SLC Agrícola, founded in 1977 by the SLC Group, is one of the world’s largest grain and fiber producers, focused on the production of cotton, soybean and corn. It was one of the first companies in the sector with shares listed on stock exchanges in the world, making it a reference in its segment. The headquarters is in Porto Alegre (RS) and the 16 production sites are strategically located in six Brazilian states totaling 457,700 hectares during the 2018/19 crop – being 234,149 of soybeans, 123,721 of cotton, 88,918 of corn and 1,912 of other crops.
The business model is based on a modern production system, on a large-scale, standardized production units, high technology, strict control of costs and social and environmental responsibility.
Throughout its history, SLC Agrícola has developed considerable expertise in prospecting and acquiring land for new agricultural frontiers. The acquisition process of land with high yield potential also aims to capture the real estate appreciation that arable land in Brazil provides on the basis of comparative advantages for the main agricultural producers in the world, such as United States, China, India and Argentina.
Big Dream and Values
“To positively impact future generations, through global leadership in agribusiness and respect to the planet.”
We believe that if we have passion for what we do we are committed, and do it with the highest quality, preserving our integrity through ethical, coherent and unquestionable conduct. These attitudes generate lasting relationships among all stakeholders, producing sustainable resultss that are economically viable, socially fair and environmentally responsible.
Our business model
The Company has opted for a hybrid business model, which can be subdivided into three basic approaches, listed below. We intend to continue expanding the business on these three fronts in order to take advantage of the synergies between them, guided by a culture of continuous improvement of our operation.
For the second consecutive year, SLC Agrícola was one of the Companies to win the ANEFAC Transparency Trophy, for its transparency on the financial statements for the year 2017.
SLC Agrícola ranked 1st place in the Agricultural Production category in the Best of Agribusiness granted by Globo Rural Magazine.
For the 4th consecutive year, SLC Agrícola positions amongst the 3 best Latin American Companies in the Latin America Executive Team (Small Caps) – Agribusiness Sector Research, conducted annually by the American magazine.
The IR Magazine Awards is an award for investor relations and senior management professionals, consultants and analysts of its Companies. In 2018, SLC Agrícola won Best Investor Relations Program in the small caps category.
SLC Agrícola received the trophy for the 1st place in net revenue in the sector ranking “Agribusiness” , in the “500 Maiores do Sul” award, delivered by Amanhã Magazine.
SLC Agrícola was voted to be the best Agribusiness Company in 2018 by ISTOÉ Dinheiro magazine.
Once more, SLC Agrícola received the “Destaques A Granja” Award for being the Best Corn Producer.
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SLC Agrícola ranked for the second time the 1st place in the Agricultural Production category in the Best of Agribusiness granted by Globo Rural Magazine.
The SLC Group started in 1945 in the city of Horizontina (RS), as a small workshop that did the maintenance on the tools of farmers. Today, it is one of the largest business groups in Brazil, strongly operating in the segments of agribusiness and agricultural machinery trade, through the companies SLC Agrícola and SLC Máquinas. It is present in several locations in Brazil, employs more than 5,000 employees and has an annual revenue of close to R$ 3 billion (2017).
SLC Agrícola and its Joint Ventures
LandCo is an operation created by SLC Agrícola with the strategy of monetizing part of the property gain that has been obtained over the 30 years of land acquisition in the region of Cerrado. The English private equity fund Valiance is a partner of SLC LandCo, currently with 18.8% participation.
SLC - Roncador / Pioneira Farm
Unlike SLC LandCo, this joint operation is directed only to agricultural production (without investment in land), which brought a growth alternative with low investment and attractive return rates to SLC Agrícola.
SLC - MIT
As in the case of the SLC Roncador joint venture, this operation is directed only to agricultural production (without investment in land). This is a highly strategic partnership with one of Japan's largest business groups.
SLC Group was Founded
SLC Agrícola is part of the SLC Group, which was founded in 1945 in the city of Horizontina (RS), by three German immigrant families. The SLC Group created the first national automotive harvesting grain industry in Brazil. The SLC Group and SLC Agrícola are part of the agricultural development history in Brazil.
Agropecuária Schneider Logemann Ltd was founded
SLC Agrícola starts its activities in Horizontina (RS) under the name of Agropecuária Schneider Logemann Ltda. With the purchase of Paineira Farm in the municipal district of Coronel Bicaco (RS), dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans and wheat.
Joint Venture with John Deere
Through the relationship of the SLC Group with John Deere, SLC pioneered the implementation of mechanized agriculture in Brazil, with the use of the latest agricultural machinery technology. This association also influenced the consolidation of the professional management of the company.
Acquisition of the Pamplona Farm (GO)
SLC Agrícola decided to take advantage of the agricultural potential of Brazil’s Central-West region, with the acquisition of Pamplona Farm in the state of Goiás. Currently, all the company’s farms are located in the Cerrado.
Acquisition of the Planalto Farm (MS)
Acquisition of Planalto Farm, located in Costa Rica (MS).
Acquisition of the Parnaíba Farm (MA)
Acquisition of Parnaíba Farm, located in Tasso Fragoso (MA).
Acquisition of the Planorte Farm (MT)
Acquisition of Planorte Farm, located in Sapezal (MT).
Implementation of Cotton Crops
SLC starts planting cotton crops on Planalto Farm (MS). Acquisition of Planeste Farm, located in Balsas (MA).
SLC Group leaves the agricultural machinery sector
The global president of John Deere, Hans Bacherer, visits the factory in Horizontina with Eduardo Logemann and Jorge Kruel.
Acquisition of the Palmeira (MA) and Paiaguás (MT) Farms
Acquisition of Palmeira (MA) and Paiaguás (MT) Farms.
Acquisition of the Panorama Farm (BA)
Acquisition of Panorama Farm, located in Correntina (BA).
Initial public offering on Bovespa (São Paulo stock exchange) and the acquisition of the Piratini Farm (BA)
SLC Agrícola becomes one of the first companies in its industry to sell shares on a stock exchange. Acquisition of Piratini Farm, located in Jaborandi (BA).
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of the Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
Second offering of shares and the acquisition of Palmares (BA) and Parnaguá (PI) Farms.
Acquisition of Parceiro (BA) and Paineira (PI) Farms
Acquisition of Parceiro Farm, located in Formosa do Rio Preto (BA), and Paineira Farm, located in Monte Alegre (PI).
Creation of SLC LandCo and acquisition of the Perdizes Farm
Creation of SLC LandCo and acquisition of Perdizes Farm, located in Porto dos Gaúchos (MT).
Conclusion of joint ventures with Dois Vales and Mitsui
SLC Agrícola finds another way to grow, enhancing their experience in agriculture in the Cerrado region, through two strategic partnerships, reducing the need for capital contributions.
In June, SLC Agrícola celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
SLC Agrícola leases an area of 26,133 hectares in Chapadão do Sul, called Pantanal Farm. The Split of Parnaíba Farm takes place, creating another Unit in Maranhão, Palmeira Farm.
Our competitive advantages
Why the Company has become a reference in the world agricultural scene?
During its forty years of history SLC Agrícola has developed a business model based on operating efficiency and large-scale production. The company introduced modern management techniques, originating from the industrial sector, into the Brazilian agricultural sector. We have highlighted below some of the competitive advantages that support SLC Agrícola’s leading position in the global agricultural sector.
High operational efficiency
We understand that our differential in terms of productivity is due to the combination of the factors listed below:
Cost structure and efficient operating cycle.
Production technology, with full mechanization of the planting and harvesting processes.
Using the crop rotation system, which provides a lower incidence of pests and diseases and more efficient use of fertilizers.
Technical mastery of direct planting, a planting system that does not require tilling the soil which reduces the loss of soil, water and nutrients to negligible levels and lowers the production cost due to less use of machinery on the farm.
Experience in correcting the chemical composition of soil and selecting seeds.
Mastery of the technological package of supplies, which allows for maximum technical efficiency.
Scale and standardization
The Company’s business model is based on the standardization of production on its various Farms, including the adoption of a productive infrastructure, equipment, operational organizational structure, administrative and agricultural planning, allowing it to implement its expansion plan efficiently.
Experience and competence in the purchase of land
SLC Agrícola pioneered the development of crops in the Brazilian Cerrado. We have acquired skills in the processes of evaluating and purchasing of farms in agricultural areas of the country with high yield potential and property appreciation.
Qualified professional management
SLC Agrícola’s managers have extensive experience and profound knowledge of the agricultural sector and its production processes. The interests of the employees are aligned with the Company, to maximize results, following the principles of customer service with excellence, ethics and innovation.