The Mosaic Company ( MOS Quick Quote MOS - Free Report) logged profits of $665 million or $1.76 per share in fourth-quarter 2021 compared with $828 million or $2.17 in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share were $1.95, in-line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Net sales rose roughly 56.3% year over year to $3,841 million in the quarter. The figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,810.6 million. Sales were driven by gains in all segments and higher year-over-year prices.
Net sales in the Phosphates segment rose roughly 48% year over year to around $1.5 billion in the reported quarter, driven by higher prices. Sales volumes in the segment declined 21.7% year over year in the quarter. The segment’s gross margin per ton improved to $254 from $73 in the year-ago quarter.
Potash division’s net sales climbed around 60% year over year to $897 million in 2021 driven by higher prices. Sales volumes in the segment fell 22.2% year over year in the quarter. Gross margin per ton in the quarter was $224, up around 397.7% year over year.
Net sales in the Mosaic Fertilizantes segment were around $1.5 billion in 2021, up around 87% year over year driven by higher year-over-year prices. Sales volume in the quarter remained constant year over year at 2.3 million tons. Gross margin per ton in the quarter was $95, up around 196.8% year over year.
Earnings (as reported) for full-year 2021 were $4.27 per share compared with $1.75 per share a year ago. Net sales rose 42.3% year over year to around $12,357.4 million.
At the end of the quarter, Mosaic had cash and cash equivalents of $769.5 million, up around 34% year over year. Long-term debt fell roughly 17% year over year to $3,382 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities increased roughly 80.5% year over year to $430.4 million in the reported quarter.
Moving ahead, the company noted that it expects strong agricultural commodity pricing trends to continue driving demand for fertilizers through 2022.
Phosphate demand is forecast to remain strong globally. China's domestic phosphate industry is undergoing significant change as production is diverted from export markets toward domestic industrial and agricultural demand. For potash and phosphates, supply chain constraints and impacts related to the pandemic are hurting the global market, Mosaic noted.
The company forecasts total capital expenditures of $1.1 billion for full-year 2022.
Shares of Mosaic have increased 37.5% in the past year compared with a 21.9% rise of the
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Mosaic currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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