Nutrien’s 1Q18 earnings
Nutrien (NTR)(POT)(AGU) reported its 1Q18 earnings on May 7 after the market closed. The company reported EPS (earnings per share) of $0.16, missing analysts’ estimate of $0.18. The company also missed analysts’ sales estimate of $3.8 billion, reporting sales of $3.7 billion.
Performance in 1Q18
On a consolidated basis, the company reported a gross margin of 22.9%, slightly wider than its 22.4% margin a year ago.
Its potash segment’s overall sales volumes grew year-over-year to 3.1 million metric tons from 2.8 million metric tons, with its average realized price increasing from $184 per metric ton from $165 per metric ton. Its gross margin per metric ton increased to $94 from $71.
The nitrogen segment’s shipment volumes fell to 2.3 million metric tons from 2.4 million metric tons, while its average realized price rose to $242 per metric ton from $239 per metric ton. Its gross margin per metric ton narrowed to $57 from $72.
The phosphate segment’s shipment volumes rose from 833,000 metric ton to 898,000 metric ton., and its average realized price increased to $404 per metric ton from $394 per metric ton. Its gross margin per metric ton narrowed to $31 from $40. The company’s retail segment’s overall sales fell as a result of the season starting late.