Equities analysts expect Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) to report earnings per share of $0.27 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided 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 posted earnings per share of $0.26 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 3.8%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report 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 year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $1.32 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.24 to $1.40. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for Mosaic.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the stock. CIBC upgraded shares of Mosaic from a “sector underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Sunday. Citigroup lifted their price target on shares of Mosaic from $23.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Stephens assumed coverage on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. They issued an “overweight” rating for the company. Cowen reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Mosaic in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Mosaic in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.98.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of MOS. SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC purchased a new position in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $106,000. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its holdings in Mosaic by 13,636.4% during the third 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 in the last quarter. Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new position in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $130,000. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. purchased a new position in Mosaic during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $138,000. Finally, Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. lifted its holdings in Mosaic by 60.3% during the fourth quarter. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 6,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $154,000 after purchasing an additional 2,257 shares in the last quarter. 76.37% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Mosaic (NYSE MOS) opened at $25.21 on Wednesday. Mosaic has a 12 month low of $19.23 and a 12 month high of $34.04. The firm has a market cap of $8,849.95, a PE ratio of 26.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 1.29. 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 also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a $0.025 dividend. This represents a $0.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.40%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. Mosaic’s payout ratio is 10.42%.

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About Mosaic

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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