The Mosaic Company Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2015 Results
Announces $75 million accelerated share repurchase
PLYMOUTH, Minn., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) today reported fourth quarter 2015 net earnings of $155 million, down from $361 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Earnings per diluted share were $0.44 and included both a negative $0.16 impact from notable items and a benefit of $0.07 per share from adjusting the full year effective tax rate accrual. Mosaic's net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $2.2 billion, down from $2.4 billion last year. Operating earnings during the quarter were $204 million, down from $365 million a year ago, impacted by lower potash and phosphate prices and volumes, as well as lower potash production, partially offset by cost savings.
"Our fourth quarter results reflect the cyclicality and seasonality of our business," said Joc O'Rourke, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our progress on cost savings initiatives and strategic investments has positioned Mosaic to optimize performance in the current macroeconomic environment. At the same time, our prudent balance sheet management allows us to take advantage of opportunities to create long-term value. Repurchasing shares at the bottom of the cycle is high on the priority list."
Cash flow provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $302 million compared to $347 million in the prior year. Capital expenditures plus investments in the Ma'aden Wa'ad Al Shamal Phosphate Company ("MWSPC," also known as the Ma'aden joint venture) totaled $398 million in the quarter. Mosaic's total cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 billion and long-term debt was $3.8 billion as of December 31, 2015.
Full-Year 2015 Results (unaudited)
"Mosaic grew full-year earnings per share in this challenging environment by focusing on cost control and executing share repurchases in accordance with our stated goals," said Rich Mack, Mosaic's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
For the 12 months ended December 31, 2015, net income was $1.0 billion, or $2.78 per diluted share, compared to $1.0 billion, or $2.68 per diluted share in 2014. Net sales were $8.9 billion, down from $9.1 billion a year ago. Full-year operating earnings were $1.3 billion, roughly flat with last year, as lower sales volumes and prices in potash combined with lower phosphate margins, were largely offset by lower expenses.
Full-year selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $361 million compared to $382 million in 2014. Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.8 billion and capital expenditures including investments in MWSPC were $1.2 billion, resulting in free cash flow of approximately $580 million, before dividends.
Business Highlights – Full-Year 2015
"Our Phosphates business generated stable results for most of the year, highlighting the positive fundamentals of the industry and Mosaic's market leadership role," O'Rourke said. "Lower prices in this period of seasonally weak demand and our related production curtailment, combined with a lag in realizing the benefits of lower raw materials costs, all negatively impacted margins during the fourth quarter. For 2016, we expect another record year for global phosphate shipments, with market dynamics indicating an attractive supply and demand balance."
Net sales in the Phosphates segment were $1.0 billion for the fourth quarter, down from $1.2 billion last year, driven by lower sales volumes and lower finished product prices. Gross margin was $121 million, or 12 percent of net sales, compared to $231 million, or 19 percent of net sales, for the same period a year ago. The year-over-year change in gross margin rate primarily reflects lower finished product selling prices and a lower operating rate, partially offset by lower realized ammonia and sulfur costs.
The fourth quarter average DAP selling price, FOB plant, was $410 per tonne, compared to $447 per tonne a year ago. Phosphates segment total sales volumes were 2.2 million tonnes, down from 2.4 million tonnes last year.
Mosaic's North American finished phosphate production was 2.2 million tonnes, or 76 percent of operational capacity, compared to 2.4 million tonnes, or 81 percent a year ago.
"Mosaic's actions to optimize our potash production by closing high-cost facilities and aggressively managing costs are delivering results," O'Rourke said. "High retailer inventories at the beginning of 2015, the volatility and devaluation of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar, and additional industry production capacity put pressure on potash prices. We expect a more stable operating environment in 2016 as a result of solid demand and recently announced supply adjustments."
Net sales in the Potash segment totaled $572 million for the fourth quarter, down from $763 million last year, driven by lower shipment volumes and a lower average price. Gross margin was $155 million, or 27 percent of net sales, compared to $327 million, or 43 percent of net sales a year ago. Excluding Canadian resource taxes, gross margin rate was 37 percent of net sales, down 12 percentage points from the fourth quarter of last year. The year-over-year decrease in gross margin was driven by lower selling prices and volumes, a lower operating rate, partially offset by benefits from foreign currency and cost savings initiatives.
The fourth quarter average MOP selling price, FOB plant, was $254 per tonne, down from $295 per tonne a year ago. The Potash segment's total sales volumes for the fourth quarter were 1.9 million tonnes, compared to 2.3 million tonnes a year ago.
Potash production was 1.9 million tonnes, or 70 percent of operational capacity, down from 2.6 million tonnes, or 91 percent of operational capacity a year ago, reflecting Mosaic's previously announced decision to curtail production.
International Distribution (ID)
Net sales in the International Distribution segment were $605 million for the fourth quarter, up from $516 million last year, primarily as a result of increased volumes from the acquisition of ADM's distribution business. Gross margin was $38 million, or six percent of net sales, compared to $41 million, or eight percent of net sales for the same period a year ago.
The fourth quarter average selling price was $407 per tonne, compared to $456 per tonne a year ago. International Distribution segment total sales volumes were 1.5 million tonnes, up from 1.1 million tonnes last year.
SG&A expenses were $95 million for the fourth quarter, up from $91 million last year, largely as a result of professional fees and the ADM acquisition which closed in late December of 2014.
The effective tax rate in the quarter was negative. Provision for income taxes in the fourth quarter includes a $26 million benefit related to the reduction of the full year estimated effective tax rate from 16 percent to 13 percent.
"While the external environment is challenging, agriculture is very different from hard commodities. Cycles change quickly, as demand for food continues to grow," O'Rourke said. "Mosaic is effectively navigating the current environment and is in position to take advantage of opportunities during the bottom part of the commodity cycle."
"We have maintained an appropriately conservative balance sheet, have ample liquidity and have the flexibility to further reduce capital spending," said Mack. "Cost reduction efforts and focused execution are helping maintain profitability in difficult markets. We expect to continue to maintain a strong balance sheet and generate positive free cash flow in 2016."
Total sales volumes for the Phosphates segment are expected to range from 1.8 to 2.2 million tonnes for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 2.3 million tonnes last year. Mosaic's realized DAP price, FOB plant, is estimated to range from $350 to $370 per tonne for the first quarter of 2016. As Mosaic works through higher cost inventory, the segment gross margin rate in the first quarter is estimated to be around 10 percent, and the operating rate is expected to be in the 70 to 80 percent range, reflecting the Company's decision to curtail production in this period.
Total sales volumes for the Potash segment are expected to range from 1.5 to 1.9 million tonnes for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 2.0 million tonnes last year. Mosaic's realized MOP price, FOB plant, is estimated to range from $200 to $230 per tonne. Mosaic's gross margin rate in the segment is expected to be in the low to mid 20 percent range. The operating rate is expected to be in the 70 to 80 percent range.
Total sales volumes for the International Distribution segment are expected to range from 1.0 to 1.2 million tonnes for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 1.0 million tonnes last year. The segment gross margin per tonne is estimated to be around $10 per tonne.
For the calendar 2016, Mosaic estimates:
Beginning in the second quarter of 2016, the Company expects to change how it provides guidance for Potash margin rate and Canadian resource taxes. Gross margin rate guidance will exclude Canadian resources taxes, but include Canadian royalties. Full year Canadian resource tax guidance will be given as a range of rates to be applied to expected gross profits, excluding Canadian resource taxes. Under this new methodology, guidance for the first quarter 2016 is as follows:
About The Mosaic Company
The 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 www.mosaicco.com.
Mosaic will conduct a conference call on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. EST to discuss fourth quarter and full-year 2015 earnings results as well as global markets and trends. Presentation slides and a simultaneous webcast of the conference call may be accessed through Mosaic's website at www.mosaicco.com/investors. This webcast will be available up to one year from the time of the earnings call.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Wa'ad Al Shamal Phosphate Company (also known as the Ma'aden joint venture) and other proposed or pending future transactions or strategic plans and other statements about future financial and operating results. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of The Mosaic Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to risks and uncertainties arising from the ability of the Ma'aden joint venture to obtain additional planned funding in acceptable amounts and upon acceptable terms, the timely development and commencement of operations of production facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the future success of current plans for the Ma'aden joint venture and any future changes in those plans; difficulties with realization of the benefits of our long term natural gas based pricing ammonia supply agreement with CF, including the risk that the cost savings from the agreement may not be realized or that the price of natural gas or ammonia during the agreement's term are at levels at which the pricing becomes disadvantageous to Mosaic; customer defaults; the effects of Mosaic's decisions to exit business operations or locations; 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; the effect of future product innovations or development of new technologies on demand for our products; changes in foreign currency and exchange rates; international trade risks and other risks associated with Mosaic's international operations and those of joint ventures in which Mosaic participates, including the risk that protests against natural resource companies in Peru extend to or impact the Miski Mayo mine; changes in government policy; changes in environmental and other governmental regulation, including expansion of the types and extent of water resources regulated under federal law, greenhouse gas regulation, implementation of numeric water quality standards for the discharge of nutrients into Florida waterways or efforts to reduce the flow of excess nutrients into the Mississippi River basin, the Gulf of Mexico or elsewhere; further developments in judicial or administrative proceedings, or complaints that Mosaic's operations are adversely impacting nearby farms, business operations or properties; difficulties or delays in receiving, increased costs of or challenges to necessary governmental permits or approvals or increased financial assurance requirements; resolution of global tax audit activity; the effectiveness of Mosaic's processes for managing its strategic priorities; adverse weather conditions affecting operations in Central Florida, the Mississippi River basin, the Gulf Coast of the United States or Canada, and including potential hurricanes, excess heat, cold, snow, rainfall or drought; actual costs of various items differing from management's current estimates, including, among others, asset retirement, environmental remediation, reclamation or other environmental regulation, Canadian resources taxes and royalties, or the costs of the Ma'aden joint venture, its existing or future funding and Mosaic's commitments in support of such funding; reduction of Mosaic's available cash and liquidity, and increased leverage, due to its use of cash and/or available debt capacity to fund financial assurance requirements and strategic investments; brine inflows at Mosaic's Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, potash mine or other potash shaft mines; other accidents and disruptions involving Mosaic's operations, including potential mine fires, floods, explosions, seismic events or releases of hazardous or volatile chemicals; and risks associated with cyber security, including reputational loss, 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 three months ended December 31, 2015, the Company reported the following notable items which, combined, negatively impacted earnings per share by $0.16:
For the three months ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported the following notable items which, combined, positively impacted earnings per share by $0.10:
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company has presented gross margin excluding Canadian resource taxes ("CRT") for Potash, adjusted diluted earnings per share and free cash flow, each of 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 GAAP. None of gross margin excluding CRT, adjusted diluted earnings per share or free cash flow is a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, investors should consider that Mosaic's calculations may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Gross margin excluding CRT, adjusted diluted earnings per share and free cash flow should not be considered as substitutes for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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, the Company's management believes that Mosaic's presentation of gross margin excluding CRT for Potash affords them greater transparency in assessing Mosaic's financial performance against competitors.
Free cash flow provides a metric that the Company believes is helpful to investors in evaluating the Company's ability to generate cash.
Management believes that adjusted diluted earnings per share provides securities analysts, investors and others, in addition to management, with useful supplemental information regarding our performance by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of or are unrelated to our core operating results. Management utilizes adjusted diluted earnings per share in analyzing and assessing the Company's overall performance, for financial and operating decision-making, and to forecast and plan for the future periods. Adjusted diluted earnings per share also assists our management in comparing our and our competitors' operating results.
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