CHS Announces More Preferred Stock Issuance
By: Tim McPartland,
CHS, the giant Minnesota agricultural cooperative, has announced the registration of 8,000,000 Class B, Series 1 shares. This is NOT a new issue, but now trades as ticker CHSCO with a 7.875% coupon. CHSCO may trade down somewhat in the next couple of days as news of the share issuance becomes more widespread (currently the shares are off 36 cents–a drop of more than a dollar would attract our interest).
These shares are all being issued to the patrons of the cooperative as their patronage equity (i.e. cooperatives pay their patrons an annual payment–representing their share of profits).
This transaction keeps money in the bank that CHS would have otherwise paid out to their patrons.