The agriculture stocks are getting no love from investors. The Mosaic Company (MOS - Analyst Report) , which makes fertilizer, is trading at just 9.2x forward estimates even as this Zacks #2 Rank (Buy) is expected to see earnings growth in fiscal 2012 and 2013.
Mosaic makes potash and phosphate fertilizers at three mines in Saskatchewan, Canada and two mines in the United States. The Minnesota-based company has distribution facilities in 8 countries and customers in 40 countries.
Volumes Strong For Q4
Mosaic is scheduled to report fiscal fourth quarter results on July 17. On Apr 25 the company updated its fourth quarter guidance ahead of investor visits to the upper end of its initial forecast due to improving volumes.
"Global demand for crop nutrients has increased sharply, driven by an early and strong spring season in North America, combined with increasing shipments to South America," said Jim Prokopanko, President and CEO.
"We expect demand to continue to grow, and crop nutrients to remain affordable. We anticipate another year of high farm income in North America - the second highest on record - and strong farm economics around the world. Our long-term outlook for the business is positive," he added.
Fiscal 2012 and 2013 Zacks Consensus Estimates Rise
Analysts still like what they see ahead of the fourth quarter earnings.
The fiscal 2012 Zacks Consensus Estimate has risen 5 cents to $4.42 per share in the last 60 days.
That is earnings growth of about 1.8% as the company made $4.34 last year.
However, growth is looking up for fiscal 2013.
The 2013 Zacks Consensus Estimate has risen 4 cents to $5.09 in the prior 2 months. That is earnings growth of 15.4%.
Value Is Still There
Shares have been pounded since peaking in 2011.
But this has created a buying opportunity for value investors.
Along with a P/E under 10, Mosaic also has a price-to-book ratio of 1.7. A P/B ratio under 3.0 usually indicates value.
Additionally, it has other solid fundamentals such as a 1-year return on equity (ROE) of 17.9% which is well above the average of the S&P 500 at 13.1%.
Shareholders are also being rewarded with a dividend which is currently yielding 1%.
Investors have been dumping fertilizer stocks for months. The company is always the first fertilizer to report earnings. It will be leading the way on July 17. Has the sell-off been much ado about nothing? Stay tuned.
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Tracey Ryniec is the Value Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. She is also the Editor of the Turnaround Trader and Insider Trader services. You can follow her on twitter at @TraceyRyniec.