Zacks: Brokerages Expect Mosaic Co (MOS) to Post $0.27 EPS

Wall Street analysts forecast that Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) will post earnings of $0.27 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have made estimates for Mosaic’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.31 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.17. Mosaic reported earnings per share of $0.26 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 3.8%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results after the market closes on Monday, February 19th.

On average, analysts expect that Mosaic will report full-year earnings of $1.02 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.92 to $1.06. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the firm will report earnings of $1.32 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.24 to $1.40. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that cover Mosaic.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The basic materials company reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $1.98 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.93 billion. Mosaic had a return on equity of 3.61% and a net margin of 4.68%. The business’s revenue was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.41 earnings per share.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 price objective on shares of Mosaic in a research report on Friday, January 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. assumed coverage on Mosaic in a research report on Friday, January 12th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $26.00 price objective for the company. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on Mosaic from $24.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut Mosaic from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Citigroup boosted their target price on Mosaic from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $24.98.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of MOS. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC raised its stake in Mosaic by 13,636.4% during the 3rd quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 6,044 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $130,000 after purchasing an additional 6,000 shares during the period. Cerebellum GP LLC acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the 4th quarter valued at $130,000. Westover Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the 2nd quarter valued at $218,000. UMB Bank N A MO acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the 4th quarter valued at $222,000. Finally, Koch Industries Inc. acquired a new stake in Mosaic during the 2nd quarter valued at $225,000. 76.82% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Mosaic (MOS) traded up $0.93 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $27.62. The stock had a trading volume of 4,234,152 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,272,594. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a quick ratio of 0.90 and a current ratio of 1.78. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,369.50, a P/E ratio of 28.77, a PEG ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.31. Mosaic has a fifty-two week low of $19.23 and a fifty-two week high of $34.36.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a $0.025 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.36%. Mosaic’s dividend payout ratio is currently 10.42%.

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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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