The Andersons, Inc. Reports Strong First Quarter EPS of $0.51 for Period

Grain & Ethanol Business Leads Income Growth

PRNewswire-FirstCall
MAUMEE, Ohio
May 2, 2007

The Andersons, Inc. , today announced first-quarter revenues of $409 million and net income of $9.2 million, or $0.51 per diluted share. In the same three-month period of 2006, the company reported net income of $3.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, on $281 million of revenues.

The Grain & Ethanol Group achieved operating income of $10.2 million in the most recent quarter, more than five times the $1.8 million it earned in the first quarter of 2006. Total revenues were $247 million for the period. This included more than $30 million of ethanol sales made by the group in accordance with a marketing agreement between the company and its new Albion ethanol joint venture. In the first quarter of 2006, the group's total revenues were $129 million. The group's grain business sold more bushels than during last year's first quarter, and average grain prices were more than 40 percent above year-earlier levels. The business also benefited from two other items, improved income from its grain storage, and fee income for originating corn for the ethanol companies in which it is a significant investor. The group's ethanol business also achieved income growth during the most recent quarter. The Albion, Michigan plant was still under construction through the first two-thirds of 2006, but is in full operation this year. In the first quarter of 2007, the group also realized $5.4 million of income from non- recurring development fees associated with the new ethanol plants. Last year, the group received $1.9 million of ethanol development fees in the first quarter. Another new plant in which the group is a significant investor, this one located in Clymers, Indiana, is commencing ethanol production this week. First quarter income from the group's investment in the Lansing Trade Group LLC was lower this year.

The Rail Group's operating income of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2007 was down $3.2 million from the same three-month period a year ago. Revenues of $26 million for the quarter were $8 million lower. Although the group sold some railcars during the quarter, its total fleet at the end of March had increased by more than 1,800 railcars over the past twelve months, but the utilization rate (the percentage of the fleet in service at the end of the period) had decreased 2 percent to 93 percent at the end of March this year. Overall U.S. rail traffic has declined by nearly 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2006, and demand for most car types has softened. Since fewer railcars were sold in the first quarter of 2007 than had been sold in the comparable period last year, and maintenance costs on the group's fleet were higher, total revenues and operating income in the railcar leasing business were down. A slowdown in the group's manufacturing business and in its railcar repair business following completion of the post-Katrina surge of railcars requiring refurbishment also contributed to the decline in the group's operating income.

The Plant Nutrient Group achieved operating income of $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2007 on $67 million of revenues. In this highly seasonal industry, the first quarter is typically a loss period. Last year the group incurred an operating loss of $1.2 million during the quarter on revenues of $46 million. The revenue increase and improved bottom line was due to higher prices for the group's products, slightly better margins, and increased tonnage sold as dealers stocked up in anticipation of a large increase in U.S. corn acres this season and anticipated tightness in nutrient supplies during planting.

The Turf & Specialty Group achieved operating income of $1.8 million on $36 million of revenues during the first quarter this year. Last year, it reported $2.1 million of income and $40 million of revenues for the period. Turf products tonnage was lower in the first quarter due to heavy buying by distributors late last year and wintry weather in March this year. In spite of record high raw material prices this year, average gross margins in the lawn business were higher as a result of the introduction of several new value- added products. The group's cob products business experienced increased raw material costs in the first quarter this year due to tight raw material supplies.

The Retail Group reported revenues of $33.8 million for the first quarter of 2007, an increase of 5.2 percent in same-store sales from the same period in 2006, in part due to continued growth in food and wine categories and strong sales of cold-weather goods with the late winter conditions this year. For the three month period, the Retail Group incurred an operating loss of $2.3 million this year, slightly improved from the $2.4 million loss incurred in the first quarter of 2006. Last week the group opened a food-only store in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. The new 31,000 square foot store, known as The Andersons Market, features an expanded line of basic groceries plus all of the deli, bakery, produce, fresh and frozen meats, specialty foods, wines and related products that are offered in the group's much larger stores.

"We feel good about our overall performance so far this year. While Rail is being impacted by some industry-wide softness, and part of our earnings were from non-recurring items, the Grain & Ethanol, Plant Nutrient, and Retail businesses all contributed to our income growth during the period," said President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Anderson. "Our new Andersons Market has just opened and is being favorably received by area shoppers, the Clymers plant is starting to produce ethanol this week, and the huge increase in corn plantings this spring should benefit our grain, ethanol and plant nutrient businesses. All considered, I'm optimistic about our company's future."

Mr. Anderson also stated "Looking at our 2007 earnings prospects, numerous factors will have a bearing on the full-year outcome: weather patterns during the important agricultural planting and growing season within our region, the number of acres switched to corn from other crops, nutrient and energy commodity prices, railcar values and lease rates, retail and professional demand for lawn and garden products, and a successful launch of the ethanol plant in Clymers, Indiana. Given all of these variables and the picture we see before us today, we anticipate that our full-year 2007 earnings will be within a range from $2.35 to $2.60 per diluted share."

The company will host a webcast on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. ET, to discuss its performance and full year outlook. This can be accessed under the heading "Investor Relations" on its website at www.andersonsinc.com.

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.

  The Andersons, Inc. is located on the Internet at www.andersonsinc.com

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                           The Andersons, Inc.

                    Consolidated Statements of Income

                               (Unaudited)
                                                    Three Months ended
                                                          March 31
  (in thousands, except for per share amounts)      2007              2006

  Sales and merchandising revenues              $409,144          $280,658
  Cost of sales and merchandising
   revenues                                      363,123           240,387
  Gross profit                                    46,021            40,271

  Operating, administrative and general
   expenses                                       39,620            36,692
  Interest expense                                 5,022             4,194
  Minority interests                                  83               -
  Other income, net                                9,873             3,059
  Equity in earnings of affiliates                 2,832             3,553
  Income before income taxes                      14,167             5,997
  Income taxes                                     4,928             2,162
  Net income                                      $9,239            $3,835

  Per common share:
        Basic earnings                             $0.52             $0.25
        Diluted earnings                           $0.51             $0.25
        Dividends paid                           $0.0475           $0.0450

  Weighted average shares outstanding-
   basic                                          17,729            15,090
  Weighted average shares outstanding-
   diluted                                        18,242            15,638



                           The Andersons, Inc.

                       Consolidated Balance Sheets
                               (Unaudited)

                                           March 31  December 31   March 31
             (in thousands)                  2007        2006        2006

  Assets
  Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents              $27,449     $23,398     $15,821
    Restricted cash                          3,774       3,801       3,856
    Accounts receivable (net) and
     margin deposits                       166,916     136,819     100,063
    Inventories                            328,712     299,105     262,198
    Other current assets                    48,537      33,325      32,289
  Total current assets                     575,388     496,448     414,227

  Investments and other assets              97,889      72,335      63,506
  Railcar assets leased to others (net)    133,980     145,059     131,991
  Property, plant and equipment (net)       96,552      95,502      90,943
                                          $903,809    $809,344    $700,667

  Liabilities and shareholders' equity
  Current liabilities:
    Short-term borrowings                 $176,000     $75,000    $132,100
    Other current liabilities              243,288     265,040     209,815
  Total current liabilities                419,288     340,040     341,915

  Deferred items and other long-term
   liabilities                              39,027      41,267      31,693
  Long-term debt non-recourse               67,973      71,624      86,269
  Long-term debt                            85,848      86,238      77,217
  Minority interest                         12,837         -           -
  Shareholders' equity                     278,836     270,175     163,573
                                          $903,809    $809,344    $700,667



                               Segment Data

                                        Grain &             Plant   Turf &
                                        Ethanol    Rail   Nutrient Specialty
      Quarter ended March 31, 2007
  Revenues from external customers      $246,584  $25,916  $66,560  $36,304

  Gross Profit                            15,420    9,265    5,425    6,071

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                              8,814       91      156       62

  Operating income (loss)                 10,170    3,008      431    1,800

      Quarter ended March 31, 2006
  Revenues from external customers      $128,625  $34,383  $46,033  $39,505

  Gross Profit                             6,945   12,878    4,133    6,635

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

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


                                           Retail     Other       Total
      Quarter ended March 31, 2007
  Revenues from external customers         $33,780      $-       $409,144

  Gross Profit                               9,840       -         46,021

  Other income / Equity in earnings of
   affiliates                                  160     3,422       12,705

  Operating income (loss)                   (2,287)    1,045       14,167

      Quarter ended March 31, 2006
  Revenues from external customers         $32,112      $-       $280,658

  Gross Profit                               9,680       -         40,271

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

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

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


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