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The Andersons, Inc. Reports Strong First Quarter EPS of $0.49 for Period vs. $0.14 Last Year
Rail Business Leads Income Growth

The Andersons, Inc. , today announced first-quarter net income of $3.8 million, or $0.49 per diluted share and total revenues of $281 million. In the same three- month period of 2005, the company reported net income of $1.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on $259 million of revenues. The company now reports the performance of five operating groups in its segment data. Previously it had reported four operating units, one of which was the Agriculture Group. This group included the company's grain and emerging ethanol business as well as its plant nutrient business. The company indicated the change is intended to provide greater focus on the needs of these businesses as they grow and will also provide its investors greater transparency into the progress in achieving its goals.

The Grain & Ethanol Group achieved operating income of $1.8 million in the most recent quarter, slightly higher than its year-earlier result. Total revenues of $128.6 million for the period were $7.7 million higher than the first quarter of 2005. The number of bushels handled by the group's elevators was higher than a year ago, but total gross profit dropped significantly due to weak domestic demand for soft red wheat. This decline and increases in labor costs were offset by strong earnings from Lansing Trade Group, LLC, the group's commodity trading affiliate, and receipt of a development fee earned in connection with the creation of a new limited liability company which broke ground last week to start construction of an ethanol production plant in Clymers, Indiana. Construction of another ethanol plant, located in Albion, Michigan, is progressing on schedule and expected to begin producing ethanol in the third quarter of this year. The Andersons is a significant investor in both of these projects and will provide general management, marketing, and risk management services to them and to other ethanol producers as well.

The Plant Nutrient Group incurred an operating loss of $1.2 million on $46.0 million of revenues in the first quarter of 2006. In this highly seasonal industry, the first quarter is typically a loss period. Last year the group incurred an operating loss of $0.8 million during the quarter with revenues of $44.1 million. The revenue increase was primarily due to higher prices for its products, most of which were well above first quarter 2005 levels. Recently, prices for some basic material product lines, particularly nitrogen, have begun to decline, causing customers to defer purchases until the second quarter, the primary planting season. As a result, tonnage volume declined, contributing to a drop in the group's gross profit as compared to the first quarter of 2005. In most of the core markets served by the group, the second quarter is a primary consumption period, and at this time, nutrient application and planting is well underway.

The Rail Group's operating income of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2006 was $2.6 million higher than it earned in the same three-month period a year ago. Revenues of $34.4 million for the quarter were up $16.7 million. Although the group sold some railcars during the quarter, its total fleet at the end of March totaled about 3,100 more railcars than a year ago, and the utilization rate (the percentage of the fleet in service at the end of the period) had also increased. Operating income from the group's railcar repair and manufacturing businesses was also higher in the first quarter than the comparable three months last year. The group's operation in Mississippi was kept very busy repairing railcars damaged by last summer's hurricanes, and the fluid filtration product lines acquired during 2005 continued to be additive to the Rail Group's overall performance.

The first three months of the year are a key selling period for the Turf and Specialty Group's lawn products business. This year the group achieved operating income of $2.1 million on $39.5 million of revenues in the first quarter. Last year, it reported $1.1 million of income and $40.9 million of revenues for the period. Total lawn products tons sold were lower in the first quarter this year, in part due to some restructuring actions undertaken last year which also lowered working capital requirements and reduced expenses. Tons sold to accounts in the group's professional sector during the first three months of 2006 were higher than last year.

The Retail Group reported revenues of $32.1 million for the first quarter of 2006, a decrease of 8.4 percent in same-store sales from the same period in 2005, in part due to a mild winter and the timing of Easter this year. Some food product categories achieved growth during the quarter as did the addition of coffee bars at two of the group's Toledo area stores. For the three month period, the Retail Group incurred an operating loss of $2.4 million this year, slightly more than the $2.1 million it lost in the first quarter of 2005.

"Historically the first quarter has been a loss period for our company. Last year we broke out of that pattern and reported net income of $1 million for the quarter. This year we improved further, achieving net income of $3.8 million, or 49 cents per diluted share," said President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Anderson. "Our rail and turf businesses both achieved higher income in the first quarter this year, as did Lansing Trade Group, our commodity trading affiliate. Construction on two new ethanol plants in Michigan and Indiana is underway. We're actively pursuing growth on several fronts: our much noted entry into the ethanol industry, continued growth in rail and commodity trading, development of new products, and process improvement initiatives in numerous areas of the company. All considered, I'm optimistic about our company's future."

Mr. Anderson also stated, "Looking specifically at our earnings prospects for the full year, numerous factors will have a bearing on the outcome: weather patterns during the important agricultural planting and growing season within our region, nutrient and energy commodity prices, continued favorable railcar values and lease rates, retail and professional demand for lawn and garden products, and a successful launch of the new ethanol plant in Albion, Michigan. In light of these variables, there is a fairly wide range in our full-year earnings projections. At this time, we anticipate 2006 earnings per diluted share in a range from $3.40 to $3.80 per diluted share. As we move through the year, we should be able to narrow this spread."

The company will host a webcast on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. ET, to discuss its performance. This can be accessed under the heading "Financial Information" on its website at

The Andersons, Inc. is a diversified company with interests in the grain & ethanol and plant nutrient sectors of U.S. agriculture, as well as in rail leasing, industrial products formulation, turf products production, and general merchandise retailing. Founded in Maumee, Ohio, in 1947, the company now has operations in seven U.S. states plus rail equipment leasing interests in Canada and Mexico.

This release contains forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Without limitation, these risks include economic, weather and regulatory conditions, competition, and the risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes that the assumptions upon which the financial information and its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct.

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                           The Andersons, Inc.
                    Consolidated Statements of Income
                                                     Three Months ended
                                                          March 31
  (in thousands, except for per share amounts)    2006              2005

  Sales and merchandising revenues              $280,658          $258,656
  Cost of sales and merchandising revenues       239,173           218,697
  Gross profit                                    41,485            39,959

  Operating, administrative and general expenses  37,906            36,901
  Interest expense                                 4,194             2,950

  Other income, net                                3,059             1,079
  Equity in earnings of affiliates                 3,553               446
  Income before income taxes                       5,997             1,633
  Income taxes                                     2,162               599
  Net income                                      $3,835            $1,034

  Per common share:
        Basic earnings                             $0.51             $0.14
        Diluted earnings                           $0.49             $0.14
        Dividends paid                             $0.09             $0.08

  Weighted average shares outstanding-basic        7,545             7,373
  Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted      7,819             7,643

                           The Andersons, Inc.

                       Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                          March 31     Dec. 31    March 31
       (in thousands)                       2006        2005        2005

  Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents              $15,821     $13,876      $6,138
    Restricted cash                          3,856       3,936       1,482
    Accounts receivable (net) and
     margin deposits                       100,063      83,291      90,778
    Inventories                            262,198     240,806     270,650
    Other current assets                    32,289      30,632      31,114
  Total current assets                     414,227     372,541     400,162

  Investments and other assets              63,506      39,008      20,949
  Railcar assets leased to others (net)    131,991     131,097     113,318
  Property, plant and equipment (net)       90,943      91,498      91,401
                                          $700,667    $634,144    $625,830

  Liabilities and shareholders' equity
  Current liabilities:
    Short-term borrowings                 $132,100     $12,400    $114,400
    Other current liabilities              209,815     263,922     196,959
  Total current liabilities                341,915     276,322     311,359

  Deferred items and other long-term
   liabilities                              31,693      30,896      29,100
  Long-term debt non-recourse               86,269      88,714      61,465
  Long-term debt                            77,217      79,329      89,151
  Shareholders' equity                     163,573     158,883     134,755
                                          $700,667    $634,144    $625,830

                                Segment Data

                                         Grain &   Plant             Turf &
      Quarter ended March 31, 2006       Ethanol  Nutrient   Rail  Specialty

  Revenues from external customers      $128,625  $46,033  $34,383  $39,505

  Gross Profit                             6,945    4,133   14,092    6,635

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                              5,641      101      120      363

  Operating income (loss)                  1,780   (1,235)   6,218    2,149

      Quarter ended March 31, 2005

  Revenues from external customers      $120,937  $44,071  $17,705  $40,891

  Gross Profit                            10,199    5,582    8,515    5,858

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                                681      227      185      168

  Operating income (loss)                  1,738     (787)   3,640    1,077

                                Segment Data

      Quarter ended March 31, 2006          Retail     Other        Total

  Revenues from external customers         $32,112       $-       $280,658

  Gross Profit                               9,680        -         41,485

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                                  164        223        6,612

  Operating income (loss)                   (2,441)      (474)       5,997

      Quarter ended March 31, 2005

  Revenues from external customers         $35,052       $-       $258,656

  Gross Profit                               9,805        -         39,959

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                                  132        132        1,525

  Operating income (loss)                   (2,098)    (1,937)       1,633

SOURCE: The Andersons, Inc.

CONTACT: Gary Smith of The Andersons, Inc., +1-419-891-6417