The Mosaic Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Results
The Mosaic Company today reported fourth quarter 2015 net earnings of $155 million, down from $361 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Earnings per diluted share were $0.44 and included both a negative $0.16 impact from notable items and a benefit of $0.07 per share from adjusting the full year effective tax rate accrual. Mosaic's net sales in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $2.2 billion, down from $2.4 billion last year. Operating earnings during the quarter were $204 million, down from $365 million a year ago, impacted by lower potash and phosphate prices and volumes, as well as lower potash production, partially offset by cost savings.
"Our fourth quarter results reflect the cyclicality and seasonality of our business," said Joc O'Rourke, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our progress on cost savings initiatives and strategic investments has positioned Mosaic to optimize performance in the current macroeconomic environment. At the same time, our prudent balance sheet management allows us to take advantage of opportunities to create long-term value. Repurchasing shares at the bottom of the cycle is high on the priority list."
Cash flow provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $302 million compared to $347 million in the prior year. Capital expenditures plus investments in the Ma'aden Wa'ad Al Shamal Phosphate Company ("MWSPC," also known as the Ma'aden joint venture) totaled $398 million in the quarter. Mosaic's total cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 billion and long-term debt was $3.8 billion as of December 31, 2015.