The Power of Ownership
Farm Credit Services of America is, financially, one of the strongest lenders in agriculture. And because of that financial strength, we are able to offer a patronage program that returns earnings to our customer-owners through cash-back dividends.
No other lender is better at financing agriculture, or giving back to it.
Locally, cash-back dividends benefit the customer-owners we serve, and the 281 counties and even more communities they call home.
More than the results of a "good year," the cash-back dividend represents good business, the effort of every employee working to help our customers grow.
In December 2014, the Board of Directors approved a $160 million cash-back dividend for 2014 – the largest in FCSAmerica’s history. Cash-back dividend checks will be mailed to eligible customer-owners in March 2015.
The Board of Directors also approved a 2015 patronage program. The Board will determine the cash-back dividend for 2015 in December 2015. For specific questions on the 2015 patronage program and cash-back dividends, view the Customer Q and A.
What you should know about patronage
The Farm Credit Services of America patronage program returns earnings through cash-back dividends, an exclusive financial benefit for eligible customers-owners.
We are able to offer cash-back dividends through our patronage program because of the financial strength we have achieved — a strength that can help us weather unexpected changes in the agricultural economy while supporting future growth and sustaining a program that offer cash-back dividends in the years to come.
The $160 million cash-back dividend for 2014 is the 11th in FCSAmerica’s history and brings the total cash distributions since 2004 to $990 million. During this same 11-year period, FCSAmerica’s capital (members’ equity) has grown from $1.5 billion to $4 billion and net income has grown from $294 million to $363.5 million (as of September 30, 2014).
We offer attractive interest rates and the patronage program.
Our earnings are either returned in the form of cash-back dividends or retained on our balance sheet to help us continue serving agriculture through all its ups and downs.
Cash-back dividend payments are taxable. We encourage recipients to consult with their tax advisors about their specific situations. The non-cash distribution held in the Association’s retained earnings is not taxable unless it is redeemed, which the Board does not intend to do except in the unlikely event of liquidation.
The FCSAmerica Board will evaluate a variety of business factors, including earnings, growth and economic conditions to determine the appropriate amount of cash-back dividends each year. The program is expected to distribute cash-back dividends annually, but the amount is not predetermined.
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