Here's one way for a company to stem a temporary price slide: Shares of Minnesota-based fertilizer manufacturer Mosaic
But no problem. All management needed to do to get the situation righted was to report a nearly sixfold year-over-year jump in earnings for the quarter ended in November. The share price slippage reversed itself straight away.
Indeed, Mosaic, which, like a handful of other companies, is riding the wave of a lights-out agricultural market, checked in with November quarter earnings of $394 million, or $0.89 a share, compared to $65.9 million, or $0.15 a share a year ago. The company's quarterly revenues climbed 45% to $2.2 billion.
Mosaic produces a range of fertilizers and animal feed in the U.S. and internationally. The key components in the company's products are the phosphates it mines in Florida and Louisiana, the potash it mines and processes in Canada and the U.S., and nitrogen. Nearly 30% of Mosaic's net sales occur through its offshore segment, which is active in a number of countries, including Brazil.
Mosaic is joined by Canadian agricultural suppliers Agrium
As with energy and numerous other natural resources, our increasingly industrialized world has become a veritable bottomless pit for agricultural products. Among the results were a 20% year-over-year increase in potash price realizations for Mosaic and a more than 70% jump in diammonium phosphate prices.
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