Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Latin fertilizer giant Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at SQM's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Santiago, Chile (1968)|
|Market Cap||$8.3 billion|
|Industry||Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.92 billion|
|Management||CEO Patricio Contesse (since 1990)
CFO Ricardo Ramos (since 1994)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||27.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$605.3 million / $1.3 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,393 members who have rated SQM believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star DarthMaul09, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and NEVERFADE.
Late last month, DarthMaul09 touched on a few of SQM's positives: "Fertilizer and energy products should provide a stable revenue stream for this company. Its location outside of the US and Europe should help its profits as both the US dollar and Euro lose their value relative to commodities."
Over the next five years, in fact, SQM is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 14% annually. That's faster than industry peers like Agrium (5%), CF (11%), and Mosaic (8%).
CAPS member NEVERFADE elaborates on the bull case:
World's largest lithium producer. The more Volt's, Leaf's, Tesla's that sell the better for SQM. Chile is as stable an economy and as hand's of a government as you will ever find in South America. Many of its specialty plant products are designed around fruits. Lost in the talk about increasing food prices is the incredible increase in demand for fruits. Well run company that will benefit from increase in Lithium demand.
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