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Investor Presentation

Rob Lau

on 12 November 2012

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Transcript of Monsanto

Issues Conclusion Identity: Restructuring and labeling themselves as a “sustainable” agricultural company Monsanto's Role in Society Health Concerns Monsanto Timeline Monsanto is founded and established as a saccharine producing company Monsanto Timeline Cont. Monsanto Timeline Cont. Monsanto Timeline Cont. Creates a molecular-biology group for researching plant genetics & rebrands itself as a biotechnology corporation Monsanto Timeline Cont. Roundup herbicide commercialized in U.S. Who Is Monsanto? Made up of 34 brands: most notably Roundup and Seminis Products: agricultural & vegetable seeds, plant biotechnologies, herbicides and pesticides Fortune 500 Company based in St. Louis, Missouri Operates in 66 countries with a net
worth = 11.8 B Investor Presentation: Monsanto Monsanto Timeline Cont. Buys out more than six regional seed companies Monsanto Timeline Cont. Joins the Chicago Climate Exchange: voluntary, carbon emission offset and trading program Monsanto Timeline Cont. GM Soy beans are patented and introduced to the market Monsanto Timeline Cont. Original Monsanto merges with Pharmacia Corp. becoming a stand-alone subsidiary of Pharmacia Monsanto Timeline Cont. Announces project: Sustainable Harvest - Agriculture, Resources, Environment (SHARE)improves socioeconomic conditions by increasing crop productivity in India Begins genetically modifying crops Begins producing and marketing agricultural chemicals 1901 1945 1976 1981 1982 1996 2000 2006 2007 2009 Monsanto's Strategy For Success Monopolization: buy out competitors and eliminate competition Innovation: ability to have the most cutting edge biotechnologies and patents Regulation: capacity to survey and enforce patents on anyone who infringes upon them Increasing crop yields Feeding livestock Producing ethanol Driving the cost of food down Producing surpluses of corn used for: Financially sound company that will be around for a long time, but there are strong environmental and ethical reasons for not investing Issues Dangers of monoculture Loss of biodiversity Vulnerability to mutating diseases, insects, super weeds Agent Orange (1961-1971) 2,4D & Roundup (1948-now) Making high-fructose corn syrup Issues Dangers of Monopolization Less competition Weaker local economies, farmer's markets, CSAs Lawsuits Monsanto vs. DuPont 1997-2010: 145 lawsuits filed, 9 cases gone to full trial. Monsanto has never lost Owns 674 biotechnology patents Monsanto is currently under investigation by U.S. Department of Justice for potentially violating antitrust laws Connections Between Strategies and Financials Overall Trends Financial Ratios Rob Lau Eliza Ruel Stevie Dufresne Work Cited: http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/05/monsanto200805 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/11/monsanto-biotech-industry-monoculture http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/business/monsanto-wins-big-award-in-a-biotech-patent-case.html?_r=0 www.monsanto.com http://www.4-traders.com/MONSANTO-COMPANY-13589/financials/ http://ycharts.com/companies/MON/dividend_yield Less product choice Controls 90% of seed genetics PCBs (1930s-70s) Unbalanced diet "The future of Monsanto may lie in seeds, but the seeds of the company lie in chemicals."
-Harvest of Fear: VF Monsanto vs. Pilot Grove "Today, 37 years after PCB production ceased in Anniston, and after tons of contaminated soil have been removed, the area around the old Monsanto plant remains one of the most polluted spots in the U.S." -VF Staggering Facts Monsanto re-invests more than $2.6 million per day in research and development "Plant protection" will play a supporting role Realigned the company in 2010 Funds and innovation to stay ahead of the curve Refocused product line on seed and traits company
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