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About Deere & Company

Deere & Co. is one of the world's largest makers of farm equipment and a major producer of construction, forestry, and commercial and residential lawn care equipment. Deere operates through three business segments. Its agriculture and turf and construction and forestry segments make up its equipment operations; the financial services segment provides financing and leasing for John Deere dealers. Deere, famous for its "Nothing Runs Like a Deere" slogan, sells John Deere and other brands through dealer networks and also sells lawn and garden products through home improvement retailers like The Home Depot and Lowes. Most of the company's revenue is generated in North America.

Operations

Deere's largest operating segment is agriculture and turf, which accounts for more than 60% of revenue. Consolidated into five product platforms—crop harvesting, turf and utility, hay and forage, crop care, and tractors—this segment makes such products as loaders, combines, pickers, and golf course equipment and outdoor power products. Besides John Deere, brands include Frontier, Kemper, Green Systems, Hagie, Mazzotti, and Monosem, as well as SABO in Europe and Benye in China.

The company's construction and forestry segment generates more than 25% of sales. This segment manufactures 90% of the types of construction equipment used in North America. Besides John Deere, the company acquired six brands through the purchase of the Wirtgen Group in 2017—Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleeman, Benninghoven, Waratah, and Ciber. Forestry equipment (attachments) are distributed under the John Deere and Waratah brand names.

In addition, the company licenses certain John Deere-designed and -manufactured construction equipment to Bell Equipment for sale in Africa. Its joint venture with Hitachi Construction Machinery allows for specific products to be manufactured and sold in North, Central, and South America. Deere also owns Nortrax, Inc., a John Deere dealer for construction and forestry equipment with locations in the US and Canada.

Besides equipment, the company's financial services segment (10% of revenue) provides financing and leasing for new and used equipment purchased from John Deere dealers, as well as wholesale financing to the dealers themselves. Financial services also provides revolving charge accounts and extended equipment warranties.

Geographic Reach

Deere is based in Moline, IL, in the middle of the US corn belt. Accordingly, North America (the US and Canada) accounts for about 60% of the company's revenue each year.

The company doesn't break out revenue from other specific regions, but it operates around two dozen manufacturing facilities in North America. To get equipment and parts where they need to go, Deere has two centralized parts distribution centers and nine regional parts depots and distribution centers throughout North America. It also has manufacturing and distribution operations in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, and Australia. It has sales and administrative offices worldwide.

Sales and Marketing

Through US and Canadian facilities, Deere markets products to about 2,000 dealer locations, most of which are independently owned and operated. Of these, about 1,540 sell agricultural equipment, while some 430 sell construction, earthmoving, material handling, and forestry equipment. Some dealer locations are owned by Deere's Nortrax subsidiary. Outside the US and Canada, Deere agriculture and turf equipment is also sold to distributors and dealers for resale in over 100 countries.

Financial Performance

Revenue for Deere & Company has picked up significantly in 2017 and 2018 after a downward trend in previous years. Net sales in 2018 climbed 26% to a record high of $37.4 billion compared with $29.7 billion in 2017. The increase was due to higher sales, new worldwide customers, and added sales from the acquisition of the Wirtgen Group. Growth is attributed to higher demand in the North American housing market and economic growth worldwide. Of note were higher sales in the oil and gas sector.

Net income also saw a healthy 10% increase to $2.4 billion in 2018, partially offset by increases to income tax provisions due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs act.

Cash at the end of fiscal 2018 was $3.9 billion, a decrease of $5.4 billion from the prior year. Cash from operations contributed $1.8 billion to the coffers, while investing activities used $8.2 million, mainly for acquisitions. Financing activities provided $876.4 million primarily due to borrowings of $2.5 billion.

Strategy

Going forward, Deere aims to build on its current leadership position in agricultural equipment and strengthen its position in the construction equipment market. The company is focused on incorporating more technology into its products and expanding globally.

Deere is working to develop technology such as vehicle automation and autonomy, digitalization, and life-cycle management for its products. It made more than $2.5 billion in research and development investments and capital expenditures in 2018. With the machine learning capabilities gained from its Blue River Technologies acquisition, Deere is well positioned to develop artificial intelligence features for many of its products. For example, Blue River's see-and-spray technology, which helps growers reduce the use of herbicides, is being tested for new crops such as cotton.

The company's Combine Advisor product uses a combination of artificial intelligence and cameras to help farmers improve yield and grain quality. It is also working on new technology to reduce emissions from diesel engines and is continuing its use of new battery technology in small equipment such as lawn mowers and Gators (its branded utility vehicles). Larger equipment still uses hybrid electric-diesel power, but Deere is investing in research for an all-electric tractor.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Deere & Company acquired OnLink, a maker of golf course performance optimization software, in 2019. The company will incorporate OnLink's technology that includes a cloud-based golf course management platform that collects data on golf equipment, labor, water, chemicals and nutrients, and playing conditions.

In 2018, Deere & Company acquired PLA, an Argentina-based company that manufactures sprayers, planters, and specialty equipment for agriculture. In the same year, it acquired King Agro, a privately-held manufacturer of carbon fiber technology products with headquarters in Valencia, Spain and a production facility in Campana, Argentina.

In 2017, the company acquired Wirtgen Group, a German maker of road construction equipment, for $5.2 billion. Wirtgen sells its products in more than 100 countries through a network of company-owned and independent dealers. Besides its own Wirtgen brand, Wirtgen has distribution rights to five other brands across the global road-construction sector.

In another 2017 deal, Deere bought Blue River Technology, a developer of integrated computer-vision and machine-learning technology, for $284 million. Blue River's technologies help optimize the use of farm inputs such as seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers. Its machine learning technologies could be applied to a wide range of Deere's products. Deere also bought Mazzotti, a sprayer manufacturer based in Italy, in 2017. The deal adds to Deere's sprayer technologies and brings in more European customers.

Company Background

Vermont-born John Deere moved to Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836 and set up a blacksmith shop. Deere and other pioneers had trouble with the rich, black soil of the Midwest getting stuck to iron plows designed for sandy eastern soils, so in 1837, Deere used a circular steel saw blade to create a self-scouring plow that moved so quickly it was nicknamed the "whistling plow." He sold only three in 1838, but by 1842 he was making 25 a week.

Deere moved his enterprise to Moline in 1847. His son Charles joined the company in 1853, beginning a long tradition of family management. (All five Deere presidents before 1982 were related by blood or marriage.) Charles eventually set up an independent dealership distribution system and added wagons, buggies, and corn planters to the product line.

Deere & Company was incorporated in 1868 and the John Deere Credit Company began operation in 1958. 

Deere & Company

1 JOHN DEERE PL
Moline, IL 61265-8098
Phone: 1 (309) 765-8000

Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Stock Symbol: DE
Stock Exchange: , NYSE
Chairman, President and CEO: Samuel R. Allen
SVP and CFO: Rajesh Kalathur
President, Agricultural Solutions and CIO: John C. May
Employees (This Location): 1,400
Employees (All Locations): 74,000

Major Office Locations

Moline, IL

Other Locations

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