Potash stocks are stocks of companies that explore for, mine, and process potash. Potash is a compound of mineral and chemical salts that contain potassium. It’s used to make fertilizer.
Potash mining companies sometimes use solution mining to extract potash. This process uses water to dissolve a mineral (potash, in this case) into a solution that is then pumped out of the deposit through vertical boreholes or abandoned mine workings. It is then crystallized and purified into the finished product. Solution mines are cheaper to build than conventional potash mines, mainly because they do not require a shaft.
Potash is a key component in solving the need for increased and improved crops around the globe, especially in still-developing nations. This will continue to drive long-term demand for potash and push up the profits of potash stocks. Without fertilizer, the world would need 50% more farmland to meet this need.
Holding potash stock in your portfolio could be a good idea for many investors if you’re looking to fill out your resource sector stocks. You can maximize you long-term returns by following TSI Network and using our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Today, Pat McKeough responds to a question from a member of his Inner Circle about astock in the fertilizer industry. Converting relatively cheap natural gas into fertilizer has become increasingly profitable, and CF Industries is making strides in this field, expanding aggressively… Read More
Agrium continues to benefit from its focus on selling fertilizers and seeds to farmers through its retail chain. These stores help offset its more volatile fertilizer manufacturing business. That gives Agrium an advantage over pure fertilizer companies like Potash Corp.
POTASH CORP. OF SASKATCHEWAN (Toronto symbol POT; www.potashcorp.com) is the world’s largest fertilizer producer. Its six potash mines in Saskatchewan and one in New Brunswick account for 20% of global potash capacity. Four of its mines have reserves of between 75 and 108 years. It… Read More
AGRIUM INC. (Toronto symbol AGU; www.agrium.com) makes fertilizers from natural gas. It sells its products to farmers and industrial users through its more than 1,200 stores in North America, South America and Australia. The company’s retail outlets help shield it from volatile fertilizer prices.
Karnalyte Resources, $12.90, symbol KRN on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 20.5 million; Market cap: $269.5 million; www.karnalyte.com), hopes to complete a feasibility study on its Wynyard Carnalite potash project in Saskatchewan by the end of 2011.
If the study is positive, the company aims to build… Read More
Karnalyte Resources, $11.80, symbol KRN on Toronto (Shares outstanding: 20.6 million; Market cap: $243.4 million; www.karnalyte.com), is still at an early stage of exploration, though it hopes to have a feasibility study on its Wynyard carnallite project completed by the end of next year.
Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan, symbol POT on Toronto, produces potash, phosphate and nitrogen for use in fertilizers. Saskatchewan has the world’s largest deposits of potash. The company also partly owns potash-related companies in Jordan, Israel and Chile.
Potash Corp. is one of the 5 agricultural… Read More
Last week, the Canadian government said it would block BHP Billiton’s (New York symbol BHP) hostile, $38.6-billion U.S. takeover bid for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (New York and Toronto symbol POT).
However, under the Investment Canada Act, which governs foreign takeovers of Canadian companies, BHP now… Read More
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