Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-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's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Agrium facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Calgary, Canada (1995)

Market Cap

$13.51 billion


Agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.62 billion


CEO Michael Wilson (since 2003)

CFO Bruce Waterman (since 2000)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$914 million / $1.9 billion


CF Industries (NYSE: CF)

Monsanto (NYSE: MON)

PotashCorp (NYSE: POT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,665 members who have rated Agrium believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include jimdobry and EQInvestments.

Earlier this month, jimdobry summed up the Agrium bull case with just a few simple words: "The world needs more food."

As a fully integrated agricultural powerhouse, Agrium remains one of our community's favorite plays on the ever-growing global demand for food -- particularly in emerging markets. Currently, Agrium even trades at a forward P/E (12.2) discount to rivals CF Industries (11.6), Monsanto (20.1), and PotashCorp (17.3), as well as other ag-sensitive plays like Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) (14.2) and DuPont (NYSE: DD) (14.2).

CAPS member EQInvestments elaborates:

Agrium is a play on agriculture for both the developed world but especially the developing world. The drought in Russia earlier this year and the resulting jump in price of Agrium as well as the soon to be acquired Potash Corporation showed just how integral these companies are in agriculture and how important these companies will be well into the future when demand for food will significantly outpace supply.

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