Mosaic (MOS) Issues FY18 Earnings Guidance

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Tuesday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.00-1.50 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.19.

Several analysts have weighed in on MOS shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Mosaic from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $31.00 price target on the stock in a report on Tuesday. Stephens started coverage on Mosaic in a report on Friday, February 2nd. They issued an overweight rating on the stock. Scotiabank raised their price target on Mosaic from $22.00 to $24.00 and gave the company a sector perform rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. Citigroup raised their price target on Mosaic from $28.00 to $31.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Monday, February 26th. Finally, Cowen raised their price target on Mosaic from $21.00 to $24.00 and gave the company a market perform rating in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Mosaic presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $25.84.

Shares of Mosaic (NYSE MOS) traded down $0.51 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $27.10. The stock had a trading volume of 4,000,878 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,470,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, a current ratio of 2.27 and a quick ratio of 1.51. The company has a market cap of $9,510.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.10, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.25. Mosaic has a 12-month low of $19.23 and a 12-month high of $29.80.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 19th. The basic materials company reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $2.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.91 billion. Mosaic had a positive return on equity of 3.90% and a negative net margin of 1.45%. The company’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.03 EPS. analysts expect that Mosaic will post 1.35 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st were given a dividend of $0.025 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.37%. Mosaic’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 10.00%.

In related news, Director Kelvin R. Westbrook purchased 1,200 shares of Mosaic stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 27th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $27.63 per share, for a total transaction of $33,156.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,200 shares in the company, valued at $33,156. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.38% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Mosaic Company Profile

The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. The Company operates through three segments: Phosphates, Potash and International Distribution. The Company is a supplier of phosphate- and potash-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients. The Phosphates segment owns and operates mines and production facilities in Florida, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients and phosphate-based animal feed ingredients, and processing plants in Louisiana, which produce concentrated phosphate crop nutrients.

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