$0.30 Earnings Per Share Expected for Mosaic Co (MOS) This Quarter

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Analysts expect Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) to announce earnings per share of $0.30 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Two analysts have issued estimates for Mosaic’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.33 and the lowest is $0.25. Mosaic posted earnings of $0.20 per share in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 50%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, May 6th.

On average, analysts expect that Mosaic will report full year earnings of $2.35 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.21 to $2.49. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $2.63 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.21 to $2.85. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow Mosaic.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 25th. The basic materials company reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.20. Mosaic had a net margin of 4.90% and a return on equity of 7.71%. The company had revenue of $2.52 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.36 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($1.23) EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 20.5% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on MOS shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Mosaic from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, January 7th. ValuEngine raised shares of Mosaic from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $30.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic in a research report on Monday, February 4th. UBS Group set a $40.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of Mosaic from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their price objective for the company from $38.00 to $33.00 in a research report on Wednesday, December 12th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $37.14.

Shares of NYSE:MOS opened at $26.85 on Friday. Mosaic has a 52 week low of $22.90 and a 52 week high of $37.37. The company has a current ratio of 1.71, a quick ratio of 0.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The company has a market capitalization of $10.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.67, a PEG ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.48.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Private Capital Group LLC grew its position in shares of Mosaic by 50.8% in the 4th quarter. Private Capital Group LLC now owns 1,203 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $35,000 after buying an additional 405 shares during the last quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Mosaic in the 4th quarter valued at $39,000. Exane Asset Management purchased a new position in shares of Mosaic in the 4th quarter valued at $72,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its position in shares of Mosaic by 3,480.9% in the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 4,688,263 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $161,000 after buying an additional 4,557,338 shares during the last quarter. Finally, MERIAN GLOBAL INVESTORS UK Ltd purchased a new position in shares of Mosaic in the 4th quarter valued at $166,000. 77.11% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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