Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fertilizer giant Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mosaic facts

Headquarters (Founded) Plymouth, Minn. (2004)
Market Cap $30.7 billion
Industry Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $8.94 billion
Management

CEO James Prokopanko (since 2007)

CFO Lawrence Stranghoener (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 25.1%
Cash/Debt $3.35 billion / $886.7 million
Competitors

Agrium (NYSE: AGU)

CF Industries (NYSE: CF)

PotashCorp (NYSE: POT)

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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 2,670 members who have rated Mosaic believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star alanbluespan, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and TheSmelloscope.

Just last month, alanbluespan touched on the big tailwind working in the stock's favor: "The unrelenting global demand for grain crops ensures solid long-term support for steadily increasing prices for the phosphate and potash fertilizers produced by Mosaic."

Currently, Mosaic even sports a cheapish P/E of 13.6. That represents a discount to rivals like Agrium (15.9), CF Industries (16.1), and PotashCorp (24.9).

CAPS member TheSmelloscope expands on the outperform argument:

The Mosaic Company has two main segments to its business: Phosphate and Potash. The phosphate branch produces animal feed and crop nutrients in the United States. The potash branch provides fertilizer and potash for industrial use internationally. MOS is well positioned in the world market serving customers in over 40 countries.

[I]t's easy to see why some Fools are looking to ride the wave via Mosaic, who's production capacity is supposed to increase by 60% between now and 2020. Wow! That is some pretty big growth for an already mammoth company.

As the world population increases, and as we switch to cleaner energy, I foresee Mosaic benefiting tremendously.

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