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JBS beats estimates, refinances bank debt

Sao Paulo | Reuters — Brazil’s JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacking company, beat analysts’ estimates for the first quarter and closed a deal to refinance the bulk of its bank debt on Monday. JBS’ net income for the first quarter, 506 million reais (C$179.45 million), was 48 per cent above analysts’ estimates, with higher […] Read more

Can your farm operation withstand ‘lean years?’

Debt-fuelled expansion during good times can put a farm at risk when times get tough

Solvency is one of the key measures when it comes to gauging financial management of a farm. “Financial risk can be broken down into three main financial management parameters — solvency, liquidity, and profitability,” said provincial farm finance specialist Rick Dehod. “Once the measure within each of these three financial parameters has been assessed, the […] Read more


Producers need to stop robbing Peter to pay Paul, says Merle Good.

Farm debt at record highs — but top lender not worried

While FCC says most farmers can handle their debt load, 
financial expert Merle Good says some are ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’

Farm debt has hit a record high, bringing back some unpleasant memories of the 1980s debt crisis. But we’re not there yet, said farm business expert Merle Good. “In 1980, we had huge inflation and huge interest rates,” said Good, a longtime tax specialist with the provincial government who now runs a private consulting business. […] Read more

Debtors must be aware of the options available to lenders in case of default or demand, Alberta Agriculture warns.

Read before signing the loan agreement, says expert

Agriculture is a capital-intensive business, and farmers often enter into financial agreements with lenders with the assets purchased with the loan used as security. “Unfortunately, farm business managers can fall into a pattern of simply signing documents, and not reviewing all the conditions thoroughly,” said Rick Dehod, agriculture farm financial specialist with Alberta Agriculture and […] Read more


When margins are tight, you need to know where you stand

Calculating your current ratio will tell you if you’re in good shape — or if trouble is heading your way

Commodity prices and the weather have been volatile and expenses are trending upwards because of a weaker Canadian dollar — so now is a good time to review your marketing plan. “If you aren’t paying attention to your marketing plan or don’t have one, you may find yourself with a reduced margin,” said provincial financial […] Read more