The Andersons Do Grain, Ethanol, Rail, & Plant Nutrient Operations

This week I'm seeking a prestigious and long-term dividend-paying stock from the consumer defensive sector. 

The defensive sector includes thirteen industries all related to providing those convenient packaged goods we've just gotta have. Industries like: beverages, brewed, soft, or distilled; confections; discount stores; education & training; farm products; food distribution; grocery stores; household & personal products; packaged goods; pharmaceutical retailers; tobacco.

Today I'm reviewing a small-cap food distribution firm named The Andersons, Inc. It's trading ticker symbol is ANDE

The Andersons Inc is predominantly an agricultural products distributor in the United States. It is also engaged in the manufacture of ethanol, fertilizers and rail operations in the United States and internationally.

The company's Grain segment operates grain elevators; stores grains; and provides grain marketing, risk management, and corn origination services to its customers and affiliated ethanol facilities. 

Its Ethanol segment purchases and sells ethanol; and offers facility operations, risk management, and ethanol and corn oil marketing services to the ethanol plants it invests in and operates. 

The company's Rail segment leases, sells, and repairs various types of railcars, locomotives, and barges; provides fleet management services to private railcar owners, and offers metal fabrication services. 

Its Plant Nutrient segment manufactures, distributes, and retails agricultural and related plant nutrients, corncob-based products, and pelleted lime and gypsum products; crop nutrients, crop protection chemicals, and seed products, as well as provides application and agronomic services to commercial and family farmers. This segment also offers warehousing, packaging, and manufacturing services.  

The Andersons, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Maumee, Ohio.

I use three key data points to gauge the value of any dividend equity or fund like The Andersons, Inc.: 

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