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Mosaic Co Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (MOS)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • MOS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • MOS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.82, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Chemicals industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 26.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $273.30 million to $344.60 million.
  • MOSAIC CO has improved earnings per share by 26.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MOSAIC CO reported lower earnings of $4.40 versus $5.62 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.4% in earnings ($4.12 versus $4.40).
  • The gross profit margin for MOSAIC CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.59%. Regardless of MOS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.37% trails the industry average.

The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. Mosaic has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full Mosaic Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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