as that crop continues to come in and is known and then we get some clarity around the trade war we've got to believe there will be more marketing. I mean harvest is about 20% -- a little over 20% behind the 5-year average so that's definitely weighed into that when you add that and the trade war uncertainty. It's definitely pushed things back.

Tom Simonitsch -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

And just one last question on soy crush margins you noted a challenging forward curves there. How much of your Q4 and Q1 crush capacity is locked in at this point?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Not a lot but enough that you saw we chewed through the $70 million of positive mark-to-market from last period -- or from last quarter and then had new mark-to-market on what we had hedged of roughly $95 million so we're able to offset the $70 million and have $25 million of positive mark-to-market in the quarter. So that being said when the market has given us the opportunity to hedge our margins we've done that and we'll continue to do that globally.

Tom Simonitsch -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from Heather Jones from Heather Jones Research. Please proceed with your question.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

Good morning. And thank you for the question. Second question. So I want to take another stab at the guidance so just to make sure I'm understanding correctly. So last year you were $2.71 take down that by $0.15 to $0.20 we're looking at $2.51 to $2.56 excluding any benefit from the lower depreciation for sugar in Q3 and Q4 and excluding any mark-to-market gains on the Beyond stake. Am I understanding that correctly?

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes.

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

That's correct.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

Okay. And excluding the mark-to-market loss and Beyond this quarter I think you were like $1.48 $1.49. So year-to-date we're at like $2.49 on an adjusted basis. So we're looking at just I don't know call it $0.05 to $0.10 of earnings for Q4 based upon what you foresee at this time?

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Well the $1.41 we only had about $10 million of impact to Beyond in Q3 on an EBIT basis. So we marked -- the book got marked. That's slightly got marked down from $1 -- $160 a share at the end of Q2 to $148 a share. And then we did realize a small amount during Q3 so that's only about a $10 million item. So I think a little less on the EPS impact.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

A little less? Okay. Okay. Now some industry trend questions. We've been reading like over the last 2 to 3 weeks that there had been a pickup in farmer selling significant pickup in farmer selling in Brazil. Did you guys see that? And what are you seeing in the more recent days given the rally in the currency?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. We've seen some pickup there. As we talked to some of the slower selling it was probably more focused on the U.S. and Argentina.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

Okay. And then on the crush side so margins I mean they've softened considerably in the U.S. and they've been pretty bad in South America particularly in Brazil. And so I get the reasons but what are your thoughts on how crushers will respond? I mean have you seen any meaningful slowing? Do you expect meaningful slowing? Are people just grinding it out expecting an improvement next year?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

Well I think that's where we've seen some of the tightness in oil. As things have slowed up it's tightened things up in oil. So I believe the one thing I've probably seen in my 35-plus years is the economics of work the market will eventually work sometimes it takes longer than it should but we're getting all the signals.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

Okay. Final question on that. Is there a significant delta between export crush margins in Brazil versus the interior? Or are they all weak? Are they all materially weak?

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

I'd say neither are where we'd like them to be.

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

Okay, perfect. Thank you so much.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen at this time I'm showing no additional questions. We'll conclude today's question-and-answer session. I'd like to turn the conference call back over to Ms. Wisener for any closing remarks.

Ruth Ann Wisener -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you for joining us today and your interest in our company. If you have further questions I'm happy to follow up. Have a good day.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 38 minutes

Call participants:

Ruth Ann Wisener -- Vice President, Investor Relations

Gregory A. Heckman -- Chief Executive Officer

John W. Neppl -- Chief Financial Officer

Ben Bienvenu -- Stephens -- Analyst

Rob Moskow -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Ken Zaslow -- Bank of Montreal -- Analyst

Vincent Andrews -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Adam Samuelson -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Tom Simonitsch -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Heather Jones -- Heather Jones Research -- Analyst

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