MAUMEE, OHIO, U.S. — The Andersons, Inc. announced on Aug. 2 that second-quarter net income was $29.2 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, a drop of 35% compared to income of $45.2 million, or $2.42 per diluted share for the same period a year ago.
During the first six months of 2012, the company earned $47.6 million, or $2.54 per diluted share, compared to record results in the first half of 2011 of $62.5 million, or $3.34 per diluted share. The revenue for the first six months of 2012 and 2011 were $2.5 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively.
The Grain Group reported operating income of $15.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $36.5 million for the same period last year, driven primarily by a return to more normal space income. As noted previously, wheat space income in the second quarter of the prior year was extraordinary and likely not repeatable. The group benefited from record second quarter earnings from its investment in Lansing Trade Group. Revenues for the Grain Group were $719 million and $797 million for the quarter in 2012 and 2011, respectively. The group's operating income for the first six months was $34.7 million on revenues of $1.4 billion. Last year, its first half operating income was $51.6 million on similar revenues.
The Ethanol Group had an operating loss of $2.1 million in the second quarter, compared to earnings of $8.8 million during the same period last year. The loss was primarily the result of a decrease in the company's earnings from its ethanol investment affiliates, whose income was significantly impacted by lower ethanol margins resulting from increased corn costs and lower ethanol demand. Income from co-products such as corn-oil, E-85, and CO2 continued to have a positive impact on the financials. Total revenues for the quarter in 2012 and 2011 were comparable at $168 million and $165 million, respectively. The group's operating loss through June was $2 million on revenues of $318 million. Last year, its first half operating income was $12.4 million on revenues of $297 million.
The Plant Nutrient Group achieved operating income of $28 million during the second quarter on revenues of $309 million. In the same three month period of 2011, the group had operating income of $24.1 million on revenues of $260 million. This improved performance was due to increased volume. Margins were down slightly year over year, but still historically strong. The group's first half 2012 operating income was $33.8 million on $484 million of revenues. Last year, the operating income through the first six months was $29.2 million on revenues of $383 million.
The Rail Group achieved record operating income of $7.2 million in the second quarter on revenues of $32 million. In the same three month period of 2011, the group earned $2.8 million and revenues were $30 million. This quarter, the group recognized $2.4 million in gains on sales of railcars and related leases and non-recourse transactions, which is comparable to the gain of $2.3 million recorded in the prior year.
"We had a good quarter, although our expectations for the remainder of the year have been tempered by the drought conditions currently being experienced, which will certainly impact our grain and ethanol businesses," Chief Executive Officer Mike Anderson stated. "Although the results of our Ethanol Group have declined, given the current ethanol margin environment, we feel the results demonstrate that our business structure, including co-products, services, and equity partners, perform much better in a down market than the general industry. I am particularly proud of the Rail Group's record results this quarter as well as PNG's strong results, which continue to demonstrate the portfolio benefits of our business mix.”