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Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) Q4 2013 Earnings Conference Call Transcript


Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)

Q4 2013 Earnings Conference Call (Transcript)

Held on October 2, 2013, 9:30 AM Eastern Time

 Section I: Management Presentation



Greetings, and welcome to the fourth quarter 2013 Monsanto Company earnings conference call. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Bryan Hurley, Investor Relations lead for Monsanto. Thank you, Mr. Hurley. You may begin.

Bryan Hurley – IR

Thanks a lot, Kevin. And good morning to everyone. Thanks for joining this earnings update and acquisition announcement. I’m joined this morning by Hugh Grant, our chairman and CEO; Brett Begemann, our president and chief commercial officer; Pierre Courduroux, our CFO, and additionally Rob Fraley, our chief technology officer who will join us for the Q&A period. Also joining me from the IR team are Ashley Wissmann, Tim Boeker and Manny Cruz.

With our announcement this morning that we signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Climate Corporation and with the usual focus on our outlook for next year, our emphasis this morning will be laying out our vision for how we plan on driving an additional leg of long-term growth. Before we do that, let me start with the logistics. This call is being webcast, and you can access the webcast and supporting slides, including slides and information about today’s acquisition announcement on The replay will also be available at that address.

We’ve provided you today with EPS measures on both a GAAP and on an ongoing business basis. Where we refer to non-GAAP financial measures, we reconcile to the GAAP measures in the slides and in the press release, both of which are on the website. This call will include statements concerning future events and financial results. Because these statements are based on assumptions and factors that involve risk and uncertainty, the company’s actual performance and results may vary in a material way from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements. A description of the factors that may cause such a variance is included in the safe harbor language in our most recent 10-K and today’s press release.

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