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Equity management

Equity management priorities

Each year, CHS董事会决定赎回并分配给业主的现金赞助和股权的数量. Those decisions are based on three key criteria:

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Ensuring decisions are in the best interest of CHS and its owners
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Maintaining a strong balance sheet, including the capital reserve
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Strengthening our ability to pursue long-term growth

CHS has returned $3.2 billion to owners over the past 10 years


Through consultation with tax, legal and capital structure experts, the CHS Board identified three significant challenges with the CHS equity management program:


CHS has been issuing equity faster than it can redeem equity.


With no change, allocated equity volume would continue to increase and
could add years to redeem




Regardless of earnings, equity issued has exceeded equity redeemed



The CHS Board has had too few tools available to make effective annual equity decision; more flexibility is needed. 


Preferred stock dividend treatment has resulted in issuance of increased equity. 

In the last 15 years, the volume of allocated equity has tripled – and it’s more than five times the equity held in 1999. Allocated equity has grown every year, even during times when CHS had strong earnings and returned a significant amount of cash to CHS owners.

继续以这种方式澳门皇冠赌场平台股权可能意味着,随着时间的推移,CHS股权计划对所有者的价值将会降低, since it would likely take decades longer to redeem equity.

Solution approved by CHS members at the 2023 CHS Annual Meeting

Amend CHS Bylaws to allow equity holdback from 0% to 35%

  • Give CHS Board flexibility to make equity decisions based on market conditions
  • This will not change the amount of cash generated by CHS

Amend CHS Bylaws to allow reduction of earnings by preferred stock dividends when calculating patronage

  • Treat preferred stock dividends similar to interest
  • This will not change the amount of cash generated by CHS


  • Does a change in the holdback percentage affect available cash?

    No, a change to the allowable holdback percentage will not impact the amount of cash available. Each year, CHS has three important areas to use its cash:

    1. Repairs and maintenance, since we must keep our assets in good condition
    2. Reinvesting in the business for future generations
    3. Determining how much cash to return to the country through cash patronage and equity redemptions, with the intention of returning as much as possible.

    改变持股比例不会影响CHS董事会决定返还给业主的金额, since that amount is based on the cash available, which would not change.

  • Why can't we earn our way out of this challenge?

    Higher earnings lead to more equity being issued, which compounds the current situation. For example, 2022财年和2023财年的收益创历史新高,我们宣布给股东的回报分别为10亿美元和7.3亿美元, respectively, and yet net allocated owner equity still grew both years.

    CHS cannot earn its way out of this problem. We have a capital-intensive business, 由于持续的重大维护资本支出需要维护我们的资产和基础设施, plus necessary growth investments to ensure we stay competitive and relevant for our members. Therefore, higher earnings do not always translate into more cash available.

  • Why not only change how preferred stock dividends are treated and leave holdback as is?
    仅仅改变优先股股息的处理方式,不会对解决CHS发行已分配股票的速度快于赎回这些股票的速度这一挑战产生重大影响. Without also increasing the maximum allowable holdback, the timeline for redeeming CHS equity in the future will likely become substantially longer, making the equity program less valuable to owners over time.
  • How did you arrive at zero to 35% for holdback?

    CHS consulted with tax, financial and capital structure experts to evaluate the program. Tax and accounting experts advised us to limit the maximum holdback percentage to below 50%. We considered many scenarios, including a range of holdback percentages, and looked at the effect on allocated equity volumes, 以CHS自1999财年以来的盈利历史为例,说明我们以市场为导向的业务可能出现的业绩范围.

    我们还进行了基准研究,以了解其他合作社如何处理分配的股权及其股权计划的其他方面. From this research, 很明显,目前CHS股权计划的有限灵活性已经过时,而且极不寻常.

    The Board initially proposed a holdback of zero to 45%, 但他认为,零至35%的阻力有助于解决这一挑战,同时平衡从CHS所有者那里收到的各种投入. Based on owner feedback, the Board believes this level of flexibility will be supported.

  • What would happen if no action had been taken?

    If no action had been taken by CHS members, 未来赎回CHS股权的时间可能会大大超过目前的15年,最终可能会增长到几十年. In addition, while the amount of equity would stay the same, inflation could erode its value over longer redemption periods. CHS might also be less attractive to capital and liquidity providers over time, limiting the company’s ability to grow and serve owners.

    CHS希望维持一个有价值和可持续的股权澳门皇冠赌场平台计划,以确保当前和未来股权的价值. 我们正在努力平衡业主当前和未来的需求,并为子孙后代保持合作社的强大.

Helpful definitions

  • Allocated equity: equity that has been issued and assigned to a specific owner through patronage.
  • Equity redemption: redeeming previously issued allocated equity, usually with cash (also called retirement in the CHS Bylaws)
  • Unallocated equity: owner equity that has not been issued to a specific owner. Unallocated equity, reported on the CHS balance sheet as the capital reserve, may include:
    • Annual net income attributable to nonpatronage business.
    • 根据现行CHS章程,每年不超过赞助业务年度可分配净收入的10%. (请注意:CHS业主在2023年CHS年会上批准的章程修正案将调整这一数字,使其不超过赞助业务年度可分配净收入的35%. The change will be effective at the start of fiscal year 2025 on Sept. 1, 2024.)
    • Annual net income from patrons that does not meet a minimum amount of business.

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