Frequently Asked Questions about CHS Inc.
What does CHS do?
CHS is the leading U.S. cooperative and a diversified global energy, grains and foods company. CHS supplies energy, fertilizer, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business resources including insurance, financing, commodity brokerage and other risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufacutures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
Where is CHS?
Headquartered in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., CHS employs nearly 10,000 employees in the U.S. and 24 other countries.
How long has CHS been around?
CHS roots date back more than 75 years. CHS Inc. became the company's legal name in August 2003. Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives was created in 1998 with the merger of Cenex, Inc. and Harvest States Cooperatives, which were both organized in the early 1930s.
Who owns CHS?
A Fortune 100 company, CHS is owned by farmers and ranchers and co-ops from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest and from the Canadian border to Texas. In 2003, non-voting ownership was extended to preferred stockholders. CHS non-voting preferred stock is sold on NASDAQ under CHSCP and CHSCO.
How financially successful is CHS?
CHS net income for fiscal 2013 (ending Aug. 31) was $992.4 million on net revenue of $44.5 billion. Cash returns to member-owners in 2013, based on fiscal 2012 earnings, was $600 million.
What food businesses are CHS involved in?
CHS is a major supplier of consumer and wholesale grain-based food ingredients including flour through Horizon Milling, LLC, joint venture and edible oil products through Ventura Foods LLC.
What is the scope of its fertilizer, grains and processing businesses?
As the nation's largest cooperative marketer of grain, CHS is among the top five U.S. grain companies and a leading wholesaler of crop nutrients for agricultural production. Through its network of grain elevators, marketing offices and export terminals in North and South America, Asia and Europe, CHS moves more than 2 billion bushels of grain annually to more than 65 countries. The company is also a leader in soybean crushing and refining, one of the world's largest confection sunflower processor and serves the functional food, beverage, nutraceutical and nutricosmetic markets with specialty soy protein ingredients from facilities in the U.S., Israel and China.
How extensive are CHS refining and fuels businesses?
As the United States' largest cooperative refiner, CHS produces fuels and lubricants for marketing under the Cenex® brand, as well as for other businesses. CHS also ranks as the the largest U.S. propane wholesalers. With more than 1,000 branded convenience stores, the Cenex® chain is among the 20 largest in the United States. CHS operates two refineries at Laurel, Mont., and McPherson, Kan., with a combined 140,000-barrels-per-day capacity. CHS also operates 2,500 miles of crude and product pipelines and eight terminals.