FMC Corporation ( FMC Quick Quote FMC - Free Report) recently announced a definitive deal to acquire BioPhero ApS. The latter is a Denmark-based pheromone research and production company. The acquisition adds biologically produced state-of-the-art pheromone insect control technology to the company’s product portfolio and R&D pipeline, highlighting FMC's role as a leader in delivering innovative and sustainable crop protection solutions.
BioPhero has established a highly efficient yeast fermentation process for producing pheromones at considerably lower costs and with fewer production steps than competitors' traditional chemical synthesis methods. The lower costs expand the pheromone addressable market from the current focus on specialty fruit and vegetables to now include the large row crop market.
FMC projects pheromones and pheromone-based products to contribute roughly $1 billion in revenues at above company-average EBITDA margin by 2030. The acquisition is expected to complete at the end of the third quarter of 2022 and the purchase price of around $200 million will be paid at closing.
FMC stated that this acquisition demonstrates its continuing commitment to investing in biologicals and adjacent technologies, expanding its world-class portfolio while advancing sustainable agriculture.
Shares of FMC Corp have declined 1.4% in the past year compared with a 14.4% fall of the
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FMC, in its last earnings call, stated that it continues to expect revenues between $5.25 billion and $5.55 billion for 2022, indicating a rise of 7% at the midpoint from 2021 levels. Sales are expected to be driven by higher volumes and prices in all regions.
The company also forecasts adjusted EBITDA in the band of $1.32-$1.48 billion for 2022, indicating a 6% increase at the midpoint from 2021 levels.
FMC now expects adjusted earnings per share for 2022 in the range of $6.70-$8.00 (compared with $6.8-$8.10 expected earlier), suggesting an increase of 6% at the midpoint from 2021 figures.
Free cash flow for 2022 is projected to be $515-$735 million. The company also expects to repurchase $500-$600 million shares in 2022.
For second-quarter 2022, revenues are projected in the band of $1.31-$1.39 billion, reflecting an increase of 9% at the midpoint compared with the prior-year quarter’s levels. Adjusted earnings are forecast in the range of $1.70-$2.00 per share, representing an increase of 2% at the midpoint from the prior-year quarter’s levels. It also expects adjusted EBITDA in the range of $330-$370 million for the quarter.
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FMC Corp currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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