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July 23, 2014
13:51 EDTMOS, POTEarnings Preview: Potash sees Q2 earnings per share 40c-45c
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, July 24, with a conference call scheduled for 1:00 pm ET. Potash is an integrated fertilizer and feed products company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $1.68B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 42c-50c on revenue of $1.56B-$1.79B. LAST QUARTER: Potash reported first quarter EPS of 40c against estimates for 35c, on revenue of $1.68B against estimates for $1.49B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company forecast Q2 EPS of 40c-45c, compared to consensus of 49c. FY14 EPS was seen at $1.50-$1.80, compared to consensus of $1.65. Potash said, "Given a slightly improved potash pricing and demand outlook, we have increased our annual estimate for potash gross margin to $1.1-$1.3 billion and sales volumes to 8.3-8.7 million tonnes. Our estimates include the benefit of our Canpotex allocation run at Allan, which is nearing completion. With results to this point surpassing our initial expectations, we anticipate our Canpotex entitlement will exceed 53 percent for the second half of 2014...In nitrogen, recent pricing strength has improved the near-term outlook. We anticipate typical seasonal trends will result in slightly weaker margins through the second half of 2014, although our higher sales volumes expectations should partially offset this impact. For the full year, we anticipate total gross margin will remain historically high but trail 2013's total. In phosphate, we expect prices for all products to be below those of 2013." STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been cautious in the weeks leading up to Potash’s Q2 earnings report. On July 9, JP Morgan downgraded Potash to Neutral from Overweight citing valuation with shares near the firm's unchanged price target of $38. JPMorgan preferred Mosaic (MOS) at current valuation levels. The firm believed falling crop prices in anticipation of high domestic corn and soybean supplies could weigh on Potash shares. On May 21, Raymond James downgraded Potash to Market Perform from Outperform due to valuation. PRICE ACTION: Potash shares have made modest gains since the company's Q1 report, but are down over 5% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q2 report, Potash’s shares are up 0.5%.
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December 17, 2014
12:10 EDTMOSMosaic acquisition of Archer Daniels fertilizer unit to spur growth in Brazil
The Mosaic Company (MOS) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350M. The assets purchased include $150M in working capital. The acquisition is expected to significantly accelerate Mosaic's growth plans in Brazil as well as replace a substantial amount of planned internal investment in that country. Mosaic's distribution capacity in the region is expected to increase from approximately four million tonnes per year to 6M tonnes. As a result of the acquisition, Mosaic intends to manage and report a new international distribution segment beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTPOT, MOSBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar,” adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:04 EDTMOS, POTUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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09:36 EDTPOTActive equity options trading
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07:56 EDTPOT, MOSUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
December 5, 2014
10:00 EDTPOTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:11 EDTPOTPotash upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Potash to Overweight citing improving industry fundamentals and the company's decreasing investment spending. The firm raised its price target for shares to $40 from $34. Shares of Potash closed yesterday down 23c to $34.93.

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