|Mosaic Reports Fiscal 2006 Fourth Quarter Results|
PLYMOUTH, Minn., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) announced today a net loss of $180.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for the quarter ended May 31, 2006. Mosaic's fiscal 2006 net loss was $121.4 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to fiscal 2005 net earnings of $165.6 million or $0.46 per share.
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Net sales in the fourth quarter were $1.33 billion, a decline of 8% compared with the same period a year ago. The decline in net sales was mainly the result of lower sales volumes for the Potash and Phosphates business segments.
"Fiscal 2006 was a transition year for Mosaic and we look forward with confidence to 2007 and beyond. We took aggressive strategic action to restructure our Phosphates business at the end of the fiscal year to make us more cost competitive in the global marketplace," said Fritz Corrigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic. "In the Potash business, while markets have been weak, we expect volumes to improve during the second half of calendar 2006 now that a supply contract has been entered into between Canpotex and Sinofert in China."
Mosaic's gross margin for the fourth quarter was $166.2 million compared with $245.6 million for the same period a year ago. This included unrealized mark-to-market gains on derivative contracts of $11.2 million compared with a loss of $4.3 million a year ago. The gross margin as a percent of sales was 12.5% for the fourth quarter compared with 16.9% a year ago. Although selling prices were higher for most products, they were more than offset by an unfavorable sales mix due to lower Potash sales volumes and the effect of reduced potash and phosphates production levels. In addition, operating costs were higher resulting from increases in energy-based raw materials and other input prices.
Selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses of $54.6 million were incurred in the fourth quarter, compared to $65.8 million for the same period a year ago. This decline was mainly because of a one-time $14 million Brazilian value-added tax (VAT) credit. SG&A costs were adversely affected by first year Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance activities.
Non-cash foreign currency transaction losses totaled $34.1 million for the fourth quarter compared with a gain of $8.0 million for the same period a year ago. This was mainly the result of the effect of a strong Canadian dollar on large U.S. dollar-denominated intercompany receivables held by Mosaic's Canadian affiliates.
For the fourth quarter, Mosaic's tax benefit was $61.2 million on a pre- tax loss of $261.5 million. Mosaic continues to have a high effective underlying tax rate as a result of losses in the United States and Brazil, and because its Canadian-based businesses are taxed at relatively higher rates than the other businesses of the company. Included in the fourth quarter was an $81.0 million tax benefit from the reduction in Canadian deferred tax liabilities as a result of the statutory reduction in future tax rates in the Province of Saskatchewan.
Mosaic ended the quarter with $173.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. Mosaic's total debt at the end of May 2006 was $2.6 billion, resulting in a debt-to-capital ratio of 42.6%.
The Potash business segment's total sales volume was 1.7 million tonnes during the fourth quarter which was 31% lower than last year's fourth quarter volumes. This was due to a slow North American market as well as a weak export market, especially in China and India. The average potash selling price increased to $141 per tonne, up $6 per tonne from the same period a year ago.
Potash net sales were $328.3 million for the fourth quarter, down 23% compared with a year ago. The Potash business segment's gross margins declined to $100.1 million in the fourth quarter or 30.5% of sales, compared with $125.7 million a year ago or 29.7% of sales. This included an unrealized non-cash gain of $15.2 million resulting from mark-to-market adjustments on derivative contracts for the fourth quarter compared with a loss of $0.8 million a year ago. Operating earnings were $83.8 million during the fourth quarter compared to $118.9 million for the same period last year.
The Phosphates business segment's fertilizer and feed shipments were 2.8 million tonnes for the fourth quarter, down 0.6 million tonnes compared with year ago levels. The average fourth quarter diammonium phosphate (DAP) price increased by 14% compared with last year to $248 per tonne.
Phosphates net sales were $805.8 million for the fourth quarter, 1% lower than the fourth quarter last year. Phosphates' fourth quarter gross margin was $39.9 million or 5.0% of net sales, compared with $96.5 million or 11.9% of net sales for the same period a year ago. Operating losses were $268.8 million, including the Phosphates restructuring charge of $287.6 million, compared with operating earnings of $68.8 million for the same period a year ago.
The cost of producing DAP increased 10% in the fourth quarter compared with the prior year period mainly because of higher energy-based ammonia and sulfur prices. Operating costs were also higher on a per tonne basis as Mosaic operated its mining and production facilities at lower rates during this period.
Mosaic's Offshore business segment's net sales were $236.8 million for the fourth quarter, an increase of 8% compared with last year. Offshore's fourth quarter operating earnings were $10.5 million compared to a loss of $5.8 million for the comparable period last year. The increase in fourth quarter operating earnings was the result of a Brazilian VAT credit. Offshore results continued to be negatively affected by poor farm economics in Brazil.
Mosaic's Nitrogen business segment's fourth quarter operating earnings were $4.7 million compared to $3.5 million for the fourth quarter a year ago.
Total equity earnings in non-consolidated subsidiaries were $19.4 million for the quarter, an increase of $8.1 million compared with last year's results for the same period. Mosaic's equity earnings from its investment in Saskferco were $10.7 million for the fourth quarter compared with $6.8 million a year ago. Mosaic's equity earnings from Fosfertil were $3.3 million for the fourth quarter compared to $4.7 million last year.
Net sales increased 21% to $5.3 billion for fiscal 2006 mainly as a result of the business combination that formed Mosaic in October 2004 along with higher prices for phosphates and potash products. Gross margin also increased $111.9 million to $637.4 million, which was 12% of net sales. Higher prices were offset by increased costs of production. Operating earnings were $105.8 million in fiscal 2006, including the $287.6 million Phosphates restructuring charge, compared with $318.5 million in fiscal 2005. There was a foreign currency transaction loss of $100.6 million in fiscal 2006, or $0.15 per share, compared with a gain of $13.9 million a year ago, primarily as a result of a strong Canadian dollar and large U.S. dollar-denominated inter-company receivables held by Mosaic's Canadian affiliates. The equity in net earnings of non-consolidated companies was $48.4 million, a decline of $7.5 million compared with the prior year due to weaker results from Fosfertil. Dividends from non-consolidated companies totaled $26.7 million in fiscal 2006.
As of the end of fiscal 2006, Mosaic had surpassed its synergy benefits goal from the business combination between IMC Global and Cargill's Crop Nutrition businesses of $145 million calculated on an annual run-rate basis. Synergy benefits include cost reduction and cost avoidance initiatives, production volume enhancement efforts, opportunity savings, capital spending avoidance and other classifications. In fiscal 2006, the benefits of the synergies have been significantly offset by higher costs for energy and other production inputs, wages and benefits, water treatment, raw material inputs, general inflation and one-time costs to achieve them.
Observations and Outlook
"We are encouraged by more attractive industry fundamentals in our Phosphates and Potash businesses as well as the expected benefits of our Phosphates restructuring, which should result in lower costs of production and higher margins in fiscal 2007," Corrigan said. "We expect Potash volumes to recover during the second half of calendar 2006 now that contracts have been signed between Canpotex and Sinofert, a key Chinese customer. We believe that inventory levels throughout the potash distribution pipeline, including China and India, have been sharply reduced."
For Phosphates, fiscal 2007 sales volumes are expected to range from 9.5 to 9.9 million tonnes, including 0.9 millions tonnes of feed phosphates. Phosphates margins are expected to benefit from cost declines due to expectations of lower raw material prices. Potash sales volumes for fiscal 2007 are anticipated to be between 7.7 and 8.1 million tonnes taking into account resumed shipments by Canpotex to China in August 2006.
In July, Mosaic's single super phosphate (SSP) plant in Quebracho, Argentina began production and is expected to produce up to 240,000 tonnes of granular SSP annually.
Mosaic anticipates capital spending ranging between $250 million and $290 million during fiscal 2007 compared with $389.5 million in fiscal 2006. This reduced level of capital spending is primarily a result of the Phosphates restructuring.
Mosaic expects to record a tax benefit of $45 to $50 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 as a result of a reduction in future Canadian Federal tax rates, which leads to a reduction in deferred tax liabilities. This is similar in nature to the benefit recorded in the fourth quarter from a reduction in the Saskatchewan Provincial tax rate. As they are implemented, these tax rate changes will result in a lower effective tax rate for Mosaic.
About The Mosaic Company
The Mosaic Company is one of the world's leading producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. For the global agriculture industry, Mosaic is a single source of phosphates, potash, nitrogen fertilizers and feed ingredients. More information on the company is available at http://www.mosaicco.com .
Mosaic will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 to discuss fiscal 2006 fourth quarter earnings results. The call will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time) and will last no longer than 60 minutes.
Conference Call Phone Number: 800-591-6944 International Phone Call-In Number: 617-614-4910 Participant Passcode: 70958587
Additionally, a Webcast of the conference call, both live and as a replay, can be accessed by visiting Mosaic's web site at http://www.mosaicco.com/investors . This Webcast will be available up to one year from the time of the earnings call.
A replay of the audio call will be available through 6:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. Please call 888-286-8010 to access the replay and use passcode 33138336.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of The Mosaic Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the predictability of fertilizer, raw material and energy markets subject to competitive market pressures; changes in foreign currency and exchange rates; international trade risks including, but not limited to, changes in policy by foreign governments; changes in environmental and other governmental regulation; the ability to successfully integrate the former operations of Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global Inc. and the ability to fully realize the expected cost savings from their business combination within expected time frames; adverse weather conditions affecting operations in central Florida or the Gulf Coast of the United States, including potential hurricanes or excess rainfall; actual costs of closure of the South Pierce, Green Bay and Fort Green facilities differing from management's current estimates; realization of management's expectations regarding reduced raw material or operating costs, reduced capital expenditures and improved cash flow and anticipated time frames for the closures and the ability to obtain any requisite waivers or amendments from regulatory agencies with oversight of The Mosaic Company or its phosphate business, as well as other risks and uncertainties reported from time to time in The Mosaic Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (in millions, except per share amounts) The Mosaic Company (unaudited) Three months ended Twelve months ended May 31 May 31 2006 2005 2006 2005 Net sales $1,331.5 $1,449.7 $5,305.8 $4,396.7 Cost of goods sold 1,165.3 1,204.1 4,668.4 3,871.2 Gross margin 166.2 245.6 637.4 525.5 Selling, general and administrative expenses 54.6 65.8 241.3 207.0 Restructuring and other charges 287.6 - 287.6 - Other operating (income) expense 6.5 3.3 2.7 - Operating earnings (loss) (182.5) 176.5 105.8 318.5 Interest expense 41.1 43.7 166.5 120.6 Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss 34.1 (8.0) 100.6 (13.9) Other (income) expense 3.8 0.5 (1.2) (3.1) Earnings (loss) from consolidated companies before income taxes and the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle (261.5) 140.3 (160.1) 214.9 Provision (benefit) for income taxes (61.2) 54.1 5.3 98.3 Earnings (loss) from consolidated companies before the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle (200.3) 86.2 (165.4) 116.6 Equity in net earnings of nonconsolidated companies 19.4 11.3 48.4 55.9 Minority interests in net (earnings) loss of consolidated companies - (3.4) (4.4) (4.9) Earnings (loss) before the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle (180.9) 94.1 (121.4) 167.6 Cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle, net of tax - - - (2.0) Net earnings (loss) $(180.9) $94.1 $(121.4) $165.6 Diluted net earnings (loss) per share $(0.48) $0.22 $(0.35) $0.46 Diluted weighted average number of shares outstanding 384.2 432.8 382.2 360.4 Consolidated Financial Highlights (dollars in millions) The Mosaic Company (unaudited) Three months ended Favorable/ May 31 (Unfavorable) 2006 2005 Amount % Net sales: Phosphates $805.8 $813.8 $(8.0) (1%) Potash 328.3 423.7 (95.4) (23%) Nitrogen 52.2 (22.3) 74.5 (334%) Offshore 236.8 219.4 17.4 8% Corporate/Other (a) (91.6) 15.1 (106.7) (707%) $1,331.5 $1,449.7 $(118.2) (8%) Gross margin: Phosphates $39.9 $96.5 $(56.6) (59%) Potash 100.1 125.7 (25.6) (20%) Nitrogen 6.4 4.5 1.9 42% Offshore 15.7 12.9 2.8 22% Corporate/Other (a) 4.1 6.0 (1.9) (32%) $166.2 $245.6 $(79.4) (32%) Operating earnings (loss): Phosphates $(268.8) $68.8 $(337.6) (491%) Potash 83.8 118.9 (35.1) (30%) Nitrogen 4.7 3.5 1.2 34% Offshore 10.5 (5.8) 16.3 (281%) Corporate/Other (a) (12.7) (8.9) (3.8) 43% $(182.5) $176.5 $(359.0) (203%) Twelve months ended Favorable/ May 31 (Unfavorable) 2006 2005 Amount % Net sales: Phosphates $3,097.5 $2,312.5 $785.0 34% Potash 1,155.9 869.4 286.5 33% Nitrogen 143.5 119.8 23.7 20% Offshore 1,238.9 1,228.9 10.0 1% Corporate/Other (a) (330.0) (133.9) (196.1) 146% $5,305.8 $4,396.7 $909.1 21% Gross margin: Phosphates $247.7 $162.5 $85.2 52% Potash 351.6 246.1 105.5 43% Nitrogen 16.5 15.4 1.1 7% Offshore 44.9 99.4 (54.5) (55%) Corporate/Other (a) (23.3) 2.1 (25.4) (1210%) $637.4 $525.5 $111.9 21% Operating earnings (loss): Phosphates $(139.3) $88.5 $(227.8) (257%) Potash 309.8 227.9 81.9 36% Nitrogen 11.2 10.9 0.3 3% Offshore (20.4) 23.0 (43.4) (189%) Corporate/Other (a) (55.5) (31.8) (23.7) 75% $105.8 $318.5 $(212.7) (67%) (a) Includes elimination of intercompany sales. Key Statistics The Mosaic Company (unaudited) Three months ended Favorable/ May 31 (Unfavorable) 2006 2005 Amount % Sales volumes (000 metric tonnes) (a): Phosphates (b) 2,782 3,431 (649) (19%) Potash 1,720 2,505 (785) (31%) Nitrogen 569 554 15 3% Average price per metric tonne: DAP (c) $248 $218 $30 14% Potash (c) 141 135 6 4% Ammonia (d) 355 301 54 18% Sulfur (long ton) (d) 77 65 12 18% Twelve months ended Favorable/ May 31 (Unfavorable) 2006 2005 Amount % Sales volumes (000 metric tonnes) (a): Phosphates (b) 10,567 9,191 1,376 15% Potash 6,498 5,453 1,045 19% Nitrogen 1,484 1,644 (160) (10%) Average price per metric tonne: DAP (c) $245 $222 $23 10% Potash (c) 140 124 16 13% Ammonia (d) 343 303 40 13% Sulfur (long ton) (d) 74 66 8 12% (a) Sales volumes include tonnes sold captively. Phosphates volumes represent dry product tonnes, primarily DAP. (b) Includes captive sales tonnes to Offshore. (c) FOB plant/mine. (d) Delivered Tampa The Mosaic Company (unaudited) Selected Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Reconciliations The following table summarizes the calculation of EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to net earnings (loss): EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Calculation Three months ended Twelve months ended May 31 May 31 2006 2005 2006 2005 (dollars in millions) (dollars in millions) Net earnings (loss) $(180.9) $94.1 $(121.4) $165.6 Interest expense, exclusive of amortization* 52.4 50.2 211.0 147.4 Income taxes (benefit) (61.2) 54.1 5.3 98.3 Depreciation, depletion & amortization 84.7 81.9 324.1 219.3 Amortization of debt refinancing and issuance costs 0.9 1.2 3.4 1.8 Amortization of fair market value adjustment of debt (12.2) (7.7) (47.9) (28.6) Amortization of mark-to-market contracts (4.4) (12.4) (17.5) (13.9) EBITDA (120.7) 261.4 357.0 589.9 Restructuring and other charges 287.6 - 287.6 - Adjusted EBITDA $166.9 $261.4 $644.6 $589.9 * Interest expense is exclusive of amortization of debt financing fees and amortization of fair market value adjustment of debt. The Company has presented above EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a supplemental numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial performance under GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Moreover, EBITDA as presented in this press release is different than similarly titled measures used for purposes of financial covenants in our senior secured bank credit facility and other covenants relating to our indebtedness, all of which require different adjustments, both positive and negative, that were the result of negotiations with the lenders. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA, which we present above, excludes restructuring and other charges related to the restructuring of our Phosphates business. The Restructuring and other charges are not items that are generally excluded from EBITDA. In evaluating these measures, investors should consider that our methodology in calculating such measures may differ from that used by other companies. EBITDA, or various adjusted measures of EBITDA, is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, lenders and others to evaluate companies' performance, including, among other things, cash flows and profitability before the effect of financing and similar decisions. Because securities analysts, investors, lenders and others use EBITDA, Mosaic's management believes that our presentation of EBITDA affords them greater transparency in assessing our financial performance. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because, when presented with EBITDA, it highlights the extent to which EBITDA in fiscal 2006 and our fourth fiscal quarter was affected by our decision to restructure our Phosphates business. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute for, nor superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Mosaic Company (unaudited) The following table summarizes the calculation of Total Debt to Capitalization: Debt to Capitalization Calculation May 31 May 31 2006 2005 (dollars in (dollars in billions) billions) Numerator Total debt $2.6 $2.7 Denominator Book value of equity $3.5 $3.2 Total debt 2.6 2.7 Capitalization $6.1 $5.9 Total debt to total capitalization 42.6% 45.8%
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