FMC Corporation’s ( FMC Quick Quote FMC - Free Report) shares have gained 15.8% over the past three months. The company has also outperformed its industry’s rise of 10.9% over the same time frame. It has also topped the S&P 500’s roughly 0.8% decline over the same period. Let’s take a look into the factors that are driving this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock.
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Forecast-topping earnings performance in the third quarter and upbeat outlook have contributed to the run-up in the company’s shares. The company’s adjusted earnings per share of $1.23 for the third quarter topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.10. Revenues rose roughly 15% year over year to $1,377.2 million in the quarter and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,342.7 million. The company benefited from a strong start to the Latin American season and pricing actions in all regions.
For 2022, FMC raised its revenue outlook to the range of $5.6-$5.8 billion (from $5.5-$5.7 billion), indicating a rise of 13% at the midpoint from 2021 levels. Sales are expected to be driven by higher volumes and prices in all regions partly offset by foreign currency headwinds.
The company also now expects adjusted earnings per share for 2022 in the range of $7.10-$7.60, suggesting an increase of 7% at the midpoint from the 2021 level.
The company also sees fourth-quarter revenues in the range of $1.42-$1.62 billion, reflecting an 8% rise at the midpoint compared with the prior-year quarter’s levels. Adjusted earnings are forecast in the range of $2.05-$2.55 per share, representing a rise of 9% at the midpoint from the prior-year quarter’s levels. It also expects adjusted EBITDA in the range of $395-$455 million for the quarter, representing a rise of 15% at the midpoint from the prior-year quarter’s levels. The company is seeing healthy demand for its industry leading products, driven by strong global agricultural market fundamentals. It is well placed to capitalize on the underlying strength in global crop protection markets thanks to high commodity prices. The strong demand environment coupled with the company’s price increase actions is driving its top line. It is actively taking price increase measures to mitigate the impact of cost inflation. Moreover, FMC remains focused on boosting its market position and strengthening its product portfolio. It is investing in technologies and products as well as new launches to enhance value to the farmers. New products launched in Europe, North America and Asia are gaining significant traction and are contributing to volume growth. Product introductions are expected to support the company’s results this year. The acquisition of BioPhero ApS, a Denmark-based pheromone research and production company, also 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.
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