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How Phosphate Prices Moved for the Week Ended March 10

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Phosphate fertilizers

The week ended March 10, 2017, was mostly flat to positive for DAP (diammonium phosphate). Phosphorus fertilizers (SOIL) are becoming more important as the awareness of balanced NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) fertilizer application grows. The most common phosphorus fertilizers are ammonium phosphates such as DAP and MAP (monoammonium phosphate).

Mosaic (MOS) is one of the biggest phosphate fertilizer producers. For an in-depth overview, please read An In-Depth Assessment of Mining Company Mosaic.

Weekly movements

For the week ended March 10, average DAP prices at the above four locations fell 68 basis points. Prices in the NOLA (New Orleans) region saw the steepest fall—3.3% to $327 per short ton, or $297 per metric ton, week-over-week.

DAP prices in Tampa Bay were flat week-over-week at $375 per metric ton. Similarly, DAP prices in Central Florida stayed at $350 per short ton, or $318 per metric ton, week-over-week.

Average DAP prices at the above three locations fell 4.1% YoY (year-over-year). Mosaic is one of the largest phosphate producers in North America. Rising prices are positive for the company and could explain Mosaic’s recent rise. PotashCorp (POT), Agrium (AGU), and Israel Chemicals (ICL) also produce and distribute phosphate fertilizers.

Morocco has the largest phosphate rock reserves, and its average prices rose 52 basis points week-over-week to $386 per metric ton. Morocco’s prices have fallen 5% YoY.

Input costs

Ammonia, natural gas, and phosphate rock are the key feedstock materials used for producing DAP and MAP. Their prices impact phosphate fertilizer producers.

In the week ended March 10, phosphate rock prices in Morocco were flat at $94 per metric ton week-over-week. However, they were ~18.0% lower YoY. In the next part, we’ll look at MAP prices in more detail.

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