Monsanto Company (MON), Agrium Inc. (AGU): Why This Stock Is Poised to Hit a New High Next Week

Page 1 of 2

It’s been a matter of days since Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)’s stock hit a new high. The seed giant’s top and bottom line growth last year were far better than that of its peers, and the company also sports solid financials.

The already bullish markets might just get another reason to pump Monsanto’s shares up even further next week when the company turns up with its second-quarter numbers. Analysts are looking at 13% higher earnings per share on 11.5% increased revenue. I am not ruling out a beat from a company that has had a fairly good history of earnings surprise.

Monsanto Company (MON)

It’s a critical quarter

In front of the 21% and 169% jump that Monsanto reported in its revenue and net profit, respectively, in its first quarter the Street’s expectations appear pretty muted. Especially since Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)’s second quarter coincides with one of its most critical selling seasons, and it had already made a good start in the first quarter.

The period from December to February, which also represents Monsanto’s second quarter, is when farmers in the U.S. buy seeds in preparation of the upcoming spring planting season. Monsanto wasn’t the only one that reported heavier pre-spring orders this year–peers E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) and Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU) confirmed it as well. Agrium, which derived more than half its sales from seeds and crop nutrient and protection products last year, reported a 10% increase in seed bookings year to date. It also expects higher product prices this year, which should push up revenue further. Revenue from its North American seed business grew 16% in 2011 and 11% in 2012.

Industry farm reports are equally inspiring. According to a recent Farm Futures survey, farmers in the U.S. are looking at record corn as well as soybean planting this spring. News from Reuters also suggests that in some key crop growing areas like Louisiana and Texas, corn seeding is well above last year’s level. After the ravaging drought last year, this was expected.

When a dry spell can be good

The drought, in fact, is one reason why Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)’s sales could have gone up in the second quarter. It gives a bigger opportunity to the company to promote its hybrids and incentivize farmers to be on the safe side by opting for products that can withstand extreme temperatures. In fact, this race is already at its peak.

Apart from fungicides targeting the U.S. planting season, DuPont has lined up 44 Optimum AQUAMax hybrids for the U.S. this year in a bid to double their penetration of the market. A report on Agweb.com even suggests that DuPont’s corn and soybean seeds were planted across a larger number of acres than Monsanto’s in 2010 and 2011. Half of DuPont’s research and development expenditure in 2012 went towards its agriculture business, which in turn emerged as its biggest and top performing units with nearly 30% contribution to total sales.

Likewise, though agricultural sciences made up just 11% of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW)’s total sales last year, it was the only segment where sales grew 13% to hit a record when other businesses failed to deliver. It helped Dow’s share in the U.S. corn market to hit 8%. Little wonder that agriculture is featured among Dow’s priority businesses for this year and beyond. Its targeted 2013 spring launch of Enlist herbicide has been delayed by a year on protests, but its multiple-crop insecticide Sulfoxaflor should be on schedule for launch this year following recent proposals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Page 1 of 2
blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

50 Crazy Facts About Japan You Won’t Believe

Top 10 Least Expensive Hybrid Cars to Save the Planet With

The 10 Biggest ‘Gate’ Controversies in History

The 10 States with the Highest Nursing Shortages Leaving Their Hospitals Depleted

The 10 Best Value Investment Blogs that Every Investor Must Read

The 6 Cheapest Boarding Schools in Europe 2015

The 5 Most Expensive Cars To Insure in the World

The 10 Most Common Genetically Modified Foods

10 Self-Made Billionaires Who Came From Nothing

The 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in North America

The 13 Most Expensive Headphones in the World to Represent

The Top 20 Wealthiest Soccer Teams in 2014

4 BuzzWorthy Cannabis Stocks And Some Smoking Derivative Plays

The 10 Healthiest Fast Food Chains in America to Dine At

The 5 Most Expensive Cat Food Brands You Can Spoil Your Kitty With

The 6 Best eCommerce Platforms for Small Businesses

The 10 Worst Mistakes an Entrepreneur Can Make

The 5 Most OP Characters in League of Legends to Carry Games and Crush Foes With

The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before Running that Will Help You Pound the Pavement

10 Glaring Plot Holes in The Walking Dead that a Zombie-Filled Bus Could Drive Through

The 5 Biggest Celebrity Stoners Who Love Their Reefer

The 10 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time by Out-of-Touch Critics

Top 6 Least Expensive Cruise Destinations For 2015 that Will Take You to Paradise

10 States with Lowest Substance Abuse Rates in America

The 14 Most Watched TV Finales Ever

The 10 Best Selling Role Playing Games of All Time for PC

10 Most Influential Papers In Economics

Top 8 Biggest Charities in the US

10 Worst Celebrity Career Moves Ever

Top 10 Best Paid Tennis Stars in the World

10 Cities with High Demand for Nurses

6 of the Worst Greeting Card Messages Ever Crafted

How to Make Money in ArcheAge and Build Your Empire

10 Foods To Eat To Lower Cholesterol Levels

The 10 Most Hated Television Characters of All Time

The 30 Worst Halloween Costume Ideas Ever Brought to Horrible Life

10 Vocational Skills in Demand Today with Jobs Waiting to be Filled

10 Best Places to Visit in Central and South America

The 10 Greatest Empires in History Which Nearly Conquered the World

The 6 Cheapest Boarding Schools In America 2015

5 Clear Reasons LoL is Better than DotA, Continues to Rule MOBAs

The Only 9 Teams with a Chance to Win the Super Bowl

The 15 Most Common Phobias in America that Induce Fits of Panic

Top 6 Least Expensive Tourist Destinations in 2014

Jim Goetz, Peter Fenton, Jim Breyer: Top 6 Venture Investors for 2014

Top 15 Billionaires in 2014

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying a Franchise

Top 20 Medical Schools in the US – 2014 Rankings

4 Business Strategies that Turned Jamie Oliver into the World’s Richest Chef

6 Qualities That Make You A Good Team Player

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!