Critical Comparison: The Mosaic (MOS) and Its Peers

The Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Agricultural chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare The Mosaic to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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80.9% of The Mosaic shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.0% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of The Mosaic shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.7% of shares of all “Agricultural chemicals” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares The Mosaic and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Mosaic -1.45% 3.90% 2.15%
The Mosaic Competitors -1,647.77% -12.75% -10.79%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for The Mosaic and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Mosaic 2 10 4 0 2.13
The Mosaic Competitors 171 572 645 38 2.39

The Mosaic currently has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.28%. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies have a potential upside of 19.34%. Given The Mosaic’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe The Mosaic has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

The Mosaic pays an annual dividend of $0.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. The Mosaic pays out 9.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Agricultural chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 63.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

The Mosaic has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Mosaic’s peers have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares The Mosaic and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
The Mosaic $7.41 billion -$107.20 million 22.22
The Mosaic Competitors $3.12 billion $272.01 million 0.23

The Mosaic has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. The Mosaic is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

The Mosaic beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About The Mosaic

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. The company also produces and sells potash for use in the manufacturing of mixed crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and for industrial use; and for use in the de-icing and as a water softener regenerant, as well as fluorosilicic acid for water fluoridation. In addition, it provides nitrogen-based crop nutrients and animal feed ingredients, and other ancillary services; and purchases and sells phosphates, potash, and nitrogen products. The company sells its products to wholesale distributors, retail chains, cooperatives, independent retailers, and national accounts. The Mosaic Company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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