* Q3 adj EPS $2.26 vs Street view $1.57
* Q3 revenue misses forecasts
* Says will meet or exceed full-year earnings guidance
* Sees better oilseed margins in Q4
* Shares down 4 percent
(Updates; adds CFO comment, share price, byline)
By Karl Plume
CHICAGO, Oct 28 Agricultural processor Bunge
Ltd (BG.N) reported higher-than-expected quarterly operating
profit and said it was on track to meet or beat its full-year
target amid improving oilseed processing margins.
Third-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street estimates,
but the company said it anticipates a strong fourth quarter.
Net profit was $212 million, or $1.36 per share, down from
$232 million, or $1.62 per share, a year earlier.
Excluding one-time items, earnings were $2.26 per share,
above analysts' average view of $1.57, according to Thomson
Revenue rose to $11.66 billion from $11.3 billion.
Analysts' average forecast was $12.48 billion.
Bunge held its full-year earnings guidance unchanged at
$3.25 to $3.50 per share after cutting guidance in each of the
previous two quarters. It said it expected a strong fourth
quarter and could meet or beat that full-year target.
"The U.S. harvest is progressing very well, global trade in
agriculture will be strong, and we expect very good margins and
volumes in our grain business as we see product move from the
western hemisphere, particularly into Europe due to the crop
issues there," said Interim Chief Financial Officer Drew
"While there is still some pressure on the crush margins,
they have been slowly moving up and we have seen that will
continue as the North America harvest moves along," he said.
Shares of the White Plains, New York-based company, which
soared 33 percent in the third quarter and have climbed further
this month, were down 4 percent in afternoon trading.
Bunge's agribusiness segment -- its largest -- posted a
$313 million profit in the third quarter, up 10 percent from a
year earlier, as strong results in grain merchandising more
than offset pressure from weak oilseed processing margins.
Its sugar and bioenergy business posted a profit of $34
million, up from $10 million a year ago, amid strong demand and
helped by the acquisition of Brazilian sugar miller Moema
earlier this year.
Edible oil products earnings slipped 14 percent to $30
million, while milling products profit jumped to $39 million
from $7 million.
Bunge's fertilizer segment swung to a $14 million profit
from a year-earlier loss of $127 million.
Bunge shares were down $2.54 to $59.16 in afternoon trade
on the New York Stock Exchange. They rose as high as $63.01
earlier in the day, their best level in nearly seven months.
(Reporting by Karl Plume; Editing by Derek Caney, Maureen
Bavdek and John Wallace)