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The Mosaic Company Reports First Quarter Results

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Mosaic Company Reports First Quarter Results16:15 EDT Wednesday, September 28, 2011NET EARNINGS UP 77 PERCENT TO $526 MILLION EARNINGS PER SHARE UP 75 PERCENT TO $1.17PLYMOUTH, Minn., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) reported first quarter fiscal year 2012 net earnings of $526 million, up 77 percent from $298 million in the prior year quarter.  Earnings per diluted share were $1.17 in the quarter, up 75 percent from $0.67 per diluted share in the prior year period.  Mosaic's net sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 were $3.1 billion, a 41 percent increase from $2.2 billion in the same period last year."We just completed another excellent quarter for Mosaic," said Jim Prokopanko, president and chief executive officer of Mosaic.  "Strong agricultural markets combined with our strength in execution are leading to excellent financial results, including the second highest gross margin for a first quarter in our history.  "Our confidence in the long-term demand prospects for our products remains high.  Our multi-year, multi-billion dollar potash expansion remains on time and on budget, positioning us to reap benefits from long-term growth in potash demand.  Our Phosphates team continues to show results from their operational excellence efforts, growing the value of our Phosphates business.  We are successfully maintaining our low-cost position, and developing new products that create value for our customers.  This allows us to successfully capitalize on the long-term growth in phosphate demand," added Prokopanko.Mosaic's gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $848 million, or 28 percent of net sales, compared to $505 million, or 23 percent of net sales, a year ago.  First quarter operating earnings were $730 million, an increase of 78 percent compared to $410 million a year ago.  The increase in gross margin and operating earnings was driven primarily by higher selling prices and improved potash operating rates partially offset by increased phosphates raw material costs.Cash flow provided by operating activities in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 was $554 million compared to $556 million in the prior year.  Increases in cash flow due to net earnings were offset by the impact of changes in customer prepayments.  Capital expenditures totaled $391 million in the quarter.  Mosaic's total cash and cash equivalents, net of debt as of August 31, 2011, was $3.2 billion, up from $1.0 billion a year ago.Subsequent to the quarter, the Company facilitated an underwritten public secondary offering of 20.7 million shares held by the Margaret A. Cargill trusts, as part of the planned orderly distribution of shares formerly owned by Cargill, Inc.  Mosaic's inclusion in the S&P 500 on September 23, 2011, created increased market demand for the Company's shares, allowing the trusts to further divest their Mosaic holdings.  As part of the split-off, the Company committed to facilitate the sale of 157 million shares through August 2012.  Assuming closing of the latest transaction as scheduled, on September 29, 2011, only 21.3 million of those shares remain to be sold.   Business HighlightsSeveral notable expense items lowered pre-tax results by $26 million, or $0.04 per share after tax, as detailed in a table at the end of this releaseMining production significantly improved with phosphate rock production higher by 470,000 tonnes, or 20 percent, and potash production higher by 415,000 tonnes, or 29 percent, over the same period last yearCustomer demand for MicroEssentials®, a premium phosphate product, is up with production of 397,000 tonnes during the quarter, up 104 percent from 195,000 tonnes a year agoThe Company announced it will begin production of Nexfos?, a new granulated feed-grade phosphate product The Company continues to make progress with its potash expansions.  Capital spending on potash expansions exceeded $200 million during the quarterIn conjunction with Standard & Poor's announcement that it would add Mosaic to the S&P 500 index last week, the Company facilitated the sale of 20.7 million shares by the Margaret A. Cargill trusts The Company's Environmental, Health and Safety management system received ISO certification for its ability to identify risks, take mitigating actions and continuously improve processes.  The Company is the only North American crop nutrient producer to meet the high standards required to achieve this recognitionIn North America and Asia, the Company achieved a Net Promoter Score® in the excellent range, an indicator of high customer satisfactionPotashPotash Results 1Q FY12 Actual1Q FY12 GuidanceAverage MOP selling price$446$430 to $455Sales volume1.8 million tonnes1.7 to 1.9 million tonnesPotash production81% of operational capacity75% to 85% of operational capacity"Our Potash business continues to generate great returns," said Prokopanko.  "We accelerated our summer maintenance work, driving higher operating rates to meet strong demand.  To meet future expected demand growth, we continue to successfully execute our five million tonne expansion plan, with material new capacity expected to come on-line in fiscal 2013."Net sales in the Potash segment totaled $873 million for the first quarter, up 40 percent compared to $622 million a year ago.  Gross margin was $444 million, or 51 percent of net sales, compared to $257 million, or 41 percent of net sales, a year ago.  Operating earnings were $402 million, up 84 percent compared to $218 million in the prior year.  The increase in gross margin and operating earnings was primarily the result of increased selling prices and higher operating rates.  Gross margin excluding resource taxes, a measure comparable to certain peer reporting, was 62 percent in the first quarter compared to 50 percent a year ago.The average first quarter MOP selling price, FOB plant, was $446 per tonne, up from $331 a year ago.  The Potash segment's total sales volumes for the first quarter were 1.8 million tonnes, compared to 1.7 million tonnes last year, with 51 percent being sold through Canpotex in the quarter.Potash production was 1.9 million tonnes, or 81 percent of operational capacity, an increase from 1.4 million tonnes, or 62 percent of operational capacity a year ago.PhosphatesPhosphate Results1Q FY12 Actual1Q FY12 GuidanceAverage DAP selling price$576$560 to $590Sales volume3.2 million tonnes3.0 to 3.3 million tonnesProcessed phosphate production89% of operational capacity>85% of operational capacity"Global demand for phosphate continues to grow, and we are operating near full capacity to meet customer requirements," stated Prokopanko.  "In this environment, finished product prices moved up.  One example is the new India contract with PhosChem with pricing up $65 per tonne compared to six months ago.  The benefits of higher prices were partially offset by increased costs for raw materials.  Our mining performance was excellent allowing us to offset much of the impact of the South Fort Meade injunction.  Our Phosphates team continues to focus on driving value by improving our mining efficiency, maintaining our low-cost position and meeting the growing demand for our premium products."Net sales in the Phosphates segment were $2.2 billion for the first quarter, up 40 percent compared to $1.6 billion last year.  Gross margin was $410 million, or 18 percent of net sales, compared to $245 million, or 15 percent of net sales, for the same period a year ago.  Operating earnings were $333 million, up 87 percent compared to $178 million last year.  The increase in gross margin and operating earnings was primarily due to increased selling prices partially offset by higher raw material costs.The average first quarter DAP selling price, FOB plant, was $576 per tonne, compared to $431 a year ago.  Phosphates segment total sales volumes were 3.2 million tonnes, compared to 3.1 million tonnes a year ago.Mosaic's North American finished phosphate production was 2.2 million tonnes, or 89 percent of operational capacity, comparable to the same period a year ago.  Phosphate rock production was 2.8 million tonnes during the first quarter compared to 2.3 million tonnes a year ago due to a 37 percent year-over-year increase in production at the Four Corners mine, up 512,000 tonnes.Other Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were $101 million for the first quarter, an increase from $88 million a year ago.  Other operating expenses were $18 million for the first quarter compared to $6 million a year ago.  The increase in other operating expenses was due mainly to costs associated with the recent Cargill transaction.  Income tax expense was $205 million for the first quarter resulting in an effective tax rate of 28 percent, compared to $110 million, or 27 percent, for the same period last year. Financial Guidance"Despite global economic uncertainty, we expect continued strong demand for crop nutrients," Prokopanko said.  "This is driven by the urgent need to replenish global grain and oilseed stocks.  To meet this demand, farmers will strive for higher yields to generate the record harvests required over the next several years.  We believe phosphate and potash application will be critical to generate these record harvests."Total sales volumes for the Potash segment are expected to range from 1.7 to 2.1 million tonnes for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  Mosaic's realized MOP price, FOB plant, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 is estimated to range from $440 to $465 per tonne.Total sales volumes for the Phosphates segment are expected to range from 3.1 to 3.5 million tonnes for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  Mosaic's realized DAP price, FOB plant, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 is estimated to range from $600 to $625 per tonne.The second quarter operating rate in the Potash segment is expected to range from 80 percent to 90 percent of operational capacity as planned annual maintenance activities continue at a diminished rate. The Company's operating rate at its North American phosphate operations is expected to exceed 85 percent of operational capacity during its second quarter.  Previously disclosed 2012 guidance for capital spending, SG&A, Canadian resource taxes and royalties, and effective income tax rate have not changed:Total capital spending for fiscal 2012 is expected to range from $1.6 to $1.9 billionSG&A are estimated to range from $400 to $430 millionCanadian resource taxes and royalties are expected to range from $420 to $470 millionThe effective income tax rate is estimated in the upper 20 percent rangeCanadian resource taxes and royalties are included as a component of cost of goods sold in the Company's consolidated income statement.About The Mosaic CompanyThe Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients.  Mosaic is a single source provider of phosphate and potash fertilizers and feed ingredients for the global agriculture industry.  More information on the company is available at  Mosaic will conduct a conference call on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. EDT to discuss first quarter earnings results as well as global markets and trends.  Presentation slides and a simultaneous audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed through Mosaic's website at  This webcast will be available up to one year from the time of the earnings call. The Mosaic Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the predictability and volatility of, and customer expectations about, agriculture, fertilizer, raw material, energy and transportation markets that are subject to competitive and other pressures and economic and credit market conditions; the level of inventories in the distribution channels for crop nutrients; changes in foreign currency and exchange rates; international trade risks; changes in government policy; changes in environmental and other governmental regulation, including greenhouse gas regulation and implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's numeric water quality standards for the discharge of nutrients into Florida lakes and streams; further developments in the lawsuit involving the federal wetlands permit for the extension of the Company's South Fort Meade, Florida, mine into Hardee County, including orders, rulings, injunctions or other actions by the court or actions by the plaintiffs, the Army Corps of Engineers or others in relation to the lawsuit, or any actions the Company may identify and implement in an effort to mitigate the effects of the lawsuit; other difficulties or delays in receiving, or increased costs of, necessary governmental permits or approvals; further developments in the lawsuit involving the tolling agreement at the Company's Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, potash mine, including settlement or orders, rulings, injunctions or other actions by the court, the plaintiff or others in relation to the lawsuit; the effectiveness of our processes for managing our strategic priorities; adverse weather conditions affecting operations in Central Florida or the Gulf Coast of the United States, including potential hurricanes or excess rainfall; actual costs of various items differing from management's current estimates, including among others asset retirement, environmental remediation, reclamation or other environmental regulation or Canadian resource taxes and royalties; accidents and other disruptions involving Mosaic's operations, including brine inflows at its Esterhazy, Saskatchewan potash mine and other potential mine fires, floods, explosions, seismic events or releases of hazardous or volatile chemicals, as well as other risks and uncertainties reported from time to time in The Mosaic Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company recorded the following notable expense items:DescriptionSegmentLine itemAmount (in millions)EPS impact(fully diluted)Unrealized loss on derivativesPhosphatesCost of goods sold$               4$             0.01Unrealized loss on derivativesPotashCost of goods sold90.01Unrealized loss on derivativesConsolidatedForeign currency transaction loss50.01Cargill transaction expensesCorporateOther operating expense80.01$             26$            0.04Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings(in millions, except per share amounts)The Mosaic Company (unaudited)Three months ended August 31,20112010Net sales$3,083.3$2,188.3Cost of goods sold2,235.11,683.6Gross margin848.2504.7Selling, general and administrative expenses101.188.1Other operating expenses17.56.3Operating earnings729.6410.3Interest income (expense), net5.1(7.0)Foreign currency transaction gain (loss)(5.7)2.0Other income (expense)0.7(0.6)Earnings from consolidated companies before income taxes729.7404.7Provision for income taxes205.1109.6Earnings from consolidated companies 524.6295.1Equity in net earnings of nonconsolidated companies1.83.8Net earnings including noncontrolling interests526.4298.9Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests0.41.2Net earnings attributable to Mosaic$526.0$297.7Basic net earnings per share attributable to Mosaic $1.18$0.67Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Mosaic $1.17$0.67Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding446.6445.5Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding447.9446.9Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(in millions, except per share amounts)The Mosaic Company(unaudited)August 31,May 31, 20112011AssetsCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$4,038.0$3,906.4Receivables, net784.6926.0Inventories1,402.01,266.4Deferred income taxes223.5277.8Other current assets309.7308.3Total current assets6,757.86,684.9Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation    of $3,087.1 million and $2,975.8 million, respectively6,890.96,635.9Investments in nonconsolidated companies433.1434.3Goodwill1,895.71,829.8Deferred income taxes4.76.5Other assets198.6195.5Total assets$16,180.8$15,786.9Liabilities and EquityCurrent liabilities:Short-term debt$13.6$23.6Current maturities of long-term debt74.148.0Accounts payable903.1941.1Accrued liabilities723.0843.6Deferred income taxes70.172.2Total current liabilities1,783.91,928.5Long-term debt, less current maturities737.4761.3Deferred income taxes579.7580.1Other noncurrent liabilities841.1855.1Equity:Preferred stock, $0.01 par value,    15,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding as of    August 31, 2011 and May 31, 2011--Class A common stock, $0.01 par value, 275,000,000 shares    authorized, 57,768,374 issued and outstanding    as of August 31, 2011 and May 31, 2011, respectively0.60.6Class B common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized,    112,991,398 shares issued and outstanding    as of August 31, 2011 and May 31, 2011, respectively1.11.1Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 287,922,721 shares    issued and 275,884,259 shares outstanding as of August 31, 2011,    287,851,416 shares issued and 275,812,954 shares outstanding as    of May 31, 20112.82.8Capital in excess of par value2,610.32,596.3Retained earnings8,834.28,330.6Accumulated other comprehensive income 769.2710.2 Total Mosaic stockholders' equity12,218.211,641.6Noncontrolling interests20.520.3Total equity12,238.711,661.9Total liabilities and equity$16,180.8$15,786.9Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(in millions, except per share amounts)The Mosaic Company(unaudited)Three months ended August 31,20112010Cash Flows from Operating Activities:Net earnings including noncontrolling interests$526.4$298.9Adjustments to reconcile net earnings including noncontrolling interests to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation, depletion and amortization120.3104.7Deferred income taxes52.6(30.4)Equity in loss (earnings) of nonconsolidated companies, net of dividends0.7(3.8)Accretion expense for asset retirement obligations7.17.1Share-based compensation expense13.813.1Unrealized loss on derivatives17.315.7Other (0.5)1.0Changes in assets and liabilities:Receivables, net130.641.3Inventories, net(135.8)(42.3)Other current and noncurrent assets1.561.9Accounts payable(34.2)(27.5)Accrued liabilities and income taxes(130.0)116.2Other noncurrent liabilities(15.5)0.3Net cash provided by operating activities554.3556.2Cash Flows from Investing Activities:Capital expenditures(391.4)(294.7)Restricted cash(1.5)-Investments in nonconsolidated companies-(385.3)Other0.4(1.6)Net cash used in investing activities(392.5)(681.6)Cash Flows from Financing Activities:Payments of short-term debt(25.3)(90.9)Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt15.383.7Payments of long-term debt(1.8)(3.7)Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt5.3-Proceeds from stock options exercised1.21.5Cash dividends paid(22.4)(22.3)Other(1.1)(1.3)Net cash used in financing activities(28.8)(33.0)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(1.4)(1.9)Net change in cash and cash equivalents131.6(160.3)Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period3,906.42,523.0Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$4,038.0$2,362.7Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:Cash paid during the period for:Interest (net of amount capitalized of $14.4 million and $12.4 million as of August 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively)$13.9$32.9Income taxes (net of refunds)150.177.2Condensed Consolidated Financial Highlights(dollars in millions) The Mosaic Company (unaudited)Three months endedIncrease/August 31,(Decrease)20112010Amount% Net sales:Phosphates(a)$2,219.8$1,581.1$638.740%Potash 873.0621.9251.140%Corporate/Other(b)(9.5)(14.7)5.2(35%)$3,083.3$2,188.3$895.041% Gross margin: Phosphates $409.6$245.0$164.667%Potash 444.4256.7187.773%Corporate/Other(b)(5.8)3.0(8.8)(293%)$848.2$504.7$343.568% Operating earnings (loss): Phosphates $333.3$178.0$155.387%Potash 402.0218.0184.084%Corporate/Other(b)(5.7)14.3(20.0)(140%)$729.6$410.3$319.378%Depreciation, depletion and amortization:Phosphates $64.6$61.1$3.56%Potash 2.53.6(1.1)(31%)$120.3$104.7$15.615%(a)Includes PhosChem sales for its other member of $233 million and $154 million for the three months ended August 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.  PhosChem is a consolidated subsidiary of Mosaic.(b)Includes elimination of intersegment sales.Key StatisticsThe Mosaic Company (unaudited)Three months endedIncrease/August 31,(Decrease)20112010Amount% Sales volume (in thousands of metric tonnes):      Phosphates Segment  Phosphates  Crop Nutrients(a):North America  864854101%International  1,0001,083(83)(8%)Crop Nutrient Blends(b) 7956999614%Feed Phosphates  1521213126%Other (c) 3673056220%  Total Phosphates Segment(a) 3,1783,0621164%    Potash Segment  Potash  Crop Nutrients(d):North America  613677(64)(9%)International  1,04385019323%Non agricultural  164151139%  Total Potash Segment  1,8201,6781428% Production volume (North America)  (in thousands of metric tonnes):  Phosphates(e) 2,1632,15850%Potash  1,8551,44041529% Average selling price per tonne:  DAP(f) $576$431$14534%Crop Nutrient Blends(b) (g) 59040818245%MOP  - North America(f) (i) 52035616446%MOP - International(f)  40027212847%MOP - Average(f)  44633111535% Average cost per unit:  Ammonia (metric tonne)  $551$391$16041%Sulfur (long ton) (North America)  2321528053% Canadian resource taxes and royalties(h) $96$52$4485%(a) Phosphates volumes represent dry product tonnes.  Excludes tonnes sold by PhosChem for its other member.(b) The average product mix for blends (by volumes) contains approximately 50% phosphate, 25% potash and 25% nitrogen, although this mix can differ based on seasonal and other factors.(c) Other volumes are primarily single superphosphate, potash and nitrogen products sold outside North America.(d) Potash volumes include intersegment sales, and exclude tonnes mined under a third party tolling arrangement.(e) Includes crop nutrient dry concentrates and animal feed ingredients.(f) FOB plant, sales to unrelated parties.(g) FOB destination.(h) Amounts in millions of U.S. dollars.(i) Prices exclude industrial and feed salesSelected Non-GAAP Financial Measures and ReconciliationsThe Mosaic Company(unaudited)Potash Gross Margin, Excluding Resource Taxes and Royalties, CalculationThree months endedAugust 31,20112010Sales$873.0$621.9Gross margin444.4256.7Canadian resource taxes and royalties ("CRT")95.552.2Gross margin, excluding CRT$539.9$308.9Gross margin percentage, excluding CRT61.8%49.7%The Company's margins are further reduced by the impact of a third party tolling agreement.The Company has presented above gross margin excluding Canadian resource taxes and royalties (CRT) for its potash segment which is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a supplemental numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  Gross margin excluding CRT is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP.  Because not all companies use identical calculations, investors should consider that our calculation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies.Gross margin excluding CRT provides a measure that the Company believes enhances the reader's ability to compare the Company's gross margin with that of other companies which incur CRT expense and classify it in a manner different than the Company in their statement of earnings.  Because securities analysts, investors, lenders and others use gross margin excluding CRT, Mosaic's management believes that our presentation of gross margin excluding CRT for the potash segment affords them greater transparency in assessing our financial performance against competitors.  Gross margin excluding CRT should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.SOURCE The Mosaic CompanyFor further information: Media, Rob Litt, +1-763-577-6187,, or Investors, Laura Gagnon, +1-763-577-8213,, both of The Mosaic Company