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 (1931)

Market Cap

$13.1 billion


Agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.6 billion


CEO Michael Wilson

CFO Stephen Dyer

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$447 million / $2.7 billion


CF Industries (NYSE: CF)
PotashCorp (NYSE: POT)

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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,731 members who have rated Agrium believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WheresTheBox and All-Star leohaas, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

A few months ago, WheresTheBox nicely summed up the Agrium bull case:

People still have to eat regardless of earthquakes, reactor meltdowns, and Arab unrest. ... AGU specializes in Nitrogen. ... [I]t takes natural gas to make Nitrogen fertilizer -- that's pretty cheap right now.

Over the past three years, Agrium has even grown its top line at an impressive rate of 28% annually. That's much faster than fellow fertilizer producers CF Industries (16%), PotashCorp (6%), and Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) (4%).

CAPS All-Star leohaas expands on the Agrium outperform argument:

The need for food in this world will only increase with increasing population and with developing nations getting richer. On top of that, good land is now being used to grow corn and sugar for ethanol and soy beans for bio diesel. All that land needs to be fertilized; hence my thumbs up on some of the best-known fertilizer producers.

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