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April 2, 2014
10:53 EDTMOS, AGU, POTAgrium slips after warning on late planting season impact on earnings
Shares of agricultural nutrients producer Agrium (AGU) are slipping after the company warned that it expects first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven. WHAT'S NEW. Agrium announced that the late spring season this year is expected to result in first quarter earnings per share just above breakeven, while analysts' consensus estimate prior to the announcement stood at 53c per share. The company said the slow start to the spring season is expected to impact the timing of its wholesale, and to a lesser extent its retail, earnings. First quarter wholesale results were also impacted by reduced rail availability and the usual lag in realized wholesale nutrient prices, Agrium added. Additionally, the Carseland nitrogen facility experienced a failure in March, which has resulted in an unplanned shutdown to make repairs that are expected to be complete in the second half of May. The shutdown is anticipated to lower product availability of urea by approximately 100,000 tonnes and ammonia by approximately 20,000 tonnes in the second quarter, Agrium noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On February 20, Agrium said that it expected FY14 North American spring crop area to be near FY13. It said that it projected crop nutrient shipments to be strong in the first half of FY14, in part due to a shorter fall application season in FY13 due to weather. Agrium projected North American nitrogen demand to decline about 2%-4% in FY13/FY14 due primarily to reduced corn acreage, while global nitrogen demand is projected to increase by 1.5%-2% in FY14 from FY13 levels. OTHERS TO WATCH: Agrium's peers in the fertilizer industry include Mosaic (MOS) and Potash (POT). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Agrium fell 1.76% to $95.80, Potash dropped 1.6%, and Mosaic slipped 0.7%.
News For AGU;MOS;POT From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
06:29 EDTAGUAgrium volatility flat on sharp rally
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January 22, 2015
15:17 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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07:38 EDTAGUAgrium raises target dividend payout ratio to 40%-50%, announce NCIB
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTAGUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTAGUAgrium downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak
January 20, 2015
08:26 EDTMOS, POT, AGUAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
January 19, 2015
16:29 EDTMOSMosaic expects 'further business strength' into 2015
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16:28 EDTPOT, MOS, AGUMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).
January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTMOSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded at BMO Capital
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06:52 EDTMOSMosaic upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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January 13, 2015
10:00 EDTMOSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:46 EDTMOSMosaic downgraded to Underperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC
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