Why Agrium Will Grow in 2013

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fertilizer producer Agrium (NYSE: AGU  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Agrium, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Agrium facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Calgary, Canada (1931)

Market Cap

$14.6 billion

Industry

Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$16.6 billion

Management

CEO Michael Dyson

CFO Stephen Dyer

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

19.1%

Cash/Debt

$1.9 billion / $2.8 billion

Dividend Yield

1%

Competitors

CF Industries (NYSE: CF  )

PotashCorp (NYSE: POT  )

Yara International

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,784 members who have rated Agrium believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, 2win, succinctly summed up the Agrium bull case for our community:

Undervalued Canadian stock. Worldwide population growth will spur demand for increased farm production and improved [efficiency] which can be provided by better nutrients and crop protection. Sales increased 15% and EPS advanced 20% during the past 12 months ended 9/30/12.

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