Ceres Global Ag Corp.
TSX : CRP

Ceres Global Ag Corp.

August 07, 2008 17:21 ET

Ceres Global Ag Corp. Announces Results for the Fiscal Quarter Ended June 30, 2008

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) -

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The management of Ceres Global Ag Corp. ("Ceres" or the "Corporation") (TSX:CRP) is announcing its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008.

The public market portfolio performed strongly in the first quarter of this fiscal year. As at June 30, 2008, the net asset value attributable to each outstanding Common Share and related Warrant rose to $12.71 from the value of $10.75 reported as at March 31, 2008, representing an increase of 18.23% during the quarter. The fundamentals continued to remain strong in the agricultural industry, and the performance of the industry's companies' sales and earnings growth continued to rise and began to be reflected in equity prices.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, Ceres reported net income of $25,280,105, which included an unrealized appreciation of investments of $26,640,403 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: net loss of $8,107,020, including an unrealized depreciation of investments of $6,906,436). For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, basic and diluted earnings per share was $1.96 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: basic and diluted loss per share was $0.63).

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, Ceres earned dividend revenue totalling $600,457 and interest and other revenues totalling $164,834 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: dividends of $226,066, and interest and other revenues totalling $632,112).

Ceres was incorporated on November 1, 2007, completed its initial public offering on December 13, 2007 and commenced its business activities on December 21, 2007. Therefore, except for comparative figures for March 31, 2008 presented on the balance sheet, Ceres has not presented any other comparative figures on the interim financial statements of the Corporation for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. Nonetheless, whenever meaningful, Ceres has presented comparative figures concerning the results of operations and cash flows for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.

Ceres invests primarily in securities of publicly traded companies located in Canada, the United States of America and other countries. As at June 30, 2008, the fair value of investments owned by Ceres totalled $144,956,771 and the cost thereof was $122,305,549 (March 31, 2008: fair value of $128,313,181 and cost of $130,573,721). As at June 30, 2008, Ceres is liable to cover investments sold short, having a fair value of $9,755,806, for which it received proceeds of $10,105,381 (March 31, 2008: fair value of $3,033,869 and for which it received proceeds of $2,859,407).

As at June 30, 2008 and March 31, 2008, Ceres owned investments primarily in equity securities of publicly traded companies, in the following agricultural industry sub-sectors:



(at fair values) June 30, 2008 March 31, 2008
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Fertilizers $ 75,368,646 $ 53,171,080
Agricultural commodity handlers and
processors 20,771,994 16,186,108
Equipment manufacturers and distributors 20,150,706 23,864,446
Chemicals 11,734,076 16,061,683
Seed technology 10,000,269 11,246,438
Miscellaneous 6,931,080 7,783,426
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$ 144,956,771 $ 128,313,181
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Investments sold short are in equity securities of publicly traded
companies, in the following agricultural industry sub-sectors:

(at fair values) June 30, 2008 March 31, 2008
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Chemicals $ (4,504,784) $ -
Miscellaneous (2,912,304) (3,033,869)
Fertilizers (1,584,366) -
Agricultural commodity handlers and
processors (754,352) -
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$ (9,755,806) $ (3,033,869
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As at June 30, 2008, non-publicly traded securities, including those of private companies, warrants and restricted securities, represent 4.13% (March 31, 2008: 7.56%) of the fair value of the investments owned.

As at June 30, 2008, the top ten holdings ranked by fair value are as follows:



Name of investee Fair value
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Potash One Inc. $ 10,343,758
The Mosaic Company 9,091,290
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 7,246,801
Viterra Inc. 7,201,224
Agrium Inc. 7,097,716
Hanfeng Evergreen Inc. 6,492,954
Hemisphere GPS Inc. 6,386,256
AG Growth Income Fund 6,146,880
Anglo Potash Limited 5,087,403
CF Industries Holdings Inc. 5,009,890
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$ 70,104,172
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As at June 30, 2008, the fair values of the top ten holdings of the
Corporation, ranked by agricultural industry sub-sectors, are as follows:

Fair Value
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Fertilizers $ 50,369,812
Equipment manufacturers and distributors 12,533,136
Agricultural commodity handlers and processors 7,201,224
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$ 70,104,172
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As at March 31, 2008, the top ten holdings ranked by fair value were as
follows:

Name of investee Fair value
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Potash One Inc. $ 8,605,185
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. 7,572,768
Agrium Inc. 6,989,855
Hanfeng Evergreen Inc. 6,748,123
Hemisphere GPS Inc. 5,951,675
AG Growth Income Fund 5,698,785
Cervus LP 3,969,795
The Mosaic Company 3,902,029
The Andersons Inc. 3,858,086
Viterra Inc. 3,742,608
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$ 57,038,909
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As at March 31, 2008, the fair values of the top ten holdings of the
Corporation, ranked by agricultural industry sub-sectors, were as follows:

Fair Value
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Fertilizers $ 32,779,780
Equipment manufacturers and distributors 16,658,435
Agricultural commodity handlers and processors 7,600,694
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$ 57,038,909
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Companies that are focused on providing agricultural inputs have led the industry's performance. In particular, fertilizer and seed technology companies have had robust performance as they are on the front lines of increasing the global food supply and are the immediate beneficiaries of the price inflation environment. Although the agricultural input handler companies have performed strongly, further processing food companies and retailers have struggled as they have dealt with rising prices and the difficulty to pass on cost increases. It has been the strategy of the Corporation to be more invested in the upstream companies, while we have strategically shorted companies involved in downstream activities such as food processing and retailing.

Consistent with the above strategy, the Corporation is pleased to announce it has concluded its first major private investment subsequent to the June 30th quarter-end, which was a $7 million investment in Performance Plants Inc. ("PPI"), a leading stress resistant trait development company focused on food and biomass crop areas. Management believes PPI is one of the world's best-positioned companies in this area and is partnered with leading companies; DuPont and Syngenta. PPI is also developing novel biomass crop traits and is partnering with companies such as Lafarge to exploit their technologies. Funds raised by PPI will be used to further develop and expand its portfolio of crop seed traits, accelerate commercialization of PPI's food crop traits, aggressively develop its biofuel business plan and expand its clean energy industrial partnerships.

Management is very excited about this investment and it is consistent with the strategy adopted at the formation of the Corporation. Management believes investments in private companies such as Performance Plants Inc. provides shareholders with exposure to companies and sectors within agriculture that would otherwise not be available to them. It is also the Corporation's strategy to be an active investor in these private investments, taking positions on the board of directors and working directly with the management teams to maximize the value of these investments.



Summary Statement of Income and Retained Earnings
For the three-month period ended June 30, 2008
(with comparative figures for the three-month period ended March 31, 2008)
Unaudited
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Quarter ended Quarter ended
June 30, 2008 March 31, 2008
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Dividend, interest and other revenues $ 765,291 $ 858,178

Operating expenses 8,012,691 845,515
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Income (loss) from operations (7,247,400) 12,663
Realized gain (loss) on sale of
investments 7,076,162 (931,461)
Realized gain (loss) on currency hedging
transactions (1,004,546) 189,068
Realized and unrealized loss on foreign
exchange (184,514) (470,854)
Change in unrealized appreciation
(depreciation) of investments 26,640,403 (6,906,436)
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Income (loss) before income taxes 25,280,105 (8,107,020)
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Income taxes
Provision for current income taxes 394,378 -
Provision for recovery of future income
taxes (394,378) -
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- -
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Net income for the period 25,280,105 (8,107,020)
Retained earnings (deficit), beginning of
period (5,595,785) 2,511,235
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Retained earnings (deficit), end of
period $ 19,684,320 $ (5,595,785)
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Loss per share
Basic $ 1.96 $ (0.63)
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Fully diluted $ 1.96 $ (0.63)
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For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, operating expenses include management fees of $856,510 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: $738,882), an increase in the provision for incentive fees of $6,594,437 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: a decrease in the provision for incentive fees of $596,630), portfolio transaction costs of $221,893 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: $404,968), and withholding and other taxes totalled $110,694 (quarter ended March 31, 2008: $110,663).



Summary Balance Sheet
As at June 30, 2008 and March 31, 2008
Unaudited
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June 30, 2008 March 31, 2008
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ASSETS
Cash $ 35,242,548 $ 18,631,601
Investments owned, at fair value 144,956,771 128,313,181
Dividends receivable and due from broker 3,349,675 367,164
Future tax assets 394,378 -
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TOTAL ASSETS $ 183,943,372 $ 147,311,946
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LIABILITIES
Accounts payable, accruals and
provisions $ 10,292,543 $ 5,663,159
Investments sold short, at fair value 9,755,806 3,033,869
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TOTAL LIABILITIES 20,048,349 8,697,028
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SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Common shares 135,197,540 135,197,540
Warrants 9,013,163 9,013,163
Retained earnings (deficit) 19,684,320 (5,595,785)
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TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 163,895,023 138,614,918
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TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 183,943,372 $ 147,311,946
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Ceres is an investment company. Its investments in equity securities are measured and reported at fair value with unrealized gains or losses recognized in net income for the period.

This news release contains forward-looking statements concerning the Corporation's business and operations. The Corporation cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty and the Corporation's future actual results could vary materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Reference should be made to the Corporation's interim financial statements, its management discussion and analysis, or the initial public offering prospectus dated December 13, 2007 for a description of the major risk factors.

Contact Information

  • Ceres Global Ag Corp.
    Jason Gould
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 915-2426