Mosaic (MOS) Issues FY18 Earnings Guidance

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) issued an update on its FY18 earnings guidance on Monday morning. The company provided EPS guidance of $1.80-2.00 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $1.77. Mosaic also updated its FY 2018 guidance to $1.80-2.00 EPS.

Shares of NYSE:MOS traded up $2.60 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $34.82. The company had a trading volume of 530,597 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,087,929. The company has a current ratio of 1.61, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The firm has a market cap of $12.30 billion, a PE ratio of 31.93, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.62 and a beta of 1.42. Mosaic has a one year low of $22.24 and a one year high of $34.01.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 5th. The basic materials company reported $0.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.64 by $0.11. The business had revenue of $2.93 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.95 billion. Mosaic had a negative net margin of 1.14% and a positive return on equity of 4.88%. The business’s revenue was up 47.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.43 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that Mosaic will post 1.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 20th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 6th will be paid a $0.025 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 5th. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.29%. Mosaic’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 9.17%.

MOS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Citigroup lifted their price target on shares of Mosaic from $30.00 to $31.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. Royal Bank of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Mosaic from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. Bank of America upgraded shares of Mosaic from an underperform rating to a buy rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $24.00 to $35.00 in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Mosaic from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $32.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $30.00 price objective (up previously from $28.00) on shares of Mosaic in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Mosaic presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $34.00.

In other Mosaic news, Director Luciano Siani Pires bought 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 16th. The shares were bought at an average price of $29.68 per share, with a total value of $59,360.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 2,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $59,360. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.45% of the company’s stock.

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Mosaic Company Profile

The Mosaic Company, through its subsidiaries, produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash, and International Distribution. It owns and operates mines, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients, such as diammonium phosphate, monoammonium phosphate, and ammoniated phosphate products; and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients primarily under the Biofos and Nexfos brand names.

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