This article originally appeared on The DIV Net, on July 9, 2009.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is one of the world’s leading agribusiness companies, with significant market presence in agriculture processing and merchandising. ADM has approximately 230 plants location worldwide. It is one of the world’s largest processors of agricultural commodities, such as oilseeds, corn, wheat, protein meal, corn sweeteners, flour, biodiesel, ethanol, and other food and feed ingredients.
ADM is a dividend aristocrat and has been raising its dividends for last 34 years. The most dividend increase was in February 2009. I view ADM in dividend portfolio as a proxy for commodity asset class. Considering the recent turmoil in commodities sectors, my objective here is to analyze if ADM still continues to be a good dividend growth stock and how does it rate on my scale of risk-to-dividends.
Here I am looking at trends for past 8 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. These parameters should show consistently growth trends. The trend charts and data summary are shown in images below.