EBITDA to grow
Sales growth and gross income growth are also expected to trickle down to Mosaic’s (MOS) EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) estimates.
Mosaic is estimated to report EBITDA of $370 million, an increase from $199 million a year ago in 1Q17. This EBITDA estimate translates into a margin of 21% on sales of $1.8 billion, an increase from 12.6% a year ago.
For the next four quarters, analysts estimate EBITDA of $1.7 billion, an increase of 29% year-over-year from $1.3 billion. EBITDA margins for the next four quarters are estimated to expand to 19.5% from 17.7% in the recent four quarters.
Recently, CF Industries (CF) also reported improvement in margins, which were primarily driven by higher prices and lower costs. During the earnings call, the company stated that it faced a delay due to the late start of the season. This factor also affected Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG), which primarily sells lawn and garden care products to US consumers (XLB). Nutrien (NTR), which is also an active player in the US, will likely see a negative impact due to the late start of the season as well.
For analysis of these companies’ earnings, read, Snapshot: CF Industries Reports Its 1Q18 Earnings and Scotts Miracle-Gro’s 2Q18 Earnings: What You Need to Know.