FMC Corporation FMC recorded earnings (as reported) of $1.41 per share in second-quarter 2020, up around 7% from $1.32 reported a year ago.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.72, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.65.
Revenues were $1,155.3 million for the quarter, down around 4% from the year-ago quarter. It lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,197 million.
Revenues were affected by a 7% unfavorable impact of currencies, partly offset by a 2% contribution from volume and a 1% contribution from pricing. The company saw lower sales across North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Sales rose in Latin America and Asia in the reported quarter.
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Regional Sales Performance
Sales in Latin America rose 2% year over year in the reported quarter driven by volume gains and favorable pricing that offset currency headwinds.
Sales fell 6% year over year in North America, impacted by the company’s actions to reduce channel inventories of pre-emergent herbicides.
In EMEA, sales dropped 13% year over year. Sales were, in part, impacted by poor weather conditions in Northern and Eastern Europe and product rationalizations.
Revenues rose 2% year over year in Asia as currency headwinds were offset by pricing and volume growth across India, Pakistan and Australia.
The company had cash and cash equivalents of $342.7 million at the end of the quarter, a roughly four-fold year-over-year increase. Long-term debt was $3,027.5 million at the end of the quarter, up around 41% year over year.
For 2020, FMC sees revenues to be between $4.68 billion and $4.82 billion, indicating a rise of 3% at the midpoint versus 2019.
The company now expects adjusted earnings per share for 2020 in the range of $6.28-$6.62, compared with its prior view of $6.05-$6.70. The revised guidance reflects an increase of 6% at the midpoint compared with 2019.
Moreover, FMC now envisions adjusted EBITDA of $1.265-$1.325 billion for 2020, compared with $1.23-$1.34 billion expected earlier. The guidance indicates a 6% rise at the midpoint versus 2019.
For third-quarter 2020, revenues are projected in the band of $1.045-$1.105 billion, reflecting an increase of 6% at the midpoint compared with third-quarter 2019. Adjusted earnings are forecast in the range of $1.03-$1.17 per share, indicating a 17% rise at the midpoint versus third-quarter 2019.
FMC’s shares are up 7.7% year to date against the industry’s 13% decline.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
FMC currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Better-ranked stocks worth considering in the basic materials space include Barrick Gold Corporation GOLD, Equinox Gold Corp. EQX and Eldorado Gold Corporation EGO.
Barrick Gold has a projected earnings growth rate of 72.6% for the current year. The company’s shares have gained around 69% in a year. It currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Equinox Gold has a projected earnings growth rate of 255.2% for the current year. The company’s shares have rallied roughly 106% in a year. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.
Eldorado Gold has an expected earnings growth rate of 2,025% for the current year. The company’s shares have shot up around 48% in the past year. It presently carries a Zacks Rank #2.
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