FMC Corp. (FMC) produces agricultural solutions and serves the industrial market. Like Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM), the company’s lithium business (NANR) has garnered significant attention. YTD (year-to-date), FMC Corp. has delivered a 13.6% loss.
The consensus mean rating on FMC Corp. on April 19 stood at 2.1, which remained unchanged from the previous month. The overall recommendation for the stock is a “buy.” Four analysts maintained a “strong buy” on the stock for the next 12 months. Eleven analysts (one more from the previous month) gave a “buy” recommendation.
Five analysts, compared to seven last month, gave a “hold” recommendation on the stock and none have a “sell” or a “strong sell” recommendation on the stock.
The consensus mean price target on FMC Corp. stood at $97.90 per share for the next 12 months while the median price target was $100.00. Compared to the company’s closing price of $82.70 on April 18, it has an upside of about 18.4% over the mean and about 21.0% over the median price target.
FMC Corp. is expected to report its 1Q18 earnings on May 2, 2018. The company is expected to report $1.2 billion in sales, which would almost double year-over-year. FMC’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) is expected to come in at $346.0 million with margins at 29.5%, up from 18.6% a year ago.
In the final part of this series, we’ll discuss Compass Minerals International (CMP).