The Mosaic Company (MOS - Free Report) is a leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash for the global agriculture industry. It is the largest producer of finished phosphate products globally.
Mosaic remains committed to expand its annual potash production capacity. The company is expected to gain from acquisitions and its cost cutting initiatives. However, the company is facing challenges from a weak pricing environment.
Let’s have a quick look at this fertilizer company’s second-quarter release.
Estimate Trend & Surprise History
Investors should note that the earnings estimate for Mosaic for the second quarter has seen a downtrend over the past month. Mosaic has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 2 of the trailing 4 quarters while missing on the other two, delivering an average positive surprise of 42.76%.
Mosaic’s adjusted earnings were 29 cents per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents.
Mosaic recorded net sales of $1,754.6 million, up roughly 4.8% year over year. The figure also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,649.4 million.
Key Stats/Developments to Note
Mosaic expects phosphates sales volumes in the band of 2.2 million to 2.5 million tons for the third quarter of 2017 versus 2.5 million tons for the same quarter in 2016. Potash sales volumes have been forecast in the range of 1.9 million to 2.2 million tons for the third quarter, compared with 2.2 million tons in the prior year quarter. Total sales volumes for the International Distribution unit are expected to be in the band of 2.3 to 2.6 million tons for the third quarter, compared with 2.2 million tons for the same quarter in 2016.
Mosaic currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could change following its earnings report which was just released.
Mosaic’s shares were up 1.5% in the pre-market trading following the release. It would be interesting to see how the market reacts to the results during the trading session today.
Check back later for our full write up on Mosaic’s earnings report!
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